The office of Student Life supports the mission of the College by providing student engagement opportunities that promote a positive learning environment. Student Life provides a forum for students to create and express themselves through involvement in clubs and organizations, campus programs, and leadership programs. Students are encouraged to engage in activities that will enhance their social and academic goals and promote civic responsibility.
A student must be in good standing with Albany Tech and have a validated student ID card for the current semester to participate in any of these activities.
For more information regarding ATC's student activities contact the Student Life Coordinator.
Ambassadors are outstanding students from various programs and represent their particular programs 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 associate degree program, have not completed more than 50 percent of their coursework, and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Criminal Justice Club
The Albany Technical College’s Alpha Theta Chi Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association was granted January 6, 2011. The American Criminal Justice Association –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 semester supporting children and their families.
National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
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.
Phi Beta Lambda
Phi Beta Lambda, the post-secondary division of Future Business Leaders of America, is an educational association made up of 250,000 students nationwide. The organization prepares students for careers in business and business-related fields.
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.
President’s Leadership Development Society (PLDS)
The Leadership Society is a free leadership training program that focuses on helping students develop and apply their unique leadership skills. During the course of the program, students will attend a retreat, enjoy exposure to the arts, participate in workshops and campus life, develop civic understanding and give back to the community through service.
One of the great things about the program is that students do it at their own pace. Most workshops last about one hour. Involvement in the program is spread over the time of enrollment as a student until graduation.
A total of 12 stamps are required for completion of the leadership program with 9 of those required from the areas as set forth in the program guidelines and the remaining 3 to be in the area of the student’s choice.
To participate in the program you must:
- Be currently enrolled in at least one credit hour (co-op students will be considered enrolled while on their job)
- Be in good standing with the college. Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- Complete a leadership program application
- Have completed not more than 18 credit hours
SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization serving teachers and high college and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
Skill and leadership competitions are important aspects of the SkillsUSA program. Regular club meetings are scheduled each month. Membership must be established prior to March in order to compete in the annual state and national competition.
Students Fellowship for Christians (SFC)
SFC promotes a sense of civic and professional responsibility while embracing the student with fellowship, prayer, and empowerment. SFC works within the Christian framework to encourage the students to achieve their goals at the college and in their community. SFC provides a Christian atmosphere for students to develop the competencies needed for their chosen occupational fields of study. Students 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.
Student Government Association (SGA)
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-related functions; and to help the college in any way possible.
Each program chooses a representative and an alternate to attend SGA meetings. Students elected should have at least two semesters remaining before graduation. Officers for the Association are elected every fall semester.
The Titan Alliance's purpose is to promote the dissemination of engineering and scientific knowledge and to participate in activities related to engineering and robotics. The Titan Alliance holds meetings and activities that provide students an opportunity to gain experience in the world of engineering. The club focuses on activities that promote interest in engineering and robotics. Membership in Titan Alliance is open to students who are in good standing with the College and who are enrolled in full-time, part-time and dual-enrolled students.
Veterans Advocacy Group
The Veterans Advocacy Group’s mission is to provide veterans attending ATC with information about educational benefits available to veterans; to advocate for veterans in their quest to gain educational benefits; to provide community and camaraderie to veterans as they undertake the challenges inherent in their educational pursuits. Veterans attending classes at Albany Tech who are in good standing with the College are eligible for membership.