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.


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:

Christmas tree For Warrior in Transition Unit Fort Leonard Wood

Christmas tree For Warrior in Transition Unit Fort Leonard Wood

While we were here at Fort Leonard Wood we noticed that the Barracks for the wounded soldier did not have a Christmas tree. A short time later we got one. GySgt. Dodson and Commanding Officer for the Warrior in Transition Unit were present when American College of Technology dedicated the Christmas Tree to the service men and women of the unit.

Fort Leonard Wood as they head home for the holidays!

We had the distinct pleasure of helping feed and see off 5,000 service men and women from Fort Leonard Wood as they headed home for the holidays today!
Fort Leaonard Wood
Monster Energy , Coca-Cola and Hard Rock Cafe were among those there to greet the soldiers early this morning. Even a few “celebrities” stopped by to say hello as well.

Enjoy your much deserved break!

Pictured: Block leave at St. Louis Airport, December 20 2013 — with Lutfee Atieh at St Louis Airport – USO.

Let us help your unit!

http://TheSmartWFort Leonard  This morning at 0900 CST at Ft Leonard Wood. I had provided an educational benefits briefing to the largest Marine Corps Detachment in the world. Education is free. Let me help our brothers and sisters get their education, so they can be more competitive later. If I can help your unit, send me an email at Thanks Richard Dodson. #military #college# #gibill

Family Readiness Group Donation

When we found oulute atieht the Family Readiness Group was having trouble raising funds for their holiday party and over 220 of our men and women in uniform and their families would go without a holiday dinner, we simply couldn’t allow it.Thank you, HHC 14th MP FRG for letting us sponsor your event and for awarding us the “Outstanding Warrior” medal.But we all know the real warriors and heroes were among us tonight. Thank you for your warm hospitality. We had a great time. We hope you did too.

— with Lute Atieh at Fort Leonard Wood.

ACOT sees large growth benefiting St Joseph, Mo. Economy – Economic Developement American College of Technology has seen an increase in programs and services causing the need to hire additional staff members and adding more jobs to St. Joseph economy.
By Lute Atieh