Chattahoochee Technical College, also known as Chattahoocee Tech and CTC, is a two-year state technical college that is a member of the Technical College System of Georgia. It is comprised of eight campuses in the Atlanta area:
- Appalachian Campus
- Austell Campus
- Canton Campus
- Marietta Campus
- Mountain View Campus
- North Metro Campus
- Paulding Campus
- Woodstock Campus
The Woodstock location is for class meetings only. Professors do not meet for office hours and student services are not available at this location.
CTC awards associate of applied technology degrees, along with various technical certificates and diplomas. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
First established in 1963, Chattahoochee Tech is named for the Chattahoochee River. Prior to July 2009, CTC was the largest technical college in the state based on enrollment figures. Over 6,000 students were enrolled in over 20 techincal programs.
In July 2009, CTC merged with Appalachian Technical College and North Metro Technical College, becoming the largest technical college in Georgia by serving over 13,000 students across six counties. The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation was established to bring the merged institutions together to advance the mission and vision of CTC.
Chattahoochee Tech offers dozens of educational program to meet student needs. These include:
- Academic programs for college credit
- Continuing education classes, not for college credit
- Adult Education / GED prep classes for students who have not earned a high school diploma
Many courses and programs are offered on more than one campus. Some programs are offered completely online or in a hybrid format, comprised of a mixture of both online and traditional, in-person classes.
CTC academic programs for credit include:
- Business and Technical Studies, such as Accounting, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Horticulture, Welding, and more
- Health Sciences, such as Associate of Science in Nursing, Healthcare Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, and more
- Arts and Sciences, such as a Technical Specialis
The college has articulation agreements with other members of the Technical College System of Georgia, the University System of Georgia, and other various colleges and universities. These transfer agreements allow students to apply credits earned in specific courses or programs at CTC for entry to another educational institution. For example, students who earn a two-year associate degree are eligible to enroll as a junior at a school that has an articulation agreement with Chattahoochee Tech.
Other colleges, universities, and schools within Georgia as well as schools in other states can and do accept credits earned at CTC. However, the institution that the student plans on attending is responsible for determining whether or not particular credits can transfer.
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Anyone wishing to attend Chattahoochee Technical College must be at least 16 years old. Minimum age requirements for certain programs may vary. Applicants must possess a high school diploma that was awarded by an institution meeting the Technical College System of Georgia’s accreditation requirements or have a GED. All applicants must also take the COMPASS test for program placement. If test scores are not satisfactory, remedial and/or supplemental coursework may be required before the applicant is able to enter his or her desired program of study. Acceptable ACT or SAT scores may take the place of COMPASS for eligible students.
First-Time College Students
Along with an admissions application, which can be completed online, and the required non-refundable application fee, prospective first-time college students must supply CTC with official, sealed copies of their high school transcript or GED scores. It is also advisable to complete the FAFSA and apply for financial aid before posted deadlines.
Prospective transfer students must submit an application for admission, non-refundable application fee, and official copies of transcripts from all colleges, universities, or post-high school institutions that the student attended. Placement testing is required.
Students who are in good academic standing at an accredited college or university other than CTC may be able to enroll as a transient student to earn college credit that will then transfer back to his or her home school. Transient students are only allowed if space is available. Anyone wishing to apply as a transient student must submit a completed application, non-refundable application fee, letter from the home college or university, and proof of prerequisite requirements. This is often proven with unofficial college transcripts.
In addition to standard requirements expected of all applicants, prospective international students must provide proof of English proficiency in the form of an acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. International applicants also need an official letter from a bank that proves the minimum financial amount determined by CTC each year is available for the first year of tuition and other expenses.
Many Chattahoochee Tech students seek financial aid to help pay their way through college. Financial aid is typically offered in the form of grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. Unlike many schools, CTC does not participate in federal or state student loan programs. However, students may apply for private loans.
To apply for and determine eligibility for financial aid programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. All students are advised to apply, regardless of status or income. Many students wrongly assume that they will not qualify for financial assistance, although they are in fact eligible.
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All students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the many organizations available on campus. Participation helps enrich educational and leadership skills that may not be found inside the classroom, all while forming new friendships and having fun.
Studies have also found that students involved in campus clubs and groups are more likely to graduate from college and complete educational as well as professional goals.
Academic and social organizations at Chattahoocee Tech, which are available to students regardless of which campus he or she attends, include the National Technical Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Phi, and the Student Government Association, the Automotive Club, the Christian Fellowship Club, and the Chess and Board Game Club. Industry-specific groups include the Student Nurses’ Association, the Public Safety Club, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
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The Chattahoochee Tech Golden Eagles belong to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) as well as the National Club Football Association (NCFA). The college offers intercollegiate men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track, half marathon, and basketball as well as the men’s club football team.
Students from any CTC campus may take part in sports, but the majority of teams practice and compete near the Marietta location.
Various intramural activities are also available for students who wish to participate in recreational athletics. Intramurals at CTC include basketball, cheerleading, soccer, and softball.
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