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
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.


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
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.

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.

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.

Military Police Regimental Association Scholarship

The Military Police Regimental Associations (MPRA) commitment to its members is as strong as the military commitment to serving our great Nation.  That is why the American College of Technology is pleased to announce our commitment to those who have served, currently serving, will serve in the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps.  This year ACOT will donate three (3) student centric scholarships to the MPRA’s members.

While not everyone will win this year’s scholarship opportunity, that is why it is most important, that any member of the MPRA or dependent, who would like to pursue their respective degree must be given a chance to succeed.  That is why ACOT will offer MPRA members a 50% off reduction in tuition and a 25% reduction to all MPRA dependents.
For more information and submission can be viewed here:

American College of Technology to talk funding and re-training options for workers after Energizer shutdown.

American College of Technology is holding a seminar to talk about retraining programs, scholarships and grants available to individuals who have been impacted by Energizer layoffs. The seminar will be held Friday January, 24th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn located at 2929 S. Main St., Maryville, Mo.

“We understand the struggle of retraining after a long career in a particular field,” ACOT Chief Operations Officer, Lute Atieh said. “We can help you add updated skills to your resume including training on the latest software.”

ACOT recommends shot-term training for this type of situation.  1-2 year programs either a certificate or associates degree.  Some of the courses provided by ACOT include: Computer Programming and Systems Design, Network Administration and Information Security, Business Administration and Information Security, Criminal Justice, and Health Information Technology.

ACOT first started assisting Energizer workers in 2013 shortly after the layoffs were announced.  Since the college was founded in 2001 it has helped thousands looking for short-term career retraining, including more than 100 former TWA employees.

“We’ll be able to answer questions about funding, grants, and how to get answers about programs,” Atieh said. “Anything they’re looking for to prepare them for a conversation with their case worker about the programs.”

ACOT classes are all 100% online so students don’t have to travel to attend classes or if they find another job elsewhere they don’t have to drop out to complete their education. Enrollments at ACOT are held 8 times a year. If you can’t make it out to Friday’s informational session or just want to learn more you can always check us out online at or call (816)-279-7000.

WIA Event Announcement – Workforce Investment Act St. Joseph Missouri

American College of Technology’s  Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Open House at the Holiday Inn-St. Joseph, Missouri Riverfront January 8th 2014..

American College of Technology (ACOT) in partnership with the St. Joseph Missouri Career Center to hold an Open House event at the Holiday Inn-St. Joseph Riverfront, January 8th, 2014 from 10am-12noon.  The ACOT event is for unemployed, displaced workers throughout the Maryville/St. Joseph Region that may benefit from the Missouri Workforce Investment Act and American College of Technology educational programs..

In recent months, several local businesses have reported a significant number of closures and layoffs.  Among those businesses affected were Energizer Holdings, Inc, Hostess Brands/Interstate Brand Corporation, Filtration Group and Climax Packaging Inc.   The Open house will serve to assist those in attendance to explore educational programs that lead to careers which are growing in the state and local job market.

American College of Technology (ACOT) is approved by Workforce Investment Act (WIA) as a qualified government-training provider in Missouri.  American College of Technology (ACOT) is the first accredited 100% online college in the state of Missouri.  ACOT offers an affordable, career focused, quality education; teaching valuable skills that provide opportunities to gain employment in high demand career fields.

Displaced workers seeking to increase knowledge in their career field or make a career change, will benefit from the ACOT  advanced delivery method, utilizing live, virtual classroom technology.  The majority of ACOT students are adult students seeking a quality, affordable education with the convenience of attending live online classes.

As a WIA training provider, American College of Technology has fostered an ongoing partnership with Missouri Career Centers.  Both organizations promote career focused, quality education programs for Missouri residents that will assist them in achieving their educational and career goals. For more information please contact:

Lee Watson | Director of Workforce Development
American College of Technology
2700 North Belt Highway
Saint Joseph, Missouri  64506

Phone:  816-279-7000 Ext. 106