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Local Board Meeting

October 20, 2009

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Athens Technical College

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Athens, GA

October 20, 2009

10:30 A.M.


Ms. Patricia Barron

Mr. Kenny Beck

Mr. Fred Boatwright

Mr. Bill Cabaniss

Mr. Frank Christa, Chair

Mr. Vince Dooley

Mr. Stephen Felker, Jr.

Mr. Don Fortson, Vice Chair

Mr. Ed Geddings

Mr. Scott Hardigree

Ms. Carol Williams

Ms. Pet Williams


Mr. Robert Johnson, Fatherhood Program Coordinator


Chair Frank Christa called the meeting to order at 10:30 AM welcoming everyone to the October Board Meeting.


Mr. Christa asked Andrea Daniel to introduce the guest for the October meeting. Topic: “The Fatherhood Program at ATC, Robert Johnson, Fatherhood Program Coordinator”. Ms. Daniel introduced Robert Johnson, who is the Coordinator for the Fatherhood Program at Athens Technical College. Mr. Johnson began working at the college a month ago when the Georgia Fatherhood Program was reinstated at the college. The program lost state funding earlier in the year but the Georgia Department of Labor saw the importance of the program and set up funding to support the program again.

Mr. Johnson presented a Power Point Presentation on the Fatherhood Program. Some of the objectives of the program include providing support to parents, improving economic support for children, improving educational levels of families, and building a support system for participants who may be unemployed or at risk of becoming unemployed. The program also provides support for veterans.

The program’s service goal is 100. Since the program began a month ago, it has already served thirty-five participants. The average age of participants is thirty.


Mr. Christa called for approval of the September minutes for the Local Board. After reviewing, there were no changes to be made. Bill Cabaniss made a motion to approve the minutes and Patricia Barron seconded the motion with the remainder of the board in agreement. The minutes were approved.



Dr. Joyce Sansing presented the Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Repair Technician Technical Certificate of Credit for approval. This is a “green program” that is being funded by a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant from Athens-Clarke County Human and Economic Development Department. It will be taught at the Athens and Elbert County Campuses. Stephen Felker made a motion to approve the technical certificate of credit and Patricia Barron seconded the motion with the remainder of the board in agreement. The Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Repair Technician Technical Certificate of Credit was approved and will be sent forward to the State Board for its approval.


Mr. Jerry Barrow gave an update on Economic Development. Work Ready is growing. All of our campuses are booked with assessments through November with over 200 individuals waiting to be tested.

Last week 231 high school seniors were tested at Oconee High School. There were 221 certificates issued with two being platinum certificates. Clarke and Oglethorpe Counties will be tested in November.

Profiles are being conducted in Greene, Walton, Hart, and Wilkes Counties.

There was a huge turnout at the Walton County Life Science Wing Grand Opening last week at the Walton County Campus.

Bill Barton, who is the Director at the Walton County Campus, has been working with high schools to increase dual enrollment.

Student enrollment at the Greene County Campus has increased. There are thirteen individuals who are currently using the Athens Technical College bus to go between campuses.


Ms. Kathryn Thomas presented the Financial Report as of September 30, 2009. We are currently at 24% expended on our budget, which is where we should be. We are going to start spending our renovation and repair funds which will expire in June, 2010.


Ms. Andrea Daniel updated on Student Affairs. Enrollment for Fall Quarter is 5,220 which is an unduplicated total. This is a 20% increase from last year. Enrollment has increased at all of our campuses.

We have applied for three Work Force Adult Education grants totaling $108,000.


Dr. Sheila Weldon presented a Power Point presentation on the facilities projects. Dr. Weldon invited the board members to attend the tour of the Life Science Building at 3:30 p.m. The building is ahead of schedule. All mechanical and plumbing is completed on the first floor and they have begun work on the second floor. The exterior part is completed and some of the drywall and floors have been completed. There will be a fence installed around the two detention ponds and two parking lots created which will provide 220 additional parking spaces. We are hoping to occupy the building in the Spring.

Bidding took place last week for the Elbert County Technical and Industrial Building. There were twenty-four contractors who attended the bidders’ conference. A contract should be awarded by the end of October and work will begin in December. We are hoping to occupy the building next Fall.

There will be a FTP site established on our website which allow for viewing of information on our facilities projects including maps and plans.

The college is working on acquiring the Yellow Freight property which is connected to our property. They have accepted our offer of $475,000 and due diligence is currently being conducted. The Athens Tech Foundation will purchase the property and lease it back to the college.


Dr. Tydings presented our plaque we received at the TCDA-TCFA Conference in Macon last week for having a 100% certified board.

We have our PAR review on Thursday which is a review by our peers to make sure we are meeting state standards.

Dr. Tydings congratulated Dan Smith for completing the COC Five Year Report last week.

Dr. Tydings announced that Dr. Larry Siefferman is now heading up the Athens Tech Foundation.

The Walton County Campus received a $500,000 grant which supported the new life science wing.

The college has applied for a $3.2 million life science grant which will be spread out among different colleges.

Dr. Tydings recognized Susan Larson, who is the Dean of our General Education Division, for all of her work in obtaining adjunct instructors to teach Fall Quarter.

The ACBSP reaffirmation team visited last week. The college had no findings our suggestions. We received many positive remarks.


Being no further business, Chair Christa adjourned the meeting with appropriate motion and second at 12:05 p.m. Lunch was served immediately following the meeting.


Flora W. Tydings, President

Rebecca Allen

Administrative Assistant


Next scheduled Board Meeting: November 17, 2009.

* Denotes action items that require a vote for approval by the local board.