Award recipients were, from left, Michael Huff, Brian Jones, Adam Fulbright, Cassandra Wilkins and Patricia Cole Dooley.
North Georgia Technical College recently held their Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on the Clarkesville Campus. The meeting included inducting the 2018 Alumni Board of Directors, which includes Emily Sullens as President, Joe Garmon as Vice President, Andrea Wilson as Secretary, Jo-E Saylor as Treasurer and Melissa Henderson as Parliamentarian.
Young Alumni Awards are presented to individuals who have graduated within the last five years who have made outstanding contributions in his/her profession and/or community service. This year the three recipients are, Adam Fulbright, Michael Huff and Tony Jacob Wilson.
Adam Fulbright is a 2013 graduate of the Industrial Systems Technology (IST) Program. After graduating from NGTC, Fulbright went to work at Pharma Tech Industries. He has also started the Fulbright Industrial Systems Technology Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an IST student at North Georgia Tech.
Michael Huff is a 2015 graduate of the Associate of Science in Nursing Program. Huff was part of the first nursing class to graduate from NGTC and since then, has started his career working as a director at Pruitt Health.
“I was the first member in my family to graduate from college and it all started with a GED,” said Huff. “My degree is security for the rest of my life. My advice to students is that if you want to be rewarded, put your work boots on the ground and push for that extra mile.”
Tony Jacob Wilson graduated from the Criminal Justice Program in 2016 after completing service with the US Navy. Upon graduating NGTC, Wilson began working as a corrections officer and recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Reinhardt University.
Career Achievement Awards recognize graduates who work in the field in which they studied and have distinguished themselves in that field. This year’s recipients are Brian Jones and Cassandra Wilkins.
Brian Jones graduated in 2004 from the EMT/Firefighter Program and again in 2010 from the LPN program. After working as both a volunteer and professional firefighter, Jones decided to pursue his passion for a career in Nursing. Upon graduating from the Nursing Program at NGTC, he accepted a position as a Life Flight EMT. While at North Georgia Tech, Jones was named the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for the college and went on to win at the state level as well.
Cassandra Wilkins graduated from the Business Information Technology Program in 1996. Wilkins then moved on to receive both her bachelors and master’s degrees. Currently, she serves as the Human Resources Director for ASI Southeast.
Patricia Cole Dooley received the 2018 Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes an NGTC student who graduated at least 20 years prior to nomination and distinguished themselves in their professional life. Dooley graduated NGTC with her LPN in 1974, and moved on to continue her education, ultimately receiving her Post-Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health. She continued to practice medicine until retiring last year.
“If I had not chosen NGTC, my world would have been so narrow and small-minded,” said Dooley. “It opened my eyes to another world and has been the catalyst for my need to further my knowledge in the field of work that I loved. I feel like I took a little piece of each instructor and created the type of nurse I wanted to be.”
North Georgia Technical College is the first technical college in the state of Georgia, and is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. Its main campus is in Clarkesville, with additional campuses in Toccoa and Blairsville. For more information, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.