Learn What’s Up With Ketchup!
“If you want to get kids interested in cooking, start with
something they know and love,” said Chris Bladowski.
“Ketchup is a great demo because they all love it and it doesn’t
Chris Bladowski, Culinary Arts Instructor at North Georgia
Technical College, volunteered his Friday morning at the
Stephens County Headstart program showing Ms. Evelyn Moore’s
four-year-old class how easy it is to make a delicious snack –
pigs in a blanket with fresh ketchup.
Divided into two groups, the first team helped to wrap the
little hot dogs and set them on a pan while the second team
watched the ketchup take shape.
As the simple ingredients were added one by one, Chef Bladowski
explained why taste is important. “How does ketchup taste?
Is it sweet or sour?” he asked. And since it is both,
everyone had the right answer! Each child also had a
chance to smell the items before they were added: tomato
paste, sugar, corn syrup, vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder,
and even allspice.
“I liked it!” was the enthusiastic response from the children as
they sampled both finished products. Whether they dipped
the piggies in the sauce, or just ate it right off the spoon,
there was plenty to go around.
As a Headstart volunteer, part of Chef Bladowski’s average
salary is matched by federal funds and given back to the
Stephens County program. For more information on the
Stephens County Headstart program, contact Sandra Calvin at
Delights English Students at Technical College
“Did I dream it? I cannot thank you enough. Your
wonderful students, so alive, so headed, no matter their age
just now, for an exciting future,” wrote Mildred Greear after
her recent visit to North Georgia Technical College’s English
Ms. Greear, a nationally recognized poet who resides in Helen,
was a delight to the students in the evening class last week.
“I think she has inspired many with her poetry and magical
words, and last night was certainly no different,” said NGTC
English Instructor Allyson Smith. “Several students came
up to me after her appearance and explained that they enjoyed
her visit and were encouraged by her wisdom.”
Greer’s impressive bio notes that she was the first author to
twice receive the Charles B. Dickson chapbook award from the
Georgia State Poetry Society. She is the author of Lullaby for
Mary, Moving Gone Dancing, A Species of Ruin, and At the Edge.
Thankful for lessons learned from the exigencies of a
Depression-era childhood, Greear is fierce in her love of
family, the earth, and its diverse peoples. "I learned early how
to make a decent biscuit, and from a neighbor that if you have
only one egg and five children to feed, you scramble it into
gravy. In short, nothing is so small that it cannot be shared,
and there are always enough words for poems."
“I greatly enjoyed listening to Mrs. Greear speak, she is a very
inspiring woman, and greatly reminded me of my grandmother who
is also a poet,” said Benjamin Cusato, NGTC English 1102
“I would like to let Ms. Greear know that her visit and time
spent with us was a dream come true,” said Smith. “Indeed,
we are luckier than we know by having an experience with such a
Mildred Greear is a poet and song writer (lyrics and music). She
has a deep attachment for the remaining Appalachian ethos of her
adopted home in White County, Georgia, and along with her family
members is an environmental activist.
For more information on North Georgia Technical College’s
programs of study, contact 706-754-7700 or visit
Sheds Light on Photography Techniques
To an audience of over eighty professional photographers and
students, Stanley Leary gave an interactive demonstration on
mixing portable flashes with studio lighting on location and
producing multimedia for corporate America.
Stanley Leary is a freelance photographer based in Atlanta,
Georgia. His international assignments have taken him to
Burkina, Faso, France, Ghana, Haiti, Mexico and
Ontario. Stanley’s extensive US assignments cover most states
including Hawaii. His work has appeared in magazines around the
Prior to freelancing Stanley worked as a staff photographer for
The Hickory Daily Record in Hickory, North Carolina, and for The
Commission magazine in Richmond, Virginia. He was a staff
photographer for Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta for
Stanley loves to share his expertise and teaches widely. He has
taught photography and the business of photography at such
diverse places as University of The Nations in Hawaii; Grady
College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of
Georgia; Reinhardt College; Berry College: Portfolio Center in
Atlanta, and Dallas Baptist University. He has been a guest
lecturer at World Journalism Institute and the Southwestern
Photojournalist Conference in Fort Worth, Art Institute of
Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the ASMP (American Society of
Media Photographers), and the Southeastern Photographic Society.
Mr. Leary received an M. A. in Communications from Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary and a B. S. in Social Work from
East Carolina University. He is married to Dorie Griggs
and they have three children. For more information and samples
of his work, visit Stanley’s website at www.StanleyLeary.com.
On Monday, December 13, 2010, Gary Chapman will be on campus to
discuss the lucrative industry of stock photography. For more
information on this presentation, contact Jeff Gulle at
Jonathan Kilgore of Lawrenceville and Caleb Clark of Aragon both
received the Kyle Glenn Holcombe Memorial Scholarship for the
Electrical Lineworker’s Apprentice program on the Clarkesville
Campus of North Georgia Technical College.
Established in memory of Kyle Glenn Holcombe, the scholarship
was made possible through a major gift to the NGTC Foundation by
Georgia Transmission and Aubrey Silvey Enterprises. Students
enrolled in NGTC’s Electrical Lineworker Program have the
opportunity to apply for the annual scholarship which is awarded
in the Fall.
The purpose of the Electrical Lineworker program is to provide
the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to gain
employment as an apprentice with electrical utility companies,
both public and private. Topics include lineworker organization
principles, lineworker workplace skills, lineworker automation
skills, and lineworker occupational skills.
For additional information about the Kyle Glenn Holcombe
Memorial Scholarship or NGTC’s Electrical Lineworker Program,
contact Hoyt Winkler at 706-754-7836 or
Earth Scholarship Planted
The Down to Earth Garden Club has donated
$1,000 to the North Georgia Technical College Foundation to
establish the Down to Earth Garden Club Scholarship.
Stephens County residents enrolled in the NGTC Horticulture
Program are eligible to apply for the scholarship and funds will
be awarded based on financial need and recommendation from the
instructors. The deadline to apply for Winter Quarter
funding is November 23rd. For more information, contact
Cynthia Brown at the Foundation Office: 706-754-7714 or
Service Awards Given to NGTC Employees
The Faithful Service Award symbolizes the
dedication and hard work that employees have performed for the
institution. Recently, eleven North Georgia
Technical College employees were recognized for their years of
Marcia Peyton of Mt. Airy received a certificate and pin for 20
years of service. Ms. Peyton is the Human Resources
Coordinator on the Clarkesville Campus.
In recognition for 15 years of service, certificates were
awarded to Director of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Gail
Taylor of Demorest and Adult Ed Instructor Shelby Ward of
With 10 years of service, Computer Information Systems
Instructor Paul Long of Clayton, Library Assistant Gwendolyn
Brown of Clarkesville, Allied Health Instructor Holly Free of
Clarkesville, and College Receptionist Mary Lou Ivester of
Clarkesville received certificates of recognition.
Receiving recognition for 5 years of service were Food Service
Employee Tamie Stephenson of Cornelia, Economic Development
Assistant Randall Fry of Clarkesville, Culinary Arts Instructor
Alex Bladowski of Toccoa, and Public Relations Director Sandra
Maughon of Cleveland.
“North Georgia Tech depends on the high caliber of
professionalism and work ethic exemplified by our employees,”
said President Steve Dougherty. “We appreciate the hard
work these folks have given over the years.”
For more information on North Georgia Technical College’s
programs of study or professional organization affiliations,
contact 706-754-7700 or visit
Security Administrators Meet in Clarkesville
Information Security Administrators from
all of Georgia’s Technical Colleges converged at the Clegg
Auditorium of North Georgia Technical College for three days of
work and collaboration on technology policies and issues.
Including representatives from the Technical College System of
Georgia (TCSG) central office, attendance was close to 50, many
of whom stayed at the Tallulah Falls.
“With the rapid advances in technology and the exploding growth
at every one of the technical colleges, this annual seminar is a
time when we can get together and share ideas and work through
some policies and procedures,” said Geoff Catron, Director of
Networks and Information Security at TCSG. “For example,
we took a recent incident that happened and walked through it
step by step to ensure that our guidelines are effective when
The session also allows for demonstrations of different security
software products or network configurations. NGTC Network
Administrator Buddy Raper also took the group on a walking
technology tour of the campus which included the server hub room
and variously configured video conferencing classrooms.
This year also featured a special guest who was familiar to many
in the room. Sean Pruitt, former East Central Technical
College IT Specialist, completed his training for the FBI and
now works in the Cyber Crimes Task Force. Going far beyond
the typical CSI TV-series fare, Agent Pruitt demonstrated a
variety of tools and techniques for deterring attacks on cyber
security. “Even with technology, there are few dead ends,”
he assured the group, concerned about Wi-Fi vulnerability and
“With the synergy of getting all of these like-minded people
together in one place, we make great connections and
relationships that help us iron out problems as they crop up
during the year,” said Raper.
The administrators meet twice a year with the fall session
typically held in the north end of the state. This is the
fourth time the meeting has been held at a NGTC campus.
Catron was complimentary of the technical facilities and the
hospitality, “The facilities and food services are great here –
they always make us feel very welcome at NGTC!”
For more information on the programs of study at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700, or visit
Hands-on training at North Georgia
Technical College is not limited to the technical programs such
as Horticulture and Automotive Technology. This December, the
English students on the Blairsville Campus are teaming up with
their counterparts in Culinary Arts and Cosmetology to pilot a
murder mystery dinner theatre for NGTC students and employees.
Dorothy Hansen’s English students, who are now beginning their
study of drama, selected an interactive play entitled “Nipped in
the Bud” that can be presented in a dinner theatre setting.
Enthusiasm grew and the Culinary students were soon involved in
planning the menu for the evening. Soon after that, the
Cosmetology students were approached for hair and make-up
assistance for the presentation.
Hearing that NGTC students would be performing their own murder
mystery dinner theatre, Agatha’s Dinner Theatre graciously
invited the NGTC students to attend a dress rehearsal of its
upcoming play and learn some acting “tricks of the trade” and
some culinary tips for incorporating food seamlessly into the
On November 3, a group of English and culinary students attended
a dress rehearsal of The Stench Who Stank-Up Christmas at
Agatha’s Dinner Theatre in Atlanta. Following the performance,
students were encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback.
The students enjoyed the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes
look at the production.
Instructor Dorothy Hansen said, “Watching and learning from the
Agatha’s Dinner Theatre players was a real honor, and the
experience will help these students immensely with their own
performances and with their knowledge of live theatre and the
performing arts. We are especially grateful to Agatha’s for
giving us this exceptional opportunity.”
Agatha’s has been Atlanta’s original comedy, murder mystery
dinner theatre since 1988, and the current production of The
Stench Who Stank-Up Christmas, written by Gary Anthony Williams,
runs November 4th through January 12th, 2011. To make inquiries
or purchase tickets, call 404-584-2255. For more
information on programs of study at North Georgia Technical
College, contact 706-754-7700 or visit
Regulatory Commission Grant Scholarships Still Available at NGTC
Last year North Georgia Technical College
was awarded $119,000 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Nuclear Education Program Grant for scholarships. This funding
is being used to provide additional instruction, equipment, and
scholarships for up to 30 qualified welders interested in
training for employment in the nuclear field.
The nuclear welding scholarships are designed to cover the cost
of tuition, fees, required gear, and even on-campus housing and
foodservices for welders that qualify for the program.
Scholarship recipients will be required to serve six months in
“For someone with welding experience who is ready to go up a
notch on skill level, this is a great opportunity,” said NGTC
Welding and Joining Technology Instructor Ronnie Ayers. “These
scholarship funds can be applied to our on-campus housing, which
opens the doors for those professionals who are often on the
road at job sites.”
The Pipe Welder Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) at NGTC
offers nuclear industry-specific curriculum, quality
instruction, and skill-based assessment. Content in this
curriculum will be based on competencies necessary to pass the
welding test required for employment within the nuclear
Applications are now being taken at the college through December
1, 2010, for prospective Winter Quarter students. The program
will be based on the Clarkesville campus, and welders interested
in knowing more about the program may call 706-754-7700 or visit
Students Get Motivated!
Get Motivated! seminar came to the Georgia Dome last week and a
group of North Georgia Technical College Rotaract students and
their advisors took advantage of the $1.99 deal.
“It was a great opportunity for our students, and you couldn’t
beat the price,” said Rotaract Advisor Ruth King. “It was a long
drive, and a long day, but we were all very excited when we
The all-day event is held 25 to 30 times a year across the
country and is known for its publicity campaigns on billboards
and in full-page newspaper ads, promising life-changing lessons
for fewer than two bucks per person, or just under $10 for an
entire office. The event was full of big names including Zig
Ziglar, Bill Cosby, Rudy Giuliani, General Stanley McChrystal,
and Goldie Hawn.
“I’ve had many great experiences as a student here at the
school,” said Joseph Roberts who served as Rotaract President
last year. “You have to open yourself up to opportunities and
take advantage of them when they happen if you want to be
successful in life.”
Rotaract, the student version of Rotary, has had many
progressive projects at the College including the recent design
and installation of the Rain Garden next to the dormitory.
“We’re thinking about a solar panel project next,” said King.
“We just couldn’t stop talking the whole way home after the Get
Motivated! session. It’s going to be a very exciting year.
For more information on programs of study at North Georgia
Technical College, contact 706-754-7700 or visit
Annual GED® Awards Luncheon Recognizes Achievements of State’s
Atlanta – Some of Georgia’s best,
brightest - and even the oldest - GED diploma recipients, as
well as the educators and staff who helped them to achieve their
goals, were honored today during Georgia’s annual GED Awards
The event, sponsored by the Technical College System of
Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, was held during the Georgia
Adult Education Fall Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Atlanta. Almost 700 conference attendees gathered to
celebrate of the exceptional achievement of the GED recipients
and honor the outstanding service provided by the staff of the
local GED testing centers.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson told the crowd that everyone who
obtains their GED diploma, including the 19,696 Georgians who
received their GED credentials last year, is a success story who
has earned respect and admiration for their achievement.
“Each adult learner has his or her own unique story to tell of
the decisions that they made that interfered with their
education and then how they overcame life’s roadblocks to work
toward and eventually obtain their GED diploma,” said Jackson.
“We both admire and thank our GED graduates for their courage
and perseverance. They are outstanding role models for the
million-plus adults in Georgia who never graduated from high
school and still need to make the right decision and earn their
There are more than 1.1 million Georgians over the age of 25 who
are without their high school or GED diploma. They face
considerable odds against achieving success, including earning
almost $9,000 less annually than a person with a high school
diploma. Statistics also show that their chances of going to
prison are higher, and their self-esteem is lower. Achieving a
GED diploma, on the other hand, opens doors of opportunity,
including entry into higher education and greatly improved
prospects of a better job.
Ernesto Morales Vicente of Cornelia was North Georgia Technical
College’s 2010 Eagle Delegate. The winner for the 2011 award
will be named on November 23, 2010.
For more information on programs of study at North Georgia
Technical College, contact 706-754-7700 or visit
Students Get “a
little more extra” at NGTC
In the second of the newly launched
series of “a little extra” exposure, students at North Georgia
Technical College’s Currahee Campus were treated to a
presentation by two local Chamber authorities.
Wendi Bailey of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce
and Aida Reynolds of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
spent nearly an hour describing the history of the organizations
and the impact they have on the community.
“We want to show our students the many different aspects of
their community,” said Campus Director Greg Roach. He
noted that the attendees responded immediately to the
opportunities for involvement. “When the question came up about
combating litter and urban blight, students were invited to
become involved in the committee that meets monthly just for
that very mission.”
NGTC has forged strong relationships with all of the Chamber
organizations in their eight-county service area.
Recently, Ms. Bailey connected with Business Office Technology
(BOT) Department Chair Carol Cullifer to arrange for student
interns at the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber. Kaitlin Ayers,
who had interned at the Chamber during the summer, was
immediately recognized by Bailey as she praised the skills and
work ethics of the student interns that have been at the
Working with the Student Leadership Club, the HEROES (Having
Equity Resources and Opportunities Equal Success), and PBL (Phi
Beta Lambda) student organizations, Roach plans to bring in a
special guest each quarter to an open question and answer forum
designed to give students, faculty, and staff access to
involvement in their local community.
For more information on the programs of study at NGTC, visit
Benefits From NGTC Faculty Involvement
At the Fairview Elementary
School’s Garden Dedication, several members of North Georgia
Technical College’s faculty were thanked profusely for their
contributions to the creation of the outdoor classroom.
The Fairview Garden has been sponsored by grants as well as many
man hours of love and labor from the Lowe’s Hometown Heroes
Project. Fairview’s Garden has also been blessed to be a
demonstration project for the Soque River Watershed Association.
NGTC was also instrumental in creating the cistern system for
collecting rainwater for continuously sustainable irrigation.
Fairview Elementary student clubs such as the “Green Team” were
created as an environmental group that partners will local
business to recycle, conserve resources, and learn about
boosting our local economy.
“This was a great project for the community and school system,”
noted NGTC Instructor and Soque River Watershed Coordinator
Duncan Hughes. “It would not have been possible without
the help and support of several programs at NGTC.”
For example, Bruce Lane and his students in the Commercial Truck
Driving program picked up the 1100 gallon cistern from Atlanta
as part of their on the road training (thus saving a lot of
money on shipping and delivery).
Under the guidance of Welding instructors Ronnie Ayers and Jason
Smith, several welding students designed and assembled an
impressive stand for the cistern. In addition, Ayers
coordinated with the Patterson Pump company for materials
contributions. The stand allows for a gravity feed to the
garden area (for irrigation) as well as providing a safe and
structurally sound platform for more than 9,000 pounds of water.
Landscaping instructor Craig Thurmond helped with
recommendations for the garden area to promote infiltration and
Hughes and Turf and Golf Course Management Instructor Josh
Jackson together designed the waterflow system from the school’s
roof into the cistern. Jackson also organized a Blue Bison
Outdoor Crew to install the garden and the beautifully bricked
courtyard for class meetings.
“I think it is a really impressive display of teamwork,
cooperation, and willingness to go beyond “normal” duties,”
noted Duncan. “It was also a chance for our college
students to be involved in practical applications of their
“Our school is becoming inextricably linked with local efforts
for raising water conservation awareness in this area,” noted
NGTC President Steve Dougherty. “And that’s a good thing. We are very proud of the contributions by our students and
faculty to their communities.”
Big Bridge Party
Contributes Big Bucks to Scholarships
Although the weather outside was
dreary on Tuesday, October 26, the atmosphere inside the
conference center of North Georgia Technical College’s Currahee
Campus was delightful as the NGTC Foundation kicked off their
eighth Annual Big Bridge Benefit.
Beginning with a light lunch of gourmet salad with grilled
chicken and a succulent pumpkin pie for dessert, over 80 players
from across the region gathered together for an afternoon of fun
- and serious - card playing.
The players were divided into two groups: Duplicate and Social.
Duplicate Winners were as follows: First Place - Keith
Mahler and Gary Isbell both of Sautee; Second Place - Carolyn
Brewer of Clayton and Ted Maznicki of Mt. Airy; Third Place -
Joyce Sanders of Sautee and Reeva Munday of Cleveland; Fourth
Place - Lecia Cleaveland of Tiger and Mary Ann Williams of Otto,
When announcing the winners in the Social category, organizer
Marvin Scobee said, “For the first time ever our winner has to
be disqualified – because she’s my wife!” The Social
Winners were as follows: First Place - Beverly Benfield of
Martin; Second Place - Joanne Sosebee of Toccoa; Third Place -
Marilyn Callahan of Clayton; and Fourth Place - Lou Ragsdale of
“Last year, because of the generosity of you and others who
contribute to the Foundation, 100 students received a
scholarship which made the difference that made it possible for
them to pursue their dreams of a college education,” said
Director of Institutional Advancement Cynthia Brown. This
year over $1500 was raised which will go directly to
scholarships for students at NGTC.
The NGTC Foundation was created in 2000 to enhance educational
opportunities at NGTC. The Foundation continues to receive
requests for scholarships during a time of record enrollment on
its three campuses. For those interested in making it
possible for students to achieve the dream of a life-changing
education, the Foundation accepts charitable tax deductible
donations including gifts, pledges, and planned gifts as well as
items such as automobiles, boats, equipment, and real estate.
For additional information, please on the NGTC Foundation,
contact Cynthia Brown at 706-754-7714 or email at