Situated off U.S. Interstate 29 in Northeast Georgia, Athens Technical College works with adults — primarily above the age of a traditional college graduate — at various experience levels in order to prepare them for careers in medical, automotive, industrial and food production industries. Programs range from classes for students learning English as a second language to dual technical certificates and a GED-equivalency in the students’ fields of choice.
“I’m looking forward to reaching my goal. I’m really excited about how everything’s gonna play out,” Boone said. Boone is able to study for and take the GED for free due to grants, such as one for special populations, and funding that comes from federal grants for the technical colleges in Georgia. (Photo/Cecil McIntyre)
“I’m basically just trying to please God and show myself improved,” said Karlton Holie. Holie looks forward to working in the automotive industry. Once students complete the necessary certificates, Athens Tech helps employ students with automotive partners like Heyward Allen GMC and Heyward Allen Toyota. (Photo/Cecil McIntyre)
Prospective students sign up for a “Future Friday” orientation hosted at the Dr. Kenneth C. Easom Building for business and education. After a brief orientation, they take the TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education), which can take up to four hours. The TABE assesses what curriculum path offered by Athens Tech will be best suited to the skill level and experience of each student. (Photo/Cecil McIntyre)
Cecil McIntyre is a fourth-year studying journalism and political science at the University of Georgia.
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