The Switch is On at Atlanta Tech

Sandra Bryant, vice president of student affairs, congratulates Alicia Lyons, an Aviation student, after she won the first iPod in the Q2S giveaway.

Change can be daunting, uncomfortable or even overwhelming, but Atlanta Technical College (ATC) has proven that change can also be exhilarating. To prepare the campus for the Fall 2011 Q2S conversion, the administration has rallied faculty, staff and students around a common slogan, "The Switch is On!"

Through a series of light-hearted and informative events, college leaders have championed advisement, program completion and other issues that are critical to a smooth transition. To launch "The Switch Is On," ATC hosted a surprise faculty and staff meeting. After all routine college business was conducted, employees were treated to an Oprah-like talk show in which Terreta Rodgers, the director of college advancement, interviewed President Alvetta Peterman Thomas about managing change. The meeting took on the spirit of an Oprah My Favorite Things episode when every faculty and staff member was presented with a Q2S Survival Kit. Each kit contained a Q2S branded lunch bag, water bottle and button. Employees were also provided with conversion plans, Q2S FAQs, talking points and timelines to ensure synchronous messaging across all disciplines.

Not willing to let the staff have all of the fun, the college then hosted a series of student information sessions. Representatives from financial aid, student affairs and academic affairs each provided updates on how the shift to semesters will impact various aspects of student life. Following the informative program, student names were randomly drawn to receive prizes that included Q2S college-branded paraphernalia and event tickets. At each session, the grand prize was a new iPod, sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Understanding that students were seeking timely and easily available information to address their disparate needs, the college opened "The Switching Station." Through this mobile kiosk, students can secure general information on the conversion, provide feedback on the transition process and have their individual questions answered in a discrete and relaxed environment. The Switching Station is open from now until July 2011 to ensure that the campus stays engaged and enthused about the conversion.