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ATA sits down with 4 alumni

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Here at ATA College, we are so proud of our alumni! It is always fun to catch up with them after they have gone out into the workforce to get some of their thoughts!

We asked 4 students questions about their ATA experience. Here’s what they said:

What was your favorite thing about your ATA Experience?

ATA provided me with extensive knowledge in my career field, I felt so ready for the workforce when I left! – Rhen

I really enjoyed learning about and networking in the healthcare field.  – Shiana

My favorite thing about ATA would be that the staff has been really helpful and very nice. Not only am I studying for what I want to do in my future, but I’ve made good friends along the way. –Cassie

The hands on experience really prepared me for my chosen career. – Karen

Which Teacher or staff member will you remember the most?

 Tamesha Gordon left a lasting impact on me! –Rhen

Mrs. Susan. She is great! She is best teacher ever. – Shiana

I would remember Kyle the most because his class was always fun and entertaining. I learned a lot in his class. – Cassie

I can’t pick just one person. Rusty, Kyle, and Tracy, they were all fantastic! – Karen

If you could go back and talk to your “pre-ATA self” what would you want to know?

That the dental field was where I would end up! – Rhen

I would want to try and take as many of the healthcare courses as possible, so that I made the career decision that was best for me.  – Shiana

The school is great! You would love it. You can do what you want for your future in a short period of time. It’s definitely a great decision! – Cassie

Don’t worry “you’ve got this” – Karen

If you are ready to get started on your ATA journey, give us a call today! 

Beyond a Degree: The Real Impact of College Education

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I’ll never forget when my 44 year old single mother of two told me that she was going to start college. I remember questioning that and quickly passing it off. She had a number of motivations: it would afford her advancement opportunities at work, it was a goal she had always put off, it would create a social outlet where she could meet and interact with people and it would set a good example for her boys. Despite all of those, after her gap in schooling (and at this point in her life), she didn’t seem to be acting with a lot common sense to me. She would probably tell you I say that about most everything she does.

Fast forward five years, my mom now has associates and bachelor degrees under her belt. After completing her associates she had fulfilled her initial motivation – career advancement. She proved that she did know what she was doing, much to my surprise. However, the most powerful and meaningful work was being done unbeknownst to both of us: her self confidence was now soaring. Completing classes, getting good grades, putting educated thoughts together, successfully interacting with classmates – all of these things brought my mom’s confidence, self worth, and social skills to places they hadn’t been in 25 years. She kept going – classes, good grades and knowledge became her life-blood; I got to witness first hand as my 40 something year old mother blossomed into new person.
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Graduation is just around the corner for many of you this coming May and I know many of our nurses just participated in a Pinning Ceremony – achieving their initial goals of coming to ATA. As we reflect, congratulate and bid farewell to some I want to remind our current (and future) students the power completing goals can have in our lives. I enjoy telling my mom’s story to new students I meet with; I see so many people each day who step foot in here dejected by current work situations, unsure of their availability to balance school around family and convinced that it has been too long since they were in school last. Take the leap – just do it – aside from any money or promotion, you’ll be amazed what fulfilling this goal will do in your life personally and the impact it will have on your children and family. In the least, prove that snotty headed teenager that he’s wrong!

-Matt Sherfield

ATA College Admissions Representative

Student Holiday Party 2013

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The Good Stuff

Every once in a while we are able to take a step back, enjoy one another’s company, and celebrate together.  Recently our ATA family celebrated the holidays with our 2nd Annual Holiday party on December 12, 2013.  Faculty, staff, students, family and friends gathered on campus for a journey through the North Pole to meet Santa.  Adults and children enjoyed crafts and snacks along the way with stops in the Elf School, Reindeer Stables, and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen.

Buddy the Elf was there to help children write their letters to Santa and “apply” to be an elf.

Elf school was surely a success.  That is until the Grinch showed his ugly face and announced Christmas was cancelled.  To which, the children of course replied, “Noo, Noo” in a unanimous uproar.

The Reindeer Stables were waiting just down the hall with fun for all ages. Each visitor crafted their own reindeer ornament and made their helping of “reindeer food” before moving on to Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen where more treats awaited!

Mrs. Claus and her helpers were on hand to help decorate delicious, Christmas cookies, with enough sprinkles and icing to keep the kids up until the wee hours of night.

At the end of the journey Santa was waiting!  Along with warm hot chocolate and a family photo to take home, we all relished the time to relax and enjoy a small reprieve before finals.


As finals week is winding down and we prepare to spend time off with family and friends we want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a joyous holiday season!   With the stress of life and school, it is sometimes hard to find time to spend with those we love the most.  The dedication our students show to their academic achievement and the commitment they make to their future is an inspiration to us all.  We hope you are able to spend the rest of the year with those you love the most, enjoying the good stuff!

Important Dates to Remember

January 2nd – New Student Orientation

January 6th – Classes begin