All graduates automatically become alumni and are encouraged to actively participate in the ATC Alumni Association. Students will be inducted into the association upon graduation.
The ATC ambassadors are student leaders who assist the college with various activities. They are outstanding students from various programs and they represent their particular program within the community. Ambassadors assist with campus tours and special events, providing goodwill for the College.
The Ambassador Program assists students with leadership skills, work ethics and communication skills. To become an ambassador, a student must be nominated by an ATC instructor and go through an interview process. Potential ambassadors must be enrolled in a diploma or degree program, have not completed more than 50 percent of their coursework and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
American Criminal Justice Association Club
The Albany Technical College's Alpha Theta Chi Chapter (ATC) of the American Criminal Justice Association was granted January 6, 2011. The American Criminal Justice Association- Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA- LAE) is an Association devoted to the furtherance of professionalism in all areas of criminal justice. It strives to encourage greater cooperation among criminal justice agencies and to promote greater understanding between the community and the profession. The Association fosters more responsive training and education to fulfill the needs of the profession through sponsorships of seminars, technical materials and personal contacts. The Association serves as a unified national voice on key issues of the profession. Membership is composed of persons who are formally committed to the field of criminal justice either through their education or their employment. Memberships are drawn from the total criminal justice spectrum - law enforcement, prosecution, defense, courts, and corrections.
Foundation Setters for Future Minds (FSFFM)
The Foundation Setters for Future Minds (FSFFM) organization promotes the professional development of Early Childhood Care & Education students and provides opportunities for interaction with the Early Childhood professional community and local community.
FSFFM specific objectives:
- To promote professional growth.
- To provide knowledge of the ECCE profession and its occupations.
- To provide programs on contemporary issues in early childhood education to members.
- To provide the opportunity to interact on a social and professional level with faculty, students and the community during FSFFM activities.
- To provide an opportunity for participation in at least one community service event each term supporting children and their families.
The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program was established in 1971 to recognize and reward excellence among students at Georgia's post-secondary technical colleges. Jointly sponsored and administered at the State level by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Technical College System of Georgia, the GOAL Program is an outstanding example of education joining hands with business and industry. Instructors nominate outstanding students for the GOAL Program and at the local level, finalists are chosen by a two-party interview process. The ATC winner competes in a regional competition with an eye toward the State GOAL competition in Atlanta where Georgia's winner is announced.
The objectives of the GOAL Program are as follows:
- To spotlight the role of technical training in our modern economy.
- To reward those students who excel in learning a useful skill.
- To stimulate greater pride in workmanship.
- To generate greater public awareness of and appreciation for contributions of the working men and women in Georgia.
- To emphasize the dignity of work in our society.
The college recognizes honor graduates when they maintain the following overall GPA's. Honors with Distinction: 3.75-3.94, and Presidential Scholar: 3.95-4.00.
National Technical Honor Society
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an honor organization for students enrolled in technical colleges. The purpose of NTHS is to promote service, leadership, honesty, career development and skilled workmanship; to reward student achievement; to encourage and assist student education and career goal-setting; to promote a stronger linkage between local technical colleges, business and industry; and to promote the image of technical education in America.
In order to become a member of ATC’s NTHS, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled at Albany Technical College
- Have completed two (2) consecutive semesters of course work, a minimum of 18 credit hours
- Have and maintain a 3.5 overall GPA
- Exemplify the personal qualities of an honor student: safety conscious, work well with others, dependable, trustworthy, responsible, and honest.
- Maintain the required grade point average to remain a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
SkillsUSA is the national nonprofit organization serving high school and college students enrolled in technical, skilled and service careers, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Membership must be established by March 1 of the current year to be eligible to compete in the state competitions.
Student Fellowship for Christians (SFC)
The Student Fellowship for Christians (SFC) promotes a sense of civic and professional responsibility while embracing the student with fellowship, prayer, and empowerment. As an integral part of the students’ academic lives, SFC works within the Christian framework to encourage the students to achieve their goals at the college, in their community, and the world around them. SFC provides a Christian atmosphere while students are developing the competencies needed for their chosen occupational fields of study. Student Fellowship for Christians helps the student become competent, successful, confident, and self-disciplined. SFC also assists the student in determining the directions that impact their studies and lives. Student Fellowship for Christians is a non-denominational organization that is open to all students of the college.
President Leadership Institute
The President's Leadership Institute is a free leadership training program focused on helping students develop and apply their unique skills through participation in workshops and campus activities. During the course of the program students will enjoy exposure to the arts, participate in workshops and campus life, develop civic understanding and give back to the community through service. These experiences will enhance the life of the student enabling them to make a difference on campus and in the community. Recognition at graduation and recognition on their college transcripts sets these students apart. Students must complete 15 approved activities or workshops prior to graduation and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Students must be currently enrolled in at least six credit hours, have not completed more than 18 credit hours and complete a leadership program application by the first week of the semester. Contact the Office of Student Life located in the Logistics Education Center, Room 102 for information and applications or visit www.albanytech.edu/campus-life/presidents-leadership-institute.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association (SGA) includes senators from all program areas. The purpose of the organization is to promote better relations between the students, faculty, and administration; to enhance the physical appearance of the college; to help promote the College and college’s related functions; and help the College in any way possible. Membership is limited to students enrolled in a program at Albany Technical College. Each program chooses a representative and an alternate to attend SGA meetings. Students elected should have at least two terms remaining before graduation. Officers for the association are elected every fall term.
Veterans Advocacy Group
The purpose of the Veterans Advocacy Group is to provide veterans attending Albany Technical College with information about veteran’s educational benefits; to advocate for veterans in their quest to gain educational benefits; and to provide community and camaraderie to veterans attending classes as they undertake the challenges inherent in their educational pursuits. Membership is open to all veterans who are currently enrolled at Albany Technical College.
Titan Alliance Club
The Titan Alliance Club promotes the dissemination of engineering and scientific knowledge and the participation in activities related to engineering and robotics. There are two categories of membership: full member and mentor member. Full membership is open to persons of good character who are full time Albany Technical College students and students who are joint or dual enrolled. A Mentor member is one who has expressed a desire to be a part of the club, but is unable to participate in competitions.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
The purpose of Phi Beta Lambda is to provide opportunities for post-secondary students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations. This student organization is an integral part of the instructional program and, in addition, promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility. Phi Beta Lambda strives to develop competent, aggressive business leadership, strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work, assist students in the establishment of occupational goals, and facilitate the transition from college to work. Students participate in leadership conferences, workshops, and competitions at the district, state, and national levels. A student in good standing with the college is eligible for membership.
Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog
The purpose of this catalog/handbook is to provide general information. It should not be construed as the basis of a contract between students and Albany Technical College (ATC). While the provisions of this catalog/handbook will ordinarily be applied as stated, ATC reserves the right to change any provisions listed without notice. Such changes may include entrance requirements and admissions procedures, courses, and programs of study, academic requirements for graduation, fees and charges, financial aid, rules and regulations and the College calendar. It is the student’s responsibility to keep informed of all changes including academic requirements for graduation.