Student Support Services
Career Development and Employment Services
Career Development Services
The college’s Office of Student Development provides prospective and enrolled students with a range of career planning services designed to help students choose a career path. Utilizing various assessment instruments, career exploration resources, and educational program information, counselors help students establish career goals. ATC encourages all students to utilize career services resources.
The mission of Counseling Services is to support students by empowering them to address barriers to success. ATC maintains a staff of professional counselors who are available both day and evening to counsel any student confidentially regarding academic, professional, personal or social concerns. Counseling Services staff members also provide assistance for students affected by emergency situations. A student can meet with a counselor on a walk-in basis or by making an appointment.
There are several types of orientation available to a student entering ATC. Entering students meet with an enrollment advisor at the point of acceptance to the college. The meeting provides an explanation of placement test scores and information about placement. The meeting also provides students with basic information concerning getting started in college, including policies about transfer, conduct rules, refunds, advanced standing and academic standards. Information will also be provided about academic advising, financial aid opportunities, tutoring and campus safety and locations of key services. In addition, each semester ATC offers a credit course titled College Skills (COL 103). This class provides a student with the resources needed to develop learning strategies, self-management skills, enhance test-taking skills and explore career opportunities. Finally, the college offers a New Student and Family Orientation to provide students and their families with an overview of the college’s programs, ATC student support services, meet program faculty, and tour the college.
Protected Health Information
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) requires certain designated components within Aiken Technical College to maintain the privacy of protected health information (PHI) and to provide individuals with notice of the college’s legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI.
HIPPA describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
For further information concerning HIPPA and PHI, contact Aiken Technical College’s Human Resources Office.
Release of Student Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, describes the conditions under which information about a student can be released. It is the policy of Aiken Technical College to follow these guidelines to protect the privacy of students.
The following student rights are covered by the Act and afforded to all eligible students of the college:
- The right to inspect and review information in the student’s educational records.
- The right to request amendment of the contents of the student’s educational records if believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
- The right to prevent disclosure without consent of personally identifiable information from the student’s records (with certain exceptions).
- The right to secure a copy of the college’s policy.
- Parents who can establish proof of dependency by presenting a copy of their tax return to the Director of Enrollment Services or designee may view the records of a dependent without the written consent of said dependent.
- The right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the provisions of the Act.
Each of these rights, with any limitations or exceptions, is explained in the college’s policy statement which may be obtained from Enrollment Services. A form authorizing parents or others to review student financial aid or student services files is available in the Enrollment Services Center.
As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.
The college may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Act without the written consent of an eligible student, unless that student requests in writing that such information not be disclosed. The items listed below are designated as directory information and may be released on any student for any purpose at the discretion of the college unless a written request for non-disclosure is on file: name, address, e-mail, telephone number, dates of attendance, major field of study, awards, honors, degree(s) conferred and previous institution(s) attended.
A student who wishes to request non-disclosure of the above items may submit a written request to
Enrollment Services. The college may not provide the parent of a student over eighteen years of age any information about the student’s progress without the explicit written consent of the student or a copy of IRS tax forms indicating the student is a dependent of the parent seeking such information.
Services for Students with Disabilities
ATC provides special services to students with disabilities. Our goal is to improve the educational development of all students by offering an understanding and supportive campus environment. A counselor is available to provide direct assistance to these students. In order for a student to receive class accommodations based on a disability, the student must complete a form requesting assistance and submit documentation supporting the request. The counselor will review the documentation, determine the appropriate accommodation, and notify the student. The student will then take the form to each of his/her instructors each semester.
ATC encourages student independence by creating and maintaining an accessible physical environment and by providing a supportive psychological environment.