GOAL Finalists Recognized
2/22/2010 - From across all three of North Georgia Technical College’s campuses, 21 students representing 13 programs were nominated as candidates for the Georgia Occupational Award for Leadership (GOAL).
GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, was actually started at NGTC more than twenty years ago. It is a program that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 26 technical colleges as well as the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.
Through a series of competitive interviews and speeches conducted by NGTC faculty and staff, a list of the top twelve were selected for an advanced competition. They were Kimberly Combs in Commercial Photography, Amy Rogers in Accounting, Hillary Adams in Horticulture, Mariah Holbrooks in Culinary Arts, Brian Jones in Practical Nursing, Rebecca Hurt in Clinical Laboratory Technology, Susan Huff in Pharmacy Technology, Julie Brown-Jenkins in Culinary Arts, Heath Lyles in Air Conditioning, Rosheenah Oglesby in Medical Assisting, Tim McMichen in Commercial Photography, and Lori Lesher in Practical Nursing.
“I am always incredibly impressed with the quality of our students and their many accomplishments,” said NGTC President Steve Dougherty. “These that we honor here tonight are the ones who will take up their place in industry and entrepreneurship, leading our communities as we come out of the economic crisis.”
At a special GOAL Banquet, all of the students received certificates and lapel pins recognizing them as GOAL nominees. The top twelve were named and then the four finalists from this group were announced. They are Kimberly Combs who lives in Marietta, Lori Lesher who lives in Cleveland, Mariah Holbrooks who lives in Cornelia, and Brian Jones who lives in Clarkesville.
These four will engage in yet one more round of interviews, this time with representatives from the professional community including Chamber of Commerce representatives. The winner will be announced at the February 25th meeting of the Rotary Club of Habersham and will then advance to represent NGTC at the region level which will be held March 17th.
Also nominated for 2010 GOAL consideration were Roderick Wood in Cosmetology, Angelica Blackburn in Medical Assisting, Brian Dodd in Industrial Systems Technology, Glinda Pilling in Medical Assisting, Robbie Turner in Practical Nursing, Roman Rider in Welding and Joining, Jeffrey Bennett in Air Conditioning, Michael Mays in Turf & Golf Course Management, and Stevi Clack in Commercial Photography.
GOAL candidates are nominated by an instructor and must carry at least a 3.0 GPA with a 2.0 in the Work Ethics category. “This was an exceptional group of students this year,” noted event organizer Trudy Ayers. “Seven of the entrants were carrying a 4.0 GPA.”
For more information on programs of study at North Georgia Technical College, visit www.northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.
Rick Perkins Honor Bestowed on Walt Dundore
2/17/2010 - Walt Dundore, Computer Information Systems (CIS) instructor at North Georgia Technical College, has earned the honor of competing with other top instructors in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education in March. This award is the technical college equivalent to “teacher of the year.”
Four other instructors were also considered for the 2010 award including Alex Bladowski in Culinary Arts, Angie Cowart in Applied Business Technology, Dorothy Hansen in General Studies, and Ruth King in Work-Based Study and Economic Development programs.
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.
“I had the privilege of working with Rick Perkins several years ago, and this award is indeed an honor,” noted Steve Dougherty, North Georgia Technical College President. “Each of our faculty members nominated are worthy contenders and we are proud to have Walt represent us at the state level.”
Dundore holds a BA from Piedmont College in English with a minor in Computer Science. Recently he completed his MS in Computer Information Systems from Columbus State University. As an instructor, he searches and devises a variety of motivational techniques for his students. For example, he created a competition for extra credit points in which students had to study a local business situation and propose a viable solution. In addition, he was instrumental in creating the flagship student helpdesk which harnesses the power of his the CIS students by essentially apprenticing them to the IT staff at the college. “It is the epitome of hands-on training which is the hallmark of technical training,” he said.
“We have such a great pool of teachers here,” Walt said. “I’m just humbled to be singled out for this award.” His wife, Fran, who was recently named Teacher of the Year at Stephens County, understands completely. “He will be a great ambassador for the school,” she asserted. Walt and Fran live in Habersham County with their two daughters, Jenna and Ansley.
For more information on programs of study at North Georgia Technical College, visit www.northgatech.edu or contact 706-754-7700.
Bob Evans presents Hilary Adams with a $500 Scholarship.
Hilary Adams Receives Marlowe-Evans GOAL Scholarship
2/17/2010 - Hilary Adams of Turnerville, a Horticulture student at North Georgia Technical College, has been named as the 2010 winner for the NGTC Foundation’s Marlowe-Evans GOAL Scholarship.
GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership), a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.
The Scholarship, founded in 2005 by Jim Marlowe and Bob Evans, is given to one of the 12 GOAL finalists at NGTC who exemplifies the spirit of Bob Evans and Jim Marlowe through their community service and willingness to help others. This year’s award was presented by Evans to Adams at the 38th annual GOAL Banquet which was held on Tuesday, February 16, in the Ramsey-Hunter Dining Hall on the Clarkesville Campus.
Adams has been actively involved in a variety of volunteer organizations ranging from the humane society to counseling for young women to horticulture therapy. “My studies here have given me the direction to think, speak, and do for myself,” she said, adding introspectively that the very act of watching plants grow has helped her to grow herself.
Hilary was chosen from 21 students representing 13 programs who were nominated as candidates this year. In order to qualify for consideration to be a GOAL nominee, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and specifically a 2.0 GPA in the work ethics category.
Mr. Evans reiterated his contention that North Georgia Technical College contributes more to the economic development of Northeast Georgia than any other institution. He continued stating, “The students here today are the professionals of tomorrow who will lead us to economic recovery in this area.”
Hilary lives in Habersham County with parents Tony and Joyce. Adams is the 6th recipient of the Marlowe-Evans GOAL Scholarship.
Cosmetology Students Help Theatre
2/15/2010 - When Justin Dudkiewicz stepped in to direct upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias,” he immediately saw opportunities to connect the skills of the students at North Georgia Technical College to the Habersham Community Theatre.
“Much of the show takes place in a beauty shop,” explained Dudkiewicz. “I knew that getting the actors comfortable with handling the basic cosmetology paraphernalia would be crucial to making this show special.” As NGTC’s Recruiter, he didn’t have to look far to find expert help.
From collections of discontinued, used, and emptied stocks, the Cosmetology Department at NGTC contributed a supply of capes, carts, combs, rollers, dye, cotton, dye tubes, and even an “old fashioned” hair dryer for the stage.
But the students and staff didn’t stop there. Because some of the story action involves different stages of the wedding “Up Do,” students have artfully created a series of partially styled wigs that will be used in progressive scenes. Instructors Joy Dyer and Nicole Reed have participated in rehearsals and have helped the actors learn to handle the instruments of the trade in a natural way. “It really helps to smooth out the action when the actors move naturally with their props,” noted Justin. “If an audience is distracted by the action, the whole moment is lost.”
The school’s Photography department also got into the act with student James Dahlman shooting rehearsal photos as well as headshots for the lobby display. “I am thankful that we have such an excellent group of students and faculty that realize the importance of community involvement!” said Dudkiewicz.
The Habersham Community Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias” runs the first two weekend in March. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students. Contact 706-839-1315 for reservations or more information.
Technical College System of Georgia Honors 30 Adult Learners
2/15/2010 - Atlanta– The Technical College System of Georgia recognized 30 adult learners today for their outstanding achievement in the state’s adult education program.
The students were honored as EAGLE delegates during an awards ceremony that was part of the TCSG Office of Adult Education’s annual Leadership Institute at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. The keynote speakers were Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and Ann Cramer, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM North America.
The 30 EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) delegates were nominated by their instructors from among the more than 95,000 men and women who are enrolled in adult education programs throughout Georgia. The exceptional effort that they put forth in their studies and the success that they have achieved makes the EAGLE delegates outstanding role models for the million-plus Georgians who have never obtained their high school diploma or a GED.
Ernesto Morales Vincente, accompanied by his teacher, John Shiohira, represented North Georgia Technical College. Ernesto lives with his wife, Vickie, in Cornelia. “It makes me happy to see the pride in my daughter’s eyes,” he said as he talked about how his studies have helped improve his ways of speaking. Vincente, who is active in community soccer recreation teams, is a role model for young and old alike on the power of taking the steps to improve. Ernesto’s plans after completing his GED include studying to be a nurse. “I have worked in a bakery, as a cook in a restaurant, and in a textile mill. I’m looking forward to studying nursing.”
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson presented the students with their EAGLE award. He noted that each student is considered to be an ambassador for Georgia’s adult education program and a spokesperson for the positive effect that working toward and earning a GED can have on people’s lives and their job potential.
“Through hard work and perseverance you’ve proven to yourself and others like you that it’s possible to overcome life’s obstacles and get the education and respect that you’ve always deserved,” said Jackson. “Now, I call on you to not only continue your education, but also to help spread the word that obtaining a GED is a very important step toward discovering your potential, getting a better job, and improving the future for you, your family and your community.”
For more information on the Adult Learning programs of study at NGTC, please contact 706-439-6300 or visit the website at www.northgatech.edu.
HEROES Provides Books for Babies
2/15/2010 - Several weeks ago Prevent Child Abuse Habersham ran a simple ad in the paper requesting help with the “First Steps” program. North Georgia Technical College student Tasha Horne saw it and immediately took it to her HEROES (Having Equity Resources and Opportunities Equal Success) student organization.
First Steps is a community-based parenting support and education program that is provided to families of newborns after the birth of their baby at the Habersham County Medical Center. First Steps volunteers offer emotional support, a gift packet of helpful information specifically selected for parents of newborns, and referrals to community resources.
Tasha’s idea was to have the club collect children’s books for the First Steps program gift packets. Club advisor Trudy Ayers contacted First Steps Coordinator Tari Ramos and the students were soon kicking off their drive.
Placing collection stations throughout the campus, more than 60 new and “gently loved” books were taken by a very appreciative Ms. Ramos on Wednesday, February 10. She will include them in her gift bags to new mothers in the maternity ward at Habersham County Medical Center.
“I have always wanted to include books in these packets for the new mothers, but I could only stretch the budget so far,” explained Ramos. “Reading is so important and we want new mothers to start reading from the get-go.”
“It was the best thing that we have done in this club so far,” said an excited Krystal Moss, President of the Clarkesville Campus HEROES. “We have a lot of plans for the future!”
The group plans to continue collecting books, taking advantage of the momentum that is building. “I have several books at home that I need to bring in,” said new club member Dana Sullens.
The HEROES club is an organization for non-traditional students. Non-traditional students are persons who meet one of the following criteria: must be 27 years of age or older, a single parent, a single pregnant woman, a displaced homemaker, or enrolled in a program in which they are of a minority gender. The purpose of the HEROES club is to develop leadership, teamwork, and technology skills of the members.
For more information on Prevent Child Abuse Habersham or First Steps, contact www.preventchildabusehabersham.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Stover Retires from NGTC
2/2/2010 - A reception for long-time Habersham County resident and HVAC Instructor for North Georgia Technical College David Stover was held at the NGTC Ramsey-Hunter Dining Hall on Wednesday, January 28, 2010.
Stover, who completed the Refrigeration course of study from what was then North Georgia Technical and Vocational School in 1970, worked in the heating and air industry for companies such as Fieldale Corporation and Coca Cola. He was hired by North Georgia Tech on February16, 1978.
Joined by fellow recent retirees, special guests, and North Georgia Technical College faculty and staff, Mr. Stover’s family was treated to an afternoon of fond memories beginning with a farewell video full of delightful and slightly irreverent stories from his colleagues at the school.
“I allowed Stover into the school twice,” noted past president Jim Marlowe as a teasing apology to current president Steve Dougherty. “I admitted him as a student in 1970, and then I hired him in 1978!”
Former HVAC Instructor Dan Rickman spoke proudly of his association with David which began as a teacher-pupil relationship and ended as co-teachers. “He never gave up; he was always striving to find the answer to whatever the problem was.”
“He has always supported students and that’s the most important thing,” said fellow HVAC Instructor Thomas Taylor. “What I learned from both Dan Rickman and David Stover is that hands-on training is why this program is so well respected.”
“For 26 years I have been loyal to your school because of the kinds of students you produce,” said program graduate and now advisor Mark McKee of Cunningham and Associates. “And just remember, ‘old refrigerator men don’t die, they just lose their charge!”
Brothers Larry and Jerry were also on hand for the celebration with their wives, making the trip up from Griffin and Washington. Stover’s son, Bryan, who lives in Loganville quipped, “My mother asked me to let everyone here know, he
may be able to teach it, but our heating and air hasn’t worked in four years!”
A strong proponent of continuing education for HVAC licensing, Stover was alsoStover was also involved in a wide variety of service organizations both within the school and within the community such as Skills USA competitions, Lions Club, United Way, Leadership Habersham, NGTC Alumni Association, Student Leadership and the international Refrigerator Service Engineer Society. He received numerous awards including Helen Davis Service, NGTC Career Achievement, Technical College System of Georgia’s prestigious Lighthouse and Rick Perkins awards.
David and his wife, Diane, live in Mt. Airy and have three children and two grandchildren. Daughter Shelley Rayner and her husband David also attended NGTC; they also live in Habersham with their children Bailey and Phillip. Daughter Carrie is currently attending NGTC in the Commercial Photography program.
“He was a great asset and he will be sorely missed,” said Steve Dougherty.