Photo (L-R seated) Kyle Larson, Doug
Hitchon, Steve Dougherty, and Barry
Roberts; Standing (l-r) Ray Chamblee, Kayla Lovell, Ben Wreh,
Paul Lynch, Kinslei Krippner, and Eduardo Irizarry
Global Partitions Contributes to NGTC’s Renovations
A cleaner, brighter new year is in the future for students
residing in North Georgia Technical College’s Bryant Hall.
The long anticipated renovations to the bathroom facilities are
nearly complete, thanks in large part to a generous donation
from the Lavonia based Global Partitions.
Global Partitions, a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of
toilet partitions, shower dividers, dressing partitions and
other lavatory equipment, strives to be a good corporate citizen
by giving back to the community. Global Partitions is one
of four companies that make up GEM Industries, Inc.
“We are proud of our association with the college,” said GEM
Industries Vice President Doug Hitchon. “This is a great
example of how industry and higher education can work together
in a lot of ways. The facilities at the Currahee Campus
are ideal for many of our national training seminars, and we are
pleased to be able to support the college in this way.”
Hitchon travelled to the Clarkesville Campus with Global
Partitions Sales Director Kyle Larson and Plant Manager Barry
Roberts, who is also currently serving as the Toccoa-Stephens
County Chamber President.
“This is a substantial gift to the college, and we deeply
appreciate it,” said NGTC President Steve Dougherty. The
Global Partitions contribution is worth approximately $30,000.00
of equipment and materials for the bathrooms.
The opportunity for this partnership sprang from an immediate
bond between Mr. Dougherty and Mr. Hitchon several years ago.
Founded on the strong belief that an education is the key to
your future, Dougherty and Hitchon often work together to join
the future of industry and education.
“Doug’s story of perseverance and determination is an
inspiration to many,” said Dougherty. “His accomplishments
show to our students, as well as our communities, that how you
start in life isn’t necessarily how you end up.”
“We know the improvements to the student dormitories on the
Clarkesville Campus will make a better experience for NGTC
students as they live and learn in the mountains,” continued
Dougherty. “And we hope the education they receive here will
start them on a long and prosperous career path.”
For more information on programs of study at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700 or visit
www.northgatech.edu. For more information on Global
(l-r) Mike Morelli, Whit Diggs, and Steve
Bosal Commits for 5 Years to NGTC Welders
At the recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Welding
Building at North Georgia Technical College, a very special
contribution to the future of education was made by
representatives from Bosal North America.
Plant Manager Mike Morelli and Human Resources Manager Whit
Diggs presented a $1,000 check to the NGTC Foundation for
Welding Scholarships. Bosal has committed a total of
$5,000 to the scholarship program over the next five year
period. Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled
in the Welding and Joining program at NGTC.
Bosal North America is a leading worldwide manufacturer of
original equipment (OE), replacement, and high performance
exhaust systems, catalytic converters, and related components.
The Bosal Industries Georgia plant is located in Lavonia.
Last year over 100 NGTC students were recipients of Foundation
scholarships that allowed them to receive a quality education on
one of the three NGTC campuses. Individuals and
organizations are invited to contribute to the Foundation with
scholarships awarded to students based on availability of funds.
Donations are tax deductible and provide resources to students
interested in completing a diploma, certificate or associates
degree that prepares them for jobs that improve their lives and
those of their families.
For more information on the Welding and Joining Technology
program of study at NGTC, contact Ronnie Ayers at 706-754-7764
ACF Chefs and students prepare the banquet
at the annual Cheer for Children benefit.
Cheering for Children
Chef David Drake is a local business owner, a Culinary Arts
Instructor at North Georgia Technical College, and a
longstanding member of the American Culinary Federation (AFC)
Greater Atlanta Chapter. With all of his connections, he
is constantly looking for great opportunities for his students
at the college to participate in a variety of professional
Each November, Drake involves several of his students in the
annual Cheer for Children Ball at the Atlanta History Center.
Working with other chefs as well as other aspiring students from
local colleges, this professional crew delights the palates of
hundreds gathered for this good cause.
“We really appreciate David and the students taking time out on
a Friday to prepare the food and bring it down for the event,”
said Cheryl Glass, Executive Director of the ACF Greater Atlanta
Chapter. “I know it made for a really late night for all
of them and we thank them. It is because of members like Chef
Drake that our chapter is such a success.”
NGTC students that travelled to Atlanta to work this banquet
included Calvin Rotering of Port Charlotte, FL; Feleicia May and
Laurie Borger, both of Murphy, NC; Afton McGillis and Matt
Dedman, both of Blairsville; and Fred Stahl of Ellijay.
For more information on Cheer for Children, visit
www.cheerforchildren.org. For more information on the
Culinary Arts program at NGTC, contact David Drake at
“Something Extra” at Currahee Goes International
Each term on the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical
College, the students get a little “something extra.”
Campus Director Greg Roach explains, “We invite a special guest
speaker to come in and share with our students that little bit
of beneficial information that may not be covered in their
program studies.” It has been very successful over the
past year and is enjoyed by students and faculty alike.
On November 28, the “something extra” was extended to the
Clarkesville and Blairsville campuses as well through the
college’s distance learning technology. The special guest
speaker was Philippa Hamilton, an international student from
Sweden. She is participating in the Georgia Rotary Student
Program (GRSP), sponsored by the Clayton Rotary and Toccoa
Ms. Hamilton charmed NGTC students and faculty on all three
campuses. Her delightful enthusiasm and wit engaged the
audience, even those viewing through video broadcast.
Philippa’s presentation showed beautiful pictures of her
homeland while she shared highlights of her country’s
accomplishments and customs.
The GRSP was founded in 1946 after WWII, and was the idea of PDG
Will Watt of Thomasville. It was his dream that students
from war-torn Europe, eager for peace, could come to the US and
study in colleges and universities and learn about the American
way of life. The program’s aim is to promote world peace and
understanding through the means of education.
From the geographical regions of the country to a brief
explanation of the roles of the King and Prime Minister to the
iconic foods such as pickled herring and Swedish meatballs,
Philippa skillfully painted a picture of her life growing up.
Then she shared her perceptions of the South from a Swedish
“Everything is bigger here – your cars, your cups, your roads.
And you drive everywhere!” she laughed. When she added,
“You have sidewalks that just suddenly end,” everyone laughed.
“Everyone is so friendly and easy to talk to,” she continued.
“It is just wonderful to sit down next to someone and soon you
“As you all know we so often limit ourselves by just thinking in
local terms,” said Roach. “I hope this is an opportunity
for us to all see a bigger picture and maybe even embrace more
of the world in our future plans.”
Ms. Hamilton is currently studying business at Young Harris
College. Her parents, Jan and Anna Karin, are home on the
family farm in Halmstad, Sweden, while her sister Sophie studies
in Barcelona, Spain. While here in Georgia, she enjoys spending
time with her host family, Ron and Linda Barden in Clayton.