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 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.

VRAP Approved School Seeking to Supply Veterans with Equipment for Learning

Most of us take the time to speak a word of thanks whenever we see a young man or woman out in public dressed in military attire. These men and women have given years of service and of themselves in ways that average citizens cannot fully comprehend. Now, thanks to the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the country is thanking its citizen soldiers with more than words.

The law subsidizes up to a year of education geared toward giving veterans new skills to make them more competitive and employable in our rapidly changing world, but the technology needed to support this learning is not funded through the Act. The American College of Technology (ACOT) offers a wide range of classes designed to meet the standards of the Act, but is going even one better by helping veterans to obtain the technology tools needed for online education.

The veterans retraining assistance program, or Vrap, outlines standards for coursework and study as well as giving financial aid. The American College of Technology (ACOT) is a 100 percent online Vrap approved school. Through ACOT, veterans can learn new skills in Network Administration, Health Technology, Computer Programming, Criminal Justice, Business Administration and more.

All classes are offered online, which keeps the cost to students low while making learning more accessible to more people. ACOT is a military-friendly institution who values serving veteran and active duty soldiers. In fact, close to 70 percent of ACOT’s student population is made up of military men and women and their families.

Because ACOT is committed to serving veterans and current duty military students, the College waits until Veterans Administration reimbursement funds are received before billing. That means that there are no out of pocket expenses for attending this fully accredited Vrap approved school. ACOT was one of the very first schools to enter into the Vrap program and its VA trained staff understands how ensure that GI bill requirements are met and payments are received on time. Yet, since ACOT costs are only about one half of the national average, most veterans are able to retain as much as $600 per month after tuition is paid. These left over funds are designed to assist the veteran with related educational expenses such as internet and technology.

Online courses make learning easier because students don’t need to be concerned with getting to class or working around rigid course schedules. Live lectures and demonstrations occur at set times through the week, but these are then posted to the website where students can view them seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

As great as the format is, ACOT has found that many veterans and soldiers do not possess the devices needed to access online learning. Of what value is an accredited, funded, Vrap approved school if the target student population doesn’t own the technology to access it? The program is too worthwhile for veterans to miss just because they don’t have the money to buy a new laptop, tablet, computer or smartphone. That is why ACOT is launching a program to encourage folks to donate laptops to veteran students.

Laptops must be no more than four years old, but donations could make the difference in whether or not a veteran can take advantage of the veterans retraining assistance currently available. The school is leading the way in donations and has committed to any repairs, cleaning or necessary upgrades, and shipping to the veteran. This is a great way for ordinary citizens to go one step beyond mere words of thanks. Show our military you are grateful for their service by donating a laptop soon.

In fact, due to high demand, ACOT has depleted its used technology by donating all extra and used PC’s to veterans. This is an exciting trend, but the organization needs your help. The VA only pays after a student starts class, making funds to support the necessary technology unavailable. With your help, however, these veterans who want to realize their education can do so through ACOT and Vrap. The Vrap program expires March 2014, so don’t delay.

Ship your laptop to:

Lute Atieh

American College of Technology
2700 N Belt Hwy
Saint Joseph MO 64506
Email: to let us know it’s on the way.

By Lute Atieh