For the first year ever, Atlanta Metropolitan State College will be offering the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program to its students.

Marlene Davis, program officer for the CLSP was the guest speaker at Atlanta Metropolitan State  to announce inclusion of a fully government funded summer language study abroad program to Atlanta Metropolitan students.

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program provides opportunities to a diverse range of students across the U.S.

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program provides opportunities to a diverse range of students across the U.S.

“This program allows students at Atlanta Metropolitan State College an opportunity to take their place in the global community and compete with the demand to communicate universally on global issues,” said Dr. Vance Gray, dean of Social Sciences.

The CLS program provides opportunities to a range of students from across the U.S. in diverse demographics also represented in Atlanta communities at every level of language learning. This will be the first time that Atlanta Metro students have been offered a chance to participate in a scholarship program of this broad international magnitude.

“I feel passionate that this particular exercise in international studies and believes that it will contribute positively to minorities, whose demographics make up over forty percent of the population, but are grossly under represented on the global stage,” said Gray.

“Though there are opportunities available for nine critical languages that requires no previous studies, a one year requirement is placed on Arabic and Persian and a two year requirement is placed on Chinese, Japanese and Russian.”

The intense eight- to ten-week study program, which offers five-hundred fifty scholarships each year, is based on cultural adaptability and the maturity of each individual who is chosen to participate.  Although the program provides emphasis in the domains of national security, it is suggested that those who wish to apply also find other disciplines, such as those in research, teaching, history, universal health and social work, to name a few, to be of equal interest.

“I am planning to apply for the scholarship in late October,” said sophomore Antonio Bately, a nursing major at Atlanta Metro. “If chosen, I can utilize this learning opportunity to increase my bilingual language skills and increase my objective of working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

The program, which provides academic credit through Bryn Mawr College, a liberal arts college for women located in Lower Merion Township, Penn., is now open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Atlanta Metropolitan State; including those with disabilities. Application requirements for the CLS program include two letters of recommendation, an official transcript and a number of essay responses. The deadline to apply for the CLS program is Nov. 23.

“I plan to apply to the CLS program to enhance my portfolio and resume in hopes that the language skills serves as an asset to further my career options to include international opportunities, said Robert Pernell Ali, a social science associate advisor and sophomore majoring in African American studies at Atlanta Metro.”



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By Juanita Allen

Being a member from a large and loving family of ten siblings, four brothers and six sisters, Terrance Oliver Kelly was born to Ola Mae Kelly and Wesley Kelly on July 13, 1965.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehouse College in 1990 and Master of Arts in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University in 1992.


Professor Terrance O. Kelly

“It is hard to forget someone who gave so much to remember, said Latonya Nuaji, a sociology major at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. “His gift of knowledge is the greatest bestowment of courage to challenge one to broaden their own personal growth. I learned so much with just one semester of his class than I have in years.”

Kelly, who had been with the Atlanta Metropolitan State faculty for five years, was well respected by his students and colleagues. He has left a legacy of students with personal unforgettable experiences.

“Professor Kelly made learning history informative and engaging, said Tiesha Davis, a business major at Atlanta Metropolitan State. “He pushed us to learn by using learning tactics that encouraged thought and interaction with classmates and sharing individual creativity. He was a great teacher and a great man.”

From jobs conducting research for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and cataloging books for the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, to completing freelance writing for Upscale Magazine, The Champion newspaper and other publications, Kelly has been a positive influence in courage, faith and knowledge and an extraordinary role model.

Also passionate about the arts, Kelly was also employed at the Atlanta Fox Theater, which cleverly fed his passion giving him the opportunity to enjoy performances and keep an open network for socialization with patrons and fellow staff members.

“I considered Professor Kelly more than just a colleague, he had a gift of genius that had to be shared with the world,” said Ruth Frazier, an associate professor in English and reading.”He had the ability to teach a subject from perspectives only he could see, but make you understand.”


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By Juanita Allen

Atlanta Technical College class of 2015 graduation.

Atlanta Technical College class of 2015 graduation.

Atlanta Technical College offers special on the job training experiences that enhances such opportunities for their students. As local companies look to technical schools for new talents in specialized disciplines that are adaptable to their business, students at Atlanta Technical College are offered an impressive alternative that enables them to develop and improve academic skills, technical competence, and work attitudes.

“I was motivated to go to Atlanta Technical College due to the school’s reputation of providing in-depth training in advanced technology and procedures, said Shavonda Woods, a professional stylist and sophomore at Atlanta Technical College. “I trust the accreditation of my instructors and I feel passionately that the courses I am offered will further qualify me to continue my career as an active licensed professional.”

The attributes that Atlanta Technical College offers are deemed as necessary for job acquisitions, retentions and advancements that meets students’ personal career needs. Atlanta Technical College considers prospects in technical education which include general and technical literacy, academic skills and knowledge, technical skills and the attitudes needed to enjoy life.

“I chose a field that required a part-time schedule, said Latia Williams, a junior studying cosmetology , who has been a part of the technical program for eighteen months. “I found Atlanta Technical College as my only option that would allow for me to remain active in real estate and insurance while obtaining my cosmetology certification. The training expense is an investment towards my future independence and specialization in a discipline of service.”

Atlanta Technical College has a pre-college program that introduces high school seniors to early learning opportunities and fast track degrees that exposes them to the workforce, as on the job training experiences, which are extended after graduation into salaried positions.

A team of certified and experienced professionals teach each discipline as instructors that are dedicated to understanding students’ ambitions to reach their greatest potential and be successful in their careers and personal enrichment.

“I am passionate about my positional responsibility to provide the proper training in the language and techniques of cosmetology and the ground work for institutional messaging through methodology at Atlanta Technical College”, said Thomas Chapman, director of academic affairs . “I enjoy developing social aptitudes and physiological directives that are cultivated throughout the training procedures in the seventeen categories that Atlanta Technical College provides for students willing to study cosmetology.”

The continuing education department has designed and developed short courses and workshops that offer seminars for professional development and enrichment in its domain.  Online courses are also structured and scheduled to meet the needs of the community. The opportunity of a technical education, similar to that of Atlanta Technical College, is in high demand and can be deemed to improve commercial and economic growth.

Course competence in business and industry is the benchmark for professional productivity. According to Atlanta Technical College’s online school page, to obtain employment, individuals must be competitive in today’s job market and they must possess the skills that will earn them promotions throughout their careers.

“I entered the service industry of training after feeling burned out of my former job as a Pre-K teacher,” said Shartara Barkley, a freshman majoring in cosmetology. “The course training that I am receiving now emphasizes how one in the service can recognize victims of domestic violence. I enjoy the positive interactions with clients that is built from trust and confidentiality. I am willing to utilize what I am learning now and what I have learned in the past, as a teacher, to cultivate my talents as a hair stylist and motivate lives.”


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By Juanita Allen

TRIO programs at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) maintain a strong commitment to academic excellence by providing cultural needs to students of low-income, or first generation college students.

The objectives that are set by the U.S. Department of Education are positive benchmarks of good academic standing in regards to higher education transfer rates and college graduation.

“TRIO started at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2010, and was just renewed through the United States Department of Education for another five years,” said Christopher Bennett, director of student support services.

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The TRIO program at AMSC has a 140 student occupancy which boasts the advantages that students gain from one-on-one advisement, counseling, tutoring and academic service and support.

The TRIO program at Atlanta Metropolitan State has a 140 student occupancy which boasts the advantages that students gain from one-on-one advisement, counseling, tutoring and academic service and support.

Quantitative measures of the program assess and meets a consistent and positive progression of the qualitative individual personal experiences of Atlanta Metropolitan students, which is proudly demonstrated and expressed in academic achievements.

“The untimed and unmonitored personal environment in the labs give me the extra time that I need to prepare for scholarship opportunities. Without the services provided by TRIO, I would not afford to be here,” said full-time student Jermaine Dixon, a freshmen majoring in psychology.

The competitive grants at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, which are fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, include the Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services, Talent Search and Upward Bound programs in Clayton, Fulton, Thomaston, West Clayton and Math and Science.

In 1990 the Department of Education created the Upward Bound programs in Math and Science to address the need for specific instructions in the math and science domain. Although the program was administered under the same regulations as other Upward Bound programs it is applied separately.

“This feature is the most positive and rewarding assets of TRIO, cultivating long-term relationships that update, monitor and celebrate former students’ academic progression and achievements,” said Morgan L. Felder, a counselor in the TRIO program at Atlanta Metropolitan State.

While the Educational Opportunities Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter, or continue, their post secondary education, the Upward Bound programs provides fundamental support to its participants in preparation for college entrance.

Likewise, students who enter under the Talent Search platform receive intensive support which begins before their college experience and continues onward with in-house college support.

Students who enter under the Talent Search platform receive intensive support which begins before their college experience and continues onward with in-house college support.

“I appreciated the math and English workshops that are offered. Through them my confidence in my learning abilities have been restored,” said Keenan Lockhart, a freshmen business major.

Beginning with Upward Bound, developed from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in response to the administration’s War on Poverty, Talent Search created in 1965, as part of the Higher Education Act, and Student Support Services, originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, authorized by the Higher Education Amendments in 1968, the history of TRIO has been progressive.

Over the years, the TRIO programs have expanded and improved to further provide a wider range of services and to meet the needs of students who require more assistance.

“Through the TRIO program I found affordable courses compatible with my scheduling; as I am also employed. However, it is easier to manage my time while furthering my education to advance my career opportunities in my field,” said Tiaranne Dixon, a freshmen majoring in occupational therapy.


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By: Juanita Allan

Louis Kahn, an American architect, once said a great building begins with the unmeasurable, goes through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end, remains unmeasurable. This theory deems true for the Atlanta Metropolitan State College campus, which now features the Elridge W. McMillian Academic Sciences Building as an abstract piece of art.

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The McMillian Academic Sciences building on Atlanta Metropolitan State College campus

“A consulting architectural firm was retained and, along with decision makers, which included the Board of Regents,” said Dr. Gary A. McGaha, president of Atlanta Metropolitan State.

Gary explained his vision to begin expanding on the physical presence of the campus as a way to accommodate and meet demands for both the physical occupancy and campus organizational structures that facilitates for a projected population of 10,000 students.

The McMillian Academic Sciences building, named in honor of Elridge W. McMillian, the longest serving member of the Board of Regents at the University System of Georgia, adds a sleek and modern look to the dated campus with its edges of steel and a glass juxtaposition that compliments its natural lighting and landscape.

“This building will be all inclusive, housing a number of offices relevant for the growth and confirmation of all of the stages of development in a strong, efficient, transitioning, and continuance in academia or higher education,” said Marx Favors, one of the architects of record and lead developer on the initial consulting contract.

With only one of the projects partially funded by student financial participation, each new structure within the envisioned portfolio of redevelopment, construction, and total rehabilitation, represents a modern upgrade and special contribution to the campus’s form and function.

Favors, along with other members on the development team who became a part of the project, blended the external changes within McGaha’s internal vision of science, technology, engineering and math as a discipline directive in learning into the project’s outline. “The goal was to stand out, yet not intimidate or alienate perspective participants in the movement for change,” said Favors.

The new Eldridge M. McMillan Academic Sciences Building on the school’s south Atlanta campus opens later this summer and will support biology, chemistry and physics associate degrees as well as health care degrees in pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-medical technology and health care management degrees. The stages of redevelopment evident on the Atlanta Metropolitan State campus adds volumes to the dedication and growth in the educational arena.

“I am very comfortable with the social amenities and I am looking forward to proposed exercise opportunities,” said sophomore Deja Hall, a mass communications major.” The new building welcomes some flexibility to the student population.”


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