Meet Air Conditioning Technology Alumnus, Lesly Rock

photo of lesly rockLesly Rock, of Marietta, is a graduate of the Air Conditioning Technology program at Chattahoochee Tech.

Rock chose to attend Chattahoochee Technical College due to the location of the school. “It is a big school, and the HVAC labs are large and equipped with everything,” he says. “I knew I could advance my career at Chatt Tech.”

When asked what he values about Chattahoochee Tech, Rock says “the great, knowledgeable instructors, and the available resources for student support, such as free tutoring at the Student Success Center.”

Chattahoochee Technical College’s Air Conditioning Technology program provides a dynamic hands-on learning environment where students learn how to install, maintain, diagnose and repair heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration systems. This program also has faculty with real-world experience and curriculum matching industry expectations.

After graduation, Rock started his HVAC career at Reliable Heating & Air, based in Kennesaw.

When it comes to recruiting HVAC graduates, the recruiters at Reliable say that Chattahoochee Tech Air Conditioning Technology graduates are one of the most prepared to join the service team.

“We have a rigorous four to six week postgraduate program called Reliable HVAC Academy that gives students the hands-on experience they need to perform air conditioning maintenance and service, and Chattahoochee Tech graduates are always in the highest ranks of my recruits,” says Director of Training, Gary Roberts.

“I felt that getting my hands on the equipment with the guidance of a senior service veteran like Gary would give me the confidence I needed to start my HVAC career right,” says Rock.

Reliable Academy’s ultimate goal is to offer Atlanta air conditioning repair provided by in-house technicians fresh from institutions like Chattahoochee Tech.

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, 70 percent of construction companies nationwide are having trouble finding qualified workers.  The skilled trades industry is an excellent field for young people to look to for a rewarding career.

“I can’t recommend the Air Conditioning Technology program at Chattahoochee Technical College enough,” says Daniel Jape, President of Reliable Heating & Air.

“If you are looking for a successful career, Chattahoochee Tech will get you there,” Rock says.

Chattahoochee Tech’s Office of Career Development partners with employers to help students connect the classroom with the workplace. Reliable Heating & Air is always looking for candidates and is actively recruiting Chattahoochee Technical Graduates.


Study Abroad: Italy and Greece

Fourteen Chattahoochee Technical College students and seven faculty and staff members traveled through Italy and Greece this summer as part of a 10-day study abroad trip. The trip started in Rome, Italy and ended in Athens, Greece. Along the way, they were able to visit Florence, Sorrento, the archaeological site of Pompeii in Italy, and Patras and Delphi in Greece.

The academic focus of this program is cultural immersion, visiting significant points of interest, and instilling a sense of global citizenship.

“What I enjoyed most about this this trip was traveling and learning about other people around the world and also learning more about myself,” says Early Childhood Care and Education student Victoria Morales. “I loved viewing these world treasures in person for the first time.”

The trip was Morales’ first time being out of the country. “I learned how independent I can be,” she adds. “Yes, I was with a group of fellow students and instructors, but it was my first time out of the country away from my family with people I had only met a couple of times. I think it helped me want to travel more.”

Another study abroad student, Daisy Castro, states, “Every day was something new: a new experience, a new food to try or new things to see.”

“I would recommend study abroad because it is a great way to experience new cultures and try new things,” Castro adds.” It is an amazing experience and every day brings something new. It is great for those who like to travel, and even better for those seeking new adventures. It is a great way to meet new people and study new practices. It is also a great way to see ancient buildings and statues, and explore different continents and cultures.” Castro is currently a student in the Health Care Science program.

“It gives people some time away from home to free your mind and open yourself up to different possibilities. If I get the chance to go abroad, again I will, because it is something you cannot put into words. No matter how many pictures you have seen, or how many books you have read, nothing beats being able to say, ‘I’ve been there and I’ve done that.’”

The next study abroad trip will be to Paris and Barcelona during Spring Break 2019. Applications are currently being accepted through December 14, 2018.

For more information, please visit the Study Abroad page of our websitephoto of group of students


Baby Spinach, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

Recipe By CTC Lead Instructor and Culinary Arts Program Director Chef Hillary Gallagher

Serves 4-6

Baby Spinach, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Ingredients

-1½ avocados, sliced
-2 whole grapefruits, cut into supremes
-2 crisp apples, peeled and cut into strips (or grated)
-1 lb. baby spinach
-¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette*
-Salt and pepper to taste

Baby Spinach, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad Procedure

-Put the baby spinach in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper, and toss with enough balsamic vinaigrette to lightly coat the spinach leaves.
-Arrange the spinach in individual bowls or a large salad bowl.
-Arrange the avocado slices on top of the spinach.
-Arrange the apple and grapefruit segments neatly.
-Serve as is or with a piece of grilled salmon, chicken breast, or shrimp.

*Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients

-2 oz. red wine vinegar
-2 oz. balsamic vinegar
-1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
-½ teaspoon honey
-6 oz. extra virgin olive oil
-6 oz. vegetable oil (or any neutral oil)
-2 tablespoons minced herbs of your choice (chives, parsley, basil, or thyme)
-Salt and pepper to taste

*Balsamic Vinaigrette Procedure

-In a medium bowl, combine the vinegars, mustard, and honey.
-In a separate bowl, combine the oils, and then slowly whisk them into the mustard mixture.
-Season with salt and pepper.
-Whisk in the herbs, and serve immediately (or refrigerate for later use).


To learn more about the Culinary Arts program at Chattahoochee Technical College, visit our website.


This recipe was originally provided for and posted by Family Life Publications.


Ten Résumé Tips with Career Services

As the semester winds down, your college career may be winding down as well. If you are taking the next step and starting the job search, Chattahoochee Tech’s Career Services department is here to help! Career Services has provided ten résumé tips to help you kick off your job search.

  1. Read the job description and then read it again. Make sure you tailor your résumé to it.
  2. No more objective statements. Employers want to know what you can offer them. Consider converting your objective to a summary. This is your sales pitch. Invest the time to make it exceptional.
  3. Make sure your contact information is always current and use a professional email address. Your email address should not be suggestive, flirtatious or silly.
  4. Only add jobs you have had in the last 10 – 15 years.
  5. Don’t forget your accomplishments. Employers like to see what you have done; however, they enjoy reading about your accomplishments in your current and/or previous positions.
  6. Cut the fluff. Is your resume longer than the recommended length (one to two pages) for resumes? An easy way to cut fluff is to start by deleting bullet points in your experience section. Limit yourself to around six bullet points. Make it easy for the employer to understand what you have done.
  7. Balance your text and white space. Balancing your text and white space is the same thing as adding margins. It makes your resume aesthetically pleasing and easy to read.
  8. Listing “References Available upon Request” is no longer necessary. Employers know that they can request references at any time.
  9. Proofread, proofread, and proofread. Spelling and grammar errors can be costly. These are major pet peeves of many employers.
  10. Remember what you have on your résumé is all that the employer has to determine your fit for the position, so make a great first impression!

Career Services at Chattahoochee Tech is dedicated to education and empowering students and alumni in the career development process.

For more information (including contact information), please visit the Career Services page of the website.


Ten Tips to Spring Break Safety

Congratulations students, you made it to Spring Break! We’ve partnered up with Chattahoochee Tech Campus Police & Public Safety to bring you ten tips for a safe and happy Spring Break. You can reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim by being a little more attentive.

There are many precautions you should keep in mind to ensure a safe Spring Break. Here are our ten tips:

  1. Use the buddy system. Travel in groups when possible.
  2. Be alert. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  3. Have your keys out and ready, and lock doors after entry.
  4. Do not use ATM machines in secluded locations or after dark.
  5. Always let a friend or family member know of your plans, including tentative departure and arrival times.
  6. Do not carry large amounts of cash or share PIN numbers.
  7. Have your vehicle serviced before traveling and keep your gas tank half full.
  8. Lock items in your trunk, and do not leave valuables in your car in plain sight.
  9. If you are road tripping, take turns behind the wheel! That way everyone is well awake and alert.
  10. If you are leaving the country, know where to call in case of an emergency (the local equivalent to 911).

For more information and precautions, please see safespringbreak.org/safety-tips

This information brought to you by safespringbreak.org and Girls Fight Back.


Ten Tips to Stay Motivated This Semester

Does this semester seem to be dragging on for you? Are you counting down the days until graduation (or summer break)? We know it is time for midterms, and you might be struggling to find the motivation to get through this semester, so we created a list of tips to help you finish the semester strong!

  1. Get Organized: Make it easy on yourself! Whether it is your notes, your backpack, or your life, get organized and stay organized! Make sure you know where to find all the notes you need, and make sure you know your deadlines.
  2. Make It Fun: Speaking of those notes, make them fun! Write with different colored pens, make your notes color-coordinated, or use colorful highlighters or doodle in the margins! Give your notes some life and engage your brain!
  3. Make a Goal: What is your goal? A certain GPA? A certain program? Making it out alive?
  4. Stay Focused: Setting short-term and long-term goals will help the semester go by quicker and help keep you on track! If your long-term goal is to make an A in a certain class, your short-term goal could be to have perfect attendance in the class or never miss a homework assignment. Your short-term goals can help you achieve your long-term goals!
  5. Take a Break: Have you been looking at the same book for too long? Take a break! Play a game, grab a snack, or talk to a friend! Take a 15-minute break and reset your focus.
  6. Get Some Fresh Air: The weather is getting warmer! Go for a walk outside or sit at a picnic table, and let your mind rest.
  7. Make a Bucket List: What do you want to do before graduate? Go on a road trip? Get one last free T-shirt at an event on campus? Make a list of things, and start working through them!
  8. Make a Plan: Meet with the College’s Career Services team to ensure that you are prepared for the workforce! Learn more about what the Career Services Department at Chattahoochee Tech offers by visiting the career services page.
  9. Petition to Graduate: Is walking at graduation one of your goals? Make sure you petition to graduate! For more information about graduation, visit the graduation page of the website.
  10. Reward Yourself: You are almost there! Take a moment to reward yourself for how far you have already come.

Getting to Know 2018 GOAL Winner, Madison Potts

Photo of Madison Potts, 2018 GOAL Winner

Meet your 2018 GOAL winner, Madison Potts. She is also the President of the Student Government Association, former Vice President of the Black Student Union, and a member of the National Technical Honor Society.

The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) focuses on excellence in technical education by honoring outstanding students attending Georgia’s technical colleges and divisions.

When asked why she chose Chattahoochee Technical College, Madison says, “As a 15-year-old (high school) graduate, I was interested in finding a school that best fit my needs and not just a traditionally impressive name. After taking some time to research what nearby schools I could attend, I came across CTC and thought it was perfect for me.”

She is studying Business Management, but during her first semester at Chattahoochee Tech, her first government class piqued her interest in the world of Political Science.

“My government class really changed the trajectory of my academic and professional career,” Madison says. “I was always interested in advocacy and social justice, but I never considered political science as a major.”

After graduation, Madison plans to transfer to complete a Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s degree. Her goal after graduating is to effect positive change in the lives of minorities by working for and volunteering with social justice organizations and community leaders. Though she envisions running for local office one day and working for a nonprofit at some point, when asked about her dream job, she says, “Any job that would allow me to help create a positive change in my community is ideal for me.”

Madison’s favorite thing about Chattahoochee Tech is her instructors and advisors.

“There’s nothing like knowing that there is a team of people rooting for you and working to create your best experience,” adds Madison. “The support I’ve had from the first day is unparalleled and I’m so grateful.”

Her favorite courses she has taken so far are Public Speaking, Sociology, Human Communication and Political Science.
When not on campus, Madison enjoys going to concerts, reading biographies and books on personal growth, roller skating, making jewelry and watching documentaries on Netflix.

Her advice for students considering Chattahoochee Technical College is “CTC is a great option for those who are seeking a graduate degree like me and want the best start to their academic career. My advice would be to set an appointment with an academic advisor to talk about your goals and get a plan in place to achieve them. CTC is all about creating the best experience for you, so make sure you utilize all the resources that are available to help you make the most of your time here.”

Madison would also like to thank her instructor, Shari Szalwinksi, for nominating her for GOAL.

“I can’t thank her enough for believing in me,” she says.


What about CTC are you Thankful for this Year?

With it being the Thanksgiving season, we decided to take to social media and a few classes to find out what our students are thankful for when it comes to Chattahoochee Technical College. A big “thank you” to all who participated. We have shared some of your responses below! We hope you enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!


“I’m thankful that CTC cares so much about their students; they actually care and give us so many options to benefit our mental and emotional well-being.” – Samantha Taylor, Associate of Science in Nursing

“VERY thankful for Dr. Forrester!!!” – Kayla Morris, Health Care Assistant

“I’m thankful that there are teachers at CTC who care about their students. 🙂 ” – Greyson Dover. Health Care Science

“I’m thankful for the amazing staff!! You guys really go above and beyond for the students!! I really enjoy participating in all the activities thrown by the Office of Student Involvement. I look forward to them!” – Karena Wynn, Clinical Laboratory Technology

“I am thankful for the great instructors and sense of community at Chattahoochee Tech.” – Jakob Biddle, Computer Programming

“I value the instructors and the people at CTC, but mostly the Dual Enrollment program!” – Brennan Morse, Dual Enrollment

“I appreciate the small class sizes- I am able to communicate with my instructors, the helpful staff and the multiple locations.” – Trinh Nguyen, Computer Programming

“I’m a relatively new student, but I’m thankful for the accessibility to the community and the value. Everyone I have encountered thus far has been very helpful. It has impacted me by offering me the opportunity to change the direction of my life.” – Andria Stephenson, Associate of Science in Nursing

“I value the instructors’ passion. The instructors here are always helpful and make classes exciting.” – Gina Franzoso, Health Care Science

“The staff on campus, who I have gotten to know, are very kind and helpful, whether I needed advice in certain situations or just needed someone to talk to.” – Pareeta Desai, Computer Programming

“I am thankful for the small class size and the caring instructors.” – Lee-Ann Bush, Health Care Science

“The professors that equip us with the confidence, knowledge and their time to move forward to better our future.” – Kylista Rodriguez, Occupational Therapy Assistant

“I appreciate the location and the affordability of Chattahoochee Technical College.” – Melissa Wilson, Associate of Science in Nursing


Five Reasons You Should Register Early

You know what they say, the early bird (or Golden Eagle) gets the worm! This phrase can also be applicable when referring to course registration!

We know, you all have busy schedules. That makes registering early for classes even more important! Between work, family responsibilities and school, having an organized schedule (and course schedule) can make your life a little easier!

Course registration for the Spring Semester opened today, so here are five reasons you should register for class early:

Course Selection
Registering early increases your chances of getting the courses you want and need. If a course you need fills up, that could mean an extra semester, or even a year, between you and your diploma.

Registering early makes it possible for students to secure adequate advising as needed from the Office of Advisement and Career Services, or even specialized advising (for example, Disability Support Services, or counseling services). Take advantage of all of the services that are offered to you as a student at Chattahoochee Technical College!

More Money, Less Problems
Students who register early allow themselves time to have any outstanding holds removed and resolve financial aid issues that could impede their progress.

Additional Classes
Early registration allows CTC to better judge the demand of courses and take the necessary steps to respond. Do we need to add courses? Move rooms to allow for more seats? If enough people register early,  we can make the correct changes.

Peace of Mind
Registering early means less stress! This is a great benefit for your emotional well-being.