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2001 MAW Nominees Reconized
Dr. Martha Marquardt Joins NGTC
ACF, OCU, and NGTC celebrate Fathers Day
NGTC Holds Large Graduation Ceremonies
Truck Driving Graduates are Focused on Safety
NGTC Allied Health Program Pins Graduates
Memorial Contributes to NGTC Scholarships
Georgia Technical College Goes Cross Country
National Technical Honors Society Holds
TCSG Rescinds GED® Test Fee Increase
Photography Students Have Mountain Top Experience
Faithful Service Awards Given to
Customer Service Champion of the Year --
NGTC Student Tammy Gibson of Toccoa Probation
Office Honored with Award
2011 MAW Nominees
Tencate and Caterpillar Recognized
North Georgia Technical College very proudly nominated Tencate
Geosynthetics of Habersham County and Caterpillar of Stephens
County for the honor of 2011 Manufacturer of the Year in the
small business category.
“It is such a pleasure to recognize these outstanding companies
in our community,” said Vice President of Administration and
Economic Development Dr. Mark Ivester. “We have partnered
very closely with Tencate and Caterpillar during the years,
supplying a variety of OSHA and job-specific training.”
The Geosynthetics Cornelia Plant of the Dutch-owned Tencate
Corporation manufactures specialized fabrics from resin pellets.
These materials are used in a variety of ways from safety covers
for swimming pools to tennis windscreens to specialized
parachutes for the military. However, the majority of
their products are used underground for soil erosion and road
The Caterpillar plant in Toccoa has been in operation for ten
years. The facility produces metal face seal rings. These
seals are supplied globally to other Caterpillar facilities, OEM
customers and Defense and Federal Products. Applications
benefitting from this robust sealing technology include all
types of earthmoving equipment, products as varied as earth
boring drills and helicopters, and tracked military vehicles.
Both companies have ridden the peaks and valleys of the local
economy and report increased production during the last several
quarters. “We are very seriously looking at expansion in
the near future,” said Caterpillar HR Representative Mahalious
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Joins NGTC’s Blairsville Faculty
“I’m just a farm girl from Wisconsin and I went to a technical
college,” says Dr. Martha Marquardt, the newest faculty member
on the Blairsville Campus of North Georgia Technical College.
“You need to keep going, and don’t ever stop.”
A long time resident of Morganton, Dr. Marquardt has held
various positions in the healthcare field. She served as
Nurse Manager for the Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization
Program at Cherry Log Mental Health Center and has also taught
Practical Nursing at two other technical colleges.
After acquiring her LPN from a technical college in Wisconsin,
she moved to Arizona. “At every step of the way, I had a
mentor encouraging me,” she says. In Arizona, she
completed the RN program at a local technical college. In
1985 she moved to Georgia and was again prompted to continue her
education. She completed her BSN at the Medical College of
Georgia in 1988. Once again, a mentor pushed her to keep
going – and so she completed her Masters in Geriatric Psychiatry
Nursing at Emory in 1990 and finally achieved a Ph.D. in Family
Nursing at Georgia State University in 1999.
“I have to thank the mentors in my life for encouraging me to
get where I am,” she says emphatically.
“We are so fortunate to have Martha join us here on the campus,”
says Dean of Academic Affairs Mindy Glander. “I know she will
carry on the tradition of mentoring, and our students here will
all benefit greatly from both her wealth of knowledge and her
genuine concern for their success.”
For more information on the Allied Health programs of study at
NGTC, contact 706-754-7740, or visit
ACF, OCU, and NGTC
Celebrate Fathers’ Day Together
David Drake and the North Georgia Technical College Culinary
students spent Father’s Day celebrating some very special
fathers and families - the men and women of the armed forces
that have given of themselves to ensure our freedom. Chef
Drake and four of the Culinary Arts students from the
Blairsville Campus said “Thank You” to about 200 fathers along
with mothers, wives and children, brothers and sisters of our
service people who give so selflessly to ensure our freedom.
This was done with a special culinary event provided for the
men and women passing through the Atlanta airport to or from
The USO, in partnership with Operation Chefs Unite (OCU),
receives food everyday from chefs and organizations around the
Atlanta area. With an active membership in the American
Culinary Foundation (ACF), Drake arranged to involve his
students at NGTC in this extraordinary event.
With a feast that included sausage and peppers, baked ziti,
roasted chicken, green beans almandine, and garlic rolls, there
was something to please every palate.
“It went well, and it was a lot of fun,” noted Drake. “We
all appreciate the service our soldiers give, and we were
honored to serve them for a change.”
Food donations are solicited through the ACF Atlanta Chapter are
prepared and presented with grateful hearts and hands to an
equally appreciative wave of soldiers as they make their way to
awaiting flights. Contributions are always welcome.
For more information on the Culinary program at NGTC, please
contact David Drake at 706-439-6315 or Alex Bladowski at
706-779-8110 or visit the website at
NGTC Holds Large Graduation Ceremonies
Celebrating one of the largest graduating classes in history,
North Georgia Technical College held special events in both
Blairsville and Clarkesville. Over 600 students had
completed their Diploma or Associate of Applied Science degrees
during the last year, and more than half of them chose to
participate in the commencement exercises.
President Steve Dougherty commended the graduates on their hard
work and the dedication of the faculty in mentoring their
students through their studies to completion. “Learning
can be one of the most fun things you will do in life,” he said.
“Your education doesn’t end with this graduation. A good
worker continues learning all life long.”
Held in the recreation hall of the First United Methodist Church
of Union County, 91 graduates and their families filled the room
with excited anticipation. At the Torch in Demorest, more
than 220 graduates chose to participate in the ceremony.
Rex Bishop, Vice President of Academic Affairs recognized CIS
Instructor Joshua Jackson, winner of the 2011 Rick Perkins
Teacher of Excellence Award and Karen Sweeney, the 2011 Georgia
Occupational Award for Leadership (GOAL) winner for NGTC.
He then recognized outstanding students including Honor
Graduates, members of the National Technical Honor Society, and
all of those who competed for in GOAL.
“We’re all at a new beginning,” Dougherty said to the assembly.
“The secrets to being successful are to be active, to be
involved in the community, and to be engaged with friends,
families, and your community.”
North Georgia Technical College greatly appreciated the
generosity and hospitality of Pastors Ben Lewis, Stan Wallace,
and the congregation of the United Methodist Church in
Blairsville; and Pastor Mike Franklin, staff, and congregation
of the Torch in Demorest.
Photos from both ceremonies are posted on the
www.facebook.com/ngtcnews page. For more information
on programs of study NGTC, please contact 706-754-7700 or visit
the website at www.northgatech.edu.
Graduates are Focused on Safety
In an intimate family-style gathering, nine graduates of North
Georgia Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving (CTD)
program received their certificates and licenses. “Every
one of these students is a good driver,” said Instructor Bruce
Lane. “More importantly, each one will tell you that they
are a safe driver.”
Graduating students included Daniel Scott of Demorest, Robert
McCallister of Alto, Cornelia residents Bradley Ivester and
Frederick Schlegel, Cody Fulghum of Stephens County, Dahlonega
residents Robert Stanford and Ryan Sullens, Leon Bailey of
Cleveland, Blairsville residents Rhonda Hill and Steven Carnes,
and Sugar Hill resident Janis Parker.
Eddie Watkins, recruiter for Crete Carrier, commended the
students on their studies. “We have very high standards
and qualifications, and our employees are compensated
accordingly,” he said. “The technical colleges turn out
some of the best drivers, and I’m always interested in talking
At the end of the ceremony, the CTD instructors conferred
special awards in recognition of extraordinary effort.
Rhonda Hill, who is a mother of four, received the Top Dog award
for superior service and attitude. “It’s something I’ve
always wanted to do,” she said. “This was one of the best
classes I’ve ever taken. I’ve had a lot of fun and I’ve
learned so much more than just driving.” Turning to her
fellow classmates she added, “I wish you the best of luck and I
hope to see you out there on the road.”
For more information on the programs of study at North Georgia
Technical College, contact 706-754-7700 or visit
NGTC Allied Health Program Pins Graduates
At a special ceremony on June 13, 2011, 48 North Georgia
Technical College students from the Allied Health program were
recognized for academic achievements. The Spring Allied Health
Pinning Ceremony honored students in Pharmacy Technology,
Medical Assisting, and Practical Nursing programs. By
family, friends, and faculty, each student was pinned at special
ceremonies on the Clarkesville and Blairsville campuses.
During the Clarkesville program, 2011 GOAL Winner Karen Sweeny
gave the student farewell. “We have seen each other at our
worst and at our best,” she said. “We have pushed and
challenged each other and forged friendships that will last a
lifetime. Wherever we go, whatever we do, may we walk in
the light, have a healing hand, a comforting word, and be
shining examples of what technical education is at its best.”
Dean of Academic Affairs Mindy Glander welcomed the crowd on the
Blairsville campus and praised the students for their
achievements and acknowledged the loving support provided by the
families. “I am in awe of those folks who can do all that
they do and maintain the level of excellence that they have,”
Medical Assisting students completing their program included:
Audra Alred, Brooke Bryson, Maricar Cope, Amy Durden, Tracy
Holt, Jacquelin Huff, Ginny Kast, April Lovell, Lisa Porter,
Shirley Rich, Vanessa Rodriguez, Cynthia Smith, Dana Sullens,
Melanie Watkins, Tonia Weaver, Sheila Wilson.
Pharmacy Technology students completing their program included:
Tammie Champe, Rachel Downs, Brandon Fitzgerald, Charles Fulghum,
Susan Huff, Lonnie Ivester, Laurie Parks, Kendra Ridings,
Sandra Roper, Kathryn Sprouse.
Practical Nursing students completing their program included:
Vanessa Alderson, Jennifer Allen, Ashley Anderson,
Jennifer Carlton, Tonja Childers, Stephanie Deal, Brenda Duarte,
Beth Duitsman, Tina Faircloth, Della Grant, Tiffany Hogan, Karen
Hutchcraft, Tammy Irvin, Kerry Long, Sharon Lowry, James
McCarter, Natalie McClain, Megan McGarity, Branka Metz, Kimberly
Pendergraft, Kimberly Seabolt, Karen Sweeney, Shana Thomason,
Jessica Turner, Kenza Turner, Marcia Wall, Courtney Wells,
Leslie Williams, Casey York.
For more information on Allied Health programs of study offered
at North Georgia Technical College contact 706-754-7700 or visit
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Each year North Georgia Technical College recognizes outstanding
alumni who have excelled in their professions with the Career
Achievement and Hall of Fame awards. On June 11, 2011, Clayton
resident Kathy Blalock was officially inducted into the Hall of
Fame. Mrs. Blalock is the owner of Kathy L. Blalock and
Associates, a wedding and special event business.
Accompanying Kathy to this special event were her husband, Jim,
as well as her children, grandchildren, and brothers and
The Hall of Fame Award is bestowed on a deserving alumnus who
graduated from North Georgia Tech at least 20 years prior to
nomination. The candidate must have distinguished
himself/herself in his/her professional life.
Ms. Blalock is a 1973 graduate of the Business Program. She has
been an active member of the NGTC family for many years and has
served as the President of the Alumni Association and a member
of the NGTC Board of Directors. As a small business owner,
Kathy still finds time to participate in many community
activities in including the Rabun County Chamber of Commerce for
which she served as Chairman. Kathy and Jim have two
children, Amber and Erik, and two grandchildren, Braxton and
The Career Achievement Awards are given to graduates of North
Georgia Tech working in the field for which they studied at
NGTC. The winners must have distinguished themselves in
their careers and be respected by fellow employees and by
citizens of their community. Wanda Barrett, Steven Dockery, and
Kelly McGee were accompanied by their families as they received
the 2011 Career Achievement Award.
Wanda Barrett is a 1982 graduate of the Nursing Program and was
nominated by her daughter, Amber Barrett. Wanda lives in
Hiawassee, Georgia, and is the owner of KB Health Technology.
Steve Dockery is a 2001 graduate of the Turf and Golf Management
Program and was nominated by Jerry Hogge, Director of the
Methodist University PGA Golf Management Program. Steven
and his wife, Vickey-Gay, make their home in Fayetteville, North
Kelly McGee is a 1997 graduate of the Machine Tool Technology
Program and was nominated by his wife, Larie McGee. Kelly
works with Ross Controls and lives in Carnesville, Georgia
Alumni Day is an annual event which has been held the second
Sunday of June for several years. At this year’s meeting,
those present voted to move the annual meeting to the second
Sunday in October. For more information, please contact
706-754-7700 or visit
Contributes to NGTC Scholarships
The Missions Committee of Sharp Memorial
United Methodist Church in Young Harris has donated proceeds
from their annual rummage sale to the North Georgia Technical
College Foundation. The monies will fund scholarships for
Towns County students with financial needs who are enrolled at
the college and may be used to pay for tuition, books and fees.
A portion of the donation will also be available to pay for GED
testing for Towns County students who are unable to cover the
$95 cost themselves.
This is the second year that the Missions Committee has provided
funding for Towns County students’ educational expenses.
With the start of the 2011 Fall Semester, the Georgia HOPE
Program will no longer cover the cost of books or fees and will
pay only 90% of tuition. While North Georgia Technical
College provides a top quality education at the most affordable
price in our area, 79% of students attending NGTC are presently
HOPE recipients and will be impacted by the cuts in the program.
To learn more about making a tax deductible investment in the
future of your community, please call 706-754-7714 or visit
President Steve Dougherty, Coach
Roller; standing: Dr. Mike King,
Coach Sam Stovall, Michael Boyd,
and Sherry Seal.
Picture by Photography student
Technical College Goes Cross Country
The pace of change at North Georgia
Technical College has picked up again. This fall, along
with the transition from quarters to semesters, new building
openings, and adjustments to HOPE, NGTC takes another giant step
forward entering into college athletics with an inaugural Cross
“Cross Country was the ideal sport for us,” said President Steve
Dougherty. “With this incredibly beautiful campus and the
low equipment and overhead costs, we knew this sport could get
us ‘off the ground running’ in formal college athletic
Intramural sports have long been a strong part of campus life,
with teams for flag football often going to state championships.
In decades past, the college had a baseball team and a
basketball team. Now, NGTC has been accepted into the Georgia
Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) for Cross Country sports.
Coach Bob Roller from East Jackson High School of Commerce,
Georgia, has been tapped as the inaugural coach and is already
actively recruiting runners of all ages to join the team.
“Anybody can do it,” he said. “This first year – and every
year - we won’t turn anyone away. For each race, we’ll
pick the best runners, and that may change every week. Everyone
has a chance as their ability and conditioning improve during
“The community is probably the biggest winner this year,” noted
Dougherty. “Every high school and college around here has
a cross country team, but there are only a few with competition
The NGTC trail, designed by Coach Sam Stovall, retired from
Winder-Barrow High School, as consultant, flows over rolling
meadows and winds through the woods around a peaceful pond.
It will boast courses in distances of 3K (for middle school), 5K
(for high school and women’s college), and 8K (for men’s
college). These paths will be available for visiting team
practices as well as some community access.
Already the races are being scheduled with the first college
race slated for Friday, September 2. “We wanted to start
with an evening race,” said Coach Roller. “Having it on Friday
evening of the long Labor Day weekend leaves the rest of the
days free for celebrations.”
Also, Habersham Central High School has scheduled their hosted
meet, the Mountain Eagle Run, on the college campus on Saturday,
For more information about Cross Country at NGTC, contact Coach
Roller at 706-754-7818 or
Photo by Photography student Alexis Sutliff.
Honors Society Holds Induction Ceremony
At special ceremonies on the Currahee and Clarkesville campuses
of North Georgia Technical College, 56 students were inducted
into the National Technical Honors Society (NTHS).
“This is one of our proudest moments during the year,” said
President Steve Dougherty as he congratulated the students.
“Part of the pledge is to demonstrate excellence, and you all
are already doing that. Our reputation will only soar as a
result of what you do in your jobs and in your communities.
Thank you for choosing North Georgia Tech.”
NTHS is America’s highest award for excellence in career and
technical education. The mission of the organization is to
honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational
excellence, and enhance career opportunities. NTHS members
will receive recognition in the form of identification on their
transcripts, a special seal on their diploma, and white stoles
on their graduation robes.
Victor Coca from Homer received this honor for his academic
achievement in Accounting.
Lashawna Seagle from Blue Ridge received this honor for her
academic achievement in Clinical Laboratory Technology.
Franklin County residents receiving this honor included Applied
Business Technology student Mark Schleier and Business
Administrative Technology student Betty Thompson, both of Canon;
Business Administrative Technology student Tracey Calvin and
Applied Business Technology student Christy Tate, both of
Carnesville; and Accounting students Peggy Adams and Amy Rogers,
both of Lavonia.
Habersham County residents receiving this honor included Valerie
Stamey in Applied Business Technology AAS, Mildred Meeler in
Applied Business Technology Diploma, Christina Cunningham in
Business Administrative Technology AAS, Wanda Mashburn, Business
Administrative Technology Diploma, Jamie Dobbs in Clinical Lab
Technology AAS, London Justice in Culinary Arts AAS, Theresa
Thomas and Melanie Watkins in Medical Assisting Diploma, Michael
Hollifield in Motorcycle Service Technology Diploma, Christine
Bagwell in Pharmacy Technology Diploma, and Practical Nursing
Diploma students Karen Hutchcraft, David Peterson, Jr., Amanda
Sheriff, and Karen Sweeney.
Hall County residents receiving this honor included Carson
Turner in Turf and Golf Course Management AAS, Crystal Gooch in
Culinary Arts AAS, and Stephen Sanders in Commercial Photography
Hart County residents receiving this honor included Thomas
Jackson in Welding & Joining Technology Diploma, and Robin
Springer-Roach in Culinary Arts Diploma.
Nianne Mullis from Dahlonega received this honor for her
academic achievement in Commercial Photography.
Jacqueline Huff of Madison County received this honor for her
academic achievement in Medical Assisting.
Rabun County residents receiving this honor included Courtney
Talley in Clinical Lab Technology AAS, Lisa Porter in Medical
Assisting Diploma, and Michael Foster in Environmental
Stephens County residents receiving this honor included Karen
Powell in Applied Business Technology Diploma, Stephanie Maley
in Commercial Photography Diploma, Elece Brown in Criminal
Justice AAS, Kenneth Ridley in Criminal Justice Diploma, Tina
Dickerson in Drafting Diploma, James Faulk and Kevin Smith in
Industrial Systems Technology Diploma, Amy Durden in Medical
Assisting Diploma, Keaton Clark in Pharmacy Technology Diploma,
Brenda Duarte and Tina Faircloth in Practical Nursing Diploma,
and David Smith in Welding & Joining Technology Diploma.
Blairsville resident James Gibby received this honor for his
academic achievement in Motorcycle Service Technology.
White County residents receiving this honor included Colby Moore
in Commercial Photography Diploma, Bonnie Abernathy in Applied
Business Technology AAS, Mirinda Dispain-Grogan in Business
Administrative Technology AAS, Joe Podany in Turf and Golf
Course Management AAS, William Rainey and Michael Cookson in
Applied Business Technology Diploma, Kendra Ridings in Pharmacy
Technology Diploma, and Hannah Satterfield in Criminal Justice
For this honor, students must be nominated by an instructor and
must maintain a 3.7 GPA. In all 17 programs were
represented, and 16 of the NTHS candidates are currently
pursuing an Associates Degree.
For more information on the NTHS, visit
www.nths.org. For more
information about the college, visit the website at
TCSG Rescinds GED® Test Fee Increase
System’s state board holds cost decision until 2012, cites
delay in development of computer-based test
The state board that oversees the Technical College System of
Georgia and its Office of Adult Education (OAE) has voted to
rescind a planned increase in the GED test fees for Georgia’s
adult learners. The TCSG will wait until at least early next
year to reconsider the cost.
The board’s action follows recommendations from both the OAE,
which is the statewide provider of the test, and the GED Testing
Service® in Washington, D.C., which is responsible for the
design and delivery of the test.
In April, the TCSG announced that the test fees would more than
double from the current $95, which would coincide with the
launch in July of a first-ever, computer-based GED test by the
GED Testing Service.
However, the GED Testing Service recently asked Georgia to
postpone the cost increase citing the need to resolve all
operational and technical matters involved in the development
and delivery of the computer-based testing (CBT) model.
In a letter to TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson dated May 19, 2011,
GED Testing Service Executive Vice President Nicole M. Chestang
wrote, “We recommend that the planned CBT implementation date be
delayed until we can provide the optimal operational solution
and implementation approach for Georgia and ultimately the
State’s GED test-takers.”
The current fee of $95 to take the full battery of GED tests
that measure reading, writing, social studies, science and
mathematics skills will remain in effect into early 2012, or
however long it takes to begin the computer-based GED testing.
Both the GED Testing Service and the TCSG want ensure that the
CBT is working flawlessly before anyone takes the new electronic
version of the test.
“The computer-based GED testing is an excellent program with
great promise, but it won’t be implemented in Georgia until
we’re fully confident that every issue with the new model has
been worked out,” said Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant
commissioner for adult education. “In the meantime, we’ll work
to inform every adult learner that their test cost will not
change in July as planned and encourage them to take full
advantage of the test at the current fee level.”
It’s estimated that there are more than 1.3 million adult
Georgians who are without a high school or GED diploma.
Last year, almost 20,000 men and women in the state changed
their lives for the better and improved their job opportunities
by passing the test and obtaining their GED diploma.
For information on GED testing, contact North Georgia Technical
College GED Chief Examiner Miriam Risher at 706-754-7813.
Stone Mountain --
Photo by student Colby Moore.
Have Mountain Top Experience
6/3/2011 - Living and
learning in the mountains is the experience enjoyed by all
students at North Georgia Technical College. Recently the
Commercial Photography students had the opportunity to take it
to the next level at Stone Mountain, Georgia. With all
access passes for the day, more than 50 students captured iconic
pictures of the world famous natural wonder.
“We were thrilled to arrange this session at Stone Mountain
Park,” said NGTC Instructor Jeff Gulle. “All of the photos
will be given to the park for use in promotional materials.”
Considering each student probably took in excess of 300
pictures, that means a whopping 15,000 photos will assuredly
keep the promotional materials fresh for years.
“It is a site to see,” said student Richard Hayes who had not
been there before. “The view was amazing.”
Students were able to put their classroom-learned techniques
into practice as they framed pictures of the park, people
enjoying the activities, and the wide variety of nature and
history on display.
A selection of the photos is available for viewing at
For information on the Commercial Photography program of study
at North Georgia Technical College, contact Jeff Gulle,
or Jim Loring,
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Faithful Service Awards Given to NGTC Employees
6/3/2011 - The Faithful
Service Award symbolizes the dedication and hard work that
employees have performed for the institution. Recently, six
North Georgia Technical College employees were recognized for
their years of service.
In recognition for 15 years of service, a certificate was
awarded to Business Office Technology Instructor Carol Cullifer
of Clayton. Ms. Cullifer also serves as the Department
Chair for business programs at the college.
With 10 years of service, Automotive Technology Instructor
Stoney Farmer of Franklin County and Adult Ed Administrative
Assistant Christy Gosnell of Habersham County received
certificates of recognition.
Receiving recognition for 5 years of service were Drafting
Technology Instructor David Simons from Stephens County,
Automotive Collision Repair Technology Instructor Jeremy McAfee
of White County, and General Studies Instructor Nancy Dingler of
“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
to right: Rep. Jay Neal; GDC
Commissioner Brian Owens; Tammy
Gibson; Chairman Board of
Corrections, Jay Whitehead, Sr.;
Joe Doyle, Commissioner, State
GDC Names Customer
Service Champion of the Year -- NGTC Student Tammy Gibson of
Toccoa Probation Office Honored with Award
6/3/2011 - The Department
of Corrections honored Tammy Gibson as Customer Service Champion
of the Year at the Seventh Annual GDC Awards program on Tuesday,
May 24, 2011 at State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth.
“Tammy is known for taking the initiative and stepping up to
challenges,” said Commissioner Brian Owens. “She is an
excellent example of a Customer Service Champion,” added Owens.
Gibson joined the Department in 2008 as an Accounting Clerk and
works in the Toccoa Probation Office. She regularly takes
the initiative to assist officers in her office and routinely
volunteers for additional duties. Gibson is also an
instructor and coordinators job readiness workshops with the
Department of Labor. She will receive a degree in Business
Management this year.
Several key officials were on hand for the ceremony, which was
attended by 200 guests. Making the award presentation with
the Commissioner were Board of Corrections Chairman Jim
Whitehead, Sr., Assistant Corrections Commissioner Fredrick J.
Head, State Representative Jay Neal and special guest speaker,
State Personnel Administration Commissioner Joe Doyle.
The Department of Corrections is the fifth largest prison system
in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly
60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the
largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately