Fall begins at CTC with new options
by Cheree Dye
Aug 21, 2014 | 982 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Monday began the fall semester at Chattahoochee Technical College with new financial aid opportunities. Students pursuing specific fields that have been deemed critical industries by the state are receiving the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant.

Previously the grant was awarded to students in commercial truck driving, early childhood care and education and practical nursing; however, it has been expanded to include students in the diploma-level programs of computer programming, diesel equipment technology, information security specialist, internet specialist-web application development, networking specialist, surgical technology and welding and joining technology.

Eligible HOPE Grant students who have selected one of the strategic programs of study may receive $125 to $500 per semester in financial aid. An additional $1,000 may be given to those enrolled in commercial truck driving.

Rebecca Long, CTC public relations specialist, said, “This grant increases accessibility to higher education for students in this community. Essentially this grant provides an incentive for students who are interested in these fields to earn a diploma and prepare for immediate entry into a career. While the HOPE Grant provides a wonderful foundation for defraying college costs for these students, this additional grant will make it a little easier for students to afford a quality education that industries respect.”

With more than 10,500 students enrolled in CTC this semester, it topped the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list in June as largest technical college in Georgia. According to a press release, the Marietta campus is the most attended, while the North Metro campus in Bartow County has the second-highest student population at nearly 3,200. Forty-one percent of students are taking at least one class online and approximately 1,200 are solely participating in online classes.

Statistics from Complete College America at www.completecollege.org identify 75 percent of students as commuters who are “juggling some combination of work, families and school.” For many of those students, online classes are a preferred option.

Programs at CTC that are available online include accounting, business administrative technology, business management, criminal justice technology, fire science, logistics and supply chain management, and marketing management.

Healthcare science and technical specialist are among the most popular programs at the North Metro Campus, as well as CTC overall. Twenty-nine percent of students at the Bartow County campus are enrolled in healthcare science, which prepares students for a health-related field. Eighteen percent of students at the North Metro Campus are listed under the technical specialist program.

This semester also introduces the new health care management associate of applied science degree. According to the CTC website, this program prepares students for the responsibilities and detailed requirements of managing the revenue cycle, compliance regulations, human resources, health information, and general business processes. Some of the courses included in the major are anatomy and physiology, financial accounting and principles of management.

For more information, visit chattahoocheetech.edu.