National SkillsUSA Competition Next Stop for 4 NGTC
NGTC Celebrates Dreams Realized
Professionals Learn Portraiture
Techniques at NGTC
Horticulture and Turf Management Students Dig Deep and
Place High in National Competition
Shane Brown Named Top Dog
Photography Students Ready to Capture the World
Brian Jones Honored by Georgia General
Kallan Williams “Recruited” to NGTC
Alumni Award Nominations Sought
NGTC Faculty, Staff Looking for Alternatives to HOPE
Students Serve Dinner for Gala at Druid Hills Country Club
Graduate Fulfilling Her Dream
Members Connect With Tuskegee Airmen History
Competition Next Stop for 4 NGTC Students
Students in a variety of study programs at North Georgia
Technical College made a strong showing at the recent Georgia
State SkillsUSA competition held in March. This year, 21
students from 9 programs at the college competed and 11 medals
were won, and the NGTC’s Marine Engine students swept their
Students in CNC Milling, CNC Turning, Industrial Motor Control
and Marine Engine Technology will advance to National
competition to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, June 21-26,
“It’s great to see our students competing and demonstrating what
they have learned in the classroom and labs,” said Vice
President of Student Affairs Dr. Mike King. “We are proud
of them and the way they represented North Georgia Technical
Working against the clock and each other, the participants
proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as
electronics, marine mechanics, precision machining, welding, and
The contests are planned by technical committees made up of
representatives of labor and management in the industries and
are designed to test the skills needed for a successful
entry-level performance in given occupational fields.
Safety practices and procedures – an area of great concern to
labor and management alike – are judged and graded and
constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.
Taking first place in their events and receiving eligibility to
travel to the National Competition are Donna Owenby of Mansfield
in Marine Service Technology, Dustin Sutton of Cleveland in
Industrial Motor Control, Jeremy Scalf of Toccoa in CNC Milling,
and Sean Parker of Royston in CNC Turning, This is Parker’s
second year placing at the state competition, and his first
advance to the national level.
Second place winners included Ken Black of Toccoa in Marine
Service Technology, James Gibby of Blairsville in Motorcycle
Service Technology, and Aaron Martin of Toccoa in Precision
Students who received a third-place medal included Erica Young
of Toccoa in Commercial Baking, Justin Holt of Clayton in Marine
Service Technology, Nicholas Karcich of Jefferson in Motorcycle
Service Technology, and Richard Hayes of Cleveland in
“I know the students worked hard in preparation and the faculty
worked hard as well in preparing them,” said Vice President of
Academic Affairs Rex Bishop. “These competitions validate
the outstanding performance levels of the skills taught here. It
is a great education at a bargain price.”
SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student
organization with chapters at high schools and colleges across
For more information on the programs of study at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700 or visit the website at
NGTC Celebrates Dreams Realized
Students achieving a Technical Certificate of Credit at North
Georgia Technical College shared a moment of pride with family
and friends as they celebrated the realization of their
education goals. Each campus hosted an intimate occasion
for students completing a certificate in Fall 2010 and Winter
“We are proud of the accomplishments of these students,” said
President Steve Dougherty. He went on to note that for
every student present at the ceremony there was an average of
five family members and friends standing behind them – what Mr.
Dougherty termed the hidden NGTC support team. “We greatly
appreciate the sacrifices our students make to pursue their
education, and we know that their support team makes their
Family and friends were invited for refreshments after the award
event. Each student received a special gift and will
receive their official certificates in the mail after all
reporting data has been verified.
For more information on programs of study NGTC, please contact
706-754-7700 or visit the website at
For pictures of each graduation exercise, please visit
Portraiture Techniques at NGTC
Professional photographers, as well as aspiring North Georgia
Technical College Commercial Photography students, gathered in
the Clarkesville Campus portrait studio on Monday, March 14,
2011, to learn lighting, staging, and filtering techniques for
Guest speaker Kevin Jiminez has been photographing weddings and
portraits in the Augusta area since 1990. Kevin’s goal is to
provide artistic portraits that are of the highest technical
merit. “My greatest photographic inspiration is seeing an
image that I have created that, more than just capturing a
likeness, brings out something more soulful or telling in my
subject,” says Jiminez on his website bio.
In the time that Kevin has been photographing, he has earned
many awards and accolades at the state, regional, and national
level, including many first place awards and awards from Fuji
and Kodak. Kevin has earned the titles of Certified
Professional Photographer, Master Photographer, and Photographic
He is also currently the editor of Focus magazine, produced by
the Georgia Professional Photographers Association.
“He is an incredible photographer,” said NGTC Photography
instructor Jeff Gulle. “His discussions on posing will be
helpful to any photographer, whether experienced or new to the
Also, on that same day Berrie Smith from Berrie Smith Camera
Service was on hand to do clean and checks of all cameras (that
includes sensor cleaning) for a nominal fee. The servicing was
performed while the attendees were in class and during the
breaks, Mr. Smith answered questions on equipment issues.
For more information Kevin Jiminez or to see samples of his
work, visit Kevin’s website at
For more information on upcoming GPPA seminars open to the
public, contact Jeff Gulle at 706-754-7883,
Horticulture and Turf
Management Students Dig Deep and Place High in National
Many of the country’s best and brightest green industry students
gathered together to put their skills to the test in Joliet,
Illinois, March 17-20, 2011, for the PLANET’s 35th Annual
Student Career Days. North Georgia Technical College
participated for the second consecutive year, sending 18 high
performing students for the three-day event, and boasting
several high-placed awards.
NGTC students garnered three second place slots and several more
in the top ten. Angie Deputy placed second out of 79
entries in the Turf and Weed Identification contest and fifth
out of 96 in Woody Plant ID. Michael Mays placed second
out of 35 in the Irrigation Design; he also placed 11th in the
Personnel Management category with teammate Jeff Losee.
Joe Podany placed second out of 31 entries in the Irrigation
Also ranking in the top ten were Kent Cantrell who placed 9th
out of 48 in the Compact Excavator Operation competition,
Johnathan Merck who placed 9th out of 58 in Skid Steer
Operation, and Tim Payne who placed 9th out of 38 in
And even before they boarded the plane, they had already claimed
victory as student Danny Moe had won the competition for
creating this year’s PLANET competition logo. His logo was
placed on all of the shirts given to each person participating
in the PLANET competition.
The NGTC team competed against 807 students and 60 schools from
both two year and four year colleges and major Universities like
BYU, Chattahoochee Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, Auburn, North
Carolina State, The University of Georgia, Michigan State,
Clemson and Mississippi State just to name a few.
“We truly believe that each student that attended not only
learned something about the ‘green’ industry and job
opportunities, but they also learned something about themselves
and the quality of education that they are receiving here at
NGTC,” said NGTC instructor Craig Thurmond.
From Habersham County, three students will be travelling to the
PLANET competition. Environmental Horticulture AAS student
Hilary Adams of Turnerville placed 14th in Woody Ornamental
Plant Identification 25th in Annual and Perennial
Identification, and 29th in 3-D Design. Turf and Golf
Course Management AAS student Kent Cantrell of Mt. Airy placed
9th in Compact Excavator Operation, and 34th in Landscape Plant
Installation. Environmental Horticulture Diploma student
Jon Merck of Clarkesville placed 9th in Skid Steer Operation.
From Hall County, three students will be travelling to the
PLANET competition. Turf & Golf Course Management AAS
student Jeff Losee of Gainesville placed 11th with the Personnel
Management team and 12th in Turf & Weed Identification.
Environmental Horticulture AAS student William Royal placed 28th
in Leadership Skills. Turf and Golf Course Management AAS
student Carson Turner of Flowery Branch placed 14th with the
Irrigation Assembly team.
From Hartwell, Ryan Harper, who is pursuing a Turf and Golf
Course Management diploma, placed and 22nd with the Wood
Construction team, and 40th in Paver/Hardscape Installation.
Environmental Horticulture diploma student Judy Hilliard of
Dahlonega travelled to the PLANET competition and placed 35th in
the Sales Presentation event.
Two students from Rabun County will be travelling to the PLANET
competition. Environmental Horticulture diploma student
Whitney Loges of Lakemont placed 38th in Exterior Landscape
Design. Turf and Golf Course Management diploma student
Justin Skelton of Lakemont placed 22nd with the Wood
Environmental Horticulture diploma student Tim Payne of
Blairsville will travel to the PLANET competition and
participated in three events placing 9th in Tractor Loader
Backhoe Operation, 34th with the Landscape Plant Installation
team, and 41st with the Truck and Trailer Operation team.
Three students from White County, all studying Turf and Golf
Course Management, will be traveled to the PLANET competition.
Michael Mays of Sautee Nacoochee placed 2nd in Irrigation
Design, 11th with the Personnel Management team, and 14th in
Irrigation Assembly. Mays ranked 116 overall out of more
than 800 competitors. Travis Partin of Cleveland placed
41st with the Truck & Trailer Operation team. Joe Podany
of Cleveland placed 2nd in Irrigation Troubleshooting.
Angie Deputy of Pembrook is in the Turf & Golf AAS program.
This was her second year competing at PLANET. This year
she placed 5th in that same category. She also placed 2nd
in Turf and Weed Identification and 13th in Annual and Perennial
Plant Identification. Last year, Angie placed 3rd in the
Woody Plant Identification; she was the highest placing NGTC
Dinah Harrison of Appling is an Environmental Horticulture
Diploma student. She placed 34th with the Landscape Plant
Installation team and 63rd in Business Management.
“NGTC students in the Turf and Golf Course Management program
and Horticulture program were given a wonderful opportunity to
compare their skills and knowledge against other quality
colleges across the country,” said Turf and Golf Course
Management instructor Josh Jackson. “Our goal was to build
on last year’s event and increase the student’s confidence
“The students not only competed but spent time in workshops and
attended a career fair. Further, several students were
sought out by recruiters because of their performance,” said
Vice President of Academic Affairs Rex Bishop. “The students did
an outstanding job representing the college, and we look forward
to them putting together a full team for next year and competing
in all of the competitive events.”
Student Career Days is an annual three-day competitive event
among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges
and universities across the country and internationally. The
2011 event is sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network,
For more information on North Georgia Technical College’s
programs of study or professional organization affiliations,
contact 706-754-7700 or visit
Shane Brown is the CDL Top Dog for Spring.
Shane Brown Named Top
Graduates of North Georgia Technical College’s Commercial Truck
Driving program were honored with a family-style cookout in the
middle of March. The twelve students who completed the
ten-week tour of study all have had job offers to begin their
“Like all of our classes, this one has shown their commitment to
safety as well as their dedication to learning how to be the
most professional drivers they can be,” said Instructor Bruce
Lane. “We are all very proud of what these students have
accomplished this term.”
During the celebration, the CTD instructors conferred a special
award in recognition of extraordinary effort. Shane Brown
of Rabun Gap received the Top Dog award for superior service,
attitude, and academic achievement.
Ready to Capture the World
A crowd of supporters filled the North Georgia Technical College
Portrait Studio on the Clarkesville Campus on Tuesday, March 15,
2011, for the Spring Graduate Photography show.
Fifteen students proudly displayed an array of photographic
masterpieces ranging from portfolios of portraits to
artistically created surreal impressions to pamphlets showcasing
graphic design talents. “This is the largest number of
students we’ve had to participate in a show,” noted Instructor
Jeff Gulle. “The depth and range of their achievements is
“Every quarter we find new ways to push the limits of what our
students expect from themselves,” said Instructor Jim Loring.
With field trips that ranged from visits to Stone Mountain and
local waterfalls to an opportunity to participate in a fashion
shoot with a supermodel, students are given many opportunities
to stretch their talents and techniques.
Conversations during the reception were replete with comments
about future positions and professional opportunities already
secured by the graduates.
Abel Yepez of Rabun County is the son of Justino and Lilia.
He first completed a program in Criminal Justice at the college,
and then decided to acquire an Associate Degree in Commercial
Photography. He would like to work with other
photographers and eventually open his own business with his
sister and fellow photographer Maria.
Ally Mauro of Clarkesville used to be a journalist for papers in
New York and South Carolina. One day her photographer
didn't show for a concert, so she took the pictures - she gave
up writing at that moment to follow her passion. She plans
to pursue a photojournalism career focusing on international
Jon Bryson has been staying with his grandparents, Pad and Bud
Bryson, in Demorest while he has worked on his diploma.
This summer he plans to transfer to Savannah College of Art and
Design and pursue a 4-year photography degree.
Kenslie Krippner from Clarkesville is completing her diploma and
will start on the last requirements for her Associate Degree.
Her long term goal is to move to Nashville and be a music
Whitnie Hill of Mt. Airy is the daughter of Beckie and Jim Hill.
She will complete her Associate Degree in June. She plans
to be a freelance photographer focusing on animal portraiture.
Audrey Martin is from Woodstock and is the daughter of of Mandy
and Marty Martin. She is completing her Associate Degree
in next two terms. She is currently interning with Tessa
Swarthout in Atlanta.
Brandy Smith of Carnesville is the daughter of Lori and Ervin
Smith. She is completing her diploma and has been
interning with Lasting Impressions in Clarkesville. Her
long term goal is to own her own business.
Darcia Hulsey of Toccoa is the daughter of Billy and Pauletta
Hulsey. She is completing her diploma and her long term
goal is to start her own business. She originally heard
about the program from her High School counselor who recognized
her passion for photography.
Megan Cape is from Toccoa and after completing her diploma will
continue to finish the Associate Degree requirements this fall.
In the future, she would like to work for a newspaper as a
Jessie Gordon is from Commerce where she lives with her husband,
Will, and son Grason. She is currently finishing her
diploma and is working on building a wedding portrait business.
She had friends who came to the program, then after talking with
instructors Jim Loring and Jeff Gulle, she knew this was where
she wanted to study.
Katie Carson is a student from Watkinsville. She is
completing her diploma and has been interning with the
Greensboro Herald Journal not only taking pictures but writing a
few articles as well. Her current plans are to stay at the
Kimberly Combs lives in Marietta with her husband and two
children. She has been commuting between Marietta and the
college for the last two years. She was a 2010 GOAL
Finalist. When she completes her degree, her goal is to
own her own photography studio in Atlanta.
Lori Nichols is from Young Harris and is the daughter of Bobby
and Judy Nichols. She is completing her diploma and will
continue towards her Associates Degree. Her love is
Mary Elizabeth Willis is from Cartersville and became interested
in NGTC when her older sister began attending. She is the
daughter of Clay and Lisa Willis. Upon completing her
degree, she would like to start her own business focusing on
High School Senior portraits.
Nikki Aguilar lives in Braselton with husband Alfonso and
daughters Marisa and Nova. She has been commuting to
school daily and after completing her degree in June, she plans
to work from her home until she can open her own studio.
Student work will be on display through June, 2011. For
more information on the Graduate Photography Show or on NGTC’s
Commercial Photography program, contact 706-754-7700.
Brian Jones Honored
by Georgia General Assembly
Brian Jones, a student in the Practical Nursing program at North
Georgia Technical College, was recently honored by the members
of the General Assembly for his achievement as Georgia’s 2010
state GOAL Award winner.
The GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) Award is
presented annually to Georgia’s technical college student of the
On March 7, the members of both the House of Representatives and
State Senate acknowledged Brian’s GOAL Award and the recognition
of being the best of the very best students from throughout the
26 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Both chambers presented him with resolutions in his honor and
then invited him to speak about his technical college
Jones thanked the representatives and the senators for their
support of North Georgia Technical College and the entire
Technical College System of Georgia. He praised the quality and
value of Georgia’s technical college programs and spoke of the
great opportunity that technical education provides for his
future career in the state’s 21st Century workforce.
In his speech, Jones highlighted the accessibility of technical
education, the economic impact technical education has, and the
impact technical education has had on his life. “A great
advantage of a technical college in Georgia is the varied array
of study options. Students can earn a certificate,
diploma, or Associate Degree ranging in study topics from
Cosmetology to Nursing and from Plumbing to Biomedical
Engineering,” he said. “TCSG continues to adapt and evolve
to offer the absolute best to its students. This is most
evident in the upcoming conversion this fall from the quarter
system to the semester system which will align the academic
calendar of technical colleges with the University system and
with private colleges and universities. TCSG, through its
many offerings and programs, will not only lead Georgia’s
economic recovery but will secure Georgia’s role in the global
marketplace. Thank you for your continued support of the
Technical College System of Georgia.”
Brian’s career has taken him from EMT to nursing and, upon
completing his LPN at NGTC, he plans to continue his education,
pursuing an RN degree.
Also present were TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson, NGTC President
Steve Dougherty, Representative Rick Austin, Senator Jim
Butterworth, and Brian’s wife, April, and their daughter.
“You can see why I am always extremely proud of all of our
students,” commented NGTC President, Steve Dougherty. “We
have many outstanding students who are excelling in their
studies, which is quite an accomplishment when you consider that
a lot of them are working full time and raising a family while
they are in school.”
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson had high praise for Jones’s
achievement and the well-deserved recognition that he has
received. “As our 2010 state GOAL award winner, Brian has served
as an excellent student ambassador for technical education,”
said Jackson. “He has done a fine job representing both North
Georgia Technical College and the more than 191,000 students who
enrolled in the 26 colleges of the Technical College System of
Georgia during the last year. I commend him on this outstanding
honor and wish him the greatest success in his chosen
“Recruited” to NGTC
Kallan Williams has been recruited to North Georgia Technical
College – to be the new recruiter of students to the college.
Born and raised in Toccoa, Williams has strong roots in the
community. While pursuing studies in classical guitar at
Piedmont College, he soon realized that his passion was working
with college students to find their dream.
“I feel a strong connection to those who are looking to find
their way in life,” he said. “The technical college has so
many great opportunities from starting a career to starting your
path to a four year degree. No matter which way you are
headed, you have options.”
Kallan’s enthusiasm is contagious and his schedule is filling up
fast for recruiting events. Starting with a visit to
Habersham Central’s faculty and staff just the week after he
came on board, he’s slated to host the college’s booth at the
upcoming statewide SkillsUSA competition the weekend of March
“I’ve known about North Georgia Tech all my life, but I still
can’t get over how many programs are offered here,” he said.
“I told my wife I could have really gotten into some of these
career choices, like Criminal Justice.” And once he’s
started, he gets more and more emphatic. “Financially
speaking, this is such a bargain. You can come here, get
your college core, and be prepared for whatever comes next in
life, whether it is a better job or a transfer to a four-year
school for a bachelor’s degree.”
Kallan’s wife, Joanna, is a nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical
Center. Currently they reside in Dahlonega, but in the
beginning of April they will be moving to Baldwin.
For more information on the programs of study at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700 or visit the website at
Alumni Award Nominations Sought
North Georgia Technical College’s Alumni
Luncheon and Annual Meeting are scheduled for Sunday, June
12. Registration begins at 12 noon and lunch will be served in
the Ramsey-Hunter Dining Hall Annex at 1 p.m. Reservations are
being taken and tickets are available for $7.50.
In addition to being a time for former students, staff and
faculty to gather and reminisce, outstanding alumni will be
recognized. Nominations are currently being sought for those to
be recognized as this year’s Career Achievement and Hall of Fame
The Career Achievement Award is given to a graduate of NGTC
working in the field for which he/she studied at NGTC The
winner must have distinguished himself/herself in his/her
career. (i.e., been named the company's Employee of the Year,
been promoted into middle or upper management position,
established a successful business and/or been recognized by
his/her professional peers, etc.). The nominee must be
respected by fellow employees and by citizens of community.
The Hall of Fame is bestowed on a deserving alumnus or former
employee of NGTC. If an alumnus, the candidate must have
graduated from North Georgia Tech at least 20 years prior to
nomination. The candidate must have distinguished
himself/herself in his/her professional life. Candidates who
are currently employed at NGTC are not eligible to be
Applications are available in the Foundation Office in the
Mobley Building or online at
The deadline for nominations is April 1. Please call
706-754-7714 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or registration.
College Seeks Instructors
Raising the bar for educational outcomes
and acquiring prestigious accreditations is the goal for most
higher educational institutions. The benefits to the
students and graduates of those schools is easy to see and easy
to laud. But it also means that finding qualified
instructors isn’t as easy as it used to be.
For example, North Georgia Technical College is currently
searching for an instructor in the Computer Information Systems
program. Several years ago, a Bachelor’s degree and work
experience were sufficient to meet the needs for classroom
instruction. Now, with the requirements in place by the
accreditation from the Southern Area of Colleges and Schools, a
potential instructor must have a Master’s degree or at least 15
Master’s level credits in field. That narrows the pool of
candidates down considerably, especially in a rural area.
“Many of our programs and degrees are included in articulation
agreements with institutions like Southern Polytechnic
University,” said NGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Rex
Bishop. “Those relationships are often contingent on our
faculty members having comparable credentials.” An
articulation agreement is formed after careful analysis by both
colleges to ensure that the curriculum in courses is the same
between the schools, which indicates the credits awarded at one
will be accepted by the other.
For some, teaching at a college is appealing on a variety of
levels. There is the intellectual prestige of being
associated with higher education, the satisfaction of seeing the
“aha!” moment in a student, and the attraction of a varied work
schedule. Generally speaking, however, pay rates do not
typically match up to a professional position in an industry,
which adds to the difficulty in attracting the right professor.
There is a path for those who would like to make the change
gradually into the teaching arena, and that is as an adjunct
professor. With the phenomenal growth at colleges during
these economic times, augmenting the staff with part-time
instructors allows potential teachers to ease into the classroom
For more information on instructor positions at NGTC, visit
http://www.northgatech.edu/pages/jobs.aspx or call 706-754-7700.
NGTC Faculty, Staff Looking for
Alternatives to HOPE
Even as the changes to the Georgia HOPE
Scholarship program were evolving, the faculty and staff at
North Georgia Technical College were proactively looking at the
situation and projections from all angles.
“Our first concern is for our students,” said President Steve
Dougherty. “We know during the next several months
there will be many questions about financial aid and options
available for getting a good education at an affordable price.”
In a series of discussions culminating in an “all-hands” meeting
conducted via the college’s distance learning technology,
Dougherty is encouraging out-of-the-box thinking for ways NGTC
can help lessen the impact to students.
The interest and ideas have started flowing, and teams are
already forming to put plans into action. A short list of
initiatives being investigated include:Pursuing additional funding for scholarships using a “matching funds”
Investigating the possibility of low-interest student loans
Reducing the cost of books by going to e-book or internally developed documentation
Connecting with high school teachers and parents to help fully explain college costs and planning
Collecting and publishing frequently asked questions and
answers on the changes to HOPE
Arranging additional articulation agreements which will help a student stretch their dollar
Strengthening the work-study program to give students a better option for helping pay out-of-pocket education costs.
Dougherty said it looks like the college will adopt virtually
all these ideas in some form. “The HOPE Grant will still pay a
significant portion of college costs for around two thirds of
NGTC’s students, and loans and work-study will be available to
fill the gaps,” he said. “The college’s foundation is stepping
up to fill additional holes. Furthermore, North
Georgia Tech will dramatically cut the cost of textbooks this
fall through rentals, electronic versions, and the use of more
customized learning materials.”
As a fully-accredited college, NGTC remains a bargain for
everyone in the community. Whether the goal is to acquire
skills for a job or to collect the core college credits towards
a bachelor’s degree, a quality education is possible at a
bargain price. In August, the college will complete the
transition from quarters to semesters. The cost per
semester hour will be $75, which is approximately half the price
of other public schools in the area.
“I know most NGTC faculty and staff are proud of and eager to
promote the opportunity North Georgia Tech offers,” said
Dougherty. “I think the changes to HOPE are very well
thought out given the financial challenges the program
faces. And I love the spirit of this team here as we look for
ways to navigate the best course of action with our students as
our prime focus.”
For more information on financial aid options at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700 or visit
Students Serve Dinner
for Gala at Druid Hills Country Club
Four Culinary Arts students from North
Georgia Technical College spent the evening serving chefs at the
2011 President’s Gala and Awards Dinner for the Greater Atlanta
Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. NGTC Chef David
Drake said his students received great reviews from Executive
Chef Tom Costello.
With over 200 people in attendance, the night’s festivities
included cuisine at stations throughout the hall as well as an
auction and awards ceremony.
The students had an opportunity to apply their training for the
experts. Sherry Berry from Clarkesville and Robin Hatchett
of Murphy, North Carolina manned the cakes and pastries station
while Blairsville’s Ambur Babcock manned the Action and Sautee
station and Justine Ford manned the carving station.
“I am always proud of our students when they take advantage of
learning opportunities such as this,” said Drake. He and
Costello are working on plans to develop an internship program
in the future.
For more information on the Culinary Arts program at NGTC,
contact David Drake at
email@example.com or 706-439-6300.
Fulfilling Her Dream
Danielle Vaughn has worked hard for the
last several years at North Georgia Technical College, first
studying Entrepreneurship and then Culinary Arts. With her
Associate’s Degree in hand, along with the distinction of
Certified Culinarian from the American Culinary Federation
(ACF), she is serving Toccoa citizens well with her restaurant
Opened August 26, this casual neighborhood diner offers a varied
menu including breakfast items and classic sandwiches
accompanied by seasoned homemade chips.
When asked how she felt about achieving the 6-month business
success milestone, she was quick to reply, “Business is good;
sometimes it is unpredictable, but it has been good.”
Jack’s Diner is not fancy, but it is fun and clean and the food
is excellent. Along with the restaurant, Vaughn caters as
well. In fact, during her stint as a student, she began
the catering business as the first participant in NGTC’s
Business Incubator program which gives administrative and office
support and mentoring for a nominal fee. “Helping
dedicated students like Danielle who have a strong business plan
and a desire to succeed are important to the development of our
local economy,” said Entrepreneurship Director Robert Knighton.
Vaughn is very proud of her business and of her success.
“I knew it was going to be 80 hours going in,” she said.
“It is the day-by-day business management that takes more time
than I realized.” She and Knighton are already talking
about having her as a guest speaker for his classes.
“Sometimes you have to experience it before you realize the full
impact of what the book is saying,” she says.
Jack’s Diner is located at 280 Big A Road in the Foothills
Shopping Center of Toccoa, 706-391-6767. The hours are
6:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Friday. The diner is
also open for dinner on Thursday and Friday nights from 5:00 PM
to 8:00 PM.
For more information on the Entrepreneurship program at North
Georgia Technical College, contact Robert Knighton at
Connect With Tuskegee Airmen History
During the month of February, many in our
community have stopped into North Georgia Technical College to
view the pictorial Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit, created by Kennesaw
State University. Several of those visitors have a
personal connection to these very brave men.
In the 1940's, America's first African-American military pilots
were trained in Tuskegee, Alabama. What began as an experiment
became known as the Tuskegee Experience, and the participants as
the Tuskegee Airmen.
Toccoa’s native son, Leroy Roberts, was an airman and rose to
the ranks of Lt. Colonel in his military career. Roberts’
sisters, Mrs. Bettye Henderson and Mrs. Mary Scott, accompanied
by Mrs. Henderson’s daughter, Brenda Henderson Davis, visited
the display. While reminiscing about his time in the
service, they perused each panel and were delighted to be able
to identify him in two of the pictures.
General Daniel “Chappie” James was also a Tuskegee Airmen, and
holds the distinction of being the first African American 4-star
general in the U.S. Air Force. Habersham resident Terry
Rogers remembers knowing him during his childhood in 1959.
“My dad was stationed at Bentwaters AFB in England, and (then)
Colonel James was the Wing Commander,” he said. Even
as a young boy, Rogers remembers James, “H was a respectful man
deserving of great respect. My father often said he was a
good man and a great and gracious leader.”
The exhibit, which was open to the public February 7 - 24, was
highlighted with a special grand opening celebration featuring
Habersham Central High School’s Air Force JROTC Color Guard, a
special viewing of the motion picture “The Tuskegee Airmen,” as
well as several special group tours.
The exhibit was created by Kennesaw State University and they
have also created a 17-page teacher’s guide to supplement the
For more information on the history of the Tuskegee Airmen,