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.


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.

New program allows students to earn free MBA tuition

March 18, 2013: The American College of Technology (ACOT), a nationally accredited online college, offering a variety of convenient, affordable and military friendly online education programs, has announced its Pathway to a Debt Free MBA program. Given the recent cuts by the government to slash spending across the board, this program offers affected military personnel an opportunity to extend their education.

This new program will allow students to complete a portion or an entire undergraduate program to earn free tuition towards a master’s degree program at ACOT. This is a great value to enlisted men and women and veterans. The United States Army and Marine Corps have already said they will not offer Tuition Assistance for activity duty personnel. Other branches of the military are expected to follow suit. This puts a damper on those who have provided, and continue to provide protection to all U.S. citizens.

ACOT prides itself on offering affordable, accredited degree programs at reasonable rates. In the last four years, the college hasn’t raised its tuition rates. Students starting from scratch will achieve both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree while earning 12 courses worth of MBA tuition, a $10,000 value.

“With the economy still recovering, we feel that this is the best time to offer our Master’s program at potentially no out-of-pocket cost,” said Lute Atieh, Director of Operations and Technology. “As a Veteran Friendly School, ACOT wants to ensure that the loss of the Active Duty Tuition Assistance Program does not prevent veterans from achieving a higher degree such as an MBA.”

This isn’t the first time military personnel have narrowly escaped educational budget cuts. Tuition Assistance was discontinued in the early 1990s, during the “peace dividend” action. Like before, ACOT has been able to weather the storm and continue to provide quality and affordable education to our men and women of the armed forces.

Voted military friendly for the last three years, ACOT has continued to be recognized as one of the nation’s top schools. Besides earning master’s degree credits, ACOT has interest-free payment plans and tax credits to reduce education expenses. An ACOT Pathways calculator is available to all students to not only estimate the cost of each degree but track the progress of earning a tuition-free MBA.

All students enrolled in an undergraduate program are eligible to participate in the Pathway to a Debt Free MBA. However, the scholarship is not applicable to spouses or other dependents and transfer courses don’t apply. All courses taken at ACOT, after transfer credits are accepted, will accumulate towards the master’s degree, resulting in a discount.

The total cost of the program is $12,564, with books. Because the scholarship saves active duty and veteran students over $10,000, they can earn their master’s degree for as little as $100 a month. This makes ACOT one of the most affordable and esteemed colleges in the country.

About ACOT

Sam Atieh founded American College of Technology in 2001 in an effort to provide career focused technical education that could be delivered 100 percent online. His dream of live instruction combined with more than 100 years of experience in both business and technology, has made ACOT a success for more than a decade.

ACOT is dedicated to delivering high quality, innovative, affordable, and accessible educational opportunities and services that focus on skills and career building for students to become valued and productive members of society. ACOT offers its students individual attention and live interactive classes that are recorded and posted to the college’s website for 24/7 convenience.

By Lute Atieh