Edge Tech Academy

Arlington, Texas


School Catalog - 2021-2022 Version 1.1
Effective November 22, 2021

 

School Name

Edge Tech Academy 

 

School Address

2241 S. Watson Road, Suite 181
Arlington, Texas 76010

Phone: (682)334-5700
Fax: (817)590-9242

https://edgetechacademy.edu
 

Message from the President

Gone are the days when businesses could succeed without leading edge technology. Today, businesses need innovative software just to remain competitive. For this reason, businesses need uniquely skilled software developers.

 

With this in mind, we created Edge Tech Academy. Our focus is providing you with the skills and mindset you need for current and future in-demand web and app development career opportunities. In a dynamic training environment that fosters creativity, we teach web and app development skills aimed at increasing your employability by enhancing your ability to impact current and emerging fields, markets, and frontiers.

 

We took a project-oriented approach to training, focusing on the symphony of web and app development, not just solo skills. Students partner with our instructors and work in teams throughout their course of study to enhance their skillset, gain experience, and develop personally and professionally. We provide an immersion-based training system that quickly develops mastery of new technical competencies. By including multiple languages, frameworks, and databases in one program, we teach you how to create working applications that solve problems.

 

Welcome to Edge Tech Academy. We are confident that we will provide you with the right tools for today’s opportunities.  I look forward to sharing the Edge Tech Academy experience with you.

I look forward to sharing the Edge Tech Academy experience with you.

 

Michael Zawisky

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

General Disclaimer

Changes in Catalog Information
The information in this catalog and other school publications is subject to change and may require approval of the Texas Workforce Commission. Developments in technology and continuing efforts of Edge Tech Academy to meet the needs of its students require periodic revision of class content, scheduling, and policies. 

Statement of Truth
The contents of this catalog are presented as an accurate description of course content, schools facilities and services, and academic standards and policies that are in effect as of the enrollment agreement entered into by the student and Edge Tech Academy. Images and photos within this catalog may not reflect actual students, faculty, programs, equipment and facilities at this campus.

The information contained in this catalog is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.



Michael Zawisky
President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Accreditation Statements

Edge Tech Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), as a branch campus of Miller-Motte College – Chattanooga, 6397 Lee Highway, Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN 37421 (423)510-9675.   ACCSC is located at 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA  22201, 703-247-4212, www.accsc.org.

 

ACCSC is located at:
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
Arlington, VA  22201
Phone: 703-247-4212
www.accsc.org

 

State Approval/Licensure

Edge Tech Academy is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, Austin, Texas:

Texas Workforce Commission
Career School and Colleges
101 E. 15
th Street, Rm. 226T
Austin, Texas 78778

Phone: 512-936-3100
www.Texasworkforce.org/careerschools

 

Academic Calendar


Term Dates

2021

2022


Track I

Track II

Track I

Track II

Winter Term

Jan 11 - March 21

Feb 15 - April 25

Jan 10-Mar 20

Feb 14 - Apr 24

Winter Mid Term

N/A

Jan 25 - April 25

Dec 6 - Mar 20

Jan 24 - Apr 24

Spring Term

March 22 - May 30

April 26 - July 4

Mar 21-May 29

Apr 25 - Jul 3

Spring Mid Term

March 1 - May 30

April 5 - July 4

Feb 28 - May 29

Apr 4 - Jul 3

Summer Term

May 31 - Aug 8

July 5 - Sept 12

May 30 - Aug 7

Jul 4 - Sept 11

Summer Mid

May 10 - Aug 8

June 14 - Sept 12

May 9 - Aug 7

June 13 - Sept 11

Late Summer Term

Aug 9 - Oct 17

Sept 13 - Nov 21

Aug 8 - Oct 16

Sept 12 - Nov 20

Late Summer Mid

July 19 - Oct 17

Aug 23 - Nov 21

July 18 - Oct 16

Aug 22 - Nov 20

Fall Term

Oct 18 - Dec 26

Nov 22-Feb 13

Oct 17 - Dec 25

Nov 21 - Feb 12

Fall Mid

Sept 27 - Dec 26

Nov 1 - Feb 13

Sept 26 - Dec 25

Oct 31 - Feb 12



Term Dates

2023

2024

2025


Track I

Track II

Track I

Track II

Track I

Track II

Winter Term

Jan 9 - Mar 19

Feb 13 - Apr 23

Jan 8 - Mar 17

Feb 12 - Apr 21

Jan 6 - Mar 16

Feb 10 - Apr 20

Winter Mid Term

Dec 5 - Mar 19

Jan 23 - Apr 23

Dec 4 - Mar 17

Jan 22 - Apr 21

Dec 2 - Mar 16

Jan 20 - Apr 20

Spring Term

Mar 20 - May 28

Apr 24 - Jul 2

Mar 18 - May 26

Apr 22 -Jun 30

Mar 17 - May 25

Apr 21 - Jun 29

Spring Mid Term

Feb 27 - May 28

Apr 3 - Jul 2

Feb 26 - May 26

Apr 1 - June 30

Feb 24 - May 25

Mar 31 - Jun 29

Summer Term

May 29 - Aug 6

Jul 3 - Sept 10

May 27 - Aug 4

Jul 1 - Sept 8

May 26 - Aug 3

Jun 30 - Sep 7

Summer Mid

May 8 - Aug 6

June 12 - Sept 10

May 6 - Aug 4

June 10 - Sept 8

May 5 - Aug 3

Jun 9 - Sep 7

Late Summer Term

Aug 7 - Oct 15

Sept 11 - Nov 19

Aug 5 - Oct 13

Sept 9 - Nov 17

Aug 4 - Oct 12

Sep 8 - Nov 16

Late Summer Mid

July 17 - Oct 15

Aug 21 - Nov 19

July 15 - Oct 13

Aug 19 - Nov 17

July 14 - Oct 12

Aug 18 - Nov 16

Fall Term

Oct 16- Dec 24

Nov 20 - Feb 11

Oct 14 - Dec 22

Nov 18 - Feb 9

Oct 13 - Dec 21

Nov 17 - Feb 15

Fall Mid

Sept 25 - Dec 24

Oct 30 - Feb 11

Sept 23 - Dec 22

Oct 28 - Feb 9

Sept 22 - Dec 21

Oct 27 - Feb 15



Calendar Dates:

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

Classes Begin Winter Mid 1A

N/A

6-Dec 2021

5-Dec 2022

4-Dec 2023

2-Dec, 2024

New Student Extended Drop/Add

N/A

19-Dec 2021

18-Dec 2022

17-Dec 2023

15-Dec 2024

Classes End Winter Mid 1A

N/A

23-Jan

22-Jan

21-Jan

19-Jan

Classes Begin Winter Mod A

11-Jan

10-Jan

9-Jan

8-Jan

6-Jan

Continuing Student Drop/Add

17-Jan

16-Feb

15-Jan

14-Jan

12-Jan

MLK Day Holiday*

18-Jan

17-Jan

16-Jan

15-Jan

20-Jan

New Student Extended Drop/Add

24-Jan

23-Jan

22-Jan

21-Jan

19-Jan

End of Winter Mod A

14-Feb

13-Feb

12-Feb

11-Feb

9-Feb

Classes Begin Winter Mid 1B

25-Jan

24-Jan

23-Jan

22-Jan

20-Jan

New Student Extended Drop/Add

7-Feb

6-Feb

5-Feb

4-Feb

2-Feb

End of Winter Mid 1B

28-Feb

27-Feb

26-Feb

25-Feb

23-Feb

Classes Begin Winter Mod B

15-Feb

14-Feb

13-Feb

12-Feb

10-Feb

Continuing Student Drop/Add

21-Feb

20-Feb

19-Feb

18-Feb

16-Feb

New Student Extended Drop/Add

28-Feb

27-Feb

26-Feb

25-Feb

23-Feb

Faculty In-Service*

8-Mar

14-Mar

13-Mar

11-Mar

10-Mar

End of Winter Mod B

21-Mar

20-Mar

19-Mar

17-Mar

16-Mar

Classes Being Spring Mid 1A

1-Mar

28-Feb

27-Feb

26-Feb

24-Feb

New Student Extended Drop/Add

14-Mar

13-Mar

12-Mar

10-Mar

9-Mar

End of Winter Mid 1A

4-Apr

3-Apr

2-Apr

31-Mar

30-Mar

Classes Begin Spring Mod A

22-Mar

21-Mar

20-Mar

18-Mar

17-Mar

Continuing Student Drop/Add

28-Mar

27-Mar

26-Mar

24-Mar

23-Mar

New Student Extended Drop/Add

4-Apr

3-Apr

2-Apr

31-Mar

30-Mar

Spring Holiday*

2-Apr

15-Apr

7-Apr

5-Apr

4-Apr

End of Spring Mod A

25-Apr

24-Apr

23-Apr

21-Apr

20-Apr

Classes Begin Spring Mid 1B

5-Apr

4-Apr

3-Apr

1-Apr

31-Mar

New Student Extended Drop/Add

18-Apr

17-Apr

16-Apr

14-Apr

13-Apr

End of Spring Mid 1B

9-May

8-May

7-May

5-May

4-May

Classes Begin Spring Mod B

26-Apr

25-Apr

24-Apr

22-Apr

21-Apr

Continuing Student Drop/Add

2-May

1-May

30-Apr

28-Apr

27-Apr

New Student Extended Drop/Add

9-May

8-May

7-May

5-May

4-May

Faculty In-Service*

14-May

13-May

12-May

10-May

9-May

Memorial Day* **

31-May

30-May

29-May

27-May

26-May

Classes End Spring Mod B

30-May

29-May

28-May

26-May

25-May

Classes Begin Summer Mid 1A

10-May

9-May

8-May

6-May

5-May

New Student Extended Drop/Add

23-May

22-May

21-May

19-May

18-May

End of Summer Mid 1A

13-Jun

12-Jun

11-Jun

9-Jun

8-Jun

Classes Begin Summer Mod A

31-May

30-May

29-May

27-May

26-May

Continuing Student Drop/Add

6-Jun

5-Jun

4-Jun

2-Jun

1-Jun

New Student Extended Drop/Add

13-Jun

12-Jun

11-Jun

9-Jun

8-Jun

End of Summer Mod A

4-Jul

3-Jul

2-Jul

30-Jun

29-Jun

Classes Begin Summer Mid 1B

14-June

13-Jun

12-Jun

10-Jun

9-Jun

New Student Extended Drop/Add

27-June

26-Jun

25-Jun

23-Jun

22-Jun

End of Summer Mid 1B

18-July

17-Jul

16-Jul

14-Jul

13-Jul

Classes Begin Summer Mod B

5-Jul

4-Jul

3-Jul

1-Jul

30-Jun

Independence Day Holiday* **

5-Jul

4-Jul

4-Jul

4-Jul

4-Jul

Continuing Student Drop/Add

11-Jul

10-Jul

9-Jul

7-Jul

6-Jul

New Student Extended Drop/Add

18-Jul

17-Jul

16-Jul

14-Jul

13-Jul

Faculty In-Service*

23-Jul

22-Jul

28-Jul

26-Jul

25-Jul

Classes End Summer Mod B

8-Aug

7-Aug

6-Aug

4-Aug

3-Aug

Classes Begin Late Summer Mid 1A

19-Jul

18-Jul

17-Jul

15-Jul

14-Jul

New Student Extended Drop/Add

1-Aug

31-Jul

30-Jul

28-Jul

27-Jul

Classes End Late Summer Mid 1A

22-Aug

21-Aug

20-Aug

18-Aug

17-Aug

Classes Begin Late Summer Mod A

9-Aug

8-Aug

7-Aug

5-Aug

4-Aug

Continuing Student Drop/Add

15-Aug

14-Aug

13-Aug

11-Aug

10-Aug

New Student Extended Drop/Add

22-Aug

21-Aug

20-Aug

18-Aug

17-Aug

Labor Day* **

6-Sep

5-Sep

4-Sep

2-Sep

1-Sep

End of Late Summer Mod A

12-Sep

11-Sep

10-Sep

8-Sep

7-Sep

Classes Begin Late Summer Mid 1B

23-Aug

22-Aug

21-Aug

19-Aug

18-Aug

New Student Extended Drop/Add

5-Sep

4-Sep

3-Sep

1-Sep

31-Aug

End of Late Summer Mid 1B

26-Sep

25-Sep

24-Sep

22-Sep

21-Sep

Classes Begin Late Summer Mod B

13-Sep

12-Sep

11-Sep

9-Sep

8-Sep

Continuing Student Drop/Add

19-Sep

18-Sep

17-Sep

15-Sep

14-Sep

Faculty In-Service*

1-Oct

30-Sep

29-Sep

27-Sep

26-Sep

New Student Extended Drop/Add

26-Sep

25-Sep

24-Sep

22-Sep

21-Sep

Classes End Late Summer Mod B

17-Oct

16-Oct

15-Oct

13-Oct

12-Oct

Classes Begin Fall Mid 1A

27-Sep

26-Sep

25-Sep

23-Sep

22-Sep

New Student Extended Drop/Add

10-Oct

9-Oct

8-Oct

6-Oct

5-Oct

Classes End Fall Mid 1A

31-Oct

30-Oct

29-Oct

27-Oct

26-Oct

Classes Begin Fall Mod A

18-Oct

17-Oct

16-Oct

14-Oct

13-Oct

Continuing Student Drop/Add

24-Oct

23-Oct

29-Oct

20-Oct

19-Oct

New Student Extended Drop/Add

31-Oct

30-Oct

5-Nov

27-Oct

26-Oct

End of Fall Mod A

21-Nov

20-Nov

19-Nov

17-Nov

16-Nov

Classes Begin Fall Mid 1B

1-Nov

31-Oct

30-Oct

28-Oct

27-Oct

New Student Extended Drop/Add

14-Nov

13-Nov

12-Nov

10-Nov

9-Nov

Classes End of Fall Mid 1B

5-Dec

4-Dec

3-Dec

1-Dec

30-Nov

Classes Begin Fall Mod B

22-Nov

21-Nov

20-Nov

18-Nov

17-Nov

Thanksgiving Recess* **

November 25-26

November 24-25

November 23-24

November 28-29

November 27-28

Continuing Student Drop/Add

28-Nov

27-Nov

26-Nov

24-Nov

23-Nov

New Student Extended Drop/Add

5-Dec

4-Dec

3-Dec

1-Dec

30-Nov

Christmas Eve/Day Holidays* **

Dec 24

Dec 23

Dec 24

N/A

N/A

Classes End Fall Mod B

26-Dec

25-Dec

24-Dec

22-Dec

20-Dec

Winter Break*

December 27 – January 10, 2022

December 26 - January 8, 2023

December 25 - January 7, 2024

December 23 - January 5, 2025

December 22 - January 11, 2026


*No classes.
**Campus and offices closed.
# Campus clinics may remain open during class break periods to enable students to work required clinic hours.  Students should check with their campus for clinic dates.
 

CDL Academic Calendar

The CDL academic calendar contains each scheduled date a class can begin.
Dates may not be offered based on enrollments, equipment or instructor limitations

Day - 4 weeks

Evening - 8 weeks

Weekend - 8 weeks

Start Date

End Date

Start Date

End Date

Start Date

End Date

1/11/2021

2/4/2021

1/11/2021

3/4/2021

1/16/2021

3/7/2021

1/25/2021

2/18/2021

3/8/2021

4/29/2021

3/13/2021

5/2/2021

2/8/2021

3/4/2021

5/3/2021

6/24/2021

5/8/2021

6/27/2021

2/22/2021

3/18/2021

6/28/2021

8/19/2021

7/3/2021

8/22/2021

3/8/2021

4/1/2021

8/23/2021

10/14/2021

8/28/2021

10/17/2021

3/22/2021

4/15/2021

10/18/2021

12/9/2021

10/23/2021

12/12/2021

4/5/2021

4/29/2021

12/13/2021

2/3/2022

12/18/2021

2/13/2022

4/19/2021

5/13/2021





5/3/2021

5/27/2021





5/17/2021

6/10/2021





6/1/2021

6/24/2021





6/14/2021

7/9/2021





6/28/2021

7/22/2021





7/12/2021

8/5/2021





7/26/2021

8/19/2021





8/9/2021

9/2/2021





8/23/2021

9/16/2021





9/7/2021

9/30/2021





9/20/2021

10/14/2021





10/4/2021

10/28/2021





10/18/2021

11/11/2021





11/1/2021

11/24/2021





11/15/2021

12/9/2021





11/29/2021

12/23/2021





12/13/2021

1/6/2022





12/27/2021

1/21/2022





 

About School

 

Mission Statement and Objectives

The Mission of Edge Tech Academy is to Inspire and empower individuals through education and skill development.

To accomplish this mission, we utilize our core values as a blueprint to create an environment centered on the personal and professional development of students, employees, and employers.

The Edge Tech Academy Core Values utilized to create positive experiences are grounded in:
  • Integrity
  • Customer Service
  • Innovation
  • Growth
 

History

STVT-AAI Education Inc. operates 29 schools throughout the United States.  After researching the local job market, Edge Tech set out to start an accelerated training center that focused on meeting the entry-level technical and programming needs of local and national employers.  In 2016, the company acquired space in Hurst, TX and obtained approval by the Texas Workforce Commission and the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges for Edge Tech Academy. In 2017, the Software Development program was first offered.   In 2018, the Software Development program changed its name to Web and App Development. The first graduating class graduated in April 2018. In July 2019, Edge Tech Academy moved from Hurst Texas to Arlington Texas only 17.9 miles away. In 2019, Edge Tech Academy began offering the Business Studies, CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer, CNC Machinist, Cyber Security, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Basic Refrigeration, and Mechatronics programs. In 2021, they began offering Business Studies, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Clinical Assistant and PC & Network Support Technician programs.
 

Facilities

Edge Tech Academy is located at 2241 S Watson Road, Suite 181, Arlington, Texas 76010. The location has 5000 square feet of instructional and administrative space. There are ample student lounge and activity areas to ensure students are comfortable throughout their immersion based course. There is ample parking.

Edge Tech Academy utilizes qualified financial representatives at The Spark, the STVT-AAI centralized financial services center, located in Phoenix, AZ, to assist students with their Financial Aid application, as well as Financial Aid related inquiries. This facility is located at:

8181 South 48th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85044

(866) 801-1658

 

Ownership

Edge Tech Academy campus is owned by STVT-AAI Education Inc. (dba Ancora Education), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancora Intermediate Holdings L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancora Acquisition L.L.C. and Ancora Holdings L.L.C.

The members of the Board of Directors can be found at the end of this Catalog. The principal office of STVT-AAI Education Inc. (dba Ancora Education) is located at 2241 S Watson Rd. Suite 181, Arlington, TX 76010. This office can be reached by phone at 682-334-5680, or by email at questions@ancoraeducation.com. Additional information can also be obtained by visiting www.ancoraeducation.com.

 

Definitions

  • Payment Period - a defined time frame that measures a student’s progress in their selected program of study allowing for the administration of Title IV funding. Payment periods will vary depending on a students selected program of study (i.e. term vs clock hour) 
  • Grading Period - the period of time for which students receive final grades, this can be a module, term, or payment period, varies by program. 
  • Term-based Programs - Typically comprised of 10/12 week courses in a term, varying by program 
 

Class Size

The school will maintain a proper ratio between teachers and students to allow adequate attention to each individual in both theory class and the laboratory. The student-teacher ratio will generally not exceed 30:1 in theory classes and 20:1 in laboratory classes.
 

Admissions Requirements & Procedures

Admission Requirements
Edge Tech Academy admits, as students, applicants having an acceptable high school diploma, a General Educational Development (GED), or a recognized equivalent. Prior to starting classes, applicants will be required to submit proof of high school graduation or a recognized equivalency certificate (GED) to the school by providing the school with one of the following:

  •  A copy of their high school diploma
  • A transcript confirming high school graduation
  • A GED certificate or GED transcript reflecting passing scores
  • Other equivalent documentation
In addition, applicants who plan to enter a hybrid program must meet the following admission requirements: 
  • Complete the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator (see Assessments section for further information). Applicants in all programs (except clock hour and non-Title IV programs) must score a minimum score of 60% on the Technical Competency sections.  Applicants who do not score the minimum score on the Technical Competency section are required to complete the Technology for Success (ORN0001) supplemental student orientation and achieve a minimum score of 60% on the Technology for Success assessment.

The Executive Director or the Executive Director‘s designee must give final acceptance of each student. Edge Tech Academy evaluates high school/home school documentation received; this procedure includes validation of the high school/home school documentation to determine if the transcript or diploma is issued by a verifiable entity providing secondary school education prior to acceptance at Edge Tech Academy. Foreign high school documentation requires interpretation and confirmation from a foreign credentialing evaluation service in order to validate high school graduation equivalency. Edge Tech Academy reserves the right to decline any high school diploma, transcript, or equivalency documentation it deems as unacceptable.

Admission Procedures
Prospective students seeking enrollment at Edge Tech Academy should contact the school and speak with Admissions. Prior to being accepted, an applicant must:

  • Complete an interview with Admissions
  • Contact a representative at the Financial Services Center
  • Meet with Admissions to complete an enrollment agreement and required forms; and
  • Submit all necessary information required to determine qualifications
  • If you opt out of receiving a laptop, provide an attestation confirming ownership or possession of a laptop computer that meets required specifications of the program.

A student is officially enrolled upon completion of all admission requirements and once the enrollment agreement is fully executed (signed by the applicant and the School Official or their designee). 

An applicant may register at any time, but may only begin classes on the specified start date or no later than the allowable start period defined by the schools governing agencies and as outlined on the enrollment agreement. Classes may have a limited enrollment.

CDL Admission Requirements

For a student enrolling in the CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer program who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent, the student may satisfy the Prior Education Requirement by passing the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST). Students must obtain a minimum score of 193 on the Verbal section, 214 on the Quantitative section, OR a minimum of 207 for the composite score. If the student does not pass on the first attempt, the student may have one additional attempt to earn a passing score.

Applicants for the CDL program must meet the following MVR requirements to enroll. 

Applicants must provide acceptable documentation to validate when necessary. A valid Driver's License is required. The applicant cannot have any of the following (based on date of violation):

  • DUI/DWI convictions within five years of completion date (of our CDL program).  If there are 2 DUIs/DWIs the second must be 10 years back or farther from completion date
  • At fault accidents within the last year.  If there are 2 accidents, second must have occurred  at least 4 years previous to  enrollment. 
  • Endangerment convictions within the past 2 years
  • Reckless/careless/negligent driving convictions within the past 2 years
  • Traffic points exceeding 4 active points on current license

If any of these convictions exist or driver history criteria is not met, an employer pre-hire letter is acceptable documentation.  This letter must include the student's name and be in the form of an actual letter from a valid entity (i.e., business is listed/validated, on company letterhead).
 

Arbitration

A condition of enrollment is the signing of an enrollment agreement by both the Student and a School administrator. The following provisions with respect to arbitration are part of the enrollment agreement.  PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY TO ENSURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND EACH PROVISION AND YOUR RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF THEM. 


You (the Student) and the School agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to this enrollment agreement, your enrollment or your attendance at the School, whether such dispute arises during or after your attendance and whether the dispute is based on contract, tort, statute, or otherwise, shall be resolved by binding arbitration in the city and county in which the School is located. You (the Student) and the School each further agrees that this arbitration provision provides each party with its exclusive remedy for redress of any grievance or resolution of any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement (the Dispute), AND EACH PARTY EXPRESSLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY, IT MIGHT HAVE TO SEEK REDRESS.


THE STUDENT AND THE SCHOOL ALSO AGREE THAT DISPUTES MAY ONLY BE BROUGHT IN THE STUDENT’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT ON BEHALF OF, OR AS PART OF, A CLASS ACTION OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. If this specific paragraph is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of these arbitration provisions shall be null and void and rendered of no further effect with respect to the Dispute.


If the Dispute is not resolved pursuant to the School’s Dispute Resolution procedures as outlined in the School’s catalog within 45 days from the date the Student submits a written complaint to the STVT-AAI Education Inc. Corporate Office, then the Dispute shall be resolved by binding arbitration in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) then in effect, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

  1. The Federal Arbitration Act shall govern this arbitration agreement. The substantive law which will govern the interpretation of a student’s Enrollment Agreement and related documents and the resolution of any Dispute will be the law of the state where the School is located.    
  2. Arbitration shall be the sole method of resolving all Disputes between the parties to this agreement.
  3. The arbitrator shall have the authority to decide all questions of arbitrability.
  4. Arbitration will take place before a single neutral arbitrator, chosen according to the AAA Commercial Rules, in the city in which the School attended by the Student is located.
  5. The parties may take discovery through interrogatories, depositions and requests for production that the arbitrator determines to be reasonable and necessary.    
  6. The arbitration shall be conducted in the English language.     
  7. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant interim remedies pursuant to the AAA’s Optional Rules for Emergency Measures of Protection then in effect. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages measured by the prevailing party’s actual damages and may grant any non-monetary remedy or relief that the arbitrator deems just and equitable and within the scope of this agreement between the parties. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.     
  8. The arbitrator shall not have any authority to award punitive damages, treble damages, consequential or indirect damages, or other damages not measured by the prevailing party’s actual damages.
  9. The arbitrator also shall not have any authority to alter any grade issued to a student.The parties shall bear their own costs and expenses. 
  10. The parties also shall bear an equal share of the fees and costs of the arbitration, which include but are not limited to the fees and costs of the arbitrator, unless the parties agree otherwise.The Student is responsible for all other additional costs that the Student incurs in the arbitration including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees or expert witness costs unless otherwise required of the School under applicable law.
  11. Except as may be required by law, neither party nor an arbitrator may disclose the existence, content, or results of any such arbitration without the prior written consent of both parties.
  12. If any clause within these arbitration provisions is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that specific clause will be severed from these arbitration provisions, and the remainder of the arbitration provisions will be given full force and effect.
  13. If the Student does not wish to be bound by these arbitration provisions, the Student must notify the School in writing within 30 days of the date that these arbitration provisions become effective. The Student may opt out by mail to the campus mailing address. The Student’s written notification to the School must include the Student’s name and address as well as a clear statement that the Student does not wish to resolve disputes with the School through arbitration.

Finally, the School cannot require the Student to participate in arbitration or any internal dispute resolution process offered by the School prior to filing a borrower defense to repayment application with the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to 34 C.F.R. § 685.206(e); the School cannot, in any way, require the Student to limit, relinquish, or waive his or her ability to pursue filing a borrower defense claim, pursuant to § 685.206(e) at any time; and any arbitration required by this pre-dispute arbitration agreement tolls the limitations period for filing a borrower defense to repayment application pursuant to § 685.206(e)(6)(ii).

 

Acceptance

All material submitted to Edge Tech Academy becomes the property of the school.  To be officially accepted, a student must satisfy all conditions of regular enrollment that are identified in writing to the student. These conditions include, but may not be limited to, (a) sufficient proof that the student has a high school diploma or its equivalent, and (b) is not in default in repayment of any student loan indebtedness. For certain programs, regular enrollment may also require the student’s passing enhanced entrance testing or enrolling in additional courses.

In an effort to maintain a safe educational and working environment for students and staff, the school reserves the right to not accept applicants who are known to have/disclose certain types of criminal convictions in their backgrounds. Admitted students who are discovered to have misrepresented their criminal conviction history in the application process may be subject to immediate dismissal. Similarly, students who commit certain types of crimes while enrolled may be subject to immediate dismissal. The school reserves the right to conduct criminal background checks on applicants and students in circumstances deemed appropriate.

 

Background Checks

All students applying for admission are required to undergo a background check. The campus uses an unaffiliated service provider to perform these background checks.  The campus may deny admission to a prospective student based on the results of his/her background check, or may deny enrollment into certain programs based on those results.  The campus may also dismiss an enrolled student as a result of a criminal conviction during the student’s course of study. Certain programs offered by the campus require students to successfully complete externship, practicum or clinical coursework at unaffiliated sites.  Before accepting students, certain sites require background checks of their own. A student who cannot be placed at a site for any reason, including a background check result unsatisfactory to that site, may be unable to finish the program’s required coursework and, therefore, may be unable to graduate.  Employers in many fields also require pre-­employment background checks of their own. Background check results unsatisfactory to employers in a particular field may limit a student’s employment opportunities even if that student has graduated from a program in that field offered by the campus.
 

Drug Testing

Contracted externship/practicum sites may require students to undergo a drug test prior to beginning an externship/practicum experience. Students who refuse to submit may be unable to continue in their academic programs and may also be ineligible for employment in their career fields.
 

Vaccinations

The school does not require that students provide proof of vaccinations as a condition of enrollment or graduation. However, externship or clinical sites, particularly hospitals and other medical facilities, may have additional vaccination requirements.  These requirements may vary by externship or clinical site but typically include the following:
  • Tuberculosis test (PPD) or chest X-ray with report administered no more than one year prior to initiation of training
  • Documentation of two rubeola, one rubella and one mumps vaccinations or positive titers
  • Documentation of two varicella vaccines or positive varicella serology titer
  • Evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination or declination as required by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard
  • Tetanus (within past 10 years)
  • Flu vaccination (if externing between October-March)
  • Urine drug screening

Students are required to comply with any additional vaccination requirements of these sites and provide proof of vaccination to the school.  If the student does not provide vaccination records for an externship or clinical site that requires proof, the school will work with the student to find another site where possible but this may lead to the inability to complete the externship element. The Education Department will review any additional criteria of an externship site.

 

Assessments

As part of the initial enrollment process for students enrolled in Hybrid programs, the school requires completion of the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator entrance assessment. The SmarterMeasure assessment measures student readiness to engage in postsecondary learning based on non-cognitive indicators of success. The school uses the results of the assessment to determine the type of support that will be most beneficial to the student throughout the program of study. Applicants are required to complete the Technical Competency, Technical Knowledge and Learning Styles sections prior to acceptance. Applicants in all programs (except clock hour and non-Title IV programs) must score a minimum score of 60% on the Technical Competency sections.  Applicants who do not score the minimum score on the Technical Competency section are required to complete Technology for Success (ORN001) supplemental orientation and score 60% on the Technology for Success assessment.

During orientation the student advisor/ program director/hybrid teaching assistant or student resource coordinator will schedule a meeting with each student to review the results of the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator to discuss the results and develop success strategies based upon the SmarterMeasure assessment results.
 

Equal Educational Opportunity

  1. Edge Tech Academy declares and affirms a policy of equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity, and nondiscrimination in the provision of educational services to the public.  The school will make all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotion, and all other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on grounds of race, color, creed or religion, sex,(including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or other factors which cannot lawfully be the basis for an employment decision.

  2. Edge Tech Academy reaffirms its policy of administering all of its educational programs and related supporting services and benefits in a manner which does not discriminate because of a student’s or prospective student’s race, color, creed or religion, sex, (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or other characteristics which cannot lawfully be the basis for provision of such services.

  3. Edge Tech Academy adheres to the provisions of the following federal laws, in each case as they have been amended to date: (a) the Higher Education Act of 1965, (b) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and (c) the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  Inquiries concerning the application of these laws and their implementing regulations may be referred to the Executive Director.
 

Student Disability Accommodation

This policy and procedure enables Ancora Education campuses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires reasonable accommodations made for qualified students with disabilities and prohibits Ancora Education from excluding such students from, or denying them the benefits of, its programs or activities.

It is the policy of Ancora Education to provide qualified students who have disabilities with reasonable accommodation based upon relevant law, the academic program’s educational standards, and sound ethical practice in disability services.

Having provided sufficient evidence of a disability and need for accommodation, a student may make official requests for accommodation by submitting an official disability accommodations request form and supporting materials. Students should make accommodation requests as far in advance of the relevant course, entrance assessment, activity or program, to allow for appropriate consideration and planning.  Because the reasonableness of any individual accommodation request can vary substantially depending upon a student's current course load, schedule, or course content, accommodation requests must be reviewed by the Director of Education each term of enrollment. When possible, students entering a program of study for the first time should submit information related to disability at least six weeks prior to enrollment so that reasonable accommodation can be arranged and delivered prior to the start of the term. The Director of Education will consider the information (documentation) provided by the student, consult with faculty and/or other campus officials as needed, and determine what constitutes reasonable accommodation(s) for the student’s disability.  

The Director of Education will identify a list of approved accommodations in accordance with the manifestations of the disability, a copy of which will be shared with the student.  For academic accommodations, following review and approval at the start of each term of enrollment, the Director of Education will prepare individual letters for each instructor summarizing the approved accommodations relevant to his/her course. These letters will be delivered to the student and appropriate instructors through email.  Faculty and other campus officials then are required to provide reasonable accommodation(s) in accordance with the Director of Education’s letter(s).  If a faculty member or other campus official does not agree to an accommodation request, the student should seek the assistance of the Director of Education

A student who disagrees in any way with a decision regarding a request for accommodation may seek review of a decision under this procedure by contacting the Executive Director. If the Executive Director feels that the disagreement can be resolved informally, the Executive Director will try to do so, working with the student and the Director of Education and any other necessary individuals (such as a faculty member, for example).  If informal resolution is ineffective or impractical, the Executive Director will refer the matter to the Office of the Chief Academic Officer for investigation and review.
 

Transfer of credit

Students who wish to transfer credits from another institution must submit transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended. An applicant may be granted transfer credit for courses taken at other schools that are determined to substantively address a consistent set of learning objectives compared with courses offered at Ancora Education campuses. Transfer of credit evaluations will be conducted using the following guidelines:
  • An official transcript of the student's coursework must be furnished directly by the institution where the coursework was completed before any application for transfer credits can be accepted.
  • The campus may request additional information such as course descriptions or syllabi if there is question on the comparability of program content to the program in which the student will enroll. The student is responsible for providing any requested additional information.
  • The student may be required to demonstrate through testing any hands-on competencies before transfer credit is accepted for courses where such competencies are required.
  • Credits must have been earned in courses offered at institutions accredited by an agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation at the time the credit was earned.
  • A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in each course completed to be eligible for transfer from a non-Ancora owned school.
  • A grade of "D" or higher must be earned in each course completed to be eligible for transfer from a commonly owned Ancora Education school.
  • Credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis. In most instances, core requirements must be transferred within seven (7) year of completion. No timeframe restrictions will be imposed on general education coursework.
  • Courses taken at institutions operating on quarter systems will be evaluated as direct equivalent credits into quarter credit programs. Those transferred from institutions operating on a semester basis to quarter hour institutions are multiplied by one and one half to convert them to quarter credit hours.
  • In the case of a clock hour program, any course accepted must be at least the same number of clock hours as the course for which it is accepted. The student will also be required to demonstrate through testing any hands-on competencies prior to clock hour course credit being accepted for transfer.
  • Courses that are classified as foundational in nature are not transferable.
  • Transfer credits may impact the student’ schedule, causing the student to be less than full-time, which may impact eligibility for some sources of financial aid.
  • The student will not be charged any fees from the receiving institution for transferring in credits from other institutions. Students are responsible for all fees for obtaining official transcripts and supporting documentation for transfer of credit (Students receiving VA funding, see Proof of Previous Education).
  • In all cases of transfer of credit, Ancora campuses will attempt to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid coursework duplication. Any questions about transfer of credits/clock hours should be discussed with the Director of Education, or designee.

Maximum Transfer Credits Accepted (Residency Requirement)
The total credits not earned in residency, including credit by transfer and credit by proficiency testing, may not exceed seventy five percent 75% of the total credit hours (or clock hours for non-credit hour programs) required for the completion of the program of study. 25% of the student’s total credit hours (or clock hours for non-credit hour programs) must be completed in residency.

Coursework Completed at Foreign Institutions
Credit earned at foreign institutions must be externally evaluated by a Ancora Education approved foreign credential evaluator which includes National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) members.

Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Our Campus
Each Ancora Education campus is an accredited campus that is designed to provide the student with vocational career training and is not designed to prepare the student for transfer to other institutions. Acceptance of credits earned at a Ancora Education campus is determined solely by the receiving institution. The campus cannot and does not guarantee credit transfer.

Students wishing to transfer credits should first consult with the Registrar at those institutions concerning acceptance. Ancora Education campuses will provide official transcripts, for a fee, as well as course descriptions by request. Students with outstanding financial obligations will receive only unofficial transcripts, when requested. Accreditation alone does not guarantee credit transfer.

Transfer to Other Ancora Education Campuses
Students in good standing may transfer to another campus location. Transfer students are advised that they will be subject to the minimum residency requirements at the new campus for the program in which they are enrolled.

Procedure: Transfer of Credit
The student is responsible for requesting official transcripts be sent from the prior institution directly to Ancora Education campuses. 

  • All requests for transfer credit must be submitted by the end of the first term of attendance at the school.
  • Since transfer credits impact scheduling and on time completion for students, students who submit official transcripts after the drop/add period in the student’s first term may see changes to scheduling and on time completion.
  • If needed to evaluate comparability of credit, the student may need to request course descriptions and syllabi from the prior institution.
  • The Director of Education, or designee, will review credits based on the guidelines listed above.
  • The Director of Education, or designee, will fill out the Transcript Evaluation Form and notify the student of the credits accepted for transfer.
  • Students wishing to appeal decisions on transfer credit should submit request in writing to the Executive Director to identify reasons for appeal.
    • The Executive Director will request follow-up information as needed for the appeal. 
    • The Executive Director will submit appeal through the Office of the Chief Academic Officer.
    • The Executive Director will notify student of final decision regarding transfer credit. The decision from the Office of the Chief Academic Officer will be final.
    • Once transfer credit is accepted, the student’s tuition will be adjusted based on the number of credits successfully transferred in.
     

    Proficiency Testing

    Ancora Education campuses may offer the opportunity for students to demonstrate proficiency in a course’s content and receive course credit by examination. Both internal and external proficiency credit may be considered.

    Internal proficiency exams are available for certain courses to provide students with the opportunity to earn credit for course material in which they have previous experience. Students must apply to request a proficiency examination for a particular subject. Such a request should be granted if an examination is available and the Director of Education has reason to believe the student’s experience or training warrants such an evaluation. Students who were enrolled in the course beyond the Drop/Add period are not eligible to sit for the exam and a proficiency exam may only be attempted once. A score of 80% or higher is required to earn internal proficiency credit. Students will not be approved to test out of 300 or 400 level courses. Equivalent coursework from another institution may be evaluated for transfer credit per the transfer credit policy.

    External Proficiency credit may also be granted to students who achieve acceptable scores on specific nationally recognized examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, and DANTES. The Director of Education, or designee, will review examinations proposed for credit to determine whether the material covered in the examination matches coursework in the student’s program of study.

    Procedure: Internal Proficiency Examinations
    The student is responsible for requesting the Application for Proficiency Examination from the Office of the Registrar.

    • The student must request the Application for Proficiency Examination form from the Academic Department within the first five weeks of the student’s first term of enrollment.
    • The student will fill out the form, including information as to why the student is requesting a proficiency examination. The campus may deny an application for a student who does not have relevant coursework, certification, or prior work experience.
    • The Director of Education, or designee, will review the request, and if approved, will set up the proficiency examination.
      • Some examinations may be scheduled for a specific day and time.
      • Other examinations may be scheduled to be turned in by a specific day.
      • Some examinations may have a hands-on component that must be proctored.
    • Students wishing to appeal decisions on proficiency examinations should submit the request in writing to the Executive Director to identify reasons for appeal.
      • The Executive Director will request follow-up information as needed for the appeal.
      • The Executive Director will submit appeal through the Office of the Chief Academic Officer.
      • The Executive Director will notify student of final decision regarding proficiency credit. The decision from the Office of the Chief Academic Officer will be final.
    • Once a proficiency examination is passed, the student’s tuition will be adjusted based on the number of credits successfully passed.
     

    Proof of Previous Education for Veterans Affairs Funding

    As a student receiving any Veteran Affairs (VA) funding, it is required to show proof of all previous education obtained for Post-Secondary studies. When applying for VA Benefits, a student must complete a transcript request for all schools previously attended. The school will submit the request at no cost to the student applying, and the student will initially be certified for the first academic term. The school should receive the requested transcript(s) within the students first term to ensure accurate scheduling and timely certification of future charges. Each state has published limitations for how long a student may be certified without receipt and evaluation of prior coursework transcripts.  Students with transcript(s) not received within their State’s Limitation will no longer be certified for future coursework until the school has received the required transcript(s). Exceptions to these limitations must be approved by the State Approving Agency and Executive Director.

     

    Program Length

    Quarter credit hour programs defined as: 36 credits and 30 weeks

    Program

    Program Length in Months

    Business Studies

    13, 14

    CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer

    1, 2

    CNC Machinist

    10, 11

    Cyber Security

    8, 9

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Basic Refrigeration

    10, 11

    Mechatronics

    15, 16

    PC & Network Support Technician

    13, 14

    Medical Billing and Coding

    15, 16

    Medical Clinical Assistant

    13, 14

     

    Modes of Program Delivery

    Edge Tech Academy students may have the opportunity to complete a portion of their programs of study, subject to limits established by the institution’s state licensure and accreditation, through distance education. The following chart outlines each program’s mode(s) of delivery. Refer to the Distance Education section of the catalog for more information.

    C: On-Campus (no courses are available online)
    F: FlexTrack (some courses are available online)
    H: Hybrid (each course is partially on-campus and online)
    O: Online (all courses are available online)

    Program

    Modes of Program Delivery

    Business Studies

    C, H

    CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer

    C

    CNC Machinist

    C, H

    Cyber Security

    C, H

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Basic Refrigeration

    C, H

    Mechatronics

    C, H

    PC & Network Support Technician

    C, H

    Medical Billing and Coding

    C, H

    Medical Clinical Assistant

    C, H

     

    Distance Education

    Edge Tech Academy students may have the opportunity to complete a portion of their programs of study, subject to limits established by the institution’s state licensure and accreditation, through distance education 100 percent online or hybrid programs. Admission requirements for these programs do not vary from admission requirements for programs of study offered entirely on ground, with the exception of the following:

    Applicants who plan to enter a distance education program must complete the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator entrance assessment. The SmarterMeasure assessment measures student readiness to engage in postsecondary learning based on non-cognitive indicators of success. The school uses the results of the assessment to determine the type of support that will be most beneficial to the student throughout the program of study. Applicants are required to complete the Technical Competency, Technical Knowledge and Learning Styles sections prior to acceptance. Applicants in all programs (except clock hour and non-Title IV programs) must score a minimum score of 60% on the Technical Competency sections.  Applicants who do not score the minimum score on the Technical Competency section are required to complete Technology Remediation (ORN001) supplemental orientation and score 60% on the Technology Remediation assessment.

    During orientation the student advisor/ program director or a member of the academic staff will schedule a meeting with each student to review the results of the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator to discuss the results and develop success strategies based upon the SmarterMeasure assessment results.

    Hybrid programs of study allow students in certain programs of study to complete greater than 50 percent of their program online.  Hybrid programs contain courses that are a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. Students are expected to interact with faculty and other students through online discussion boards as well as traditional face-to-face classroom activities. Students are required to participate in all face-to-face classroom activities and online activities as outlined in the course syllabi. These online programs are specifically designed for the student who will be accessing online courses from a standard home or personal computer.  Students enrolling in online courses should have basic computer competency and skills. All students have access to the same support services regardless of the mode of instructional delivery.  All students have access to library services, academic advising, tutoring, and career services.  All distance education/online courses and programs offered by the campus have been deemed as equivalent in content and quality to the same courses offered via traditional delivery methods.

    Under certain circumstances, such as a student getting out of sequence with course schedules or courses that may not be offered each term, students enrolled in hybrid programs may be required to take fully online classes to graduate.

    Students participating in 100% online or hybrid programs are expected to complete the online orientation prior to the start of classes.

    Students enrolled in fully online programs will submit admissions applications, financial aid paperwork and take placement exams via secure sites on the internet. Campus employees are available via phone, email and internet sources to assist students through the application process. Admissions and placement testing will be conducted through online software specifically designed for online distribution.

    Hybrid Learning

    Hybrid learning provides the student with an opportunity for greater flexibility in the learning environment.  Hybrid courses are designed as a combination of online and residential (on-ground classroom) based learning.  Each course has a specific percentage of the course delivered through online delivery.  In most situations, a hybrid course consists of 55% classroom based instruction and 45% online instruction.

    Authentication and Protection of Student Identity

    Users are provided a unique username and password and are prohibited from providing the user’s name and password to any other individual.

    The students’ username, password, and email address are used to authenticate the student’s identity in order to complete assignments within the Learning Management System. All testing is completed through the Learning Management System, and the student’s unique username and password is used to verify the student’s identity


    The student’s unique username and password is used to verify student identity. Neither the Institution nor Ancora Education will release any student’s username and password to any individual that would violate a student’s rights under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

    No student is assessed any additional charges or fees associated with the verification/authentication of student identity.

    Technology Specifications for Online Courses

    Each student enrolled in an online or hybrid course(s) or program of study provided through the College is expected to have access to an internet connection, computer hardware and operating software as outlined below. Campus computer labs are available to access online course content and to meet the necessary technology requirements.

    Students Accessing Courses
    All students receive a device that meets the requirements for their enrolled program. If a student did not receive a device, they will be required to use a computer that meets or exceeds the following specifications: 

    • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 and greater
      • OS X 10.13 and greater
      • Chrome (latest version)
    • Memory: 4GB or higher
    • Chrome Browser (most recent release)
    • headset or speakers
    • Internet Connection: High Speed Cable or Faster
    Note for those who may access courses from your place of employment:  Employers often place restrictions on the content allowed through the organization’s firewall or network security measures.  Such measures may affect your ability to access your online courses from place of employment, or using employer-provided Internet access, and is beyond our ability to predict or control.
     

    Internet Policy

    Acceptable use Internet access, which connects thousands of computers and millions of subscribers, is available to students and staff. Internet access can promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communications.

    Throughout the educational community, the Internet can be used to educate and inform staff and students. As a learning resource, the Internet is similar to books, magazines, audio recordings, videos, and other information media. Students and educators use the Internet to participate in distance learning activities, to ask questions, and consult with experts, to communicate with other students, educators, and individuals, and to locate materials to meet educational needs.

    The Internet also provides access to material that is of no educational value. However, the value of the information found and interaction available outweighs the possibility of locating inappropriate material.

    Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, as well as regional and state networks. The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of all users who must adhere to strict guidelines. The guidelines, which require efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources, are provided here so that users are aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire. In addition, guidelines from other service providers may result in access being suspended and or future access being denied.

    Online Responsibilities

    a. Acceptable use
    The goal of providing Internet access for students and staff is to support education and research consistent with the educational objectives of the School. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material in violation of School Policies.

    b. Privileges

    The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in suspension of that privilege. The equipment, network, and data are the sole property of the School. Therefore, the School retains the right to monitor and or audit any network account at random to insure that the user is adhering to this policy.

    c. Network Etiquette

    While each user has the right to free speech, each user is expected to abide by the School’s accepted code of conduct. Appropriate behavior in telecommunications includes, but is not limited to:
                i. Being polite 
                ii. Using appropriate conduct. Do not swear, use vulgarities, be abusive, post or publish objectionable material.
                iii. Not engaging in illegal activities. 
                iv. Not revealing personal addresses or phone numbers. 
                v. Recognizing that school electronic mail is not private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities or in violation of the acceptable use policy will be reported to appropriate authorities. 
                vi. Not knowingly or carelessly performing an act that will interfere with the normal operation of computers, peripherals, or networks. 
                vii. Respecting copyright laws. All communications and information access via the network are private property unless otherwise stated.
                viii. Not employing the network for commercial purposes. 
                ix. Not transmitting material that infringes upon the right of others.

    d. Warranty

    The School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The School will not be responsible for any damages suffered using the Internet. These include, but are not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, service interruptions, or personal errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s risk. The School specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through Internet access. 

    e. Security
    Security on a computer system is critical especially when a system involves many users. Proper procedures for logging in and off the network must be followed. If a security problem is identified, the user must notify a system administrator or staff member. The problem may not be demonstrated to other users. Unauthorized use of accounts is strictly prohibited. Attempts to log on the Internet as the network administrator will result in immediate cancellation of user privileges. Users who have a history of problems with other computer systems or who have been identified as a security risk for any other reason will be denied access to the network.

    Users are provided a unique username and password and are prohibited from providing the user’s name and password to any other individual.

    The students’ username, password, and email address are used to authenticate the student’s identity in order to complete assignments within the Learning Management System. All testing is completed through the Learning Management System, and the student’s unique username and password is used to verify the student’s identity.

    A student’s unique username and password is used to verify the student identity and neither the Institution nor Ancora Education will release the student’s username and password to any individual which would violate the student’s rights under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.


    f. Vandalism
     

    Vandalism will result in suspension or cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the data of another user or to damage other networks. This includes but is not limited to the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

    Refer to the catalog’s Student Code of Conduct section for a list of possible disciplinary sanctions.

     

    Tuition

    Prior to registration all students must meet with financial aid concerning tuition arrangements. The school reserves the right to increase tuition costs with prior notice of at least 60 days. Students who leave school for any reason and later return will re-enter at the then current tuition rate and program fee rate in accordance with the current catalog. 

    Program Fees
    Program fees represent an adjustment to the basic tuition rate and reflect the cost of specialized facilities, equipment, materials, instruction, or other circumstances required to offer a program. The total program fees are divided by the projected terms to calculate a per-term charge. note that Program fees apply to all courses in the designated program. 

    Program

    Total Terms

    Quarter Credit Hours

    Clock Hours

    Total Tuition

    Program Fee total

    Registration Fee

    Total Program Charges

    Business Studies

    5

    60

    630

    $17,400

    $2,700

    $40

    $20,140

    CNC Machinist

    4

    48

    800

    $13,920

    $4,560

    $40

    $18,520

    Cyber Security

    3

    36

    450

    $10,440

    $4,320

    $40

    $14,800

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Basic Refrigeration

    4

    50

    800

    $14,500

    $3,500

    $40

    $18,040

    Mechatronics

    6

    72

    920

    $20,880

    $6,840

    $40

    $27,760

    PC & Network Support Technician

    5

    60

    770

    $17,400

    $5,700

    $40

    $23,140

    Medical Billing and Coding

    6

    72

    920

    $20,880

    $4,320

    $40

    $25,240

    Medical Clinical Assistant

    5

    60

    800

    $17,400

    $3,600

    $40

    $21,040



    The following short-term career training program is not Title-IV eligible:

    Program

    Tuition

    Total program charges

    CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer *

    $5,000

    $5,000

    *The school will provide a motor vehicle for one commercial driver’s license skills test at no charge to students who have successfully completed the program.  Any additional skills tests will be granted and scheduled at the discretion of the campus.  Fees and/or program expenses associated with retest(s) will be the responsibility of the student.

     

    Payment Plans

    Tuition, fees, and book supply charges are due and payable at registration. Arrangements may be made for students to pay on a monthly basis the portion of their charges not met by financial aid, scholarships, grants, or other sources. All payment arrangements must be discussed with the Financial Services office prior to registration.

    Students expecting to use loan and grant funds must realize that it is their responsibility to provide all information and documentation necessary to obtain all forms of financial aid by the deadlines imposed by the school and the funding sources. Failure to do so may result in the student being required to provide immediate payment of all applicable charges.

    Working students who are eligible for company-sponsored tuition reimbursement are required to advise and provide appropriate documentation to the Financial Services office.

     

    Textbooks

    Textbooks  are available for purchase at the campus’ online-bookstore and may be in addition to tuition and fees based on your enrollment agreement.

    Appropriate charges for textbooks will be added to your student account. Textbooks purchased by the student become the property of the student. The bookstore is offered as a service to students.  Students are not required to purchase their books at the bookstore or from the school.
     

    Book Provision for Pell Grant Eligible Students

    Section 668.164(m) of the regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that a school provide a way for a Federal Pell Grant eligible student to obtain or purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of a payment period under certain conditions if the student were to have a Title IV credit balance. To satisfy this requirement, the institution provides the opportunity for students to purchase books and supplies through a third party online bookstore.

    Students may choose to opt out of this method and obtain necessary books and supplies on their own that may be needed for their program offering. To do so, the student will need to notify Financial Aid prior to the start of the term.

     

    Past Due Accounts

    The student is obligated for tuition, books, and other fees for each period of enrollment. Students whose accounts are past due are subject to dismissal and/or referred to a collection agency at the discretion of the school.
     

    Financial Aid

    Student Financial Assistance Programs
    Financial Assistance is available to assist those who qualify with paying for educational expenses. Financial assistance for qualified students may consist of federal grants and/or loans, which may supplement the student’s own contribution toward completing their educational program. Edge Tech offers various financial assistance programs to qualified students including federal, state, local and private programs. A list of the financial assistance programs is contained in the Financial Aid Programs and Scholarships section of the catalog. Students interested in financial assistance should see the School’s campus leadership for guidance in contacting the Centralized Financial Services Center. 

    Applying for Student Financial Assistance
    All students seeking or applying for financial assistance must communicate with the Centralized Financial Services Center to complete the application process. During this process, the Financial Services Center Representative will provide guidance to the student on how to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, www.fafsa.ed.gov) for completion. The Representative will also provide the student with guidance on other forms that may be necessary to determine the student’s eligibility and complete the application process. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all required documents in order to verify eligibility and process the application in a timely manner. 

    Contact Information
    Eligibility for financial assistance is determined by federal regulations and each student’s individual circumstances. The Financial Services Center employs personnel who are trained in using a standard, federally-approved methodology of needs analysis to determine each student’s eligibility. Financial Aid personnel at the service center will communicate with students individually to determine the student’s eligibility for a financial aid package. Edge Tech has campus faculty and staff to assist its potential and current students. Individuals may contact the staff during normal School hours, by calling or visiting the Edge Tech office or website. 

    Financial Aid Website
    Additional financial aid information and resources are available on the Edge Tech Financial aid website at http://www.edgetechacademy.com/student-financial-aid/. The Edge Tech website provides a Net Price Calculator that provides estimated pricing information to prospective and current students and their families based on the student’s individual circumstances. The site also contains a copy of the Annual Notice – Availability of Consumer Information. Edge Tech provides a NOTICE directly to all potential students during the enrollment process.

    Edge Tech also provides an annual NOTICE directly to all enrolled students describing the availability of the consumer information. This notice contains a brief description of the various disclosures and how to obtain the full disclosures. All disclosures are available on the exact electronic website listed in the notice. Students may also request a physical copy from the sources outlined in the notice. 

    Financial Aid Programs
    Eligible students attending Edge Tech Academy have access to various federal and non-federal student financial aid programs. If a student fails to provide the required documentation for any financial aid program, the student becomes liable for the balance due to the School. Students contact the Financial Services Center to receive personalized assistance in applying for and determining eligibility for financial assistance.

     

    Grants

    Federal Pell Grant The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant program awarded to eligible students. The maximum award for full-time enrollment for the 2021- 2022 award year is $6,495.  Eligibility and need are determined by the U.S. Department of Education regulations and are based on the financial need of each student. A student’s need is determined based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is calculated based on the student’s FAFSA data. The EFC is reflected on the student’s ISIR.

    The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds received over a lifetime is limited to the equivalent of six years of 100% Pell Grant eligibility, an aggregate limit of 600%. Students can monitor their aggregate balance by logging on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website at https://nsldsfap.ed.gov/nslds_FAP/ and viewing their Lifetime Eligibility Used found on the Financial Aid Review page.

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) FSEOG is a need-based federal student assistance program. FSEOG funds are first awarded to Pell eligible students demonstrating the greatest financial need with the lowest EFC. Individual student awards may vary but typically range from $100 to $600. The U. S. Department of Education allocates FSEOG funds each award year. Each participating location will award and disburse as long as funds remain available. Eligible students demonstrating financial need are awarded based on a first come first serve basis.


     

    Institutional Awards

    Employee Family Member Tuition Discount
    A full-time employee who has at least one year of service is eligible for a scholarship for his/her spouse or dependent child over the age of 18. Employees are not eligible for scholarships. The family member may apply for any program offered by an Ancora school by completing an Ancora Family Member Scholarship Application form (get it from the Executive Director or HR Department). Approval is based on class availability and must be approved by the school’s Executive Director and the COO. The family member may apply for student financial aid if eligible. If the employee terminates 
    while the family member is attending, the student’s tuition will revert to full tuition for the remainder of the program.

    Scholarships and discounts are not awarded in excess of tuition and fee charges and are not eligible for stipends.

    High School/GED to Career Tuition Discount        
    The High School/GED to Career tuition discount encourages high school graduates and students who have recently earned their GED to begin their post-secondary education in a career-focused program of study.  It is awarded to high school graduates or GED recipients who enroll in an STVT program of study and begin classes within 12 months of receiving their diploma or GED, as verified by their high school or GED transcript.  The $1,000 award will be divided equally by the number of terms applicable to the program of study and will be applied to each term as the student progresses through their program of study.  The cumulative total amount shall not exceed $1,000.
     
    Military Service Discount     
    The Military Service discount is available for individuals who have honorable served in a branch of the U.S. military.  The individual may be active in the military, retired, or have been discharged by any means but dishonorably as verified by their DD214.  Active military may be verified by their military ID.  

    Military Service – Spouse or Dependent Discount
    The Military Service – Spouse or Dependent discount is available for individuals who are spouses or dependents of an active or former member of a U.S. military branch.  The military member may be active in the military, retired, or have been discharged by any means but dishonorably as verified by their DD214.  Active military may be verified by their military ID.  

    Note: An individual student who qualifies for multiple tuition discounts is limited to one discount per program and can only receive each discount one time.

    Re-Entry Student Debt Forgiveness Grant Program
    The Re-Entry Student Debt Forgiveness Grant encourages first-time drop students who withdrew from school after July 1, 2020 to re-enter and complete a career-focused program of study. It is awarded to each eligible re-entry student who enrolls, meets admissions requirements and is fully financially packaged to return to a program of study. The grant amount is determined based on the amount due to the institution on the student ledger card from prior attendance and is applied to that prior balance owed. The amount is determined after any eligible Pell or Direct Loan post-withdrawal disbursement is accepted/received. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. The student must remain active, continuous enrollment in their program for no less than one academic term or the grant may be withdrawn and the prior balance owed restored. A withdrawal after the first term will prevent any future scheduled grant payments from being made. The grant is applied to the prior balance in equal amounts over three (3) academic terms or the total remaining terms to graduate, whichever is less.  This is a need-based grant and students must demonstrate financial need by signing an attestation regarding their inability to repay the prior balance owed. This grant is not available to students in the CDL Class A Tractor Trailer or Expanded Function Dental Assisting program.
     

    Loans

    Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
    The subsidized loan is a need based loan.  Maximum awards are: $3,500 – First Year, $4,500 – Second Year, and $5,500 – Third Year or Beyond.  Students may be eligible for this program in an amount not exceeding the cost of attendance minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less other financial aid awarded.  For students who qualify, loans are provided with repayment options beginning six months after the student graduates or withdraws from school, or if their enrollment status changes to less than half time for the payment period.  The interest is paid by the federal government until the end of the six-month grace period.  On July 6, 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) (Public Law 112-141) was enacted.  MAP-21 added a new provision to the Direct Loan statutory requirements (see HEA section 455(q)) that limits a first-time borrower’s eligibility for Direct Subsidized Loans to a period not to exceed 150 percent of the length of the borrower’s educational program.  Under certain conditions, the provision also causes first-time borrowers who have exceeded the 150 percent limit to lose the interest subsidy on their Direct Subsidized Loans.  Only first-time borrowers on or after July 1, 2013 are subject to the new provision.  Students qualify to apply for different loan amounts based on their need and grade level in school each School year.  The interest rate for loans first disbursed between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 is fixed at 3.73%.

    Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan 
    The unsubsidized loan is a non-need based loan. Maximum loan amounts for independent students and dependent students whose parents are not eligible for a Federal PLUS loan: $6,000 – First Year and Second Year, $7,000 – Third Year and Beyond. Maximum amounts for dependent students whose parents are not denied a Federal PLUS: $2,000 – First Year, Second Year, Third Year and Beyond. Students may be eligible for this program in an amount not exceeding the cost of attendance less other financial aid awarded. The interest rate for loans first disbursed between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 is fixed at 3.73%. For students who qualify, loans are provided with repayment options beginning six months after the student graduates or withdraws from school, or if their enrollment status changes to less than half time for the payment period. Students have the option of paying interest only on the loan while they are in school or having the interest accrue until they begin repayment immediately following the six-month grace period. Students qualify to apply for different loan amounts based on their grade level in school each year.

    Direct PLUS Loan
    Under the PLUS loan program, parents may borrow up to the full cost of education minus other financial aid received.  Interest is charged during all periods and credit checks are required.  The Federal PLUS loan program is available for eligible parents of eligible students to assist the student with tuition and school related expenses.   The interest rate for loans first disbursed between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 is fixed at 6.28%.

    Private Loans
    Private loans are funded by an outside lender who determines your eligibility based on your credit worthiness (credit score).  The school cannot guarantee any student will be approved or eligible for private loans.  Private loans often carry higher interest and fees than Federal loans, so we encourage potential students to apply for Federal Student Aid before resorting to Private Loans.

    • Private Loans - Students are eligible to apply for private educational loans to help cover tuition and educationally related expenses. Students may apply for private loans offered by private lenders; eligibility is determined by each lender. Private loans may require additional fees. Interest rates on private loans are generally higher than federal loans. Federal Regulations and the Truth in Lending Act require lenders to provide all borrowers with detailed disclosures. Please review the lender’s disclosures for additional loan information prior to signing a promissory note.
    At the request of an enrolled or admitted student applicant for a private educational loan (or to the parent loan applicant of an enrolled or admitted student), the institution must provide the Self-Certification form to the applicant with the information requested in Section 2 of the form, to the extent that the institution possesses the information. Section 2 of the Self-Certification form requests the following information:
    • The student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) for the period of enrollment to be covered by the loan;
    • Any Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA) for the period of enrollment to be covered by the loan; and
    • The difference between the COA and EFA.
     

    Federal Work Study Program

    The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program provides funds for part-time employment to help students in need finance the cost of post-secondary education. Students may be employed by the institution itself, a federal, state, or local public agency, a private non-profit organization, or a private for-profit organization. Institutions must use at least 7 percent of their FWS allocation to support students working in community service jobs including reading tutors for preschool age or elementary school children, mathematics tutors for students enrolled in elementary school through ninth grade, literacy tutors in a family literacy project performing family literacy projects, or emergency preparedness and response. Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible to participate in FWS. FWS eligibility may not exceed the cost of attendance minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less other financial aid awarded.

    The U.S. Department of Education allots a specific amount of FWS funds each award year. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the application process for FWS assistance. The FAFSA can be completed online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Students seeking a specific job or a student with a potential job may request a review by the Centralized Financial Services Center to determine if the job meets the FWS requirements.
     

    Vocational Rehabilitation

    A student with a physical or mental disability which may be a handicap to employment may be eligible for training services provided through the state government agency for Vocational Rehabilitation.  Students desiring further information should contact the admissions office or call Vocational Rehabilitation directly.
     

    Veterans Education Benefits

    Veterans or eligible beneficiaries may qualify to use the GI Bill® at Edge Tech Academy. Many Veterans can qualify for more than one education benefits program. Available programs include Post 911 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), Survivor and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35), Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve) and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (Awarded to eligible students who had a parent or guardian that died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001). Veterans can contact the Financial Aid Office at their school location for more information or apply online at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

    A certificate of eligibility (COE) or other equivalent documentation is required to be certified for Veterans Education benefits. Edge Tech Academy will not take punitive action on a covered individual (Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient) in effort to collect an outstanding balance until the earlier of the below dates:
    • The date on which the VA payment is made to the institution
    • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the COE
    Penalties or collections efforts will not be imposed prior to the above timeline due to a covered individuals inability to meet financial obligations due to delays in disbursement of VA funding.
     

    Financial Aid Eligibility

    Student financial aid applicants must satisfy certain requirements in order to be able to receive and continue to use financial aid.  These requirements include, but are not limited to:

    • Fulfilling of all admission requirements;
    • Submitting of all documentation requested by the school or lender(s) or both;
    • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with school policy;
    • Completing “aid specific” requirements, such as entrance loan counseling and annual student loan acknowledgement.    

    In addition, graduating students who received federal student loans must complete exit loan counseling and meet all other graduation requirements before they will be considered a graduate and awarded a degree, diploma, or certificate.  Withdrawing students who used federal student loans must attend exit counseling.

     

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within 72 hours (until midnight of the third day excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) after the enrollment contract is signed or within the student’s first three scheduled class days. (does not apply to Seminars).
    1. Refund computations will be based on scheduled course time of class attendance through the last date of attendance. Leaves of Absence, suspensions and school holidays will not be counted as part of the scheduled class attendance.
    2. The effective date of termination for refund purposes will be the earliest of the following: 
      1. The last day of attendance, if the student is terminated by the School;
      2. The date of receipt of written notice from the student; or
      3. Ten School days following the last date of attendance.
    3. If tuition and fees are collected in advance of entrance, and if after expiration of the 72-hour cancellation privilege the student does not enter school, not more than $100 in any administrative fees charged shall be retained by the school for the entire program.
    4. If a student withdraws or is terminated after the cancellation period, the school may retain not more than $100 in any administrative fees charged for the entire program.  The minimum refund of the remaining tuition and fees will be the pro rata portion of tuition, fees, and other charges that the number of hours remaining in the portion of the course or program for which the student has been charged after the effective date of termination bears to the total number of hours in the portion of the course or program for which the student has been charged, except that a student may not collect a refund if the student has completed 75% or more of the total number of hours in the portion of the program for which the student has been charged on the effective date of termination. Simplified, the refund is based on the precise number of hours the student has paid for, but not yet used, at the point of termination, up to the 75% completion mark, after which no refund is due. Form CSC-1040R provides the precise calculation.
    5. A student who withdraws for a reason unrelated to the student’s academic status after the 75% completion mark and requests a grade at the time of withdrawal shall be given a grade of “incomplete” and permitted to re-enroll in the course or program during the 12-month period following the date the student withdrew without payment of additional tuition for that portion of the course or program.
    6. A full refund of all tuition and fees is due and refundable in each of the following cases:
      1.  An enrollee is not accepted by the school;
      2. If the course of instruction is discontinued by the school and this prevents the student from completing the course; or
      3. If the student’s enrollment was procured as a result of any misrepresentation in advertising, promotional materials of the school, or representations by the owner or representatives of the School.
    7. Information regarding third party agency (e.g. Veteran’s Administration, WIA, etc.) refund or return of funds policies can be obtained by contacting the Centralized Financial Services Center. 

    A full or partial refund may also be due in other circumstances of program deficiencies or violations of requirements for career schools and colleges. Refund of Title IV funds shall be issued in accordance with the Return of Title IV Funds Policy.

    For all students, the payment of refunds, unless stated otherwise in one of the refund policies outlined herewith, will be totally completed such that the refund instrument has been negotiated or credited into the proper account(s), within 60 days after the effective date of termination.

    CDL: Class A Tractor Trailer Program
    The SCHOOL has adopted the following as its institutional cancellation and refund policy for the CDL: Class A Tractor Trailer Program

    1. A student is entitled to a full refund if one (1) or more of the following criteria are met:
        1. The student cancels the enrollment agreement or application within three (3) days after signing. In the event the cancellation notice is mailed, the postmark date on the envelope is evidence of the date of cancellation.
        2. The student does not meet the post­secondary proprietary educational institutions minimum admissions requirements, accreditation requirements, or federal program requirements.
        3. The student’s enrollment was procured as a result of misrepresentation in the written material utilized by the school.
        4. If the student has not visited the school prior to enrollment, and upon touring the school, or attending the first class, the student withdraws from the program within one (1) hour of the end of the first class.
    2. A student withdrawing from the school’s published program, after starting the instructional program is entitled to a pro­rata refund based upon the number of hours attended. Any student completing more than fifty percent (75%) of the course curriculum is not entitled to a refund. When such withdrawal occurs prior to the end of the drop/add period of the initial period of enrollment, all tuition, fees, and other charges will be refunded in full.
    3. For extenuating circumstances, a pro­rata refund will be based upon the last day of attendance.

    Example: Assume that a student, upon enrollment in 160-hour (4 week) program that costs $5,000, as specified in the ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT, withdraws after attempting 60 hours. The pro rata refund to the student would be $3,125 based on the calculation set forth below.

    5,000 ÷  160 Total Hours × 100 Remaining Hours  = $3,125                                                             
    Amount charged                                                         Actual Refund Amount

    Refund Policy for Students Called to Active Military Service

    A student of the school or college who withdraws from the school or college as a result of the student being called to active duty in a military service of the United States or the Texas National Guard may elect one of the following options for each program in which the student is enrolled:
    1. If tuition and fees are collected in advance of the withdrawal, a pro rata refund of any tuition, fees, or other charges paid by the student for the program and a cancellation of any unpaid tuition, fees, or other charges owed by the student for the portion of the program the student does not complete following withdrawal;
    2.  A grade of incomplete with the designation “withdrawn-military” for the courses in the program, other than courses for which the student has previously received a grade on the student’s transcript, and the right to re-enroll in the program, or a substantially equivalent program if that program is no longer available, not later than the first anniversary of the date the student is discharged from active military duty without payment of additional tuition, fees, or other charges for the program other than any previously unpaid balance of the original tuition, fees, and charges for books for the program; or
    3. The assignment of an appropriate final grade or credit for the courses in the program, but only if the instructor or instructors of the program determine that the student has:
      1. Satisfactorily completed at least 90 percent of the required coursework for the program; and
      2. Demonstrated sufficient mastery of the program material to receive credit for completing the program.

    The payment of refunds will be totally completed such that the refund instrument has been negotiated or credited into the proper account(s), within 60 days after the effective date of termination.

     

    Return to Title IV

    The U.S. Department of Education requires schools to recalculate the amount of federal student aid a student earned any time a student is withdrawn or dismissed from school prior to completing 60% of a payment period. The amount earned calculation is based on the percent of time the student completed in the payment period in proportion to the total amount of time in the period. The total federal aid for the period is then multiplied by the percentage of time completed to determine the amount of federal aid earned for the period.

    Students completing 60% of the payment period earn 100% of the federal financial aid for the same period. Edge Tech defines a payment period as an academic year. For non-term and clock hour programs, the calculation basis for the payment period is the period of time it takes a student to complete both half the number of credits or clock hours and half the number of weeks of the academic year, program, or remainder of the program.

    Conditions where Title IV funds are required to be returned:

    1. The School is required to return any required excess funds. The amount of the excess funds the School returns is the lesser of the:
      1. Institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of the funds, or
      2. Entire amount of the excess funds
    2. If more aid was received than was earned, the excess funds must be returned. Students are required to return any necessary excess funds remaining. Any loan funds that a student must return, the student (or the student’s parent for a PLUS loan) repays as regular monthly loan payments, in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. That is, the student (or student’s parent) makes scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time.
    3. In the event of a grant overpayment, federal regulations require the student repay 50% of the total grant overpayment. In addition, regulations clarify that students are not required to repay grant overpayments which are $50 or less. Students responsible for a grant overpayment must make arrangements with the School or US Department of Education to repay the funds. Failure by the student to repay the required overpayment will result in a loss of future federal student assistance (Title IV programs).
    Conditions where Title IV funds may be owed to a student upon withdrawal from school: If a student received (or the School received on the student’s behalf) less aid than the amount that is earned, the student may be able to receive a disbursement for the additional funds.

    This process must be completed within the timeframe set forth by the Cancellation and Refund Policy but no later than 45 days of the student’s withdrawal date.  The withdrawal date is determined by:

    1. The last day of attendance for an ‘Unofficial’ withdrawal (not maintaining satisfactory academic progress, excessive absences/tardies, improper conduct, or failure to fulfill financial obligations to the School); or
    2. The last day of attendance for an “Official’ withdrawal (Students who wish to officially terminate their training for any reason must notify the Director of Education, Executive Director, or other School Official in writing. The written notification should explain the reasons for wishing to terminate. See Withdrawal in the catalog for more information.)

    The Return to Title IV Funds policy is distinct and separate from the Cancellation and Refund policy and is in addition to any other refund calculation the School is required to perform. Please refer to the Cancellation and Refund policy in the catalog for additional information. Students are responsible for any balances due to the School for unpaid institutional charges. Students considering withdrawing from the School should contact the Centralized Financial Services Center to determine the amount of federal student assistance funds, if any, must be returned on the student’s behalf. Any student electing to withdraw from the School is responsible for any balance due and payable to the School as a result of the Return to Title IV calculation.

    The order of repaying funds being returned is as follows:

    1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
    2. Subsidized  Federal Direct Stafford Loan
    3. Federal Direct PLUS Loans
    4. Federal Pell Grants
    5. Iraq Afghanistan Service Grants
    6. FSEOG
     

    Definition of Withdraw and Return to Title IV

    For purposes of calculating Return to Title IV, a student is considered to have withdrawn from a payment period or period of enrollment if—  
    1. In the case of a program that is measured in credit hours, the student does not complete all the days in the payment period or period of enrollment that the student was scheduled to complete;
    2. In the case of a program that is measured in clock hours, the student does not complete all of the clock hours and weeks of instructional time in the payment period or period of enrollment that the student was scheduled to complete; or
    3. For a student in a non-term or nonstandard-term program, the student is not scheduled to begin another course within a payment period or period of enrollment for more than 45 calendar days after the end of the module the student ceased attending.

    For answers to questions about Title IV program funds, students should contact one of the school’s Financial Services Officers.

     

    Return to Title IV and Recording of Attendance

    For purposes of calculating Return to Title IV, because this institution voluntarily records attendance in all programs and classes, the school is determined to be a school that is required to take attendance, and as such, uses the student’s last recorded day of attendance in determining the percentage of Title IV aid earned for the payment period or period of enrollment.
     

    Career Services

    Edge Tech Academy places an emphasis on graduate employment assistance; we consider this to be one of the most important services we can offer our students. The Career Services department helps connect graduates to the workforce by providing specific services that relate to preparing for and identifying employment opportunities.

    The school provides the following services:  
    • Assistance in preparation of resumes and cover letters
    • Job coaching services to improve or enhance interviewing (and other) job seeking skills
    • Advice and information on job availability in specific areas of training
    • Continuous, individualized employment assistance

    The school develops contacts with employers and generally has requests from employers for graduates. To do this, Edge Tech Academy maintains a contact file of potential employers which is updated regularly. Employers are also invited to come to the campus for job interview sessions.

    Edge Tech Academy is very proud of the success of graduates, however, Edge Tech Academy does not or will not guarantee employment. Students are also informed that they should be ready to relocate upon graduation, as this may increase their employment opportunities.

     

    Advising Services

    Advising services are available to assist students in resolving educational, career, and vocational problems. General personal concerns relating directly to academic success can be addressed on campus whereas more serious concerns will be referred to the appropriate outside agency. The Director of Education/Education Manager, Program Directors and other Academics Staff can help students plan their educational programs as well as adjust to the demands of school.
     

    Health Services

    Edge Tech Academy has no health services located at the school. However, hospitals, clinics, and physicians are located nearby. The school seeks to assist students who have special health problems or limitations in the attainment of their educational goals. Services are provided in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    In the event of accident or illness on campus, the Director of Education should be notified immediately. Students who become ill, injured, or develop health problems requiring professional attention are referred to the emergency room of the hospital or to a local physician in accordance with instructions given by the student or the student’s family. In an emergency situation that requires immediate attention, a student may be taken directly to the hospital.

    Environmental health and safety on the campus are the responsibility of the school. It is the policy of the school to have all facilities comply with the requirements of the state and local building codes, the board of health, and fire department regulations.

    Our school is focused on the academic success and personal well-being of our students. An important but often overlooked element of that educational journey is mental health. Our school partners with META, a teletherapy company powering a mobile application designed to help college students connect to mental wellness providers. Students are able to download the META app, which includes a network of in-state licensed mental health professionals such as counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Students download the app, choose a provider, and receive counseling through the privacy and convenience of their smartphones via chat, video or voice calls.   www.meta.app 

     

    Student Change of Address

    When a student relocates to a different address, it is important to update the address on record so that campus correspondence sent by mail reaches the student or graduate.  To update your address, follow these steps. 
    1. Log into the student portal. 
    2. Click “Edit Your Profile” located after your student ID in the green bar that runs across the top of the page. 
    3. On the next page, click the Edit button located in the bottom right corner of the page. 
    4. Make any necessary changes and then click the Save button in the bottom right corner of the page. 
     

    Local Law Enforcement Partnerships

    The school does not have a written agreement with, but maintains a close working relationship with local law enforcement agencies, including the metropolitan police. The school occasionally works with other agencies in the area including security employees and state and county police. Meetings are held with these agencies on an informal basis. The school occasionally works with these agencies when crime has occurred on or near the school. There is no written memorandum of understanding between the school and these law enforcement agencies.
     

    School Closings Due to Weather

    When inclement weather causes the possible delay or closing of the school, this information will be announced on local television stations after 6:00 a.m. for day classes and after 3:00 p.m. for evening classes.  Closings for day and evening classes will be announced separately. 
     

    Emergency Information

    In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, STVT-AAI provides an emergency alert system, Regroup, that delivers messages to your STVT or personal email addresses as well as your cell phone. This system will keep the campus community informed regarding safety and security issues by immediately notifying students and staff about crimes committed on campus that may pose a serious and/or immediate threat. 

    We have enrolled you in the program at no additional expense to you. We encourage you to keep your contact information current so that these important alerts can reach you in a timely manner. Please contact the front desk at the campus to update your contact information. If you choose to not enroll in this service, we ask that you contact your Campus Executive Director. 


     

    Library

    The library offers curriculum related resources, a quiet room to study, computers, and a friendly and comfortable environment for tutoring, reading, research, and the exchange of ideas.

    Library collections are online through the LIRN (Library and Information Resources Network) Research Databases, and via the Library website’s other curated and professionally vetted resources.  Every student has access to millions of academic, peer-reviewed full -text articles, journals, transcripts, audio, video, e-books, photos, and more to support general interest, reference items, and subject specific interests. In addition to resources, there are trained library staff to help each student successfully complete their chosen program.  As well as on-site assistance, students can phone, and email a professional Librarian online.

    A professional online Librarian can be accessed live via the Student Portal or LMS through the Library Website at the following times: 

    Phone (Hours in EST)
    Monday-Friday 7am to 9pm
    Saturday-Sunday 12pm to 7pm

     

    Housing

    The School does not provide formal assistance but will provide contact with various apartment locator services in the general vicinity of the campus.
     

    Publications and Announcements

    Announcements can be read via the student portal. Announcements and updates are also posted on the bulletin boards throughout the corridors, classrooms, and student lounge. Student should check the student portal and bulletin boards periodically for any notices and/or special announcements.

     

    Hours of Operation

    The normal hours of operation at Edge Tech Academy in Hurst are: Monday – Friday - 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

     

    Crime Awareness

    Students are to report to the Executive Director, or in his/her absence to a faculty/staff member, any criminal activities taking place on the premises or in the parking lot of Edge Tech Academy. This includes any school-sponsored function. Such actions will then be reported to the proper authorities.
     

    Campus Security

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to publish information about crime on and near the campus. The Clery Act requires that an Annual Security Report is published by October 1st each calendar year, a public crime log is maintained on campus, and the campus is responsible for using an emergency notification system to alert students of a serious threat. Edge Tech follows these guidelines and reports to the United States Department of Education annually. Students and Employees may find information on the Annual report posted online at https://edgetechacademy.edu/edgetech-disclosures/

    If you have any questions regarding reporting obligations, please contact your Campus Executive Director. The Annual report contains information regarding:

    Campus Security

    • Emergency Response Plan
    • Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications
    • Security & Access to Facilities
    • Crime Awareness and Prevention
    • Crime Statistics & Definitions
    • Disciplinary Referrals
    • Sex Offenders/Sex Offenses 
    Drug-Free Campus and Workplace
    • Alcohol & Drug Policy
    • Description of Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Drug Use
    • Federal and State Legal Sanctions
    • Local Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs
    • Crime Statistics 

    Edge Tech enforces a strict policy for students and employees who violate the company’s policies related to drug use. Violators may be subject to penalties and/or disciplinary actions including up to termination from school or employment. 

    Edge Tech’s sexual assault policy encourages students to be responsible for their personal safety. The campus has a list of staff members by name, title and contact number who are available to report criminal activity, public safety issues, emergencies and suspicious behavior. In the event of an emergency or eminent danger, everyone should immediately call 911. Campus security authority lists and blank incident reports are posted on bulletin boards throughout the campus. If assistance is needed, it will be provided upon request. Students are encouraged to be responsible for their personal and community safety.

     

    Health and Safety

    Edge Tech Academy will provide safe facilities and a workplace free from recognized hazards. Each program has specific guidelines explained by the individual instructors. Students are expected to use common sense at all times to prevent injury to themselves and others. The school maintains first aid kits for emergencies. All accidents and injuries must be reported to a manager or supervisor immediately.

    General safety rules that should be observed at all times include: 

    • Operating mechanical and electrical equipment only according to prescribed procedures;  
    • Wearing safety glasses and other personal protective equipment whenever and wherever training activities call for them.

    Edge Tech Academy strives to provide appropriate information, ongoing training and supervision to create a safe and healthy environment.

    Our school is focused on the academic success and personal well-being of our students. An important but often overlooked element of that educational journey is mental health. Our school partners with META, a teletherapy company powering a mobile application designed to help college students connect to mental wellness providers. Students are able to download the META app, which includes a network of in-state licensed mental health professionals such as counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Students download the app, choose a provider, and receive counseling through the privacy and convenience of their smartphones via chat, video or voice calls.   www.meta.app 

     

    Campus Visitors

    Visitors to the school must check in at the reception desk upon arrival.  Students are invited to have their parents, relatives, or friends tour the campus.  If visitors have questions, they are welcome to meet with the staff.
     

    Children

    Children are not allowed to accompany a student to class or to be left unattended on campus. If a student brings a child to class, the instructor should inform the student of the policy and ask him or her to remove the child from the classroom. If a child is left unattended, the Director of Education or other administrator should be notified. The Director of Education will then locate the parent and inform him or her of the policy. The school assumes no liability for injuries incurred by minors while on campus.
     

    Student Code of Conduct

    Statement of Shared Responsibility
    Students, faculty, staff and administration constitute a community of learners.  Collectively, we share responsibility for exchanging knowledge and information, creating a culture that respects and values diversity and for maintaining an environment of accountability.  Within the challenging and supporting learning environment at Edge Tech Academy, students of all ages, ethnicities, religions, genders, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds and sexual orientations are welcome to engage in the process of preparation for career readiness, active citizenship and lifelong learning.

    In order to realize its mission, all members of the Edge Tech Academy community have a responsibility to promote and the right to expect:

    Respect for Persons: 
    The opportunity to ask questions and to express opinions is fundamental to the learning process.  Diversity in perspective strengthens the learning environment for all participants.  All members of the community will demonstrate respect for others while communicating a point of view and while allowing others to do the same, ensuring that the campus is free from intimidation and harassment.  Disagreements among members of the community are expected to be resolved through a process that preserves mutual respect.

    Respect for the Learning Process:
    Community members should be committed to a journey of continuous improvement for themselves and for others.  Each individual brings with him/her a unique set of knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences that add richness to the learning environment.  Individuals will progress at their own rate, within the approved parameters of the curriculum, capitalizing upon their own preferred style of learning in order to make progress on their journey.  The unique journey of each individual should be encouraged and honored. The Student Code of Conduct has been developed to ensure that the learning process is not inhibited or disrupted for any individual or group of individuals.

    Respect for the Learning Environment:
    The physical and virtual classroom, the institutional facilities and the campus, as well as all equipment and learning materials constitute the learning environment. Expectations for adherence to the Student Code of Conduct apply to those instances where the learning experience extends beyond the institution, such as situations that involve a field trip or an internship/externship/clinical/practicum. Equipment and learning materials vary by program. The safety of all members of the learning environment is of the utmost concern to the institution. Students must adhere to the dress code requirements for their program of study. All members of the learning community will utilize the resources provided by the institution as instructed and with caution, making campus officials aware of issues associated with facilities, equipment or learning materials.

    Respect for Academic Integrity:
    All members of the community are required to adhere to institutional standards of academic integrity. One of the greatest values of participating in a community of learners is the opportunity to learn from others; however, individuals must acknowledge the sources of the information that are used to advance a point of view. Academic misconduct involves dishonesty or deception in the fulfillment of academic requirements. It includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, unpermitted collaboration, forged attendance, using advantages not approved by the instructor, knowingly allowing another student to plagiarize or cheat from one’s work or submitting the same assignment for multiple courses without the knowledge of the instructor.

    Student Code of Conduct Policy Statement
    Edge Tech Academy affirms its commitment to provide an engaging learning environment and promote the exchange of ideas among the members of the learning community.  All individuals who come to Edge Tech Academy to work and study will be accepted as unique individuals worthy or making a valuable contribution to the learning environment.  Discrimination, disruption or harassment on the basis of age, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability, socio-economic background or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.

    Edge Tech Academy accepts responsibility for communicating these values to students, faculty, staff, administration and the community served by the institution.  The success of the policy to protect the learning environment and those engaged in the learning process is dependent upon the willingness of members of the community to make known behaviors and conduct that violate the policy.

    A student found to have committed any one of the following Student Code of Conduct Offenses will be subject to the full range of sanctions including written reprimand, suspension and expulsion.

    Student Code of Conduct Offenses
    Academic Misconduct –Dishonesty or deception in the fulfillment of academic requirements. It includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, unpermitted collaboration, forged attendance, using advantages not approved by the instructor, knowingly allowing another student to plagiarize or cheat from one’s work or submitting the same assignment for multiple courses without the knowledge of the instructor.

    Dating Violence
    – Violence committed an individual (A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (i) The length of the relationship (ii) The type of relationship (iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.  This offense applies to any such illegal activity by a current student, staff or faculty member.

    Domestic Violence
    –  Felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction. This offense applies to any such illegal activity by a current student, staff or faculty member.

    Dishonesty
    – Provision and/or submission of false information to the institution by forgery, alteration or misuse of documents or records, falsifying a written or oral statement or submission of false identification to the institution.

    Failure to Adhere to Dress Code –
    Programs of study are created to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required for an identified set of career outcomes. As such, dress code standards that replicate the work environment may be imposed upon students enrolled in particular programs of study. The Dress Code may include requirements to wear a specific uniform. Alternatively, the Dress Code may limit attire that is worn to school or to school - related activities to defined standard, such as business attire or business casual attire.  Finally, the Dress Code may necessitate removal of piercings and/or requirements to cover tattoos.

    Mental or Bodily Harm to Self
    – Conduct that causes harm or has the potential to cause harm to one’s self including the intentional infliction of mental or bodily harm upon one’s self or taking reckless but not accidental, action which could result in mental or bodily harm.

    Mental or Bodily Harm to Others
    – Conduct that causes harm or has the potential to cause harm to another individual, including:
    • Behavior that intentionally inflicts mental or bodily harm on another person;
    • Behavior that attempts to inflict mental or bodily harm on another person;
    • Taking reckless, but not accidental, action that could result in infliction of mental or bodily harm on another person;
    • Causing another individual to believe that the offender may cause mental or bodily harm to them;
    • Sexual misconduct;
    • Any act that demeans or degrades another individual; and/or
    • Coercion of an individual to inflict mental or bodily harm to another person.
    Stalking – Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (B) suffer substantial emotional distress.  Stalking may include non-consensual communication, including in-person communication or contact, surveillance, telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, email messages, social networking site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or information on websites, written letters, gifts or any other undesired communication that elicits fear. 

    Sex Discrimination and Harassment  – Conduct that encompasses discrimination on the basis of an individual’s sex in any aspect of employment or education, including but not limited to,
    • Hiring and firing;
    •  Compensation, assignment, or classification of employees;
    • Transfer, promotion, layoff, or recall;
    • Job advertisements;
    • Recruitment;
    • Testing;
    • Grading;
    • Acceptance or participation in an academic program or school activity;
    • Use of employer's facilities;
    • Training programs;
    • Fringe benefits;
    • Pay, retirement plans, and disability leave; or other terms and conditions of employment; and
    • Engaging in conduct that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment in which to work or learn. 

    Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of discrimination; it is illegal.  No employee or student, either in the workplace or in the academic environment, should be subject to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature. Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior of a sexual nature that is not welcome, that is personally offensive, and that interferes with performance.  It is expected that students, faculty and staff will treat one another with respect.  All students, faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community, including intern/extern/practicum sites, are subject to this policy. 

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or gender bias nature, constitute sexual harassment when: 

    • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic status;
    • Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions or evaluations, or permission to participate in an activity; or
    • The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment in which to work or learn.

     Sexual harassment may take many forms-subtle and indirect, or blatant and overt, including but not limited to, the following:  

    • It may occur between individuals of the opposite sex or of the same sex;
    • It may occur between students, between peers and/or co-workers, or between individuals in an unequal power relationship (such as by a supervisor with regard to a supervised employee or an instructor regarding a current student);
    • It may be aimed at coercing an individual to participate in an unwanted sexual relationship or it may have the effect of causing an individual to change behavior or work performance;
    • It may consist of repeated actions or may even arise from a single incident if sufficiently severe;
    • It may also rise to the level of a criminal offense, such as battery or sexual violence. 

    Sexual violence is a physical act perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual violence includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

    Determining what constitutes sexual harassment under this policy is dependent upon the specific facts and the context in which the conduct occurs. Some conduct may be inappropriate, unprofessional, and/or subject to disciplinary action, but would not fall under the definition of sexual harassment. Examples of unwelcome conduct of a sexual or gender related nature that may constitute sexual harassment may, but do not necessarily, include, and are not limited to:
     

    • Rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion or other sexual violence;
    • Sexually explicit or gender related statements, comments, questions, jokes, innuendoes, anecdotes, or gestures;
    • Other than customary handshakes, uninvited touching, patting, hugging, or purposeful brushing against a person's body or other inappropriate touching of an individual's body;
    • Remarks of a sexual nature about a person's clothing or body;
    • Use of electronic mail or computer dissemination of sexually oriented, sex-based communications;
    • Sexual advances, whether or not they involve physical touching;
    • Requests for sexual favors in exchange for actual or promised job or educational benefits, such as favorable reviews, salary increases, promotions, increased benefits, continued employment, grades, favorable assignments, letters of recommendation;
    • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, magazines, cartoons, or screen savers;
    • Inquiries, remarks, or discussions about an individual's sexual experiences or activities and other written or oral references to sexual conduct. 

     Any employee or student bringing a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint or assisting in the investigation of such a complaint will not be subjected to retaliation in terms and conditions of employment and/or academic standing, nor discriminated against, terminated, or expelled because of the complaint. Intentionally providing false information, however, is grounds for discipline. 

    "Retaliation" may include, but is not limited to, such conduct as:  

    • The denial of adequate personnel to perform duties;
    • Frequent replacement of members of the staff;
    • Frequent and undesirable changes in the location of an office;
    • The refusal to assign meaningful work;
    • Unwarranted disciplinary action;
    • Unfair work performance evaluations;
    • A reduction in pay;
    • The denial of a promotion;
    • Dismissal;
    • Transfer;
    • Frequent changes in working hours or workdays;
    • Unfair grade;
    • Unfavorable reference letter. 

    Determining what constitutes discrimination under this policy will be evaluated on a case by case basis and depends upon the specific facts and the context in which the conduct occurs. Some conduct may be inappropriate, unprofessional, and/or subject to disciplinary action, but would not fall under the definition of discrimination. Individuals who violate this policy are subject to discipline up to and including termination and/or expulsion, in accordance with the Edge Tech Academy’s Student Code of Conduct. Other, lesser sanctions may be imposed, depending on the circumstances.   Victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking should contact his or her Executive Director to request changes to academic and working situations and how to request protective measures and receive support resources as set forth in the campus Annual Security Reports.

    Discrimination
    - Civilly, criminally or administratively prohibited unequal treatment of a person based upon age, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability, socio-economic background, veteran status or sexual orientation.

    Disruption/Obstruction – Obstructing or interfering with any institutional functions or activities, including instruction within a physical or virtual classroom.

    False Report of Emergency
    – Causing, making or circulating a false report or warning of fire, explosion, crime or other threat to safety.

    Destruction of Property –
    Intentionally or recklessly, but not accidentally, damaging, destroying, defacing or tampering with institutional property, property associated with the institution including internship/externship sites or the property of any person on or associated with the campus.

    Theft or Possession of Stolen Property or Service –
    Taking an item or utilizing a service without consent of an official of the institution or possessing property that can reasonably be determined to have been stolen from the campus or from an employee or student of the campus.

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    respassing –Forcible or unauthorized entry into any institutional facilities or facilities associated with the institution.

    Possession of Weapons or Dangerous Materials
    – Unauthorized possession of a weapon or dangerous materials, including, but not limited to firearms, compressed-air guns, pellet guns, BB guns, knives, explosive devices, incendiary devices, fireworks, ammunition or any other dangerous materials.

    Manufacture, Distribution, Sale, Offer for Sale, Possession or Misuse of Drugs or Alcohol –
    Manufacture, distribution, sale, offer for sale, possession or use of any illegal drug or narcotic or possession or use of alcohol while on campus or engaged in any school related activities.

    Use of Tobacco Products or Electronic Cigarettes in Unapproved   Locations -
    Smoking or use of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes in locations other than those approved for that purpose.

    Violation of Criminal Law –
    An alleged violation of any federal, state or local criminal law where the conduct of a student interferes with the institution’s exercise of its educational objectives or responsibilities.

    Misuse or Abuse of Computers or Computer Networks
    –Misuse, alteration, tampering with or abuse of any computer, computer system, service, program, data, or network, including telephone or computer lines and wireless networks. Abuse includes utilization of school computers or Internet access in order to access pornographic web sites or to distribute pornographic material.

    Misuse of Safety Equipment –
    Unauthorized use of or alteration of firefighting equipment, safety devices or other emergency safety equipment.

    Sanctions
    Enrollment into the institution signifies the student’s agreement to comply with the Student Code of Conduct.  Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct will result in appropriate disciplinary sanctions. 

    The Student Code of Conduct has been developed to ensure that the learning process is not inhibited or disrupted for any individual or group of individuals. The Code of Conduct additionally serves as a mechanism for educating members of the learning community about appropriate standards of behavior.  In the event that a violation of the Code of Conduct occurs, the school will strive to utilize the incident as a teachable moment, imposing fair and progressive discipline.  However, should an individual commit an egregious violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the school has the responsibility to impose the strictest of sanctions upon the student, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

    Disciplinary sanctions are described below.

    Verbal Warning
    A verbal warning is an official conversation held between the Director of Education, or the Executive Director, and the student, making the student aware of an incidence of unacceptable behavior that is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. A notation will be entered into the Student Information System but documentation does not become part of the student’s permanent record. Any further misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

    Written Reprimand
    A reprimand is an official written notification of unacceptable behavior that is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  The reprimand will be entered into the Student Information System and will become a permanent document in the student’s file. The student will be asked to sign the document and will be provided a copy of the reprimand.  Any further misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

    Disciplinary Probation
    Disciplinary probation is a conditional status imposed for a designated period of time within a term prohibiting the student from being present without permission on the campus or any property associated with the campus, including internship/externship sites.  The period of time may not exceed 14 calendar days.  Disciplinary probation requires completion of a Code of Conduct Violation Form by an instructor and an approval by the Director of Education or Executive Director.  Disciplinary probation may be used in those limited instances where a student is asked to leave a class for the duration of the day or until the Procedural Interview is conducted. The Procedural Interview should be scheduled within two business days of the incident. A copy of the form should be mailed and/or emailed to the student, indicating when he/she may return to class.  The Disciplinary Probation Form becomes a permanent part of the student file and should also be notated in the Student Information System.  The student must meet with the Director of Education or Executive Director to sign the form prior to returning to class. Any further misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

    Suspension
    Suspension is the loss of privileges of enrollment at the institution for a designated period of time and prohibits the student from being present without permission on the property of the campus or any property associated with the campus, including internship/externship/clinical/practicum sites. As a result of being placed on suspension, the student will be awarded a grade of W for any course in which they are currently enrolled. Regardless of whether or not the student is subsequently allowed to return to school to complete the program of study, the student is responsible for payment of tuition and fees and/or repayment of financial aid. The student shall be notified of the suspension in writing. The notification of suspension indicates the earliest possible date, in a future term, in which the student may consider submission of a request to return to school.  The student is entitled to an opportunity to appeal the suspension. The notification of suspension becomes a permanent part of the student record and also must be noted in the Student Information System. Any further misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary sanctions. The Office of the Chief Academic Officer or the Chief Compliance Officer of Ancora Education must approve suspensions before they are imposed and before a student is notified.

    Expulsion
    Expulsion is the permanent loss of privilege of enrollment at the institution and prohibits the student from being present without permission on the campus or on any property associated with the campus.  The student will be unable to complete his/her program of study with the institution. As a result of being expelled, the student will be awarded a grade of W for any course in which they are currently enrolled. The student is responsible for payment of tuition and fees and/or repayment of financial aid. The student is entitled to an opportunity to appeal the expulsion. The notification of expulsion becomes a permanent part of the student record and also must be noted in the Student Information System. In the event that a student appeal results in retraction of the expulsion, any further misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. The Office of the Chief Academic Officer or the Chief Compliance Officer of Ancora Education must approve expulsions before they are imposed and before a student is notified. 

    Procedures
    Filing of a Conduct Violation Form
    Any member of the learning community (students, faculty or staff) may file a Code of Conduct Violation Form to initiate the process to respond to an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct Violation Form may be found on the Ancora Link site under Academic Forms.  The individual who files the Code of Conduct Violation Form becomes the complainant.  The student being charged with the alleged offense is referred to as the accused.

    All Code of Conduct Violation Forms are first reviewed by the Director of Education.  If the Director of Education determines that sufficient evidence exists to warrant further exploration of the complaint, the next step is for the accused to be scheduled for a Procedural Interview. The accused is sent a copy of the Code of Conduct Violation Form, via email and/or UPS or FedEx, providing a receipt and proof of delivery, which includes a detailed description of the incident, accompanied by a Notification of Violation Letter that indicates the date and time of the procedural interview.  The Notification of Violation Letter provides details concerning the student’s rights and explains the entire process for resolving the alleged violation.

    Procedural Interview
    Any student charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be scheduled for a Procedural Interview with the Director of Education. In those instances where the Director of Education has filed the Code of Conduct Violation Form, the Executive Director should also be present for the Procedural Interview. The accused is sent a Notification of Violation Letter that indicates the date and time of the Procedural Interview, along with a copy of the Conduct Violation Form, describing the alleged violation.  The Procedural Interview should be scheduled within five (5) business days of receipt of the Code of Conduct Violation Form.

    The accused must attend the Procedural Interview.  If the accused fails to appear for the scheduled Procedural Interview, one attempt will be made to reschedule the meeting. The rescheduled meeting shall occur within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the Code of Conduct Violation Form.  If the student again fails to appear for the Procedural Interview, the Director of Education may move forward with the determination of the sanction.

    The purpose of the Procedural Interview is to provide the accused with the opportunity to discuss the allegation that resulted in the filing of the Code of Conduct Violation Form. The Director of Education and/or the Executive Director will begin the meeting by delineating the student’s rights and options, as well as the potential sanctions that may be imposed for the alleged violation.  The accused will have an opportunity to admit or deny the charge made against him/her in the Procedural Interview.  The complainant also has the opportunity to attend the Procedural Interview either in person or via conference call.

    In the event that the accused admits to the charge filed against him/her, the Director of Education and/or the Executive Director will determine the sanction during the Procedural Interview.  The sanction will be notated on a copy of the original Code of Conduct Violation Form. The Code of Conduct Violation Form will then be signed by the Director of Education and/or the Executive Director. The student will be required to sign and date the form as well. The Code of Conduct Violation Form with the original signatures will be placed in the student file; the student will be provided with a copy of the signed form.  The Director of Education will enter a notation in Contact Manager within the Student Information System.

    The accused may deny the alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct and request a Hearing to further explore the facts concerning the alleged violation.  If a hearing is requested, the date and time of the hearing are determined during the Procedural Interview and they are documented on a copy of the original Code of Conduct Violation Form.  The student is provided a copy of the updated Code of Code of Conduct Violation Form with this information as well as a copy of the Hearing Guide.

    Hearing Procedures
    The purpose of a hearing is to provide a forum for the complainant and the accused to present their case regarding the alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  The Executive Director serves as the Hearing Authority and will ultimately determine whether or not the alleged violation is proven.  Please note that the definition of Hearing Procedures proceeding does not include communications and meetings between officials and victims concerning accommodations or protective measures to be provided to a victim.

    The Executive Director or otherwise designated Hearing Authority will begin the Hearing by explaining the accused’s rights and will assure that fairness will be observed throughout the hearing. Attendees of the hearing are limited to the Executive Director or designee, the complainant and the accused.

    The complainant will be given the opportunity to state the main points of the violation, providing evidence supplemented with statements by witnesses. After the complainant concludes his/her presentation, the accused will have the opportunity to state his/her case. The Executive Director or designee may question both the complainant and accused.

    After all evidence and testimony has been presented, the Executive Director will determine whether or not the allegation is warranted.  If the accused is found not to be in violation, the case will be dismissed and the Code of Conduct Violation Form will be documented accordingly and the student will be provided with a copy.

    If the accused is found to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the Executive Director will dismiss the complainant and the accused, indicating that notification of the sanction will be communicated to the student at a specified date and time in the office of the Executive Director.

    As the Hearing Authority, the Executive Director or designee will consider the following when determining the sanction to be imposed:
     

    • Statements from witnesses and evidence presented during the hearing;
    • Seriousness of the violation;
    • Prior disciplinary record of the student;
    • Academic record; and
    • Student progress in their program of study. 

    Upon reaching a decision, the Executive Director is expected to update the Conduct Violation Form by indicating the sanction that will be imposed as a result of the violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The Executive Director then meets with the student at the predetermined date and time to discuss the sanction and consequences of any repeat violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  The student is required to sign the form and is provided a copy.  At the same time the student is notified of the outcome of the hearing, a copy of the updated Conduct Violation Form will be provided to the complainant. The Executive Director is expected to make a notation in Contact Manager in the Student Information System and returns the hard copy of the Code of Conduct Violation Form to the student file.

    In the event that the Executive Director determines either suspension or expulsion to be the appropriate sanction, the Code of Conduct Violation Form should be completed accordingly and emailed to the Office of the Chief Academic Officer and the Chief Compliance Officer.  Upon approval from either the Office of the Chief Academic Officer or the Chief Compliance Officer, the Executive Director may proceed with the suspension or expulsion.

    Appeals
    The accused and/or complainant have the right to request an appeal by notifying the Executive Director or Director of Education of his/her intent to do so within three business days after receipt of the written notification of the sanction.  Appeals may be filed for the following reasons: 

    • Inappropriate sanction; or
    • New evidence that was not available at the time of the hearing has become available and is found to be substantial enough to change the outcome of the hearing. 

    The Appeal Board should be comprised of the Executive Director, Director of Education, and three other members of the administrative staff of the institution.  In the event that the complainant is a member of the Appeal Board, that individual will recuse him/herself from the decision-making process. The Appeal Board meets in a closed session, within a reasonable period of time, and either grants or denies the appeal by a majority vote. In the event that there is a tie, due to absence of a member of the Appeal Board, the Executive Director will determine the outcome. In the event that the Executive Director was the complainant, the Director of Education will determine the outcome. If the appeal is granted, the sanction may be changed.

    The individual filing the appeal will be notified in writing, utilizing the Code of Conduct Violation Form, of the decision of the Appeal Board within a reasonable period of time. The notification will be emailed and/or sent through the U.S. Postal Service. A hard copy of the form will be placed in the student file and the Director of Education will enter notes in the Contact Manager Field within the Student Information System.

    Re-enrollment After Suspension
    Students who have been suspended from the institution must petition to return to school after the specified period of time has elapsed. A Request to Re-enroll After Suspension Form is accessible from the office of the Director of Education.  Students who have been suspended must contact the Director of Education for permission to return to the campus or to request that a copy of the form be emailed or mailed. The Petition is submitted to the Director of Education but must be unanimously approved by the Appeal Board.  Re-enrollment may be granted but any repeat instance of violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be grounds for permanent dismissal from the institution.

    Compliance with the Student Discipline Policy and Procedure provisions does not constitute a violation of section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C.1232g), commonly known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

     

    Non-Harassment Policy

    The school will not permit, tolerate or condone harassment against any individual for any reason, including, but not limited to, harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law. Comments, conduct, or innuendoes that might be perceived by others as offensive or harassing are wholly inappropriate and are to be strictly avoided. This policy applies to students, company employees, customers, vendors and visitors to the premises. The school intends to provide a school environment that is pleasant, healthy, comfortable and free of intimidation, hostility or other offenses that might interfere with a student’s educational performance.

    Employees and students must avoid offensive or inappropriate behavior in school or employment‐related relationships and are responsible for ensuring that all student‐employee and employment‐related relationships remain professional and free from harassment at all times.

    Employees and students must avoid offensive or inappropriate behavior in school. Relationships will remain professional and free from harassment at all times, this includes, employment‐related relationships and student‐employee and employment‐related relationships.

    Harassment can include, but is not limited to the following actions:

    • Inappropriate Communication – involves any language that is offensive, unnecessarily loud or that degrades or berates others, including, but not limited to, racial, religious, or sexual comments or jokes, sexual innuendos, or threats of any kind, whether communicated verbally, in writing, or electronically.
    • Physical Abuse – includes, but is not limited to, touching, hitting, kicking, or threatening another person, including restraining by force or blocking the path of another.  
    • Interference or Hostile Environment – includes any behavior or action that interferes with a student or employee’s ability to perform job duties and responsibilities, or participate in the education process, or which results in or creates a hostile or intimidating environment.
    • Sexual Harassment – includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual acts or favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
      • Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or continuation of education; continuation of education;
      • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting such individual; or
      • Such conduct is severe and pervasive and has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s work or school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
    • Retaliation - – includes any adverse action or threat of adverse action taken or made because a student or employee has exercised or attempted to exercise any rights under applicable laws or under policies of the company. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, threats, or withholding or withdrawal of pay, promotions, training, grades or employment opportunities.

    It is important that students and employees clearly understand the serious effects of harassment. Such behavior may result in personal liability, as well as a liability to the school.

    If an individual feels that he/she has been subjected to any type of degree of harassment, he/she must report the incident verbally or in writing to the Executive Director or Director of Education, immediate supervisor, department head, and any other member of management, the Chief Executive Officer or the Human Resources department. A complaint must include the specific nature of the incident and the date(s) and place(s) such alleged harassment took place, as well as the name(s) of any individual(s) known to be involved, but does not have to be in writing.

    When the school’s management becomes aware that harassment might exist, it is obligated by law to take prompt and appropriate action, whether or not the victim wants the school to do so. Complaints of violations will be promptly and carefully investigated, including interviews with all relevant persons. Investigators will conduct an objective investigation with consideration given to each person’s desire for privacy; however, no student or employee is guaranteed complete confidentiality and/or anonymity during an investigation. Only individuals with a legitimate “need to know” will be given any information regarding the complaint(s).   

    Employees and students who utilize this procedure are assured that they will be free from any reprisal or retaliation for reporting such violations or cooperating in an investigation.

    Any student found to have harassed a fellow student or school staff member would be subject to severe disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from school. In addition, any staff member found to have harassed a student or other staff member would be subject to severe disciplinary action including possible discharge from employment. The school will take necessary action to remedy the situation appropriately. However, if an investigation of a complaint shows that the complaint or information was knowingly false, the individual who provided the false information will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the school or, if a staff member up to and including termination from employment.

     

    Academic Integrity and Copyright Infringement Policy

    Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct by always submitting their own original work for all assignments, research papers, tests, and projects. Students found to engage in plagiarism, cheating, or other forms of academic dishonesty will be subject to negative consequences up to, and including termination from School.

    Plagiarism is the use of another’s words or ideas without proper citation, and includes copying large sections of text or images from print or electronic resources, or another student’s work. Students may avoid plagiarism by forming ideas in their own words, quoting only limited passages of borrowed text, and always acknowledging the origin of borrowed ideas or words with a correct citation.

    Members of the Edge Tech Academy community are expected to follow copyright law, Title 17 of the United States Code, while fulfilling the core mission of teaching, research, and extending knowledge and creativity in all areas. The provisions in the copyright law allow an author, artist, composer or other creator of a work to control the use of his or her work by others, with important exceptions. Copyright protections and the accompanying exceptions extend to print and digital formats of literary works, computer software, musical works, unpublished materials such as manuscripts, dramatic works, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial and graphic works, sculpture, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, and architectural works. Failure to observe copyright or license agreements Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material and unauthorized peer-to-peer sharing using the institution’s information technology system may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal from the school, legal action by the copyright owner, and/or criminal penalties.

    Since the files distributed over peer-to-peer networks are primarily copyrighted works, there is a risk of liability for downloading material from these networks. To avoid these risks, there are currently many "authorized" services on the Internet that allow consumers to purchase copyrighted works online, whether music, ebooks, or motion pictures. By purchasing works through authorized services, consumers can avoid the risks of infringement liability and can limit their exposure to other potential risks, e.g., viruses, unexpected material, or spyware.  Other legal alternatives for downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material include utilizing the school’s library facilities or public lending libraries.

    Questions concerning this institution’s copyright policy should be directed to Centralized Library Services.

    Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws 
    Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

    Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at 
    www.copyright.gov.

    Copy equipment at the school may not be used to copy copyrighted material. In addition, none of the material listed below may be copied by students or employees. Copyrightable works include the following categories: 

    1. Literary works, including computer software
    2. Musical works, including any accompanying words
    3. Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
    4. Pantomimes and choreographic work
    5. Pictorial, graphic, and sculptured works
    6. Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
    7. Sound recordings
    8. Architectural works 

    These categories should be viewed broadly. For example, computer programs and most “compilations” may be registered as “literary works;” maps and architectural plans may be registered as “pictorial, graphic, and sculptured works.”

     

    Computer Use and File Sharing

    Edge Tech Academy computer systems and networks are provided for student use as a part of school's academic programs. Students are not permitted to use their personal devices on the school's computer network.  This poses a security risk to the school's infrastructure and is prohibited.  All students have a responsibility to use Edge Tech Academycomputer systems and networks in an ethical and lawful manner. Students found to have misused computer systems and networks may receive disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Edge Tech Academy will not tolerate any abuse of computer systems and networks. This is not an all-inclusive list. In the case of a dismissal, the student will be subject to the refund policy as outlined in the school catalog.

    Examples of behaviors considered to be in violation of the school's policy on student computer systems and network include:

    • Sending obscene, harassing, intimidating and/or threatening messages through email or other means. Viewing or downloading, displaying, printing or otherwise disseminating material that is sexually explicit, profane, obscene, harassing, fraudulent, racially offensive, defamatory or otherwise unlawful.
    • Downloading any software programs, files or other items including but not limited to internet accelerator programs, search engines, upgrades, enhancements, fonts, graphic images, photos or other items unless authorized to do so by the Director of Education or Executive Director. Transferring personal software to Edge Tech Academy computers is prohibited.
    • Soliciting business, selling products, or otherwise engaging in commercial activities or personal advertisements. Using Edge Tech Academy computer and/or network to perpetrate fraud, misrepresentation or illegal activity. 
    • Providing others with access to one’s personal computer accounts or attempting to gain access to the computer accounts, files or system to which authorized access has not been granted.
    • Attempting to circumvent or compromise Edge Tech Academy computer security or the security of any remote system accessed through South Edge Tech Academy equipment or networks.
    • Creating or releasing computer viruses or engaging in other destructive or potentially destructive programming activities.
    • Modifying, altering, or tampering with systems hardware or software unless explicitly authorized to do so by the Executive Director.
     

    Sexual Harassment

    Title IX Compliance Policy 
    The school is committed to providing a school environment that ensures the equality, dignity, and respect of every student. In keeping with this commitment, the school strictly prohibits discriminatory practices, including sexual harassment, and will not deny or limit the ability of any student to participate in, or benefit from, any school program on the basis of sex, (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity. Sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical or environmental, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated, whether it occurs on school grounds or at outside school‐sponsored activities. This policy applies to all school employees and students. All employees have a duty to ensure that no student is subjected to sexual harassment and to help maintain a school environment free of such harassment. 

    Ancora Education's Title IX Coordinator is responsible for each school's overall compliance with Title IX, including response to reports of sexual misconduct affecting the campus community, as set forth in further detail in Ancora's Title IX Compliance Policy. For questions regarding Title IX procedures and how the schools complies with Title IX please see the Ancora Education Consumer Information and Annual Security Report, which is located at: 

    https://www.miller-motte.edu/why-miller-motte/consumer-information 
     
    Please direct any additional questions to the Title IX Coordinator, whose contact information is available below. 

    William Caswell
    Ancora Education
    (817) 369-8061
    william.caswell@ancoraeducation.com
     

    Attendance Policy

    The student is responsible for initiating any request to make up work missed because of class absence (see Make-Up Policy). Makeup of missed classes does not remove an absence from a student’s record. If a student is absent from all classes for 14 or more consecutive calendar days, the student may be withdrawn from school.
    Disclosure: 
    For Campuses located in Texas, instead of 14 or more consecutive calendar days, the student will be provided 10 consecutive school days for absences.  If the student is absent for 10 consecutive school days, the student may be withdrawn from school. A student in the state of Texas must meet 85% attendance across their program lifecycle or will be dismissed from their program of study. 

    CDL Program: Due to its relatively short duration, CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer does not follow the same attendance policy as the school’s Title IV-eligible programs.  This program requires the completion of 160 clock hours of instruction.  As a result, a student in this program can miss no more than 20% of course meetings or may be withdrawn from their program.  Any and all hours must be made up in order for a student to complete their program. Make-up hours will be completed in accordance with the campus Make-up and Incomplete policies. 

    Ground courses: Attendance for ground courses is taken in the physical classroom by the instructor. Students who fail to attend the physical class sessions for 14 or more consecutive calendar days may be withdrawn. Regardless of the situation resulting in an absence from class, students are expected to be in attendance a minimum 60% per grading period to pass a course.  Any attendance below 60% may result in the student failing the course.  Hybrid courses: Attendance for hybrid courses is taken both in the physical classroom and by students logging in and completing work in the online classroom. Students are expected to attend both the physical class sessions and actively participate in their online classes. Students who fail to either attend the physical class or post attendance by completing substantive work in the online classroom for 14 or more consecutive calendar days may be withdrawn.  Regardless of the situation resulting in an absence from class students are expected to be in attendance a minimum 60% per grading period to pass a course.  Any attendance below 60% may result in the student failing the course.

    Some programmatically accredited programs or programs that require licensure may have additional attendance requirements. These requirements are outlined under State/Programmatic-Mandated Policies. Where the state attendance and makeup work policy differs from the institutional policy, the stricter policy applies.

    Attendance Policy – Veteran Affairs Students

    VA students whose absences exceed 20% of the total program hours and/or five (5) consecutive school days will lose veterans educational benefits. Where programmatic attendance requirements differ, the stricter of this policy or the programmatic attendance policy shall be enforced. VA students must also comply with the general standards of attendance progress as set by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Students using veterans’ benefits to attend Edge Tech Academy will have attendance monitored until the time the student drops, graduates, or completes the program. Unsatisfactory attendance will be reported to the Department of Veteran’s Administration even if the VA student has completed the required number of hours to complete and no refund is due to the student and/or refund sources. Students who are dismissed due to unsatisfactory attendance may request certification for the next scheduled class start. All violations of the attendance policy will be reported to DVA on VA Form 22-1999b within 30 days at such time the student exceeds the allowed number of absences.

     

    Incomplete Policy

    The grade of Incomplete (I) is given for a valid reason when a student is unable to complete all the work in the course by the time the course ends. An Incomplete Grade Request Form must be submitted to the Director of Education, or designee, prior to the last day of the course. Students must initiate arrangements with instructors and receive approval of the Director of Education, or designee, to make up the required work within 14 calendar days after the end of the course. At that time, the grade will be calculated based on the work submitted and will replace the Incomplete. Incomplete grades count as credits/hours attempted but not completed. When the Incomplete is converted to a letter grade, it will be computed as credits/hours completed or failed, depending on the grade assigned.

    Procedure:

    • The student must request the Incomplete prior to the last day of the course using the Incomplete Grade Request;
      •  In order to approve an Incomplete, the student must have earned a minimum of a 25% in the course.
      • The Director of Education, or designee, may approve students under an earned 25% with mitigating circumstances.    
        • Additional documentation may be required to approve exceptions.
    • If approved, The Director of Education, or designee, will notify the student prior to an “I” grade being entered in the Student Information System;
    • Student must make up all Incomplete grades within 14 days of the end of the course;
      •  All hours completed with a qualified instructor on campus to assist with makeup work will count toward the student’s attendance hours and is documented with an AD – Attendance Change Form;
    • Grade will be converted to “F” or the grade the student has earned at the end of the incomplete period approved unless special approval is given to extend the deadline;
    • Appropriate supporting documentation for the grade will be uploaded into Image Now along with the approved Incomplete Grade Request once the “I” grade is resolved;
    • Students who are approved for an “I” grade in their final course may be withdrawn until the “I” is resolved if the approval extends beyond the Drop/Add period and the student isn’t enrolled in any other courses;
      • In these cases, the student must be dropped, finish hours, reinstated, grades and hours finalized, then approved to graduate.
    • Students may request a late incomplete after the course has closed through the Director of Education or Designee, Student Services Coordinator; Student Resource Coordinator, or Hybrid Teaching Assistant (SSC/SRC/HTA).
      • Late incomplete requests must be submitted in writing within 7 calendar days of the end of the course and will be approved only based on mitigating circumstances.
      • Late incompletes beyond a week may only be granted by the VP of Academics or the AVP Online Academic Operations in cases where the campus fails to provide the student with reasonable access to complete coursework.
     

    Late Work Submission/Make-up Policy

    The campus recognizes that there are circumstances and events which require students to miss classes, resulting in the need for makeup work. Because Ancora Education believes the purpose of completing work is to help the student learn and be successful, instructors are expected to work with students on the submission of makeup work. Students must initiate contact with the instructor to discuss the makeup work in question. The student will work with the instructor on new deadlines and any deductions that may result based on the late work, not to exceed 20% per assignment. Examinations may be made up only with documented extenuating circumstances. The deadline must be prior to the end of the term, or else the student must apply for an Incomplete (see the Incomplete policy). Online modality assessments are considered normal makeup work, not examinations for purposes of this policy. The procedure for requesting the opportunity to makeup required work can be obtained from the instructor. Students will not be charged for completing makeup work.
     

    Leave of Absence

    An approved Leave of Absence (LOA) is a temporary interruption in a student’s academic attendance for a specific period of time in an ongoing program.

    Leave of Absence Conditions

    The following conditions may be considered: 

    • Medical Leave (including pregnancy)
    • Family Care (unexpected childcare issues or medical care of family)
    • Military Duty
    • Jury Duty

    The following requirements apply:

    A student may be granted a Leave of Absence (LOA) if: 

    • A LOA request is submitted in writing within 14 calendar days of the student’s last date of attendance, but prior to the student taking the LOA.  The written request includes the reason for the request and is signed and dated by the student and an authorized school official.  If unforeseen circumstances prevent the student from providing a written request within 14 calendar days the campus may use its discretion to grant the student’s request if the student provides the written documentation validating the unforeseen circumstances  by the last day of the campus’s attendance policy. In this situation the school documents its decision and collects the written request at a later date.
    • Generally, only one leave of absence may be granted to a student in a 12-month period. However, more than one leave of absence may be granted for limited, well documented cases due to unforeseen circumstances that are listed below, provided that the total number of days the student remains on LOA may not exceed 180 days during a consecutive 12-month time frame. Reasons for potential second leaves of absence include:
      • One additional leave of absence, if it does not exceed 30 days and the campus determines that it is necessary due to unforeseen circumstances; this type of leave of absence would have to be subsequent to the granting of the single leave of absence, which is granted at the campus's discretion.  This may not be possible in all programs based on term structure.
      • Subsequent leaves of absence if the campus documents that they are granted for jury duty, military reasons, or circumstances covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) (Public Law 103-3), enacted February 5, 1993. The circumstances that are covered under the FMLA, as applied to students, are:
        • Birth of a son or daughter of the student and the need to care for that son or daughter (within 12 months of the date of birth)
        • Placement of a son or daughter with the student for adoption or foster care (within 12 months beginning on the date of the placement)
        • Need to care for the student’s spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent, if the spouse son, daughter, or parent has a serious health condition
        • A serious health condition that makes the student unable to function as a student
    • There may be limitations on LOA eligibility for students enrolled in term-based programs due to scheduling requirements.  This is due to the requirement that a student must return into the same classes when coming off of an LOA.
    • The total days considered on LOA will include days up to the point in the coursework where the student left on LOA.  It is strongly advised that the student return at the beginning of the term when possible in order to benefit from a review of the material.  Any resubmitted work the student completes will be graded, and the higher of the two grades will be counted.
    • The student must have earned a successful grade in at least one course before being eligible to apply for an LOA
    • A student may not apply for an LOA between terms, they are only eligible if they start an LOA during a term.

    Failure to return from an approved leave of absence will result in withdrawal from the campus, may have an impact on aid, loan repayment and exhaustion of the loan grace period for the total days the student was on the LOA, and any unearned tuition shall be refunded within refund guidelines. Students in a LOA status may not receive further financial aid disbursements until returning to active status.  Contact the financial aid office for more information about the impact of an LOA on financial aid.

    An LOA will not be granted during the term for students enrolled in our standard term programs.

    No more than two leaves of absence may be granted for the same student in any twelve (12) month period.

     

    Appeal Process - Non-Financial Aid

    A student who feels that an adverse action by the school has affected his/her status with the school may submit a written appeal to the Executive Director of the campus.

    The Executive Director of the campus will evaluate the appeal on its individual merits and may elect to waive the adverse action in light of extenuating circumstances such as serious illness or injury, active military duty, or death in the family. The appeal and the decision will be documented in the student’s academic file and the Executive Director’s decision will be final.

     

    Withdrawal

    Students desiring to withdraw from the school or an individual course should contact the Director of Education or Registrar to obtain the necessary forms and procedures for official withdrawal. Students who withdraw from one or more courses during drop/add but maintain enrollment in at least one or more courses will be unregistered from the courses being dropped. Students withdrawing after the drop/add period and prior to the last day to withdrawal will receive a “W.” Students withdrawing from one or more courses after the last day to withdrawal will receive the grade earned in the course. “Ws” are not computed in the student’s GPA. Students who receive Federal Student Loans must schedule an exit loan counseling with a Financial Services Officer before they leave school, either by graduation or withdrawal. 

    Last Day to Withdraw: A student is awarded a grade of W (Withdrawal) when withdrawing from an active course or all courses prior to the last day to withdraw for a term or grading period. The last day to withdraw from a course is prior to the last week of the student’s course.
     

    Termination

    Students may be terminated/dismissed for violation of policies as listed in this catalog to include: not maintaining academic progress, excessive absences or tardies, improper conduct, and failure to fulfill financial obligations to the School. In all cases, tuition and fees will be charged according to the enrollment agreements and refunds will be based on published refund policy.
     

    Re-Admission

    Students who have withdrawn from Edge Tech Academy and wish to be readmitted should contact the school. If the application for re-admission is for a different curriculum, the standard requirements for a change of program will apply. All applicants for re-admission will be required to complete the Smarter Measures Assessment. The assessment measures student readiness to return to school and engage in post-secondary learning based on non-cognitive indicators of success. The school uses the results of the assessment to determine the type of support that will be most beneficial to the student through the program of study.

    Approval for readmission for the same curriculum or an alternate selection will be based on the applicant's ability and aptitude, the time elapsed since withdrawing, recommendations of the instructors of the program to which the applicant is reapplying, and the applicant's career objectives. Prior tuition balances and student loan statuses must be clear before readmission application forms will be processed. Re-entering students must meet all admission requirements in place at the time of their re-entry. Applicants granted re-admission may have course load restrictions, specific grade and attendance requirements, and/or required advisement sessions in order to remain enrolled at Edge Tech Academy.

    A re-entering student who was required to withdraw because of active military status will be promptly re-entered with no advance notice required by the student if re-entering within five years of completion of service, unless unusual circumstances require the institution to admit the student at a later date. Re-entry will be processed into his/her same program of study at the same enrollment status and with the same number of hours previously completed. If that program is no longer offered, the student will be re-admitted to the program that is most similar in terms of content and credit hours unless the student requests admission to a different program. If the School assesses that additional academic preparation is required before resuming active enrollment, this will be provided by the School at no charge to the student. In all cases, the student will be charged the same tuition and fees that would have been assessed at the time the student left the School for active military service. Students may contact the Director of Education or designee for more information about this policy and eligibility, or when ready to re- enroll.

     

    Loss of Personal Property

    The school does not assume responsibility for the loss of books or other personal property. However, all instructors and students are requested to give the Receptionist all articles found so that the owner may claim them.
     

    Administrative Prerogatives

    The school reserves the right, at any time, to make changes as it deems necessary or desirable in its policies and operating procedures, to modify its tuition rates, to add to or withdraw members from its faculty and staff, to rearrange its courses and programs as teaching policies render it desirable, and to withdraw or re-sequence subjects, courses, and programs if registration falls below the required number.
     

    Grievance Resolution

    Edge Tech Academy’s stated objective is the preparation of its graduates for a career in their chosen field of training. If a student has a grievance, the following procedure must be followed. It is Edge Tech Academy’s desire that a grievance be settled at the lowest possible level, and resolved as rapidly as possible. 
    1. A student will attempt to resolve a grievance with the person involved.
    2. If a student is unable to resolve the grievance with the person involved, it should be submitted in writing to that person’s supervisor.
    3. If the grievance is still unresolved after two days, the student should submit a written summary to the Executive Director. A meeting will be set up to include the student, person involved, and the Director. Every effort will be made to resolve the grievance at this point.
    4. If the student notifies the Executive Director in writing that the student does not consider the grievance to be resolved, a written summary by the Executive Director, along with all other materials, will be forwarded to:

      Ombudsman Department
      STVT-AAI Education Inc.
      2241 S Watson Road, Suite 181
      Arlington, Texas 76010
      complaints@ancoraeducation.com

    A written decision on the grievance report will be sent to the student and the School Director within five working days after receipt of the signed grievance.

    Grievances may also be directed to the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges Department, 101 E. 15th Street, Austin, Texas 78778. The Texas Workforce Commission will not consider appeals of probation or dismissal for reasons of excessive absences, consecutive absences, or failure to maintain satisfactory progress.

    Schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges must have a procedure and operational plan for handling student complaints. If a student does not feel that the school has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the Accrediting Commission. All complaints reviewed by the Commission must be in written form and should grant permission for the Commission to forward a copy of the complaint to the school for a response. This can be accomplished by filing the ACCSC Complaint Form. The complainant(s) will be kept informed as to the status of the complaint as well as the final resolution by the Commission. Please direct all inquiries to:

    Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
    2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
    Arlington, Virginia 22201
    Phone: 703-247-4212
    www.accsc.org

    A copy of the ACCSC Complaint Form is available at the school and may be obtained by contacting complaints@accsc.org or at https://www.accsc.org/Student-Corner/Complaints.aspx.  

    Students may also contact the U. S. Department of Education Ombudsman Group; this office will receive, review and attempt to resolve disputes from students regarding Federal Student Aid complaints. The Ombudsman Group may be reached at:

    U. S. Department of Education
    FSA Ombudsman Group
    830 First Street, N.E.
    Fourth Floor
    Washington, DC 20202-5144
    Phone: 877.557.2575  Fax: 202.275.0549
    http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare

     

    Statement of Non-Retaliation

    In many instances, Ancora Education must rely on individual faculty, staff, and students to report to the appropriate office cases where it appears that a member or members of the community are not complying with applicable law or policy. A major deterrent to such reporting is the fear that the person or persons against whom the report is made will retaliate against the person making the report. The purpose of this policy is to clearly articulate that Ancora Education prohibits retaliation against those who make reports of possible non-compliance and good-faith grievances raised by students.

    Faculty, administrators, and staff shall not intimidate or take retaliatory action, as defined below, against any member of the community, who makes a report of the type defined below in good faith and without malice.

    This Policy also prohibits persons from knowingly and intentionally making a report of non-compliance or grievance that is knowingly false.

    The prohibition against retaliation applies to:  

    1. The disclosure of information concerning conduct that the reporter believes is illegal or in violation of campus policies;
    2. Disclosures made during compliance review or a peer review process;
    3. The filing of a legitimate complaint, grievance, or incident report

     The types of retaliation that are prohibited include but are not limited to:  

    1. Intimidation;
    2. Adverse actions with respect to the reporter's work assignments, salary, vacation, and other terms of employment;
    3. Unlawful discrimination;
    4. Termination of employment;
    5. Adverse actions against a relative of the reporter who is a Ancora Education employee or student at an institution owned and operated by Ancora Education; and
    6. Threats of any of the above   

    Note that an adverse personnel, academic or other disciplinary action against an employee or student whose conduct or performance warrants such action for reasons unrelated to the reporting of a concern will not be deemed a violation of this policy.

    Individuals who violate this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings as set forth in the catalog, and, if found to have violated the policy, they may be subjected to the full range of available sanctions, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from an academic program.

     

    Care of Facilities

    Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in the classrooms and the hallways of Edge Tech Academy. The school has provided a student lounge for eating and drinking and an outside area for smoking.  Edge Tech Academy maintains a smoke-free environment.
     

    Student Consumer Information

    The U.S. Department of Education requires schools to provide  potential and current students with Consumer Information and Disclosures of specific information regarding graduation rates, retention rates, placement rates, median loan debit of Title IV Federal Student Aid and private loans, and possible employment outcomes for each academic program. The summary and the location of the Consumer Information are provided in the Consumer Information Notice distributed to all potential students. Edge Tech provides this information to all currently enrolled students for July 1 – June 30 of the previous year, unless there are updates, which are provided at the time of the change. In addition, Edge Tech Consumer Information is located on the Edge Tech website at www.edgetechacademy.com/programs for each program offered. Edge Tech provides links to websites on all promotional materials provided to potential students.

    Potential students, students and employees may also find this information and all other campus security related policy information located on the Edge Tech website www.edgetechacademy.com.

     

    Academic Resources, Policies, & Procedures

     

    Student Classification

    1. Full-time Student - For credit hour programs, a full-time student is a student scheduled for 12 or more credit hours per term.  For clock hour programs, all students enrolled in a program of at least 900 clock hours are considered to be full-time.

    2. Three-quarter time Student - A three-quarter time student is a student scheduled for at least nine but less than 12 credit hours per term.

    3. Half-time Student - A half-time student is a student scheduled for at least six but less than nine credit hours per term.

    4. Regular Student - A regular student is an admitted student who is enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program in good academic standing.

    5. Non-Matriculating Students – Non-matriculating students are those who seek admission for course credit in order to meet specific educational needs but do not wish to take the entire required curriculum leading to an academic credential. The non-matriculating student is required to submit an application as such and is not eligible for federal or state aid.

    6. Auditing Students – In some instances a student may be allowed to audit a previously passed course in his/her program for the purpose of improving skills or knowledge base. Audited courses are assigned a grade of AU and do not count as credits attempted or earned for any purposes and do not have any effect on calculations of pace or GPA.
     

    Definition of a Credit Hour

    Edge Tech Academy awards quarter credit hours for all degree programs and most diploma/certificate programs, with the exception of some clock hour programs as noted below.

    A credit hour is defined as an amount of work represented by intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than (1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

    Credit in traditionally delivered programs is measured in credit hours and is calculated based upon the following attribution formula:

    One quarter credit hour equals, at a minimum, 10 classroom hours of lecture, 20 hours of laboratory, and 30 hours of externship. A class hour is an instructional period of fifty (50) minutes of instruction in a sixty (60) minute period. For Title IV purposes, the school uses the classroom hours of instruction plus out-of-class hours (Study/Prep/Review) identified for the course(s).

    The syllabus for each course describes both the hours of classroom instruction as well as the out-of-class learning activities required to support the academic credit awarded for the course. Many courses are a combination of lecture, lab, and practicum.
     

    Definition of a Clock Hour

    A clock hour is defined as fifty minutes of instruction within a sixty-minute period.
     

    Admission to Classes

    Students are admitted to classes only with official written authorization (i.e., schedules, class change notifications, and attendance change notifications). No visitors (including relatives, spouses, children, friends, and pets) are permitted in classes at any time. Students are expected to attend all classes beginning with the first class session. To remain officially enrolled in a class, a student must attend at least once prior to the conclusion of the drop/add period.
     

    Schedule Changes and Drop/Add Period

    For a student beginning their program version, or re-entering into their program version for their re-entry term, the equivalent of the first fourteen (14) calendar days are designated as the “drop/add” period. For continuing students, the equivalent of the first seven (7) calendar days of each term are designated as the “drop/add period” for schedule changes involving individual courses for students who start at the beginning of the term. By the end of the drop/add period, each student’s schedule must be in place for the remainder of the term. Individual courses dropped during drop/add will not appear on a student’s transcript and no tuition will be charged for those courses.

    For students enrolled in an institution located in the state of Texas, a student beginning their program version, or re-entering into their program version for their re-entry term must sit 1 of the first 3 days of class or their enrollment shall be canceled.

    The CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer program does not follow the Drop Add policy as outlined above. For information regarding cancellations and refunds, see the CDL Cancellation & Refund Policy outlined in the catalog.
     

    Daily Class Schedule

    The class schedule is based on five ten week terms. Refer to the Academic Calendar in this catalog for specific calendar information. The school offers its programs through both day and evening classes. Program lengths may vary for students enrolled in some programs and in evening classes.  Students must complete all courses as required in their programs of study.  One hour of class is equivalent to 50 minutes of instruction.  Lunch and break times are incorporated into the class meeting times. 

    Morning Shift classes are conducted Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 
    Afternoon Shift Classes are conducted Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Evening Shift classes are conducted Monday through Friday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Individual schedules may vary by program


    CDL Class Schedule

    Day shift - 7:00 am - 5:30 pm 

    Evening shift - 5:30 pm - 10:45 pm

    Weekend shift - 7:00 am - 5:30 pm

     

    Grading System

    Students are regularly evaluated on the knowledge they have gained, the skills they have acquired, and the professionalism they have developed. Student performance is graded against a perfect score of 100% according to the following table:


    Fifty
     (50) minutes of instruction during a sixty (60) minute time frame is considered clock hour.

    Grade

    Definition

    Quality Points

    A

    90-100 Excellent

    4

    B

    80-89 Above Average

    3

    C

    70-79 Average

    2

    D

     60-69 Below Average

    1

    F

    0-59 Failing

    0

    W

    Withdrawal   

    Not calculated

    W*

    Withdrawal excluded from SAP

    Not calculated

    +S

    Satisfactory (70% or higher)

    Not calculated

    U

    Unsatisfactory (Below 70%)

    Not calculated

    I

    Incomplete

    Not calculated 

    TO

    Passed by examination

    Not calculated

    T or T1

     

     Credit By Transfer

    Not calculated

    P

    Pass (60% or higher)

    Not calculated

    NP

    No Pass (Below 60%)

    0

    NA

    Never Attended

    Not calculated

    AU

    Audit

    Not calculated

    +Satisfactory grades are 70% or higher for Title IV programs. Non-Title IV programs may have other requirements for S grades (75% or higher). Check with the Director of Education for specific STCT grading information.

    Grade Measurement
    Grades measure the degree to which a student masters the competencies in program coursework and are one measure of a student's ability to meet employment standards in the field for which the student is preparing. Upon the completion of each term, the student is given a letter grade in each course based upon written examinations, practical exercises, projects and other submitted work, as defined in the course syllabus. Every course for which a student officially registers will appear on the student's official transcript unless the student cancels his/her enrollment prior to the commencement of classes or drops an individual course prior to the end of the drop/add period. All courses entered on a student's official transcript are assigned a letter grade.

    At the end of each evaluation period, after final course grades have been assigned, the student’s grade point average (GPA) is calculated as follows:

    GPA       = (Course #1 grade point value) X (Course #1 value in credit hours)                 
                  + (Course #2 grade point value) X (Course #2 value in credit hours)
                  +  etc. for all courses attempted during term for which a grade point value is received                 
                  Total Credit Hours Attempted  

    The CGPA is calculated in the same way, but all enrollments in courses required by the student’s educational program are included.  If courses are repeated; only the higher grade is used to calculate the CGPA.  Only courses with final grades are used for calculating CGPA.  At a minimum, progress reports are given to students at the end of each grading period for their programs.  Grade periods are typically 5 to 6 weeks in length and students are advised of their progress towards meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress at that time.

    Students must make satisfactory academic progress based on Qualitative and Quantitative measures as outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for their respective program. 

     

    Extra Credit Policy

    Each course within a program of study is thoughtfully designed to build upon prior knowledge, introduce new concepts, provide supportive resources, allow the student to validate and remediate personal mastery of the content, and to assess student development of a defined set of competencies and the achievement of a prescribed list of learning objectives. Each activity, assignment and/or assessment associated with a course is carefully constructed to support the development of one or more course learning objectives and one or more competencies. Therefore, the institution does not provide opportunities to earn “extra credit.”
     

    Grade Reports

    The Student Portal indicates the final grade earned in each course and associated grade point average. Students who may be demonstrating unsatisfactory work at midterm are notified by academics staff and instructors through advising sessions. Students are encouraged to discuss their progress with their instructors throughout each term. Students with questions about a grade should contact the instructor immediately upon receiving the grade.
     

    Grade Change Policy

    Students wishing to contest a grade for a valid reason must do so by the end of the Drop/Add period immediately following the term in which the original grade was earned. A Grade Change Request Form must be submitted to the Director of Education prior to the last day Drop/Add of the immediately following term. The Director of Education will investigate the original grade based on the information provided by the student. The grade change must be resolved within 30 days of the request being made.
     

    Graduation Requirements

    In order to graduate, students must complete their program of study, maintain the minimum required CGPA of 2.0, and complete all program requirements within a period of time which does not exceed 1.5 times the program length. The graduate who meets all the requirements and is in good financial standing with the School will be awarded a Certificate which bears the graduate’s name, the program of study, the signature of the School Director and the Director of Education or other School Official, and seal of the School.

    CDL Graduation Requirements
    In order to graduate from the CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer program, a student must complete the minimum number of required course hours and complete each course with a satisfactory grade. 

     

    Graduation with Honors

    An honors graduate is one who has completed their program of study in an exemplary manner. Successful candidates for the Honors Program must meet all of the following criteria:

    Summa cum laude: Earn a final GPA of 3.76 to 4.00
    Magna cum laude: Earn a final GPA of 3.50 to 3.75
    Cum laude: Earn a final GPA of 3.25 to 3.49

    Additionally, graduates must have maintained a minimum cumulative attendance rate of 90% or higher throughout their program of study, and:

    • demonstrate professionalism and good school citizenship at all times;
    • obtain approval of the Director of Education, and;
    • fulfill all other graduation requirements.
     

    Transcripts

    A complete record of every course for which a student registers is maintained in an electronic student records system.  The record of all credits attempted and earned is posted to this form concurrent with the issuance of term grade reports to students.  A record that has been delivered electronically through the secure transcript request website or is printed, sealed and dated constitutes an Official Transcript.  One “Issued to Student” Transcript will be provided at no charge to the student upon request.  Official Transcripts provided to any institution or agency designated by the student will incur a charge of $10.00 each for electronic delivery.  Students who have not satisfied their financial obligations to the school are not eligible to receive transcripts.  Written authorization by the student is required for the school to release a Transcript to a third party.

    Transcripts may be requested at www.parchment.com
     

    Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Satisfactory Academic Progress 

    A student must meet the following standards of academic achievement and successful course completion while enrolled. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) applies to all students including full or part time status, and all periods of an active regular enrollment regardless of whether or not the student receives financial aid. Student enrollment status is determined at the end of the drop/add for any given term or payment period (determined by program, defined herein as “academic term”). All courses in a program must be successfully completed in order for a student to graduate from the program. Permanent records are maintained for every student indicating courses completed and grades earned. Students must be considered to be in good standing, either as a result of having met SAP, having an approved appeal on file, or having met the terms of a given academic plan, in order to maintain enrollment in a subsequent scheduled academic term. SAP does not apply to students enrolled in professional development/continuing education courses, which are courses not included within the scope of the institution's accreditation and are not eligible for Title IV funding. 

    The following SAP standards are for Credit Hour Programs: 

    Evaluation Points: All SAP evaluations for Credit Hour Programs occur at the end of an academic term and are cumulative in nature. All students re-entering after a period of non-attendance will have their most recent SAP status reviewed to determine eligibility to return. Re-entries will then be evaluated for SAP in their new enrollment at the end of the academic term. SAP is determined by measuring the student’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and the student’s pace toward completion of course credit hours attempted in the academic program. The calculated CGPA and pace are compared against thresholds (see table below) to determine whether or not the student meets SAP (at or above threshold). 

    For credit hour programs, credits attempted are those credits for which the student is enrolled at the end of the drop/add of an academic term. Credits earned are credits for which the student receives a passing grade at the end of the academic term. 

    Satisfactory Progress Thresholds for Credit Hour Programs: 

    Programs greater than 80 Credit Hours

     

    Programs with 60-80 Credit Hours

    Credit Hours Attempted

    CGPA

    Minimum Pace

     

    Credit Hours  Attempted

    CGPA

    MinimumPace

    0-36

    1.5

    50%

     

    0 -24

    1.5

    50%

    37-64

    1.75

    60%

     

    25 - 36

    1.75

    60%

    65+

    2.0

    66.67%

     

    37+

    2.0

    66.67%

     

    Programs less than 60 Credit Hours

    CGPA

    Minimum Pace

    2.0

    66.67%

    At the end of any SAP Evaluation period, if a student’s CGPA or Pace is below the stated threshold, the student’s academic progress is considered unsatisfactory. 

    Maximum Timeframe/Maximum Program Length 

    A student must complete an academic program in no more than one and one half (1.5) times the published normal program length. To determine the maximum timeframe for programs measured in credit hours, take the published number of credit hours necessary to graduate and multiply by 1.5. 

    Example: 

    92 Published Program Credits x 1.5 Maximum Timeframe = 138 Maximum Attempted Credits Permitted to Complete Program 

    If, at any time, it is determined to be mathematically impossible for a student to complete the program of study within the Maximum Timeframe, the student WILL be ineligible for additional Title IV funding and dismissed from the program of study. 

    If a student on academic probation fails to achieve satisfactory progress for the first probationary progress evaluation period, the student's enrollment shall be terminated.

    The enrollment of a student who fails to achieve overall satisfactory progress for the program at the end of two successive probationary progress evaluation periods shall be terminated. 

    When a student is placed on academic probation, the school shall counsel the student prior to the student returning to class. The date, action taken, and terms of probation shall be clearly indicated in the student's permanent file.

    The school may allow a student whose enrollment was terminated for unsatisfactory progress to re-enroll after a minimum of one progress evaluation period. Such reenrollment does not circumvent the approved refund policy.

    The school shall place a student who returns after their enrollment was terminated for unsatisfactory progress on academic probation for the next grading period. The school shall advise the student of this action and document the student's file accordingly. If the student does not demonstrate satisfactory progress at the end of this probationary period, that student's enrollment shall be terminated.


    Unsatisfactory Academic Progress 

    Students not meeting SAP are subject to dismissal from their programs of study and are ineligible to receive financial aid, except under certain circumstances. 

    Financial Aid Warning for Credit Hour Programs
     

    If a student’s progress in a credit hour program, measured at the end of an academic term is determined to be unsatisfactory, the school may place the student on Financial Aid Warning status for one academic term. The student will be advised of the performance necessary to re-establish SAP. A student on Financial Aid Warning is still eligible to receive financial aid. If, at the end of the academic term during which the student was placed on Financial Aid Warning status, the student’s academic progress is above both thresholds for SAP, the student is removed from Financial Aid Warning. 

    Financial Aid Probation for Students in Credit Hour Programs 

    If, at the end of the academic term during which the student was placed on Financial Aid Warning status, the student’s academic progress is not above both SAP thresholds for pace and CGPA, the student is subject to dismissal. The student is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid. This decision is subject to appeal by the student as defined below. Upon approval of a student appeal, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation. Eligibility for federal financial aid may only be reinstated for one payment period. 

    Appeals of Adverse Determinations 

    Students who are ineligible to receive financial aid and/or are academically ineligible to continue due to unsatisfactory academic progress are advised immediately following the determination. Students may submit a written appeal to the Academic Review Committee. 

    This appeal should be filed within five (5) business days of notification of the decision and must explain in writing the circumstances leading to their unsatisfactory academic performance and how those circumstances have been resolved, ensuring they are successful going forward. The Academic Review Committee will consider all information including potential mitigating circumstances such as a severe illness, medical condition or injury, the death of a family member or other special circumstances presented by the student. The Academic Review Committee will uphold or deny the appeal within five (5) business days following receipt of the appeal from the student. A student who has been placed on probation due to unsatisfactory academic progress must have an appeal upheld in order to remain enrolled. This should occur prior to the final drop/add date of the academic term in order to in order to make appropriate scheduling adjustments. The student should attend class while the appeal is being reviewed. 

    If an appeal is denied, the student will be dismissed and is ineligible to receive financial aid. If the appeal is upheld, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation status for one academic term. An academic plan will be created for the student, and the student will be considered eligible to receive financial aid. The academic plan must be structured so that a student reestablishes SAP within a reasonable timeframe. The student’s performance against the academic plan will be reviewed at the end of each academic term with the use of an Academic Plan Reviewed document. If, at the end of an academic term the student’s performance is consistent with the terms of the academic plan, the student remains eligible to receive financial aid and may continue in school for the subsequent academic term. If, at the end of an academic term the student’s performance is determined to be unsatisfactory, the student will be dismissed from the program of study. Students on academic plans will be advised at the end of each academic term to ensure that they understand their required performance for reestablishing satisfactory academic progress by the end of the plan. 

    A student may be dismissed at any time if the Academic Review Committee does not believe the student will be successful in upholding the Academic Plan. In those cases, the student may submit an additional appeal to continue. A student may reestablish satisfactory academic progress upon successful completion of an academic term by meeting the thresholds listed in the SAP tables above. Students who re-establish satisfactory academic progress are advised they no longer need to be on an academic plan and remain eligible to receive financial aid. 

    Financial Aid Dismissal for Students in Credit Hour Programs 

    If the student’s academic progress is not above both SAP thresholds for pace and CGPA after an academic term on Financial Aid Probation, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Dismissal and is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid. If the student is making sufficient progress while in this status, the student will receive an Academic Plan Reviewed document to continue eligibility. If the student does not make sufficient progress, the student will be dismissed, subject to additional appeal. 

    Students Receiving Veterans Education Benefits 

    Students using Veterans Education Benefits are subject to the same calculations of CGPA and Pace, but have different limitations as to how long they may remain not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. Students using Veterans Education Benefits will be subject to the following limitations. 

    Students will no longer eligible to be certified for Veterans Education Benefits once they fail to meet SAP standards for a third consecutive SAP evaluation period. This means students who fail to meet SAP at the end of their Financial Aid Probation term will have their benefits terminated. Student will only be eligible for certification if they return to Satisfactory Academic Progress. If a student exceeds Maximum Time Frame as defined in the SAP policy above, they are no longer eligible to be certified for Veterans Education Benefits. 

    Other Factors Impacting Academic Standing for Credit Hour Programs 

    Program Changes: When a student transfers to a new program, the total program length of the new program is used as a basis for determining the maximum program length. All previously attempted coursework that is applicable in the new program is carried forward into the new program, whether it was completed successfully or not (i.e., including grades of F or W), for the purposes of calculating both qualitative and quantitative academic progress. A student who is not meeting SAP standards is not eligible for a program change without approval of the Director of Education or designee. This also applies to students who were not meeting SAP standards at the point of being withdrawn and wish to re-enter in a different program. 

    Transfer and Proficiency Credits: Transfer and Proficiency credits are entered as grades of “T” or “TO” which are not computed in a student’s qualitative grade point average. Transfer and proficiency credits are counted as credits attempted and earned for the purposes of calculating a student’s pace of progress in the program. See also Transfer of Credit in this catalog. These grades will be used in calculating both qualitative grade point average and pace of progress as defined in the Standards of Academic Progress policy. 

    Additional Degrees/Diplomas: Degree or diploma students who wish to remain continuously enrolled and pursue an additional program must complete all requirements of the first program before enrolling in a subsequent program. Any successfully completed courses that are contained in the subsequent program will be counted towards completion of that program. (Note: students may not be enrolled concurrently in and receive funding for two Title IV eligible programs). 

    Pass/Fail Courses 
    Grades of S and U are assigned to classes that do not fulfill graduation requirements such as English Language Foundation (ELF) courses that are graded on a pass/fail basis. A grade of W* is assigned for withdrawal from a Pass/Fail class for certain programs after the drop/add period. 

    Repeated Courses While in an Active Degree Seeking Status 

    F, U, NA, NP, W, and W* grades require repeating and are retained on the transcript. Repeated courses will appear on the transcript with both the new letter grade earned and the original letter grade earned. The highest grade will replace the other attempts for the purposes of calculating the CGPA. Courses which have been repeated will count as credits/hours attempted for the purposes of calculating pace. Students in credit hour programs may receive financial aid to repeat failed courses. Other than Foundation courses, which can only be repeated a single time without appeal approval, there is no fixed limit to the number of times a particular course may be repeated as long as a student is making satisfactory academic progress. As of July 1, 2011, a student’s enrollment status in a term-based, credit hour program for Title IV purposes may include coursework being repeated that was previously taken in the program, but may not include more than one repetition of a specific, previously passed course. The original grade and the repeated grade will both appear on the transcript. Only the highest grade will count for purposes of calculating the CGPA. All attempts count in the pace of the program. 

    Audited Courses 

    Audited courses are assigned a grade of AU. Audited courses do not count as credits attempted or credits earned for any purposes and do not have any effect on the calculations of pace or GPA. 

    Grades and CGPA 

    The following table summarizes the effect of specific grades on the calculations of pace and CGPA: 

    Grade

    Credits Attempted for Pace

    Credits Attempted for CGPA

    Credits Earned

    Quality Points Per Credit

    A

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    4

    B

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    3

    C

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    2

    D

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    1

    F

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    0

    S

    No

    No

    No

    N/A

    U

    No

    No

    No

    N/A

    W

    Yes

    No

    No

    N/A

    W*

    No

    No

    No

    N/A

    T or T1

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    N/A

    I

    Yes

    No

    No

    N/A

    TO

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    N/A

    AU

    No

    No

    No

    N/A

    P or PASS

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    N/A

    NP

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    N/A

    A*

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    N/A

    B*

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    N/A

    C*

    Yes

    No

    Yes

    N/A

    Fail

    Yes

    No

    No

    N/A

    NA

    No

    No

    No

    N/A

    Students are able to access their student portal at any time to view academic progress, including grades. 

    Withdrawal Grades for Institutional Withdrawals 

    The W grade is assigned to class withdrawals when a student withdraws or stops attending all courses prior to the withdrawal deadline. The earned grade in the course is awarded after the withdrawal deadline. 

    Withdrawal Grades for Individual Course Withdrawals 

    A course is unregistered during the drop/add period for a student who maintains enrollment in one or more course. Courses dropped after the drop/add period but prior to the withdrawal deadline are issued a grade of W (Withdrawal). The earned grade in the course is awarded after the withdrawal deadline. 

    A grade of W* is recorded for Pass/Fail courses (campus credits) dropped after the drop/add period or for courses being withdrawn during an LOA period. The W* may also be used in rare instances when a correction needs to be made to a student’s schedule based on a documented issue. A grade of NA is recorded for module-based courses that are dropped after drop/add but prior to the start of the module in which the course was scheduled. W grades count as credits attempted but not earned for the purposes of calculating the pace in academic progress and are excluded from CGPA. W* and NA grades are excluded from both the CGPA and Pace components of SAP. 

    Incomplete Grades 

    Incomplete grades count as credits/hours attempted but not completed. When the Incomplete is converted to a letter grade, it will be computed as credits/hours completed or failed, depending on the grade assigned. 

     

    Repeated Coursework

    A student’s enrollment status in a term-based program for Title IV purposes may include previously passed coursework being repeated in the program, but may not include more than one repetition of a specific previously passed course.

    A student may also request to audit any course within their program version with their Director of Education.
     

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

    Edge Tech Academy is committed to the privacy and security of students. Edge Tech Academy’s Student Records Policy complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) which establishes students’ rights and institutions’ responsibilities regarding the privacy of education records. It provides guidelines for maintaining the confidentiality of education records and monitoring the release of information from those records.

    FERPA affords current and former students certain rights with the respect to their educational records. Students have the right to:

    1. Inspect and review their individual school records within 45 days of the written request. Students should contact the Registrar’s Office to determine the location of appropriate records and the procedure for reviewing such records.

    A student should submit a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. Request for student finance records go to the Financial Aid Office, and requests for other records to the Registrar’s Office. A Edge Tech Academy official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

    2. An amendment of records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights. However, grades and course evaluations can be challenged only on the grounds that they are improperly recorded. Students requesting an amendment of records should submit a written, dated request to the Registrar’s Office and clearly identify the part of the record to be changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading or a violation of privacy.

    If Edge Tech Academy decides not to amend the record as requested, Edge Tech Academy will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

    3. Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without prior consent from the parents or eligible student as applicable. Students must provide a signed, dated and written request allowing Edge Tech Academy to disclose the information. Students must state the records that may be disclosed, state the purpose of the disclosure, and identify the party to whom the disclosure may be made. NOTE: FERPA does authorize Edge Tech Academy to disclose student personally identifiable information without consent to other school officials, any contractor or consultant contracting with Edge Tech Academy, representatives of the Secretary, the state, an organization conducting studies, accrediting agencies, a federal grand jury subpoena, etc.

    A Edge Tech Academy official is a person employed by the school in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the school had contracted (such as an auditor, attorney or collection agency); a person serving on the Board of Directors, a student serving on an official committee (such as grievance or disciplinary committee) or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest, if he/she must review the education record in order to fulfill his/her official responsibilities.

    Upon request from the student or institution, Edge Tech Academy may disclose education records without the student’s consent to officials of another school which the student seeks or intends to enroll.

    The school also reserves the right to release to police agencies and/or crime victims any records or information pertinent to a crime which has occurred on campus, including the details of and disciplinary action taken against the alleged perpetrator of the crime. 

    4. File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Edge Tech Academy to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The requirements for filing a complaint and required form can be found at https://studentprivacy.ed.gov and the name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

            Family Policy Compliance Office (FERPA) 
            U.S. Department of Education 
            400 Maryland Avenue, SW 
            Washington, DC 40202-4605
            
    FERPA.Complaints@ed.gov

    5. Notify Edge Tech Academy’s Education Office in writing if the student wishes to withhold his or her information from the “Directory” information. The school may release information without the student’s consent where the information is classified as “Directory Information.” The following categories of information have been designated by Edge Tech Academy as directory information:

    • Name 
    • Address 
    • Telephone Listing 
    • E-mail address 
    • Photographs 
    • Major Field of Study 
    • Dates of Attendance 
    • Current classification and/or year in school 
    • Credit load 
    • Total number of credits completed 
    • Major and minor fields of study 
    • Awards and honors 
    • Degree(s) conferred (including dates) 
    • Commencement program 
    • Honors program

    Students who do not want such information released without their consent should notify the Education Office.

     

    The Externship Experience

    The externship is a course that is a requirement in designated programs.  Students participate in an externship during their final term or final modules.  Learning takes place “on the job” as students experience first-hand the day-to-day operations of their career field.  Supervised externships are customized to each student’s program area and capabilities.  Because it is an academic requirement, it requires oversight by academic staff members who are specialists in the career field.

    Prior to a student's beginning an externship, a completed Externship Agreement and Externship Assignment Form must be executed with Edge Tech Academy, the externship site and the student . A copy of this information is maintained by the Program Director and Career Services Department and become part of the student’s permanent record.  The externship site and the student are also provided a general competency list for the student’s program that reflects the competencies acquired by the student. This provides guidance to the site supervisor on the student’s expected skill sets.

    The student submits weekly reports to document his/her externship attendance, activities and learning.  The sponsoring externship host evaluates the student at the mid-point and at the conclusion of the required hours. In addition, evaluations are made by the externship supervisor based on site visitation and observations.

    The Externship Instructor makes a planned visit to the externship site to observe the student on the job.  The site supervisor is notified of the visit and is involved in communicating with the Externship Instructor about the student’s progress.  Each student is visited at least once a term by an Externship Instructor.  A second visit may be necessary if a student needs additional coaching or training, or at the request of the site.

    The Externship Instructor completes a Mid Point Evaluation form for each visit that is conducted. This visit report becomes a part of the student's permanent record. These visit reports are filed with the Director of Education.

    Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the externship site.  Externship hours are generally scheduled during the day, but may include nights and weekends.
     

    Programs of Study

    The following programs of study are offered at Edge Tech Academy:

    Diploma
        • Business Studies
        • CNC Machinist
        • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration
        • Mechatronics
        • Medical Billing and Coding
        • Medical Clinical Assistant
        • PC and Network Support Technician

    The following courses are offered at Edge Tech Academy (These courses are not included within the school's scope of accreditation with ACCSC and are not eligible for Title IV funding):

    Certificate of Completion
        • CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer
        • Cyber Security Certificate


     

    Business Studies

    Diploma

    Program Objective

    The Business Studies program provides education for the person seeking an entry-level career in business administration. Students are provided an opportunity to establish an introductory-level foundation in administration; customer service; accounting; sales and marketing; project management; and entrepreneurship. Graduates of the program may seek entry-level employment as sales representatives, management trainees, assistant office managers, customer service representatives, assistant project managers, accounting clerks, and other business-related roles in a number of industries and government agencies.

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 60 credits and the maximum timeframe is 90 credits.


     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     BUS1105Customer Relations & Servicing4
     BUS1110Accounting I4
     BUS1115Word Processing/ Presentation Skills4
     BUS1120Management for Success4
     BUS2110Spreadsheet Skills4
     BUS2220Introduction to Human Resources4
     BUS2225Introduction to Marketing4
     BUS2230Project Management Foundations4
     BUS2240Sales Principles4
     BUS2245Small Business Management4
     INT1108Practical Computer Applications4
     Total44

     General Education RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     BUS1140Communication for Business4
     BUS1150English Composition for Business4
     BUS1160Mathematics for Business4
     CRT1000Critical Thinking4
     Total16

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation60

    Credential: Diploma
    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 60.0
    Total Clock Hours: 630
    Length of Program: 50 Weeks


        
     

    CNC Machinist

    Diploma

    Program Objective

    The objective of the Edge Tech CNC Machinist program is to prepare students to pursue an entry-level position in computer numerical control manufacturing, mold making, die making, or general machinist positions. Educational emphasis is placed on the use of precision-measuring tools, industry blueprint reading, precision C.N.C. Turning, C.N.C. Milling, and precision grinding equipment. Skill development and practical applications are stressed during the entire study program. Graduates may be qualified to work as a computer numerical control machinist or a general machinist, or in positions related to quality control of machined products.  This is a 48 quarter-credit hour program over a 40-week period.  All students must complete the program with a minimum of 48 quarter-credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a Diploma.  This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue entry-level employment in the field, or jobs in related fields, the specific job titles of which may not be represented or specified in the program title.  Although the Institution will assist students with job placement, finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student.  The Institution does not guarantee that any student will be placed in any of the jobs described or placed at all.

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 48 credits and the maximum timeframe is 72 credits.


     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     CCM1320CAD/CAM Drafting and Programming for Milling Operations6
     LPR1301C.N.C. Lathe Programming: G&M Codes6
     MPR1220C.N.C. Mill Programming: G&M Codes6
     NCB1101Blueprint Reading and Inspection Practices6
     NCI1120The Industry and the Business Process6
     NCL1250C.N.C. Lathe Set-up and Operation6
     NCM1201C.N.C. Milling Fundamentals, Set-up and Operation6
     PGR1350Precision Grinding6
     Total48

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation48

    Note – Other than stated prerequisites, the courses above do not necessarily have to be taught in the order in which they are outlined above. 

    Credential: Diploma
    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 48
    Total Clock Hours: 800
    Length of Program: 40 weeks

        
     

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration

    Diploma

    Program Objective

    The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Basic Refrigeration (HVAC) diploma program is designed to prepare the student for an entry‐level position in the residential and commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration fields. Classes combine theory with practical application of hands-on job skills. All shop courses include the use of hand and specialty tools and emphasize equipment and shop safety procedures as well as customer service skills. 

    Graduates of the HVAC program may be qualified for entry‐level employment as a service technician capable of troubleshooting, servicing and repairing residential and commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems.

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 50 credits and the maximum timeframe is 75 credits.


     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     HVAC150AAir Conditioning12.5
     HVAC250AElectrical Systems and Controls12.5
     HVAC350AHeating and Heat Pumps12.5
     HVAC450ARefrigeration12.5
     Total50

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation50

    Note – Other than stated prerequisites, the courses above do not necessarily have to be taught in the order in which they are outlined above.

    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 50
    Total Clock Hours:  800
    Length of Program: 40 weeks

    Instructional Equipment
    The equipment provided for instructional purposes is comparable to that found in the industry for which the student is being trained. The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration program utilizes special tools and test equipment required to properly troubleshoot and repair air conditioning, refrigeration and heating units, including basic refrigeration cycle demonstrator, domestic and commercial refrigeration units, selected air conditioning units, heat pump systems and other specialized tools associated with the trade.

    *AAI does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AAI but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AAI. Therefore, AAI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

        
     

    Mechatronics

    Diploma

    Program Objective

    Mechatronic devices or “smart” devices have become common in our technologically advanced society. The Mechatronics diploma program responds to an emerging career that trains technicians with the skills to work on robotic and “smart” equipment. The skills taught both in academic training and hands-on activities include electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Exposure is provided to basic IT systems, customer service, and general education courses to ensure student ability to troubleshoot and evaluate computer-related issues while handling electrical and maintenance mechanical issues.

    Program Outcomes:
    • Demonstrate safe work habits in performance of maintenance tasks
    • Apply interpersonal, verbal, and written communications to promote the goals and objectives of a team
    • Demonstrate basic electrical/electronic circuit troubleshooting skills
    • Demonstrate the ability to perform preventative maintenance on mechatronic systems
    • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and repair complex mechatronic systems
    • Demonstrate applied science principals to mechanical and electrical systems
    • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot basic IT-related issues through problem solving and utilization of effective communication skills

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 72.0 Quarter Credit Hours and the maximum timeframe is 108 Quarter Credit Hours



     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     ELT1100Introduction to Electrical Theory6
     ELT1108Practical Computer Applications in Mechatronics6
     ELT2100Motors and Controls6
     ELT2500Programmable Logic Controllers6
     MTH1101College Mathematics4
     MTX1000Introduction to Electrical and Instrumentation Drawings6
     MTX1200Mechanical Systems, Maintenance, and Bearings6
     MTX1300Fluid Control, Valves6
     MTX2100Hydraulics and Pneumatics6
     MTX2200Robotics, Positioning, Velocity, Sensors6
     TRD1100Professional Development and Customer Service6
     Total64

     General Education RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     COM1101Interpersonal Communications4
     ENG1101English Composition I4
     Total8

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation72

    Note – Other than stated prerequisites, the courses above do not necessarily have to be taught in the order in which they are outlined above. 

    Credential: Diploma
    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 72.0
    Total Clock Hours: 920
    Length of Program: 60 weeks

        
     

    Medical Billing and Coding

    Diploma

    Program Objective

    The Medical Billing and Coding program prepares graduates to work as entry-level medical billing specialists. Students receive training in standard medical procedure coding, insurances, reimbursements, healthcare standards, and information storage and retrieval systems. Graduates may seek entry-level employment in physician’s offices, clinics, laboratories, hospitals, group practices, specialty practices, health insurance offices, and nursing homes. The program helps prepare and encourages graduates to sit for a certification examination.

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 72 credits and the maximum timeframe is 108 credits.


     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     AHS1100Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, and Gastrointestinal Systems4
     AHS1108Practical Computer Applications in Allied Health4
     AHS1200Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems4
     AHS1300Nervous, Sensory, Endocrine, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems4
     AHS1310Allied Health Orientation4
     AHS1400Pathology4
     AHS1420Pharmacology4
     AHS1520Medical Office Systems4
     AHS1650Medical Coding4
     AHS2150Medical Insurance Billing4
     CRT1000Critical Thinking4
     MBC1324Health Information Systems and Technology4
     MBC1500Intermediate Coding4
     MBC2160Advanced Medical Coding4
     MBC2300Registries and Statistics4
     MBC2360Externship8
     MBC2500Coding Certification Preparation4
     Total72

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation72

    Note – Other than stated prerequisites, the courses above do not necessarily have to be taught in the order in which they are outlined above.

    *Students completing the Medical Billing and Coding Program are expected to complete MBC2360 Externship; however, students may complete MBC2361 Capstone under special circumstances (i.e. job conflict, medical reason) with approval of the Program Director and Director of Education. In most situations, students enrolled in residential, campus-based delivery will complete MBC2360. 

    Credential: Diploma
    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 72.0
    Total Clock Hours: 800 or 920
    Length of Program: 15 Months

        
     

    Medical Clinical Assistant

    Diploma

    Program Objective

    The Medical Clinical Assistant program provides training for an entry-level career as an important member of the healthcare team. The program emphasizes hands-on experience in both front-office administrative and back-office clinical skills and develops traits employers seek such as the ability to assume responsibility, make decisions, and work independently. 

    Medical Clinical Assistant students receive training in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates are eligible to sit for an examination that leads to a certification or registration in the medical field. Students should talk to the Program Director for more information about certification examinations. Graduates may pursue career opportunities in the growing healthcare industry in doctors’ offices, medical clinics, and other medical facilities as clinical medical assistants, administrative medical assistants, and medical office managers where they work under the supervision and direction of a physician or licensed healthcare practitioner.

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 60 credits and the maximum timeframe is 90 credits.


     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     AHS1100Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, and Gastrointestinal Systems4
     AHS1108Practical Computer Applications in Allied Health4
     AHS1200Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems4
     AHS1300Nervous, Sensory, Endocrine, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems4
     AHS1310Allied Health Orientation4
     AHS1400Pathology4
     AHS1420Pharmacology4
     AHS1520Medical Office Systems4
     AHS1650Medical Coding4
     AHS2150Medical Insurance Billing4
     MAA1410Clinical Foundations4
     MAA1500Clinical Specialties4
     MAA1600Clinical Laboratory4
     MAA1700Extern and Medical Review8
     Total60

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation60

    Note – Other than stated prerequisites, the courses above do not necessarily have to be taught in the order in which they are outlined above.

    Credential: Diploma
    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 60.0
    Total Clock Hours: 800
    Length of Program: 50 Weeks

        
     

    PC and Network Support Technician

    Diploma

    Program Objective

    The goal of the PC and Network Support Technology program is to prepare students to function as an
    entry-level member of an IT support team. Students receive an introduction to the daily maintenance,
    support, and performance of computer systems; effective communication skills with vendors or
    technicians; record keeping of help desk ticketing tasks; the development of training materials,
    procedures, and training techniques in the proper use of hardware or software; the installation and
    performing minor repairs to hardware, software, or peripheral equipment. Graduates may seek careers as an information technology specialist, computer technician, help desk analyst, or network technician.

    Program Objectives:
    • Oversee the daily maintenance, support and performance of computer systems
    • Answer user inquiries via e-mail, phone and in person, regarding computer software or
    • hardware operation to resolve problems
    • Set up computer, phone, tablet and other computer equipment for employee use,
    • performing proper installation of operating systems, applications and other items for
    • work
    • Install and perform minor repairs to hardware, software, or peripheral equipment,
    • following design or installation specifications
    • Maintain detailed records of daily data communication transactions, problems and
    • remedial actions taken, or installation activities via help desk ticketing systems
    • Read technical manuals, confer with users, or conduct computer diagnostics and do
    • technical research to investigate and resolve problems with computer equipment
    • Communicate effectively with vendors or technicians for service via email, phone and in-
    • person support
    • Develop training materials, procedures and train users in the proper use of hardware
    • and software
    The normal duration required to complete this program is 60 Quarter Credit Hours and the maximum timeframe is 90 Quarter Credit Hours


     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     INT1106Technical Writing/Project Planning4
     INT1108Practical Computer Applications4
     INT1109Application and Database Concepts4
     INT1110PC Hardware and Software4
     INT1111PC Operating Systems4
     INT1112Certification Preparation4
     INT1116Networking Concepts I4
     INT1117Networking Concepts II4
     INT1120Customer Service and Help Desk Concepts4
     INT1130Desktop Configuration4
     INT1131Desktop Support4
     INT1151Certification Review4
     Total48

     General Education RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     INT1140Communications for IT4
     INT1150English Composition for IT4
     INT1160Mathematics for Business4
     Total12

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation60

    Note – Other than stated prerequisites, the courses above do not necessarily have to be taught in the order in which they are outlined above. 

    Credential: Diploma
    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 60.0
    Total Clock Hours: 770
    Length of Program: 50 weeks


        
     

    CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer

    Certificate of Completion

    Program Objective

    The CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer training curriculum provides students with training to inspect and operate tractor-trailers, and to assume driver responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. Emphasis is placed on vehicle inspections, defensive driving, range maneuvers, motor carrier safety regulations (DOT 380 -397 and a certificate for entry-level drivers), trip planning, cargo handling, size/weight laws, general maintenance procedures, hours of service, and accident prevention. All training, instruction, and testing is done at school facilities or in school provided equipment. 

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 160 clock hours and the maximum timeframe is 240 clock hours.


     Major & Related RequirementsClock Hours
     CDL101CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer I50
     CDL102CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer II50
     CDL103CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer III60
     Total160

     Total Clock Hours Required for Completion160

    This program is not eligible for Title IV funding.

    Attendance Policy
    Due to its relatively short duration, CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer does not follow the same attendance policy as the school’s Title IV-eligible programs.  This program requires the completion of 160 clock hours of instruction.  As a result, a student in this program can miss no more than 20% of course meetings or may be withdrawn from their program.  Any and all hours must be made up in order for a student to complete their program. Make-up hours will be completed in accordance with the campus Make-up and Incomplete policies.

    Academic Policy
    This program is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.  Grading and evaluation is at the sole discretion of the instructor.  A student must achieve a grade of 70% or higher in order to advance.  At the end of each course a student with a grade of less than 70% is dropped from the program. Progress evaluation is conducted after a student reaches 70 hours and again after they reach 120 hours.  


        
     

    Cyber Security Certificate

    Certificate of Completion

    Program Objective

    The Cyber Security program delivers fundamental IT security principles and real-world applications, tools, and techniques used in today's careers in IT Security, Cyber-security, or Information Assurance.  Students will master essential security functions through the use of virtual desktops in a secure lab environment which offer innovative hands-on training with the most current computer security software.  Students will learn core principles of networking, information systems security, risk management, security policy implementation, access control, authentication strategies, security strategies specific to windows platforms and applications, security strategies in Linux platforms and applications, security strategies for web applications and social networking, wireless and mobile device security. Students will also address the implementation and continued maintenance of security solutions, systems, and procedures.  

    Graduates of the Cyber Security program may be qualified for entry-level employment in a variety of roles such as computer security specialist, computer security technician, information security analyst, information security officer, information security specialist and related positions.

    The normal duration required to complete this program is 36 credits and the maximum timeframe is 54 credits.



     Major & Related RequirementsQuarter Credit Hours
     CYS1100Fundamentals of Information Systems Security4
     CYS1120Managing Risk in Information Systems4
     CYS1130Security Policies and Implementation Issues4
     CYS1150Access Control, Authentication, and Public Key Infrastructure4
     CYS1160Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications4
     CYS1170Security Strategies in Linux Platforms and Applications4
     CYS1180Network Security, Firewalls, and VPNs4
     CYS1190Security Strategies for Web Applications & Social Networking4
     CYS1200Wireless and Mobile Device Security4
     Total36

     Total Quarter Credit Hours Required for Graduation36

    Note – Other than stated prerequisites, the courses above do not necessarily have to be taught in the order in which they are outlined above. 

    Credential: Certificate
    Total Quarter Credit Hours: 36
    Total Clock Hours: 450
    Length of Program: 30 weeks

        
     

    Course Descriptions

    Course Numbering System

    The course numbering system is a series of letters which identify course subject areas followed by a series of numbers that identify course level:
    AHS
     Medical
    BUS
     Business
    CCM
     Milling Operations
    CDL
     Commercial Truck Driving
    COM
     Communications
    CRT
     General Education
    CYS
     Cyber Security
    ELT
     Electrical
    ENG
     English
    HVA
     Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
    INT
     Information Technology
    LPR
     Lathe Programming
    MAA
     Medical
    MBC
     Medical
    MPR
     Mill Programming
    MTH
     Mathematics
    MTX
     Mechatronics
    NCB
     Blueprint Reading
    NCI
     Machinist Industry
    NCL
     Lathe Setup
    NCM
     Milling
    PGR
     Grinding
    TRD
     General Education
       
    The first number of the three digits indicates the level of the course:
    0 Preparatory courses
    1 Normally a first-year course
    2 Normally a second-year course
       
    General Education Courses are designated by **

    Individual courses are approved to run online. Please see the Director of Education for a list of available online courses.

    Prerequisites and course hours are identified at the end of the course description:
    (AA-BB-CC-DD, E) at the ending of each course description where AA is Lecture hours, BB is Lab hours, CC is Externship Hours, DD is Outside Hours, and E is Total Quarter Credit Hours

    Prerequisite: A prerequisite course is a course which must be successfully completed with passing grades (or transfer credits) before any course is attempted which has the identified course as a prerequisite.

    Co-requisite: Co-requisite courses are courses which must be taken together. The only exception is for a co-requisite which has been awarded credit and does not have to be retaken (i.e. previously passed, transfer credit, associated credit).

    Prerequisite overrides may be granted at the discretion of the Director of Education for extenuating circumstances.
       
     Medical (AHS)

    AHS1100 Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, and Gastrointestinal Systems 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students will undertake a system-by-system anatomical study of the human body and basic principles of physiology. This course will cover the structure; functions; and conditions/diseases of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and gastrointestinal systems. In addition, the medical terminology applicable to these body systems will be addressed, with emphasis on word construction, proper usage, and acceptable medical abbreviations. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    AHS1108 Practical Computer Applications in Allied Health 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides computer and administrative skills required to utilize the computer as a tool in an office or clinical environment. Students will gain confidence in the use of the internet, email, productivity software, and associated computer hardware and software. The course will utilize a number of projects to reinforce the functionality and flexibility of the computer used in allied health careers. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    AHS1200 Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students will undertake a system-by-system anatomical study of the human body and basic principles of physiology. This course will cover the structure; functions; and conditions/diseases of the respiratory, cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic, and immune systems. In addition, the medical terminology applicable to these body systems will be addressed, with emphasis on word construction, proper usage, and acceptable medical abbreviations. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 ) (40-0-0-80, 4)

    AHS1300 Nervous, Sensory, Endocrine, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students will undertake a system-by-system anatomical study of the human body and basic principles of physiology. This course will cover the structure; functions; and conditions/diseases of the nervous, sensory, endocrine, urinary, and reproductive systems. In addition, the medical terminology applicable to these body systems will be addressed, with emphasis on word construction, proper usage, and acceptable medical abbreviations. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 ) (40-0-0-80, 4)

    AHS1310 Allied Health Orientation 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course will introduce allied health students to various roles of medical professionals. Student will be trained in scope of practice, legal and ethical responsibilities, and governmental compliance required within allied health professions. Prerequisite: None (40-0-0-80, 4)

    AHS1400 Pathology 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The course examines the disease process for all body systems as well as how each disease process affects the body as a whole. Student will learn proper methods to successfully educate patients and their family members on the disease process, prevention and health maintenance. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 And AHS1200 ) Corequisite(s): ( AHS1300 ) (40-0-0-80, 4)

    AHS1420 Pharmacology 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This foundational class discusses the most commonly prescribed medications in the healthcare field. Students review the key drug classifications necessary to understand the relationships between the disease process and medications. Topics include: medication terminology, indications, effects and interactions, toxicity, and patient education. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 And AHS1200 And AHS1300 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    AHS1520 Medical Office Systems 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides a working knowledge of the administrative and financial duties performed in the medical office setting, including the utilization of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Students learn to organize and plan assigned tasks, set priorities, and make decisions as a member of the healthcare team. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1108 Or AHS1100 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    AHS1650 Medical Coding 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides the primary skills needed for medical procedural and diagnostic coding. Emphasis is placed on the use of coding manuals to assign diagnostic and procedural codes for the medical billing process. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 And AHS1200 ) Corequisite(s): ( AHS1300 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    AHS2150 Medical Insurance Billing 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students will explain the guidelines of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), Traditional Insurance, Group Plans, Individual Plans and Government Sponsored Plans. Students will learn about completing CMS1500 Claim Forms, and processing and billing insurance claims. Methods of pre-certification, pre-authorization and referrals will also be examined. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1650 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

     Business (BUS)

    BUS1105 Customer Relations & Servicing 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces the students to the importance of customer service in business today. Students will be exposed to the essential skills needed when dealing with both external and internal customers. Emphasis will be focused on verbal and non- verbal communication skills, dealing with challenging customers, solving problems, surveying customer satisfaction and retaining customers. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS1110 Accounting I 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students are acquainted with basic accounting principles. Emphasis is on the accounting cycle, accounting for cash receipts, disbursements, banking procedures and reconciliations, payroll processes, and recording the basic transactions of a sole proprietorship. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS1115 Word Processing/ Presentation Skills 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course addresses advanced word processing functions related to the preparation, revision, and editing of business documents. In addition, this course explores the application of graphics software in business presentations. Students create and edit software presentations for business applications, use proofing tools, incorporate clip-art, charts, drawings, and special effects for building dynamic slide shows. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    BUS1120 Management for Success 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Teaches management and the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Focuses on application of management principles to realistic situations managers encounter as they attempt to achieve organizational objectives. Examines the legal, ethical, and social responsibilities of management. May use cases to develop the ability to think and act responsibly. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS1140 Communication for Business 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication as they relate to business are the focus of this course. Students are given the opportunity to apply communication techniques to business based on content, context, and audience. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS1150 English Composition for Business 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this course, students learn about the context of business writing and are given the opportunity to practice business writing skills. Elements of this course include awareness of audience, understanding of the writing process, elements of grammar and style, critical reading, and business document writing. Overall, students are expected to learn about business writing and its function within practical business contexts. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS1160 Mathematics for Business 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this course students will apply principles mathematics to situations that arise in the business world. Students will have the opportunity to apply mathematics principles to situations related to business through the number system, integers, algebraic expressions, graphs and data, and basic geometric principles. Prerequisite: None (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS2110 Spreadsheet Skills 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces basic, intermediary, and enhanced spreadsheet skills in the context of business applications and problem solving. Proper design and layout of spreadsheets to effectively communicate data across a variety of business environments will be addressed. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1108 Or INT1108 Or BUS1108 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    BUS2220 Introduction to Human Resources 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course offers a study of human resource functions including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, placement, compensation, training, developing, evaluation, payroll, workplace safety, and labor relations. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS2225 Introduction to Marketing 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Marketing concepts in the development of the proper promotional mix of product, place, promotion, and price are presented. Includes market research dealing with consumer preference, needs, and desires. Creation of a marketing plan for a business the student aspires to start as an entrepreneur. The class will create a marketing plan as a team for a currently existing business. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS2230 Project Management Foundations 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The topics of this course include providing an introduction to project management, project selection, defining the role of a project manager, importance of a project plan, managing scope, project team building, mitigating risk, and creating a project schedule and budget. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS2240 Sales Principles 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Salesmanship is a basic course dealing with the fundamentals of trust-based personal selling. Areas specifically studied include understanding the sales industry and selling occupations; promoting self-leadership, building trust, and conducting sales dialogue; prospecting, qualifying, communicating, and relationship building; buyer motivation; creating value; handling resistance; earning commitment; customer concerns; and sales management. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    BUS2245 Small Business Management 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    Introduces students to entrepreneurial concepts of business management including organizational structure, raising capital, inventory controls, marketing, and navigating legal barriers. The course will focus on the creation of a business plan using modern business concepts and fundamentals. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

     Milling Operations (CCM)

    CCM1320 CAD/CAM Drafting and Programming for Milling Operations 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this module, students will become familiar with industry software used for the purposes of blueprint design and program creation. Participants will begin with the utilization of Solidworks computer-aided design software to create three-dimensional models of machinable products which contain such features as lengths, widths, diameters, radii, angles, pockets, and inclined surfaces. While drawing upon the knowledge of blueprint comprehension learned in NCB1101, they will then utilize the Solidworks software to create concise and accurate blueprints of those machinable products, containing detailed design specifics that will convey such information as material requirements, dimensions, Geometric Dimension and Tolerance, and finish requirements, while providing proper view representation and tolerancing systems. Students will then learn the use and application of the Mastercam Computer Aided Machining software. Models that originated on Solidworks will be imported into Mastercam Software where students will learn to create efficient programs to drive C.N.C Machinery through such manufacturing processes as facing, drilling, profiling, pocketing, drilling, and tapping. Student learning and comprehension will be ascertained through methods which include, but are not limited to, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes and a final exam. A minimum of five hours of out-of-class work will be required per week. Prerequisite(s): ( MPR1220 And NCB1101 And NCI1120 And NCL1250 And NCM1201 ) (60-40-0-25, 6)

     Commercial Truck Driving (CDL)

    CDL101 CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer I 50 Clock Hours
    This course describes the minimum requirements for obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and prepares you for the required knowledge and skills tests.Students will learn how to become safe, legal drivers. (50-0-0-0)

    CDL102 CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer II 50 Clock Hours
    This course includes instruction in the Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection and prepares students for the Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test. Students are taught in detail about vehicle systems, maintenance and inspection. Safety factors are outlined regarding controlling, shifting, backing the truck, visual search, space and speed management. During skills training, students will learn four basic maneuvers including straight-line backing, parallel parking, alley docking and serpentine driving. (0-50-0-0)

    CDL103 CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer III 60 Clock Hours
    This course is a continuation of CDL101 and CDL102 and allows students to put into practice the skills learned in the CDL Training Program. Students will complete 20 hours of on-road driving and 40 hours of observation and will prepare for the CDL licensure test. (0-0-60-0)

     Communications (COM)

    COM1101 Interpersonal Communications **4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication are the focus of this course. Students are given the opportunity to learn and apply communication techniques based on content, context, and audience. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-0, 4)

     General Education (CRT)

    CRT1000 Critical Thinking 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The course examines the process of becoming a critical thinker. Students will learn why people do and do not develop critical thinking skills, what factors facilitate and inhibit that outcome, how to deal with challenges in everyday life, and what is required to permanently function as a critical thinker. (40-0-0-80, 4)

     Cyber Security (CYS)

    CYS1100 Fundamentals of Information Systems Security 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides an overview of security challenges and strategies of countermeasure in the information systems environment. Topics include definition of terms, concepts, elements, and goals incorporating industry standards and practices with a focus on availability, vulnerability, integrity, and confidentiality aspects of information systems. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1120 Managing Risk in Information Systems 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course explores wireless network and mobile device security. Students will begin by learning about the history of data networks and the evolution of wired and wireless networking, and review the mobile revolution. Then they will explore wireless local area network (WLAN) design and the operation and behavior of wireless in general, particularly on 802.11 WLANs, along with the threats and vulnerabilities directly associated with 802.11 wireless networks, their various topologies, and devices. The course then addresses basic security measures for small office/home office (SOHO) networks, as well as more­advanced wireless security concepts unique to the needs of larger organizations. Topics here include WLAN auditing and monitoring, and risk assessment procedures for WLAN and Internet Protocol (IP) mobility. Finally, the course examines risks and vulnerabilities of mobile devices, security models associated with the most common mobile operating systems, and mobile device fingerprinting techniques. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1130 Security Policies and Implementation Issues 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The course includes a discussion on security policies that can be used to help protect and maintain a network, such as password policy, e-mail policy, and Internet policy. The issues include organizational behavior and crisis management. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1150 Access Control, Authentication, and Public Key Infrastructure 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces the concept of access control to information systems. Applications, authentication, and accounting for end users and system administrators will be covered. In addition, security controls for access control including tokens, biometrics, and the use of public key infrastructures (PKI) will be covered. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1160 Security Strategies in Windows Platforms and Applications 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course discusses security implementations for various Windows platforms and applications. Areas of study involve identifying and examining security risks, security solutions and tools available for various Windows platforms and applications. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1170 Security Strategies in Linux Platforms and Applications 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course is an introduction to the securing of Linux platforms and applications. Areas of study include identifying and examining methods of securing Linux platforms and applications and implementing those methods. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1180 Network Security, Firewalls, and VPNs 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course offers an introduction to virtual private networks (VPNs) and firewalls for securing a network. Various network security-related issues are introduced and examined. Different types of VPNs for securing data in an organizational setup are discussed as well as the benefits and architecture of a VPN and how to implement a VPN. Other topics include the utility of firewalls in tackling security problems and the limitations of a firewall. In addition, instruction is also given on how to construct, configure, and administer a firewall and the functionality of a firewall. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1190 Security Strategies for Web Applications & Social Networking 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course addresses how Internet and Web-based applications have transformed the way businesses, organizations, and people communicate. With this transformation came new risks, threats, and vulnerabilities for Web-based applications and the people who use them. This course presents security strategies to mitigate the risk associated with Web applications and social networking. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    CYS1200 Wireless and Mobile Device Security 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course explores wireless network and mobile device security. Students will begin by learning about the history of data networks and the evolution of wired and wireless networking, and review the mobile revolution. Then they will explore wireless local area network (WLAN) design and the operation and behavior of wireless in general, particularly on 802.11 WLANs, along with the threats and vulnerabilities directly associated with 802.11 wireless networks, their various topologies, and devices. The course then addresses basic security measures for small office/home office (SOHO) networks, as well as more-advanced wireless security concepts unique to the needs of larger organizations. Topics here include WLAN auditing and monitoring, and risk assessment procedures for WLAN and Internet Protocol (IP) mobility. Finally, the course examines risks and vulnerabilities of mobile devices, security models associated with the most common mobile operating systems, and mobile device fingerprinting techniques. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

     Electrical (ELT)

    ELT1100 Introduction to Electrical Theory 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces students to the safety rules and regulations for electricians, including the necessary precautions for avoiding various job site hazards. Electrical circuits are designed; circuit performance is predicted and then tested against predictions using multimeter test equipment. Atomic theory, electromagnetic force, resistance, and electric power equations are presented. Series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits are explained; circuit reductions are performed. Circuits are constructed and tested. Students utilize Ohm's, Watt's, and Kirchoff's laws for electrical circuit calculations. Direct current and alternating current are presented and defined. AC capacitive and inductive circuits are analyzed. (40-40-0-80, 6)

    ELT1108 Practical Computer Applications in Mechatronics 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides practical computer and general administrative skills required to utilize the computer as a tool in an office or clinical environment. Students will gain confidence in the use of the internet, productivity software, and associated computer hardware and software. The course will utilize several projects to reinforce the functionality and flexibility of the computer. (40-40-0-80, 6)

    ELT2100 Motors and Controls 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces students to the operation and applications of various types of motors. Motor ratings, enclosures, and braking requirements are explained. Students design, build, and test motor control circuits using contactors, relays, push buttons, and transformers. National Electrical Code requirements are identified and referenced when wiring motor controls. Additionally, motors in conveyor systems, major parts of rollers, belts, chains, screws and pneumatic conveyors are presented. Conveyor safety is introduced. Prerequisite(s): ( ELT1100 And MTX1000 And MTX1200 And MTX1300 ) (40-40-0-80, 6)

    ELT2500 Programmable Logic Controllers 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduce students to the function and operation of basic electronic devices, including semiconductors, diodes, rectifiers, and transistors. Gate types; such as NOT, AND, OR, NAND, NOR and others are described and interpreted to create Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) ladder logic diagrams. PLC power supplies, CPUs and input/output modules are explained. Students create operating PLC simulations. Hardwired relays are explained and the history of their replacement with PLCs and the benefits of PLCs are explained and demonstrated. Students assemble, program, and operate PLC components used to control external devices such as motors and lights. Prerequisite(s): ( ELT1100 And MTX1000 And MTX1200 And MTX1300 ) (40-40-0-80, 6)

     English (ENG)

    ENG1101 English Composition I **4 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this course, students learn about the context of writing and are given the opportunity to practice their personal writing skills. Elements of this course include awareness of audience, understanding of the writing process and elements of grammar and style, and critical reading and document writing. Overall, students are expected to learn about writing and its function within practical contexts. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-0, 4)

     Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVA)

    HVAC150A Air Conditioning 12.5 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students in this course will learn basic craft skills, hand and power tools, construction and electrical drawings, students will learn air conditioning and refrigeration system design, maintenance, and repair. They will learn refrigerant reclamation, recycling and the technician's responsibilities as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Air Act legislation. (100-100-0-50, 12.5)

    HVAC250A Electrical Systems and Controls 12.5 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students in this course will learn basic electrical theory, circuitry, controls, and motor theory as they apply to air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. Students will practice wiring and installation of heating and air conditioning units. Students will measure, monitor and troubleshoot electrical and control circuits. (100-100-0-50, 12.5)

    HVAC350A Heating and Heat Pumps 12.5 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students in this course will learn the design, maintenance and repair of natural gas and electric heating systems. They will practice the operation, repair and maintenance of heating, solid state circuitry, flame controls, and adapting propane systems. They will learn theory, maintenance, and repair of heat pumps. EPA and clean air legislation will be addressed as they pertain to heating systems. Prerequisite(s): ( HVAC150A And HVAC250A ) (100-100-0-50, 12.5)

    HVAC450A Refrigeration 12.5 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students in this course will learn the operation of refrigeration systems, including heat transfer, refrigerants, components, piping design, and preventive maintenance. They will troubleshoot electrical circuits and other mechanical controls used in refrigeration systems. They will study the piping, load calculations, duct work, airflow characteristics, exhaust and intake of refrigeration systems.. Prerequisite(s): ( HVAC150A And HVAC250A ) (100-100-0-50, 12.5)

     Information Technology (INT)

    INT1106 Technical Writing/Project Planning 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course prepares students to effectively manage all phases of an IT project. Students will learn the project management framework of initiation, planning, execution, control, and formal closing. Students will focus on practical tools and techniques, as well as discover strategies to ensure project success. This course also teaches students to develop technical and end-user documentation for technology in the enterprise. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    INT1108 Practical Computer Applications 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides practical computer and general administrative skills required to utilize the computer as a tool in an office or clinical environment. Students will gain confidence in the use of the internet, productivity software, and associated computer hardware and software. The course will utilize several projects to reinforce the functionality and flexibility of the computer. Prerequisite: None. (30-20-0-60, 4)

    INT1109 Application and Database Concepts 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course covers introductory concepts underlying the design and implementation of databases and database applications. A hands-on approach will give students an opportunity to create and work with a database application, implement concepts such as database design, query processing, and reporting. Prerequisite: None. (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1110 PC Hardware and Software 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    A course to develop technical skills related to PC Maintenance and Support. Topics include the anatomy of a PC and its components, installation, PC troubleshooting, networking (devices, media, wireless) and implementation, printers and printer support, and customer service and interaction. This course helps prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to take the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam (Essentials). Prerequisite: None. (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1111 PC Operating Systems 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    A course to develop technical skills related to PC and Mobile device Software, Maintenance, Support, and Troubleshooting. Topics include installing, configuring and maintaining Operating Systems on devices, the basics of networking and security/forensics, properly and safely diagnosing, resolving and documenting common hardware and software issues while applying troubleshooting skills. Students will also understand the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment, as well as how to provide appropriate customer service, support, and interaction. This course helps prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to take the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam (Practical). Prerequisite: None. (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1112 Certification Preparation 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course reviews the overall competencies and objectives related to the CompTIA A+ Certification. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1110 And INT1111 ) (40-0-0-80, 4)

    INT1116 Networking Concepts I 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course helps students develop technical skills in networking administration and support. Topics include networking hardware; media and topologies; protocols and standards; IP addressing, ports, and transmission methods as it relates to networking infrastructures. The course introduces wireless technologies; how to install and configure various network devices; and troubleshoot common connectivity problems. This course covers knowledge and skills required to take the CompTIA Network + Certification Exam. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1110 And INT1111 ) (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1117 Networking Concepts II 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course further develops technical skills in networking administration and support for students. Topics include encryption and authentication; network security measures and devices; monitoring and managing network availability, redundancy, and performance; unified communications; network segmentation and virtualization; and WAN technologies. The course introduces Enterprise networking practices such as inventory and asset management; physical security controls; incident response plans; change management procedures; and disaster recovery. This course knowledge and skills required to take the CompTIA Network + Certification Exam. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1116 ) (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1120 Customer Service and Help Desk Concepts 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course prepares students to be effective written and verbal communicators in an IT organization. Students will learn effective customer service skills, how to prepare help desk tickets and technical documentation, and to service technical devices in an enterprise-wide Help Desk organization. Prerequisite: None. (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1130 Desktop Configuration 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course helps students develop technical skills in Operating System installation, upgrade, migration, deployment, administration, and maintenance. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1110 And INT1111 ) (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1131 Desktop Support 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course prepares students to troubleshoot a desktop operating system in any network environment. Emphasis is placed on end-user support and troubleshooting operating system functions such as hardware, software, printer, and network issues. Prerequisite: None. (20-40-0-40, 4)

    INT1140 Communications for IT 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication as they relate to IT are the focus of this course. Students are given the opportunity to apply communication techniques to IT based on content, context, and audience. Prerequisite: None. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    INT1150 English Composition for IT 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this course, students learn about the context of information technology-focused writing and are given the opportunity to practice IT specific writing skills. Elements of this course include awareness of audience, understanding of the writing process, elements of grammar and style, critical reading, and business document writing. Overall, students are expected to learn about business writing and its function within practical IT industry contexts. (40-0-0-80, 4)

    INT1151 Certification Review 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course reviews the overall competencies and objectives related to the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1116 And INT1117 ) (40-0-0-80, 4)

    INT1160 Mathematics for Business 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this course students will apply principles mathematics to situations that arise in the IT world. Students will have the opportunity to apply mathematics principles to situations related to IT through the number system, integers, algebraic expressions, graphs and data, and basic geometric principles. Prerequisite: None (40-0-0-80, 4)

     Lathe Programming (LPR)

    LPR1301 C.N.C. Lathe Programming: G&M Codes 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this module, students will become proficient in C.N.C. Lathe program editing through an introduction of G&M Code programming practices as they apply to turning operations. Students will learn program structure as well as various program codes such as Geometry Codes, Miscellaneous Functions, Letter Addresses, Canned Cycles, and their driven-connection to the Cartesian Coordinate System. Students will also explore speeds & feeds, depths of cut, and surface footage considerations as part of the manufacture of precision qualified products. Participants will practice and hone these skills through a series of programming and editing projects which will be verified through the HAAS Simulation Control Unit. Student learning and comprehension will be ascertained through methods which include, but are not limited to, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes and a final exam. A minimum of five hours of out-of-class work will be required per week. Prerequisite(s): ( NCB1101 And NCI1120 And NCL1250 And MPR1220 ) (60-40-0-25, 6)

     Medical (MAA)

    MAA1410 Clinical Foundations 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This competency-based course focuses on the clinical medical assisting skills required to prepare the patient for examination and to assist the physician during patient examination and treatment. Infection control and safety and AIDS-related precautions are stressed. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 And AHS1200 And AHS1300 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    MAA1500 Clinical Specialties 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This competency based course teaches the skills necessary to perform selected diagnostic procedures used in general medicine and specialty physician offices to include assisting with surgical procedures, specialty examination, medication administration, allergy testing, electrocardiography, respiratory testing, wound care, catheterization assisting patients prepare for diagnostic imaging studies. Risk management, HIPAA, infection control, safety and blood borne pathogen precautions are stressed. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 And AHS1200 And AHS1300 And MAA1410 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    MAA1600 Clinical Laboratory 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This competency based course teaches the skills necessary for the performance of selected laboratory procedures. Students will learn phlebotomy techniques, capillary sticks, microscopic examination skills, gram staining procedures, urinalysis testing, and various laboratory-testing procedures performed in the physician's office. Students will practice how to obtain samples for testing and how to follow up patient test results. Risk management, quality control, HIPAA, infection control, safety, and AIDS-related precautions are stressed. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1100 And AHS1200 And AHS1300 And MAA1410 And MAA1500 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    MAA1700 Extern and Medical Review 8 Quarter Credit Hours
    The course provides students with the opportunity to practice administrative and clinical skills in a suitable physician's office or ambulatory health care facility under the supervision of the practicum coordinator and site preceptor. Preparation for and review of information on the national certification exam. Prerequisite(s): Final term or permission of Program Director (20-0-180-40, 8)

    MBC1324 Health Information Systems and Technology 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides an in-depth study of the content, storage, retrieval, control, and retention of health information systems. Information regarding hardware and software components of computers for medical record applications is discussed. Students will explore methods of controlling accuracy and security of data in computer systems, records linkage, and data sharing concepts. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1108 Or INT1108 Or INT1108 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    MBC1500 Intermediate Coding 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides an in-depth study of coding and guidelines with emphasis on physician billing and regulatory requirements. Students will apply correct coding systems and nomenclatures using health records, case studies, and federal regulations regarding methods of reimbursement. Ethical decision making will also be covered. Prerequisite(s): ( AHS1650 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    MBC2160 Advanced Medical Coding 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides an advanced study of coding and guidelines. Students will assign CPT, ICD-10-CM, and Level II (HCPCS) diagnostic and procedural codes. Prerequisite(s): ( MBC1500 ) (30-20-0-60, 4)

    MBC2300 Registries and Statistics 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course explains the use of indexes, registers, and registries maintained by health care facilities and state and federal agencies. Students will learn how statistics are computed within the Health Information Management (HIM) departments in terms of unit cost, productivity, and staffing levels. They will be able to explain how these statistics are utilized in the creation of the department budget. Prerequisite(s): ( INT1108 ) (40-0-0-80, 4)

    MBC2360 Externship 8 Quarter Credit Hours
    Students will be assigned to a suitable facility focusing on the application of basic coding and classification system guidelines and application of health information system theory under the supervision of the externship coordinator and site. Student will be required to participate in class discussions. Prerequisite(s): Final term or permission of Program Director (20-0-180-40, 8)

    MBC2500 Coding Certification Preparation 4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The goal of this course is to help prepare students to take the coding licensure examination. It includes a review of concepts such as: applying coding guidelines, analyzing health records, validating Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), applying reimbursement methodologies, and complying with ethical standards. In addition, the course will also cover test taking skills and strategies and applying these strategies to entry-level professional licensing examinations. As a part of the course, the student will schedule to sit for the appropriate examination. Prerequisite(s): ( MBC2160 ) (40-0-0-80, 4)

     Mill Programming (MPR)

    MPR1220 C.N.C. Mill Programming: G&M Codes 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this course, students will learn programming aspects of C.N.C. Milling to develop the skill of editing. They will become knowledgeable of program structure, Geometry Codes, Miscellaneous Codes, Letter Addresses, Canned Cycles, and their driven-connection to the Cartesian Coordinate System. Students will also explore speeds & feeds, depths of cut, and surface footage considerations as part of the manufacture of precision and qualified products. Participants will practice and hone these skills through a series of programming and editing projects which will be verified through the HAAS Simulation Control Unit. Student learning and comprehension will be ascertained through methods which include, but are not limited to, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes and a final exam. A minimum of five hours of out-of-class work will be required per week. Prerequisite(s): ( NCB1101 And NCI1120 ) (60-40-0-25, 6)

     Mathematics (MTH)

    MTH1101 College Mathematics **4 Quarter Credit Hours
    The topics of this course cover the practical use of math through the number system, integers, algebraic expressions, graphs and data, and basic geometric principles. (40-0-0-0, 4)

     Mechatronics (MTX)

    MTX1000 Introduction to Electrical and Instrumentation Drawings 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces the types and uses of electrical and instrumentation drawings. It provides information about the format and content of basic electrical drawings and their use in conveying specific requirements. Standard specification formats are presented. Math used in diagnostics and troubleshooting, and conversion between English and metric units is presented. The use of scientific notation, powers and roots, and the basic concepts of algebra, geometry, and right-angle trigonometry are explored. Electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic drawings are reviewed and specialized symbols are identified and explained. Components, instrument locations, and the use of tag numbers for identifying instruments are included. (40-40-0-80, 6)

    MTX1200 Mechanical Systems, Maintenance, and Bearings 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces gear boxes and how to inspect, remove, reassemble, install, and maintain them. It also includes information about gear types, gear operation, and measuring and adjusting backlash and bearing clearance. Identification of common gear-wear patterns, gearbox maintenance, and installation is presented. Additionally, bearing types such as plain, ball, roller, thrust, guide, flanged, pillow block, and takeup bearings and their materials and designations are presented. (40-40-0-80, 6)

    MTX1300 Fluid Control, Valves 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course provides instruction on the installation of threaded and flanged valves, how to replace valve stem O-rings and Bonnet gaskets, and how to repack valve stuffing boxes. Additionally, the purpose of valve stem packing is discussed. Valve actuator types, control valve standards, performance, function, selection, installation, and maintenance are presented. Distinctions are made between flow, pressure, level, temperature valves, and control loops are illustrated and simulated. (40-40-0-80, 6)

    MTX2100 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces hydraulic and pneumatic safety, the characteristics of gases and fluids, and hydraulic and pneumatic transmission of energy and system components. Preventive maintenance on hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, inspection and troubleshooting, and reading schematic diagrams is presented. Repair procedures for hydraulic and pneumatic systems is explained and demonstrated. Pascal's law and Bernoulli's principles is reviewed. Hydraulic fluids, system parts, pumps, and motors are presented. Prerequisite(s): ( ELT1100 And MTX1000 And MTX1200 And MTX1300 ) (40-40-0-80, 6)

    MTX2200 Robotics, Positioning, Velocity, Sensors 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course introduces students to the application of motor-operated valves (MOVs) and sensors, which measure velocity, pressure, strain, and temperature. Transducers and transmitters are reviewed and installed. Orifice plates, pitot tubes, thermocouples, pressure sensors, I/Ps, strain gauges, LVDTs and accelerometers are explained and their uses are identified. The differences between industrial robots and mechanical manipulators, and dynamic and fixed automation are explained. Forward, inverse, and velocity kinematics are defined; linear and non-linear position control are reviewed; and students design, build, and program a robotic articulated arm. Prerequisite(s): ( ELT1100 And MTX1000 And MTX1200 And MTX1300 ) (40-40-0-80, 6)

     Blueprint Reading (NCB)

    NCB1101 Blueprint Reading and Inspection Practices 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this module, students are taught the skills of blueprint reading and interpretation to ANSI standards. They will explore aspects of blueprint composition such as abbreviations, line-types, title blocks, dimensioning systems, methods of tolerance, orthographic projection, section views, symbology and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). Students will then learn machinist-centered inspection practices. They will explore the application and use of inspection tools and practices to ascertain product accuracy based on blueprint specifications. Students will become proficient in the use of tools such as calipers, micrometers, depth gages, thread gages, profilometers, radius gages, angle gages, protractors, bore gages, gage pins, gage blocks, height gages and other common inspection equipment. Student learning and comprehension will be ascertained through methods which include, but are not limited to, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes and a final exam. A minimum of five hours of out-of-class work will be required per week. (60-40-0-25, 6)

     Machinist Industry (NCI)

    NCI1120 The Industry and the Business Process 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this module, students will become familiar with the manufacturing business transaction and the machinist's role in that process. Emphasis will be placed on the business as a whole, and each step and process that typically goes into the manufacture of machined components. The students will begin this module with a brief history of machining as they trace its origins from the prehistoric era to the modern-day paradigms of precision technology and superior quality. They will learn the makeup of a modern machining-related company and the compliance standards that govern the industry. Various quality systems will be explored. Students will then develop competency of the business process through simulated business transactions that will encompass the typical aspects of the customer/supplier relationship and its various intricacies. (60-40-0-25, 6)

     Lathe Setup (NCL)

    NCL1250 C.N.C. Lathe Set-up and Operation 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this module, students will be introduced to the C.N.C. Lathe and its function as a precision manufacturing tool. Mastery of the Fanuc TXP-100FA control will be the key to safe and effective operation, therefore students will learn the function of each of the control's features. They will then dedicate themselves to learning the processes of set-up and operation of the machine, as well as the proper methods of adjustment of offsets to maintain precision and quality while creating such features as diameters, lengths, bores, threads, reliefs, grooves, and knurled surfaces. Student learning and comprehension will be ascertained through methods which include, but are not limited to, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes and a final exam. A minimum of five hours of out-of-class work will be required per week. Prerequisite(s): ( NCB1101 And NCI1120 ) (60-40-0-25, 6)

     Milling (NCM)

    NCM1201 C.N.C. Milling Fundamentals, Set-up and Operation 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this module, students are introduced to the C.N.C. Milling Machine. Participants will learn about the mechanical-makeup of a milling machine, and its chemical systems. They will learn the Fanuc Oi-MD control system and its various features and functions such as Auto, Single Block, Optional Stop, Dry-Run, Block-Skip, Jog and Machine Home. They will become familiar with the tool-offset, work-offset, and position monitoring pages within the system. Full set-up and operation procedures will be taught, and students will become proficient at uploading programs, installing tooling, setting tool-length offset and radial offsets, establishing a part's datum, and program verification. Student learning and comprehension will be ascertained through methods which include, but are not limited to, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes and a final exam. A minimum of five hours of out-of-class work will be required per week. Prerequisite(s): ( NCB1101 And NCI1120 ) (60-40-0-25, 6)

     Grinding (PGR)

    PGR1350 Precision Grinding 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    In this module, students will learn the purpose and skill of precision grinding to produce finer finishes to satisfy exact tolerance specifications. Students will utilize a precision grinding machine to achieve such characteristics as perpendicularity, flatness, straightness and parallelism while under the constraints of surface roughness average requirements of 32 micro-inches or less. Participants will master these skills through the hands-on grinding of steel in a laboratory setting. Student learning and comprehension will be ascertained through methods which include, but are not limited to, in-class assignments, out-of-class assignments, quizzes and a final exam. A minimum of five hours of out-of-class work will be required per week. Prerequisite(s): ( MPR1220 And NCB1101 And NCI1120 And NCL1250 And NCM1201 ) (60-40-0-25, 6)

     General Education (TRD)

    TRD1100 Professional Development and Customer Service 6 Quarter Credit Hours
    This course examines issues relevant to an individual's professional success. Topics include motivation, self-esteem, attitudes, goal setting, time management, health and stress, communication, family and employment. Students create their professional portfolios. Additionally, applications of the material within simulated working environments assist the student in building a strong foundation to aid in the performance of their duties. Finally, basic leadership skills, management, and safety related to work sites, are presented. (40-40-0-80, 6)
     

    Administration, Faculty, and Staff

    Edge Tech Academy has selected professionals to teach in each course of instruction offered. These individuals are equally adept in theory and practical application. All faculty members meet or exceed the minimum educational and industry experience requirements as set forth by state approving and accrediting agencies governing Edge Tech Academy. In addition to the instructional staff, support is available for assistance in financing, career services, attendance, academic support and other student needs.
     

    Organization

    Edge Tech Academy is an independent, co-educational, postsecondary institution and is owned and operated by STVT-AAI Education Inc., a Texas corporation with headquarters located in Arlington, Texas. The affairs of the school are managed by the governing board and the Executive Director. The address of the corporate office is 2241 S Watson Rd. Suite 181, Arlington, TX 76010, telephone number 682-334-5680, email address questions@ancoraeducation.com. The website of the principal corporate office is: www.ancoraeducation.com.


    GOVERNANCE

    Board of Directors of STVT-AAI Education Inc.

    William Hansen

    Pete Kirchof

    Michael Williams

    Andrew Milgram

    Daniel Ducote Jr.

    Stephanie Nellons-Paige

    Aron Schwartz

    Michael Zawisky - President and Chief Executive Officer

     

    Administrative Staff

    James Cooper

    Executive Director

    Mirna Alsibar

    Receptionist

    Darrylynn Thomas

    Manager of Admissions

    Sonya Brown

    Admissions Representative 

    Richard Hunt

    Admissions Representative

    Tierra Uzere

    Admissions Representative

    Aubri Hearn

    Admissions Representative

     

    Faculty

    CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer

    Samuel Attoh

    CDL Instructor

    20 years of related experience

    Deborah Clark

    CDL Instructor

    27 years related experience

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration

    Gerardo Moreno

    HVAC Instructor

    10 years of related experience

    Jeremy Martinez

    HVAC Instructor

    10 years of related experience

    Andy Martinez

    HVAC Instructor

    20 years of related experience

    Leonard Ford

    HVAC Instructor

    25 years of related experience

    Joshua Lewis

    HVAC Instructor

    15 years of related experience

    PC & Network Support

    Rogger Boatley

    PC & Network Support Instructor

    5 years of related experience 


    CNC Machinist

    Justin Mizell

    CNC Machinist Instructor

    5 years of related experience


    Business Studies

    (No Instructor)


    Medical Billing & Coding

    (No Instructor)


    Medical Clinical Assistant

    Dorian Grant

    Allied Health Program Director

    11 years of related experience