Lauderdale County
Allen Thornton Career Technical Center Killen, AL

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ATCTC Student of the Month – Dre Rickard

Congratulations to Allen Thornton’s “Student of the Month” for March, Dre Rickard. Dre is a senior Welding student from Brooks High School who has attended ATCTC for 6 semesters and is currently dual-enrolled with NWSCC in welding.   According to Mr. Wesley Heathcoat, Welding Instructor, Dre has shown great leadership abilities this year and is a student who is very driven to achieve his goals. Dre has received NCCER certification in two modules and has earned his OSHA-10 certification. In addition, he finished 3rd at NWSCC Welding Competition in Flux Core.    

Congratulations, Dre!  Keep up the good work!




Allen Thornton Career Technical Center receives six scholarships to Northwest-Shoal Community College.  This is one more than in previous years. Thank you Northwest-Shoals for the scholarships!  Each scholarship is valued at $850 per semester toward the student’s tuition.  They must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be a full time student.  Their attendance is also considered and they have to turn in a current resume and write a short essay stating why they deserve the scholarship. Each student must enroll in technology or occupational programs at the college.

This year’s winners are:

     Kristopher Bevis from Waterloo High School is enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair class.

     Sara Gist from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Culinary Class.

      Lori Grigsby from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Cosmetology class. 

     Matheax Ortega from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Cosmetology class.

     Grace Stewart from Rogers High School is enrolled in the Cosmetology class.

     Gregory Taylor from Lauderdale County High School is enrolled in the Welding class.

Congratulations to all these students and best of luck at Northwest-Shoals!!!




Automotive Service Technology Competition

On Friday, March 14, 2014, Allen Thornton's Automotive Service Technology students Orlando Williams and Hunter Gibson participated in preliminary SkillsUSA competitions.   According to Keith Springer, Automotive Instructor, these two students represented Allen Thornton Career Technical Center very well with Orlando placing 3rd in the competition and qualifying for State SkillsUSA Contests in Birmingham on April 24-25.  In addition to his involvement in Automotive Services and SkillsUSA, Orlando is a a member of the LIFE Academy which is housed at ATCTC.

Congratulations to Mr. Springer and both these students for all their hard work.  Good Luck to Orlando in April!

Congratulations Cosmetology Department!

Northwest Shoals Community College held its annual Cosmetology Competition on Friday, March 7th

Representing Allen Thornton’s Cosmetology Department were Mandi Beavers from Rogers High School in the area of Cosmetology and Layla Clingan along with Cassidy Beck (Model) from Brooks High School in the area of Esthetics with Fantasy Makeup. 

Mandi won 1st place and Layla won 3rd place.  Congratulations to these young ladies on your great accomplishment!

For more pictures:  Click Here!

Welding Competition at NWSCC

Welding students at Allen Thornton Career Technical Center participated in a Welding Competition at Northwest Shoals Community College on March 7, 2014 and won several awards.  

Jerrod Martin – Brooks High School - 1st Place in Oxyfuel

Dre Rickard - Brooks High School – 3rd Place in Flux Core

Brandon Comer - Lauderdale County High School – 3rd place in 6010 Shield Metal Arc

Greg Taylor - Lauderdale County High School – 3rd Place in 7018 Shield Metal Arc

Each area had around 20 participants and they did very well in this competition!  These awards will boost their resume and we are so proud of them!

More pictures:  Click Here!

 Congratulations Allen Thornton Carpentry Team!!!

The third annual Shoals Home Builder Association Carpentry Contest was held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Shoals Marriott Conference Center.  Allen Thornton Career Technical Center Building Construction Department had three teams competing against three teams from Muscle Shoals Career Academy.  Six of the seven high schools from the Lauderdale County school system were represented on the Allen Thornton team.  Out the 3 awards given, Allen Thornton took FIRST PLACE.  Students on the team were Jonathan Howard from Lauderdale County High School, Jared Webster from Brooks High School, Ethan Liverette from Lexington High School, Chase Michael from Central High School, Austin Brewer from Wilson High School, Gage Campbell from Rogers High School.  Jared Webster and Jonathan Howard won first place and took home skill saws donated by Lowe’s and Home Depot.  We are extremely proud of our students and what they have accomplished.  Mr. Titus Grisham, Building Construction instructor, and his students are now preparing for state SkillsUSA competition in April.  

Weblink to more pictures:  Click Here!


HOSA CERT Competition



Kaitlyn Hendrix and Jessica Duncan, Health Science Students at Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, recently placed 3rd in CERT at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Conference in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Health Science Program at ATCTC prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in health care through classroom instruction, “hands-on” education in the laboratory, and work-based opportunities in the clinical setting. Leadership skills are developed through participation in HOSA.

After taking the introductory course Foundations of Health Care, students may choose to become certified in CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team). 

This program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Placing 3rd in the State Competition, qualifies Kaitlyn and Jessica for the National Competition this summer in Orlando, Florida.









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