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CTC Student Run Restaurant Set To Open With New Look and Name


CTC Culinary Arts Student Alexa Izzet

The new student run restaurant at Chattahoochee Technical College’s Mountain View Campus is just about ready to open. Fresh paint, new furniture and a new name have students, faculty and staff ready to try some of the delectable creations this semester. Now called degrees, the restaurant is open a limited number of days each semester beginning Oct. 28.

“About a year ago we sat down and began thinking about how we could update this area,” explained Program Director and Instructor Chef Hilary Gallagher. “We realized that the café needed a facelift and early in 2014 we set out to do just that.”

Housed in the same campus as the college’s Interiors program, Gallagher said she approached Interiors Instructor Ginger Burton about the process. Interiors students presented design concepts and the new look started to take form.

“We wanted to make it more contemporary,” said Gallagher. “But more importantly it had to be functional.”

Tables used in the space previously were not easily moved with their heavy bases. Available in only two sizes, the tables lacked cohesiveness to allow larger groups to dine together. The new tables allow various size groups with a smaller footprint, as well as add to the contemporary look with a design that Gallagher said is one of only two of its kind in the state so far.

In addition to a restaurant, the space serves as a classroom to students. While the primary purpose of the program is food preparation, students in the program use the restaurant as a way to learn to work with the public and even such details as beverage service and computer programs required in the industry.

More than just the faculty of the college’s culinary program are excited about the new look. Students, who work both in the kitchen and front of the house for the program are thrilled with the new design. The seniors in the program, who are gearing up to cook for the restaurant, are putting the finishing touches on the menu. Most, according to Gallagher, have already invited friends and family to make a reservation for lunch.

“It has been interesting to see everyone putting their minds to work on this menu,” said CTC Culinary Arts Student Alexa Izzet of Jasper. “We’re looking at what the concept should be, what sides we can pair with each dish and what sauces will work best.”

Chattahoochee Technical College offers diploma and degree programs through its respected Culinary Arts program at the Mountain View Campus. The 62-hour degree program prepares students for the culinary profession. The program emphasizes a combination of culinary theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Those entering the culinary arts field will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities as cooks, bakers or caterers/culinary managers.

Previously Izzet had studied art history and French, but realized that her passion toward culinary was stronger. A few months away from finishing the program, she is working at an Italian restaurant in Roswell and hopes to continue there after graduation.

“This drives me,” she said of her experience. “It is fun and interesting. Studying food is never ending.”

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Chattahoochee Technical College is extending its fall application deadline for new and transferring students.

The original deadline, Friday, has been extended to August 8 allowing transferring and new students to get transcripts, test scores and applications to the school.

More than 1,000 students have already registered.

Early registration will be accessible until August 13, and final registration is available at the Marietta and North Metro campuses on August 15. Classes will begin on August 17.

GDOL will help Chattahoochee Tech recruit unemployed workers and other students for transportation training programs

The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Cobb-Cherokee Career Center will help Chattahoochee Technical College recruit unemployed workers and other students to enroll in training for in-demand occupations. The program includes an assortment of short-term training classes for a variety of jobs in the transportation field that will be taught during the fall semester.

The recruitment will be held Thursday, July 26, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the career center, located at 465 Big Shanty Rd. in Marietta.
Chattahoochee Tech, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a public, two-year college. It is located at 980 South Cobb Drive in Marietta.

Officials of the college, including training instructors, admissions officers, and financial aid personnel, will be on hand to provide information about the training program.  Classes include automotive collision repair, automotive technology, diesel equipment technology, commercial truck driving, and motorcycle service technology.

Graduates of the training program will be qualified for entry-level positions in the transportation industry. Placement services will be available to the graduates. Entry-level salaries for these jobs range from $12 to $20 an hour.

The registration deadline for the fall semester is Saturday, July 28.

For additional information about the recruitment, contact Gloria Kusmik at the Cobb-Cherokee Career Center at (770) 528-6100, or e-mail

Chattahoochee Tech To Hold Chili Cookoff This Monday

credit: Carstor

credit: Carstor

Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Arts students will be duking it out in the first annual Chili Cook-Off on Monday, April 23. Four teams of Culinary Arts students will compete at the Mountain View Campus in Northeast Cobb County. Teams will begin setting up for the event at 9 a.m. and judging will take place between 12 and 1.

“This was the students’ idea,” said Chef Hillary Gallagher, lead instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College. “Plans are to make it an annual tradition here at the college.”

Teams will begin preparing and cooking their entries at 9 a.m. with judging to take place around noon. In addition to bragging rights, the students are competing for knives donated by Mercer and Albert Uster and olive oil donated by Southern Foods. Judges for the event include Chattahoochee Technical College Dean of Student Support Services Cheri Mattox, former Chattahoochee Technical College student Shannon Farmer, Competition Chair for the ATL American Culinary Federation Chapter Chef Mark Milliron and Adjunct Instructor Chef Jim Clohessey(Adjunct Instructor).

For more information on Chattahoochee Technical College, visit or call 770-528-4545.

Chattahoochee Tech announces Broadcast Engineering program

Broadcast Engineering

Lead Instructor David Budwash working with a student (unnamed) in the school’s television production lab.

A new program combining the fields of Information Technology, Electronics, and Broadcasting will launch this summer at Chattahoochee Technical College. The only one of its kind in the Southeast, the Broadcast Engineering track will provide training in the design and repair of broadcast facilities and equipment. This includes television and radio transmitters, computer media networks and production gear.

“We found the addition of the Broadcast Engineering Technology sequence to our successful Television Production Technology and Media Design programs to be the next logical step in our effort to offer innovative technical training for students,” said Chattahoochee Technical College Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. Trina Boteler. “TV stations, networks and production companies that dot the Southeast have no direct supply of engineers which creates the demand for well-trained students.”

David Budwash who will head up the BCET program added, “Most TV stations have to provide on the job training for IT technicians which costs significant time and money. Our program will answer the needs of the broadcast arena and provide exciting and lucrative opportunities for our graduates.”

The Broadcast Engineering Technology Associate Degree will be taught at the college’s Mountain View Campus in East Cobb County and will prepare students for employment in the technical side of the television, radio and post production industry. Designed to train graduates in the skills required by every employer, students will learn how to design, build and manage broadcast systems, facilities and IT Networks. Additionally, the curriculum includes troubleshooting broadcast equipment to component level and performing routine and preventative maintenance.

The degree level program consists of 65 credit hours of general education and occupational courses, including networking systems, electrical power distribution, digital video systems design, advanced equipment repair, as well as a practicum/internship component.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows overall employment of broadcast engineering technicians is expected to grow by 8 percent while employment in the field of audio and video equipment technicians is expected to grow by 13 percent. The median salary is reported at $32,900.

“Currently, there are many positions available requiring skilled broadcast engineers,” Budwash said. “This need is increasing daily, as fully qualified graduates are not currently available.”

For more information about the BCET program at Chattahoochee Technical College, call 770.509.6305 or visit

Chattahoochee Tech Job Fair to Feature More than 30 Companies

Chattahoochee Technical College will host its spring Career and College Fair from 10am to 1pm, May 3, at the Student Life Center on the Marietta campus.

More than 30 companies and organizations will be on hand to speak with job seekers about seasonal, temporary and permanent positions.

Many of the employers are looking for students with backgrounds in automotive, HVAC, electrical, computers and business, but opportunities exist for all fields of study, according to CTC.

Seven local colleges and universities will also be on hand so that students can talk to recruiters about furthering their education.

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