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Athens Technical College

School Summary
800 U.S. Hwy 29 North
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 355-5000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Athens Technical College

Athens Technical College is located in Athens, Georgia. The city is home to many music venues, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that cater to the creative climate. Athens is also known for its cultural offerings, including the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, an alternative art space displaying contemporary art in all visual and performing mediums. The Georgia Museum of Art in Athens houses a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art as well as a variety of traveling exhibitions. The "We Let the Dawgs Out" public art exhibit consists of three dozen larger-than-life bulldogs painted by prominent local artists on permanent display throughout Athens. Within the city, downtown galleries and boutiques and even restaurants display original collections by local artisans and designers. The city also plays host to touring Broadway productions and headliners, and home to a symphony orchestra and several theatre companies.

Athens Technical College is a public two-year institute of higher learning accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It was founded in 1958 as Athens Area Vocational-Technical School, was renamed Athens Area Technical Institute in 1987, and took its current name in 2000. The school has three campuses in Athens, the nearby city of Elberton, and Monroe. In addition, the school also has several educational centers in the school's surrounding ten-county service area.

ATC's technical and industrial department offers diploma programs in drafting technology. There are two one-year diploma programs available, a drafting diploma and an advanced drafting diploma in a technical specialty. The drafting diploma requires completion of the general education core, plus a technical core including introduction to drafting, size and shape description, and auxiliary views. The technical major requirements include an introduction to CAD, a course in fasteners, intersections and development, assembly drawings, and three-dimensional drawing and modeling. Students wishing to complete the advanced drafting diploma must then choose a specialization of either architectural or mechanical drafting. The architectural drafting specialization includes coursework in surveying, strength of materials, residential architectural drawing, commercial architectural drawing, and mechanical systems for architecture. Students completing this program may also pursue an AAS degree in technical studies by completing additional credit hours of coursework.

The technical and industrial department also offers programs in interior design. Students may complete a one-year diploma program or a two-year AAS degree program. The diploma program includes general core courses in interpersonal relations and professional development, plus English and math for business. Occupational courses include interior design fundamentals, print reading, building and tech services, lighting, color theory, materials and resources, drawing for interior designers, and computer-aided drafting. Students must also complete courses in the history of interiors and architecture, plus an interior seminar, two internships, three design studios, business practices for design professionals, and an introduction to computers. The associate degree program requires additional coursework in the areas of economics and humanities in order to enhance the graduate's ability to make sound economic and human relation decisions.

ATC offers institutional scholarships funded by the ATC Foundation. These merit-based scholarships are awarded yearly. Available scholarships include the Award for Excellence in Technical Education Scholarship, the Health Science Merit-Based Scholarship, the Julius F. Bishop Scholarship, the David C. White Memorial Scholarship, the Charles W. Yeargin Memorial Scholarship, and high school merit-based scholarships for students graduating from a high school within ATC's service area. The Athens Tech Foundation also administers several scholarships, loan programs, and work-study programs established with donations by individuals and companies. Unless otherwise noted, applicants for these scholarships must meet the criteria established for merit-based scholarships.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,