The college offers over 190 different credentials, giving students numerous options to succeed in their desired career field. Our staff are constantly innovating and aiming for a higher quality of education for all students. We offer classes in a variety of formats, making it easier for you to finish your career at a faster pace.
Athens Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, provides educational programs and services through traditional and distance education methods to foster lifelong learning, facilitate workplace success, and promote economic development.
As the college for the community, we provide transformational experiences that enable our students to advance educationally and to remain competitive in an ever-changing world.
Athens Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Athens Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Dr. Andrea Daniel
On behalf of the faculty and staff, let me welcome you to Athens Technical College and congratulate you on your decision to further your education. Learning is a life-long process and we are excited to partner with you on your journey.
Our college is a growing, vibrant institution dedicated to providing high quality educational programs and the support services students need to achieve their educational and career goals. Our overall enrollment exceeds 5,500 students annually with students hailing from over 90 counties in Georgia, more than a dozen states throughout the United States, and over 10 different countries. Students can choose from more than 130 associate degree, diploma, and technical certificate programs offered.
As a result of our efforts to meet the needs of the community and business, the college has experienced a remarkable 133% growth in enrollment over the past 12 years. Every person at the college is committed to helping students achieve their educational and career goals.
Our faculty use a variety of instructional delivery models such as traditional classroom/lab, on-line, live on-line and hybrid formats. Instructors are not only equipped with excellent educational credentials, but they have years of real-world experience in their given fields and stay attuned to local industry needs.
Workforce development is an integral part of our state and our business climate. Nearly six in 10 jobs in today’s labor market are held by workers with at least some postsecondary education or training. And 60% of projected job openings by 2025 will require at least some college education. Americans turn to community colleges – institutions that currently enroll close to half of all undergraduates in the United States – to address major shifts in America’s needs by providing the education that leads to greater economic opportunity and improved quality of life.
As you contemplate your future, I encourage you to visit our college in order to explore the many opportunities available to you here at Athens Technical College. We want your educational experiences to be positive and rewarding. I wish you every success as you begin one of the most important journeys of your life.
Dr. Andrea Daniel, President Athens Technical College
The History of Athens Technical College
The State Board of Education approved a master plan for a system of area trade and vocational schools, the forerunners of today’s technical colleges.
The first of these institutions is opened in Clarkesville, GA.
After extensive deliberation, the board adopted a new set of policies to open additional institutions throughout the state.
The Clarke County School District opened one of these institutions and named it Athens Area Vocational-Technical School, a name that would remain in place for the next 29 years.
Approval of a school bond referendum by the citizens of Clarke County in the mid-1960s allowed Robert G. Shelnutt, the first director of the institution, to consolidate the Pope Street and Winterville operations at a permanent campus. At the time, Athens Area Vocational-Technical School offered only 13 programs of study.
A construction project funded by Clarke County, the State of Georgia, and the Economic Development Administration doubled the size of the campus facilities, which in turn provided space to introduce 10 additional programs.
Another construction project expanded campus facilities to more than 155,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, shops, and administrative offices.
Leadership at Athens Tech
Our Board of Directors
The following individuals are all Certified Board Members.
Fred Perriman – Chair
Dr. Reginald “Reg” Woods – Vice Chair
Douglas Kyle Brown
Thomas S. Denny
Judge Cheveda McCamy
Alcovy Circuit, Covington, GA
Philip Bettendorf, Jr