Atlanta Technical College, President — Alvetta Thomas is recognized for her strong leadership role in higher education and for exemplifying many of the attributes that make Atlanta a global leader in business and industry. Understanding that workforce training is critical in today’s business environment, Dr. Alvetta Thomas is honored for her work in increasing the number of highly-qualified, work-ready graduates in the city.

Under Thomas’ leadership, the college has reached new heights with a 98 percent job placement rate, an increase in college enrollment of more than 40 percent, and the development of the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males, which was designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of African-American males. Later this year, this school will open a $14.2 million Allied Health and Technology Complex that is expected to further boost enrollment and position Atlanta Technical College as a leader in health-focused education.

Prior to becoming President of Atlanta Technical College, Thomas was the college’s vice president for academic affairs.  In that position, which she has held since 1997, she managed the college’s certificate, diploma and associate degree programs and supervised the academic deans, faculty and staff.

She earned her doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia in 2004.  She also has a masters in political science from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelors in political science from Alabama State University.

The Technical College System of Georgia consists of 33 colleges that last year enrolled 140,000 students in more than 600 technical education programs.  Thousands more took advantage of the system’s online, continuing education and adult education programs.  The TCSG also manages Quick Start, a workforce development program that provides free customized training to new, expanding and existing businesses.