NGTC Receives Adult Literacy Grant
5/25/2010 - North Georgia Technical College Foundation has received $19,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for GED test fees. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Adult Literacy Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. NGTC has a well-established Adult Education program and is designated an official test center for administering the GED® test. When a student is ready to take the GED®, the cost is $95 for the complete battery of tests while individual tests are $19 each.
“Our application was for $19,000 in scholarship money, and we were awarded the full amount,” said a very pleased Cynthia Brown, Director of Institutional Advancement at NGTC. “It is so important for us to do everything we can to help those who are pursuing their education.” The scholarship will be distributed based on need and a minimum score of 2300 on the entire GED® Practice Test. Students must have been enrolled in 60 hours of class before being considered eligible for the GED® scholarship. Most Georgia residents who earn the GED® diploma automatically receive a $500 HOPE voucher which may be used to attend classes at any eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia.
Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. To learn more about Dollar General’s literacy initiatives and available grants, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
For more information on the Adult Education program at NGTC, please contact Barbara Melichar at 706-754-7781 or visit the website at wwww.northgatech.edu.
Students Cut Up to Clean Up
5/25/2010 - A fashion trend is sweeping the nation – sweeping up hair clippings to sop up oil in the Gulf coast.
At North Georgia Technical College, Cosmetology students and the Student Leadership Council (SLC) have joined forces to cut in on this nationwide venture. “We’re just getting started, so we’re being very careful to get our process down so we’re ready when it takes off,” said Campus Life Director Sherry Seal.
Hair is stuffed into pantyhose and used as buoys that sponge up the oil spreading across the Gulf waters.
One pound of hair can soak up to a quart of oil in an hour. “If there’s one thing we have plenty of, it is hair clippings!” said Cosmetology instructor Kim Kimbrell.
The SLC is also organizing to go out and coordinate with area salons in the community. “Our salons had looked into it up here in Blue Ridge, but they hadn’t gotten through to the right connections yet,” said Cosmetology instructor Jo Jo Grant. “We are more than happy to contribute to this new way to recycle.”
As plans progress, the SLC will also look into involving pet grooming businesses and having a special “free haircut for students” day. “As long as they’ll take our hair, we’ll send it to them,” said Seal.
For more information on the Cut Up to Clean Up campaign at NGTC, please contact Sherry Seal at 706-754-7730 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Hour or Two Can Add Up to A Huge Impact
5/18/2010 - “Even though you can only give an hour or two a week, it adds to the team effort that becomes a dramatic change,” said guest speaker Kimberlee Bryant, Regional Education Coordinator for the Technical College System of Georgia. On Thursday, May 20, North Georgia Technical College honored its precious and talented volunteers who work tirelessly with students pursuing adult literacy.
A long-time advocate and supporter of adult learning, keynote speaker Carol Head told the audience, “You should stand tall and keep a smile on your face because you have made a difference for a student, a family, and an employer.”
In the past year, the NGTC Adult Education program in the eight-county service area has served 1884 students and recorded over 126,000 hours of contact time. “This would not be possible without the generous contribution of time that our volunteers give to us,” said Dr. Barbara Melichar, Director of Adult Education.
Ernesto Morales Vincente, NGTC’s EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) Delegate to the state conference in February, gave a heartfelt thanks on behalf of his fellow students. “Because of what I have learned, now I can communicate and understand my neighbors.”
Volunteers from Habersham County include John and Nonglak Shiohira, Sarah and Sydney Heindel, Al and Dottie Parsons, Agnes Ramsey, Kay Beacham, Iris Mojica Arias, Mary Ann Ames, Johnny Bailey, and Jo Scobee.
Volunteers and advisory board members from Stephens County include Lawrence Wertan, Stephanie Broome, Nat Livingston, Lisa Prickett, and Jim Smith.
Volunteers and advisory board members from White County include Sharon Rummage, Gene Anderson, Pam Perlick, Billy Chism, Cindy King, Michelle Black, and Martha Heckel.
Advisory board members from Union County include Carol Head and Jennifer Mulkey.
Local Towns County resident Bobbie Lerdon is a volunteer is an advisory board member.
Local Rabun County resident Lucile Hopkins is a volunteer.
For more information on the Adult Education program at NGTC, please contact Barbara Melichar at 706-754-7781 or visit the website at www.northgatech.edu. A photo album of pictures of the event is posted on www.facebook.com/ngtcnews.
Stephens County Hospital Donates Airflow Hood to NGTC Pharmacy Tech Program
5/18/2010 - The Horizontal Laminar Airflow hood had passed its prime at Stephens County Hospital, but it is a gift for experience greatly appreciated by North Georgia Technical College Pharmacy Technology students.
“It helps so much to be able to work with this kind of equipment before we get into a job,” said student Terry Hubbard. “We tried before using a mock setup on a desktop, but it is nothing like working with a real piece of equipment.”
The hood is used for properly mixing sterile compounds or IVs. It is critical to keep any contaminating particles of any kind from getting into a patient’s bloodstream during procedures with IVs, syringes, and other implements. Working carefully within the confines of the hood, any airborne specks are gently wafted away from the medicine being mixed.
“Working under a hood requires a careful strategy for placing and using items without breaking the airflow between them,” explained instructor Christy Bivins. “We are so excited to be able to practice this here in a lab environment without the pressures of a fast-paced hospital setting.”
During the lab, the students faithfully follow all of the protocol for a clean room environment: scrubbing their hands before putting on gloves and using hair caps, booties, extra smocks and facemasks. “It takes a certain technique to work under the hood,” commented student James Ivester. “It does take a little practice!”
Stephens County Hospital Pharmacy Administrator Ed Gambrell and Director of Pharmacy Robin Hart arranged the donation with Bivins.
For more information on Stephens County Hospital, visit www.stephenscountyhospital.com. For information on the Pharmacy Technology program of study at NGTC, please contact Christy Bivins at email@example.com or visit the website at www.northgatech.edu.
Four Receive Martha Clarke Campbell Scholarship
5/12/2010 - The Martha Clarke Campbell Scholarship was founded in 2004 by Emmett and Martha Shotts in memory of Mrs. Shotts’s mother, Martha Clarke Campbell.
Mrs. Campbell was a 1929 graduate of the School of Nursing at Emory University and spent most of her life in nursing. She was a fiery redhead, a caring nurse, and a woman of independence. In her final years before she died, she was a resident of Habersham Terrace and Habersham Home, part of the Habersham County Medical Center. During that time, she was cared for by five compassionate Certified Nursing Assistants. Her daughter was appreciative of this care and wanted her mother to be remembered in a meaningful way. To show her appreciation to the caring nursing assistants who made Mrs. Campbell’s final years good ones, a scholarship fund was established with the North Georgia Technical College Foundation to provide financial aid to Certified Nursing Assistants and other students who want to continue their education in the Allied Health field.
This year four deserving students were awarded the scholarship which will be used to cover expenses such as tuition, books, professional board fees, licensing exams, and nursing pins. Three students are completing their Practical Nursing program: Brian Jones and April Stephens, both of Demorest, and Kelly Ledford of Gainesville. In the Clinical Lab Technology program, Jamie Davis of Mt. Airy received a scholarship.
The Martha Clarke Campbell Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis. Although preference is given to CNAs who have worked for at least a year in a nursing home or assisted living environment, any student pursuing an education in the allied health field may apply. All applicants must have performed all duties with a willing and compassionate attitude, have a legitimate financial need, and must maintain satisfactory progress in all of their classes.
The NGTC Foundation gratefully accepts contributions to all scholarships. Charitable tax deductible donations including cash, pledges, and planned gifts as well as items such as automobiles, boats, equipment, and real estate, provide resources for students to pursue the education needed for their chosen career.
For more information on Allied Health programs of study at NGTC, please contact 706-754-7700 or visit the website at www.northgatech.edu.
NGTC Alumni Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
5/12/2010 - The North Georgia Technical College Alumni Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon are scheduled for Sunday, June 13, in the Dining Hall Annex on the Clarkesville Campus. Both Alumni and friends of NGTC are invited to come and enjoy a delicious meal, renew friendships and celebrate the occasion with the award winners and their families. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are available for $7.50.
The annual meeting of the association will include the election of officers and an update on association activities. The highlight of the event will be the presentation of awards given annually by the association to outstanding alumni. The Hall of Fame Award is given to outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional life and made outstanding contributions in their communities. The Career Achievement Award recognizes nominees who are still working in their major field and have been recognized by their employers and/or peers for their successful careers and professionalism.
Please call 706-754-7714 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve tickets. The deadline to register is Monday, June 7.
Rotaract Plants Rain Garden
5/6/2010 - Last fall, the North Georgia Technical College Rotaract Club began a long and carefully planned learning experience to create a rain garden. Sponsored by the Habersham Rotary Club and with the help of the Soque River Watershed Partnership, the project is a part of the Clean Water Act 319 Grant.
From calculating the rain runoff from the roof of the school’s dormitory, to analyzing the soil, to preparing the garden bed, members of the Rotaract club have been assisted by Soque Watershed Coordinator and NGTC Instructor Duncan Hughes. In the last few weeks, the Environmental Horticulture students have also been involved under the guidance of instructor Craig Thurmond.
After several postponed dates due to inclement weather, the groups came together the first week of May to plant the native flora chosen for the garden. The area is now lush with Cinnamon Ferns, Blue Flag Irises, Mulhy Grass, St. John’s Wart, River Oats, Swamp Sunflowers, and Blue Star Asters. “Those are the common names, but when you see a horticulture student, they can tell you the botanical names,” said Hughes.
“We chose a variety of wetlands species for this garden,” said Thurmond as he gave instructions to the group assembled, cautioning them to work in shifts so as not to tire in the hot sun. The garden bed had actually been contoured to allow for what he termed “micro habitats for moisture” to make the best use of the rain runoff. The plants themselves will also add to the visual interest as they grow to various heights.
It didn’t take long for the entire garden to be planted – approximately forty-five minutes. This Rain Garden is designed to redirect rainwater to low depressions where it can be filtered and absorbed back into the earth.
For more information on creating rain gardens or a list of locally available resources, contact the Soque River Watershed Association at 706-754-9382 or e-mail email@example.com.
Students Connect Protecting Natural Resources
5/6/2010 - As part of the Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant, North Georgia Technical College, in conjunction with several organizations such as the Georgia Cooperative Extension, the Habersham County Farm Bureau, the City of Clarkesville, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, spent a beautiful day in Pitts Park showing students from the North Habersham 6th Grade Academy techniques for assessing natural resources.
Several of NGTC's Environmental Technology students were on hand to show the sixth graders the importance of evaluating aquatic life in the river, identifying trees, and checking water quality. Using special equipment, two of the college students scanned the river with electrodes while a third gathered the fish for examination. At another station, Instructor Kevin Peyton guided the children through the process of collecting and identifying “benthic macro invertebrates” (bottom-dwelling bugs) to see if the river was healthy enough to support a variety of species.
Under the shady canopy of a picnic pavilion, three NGTC students passed test tubes to each in their group so they could perform tests on salinity, pH balance, and oxygen levels. “The river was muddy and stressed because of the recent rain, but that helped us explain why these tests are so important,” noted Peyton.
Other demonstrations such as tree identification, agriculture awareness, and fly-fishing were staged throughout the park giving the kids a chance to participate with hands-on activities as they learned about the environment. Over 250 students, broken into groups of 15-20, made their way through 11 stations, each manned with representatives from the various organizations.
“This is the second year we’ve been able to do this,” said Duncan Hughes of the Soque River Watershed Partnership. “It is so important to give these kids a chance to really get involved – to touch and feel the bugs and see the water tests because that really is the best way that they learn.
“This was a great opportunity not only for the North Hab students, but especially for the North Georgia Tech students,” noted Peyton. “One of the best ways to become an expert is by teaching others.
Watershed Association, the City of Clarkesville and others, students learned about counting marine life in the river, identifying trees, and checking water quality.Watershed Association, the City of Clarkesville and others, students learned about counting marine life in the river, identifying trees, and checking water quality.
Comments from the sixth graders were unanimous: “That’s cool!” could be heard regularly by any passerby.
For more information on activities related to the 319 Grant, contact Duncan Hughes at 706-754-7872. For more information on the Environmental Technology program at NGTC, contact Kevin Peyton at 706-754-7873.