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ATHENS TECHNICAL SIGNS PATHWAYS PROGRAM PARTNERSHIP WITH VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY

Athens, GA, August 22, 2016 – Valdosta State University signed articulation agreements with Athens Technical College on Monday, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education.

“Athens Technical College is focused on student success, and we welcome opportunities to help guide them on their educational journeys,” said Dr. Andrea Daniel, president of Athens Technical College. “We are thrilled to announce this articulation agreement with Valdosta State University so that students can seamlessly transition from associate to bachelor’s degrees. We have had a great experience working with Valdosta State University to coordinate this agreement, and we are excited that our students will now have the opportunity to enroll in this outstanding institution.”

The Pathways Program centers on the priorities of Complete College Georgia, an initiative developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. It is a collaboration between Valdosta State University and partner institutions like Athens Technical College to allow students with approved Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Technology degrees to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years or less. Pathways students can expect 51 or more transferable credit hours to be applied to either of the three articulated programs — Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership, Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, or Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology — all of which are offered completely online.

“This agreement provides Athens Technical College students with one more option to further expand their education and enter Georgia's workforce with the knowledge and the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills needed to be successful,” shared Dr. Kelli Brown, interim president of VSU. “We look forward to welcoming these students into our Blazer Nation family for many years to come.”

Caroline Angelo, vice president of academic affairs added, “This agreement is a tremendous opportunity for our students to continue to pursue their educational goals. The deans and I are very excited about this agreement and the future it opens up for the students.”

The Pathways Program agreement will allow Athens Technical College students with an Associate of Applied Science in one or more of the articulated programs to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership, a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, or a Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology in two years or less at Valdosta State University, noted Dr. Joseph G. Weaver, director of Off-Campus Programs at VSU.

About Athens Technical College:
Since 1958, Athens Technical College has served citizens by providing quality educational programs in a 10-county service area. It offers over 130 program specializations in business, health, technical, and manufacturing-related areas. Students attend Athens Technical College on five campuses (Athens-Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Walton Counties plus the Athens Community Career Academy), Adult Learning Centers, and through Continuing Education opportunities. Athens Technical College is an Equal Opportunity Institution and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. To learn more about Athens Technical College visit www.AthensTech.edu.

About Valdosta State University:
Established in 1906, the institution's mission is to prepare students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning; to expand the boundaries of current knowledge and explore the practical applications of that knowledge through excellence in scholarship and creative endeavors; and to promote the economic, cultural, and educational progress of the community and region through excellence in service outreach. It seeks to accomplish this mission in a dynamic, student-centered learning environment marked by a respect for diverse abilities, backgrounds, and contributions by all members of the university community.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Boynton, Antoine at 706-583-2552 or email at aboynton@athenstech.edu.
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Athens Technical College's Library is OWLsome! Okay, how about doing this. Google “are libraries still relevant” and you will see 39 million hits. So,… - Athens Technical College - Google+
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It's not too late. ATCs mobile app is still available in the Apple and Google Play stores. Search “Athens Technical College”. #ATCWhoKnew
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All Athens Technical College campuses and centers will be closed Monday, January 16th in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday.
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You too should take advantage of the Move on When Ready program. Visit athenstech.edu/mowr

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Georgia's technical colleges see more high school early enrollees
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Yes, we do that. Agricultural Science at Athens Technical College. #ATCWhoKnew #AgScience #BeYou
Athens is is known to most people as the home of the University of Georgia, music and football, but it’s also in some ways right at the heart of Georgia’s huge agricultural industry.
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Athens Technical College's Library is OWLsome!

Okay, how about doing this. Google “are libraries still relevant” and you will see 39 million hits. So, you have done your research and have your answers and you didn’t need to go to a library, right? If you ask a librarian, they will of course, say you still need libraries. As stated in the article “Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete? A Decade Retrospective” on the Touro College Library blog “Information technologies are changing at breakneck speed, and there is a great need for information specialists who are able to organize, disseminate, and instruct people in accessing that information” (Balto, 2015, March 17). On the other hand, you may have read on TechCrunch.com “The End Of The Library” posted October 13, 2013, by MG Siegler, “The internet has replaced the importance of libraries as a repository for knowledge. And digital distribution has replaced the role of a library as a central hub for obtaining the containers of such knowledge: books.” Libraries continue to balance the purchasing of print and digital collections but the perception of libraries for most people is still a place for books. And if people feel they no longer need books, then they don’t need libraries. A library is much more than books.

Maybe you should visit our library to observe and gather first-hand what goes on in a modern day college, aka academic, library. The Athens Technical College Library is a thriving hub of student activity. It is still an important sacred place for studying alone or for meeting up with study buddies to cram for an exam. The computers are full and there is a line at the photocopier. There are still shelves full of books, magazines, and videos that students are wandering through and sometimes checking out. There is a librarian sitting beside a student showing them how to cite sources. But what you are seeing is only the top of the card catalog (for you old timers). More than 90% of the resources (books, videos, journals, magazines, and newspapers) are invisible, I mean they are accessible online. And that means all of our patrons—who make up our college learning community the students, faculty, and staff are also not present. Online chat and texting services are available during library hours by the ATC librarians and staff, and during after-hours and weekends is provided by a service of professional librarians. Librarians are embedding in classes so that students can ask a librarian a question within their course’s web page.

A recent Athens Technical College (ATC) survey revealed that about half of our students say they have used the library resources and services. But as a well-known Georgia comedian might say, “When an English instructor shows a video on Shakespeare to students, it may be a library thing. When a nursing instructor has students take an online practice exam to prepare for their state licensing boards, it may be a library thing. When the automotive repair instructor has his students look up diagrams of a vehicle they are working on, it may just be a library thing. When a physical therapist assistant instructor has her students look up rehabilitation exercises for patients, heck, they might just be using a library thing. When Interior Design and Electrical Systems students look up building codes, well, they are using a library thing. I could go on.

When we ask our students what they like about the library, their answers assure us that the library is still an important learning center of the college. They use words such as helpful, quiet, welcoming, cozy to describe the staff and space. The physical space to study, use computers and rooms where groups of students can work together without distractions from home and work is very important to students. Students desire comfortable seating and they flock to spaces with windows.

They mention resources such as books, DVD, Wi-Fi, computers, and yes, now-3D printing. The Athens Technical College Library provides services and resources for our students, faculty, and staff to ensure student success. While digital resources now make up most of the library’s collection, the library still purchases print materials and DVDs to support curricula and students’ needs. Study guides to help prepare students for health program entrance exams are the most popular item checked out. The library also checks out bones – well, plastic replicas – to Anatomy and Physiology students to study within the library. Come meet Slim the Skeleton. Laptops and iPads are available for in-library student use because students do not necessarily want to carry theirs around. More than ever, printing is copying is done. The “Paperless Society” has not occurred, especially for students who want to print their instructors’ notes from their class’ website.

The librarians and staff are devoted to providing a welcoming environment for learning. There is so much information available to us now that the ATC librarians focus is on helping students find and evaluate sources needed for their purposes. Not just any website will provide the credible information students need for their research projects. We meet with classes and individual students to help them evaluate the information they find using the C.R.A.A.P. test. ATC teaches students in our First Semester Seminar classes to ask: Is the information Current (C), Relevant (R), Authoritative (A), Accurate (A), and what is its Purpose (P)? It is important for students to identify credible information for their projects. Teaching students to be aware of these criteria is part of the goal of Information Literacy. Information Literacy as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (2016) is a set of abilities related to the reflective discovery of information, understanding how information is produced and valued, and using information to create new knowledge and participate in communities of learning. Barry Stennett, ATC psychology instructor, says research skills are a vital part of an education. Students need these in the workplace as well. Being able to cite current research in any area enables leaders to make good decisions. While employers may not use the term “Information Literacy,” they do want employees who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creative. Information paves the way for their continued success until retirement.

The College’s libraries are located at campuses in Athens, Elberton, Monroe, Greensboro, and the Athens Community Career Academy. Services are provided by 3 librarians, 3 support staff, and 15 student assistants. Holdings consist of 40,000 print volumes as well as the electronic resources of ebooks (400,000 titles), Films on Demand online videos (26,000 titles) in addition to GALILEO which is Georgia’s Virtual Library of databases to access thousands of online journals, magazines, and newspapers and the library’s digital collections.

The Library’s makerspace, The TecknOWLogy Nest, is a lab and development space with software and equipment supporting 3D printing, multimedia design, coding/programming, electronics, and other technology. The purpose of the TecknOWLogy Nest is to support and enhance learning by sparking students’ interest in emerging technologies. The name ties in “technology,” “know,” and “owl”—the college mascot. “Nest” gives students a safe space to learn and explore. This past semester students from the Dental Hygienist program printed sets of, you guessed it, teeth, and Physical Therapist Assistant students printed out bones to take home and study. The Emerging Technologies students are constantly printing out projects – robot parts for example. There are 3D printers located on the Athens, Elbert, and Walton campuses.

From cutting edge technology to old photos: the library has had older college photos digitized and made available online in GEAR, the Georgia e-Resources Archive & Repository. Check it out at http://gear.athenstech.edu
A new initiative of the library is to work closely with the ATC Move on When Ready department since Georgia House Bill 149 provides high school students the ability to take college classes tuition free and also receive their textbooks at no charge. The library maintains the inventory of the textbooks and checks them out to the students each semester.

To find out more, visit us at http://library.athenstech.edu or contact Carol Stanley, Director of Library Services cstanley@athenstech.edu (706) 355-5020.

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Carol Stanley
Director of Library Services


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The Athens Tech Foundation held its Third Annual Outstanding Leadership Awards in November... #ATCWhoKnew
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ATCs mobile app is NOW available for FREE in the Apple and Google Play stores, search “Athens Technical College”. #ATCWhoKnew
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Yes, we do that. Agricultural Science at Athens Technical College. #ATCWhoKnew #AgScience #BeYou
Athens is is known to most people as the home of the University of Georgia, music and football, but it’s also in some ways right at the heart of Georgia’s huge agricultural industry.
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Since its founding in 1958, Athens Technical College has fulfilled an ever evolving role as the college for the community. From our programs to our footprint, Athens Technical College has expanded its scope to meet the changing needs of our students and our community. As we have persisted in pursuing innovation and academic excellence, our focus remains on the core mission of providing the education needed to ready our students for the workforce. Graduates of Athens Technical College have more than a certificate or degree – they have a career.
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