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.

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Historic St. Joseph Landmark Wyeth Mansion to Become Educational Venue

Historic St. Joseph Landmark to Become Educational Venue

The purchase of a historic St. Joseph landmark is allowing American College of Technology to expand its educational opportunities.

Wyeth Mansion St. Joseph Mo.

Wyeth Mansion St. Joseph Mo.

ACOT has purchased the Wyeth Mansion on St. Maartens Drive, behind the St. Joseph Metro Chamber. ACOT has been offering 100% online course to students since 2001 when it first opened its doors here in St. Joseph. Because of rapid growth over the past year the college’s current office at 2700 N. Belt Highway above Coldwell Banker is lacking the space needed for further expansion.

“The mansion allows for continued growth and affords us the opportunity to continue growing our online programs, faculty and staff,” ACOT Chief Operations Officer Lute Atieh said.

A team of 10 will be working to renovate the building.

“For its age the building is in surprisingly good condition,” Atieh said. “We have started renovations and plan on restoring many of the mansions best qualities while improving on functionality of less used spaces so the building can grow with the college.”

However, nearly every aspect of the building needs some kind of modification to cope with the increased foot traffic, cars and visitors. Also, a Deli for building guests and surrounding office buildings will be added.

Other additions will include proctoring rooms, a computer lab, a technician lab, a student resource center, a book store, and solar workshops.

“Having a physical campus will allow us to entertain more programs that may in the future require some visits to the campus in addition to online materials,” Atieh said.

Renovations are expected to be completed by the spring of 2014.  After work is complete, an open house will be held.

Enrollments at ACOT are held 8 times a year. To learn more about ACOT programs or for more information on retraining after a closing 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.

Contact: Lute Atieh
Tel: (816) 279-7000  Ext. 120
lute@acot.edu

American College of Technology is Investing in the Virtual Future of Higher Education.

ACOT is donating funds to the development of new online textbooks in an effort to keep the cost of higher education affordable for students.

“The cost of all the materials continues to go up.  Schools pass the cost on to the students and tuition keeps going up,” said ACOT Chief of Operations, Lute Atieh. “ACOT’s tuition has NOT gone up since 2005 and there are NO plans to do so.”

According to the Education Database Online in the United States the average college textbook cost is around $175/per book.  In fact, students can end up spending $1400 a year just on books.

“During my first attempt at college, on campus, my tuition and book rates went up each year,” said Atieh. “I finally made the switch to online where I could work during the day, attend live class at night and budget my education.  As a result, I was able to pay off my student loans within 5 years.”

ACOT guarantees each student in writing that their cost will not go up while they are attending the college.  As part of an ongoing effort to keep costs affordable to students ACOT has recently become part of the OpenStax Network which develops high-quality textbooks for college courses.  The textbooks can be downloaded for free or students can purchase the books for only the cost of printing.

So far, ACOT has donated $1,000 but plans to continue to support and work with the organization to publish more of the books needed by students at ACOT.

“Donating to OpenStax College will help in building these books and we will be adopting them as more books become available,” said Atieh.

The idea of online textbooks are not new to ACOT.  The college currently uses a third party process but it does not allow students to download the whole book like OpenStax would.  Currently students can only view it live on the internet.

OpenStax currently has more than a dozen textbooks available or coming soon for teachers and students to use at no cost.  Topics range from U.S. History to Macro-Economics.

Enrollments at ACOT are held 8 times a year. To learn more about ACOT programs or for more information on retraining after a closing call (800)-804-1388 or check us out online at 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.