NGTC Graduates Inaugural Class of Employee’s Learning to Lead Academy

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Clarkesville, GA – North Georgia Technical College recently held a graduation ceremony celebrating the inaugural class of the Learning to Lead (L2L) Academy, led by NGTC Deans of Academic Affairs Christy Bivins, Michelle Likins, and Michelle Oglesby.  

The L2L Academy at NGTC is a one-year, developmental leadership program that focuses on strengthening the innate abilities of leaders. The program is offered to current NGTC faculty and staff members and is designed to prepare these individuals for current and future leadership roles by providing a structured leadership program involving special projects and assignments.  

Members of the L2L Academy explore various topics relating to growth and leadership including leadership styles, communication and conflict management skills, team building, networking, and strategic planning.  

At the completion of the program, L2L graduates are expected to seek out leadership opportunities within NGTC, contribute to the college’s health and growth, reinvest their knowledge and experiences back into the L2L program, and help transform NGTC to meet the needs of students and the community.  

Graduates of the first annual class of the L2L Academy include Kimberly Alley, Lead Student Success Coach; Stacie Bohannon, Health Sciences Department Chair/Medical Assisting Program Director and Instructor; Mallory Hicks, Director of Admissions; Charles Hill, Emergency Services Program Director and Instructor; Samantha Marchant, Educational Technology Coordinator; Matthew Mashburn, Blairsville Campus Director; Buddy Raper, Information Systems Administrator; Carrie Rodriguez, Blairsville Department Chair/Medical Assisting Program Director and Instructor; Tiffany Scroggs, Healthcare Science Program Specialist; and Kelly Smith, Early Childhood Care and Education Program Director and Instructor.  

The 2023 participants of the L2L Academy were also announced. They are Bethany Elrod; Rebekah Franklin; Adam Fulbright; Jessica Huff; Katie Johnson; Sharon McFarland; Kelly Rhoades; Emily Sullens; Heather Terrell; and Mona Williams.  

“North Georgia Technical College values strong leadership, and we are very proud of our first graduating class from the NGTC Learning to Lead Leadership Academy,” said NGTC Dean of Academic Affairs Michelle Likins. “We know that they will go on to do great things in their professional careers, in our college, and in our community. We look forward to seeing how they will continue to help lead our college into a great future for many years to come.”  

“I am very proud that our faculty and staff are committed to developing their leadership skills through the Learning to Lead program and are dedicated to furthering the growth and success of our college,” said NGTC President John Wilkinson. “Congratulations to each of these individuals on this tremendous achievement. I look forward to witnessing their contributions to our college and community.”  

For more information regarding North Georgia Technical College programs or admission, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700. 

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Pictured (front left to right): Matthew Mashburn; Mallory Hicks; Michelle Oglesby, coordinator; Michelle Likins, coordinator; Kelly Smith; (back left to right) Samantha Marchant; Buddy Raper; Carrie Rodriguez; Stacie Bohannon; and Christy Bivins, coordinator; (not pictured) Kimberly Alley; Charles Hill; and Tiffany Scroggs
Pictured (front left to right): Matthew Mashburn; Mallory Hicks; Michelle Oglesby, coordinator; Michelle Likins, coordinator; Kelly Smith; (back left to right) Samantha Marchant; Buddy Raper; Carrie Rodriguez; Stacie Bohannon; and Christy Bivins, coordinator; (not pictured) Kimberly Alley; Charles Hill; and Tiffany Scroggs

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