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 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