Vici Rice wanted a degree that could take her directly into a profitable career in the Aiken area. She attended her last class in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting on a Friday, interviewed for a job on Monday and was working on Tuesday. She’s now an endodontic assistant with the Center for Endodontic Care.
Johanna Sutton took advantage of ATC’s Technical Scholars Initiative to complete two EET degrees emphasizing electronics and computer electronics. Under this program utility company SCE&G paid for her tuition and books while giving her a chance to use her new skills in a paying part-time job. Johanna went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University. She is now an associate electrical engineer with Tampa Armature Works.
At 22, Amanda Fail-Hicks is earning more than most people twice her age. She entered ATC’s Radiologic Technology program straight out of high school and two years later she had the education needed to become a radiographic technician at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Shondre Guest parlayed his success in the classroom and his talent on the basketball court into more than 63 scholarship offers to four-year colleges and universities. He will transfer his Associate in Arts degree from ATC and enroll as a junior at Columbus State University in Georgia.
Hagan Lee calls his experience with ATC’s Technical Scholars Initiative the smartest move of his life. Bridgestone/Firestone paid for his tuition and books while he earned his degree, and gave him a part-time job to gain the experience he needed. He was hired immediately upon graduation.
A resident of Blackville, Elizabeth Maule enrolled in the criminal justice program at Aiken Technical College. She chose ATC because of its small class size, affordability, and school-to-work programs. She is currently serving as a K-9 intern at Wackenhut, Inc., on the Savannah River Site, where she is learning explosive/narcotic detection training, basic obedience training, patrol dog training, and dog and kennel care. She graduated from ATC in 2006.
A former student of Aiken Technical College, Luis Ramos transferred to USC Aiken, where he earned a bachelor of science degree focusing on computers and mathematics.
Mr. Ramos originally chose ATC not only because the tuition was affordable, but also because small class sizes offered a smoother, less hectic transition from high school to college. He now has come full circle, teaching mathematics at ATC and working in the College’s tutoring center.
Carlton Cook graduated from Aiken Technical College in 2001 with an electronics in engineering technology degree with an emphasis in electronics. He is now employed as a communications and electronics technician with Wackenhut Services, Inc., at the Savannah River Site.
Carlton chose ATC because the campus was close to home. Financial aid made his education more affordable. He also took advantage of the Technical Scholars Initiative, which helped him financially while giving him on-the-job training.
“Having that college degree ensured that I was hired as soon as I graduated,” he said.
A 2005 graduate of Aiken Technical College, Steven Perry of Jackson earned an engineering degree with an emphasis in electronics and computer electronics. He is now employed by ASC Electronics, where he makes repairs on cable equipment for cable companies throughout the southeast.
ATC’s small class sizes made the difference for Steven.
“I got personal attention from my instructors,” he said. “I made the national deans list two years in a row because of that.”
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