Wounded Warrior and Wounded Warrior Spouse Scholarship

This year American College of Technology will offer the WTC Wounded Warrior and Wounded Warrior Spouse Scholarship to 5 wounded service members and 5 spouses/dependents of wounded service members. The scholarship is a full scholarship and covers the full cost of tuition, course materials and fees. Each Scholarship is valued at $36,440. Facebook Link: http://hub.am/1lgThyg

American College of Technology is now taking applications for its Wounded Warriors scholarships.

American College of Technology is now taking applications for its Wounded Warriors scholarships.

St. Joseph, Mo., March 24, 2014 – “We’re giving back to those who have served,” Richard Dodson, ACOT Military Education Executive Director said. “Those who can no longer be in the military need to have an avenue for when they transition out; this is the best way that we could reach those who have been affected most by combat.”

This year ACOT has committed $364,400 to the Warrior Transition Command for a total of 10 full scholarships, amounting to $36,440 each.  5 of those scholarships with be given to wounded service members and 5 to spouses or dependents of wounded service members.

“Should a soldier become wounded where he cannot go back to work their spouse may have to take over,” Dodson said. “This is just a small way that we can get out there and really help the men and women in the service.”

The wounded warrior and wounded spouse scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition, course materials and fees.  Because ACOT courses are 100% online, students are able to earn their degree from anywhere in the world at a location that’s convenient.  All lectures are offered live online and are also recorded for easy review.

Applications for Wounded Warrior Scholarships are being accepted now.  Apply online at http://hub.am/1lgThyg.  A final decision on recipients will be made July 1, 2014.

To learn more about ACOT programs call (800)-804-1388 or check us out online at http://ACOT.edu.

American College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. ACOT is also certified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to operate in the state of Missouri.

Funding for veterans in jeopardy. Here’s a link to a petition asking congress to extend VRAP.

Reauthorize the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 or VRAP. To improve the lives of members of the uniformed services.

Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013 – Amends the: (1) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to extend through March 31, 2016, the veterans retraining assistance program; and (2) Wounded Warrior Act to extend through 2016 the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) (Secretary) to provide the same rehabilitation and vocational benefits to members of the Armed Forces (members) with severe injuries or illnesses as are provided to veterans.

Extends through: (1) March 31, 2016, additional VA rehabilitation programs for certain disabled veterans who have completed a VA rehabilitation program and have exhausted their rights to state unemployment benefits; and (2) FY2015 the collaborative veterans’ training, mentoring, and placement program.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reauthorize-vow-hire-heroes-act-2011-or-vrap-improve-lives-members-uniformed-services/8zzL66YX

American College of Technology continues to assist workers impacted by Energizer Layoffs in Maryville.

American College of Technology continues to assist workers impacted by Energizer Layoffs in Maryville.

St. Joseph, Mo. – ACOT is holding a Microsoft Office training course for individuals impacted by last year’s Energizer Factory shutdown in Maryville.

“We are providing those employees affected by the recent job loss a training program to learn new tools that could provide some insight into the technology industry,” Richard Dodson ACOT Military Education Executive Director said.

The course will run February 25th, 26th, and 27th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maryville Community Center located at 1407 N. Country Club Road in Maryville.

Around 20 participants have signed up to take advantage of the program.  The three day training will include a brief history of technology and software, interactive sessions on Microsoft Word 2013, and Microsoft Excel 2013.

“The hope is to give participants a new set of skills that could boost their resume as they continue to search for a new position,” Dodson said.

In the past 13 years ACOT has worked with employees from several layoffs. Usually Federal and State dollars are made available to workers who have been let go in a situation like this. Funding is there to provide new education to workers so they can advance their skillset to find gainful employment.  Last year ACOT extended a scholarship to Energizer workers looking to go back to school to try and fill the gap in funding to prevent the need to borrow or pay out of pocket for retraining.

“When they’re responding to being laid off the last thing we want to do is add another expense,” Lute Atieh, ACOT Director of Operations said. “We plan to continue to help point them in the right direction.  If they are looking for training we will send them to the right places and try to answer the questions that we know.”

The 3-day Microsoft Office training is just another way for the school to try and assist as technology continues to change in the work environment.

To learn more about ACOT programs call (800)-804-1388 or check us out online at http://www.ACOT.edu.
American College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. ACOT is also certified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to operate in the state of Missouri.

http://acot.edu

ACOT Launches New Degrees

ACOT Launches New Degrees

Students now have more options at American College of Technology with the launch of a new Bachelor’s degree and three new Master’s degrees.

A Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice was just recently launched for student enrollment. This comes in addition to the school’s current Associate’s in Criminal Justice. Students are now able to complete the Associate’s and move on to the Bachelors. This is called the 2+2 program. Students with an Associates from another school can also enroll in the last 2 years of a Bachelors as well. This will help to promote higher completion rates and will allow a student to gain a credential within 2-years, as they work to gain their Bachelor’s degree.

Also added to the list of programs available include, an MBA with a Concentration in Marketing and Social Media, one with a Technology Management Concentration and an MBA with a Global Business Concentration.

“The more specific concentrations make our MBA stand out a bit more from the rest,” Lute Atieh, ACOT Chief Operations officer said.The programs were developed based on a need seen in the workforce. “We gather market information and gauge the interest of our graduates,” Atieh said. “We also look at job trends.”

Several other programs are currently in the works for 2014.
In 2013 the most popular programs at ACOT that saw a large number of student enrollment included Business Administration and Information Technology, Health Information Technology and Network Information and Information Security.

The school also gained University status approval this past week and will become American Business and Technology University starting April 2nd.

To learn more about ACOT programs call (800)-804-1388 or check us out online at http://www.ACOT.edu.
American College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. ACOT is also certified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to operate in the state of Missouri.

http://acot.edu

American College of Technology Receives University Status Approval

American College of Technology Receives University Status Approval

St. Joseph, Mo. – American College of Technology has been approved for University status by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Distance Education and Training Council.  As of April 2nd, 2014 ACOT will become American Business & Technology University.

“While we have been granted university status, we have to wait at least 30 days before we intend to use the new name which is why the name of the school won’t officially change until April 2nd,” Chief Operations Officer Lute Atieh said.

ACOT started in 2001 in St. Joseph, Mo. by Sam Atieh, offering students an online platform for retraining services.  Since then the school has grown to offer its students not only technical diplomas but bachelors and masters programs as well.

“Prior to obtaining a graduate program students would transfer to other schools that we have articulation agreements with to complete their higher level degrees,” Atieh said. “Since our founding we had one major goal, offer career focused training and education to busy adults.  Now we are doing that on more levels.”

The school officially launched its first graduate program in January.  The school still plans to maintain a commitment towards short-term training in the business and technology fields but can now allow its students to continue through to the graduate level.

University status is just one of many things in the works for 2014.  The school will also be expanding its educational opportunities this year as it prepares to move locations into the Wyeth Mansion on St. Maartens Drive, behind the St. Joseph Metro Chamber.  The Wyeth Mansion will give American Business & Technology University the ability to continue to offer online courses but will also provide a space for physical labs and community programs.

“ACOT’s model is much different.  We hope to give local students the best of both worlds. A physical location when you need one, online when you don’t and of course just like always live interaction with a faculty member while you are studying from home,” Atieh said.

Renovations on the Mansion are currently underway but a move-in date is expected for the beginning of March followed by a rebranding campaign in April as the school prepares to re-launch as American Business & Technology University.

http://acot.edu

American College of Technology Hires Public Relations & Community Outreach Director

ACOT has named Nadia Thacker as its new Public Relations and Community Outreach Director.  Thacker comes to ACOT after working for News-Press & Gazette Company for more than 5 years.  She is leaving Fox 26 after spending the past two years as the station’s weekend weather specialist and weekday reporter.

2014-02-17 09.40.36“We’re excited to have her join our team here at ACOT,” Chief Operations Officer, Lute Atieh said. “We have big things in the works for 2014 that will benefit not only our students but the St. Joseph and surrounding community.  Because of her ties to the community Nadia will be able to help us facilitate our new venture as we prepare to expand our school once more.”

“I am sad to be leaving my role with Fox but am looking forward to huge changes to come with ACOT and the opportunities I will be given to impact the community,” Thacker said.

In 2001 ACOT started up in St. Joseph offering online retraining services.  The college has grown to offer technical diplomas and bachelor’s degrees. In January a Masters of Business Administration program was officially launched with specialized fields of study. Over the past two years the college has seen significant growth in its population and staff.  Because of a large growth in its student population ACOT had to hire on an additional 20 employees in 2013 adding an estimated additional $1.5 million dollars annually to the St. Joseph Economy.  Because of the large growth, ACOT’s current office located at 2700 N. Belt Highway above Coldwell Banker began to shrink.  So last year the school purchased the Wyeth Mansion on St. Maartens Drive, behind the Metro Chamber.  Renovations are currently underway but a move-in date will be coming soon.

“In the past we’ve been a 100% online school.  But having a physical campus will allow us to host more programs not only for our students but also for the community,” Thacker said. “I am looking forward to stepping into my new shoes at ACOT and excited to be in on the ground level of many wonderful things to come.”

Thacker will officially start in her new role at ACOT Monday, February 17th.

American College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. ACOT is also certified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education to operate in the state of Missouri.

http://acot.edu