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Habersham Central Coach Matt King
describes long-term progression
training to motivate cross country runners.
Cross Country Coaches Cross Train Each Other
Taking his cue from the standard athletic strategy to cross
train, North Georgia Technical College Cross Country Bob Roller
recently offered a Cross Country Coaches Workshop to cross-train
middle school, high school, and college running coaches.
“Developing a great runner doesn’t start in college,” notes
Roller. “You have to take time to work with young runners
and use a variety of training methods. Every runner is an
individual, but everyone can be great.”
The one-day seminar, attended by cross country coaches from
several counties, was presented by Coach Roller, Cross Country
Coach for Habersham County Schools Matt King, and retired Cross
Country Coach for Barrow County Schools Sam Stovall.
Participants explored the differences in training plans for
middle vs. high school students and high school vs. college
students. Strategies and techniques for working with novice and
experienced runners were discussed. Topics included
proactive scheduling speed and endurance as well as
cross-training methods such as weight rooms and swimming pools.
“One of the hardest things is to get kids to run during the off
season,” said guest Coach Matt King from Habersham Central High
School. “Cross country never stops.”
Coach King, who has been with Habersham for five years, has
grown the program at Habersham from 25 runners to more than 125.
During these years, he pushed the program out from the high
school into the 9th grade academies and middle schools as well.
NGTC’s Cross Country team has finished its inaugural year,
boasting a beautiful all-natural course that is versatile enough
to accommodate the championship distances for middle school,
high school, and college. Dates have already been set for the
college’s invitational on September 7 followed by the Habersham
Mountain Eagle Invitational on September 8.
For more information on the Cross Country program at NGTC,
contact Bob Roller, 706-754-7818 or
Going the Distance Explained to NGTC Environmental
Each term students in a variety of programs at North Georgia
Technical College have the opportunity for a little “something
extra.” Special guest speakers come in and share with
students experiences that create a broader perspective of
information that may not be covered in their program studies
Recently, Josh Seehorn, Biologist and Appalachian Trail
thru-hiker presented a highly interactive question and answer
session with the students in the environmental and horticulture
programs. While most students across the campus had
finished classes for the day, the students in these programs
listened intently and acquired information on topics ranging
from hiking equipment to the types of wildlife found on the
Seehorn, who made the 2,181 mile trek from Maine to Georgia in
170 days last year, brought his experiences to life with a
multi-media presentation that included photos, videos, and a
display of hiking gear. From the bogs of Maine to the
floods after hurricane Irene to dining on mushrooms and
rattlesnake, Josh conveyed a passion and respect for our natural
On display was a table full of artifacts from his journey
including an antler shed (which illustrated how northern animals
differ from southern animals in build and breadth), two pairs of
very worn boots, and four water-proof journals containing his
observations. He meticulously went through is pack
explaining the use and logic for each thing, remarking
frequently on items that he had sent back when their use was
determined to be not worth their weight.
“It was incredible to experience nature from one end of our
country to another,” he said. “God helped me overcome many
challenges during my hike and I have a higher level of
confidence because of it."
Mr. Seehorn graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS
in Forest Resources and Master of Natural Resources with a
concentration in Fisheries. For more information on his
For information in the Environmental Technology program, contact
Kevin Peyton, 706-754-7873,
For more information on the Horticulture program, contact Craig
Reybayka Sultana is now a US Citizen.
Reybayka Sultana Achieves US Citizen Status
Her face shining with pride and excitement, Reybayka Sultana
describes her joy at passing the US test for citizenship.
As a native of Bangladesh, Ms. Sultana arrived in Georgia
approximately five years ago. Just last year she decided
to pursue full citizenship. After one year of studying,
Ms. Sultana traveled to Atlanta in January to sit for her US
Citizenship exam. She passed the test that day.
“Every day I read,” she said. “History was the hardest
part. There are so many names to remember!”
Reybayka credits her instructors Nomglak and John Shiohira for
her quick progress and success. For the last eight months,
she has been taking the English as a second language (ESOL)
classes through the Adult Education department at North Georgia
Technical College. “I understand what people are saying
Armed with her new credential and status, she is planning
continuing her studies and looking for a job after the summer.
“First I am going to travel back to Bangladesh with my daughter
to visit my parents,” she explained.
Reybayka and her husband Akm Sarwar reside in Clarkesville with
their daughter Samiha Sarwar who is in the first grade.
For more information on the Adult Education programs of study at
NGTC, including English as a second language and GED
Preparation, contact 706-754-7717 or visit
TCSG Assistant Commissioner for
Adult Education Beverly Smith, NGTC’s
2012 EAGLE winner Christine Canup, and TCSG Commissioner Ron
TCSG Honors 31 Adult Learners with Annual EAGLE Award
Atlanta – The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Office
of Adult Education recognized 31 of Georgia’s adult learners
during the 2012 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education
(EAGLE) Award luncheon held Thursday, February 15, at the
Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.
Now in its 19th year, the EAGLE Award honors Georgians for their
outstanding participation and exceptional achievement in their
local adult education programs.
The 31 EAGLE winners were each nominated by their adult
education instructors from among the more than 82,000 adult
learners in Georgia. Each student demonstrated exceptional
perseverance, a positive attitude, superb classroom attendance
and excellent leadership skills while earning their GED®
Christine Canup, nominated by her instructor Jackie Reeder, was
chosen to be NGTC’s delegate to the 2012 conference. “I
have learned to never give up on my dreams. It was hard
getting started after so many years out of school, but once I
took that step, it was easy!” said Canup. “Obtaining my
GED helped me gain confidence in myself. Now, I can
achieve the goals that I never thought possible. I now
have a thirst for knowledge and I truly enjoy learning!”
Upon achieving her GED, Ms. Canup immediately took advantage of
the $500 voucher for technical education enrolled at NGTC in the
Business Administrative Technology program. She is also an
active participant of the Phi Beta Lambda organization on the
Currahee Campus of the college.
“Christine, true to form, represented the college very well at
the conference,” said Director of Adult Education Dr. Barbara
This year’s winners were presented with their EAGLE Award by
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson and Beverly Smith, the TCSG
assistant commissioner for adult education. Jackson praised the
winners’ achievements and said that their accomplishments make
them outstanding role models in their communities. He encouraged
them to become mentors and show others how adult education can
transform their lives and open new doors of opportunity.
“Georgia’s EAGLE Award winners are outstanding examples of how
the power of learning has brought remarkable change to their
lives and provided them with new respect from their families,
friends and coworkers,” said Jackson. “We congratulate this
year’s winners on their achievement and ask for their help as
influential role models for the 1.3 million adult Georgians who
still do not possess a high school diploma.”
Kelsey Dawsey, an EAGLE winner who received her GED preparation
at Southern Crescent Technical College, was also named the EAGLE
Spirit Award winner and presented with a new iPad. Dawsey, who
is now a biology student at Berry College, will serve as an
EAGLE ambassador for the next year and speak to legislators,
civic groups and others about adult education and the importance
of earning a GED diploma.
82,428 men and women enrolled in Georgia’s adult education
programs during 2011. Last year, 19,006 Georgians earned their
For more information on the Adult Education programs of study at
NGTC, including GED and English as a second language, contact
706-754-7717 or visit
(L-R) NGTC Assistant Chief Terry Brown,
FOP NE Georgia Lodge 105
Chris Looney, and NGTC Chief Shawn Wilson.
Georgia State Fraternal Order of Police Donates
Ballistic Vests to NGTC PD
The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police has donated five (5)
ballistic vests to the North Georgia Technical College Police
Department. These vests, provided through the Georgia
FOP’s “Operation Protect Our Protectors” ballistic vest program,
were presented to Chief Shawn Wilson by Chris Looney of the
Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.
“Operation Protect Our Protectors” provides ballistic vests to
law enforcement agencies across the state, specifically to those
agencies that can’t afford to purchase the vests. Since
the program began in 2002, the Georgia FOP has donated 767 vests
“Officer safety is a critical issue in law enforcement, and the
ballistic vest has been proven to not only reduce injuries but
also save lives,” said Looney. “Every officer should wear
a ballistic vest every day. The FOP is working to ensure
that more officers within our state have access to equipment
that can provide protection to them as they protect fellow
The Georgia FOP represents 4,000 law enforcement members across
the state and is part of the nation’s largest law enforcement
organization with more than 318,000 members nationwide.
The FOP is committed to achieving better working conditions and
benefits for its members and to providing quality service to the
Go Build Georgia
NGTC hosts kickoff for ‘Go Build Georgia’ program: written by Kimberley Brown of The Northeast Georgian, Wednesday, February 15, 2012, page 3A.
Lyn Allen, Juanita Howard-Norris, and Bob
NGTC Foundation Board Continues to Grow
With the addition of Lyn Allen and Juanita Howard-Norris, the
North Georgia Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees
continues its work to provide resources for students attending
the college. Lyn replaces David Strickland from Franklin
County and Juanita, an alumna of NGTC, will serve in a Stephens
“This board has always shown great loyalty to the college, but
in the last few years there has been a revitalization of focus
and energy,” said NGTC President Steve Dougherty. “What a
great honor it has been to work with this group and to see it
The Board of Trustees oversees the NGTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and providing
resources for NGTC’s educational excellence. Last year the
Foundation funded scholarships to 100 students.
Lyn Allen is the Franklin County Industrial Building Authority
Director and brings a strong economic development background to
the table. Juanita Howard-Norris is the NGTC 2010 Hall of
Fame recipient. As a Nurse Practitioner of Toccoa Clinic and
founder of the Power House for Kids program in Toccoa, she, too,
has much to contribute to the board.
Also in February, Bob Evans accepted the position of emeritus
board member. Mr. Evans has been a faithful advocate for
technical education for the past 44 years of his association
with the school. During this time he has served many years
on the Foundation Board of Trustees, the NGTC Board of
Directors, and also on boards at the state level.
“We have so many students who depend on scholarships to fulfill
their career dreams,” said Cynthia Brown, NGTC’s Director of
Institutional Advancement. “We’re moving ahead and we’re
very excited about the contributions from the community in
support of our students’ futures.”
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
NGTC HVAC students stand with scholarship
winner Fabian Huizar.
Front, l-r: Instructor Thomas Taylor, President Steve
Fabian Huizar, and Instructor Barry Benfield.
Fabian Huizar Receives Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship
Fabian Huizar, a student in the Air Conditioning Technology
Diploma Program at North Georgia Technical College, received the
Grainger $2500 Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship.
W.W. Grainger, Inc., a world-wide distributor of industrial and
commercial equipment and supplies, recognizes outstanding
students with a $2,000 scholarship and a customized Westward®
toolkit upon successful completion of the student’s technical
education program. Mr. Huizar will graduate in December,
“We hope that this award will encourage both Fabian and his
classmates to push farther,” said NGTC Director of Institutional
Advancement Cynthia Brown. “These are role models for the
students who will come behind them. They are the future of
Through a competitive selection process, students studying
electronic systems, heating/air conditioning, plumbing,
pneumatics, welding, automotive, construction, facilities
maintenance or other industrial trade may apply for the
scholarship. Beginning in Fall 2010, a limited number of
scholarships were set aside by the Grainger Corporation in
support of industrial trades professions.
As fees increase and HOPE Grants and Scholarships cover fewer
costs, donors like Grainger are making it possible for many
students to complete their education and go to work. “We
look forward to a long relationship with Grainger in assisting
other students in meeting their educational needs,” said Brown.
For more information on the HVAC program of study at NGTC,
contact Thomas Taylor,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barry Benfield,
email@example.com, 706-754-7863, or visit
For more information on the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow
L-R: TCSG Board
Chairman Paul Holmes, TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson,
AT&T Georgia President Sylvia Russell, TCSG Assistant
Commissioner for Adult
Education Beverly Smith, TCSG GED Testing Program Director
$50,000 Donation from AT&T Will Help
Low-Income Students Pay GED® Test Fees
Atlanta - Georgia’s adult learners who can’t afford the cost of
a GED test are getting some big help from AT&T.
The telecommunications giant has donated $50,000 to the
Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to create GED testing
scholarships for qualified, low-income students. The fund will
be administered through the TCSG Office of Adult Education,
which manages the state’s GED instruction and testing programs.
Sylvia Russell, the president of AT&T Georgia, presented the
check to TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson during the meeting of the
TCSG State Board on February 2, 2012. Russell is also a member
of the TCSG board, which is responsible for overseeing the
policies and procedures for Georgia’s technical colleges and
their technical education, adult education and workforce
“I know first-hand the strong track record of the Technical
College System of Georgia and the great work they’re doing to
create a strong workforce,” said Russell. “We’re proud to play a
role in their efforts to support adult education in our state.”
Jackson thanked Russell for AT&T’s generosity and the company’s
desire to help less-fortunate Georgians use adult education to
improve their lives and standing in their communities. “This
donation by AT&T could not have come at a more important time,”
said Jackson. “The challenging economic conditions and rising
costs have forced many of Georgia’s adult learners to put off or
even forego taking their GED test, which means that they’re
giving up on an opportunity that could lead to a better job and
more promising career. Now, thanks to AT&T, some very
deserving adult learners will be able to pay their fees and take
the GED test in the coming year.”
The donation will create an opportunity for almost 800
low-income Georgians to receive a $65 voucher to be used toward
the cost of the full GED test. To be considered for the award,
the learner must attend a state-approved adult education class
and have a minimum score of 500 on each of the five GED practice
exams that cover reading, writing, science, social studies and
Currently, Georgians pay $95 to take the full battery of GED
tests. The cost is expected to rise in the spring when a new,
computer-based test is deployed in collaboration with the
national GED Testing Service in Washington. The TCSG will
announce the new fee in the coming months.
There are 1.2 million adults in Georgia who do not have a high
school or GED diploma. Last year, the TCSG Office of Adult
Education served almost 82,000 Georgians through Adult Basic and
Secondary Education and GED instruction and testing programs.
More than 19,000 of those adult learners passed the GED test and
earned their GED diploma. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s
2011 Statistical Abstract, a person with a high school or GED
diploma earns approximately $10,000 more annually than a person
without those education credentials.
NGTC Gets the Nod to Develop RN
North Georgia Technical College has passed two major milestones
along the pathway to develop a Registered Nursing Program at the
Beginning with a Feasibility Study in October of 2011, the
college has gained approval from both the Technical College
System of Georgia Board of Directors and the Georgia State Board
of Nursing to begin to develop the Associate of Science Degree
in Nursing Program.
The proposed ASN program will be a direct path to Registered
Nursing, projected to be one of the two occupations with the
highest growth rate in Georgia and among occupations with most
annual openings in North Georgia. The College’s desire to
implement the degree program is a direct result of growing
student demand for allied health training, job availability and
projected job growth. Currently NGTC attracts more “prenursing”
students than can be accommodated by its Licensed Practical
Nursing (LPN) program.
Funding for the start-up costs of this program will be provided
through the $2.5M workforce development grant the college was
awarded by the US Department of Labor. The college is
currently seeking a Director for the new program who will
develop the curriculum, working closely with the Georgia State
Board of Nursing to plan and organize the RN program.
“If all goes well, our first nursing class will be admitted Fall
2013 and will graduate the first class in Spring of 2015,” said
NGTC Dean of Academic Affairs Mindy Glander. “In going
through this process, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of
support that our current clinical site facilities have shown.”
The Associate Degree in Nursing program provides a strong
foundation in the practice of nursing and prepares students to
function within the framework of the registered nurse role. The
College strives to respond to changing demands for
education/training in the community in a timely manner.
“This has been a long-term goal for us for the last few years,”
said NGTC President Steve Dougherty. “To develop a program
that meets the rigorous standards of the Georgia Board of
Nursing is a process that takes a lot of hard work and
dedication. This is probably one of the most impactful
programs we plan to implement here.” said Dougherty.
For more information on programs of study at NGTC, please
contact 706-754-7700 or visit the website at
NGTC Students Offer
Services and Gain Valuable Experience
Community relationships are a key component for the success of
graduates from North Georgia Technical College. Recently,
Culinary Instructor Chef David Drake created a win-win situation
for Union County’s Butternut Creek Golf Course and his students.
“It seemed like the obvious choice,” he explained. “The
Union County Community Center is owned and operated by the Union
County Recreation Department and they needed to implement an
easy, efficient, and economical way of keeping the new Butternut
Creek Golf Course facilities operational. At the college
we have students that need experience to complete their
training. It was a match made in heaven.”
The 120 acres of beautiful green space is not only a
recreational facility, but with the opening of the new Community
Center, Butternut Creek offers an opportunity like no other
public or private institution in Union County. Butternut Creek,
the County Recreation Department and other County projects
offers a variety of occupations and career opportunities, with
over 85% of these positions being non-managerial.
“The average NGTC student is 26 years old and the majority of
them don’t want to leave the North Georgia Mountains,” continued
Drake. “The students at NGTC want and need opportunities
for hands on experience. The County has an opportunity to build
a stronger, qualified workforce, with most of these interns
wanting to reside, work and thrive right here in the community
that trained them. Union County has the opportunity to showcase
two of its best resources with this collaboration.”
NGTC students have the opportunity to intern at UCCC, garnering
invaluable experience while earning part-time wages.
“Our students have the knowledge and skills, and with the
experience they gain at Butternut, they have that extra
credential when they graduate and begin to pursue their
careers,” said Drake.
Currently there are six students from the Culinary program
cycling through on an as needed basis. Connections are
also being made for students in programs ranging from Accounting
to Cosmetology to Turf and Golf Course Management.
For more information on UCCC interns in programs of study at
NGTC, contact David Drake at 706-439-6315.
Area High School Students Show
Strong at Recent SkillsUSA Competition
“Your journey to Kansas City starts here,” announced SkillsUSA
Coordinator Jeff Bearinger of Lumpkin County High School as he
welcomed more than 325 contestants attending the January 26
SkillsUSA Region 2 High School Competition at North Georgia
Those who place first or second in their contest will advance to
the Georgia SkillsUSA Conference at the Georgia International
Convention Center held March 15-17, 2012.
SkillsUSA Region 2 includes counties from Union to Greene and
from Forsyth to Hart. SkillsUSA is a national career and
technical student organization and each year a series of over
100 competitions allow students to test their skills. The
theme for this year is “Champions at Work: Skilled and
“We hope you enjoy your time on this great campus,” said NGTC
President Steve Dougherty. “Today you may be taking your
first step towards a very successful career in one of the
skilled trades. You are our future, and at North Georgia
Tech, we stand ready to help you achieve your goals.”
The January 26 event began at 9:00 AM and ended with an awards
ceremony at 2:00 PM in the NGTC Clegg Auditorium. Region
II SkillsUSA coordinators include Jeff Bearinger from Lumpkin
County High School, Cindy Tumblin from Johnson High School, Mike
Hayes from Union County, and Jason Smith from North Georgia
Photos of the event taken by NGTC Photography Students are
posted at www.facebook.com/ngtcnews.
Instructor Earns Photographic Craftsman Degree
Jeff Gulle, Photography Instructor at North Georgia Technical
College in Clarkesville, has earned the Photographic Craftsman
degree from the Professional Photographers of America.
The degree was presented to Gulle by the PPA President Don
Dickson at the association's annual convention, Imaging USA,
held January 15-17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gulle has met the standards of excellence set by the
Professional Photographers of America. He has been awarded the
Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of his service to
the photographic profession as an orator, author, and mentor.
PPA, a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than
22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and
fraternal goals, promote public awareness of the profession, and
to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an
art, a science, and a visual recorder of history.
For more information on the Commercial Photography program of
study at NGTC, contact Jeff Gulle at 706-754-7883 or
Math Is Delicious
Chocolate plus Culinary Arts Instructor Chris Bladowski equals
Delicious Math at Eastanollee Elementary School! More than
one hundred students, along with their parents and teachers,
were treated to a special Math Night at the school with
representatives from North Georgia Technical College, and all
learned the real taste of success.
“The kids were so excited,” said NGTC’s Suzanne Wright.
“They helped all the way through the entire process from start
The students went through the cooking stations in groups of
about 25. They began with calculating how many cookies to
make, moved onto the actual measuring of ingredients, and
finally to the packaging area where the final product was put
into baggies for each child.
“We used a variety of math methods including simple things like
adding and subtracting all the way to more complex functions
like estimating and multiplying fractions,” said NGTC’s Math
Instructor Leslie McFarlin. “It was a wonderful experience
showing them how we all use Math in everyday life.”
Kindergarteners through Fifth graders eagerly engaged in the
evening’s events, shouting out answers with abandon, counting on
fingers if necessary, and taking the time to really think
through and revise answers when they got off track.
“At the college, we are really focusing in on the importance of
Math as a basis for all studies,” said McFarlin. “It is
the major part of our Quality Enhancement Program which is
designed to improve the learning outcomes for our students.
Sharing Math with the Eastanollee group was a special treat for
NGTC’s Erica Pickens enjoyed the evening and is looking forward
to the next time the group travels to the elementary school
which will be for Technology Night. “We’ll be bringing the
Criminal Justice instructors to demonstrate the uses of
magnification and the Industrial Systems Technology instructor
is planning to have the robot up and running.”
For more information on programs of study at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700 or visit
Students Learn About Living
When renowned Southern Chef Paula Dean was recently
diagnosed with diabetes, the media immediately turned the
spotlight on this very serious disease. But in many ways,
the focus of the stories missed the mark, falling short of the
true need to educate the public on the demands of living with
diabetes on a daily basis.
However, students in the Practical Nursing program at North
Georgia Technical College were able to learn about the impact of
diabetes as well as the constant care required to maintain a
healthy lifestyle. The college’s Blairsville Campus
Receptionist, Jessica de Ruise, stepped up to the front of the
classroom to explain and demonstrate her daily routines.
Diagnosed about 20 years ago, Ms. de Ruise has become a local
expert on the subject. Beginning with an explanation of
her situation, she discussed the various stages and levels of
the disease. She also described a variety of lifestyle changes
that were far more involved than just dietary restrictions.
She further explained the importance of having a good team,
including her doctors, nutritionists, and family. Her
presentation included handouts and a demonstration of how she
monitors her blood sugar levels through the use of an external
insulin pump. With a little demonstration for the class,
she showed how pump settings are changed every three days with a
new IV set that is attached via a needle subcutaneously.
“The pump is actually a computer that logs in regularly taken
statistics,” she explained, showing them the wallet-sized
apparatus she keeps discretely attached to her waistband.
“I don’t have to constantly balance carbs against intake
anymore, the computer does it for me.” Jessica’s
endocrinologist has the pump set to keep her at a specified
range and testing allows her to know when to make adjustments.
When Jessica goes in to visit her doctor, he is able to download
various reports from the pump detailing Jessica’s car intake,
insulin levels and more to determine if any changes are needed.
After her presentation, Dr. Martha Marquardt gave the students a
test to ensure the lesson was learned. Each of the sixteen
students passed with flying colors.
“I appreciated Jessica's willingness to share her personal
experience with the students,” said Dr. Marquardt. “She
was so thorough in her research and patient with the students.
It was a valuable learning experience.”
Diabetes is a disease that affects not just the patient, but
everyone in the patient’s support system. When the family
and the healthcare providers work together as a team, it makes a
world of difference to the patient and the patient’s lifestyle.
For more information on Diabetes, visit the American Diabetes
www.diabetes.org. Practical Nursing program of study
at NGTC, contact 706-439-6300 or visit