NGTC Photography Students
Featured in Publication
At the recent SkillsUSA context, NGTC students swept both the
Marine Engine Technology and the Photography contests placing
1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Photography students are featured in
this month’s GPPA (Georgia Professional Photographers
Association) Magazine. And, on the cover, is one of Colby
Moore’s photos – he was the first place winner.
Here is the link to GPPA's magazine which has Colby’s photo on
the cover and a showcase of the work Colby, Stephanie Maley and
Melissa Henderson submitted for Skills USA contest:
Online GED Seekers Presented
With Bogus Diplomas, Lawsuit Alleges
This is a news story from NBC this morning about fake GED
We wanted to share this important information to let you know
that NGTC's Adult Education department is fully accredited and
our GED graduates have been very successful. For
information on GED classes near you, contact 706-754-7717.
National Technical Honors Society Holds Induction
At special ceremonies on the Currahee and Clarkesville campuses
of North Georgia Technical College, 34 students were inducted
into the National Technical Honors Society (NTHS).
“You make our instructors’ jobs a pleasure with your thirst for
knowledge,” said President Steve Dougherty as he congratulated
the students. “Thank you for your commitment of energy and
strength. It will serve you very well in your career
Mark Ivester, Vice President for Administrative Affairs and
Economic Development, welcomed the honorees along with their
family and friends commending them for their hard work and
dedication. “It’s more than just the hours you spend in class;
it’s the long study sessions and the extra hours you put in at
home that have brought you here today.” stated Ivester. “As
employees of NGTC, this is one of the more fun things we get to
do, participating in events such as this and commencement and
seeing our students recognized for their accomplishments.”
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.
Gail Haney from Epworth received this honor for her academic
achievement in Environmental Horticulture.
Franklin County residents receiving this honor included Business
Administrative Technology student Nancy Andrews of Canon,
Medical Assisting student Leslie Kelley and Culinary Arts
student Abby Swords both of Lavonia, and Business Administrative
Technology student Samantha Teate of Carnesville.
Gilmer County Resident James Duckett received this honor in
Motorcycle Service Technology.
Habersham County residents receiving this honor included Alto
resident Nathaniel Kelley in Culinary Arts, Baldwin resident Amy
Gailey in Clinical Lab Technology, Clarkesville residents Susan
Blair in Internet Specialist Web Design, William Bond in
Networking Specialist, Cara Henderson in Medical Assisting,
Timothy Jones in Criminal Justice Technology, Johnathan Merck in
Environmental Horticulture, Kellie Tallent in Medical Assisting,
and William Young in Automotive Technology, Cornelia
residents Brandon Tatum in Marine Engine Technology and Tony
Willis in Air Conditioning Technology, Demorest residents Tonya
Lumpkin in Business Administrative Technology and Kimberly
Walker in Medical Assisting, Mt. Airy resident Deborah Thurmond
in Medical Assisting, Lula resident Amanda Wilson in Medical
Assisting, and Turnerville resident Schicketha Ivester in
Business Administrative Technology.
Jackson county resident receiving this honor was Thomas Curry in
Hall County resident Mohamed Haniff received this honor in
Hart County resident Shycola Williams received this honor in
Business Administrative Technology.
Lumpkin County resident Christopher Jones received this honor in
Air Conditioning Technology.
Rabun County residents receiving this honor included Pharmacy
Technology student Jena Kelly and Automotive Technology student
Stephens County residents receiving this honor included Business
Administrative Technology students Christine Canup, Angela
Ferguson, and Laurie Scott.
White County residents receiving this honor included Corey
Garrett in Clinical Lab Technology, Farilyn Rearden in Medical
Assisting, and Amy Stephens Pharmacy Technology.
For this honor, students must be nominated by an instructor and
must maintain a 3.7 GPA. In all, 16 programs were
represented and 4 of the NTHS candidates are currently pursuing
an Associates Degree.
“We hope and trust that this is just one phase of your
educational pursuits,” said Vice President of Student Affairs
Dr. Mike King. “We would be honored to be a part of your
continuing education. Congratulations to all of you.”
For more information on the NTHS, visit
www.nths.org. For more
information about the college, visit the website at
NGTC Students Take Command of SkillsUSA Contests
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, sweeping two
categories and claiming first and second places in three others.
This year, 21 students from 8 programs at the college competed
and 10 medals were won. In both the Marine Service Technology
and Photography programs, NGTC students took all three top
awards. For the first time, students entered the Video Product
Development contest and were rewarded with a first place team
“Congratulations to all the students who competed in these
events. They represented North Georgia Tech well, and our
winners will carry their strength with them to Kansas City,”
said Vice President of Student Services Dr. Mike King.
“This is a great group of students learning from a great group
of faculty. We thank them for the time and effort they
gave to lead and to see that our students have the opportunity
to continue their learning beyond the campuses of NGTC.”
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 to be held in Kansas City,
Missouri, June 23-27, 2012 are Brandon Tatum of Cornelia in
Marine Service Technology, Colby Moore of Cleveland in
Photography, and Video Product Development team members Zack
Moon of Clayton and Robert Kennell of Demorest.
Second place winners included Eric Holloway of Midway in Marine
Service Technology, Stephanie Maley of Toccoa in Photography,
Brantley Lingerfelt of Carnesville in Precision Machining
Technology, and Jamie Smith of Canon in Welding.
Students who received a third-place medal included Rick Anglin
of Cleveland in Marine Engine Technology and Melissa Henderson
of Clarkesville in Photography.
Also testing their skills at the State level this year were
Nathaniel Kelley of Alto and Kattianna Vaughn of Bowersville in
Culinary Arts, Kevin Cyr of Duluth and Mitchell Parent-Lew of
Gray in Marine Engine Technology, James Duckett of Ellijay in
Motorcycle Service Technology, Katherine Clardy of Toccoa and
Corey Aderhold of Canon in Photography, Johnny Broyles of
Clarkesville in Residential Wiring, Adam Harris of
Clarkesville in Industrial Motor Controls, and Tony Fryery of
Lula and James Faulk of Martin in Mechatronics.
“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.”
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
Technical Schools A Popular
By Shelby Harrell, Staff Writer
-- The Clayton Tribune, March 15, 2012
As the down economy continues to create a tight job market, some
students are choosing to attend technical schools to acquire
practical work skills that could lead to jobs now and in the
Many Rabun County residents currently attend North Georgia
Technical College in Clarkesville as an alternative to a
four-year college. Sandra Maughon, public relations and
information director at NGTC, said enrollment doubled two years
ago, but has since leveled off.
“The economy has had a lot of people come to tech schools to
retool and learn another skill to go back to work,” she said.
Brittany Ragsdale, of Mountain City, said she became a student
at NGTC in 2010 because it was more convenient.
“I really wanted to go to a tech school that was close and
affordable,” she said.
Bess Green, a member of the NGTC Foundation, said the
organization was staying busy with the college’s increased
“Many jobs we’ve seen over the past few years have disappeared
and the job market is more competitive,” she said. “I think
people are turning to vocational-technical colleges for a job
market that’s rearranging and in constant change. Technical
schools can be more responsive to the immediate needs of the
Rocio Montavo, of Clayton, began attending NGTC in 2009 after
transferring from Gainesville State College. She said she
transferred because it is closer and teachers give more
Green said she thought more students were attending tech schools
in hopes of finding employment more quickly.
“I think with the changing economy, traditional jobs are
disappearing,” she said. “People are more aware and returning to
school to acquire a certain skill set that will improve their
economic success or job hunting prospects.”
Clayton City Manager Cissy Henry said she went to NGTC in 2001
to take continuing education classes. She said she hopes to send
her son, Daniel, to NGTC this summer to join the electrical
“I went there because it was convenient,” she said. “As far as
my son going, it’s not only convenient, it’s economics.”
Maughon said the cost for tuition averages about $75 per credit
hour, and that 90 percent of students receive financial aid.
Jeremy Brooks, Audra Jimenez, and Diane
Stover join NGTC Financial Aid Team.
Financial Aid Department Ready to Assist NGTC
Audra Jimenez of Tiger, Jeremy Brooks of Cornelia, and Diane
Stover of Mt. Airy have been added to the Financial Aid
department at North Georgia Technical College.
“We have been working throughout the year to fully develop our
Financial Aid team,” said Kelley. “We want to make sure we
are in a position to give our students the level of service they
have come to know and expect here at the college.”
The tuition for a full year at NGTC remains among the lowest in
the area. Following the recent changes to the HOPE funds in
Georgia, the college has expanded the financial aid available
for students to include options such as federal student loans
and payment plans through external sources.
Audra Jimenez resides in Tiger with her husband Josue and her
son Andres. A graduate of Piedmont College with a BA in
Business Administration, she is happy to put her education and
skills to work locally.
Jeremy Brooks is from Cornelia where his parents, Ben and Celia
still live. Brooks holds an Associates degree from NGTC
and is excited to be working with the students here. “This is a
great working environment,” he said. “Everyone here at the
college is easy to work with.”
Diane Stover has had a long association with the college,
beginning her post-secondary education in Data Processing and
Junior Accounting here. Ms. Stover was also the first GOAL
(Georgia Occupational Award for Leadership) winner at the
college. She went on to complete her BA in Business
Administration from Piedmont and served many years with
Habersham Bank. In 2006, she was inducted into the NGTC
Alumni Hall of Fame. Diane and her husband, David, who was
also a long-time HVAC Instructor at NGTC, live in Mt. Airy.
“We are very excited to have the experience and enthusiasm of
these three on our team,” said Financial Aid Director Kim
Kelley. “This is a great group of people to work with.”
For more information on the programs of study at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700 or visit the website at
Regents Approve 17 General Education Courses for
Transfer to Support Complete College Goals
Atlanta — March 14, 2012
Today, the Board of Regents voted to accept an additional 17
general education courses in the Technical College System of
Georgia (TCSG) as transferable to the University System of
Georgia (USG) for credit in the core curriculum, the basic
courses all students must take to earn a degree.
With the approval of these 17 additional courses, there are now
27 courses transferable to USG institutions from TCSG
institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Commission on Colleges. The increased number of
courses enhances how TCSG students are able to pursue
baccalaureate degree opportunities at USG institutions.
“The addition of these courses to satisfy the core curriculum
strengthens the USG’s commitment to Georgia’s students and their
ability to attain a college education. The USG and TCSG are
committed to answering Gov. Deal’s call for more Georgians to
complete college,” said Interim Chief Academic Officer David
On November 11, 2011, the regents approved a plan in the form of
a report, “Complete College Georgia,” that commits the
University System’s 35 institutions to increase college
completion. The TCSG board approved the same agreement in
USG faculty on the Regents Academic Advisory Committees reviewed
each course and recommended all 17 general education courses be
accepted for transfer from TCSG institutions to the General
Education Council composed of faculty and staff from the System
office and USG institutions. The General Education Council,
which approves USG institutions’ core curriculum, unanimously
endorsed their recommendations.
The articulation agreement also established the Postsecondary
Oversight Council who will continue to monitor the
implementation of these additional courses for transfer between
the two Systems.
A list of all 27 transfer courses, including those courses
approved today, can be found here:
Thaxton Plans to Build on NGTC’s Record of Excellence
By Kimberly Brown The Northeast
Georgian P2A Wednesday March 14,2012
Begining April 1, students and faculty at North Georgia
Technical College will see a new face around campus, when Dr.
Gail Thaxton takes the reigns as NGTC president.
Thaxton plans to hit the ground running as she takes over
leadership of the college from retiring president Steve
Dougherty. She says, though many aspects of the college
are “just right,” the first thing she plans is to do an
assessment of what’s needed and have a “strategic look” at the
direction the college needs to go during the next five to 10
This includes “offering the right programs and training our
students in the right skills,” she says. “We certainly
want to build on the excellence that’s already [at NGTC] with
the community,” Thaxton says. “A lot of good things are going
on. We’re adding an associate of nursing program. We have
a Department of Labor grant to help train people that are
displaced because of the Trade Adjustment Act [a federal program
to help workers who lose their jobs due to increased imports].
We have a lot of good construction projects going on that are
strengthening and enhancing the campus. So we need to make sure
the enrollment, graduation rates and placement rates are strong.
Those are the indicators of a good, healthy college.”
Thaxton comes to NGTC from Okefenokee Technical College in
Waycross, where she has served as president since 2005. She has
also served as vice president of instruction at Albany Technical
College, and was assistant superintendent for instruction for
Grady County schools. She says NGTC and Okefenokee Tech have
many similarities, offering many of the same programs, such as
electrical lineman, horticulture and commercial truck driving.
NGTC is about 1,000 students larger and has three campuses,
where Okefenokee Tech has two campuses.
“If you look at the most highly enrolled programs, the two
colleges line up perfectly,” Thaxton says. “A lot of the
challenges of planning and equipping those programs, keeping
them cutting edge, staffing them with highly skilled and trained
faculty, falls right into line with my present experience.”
Thaxton says she has a “huge passion” for all higher education,
including technical college.
“Technical colleges have a very unique niche in their mission of
training and educating people to go to work. We stay very clear
and focused on that mission.We believe in access, opportunity
and affordability. It’s my own personal belief that higher
education should be available, accessible and affordable to
whoever needs to pursue it.”
Thaxton says her long history as an educator will serve her well
at NGTC. “This is work I enjoy. The community can
expect to see me leading vigorously and with a lot of
excitement. I’ve proven myself to be a good administrator
and a good leader of people. I feel good about being the
right person at the right time.”
Thaxton is grateful to Dougherty and the “most generous”
assistance he’s given her during the hiring process. She says
their goal is to make it a “seamless transition” for students,
faculty and staff.
“I can’t thank Steve Dougherty enough for the support he’s given
throughout the whole process,” she says. “We want this to not be
something that produces anxiety. We want to be very transparent
in the process so we can move on and serve the students.”
Thaxton has toured the Clarkesville campus, which, she says, “is
a beautiful campus with a lot of history.”
“I have not been in all the buildings yet, but I know there are
a lot of construction projects going on to make it better and
more attractive for students, and so we can equip the lab with
the most cutting edge equipment. Those are indicators of fi ne
leadership, good strategic planning, good budget planning and
good support from our elected officials. I feel like it’s going
to be a good place to be, building on a lot of positive strength
and assets at the college.”
Thaxton and her husband, Billy Thaxton, are excited about moving
to the area, since their son Austin, his wife Rachel, and “most
importantly” their two grandchildren, Aiden, almost 6, and
Alexis, about 19 months, live in Habersham County. Austin works
as a pharmacist in Toccoa and Rachel works as a pharmacy
technician in Cornelia. The Thaxtons also have a son, Brian, who
will live with them while he recovers from knee surgery.
“To be up here, close to them and to continue to work at a job I
love is the pinnacle of my career,” she says. “To be able to
enjoy [her grandchildren] and to be able to work with this fi ne
college with its excellent reputation is just more than I could
have ever imagined.”
Most of all, Thaxton says she’s looking forward to integrating
into the Northeast Georgia community.
“I’ve already begun to fill up my calendar to meet people in the
community. I am looking so forward to meeting people and giving
people a sense of me as well. I’ve been in south Georgia all my
life and I know it’s going to take some time to get acclimated
and for people to become acquainted. I’m 110 percent committed
to working hard to continue to push this college to new heights
and new directions, just like my predecessors have done.”
NGTC EMS students learn about electrical
safety from Tim Sweat of Jackson EMC.
EMS Students Get Electrifying Lecture
Emergency Medical Professionals are expected to handle a variety
of hazardous situations with ease and success. Knowing
this, North Georgia Technical College’s instructors strive to
provide training for all possible situations.
NGTC’s Emergency Medical Services Director Charles Hill recently
connected with Tim Sweat of Jackson EMC and the result was an
expanded safety lecture for the NGTC Advanced Emergency Medical
Technician students on electrical safety.
Beginning with the basics of electricity, from generation to
subsystems to delivery, Mr. Sweat built the foundation for
understanding the risks and procedures for working with unusual
situations such as downed power lines on automobiles involved in
accidents. Using basic math principles, he also illustrated to
students how few milliamps it takes to stop your heart.
“It is important for our students to get expert advice and
training from a variety of sources,” said Mr. Hill. “The
more situations we can cover in the classroom, the better off
everyone will be out in the environment.”
Sweat is a safety trainer for Jackson EMC and regularly presents
safety briefings to emergency organizations such as fire
departments and first responders.
For more information on the Emergency Medical Services programs
of study on the NGTC, contact 706-754-7808 or visit
Dean Dan Pressley with President Steve
Dan Pressley Recognized for 25 Years of Service
Dan Pressley, Academic Dean at North Georgia Technical College,
recently received the Faithful Service Award for 25 years of
service. The Faithful Service Award symbolizes the
dedication and hard work that employees have performed for the
Beginning his career with the Georgia Department of Corrections
in the Probation Division in 1986, Pressley came to NGTC as a
Criminal Justice instructor in 2004. Soon afterward he was
made Department Chair and then Dean of Academic Affairs for
Personal Services programs.
Pressley, who received his Juris Doctorate degree from John
Marshall Law School in Atlanta, oversees programs such as
Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Computer Information Systems,
Horticulture, and more. In particular, he has enjoyed
watching the Criminal Justice program grow at the school.
“We now have two full-time instructors and several adjunct
instructors serving over 150 students just in that program,” he
explains proudly. Many of the programs, including Criminal
Justice, Business, Accounting, and more, make extensive use of
the distance learning technology used at NGTC.
Dan and his family live in Stephens County. His wife,
Tracey, also an educator, is currently working in the Stephens
County Elementary Schools AmeriCorps program. Tracey and
Dan’s daughter, Amy, is a Chemistry major in the honors program
at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
Receiving recognition for 5 years of service were Pharmacy
Technology Instructor Christy Bivins of Stephens County,
Maintenance Worker Dale Sims of Habersham County, Clarkesville
Campus Librarian Christina Teasley of Jackson County, and
Registrar Assistant Brad Stancil of Stephens County.
For more information on North Georgia Technical College’s Adult
Education program of study, contact 706-754-7700 or visit
NGTC Student William Royal’s book “The
Perfect Murder Weapon” is available as a Kindle e-book.
Horticulture Student Cultivates Murder Mystery Plot
A good education is a versatile tool that, combined with
experience, can be applied to a variety of different careers.
For example, take recent North Georgia Technical College
graduate William Royal. With a background as a French Chef
and a newly-acquired Associates Degree in Horticulture, he has
just recently released his first novel on Amazon.com.
“The Perfect Murder Weapon” is a murder mystery that has
horticultural and culinary themes woven throughout.
“Horticulture, plants and humor are the supporting cast in this
unusual story,” says Royal in his description of the book. “It
also contains witty quotes about gardens at the beginning of
each chapter and a cross-reference to character and plant names
at the back of the book.”
Mr. Royal began his writing while still a student at NGTC.
Many of the characters are based on his fellow students and
instructors, and several of them had a hand in editing and
critiquing the saga while in development.
“It was an interesting learning experience,” said NGTC
Instructor Craig Thurmond who also read the book while it was in
development. “William pulled together so many of the
educational experiences here from basic English to the advanced
studies in everything from herbaceous and woody plant
identification to soil science and fertility. It was also
great the way he involved his classmates in the project.
Mr. Royal self-published the book using Amazon.com’s online
Kindle format. “I really prefer to have a book in my
hands,” he admitted. “But the online books are the wave of
the future. I learned a lot about publishing.
Amazon’s process is really straightforward.”
William has already started the next two books in his
horticulture-themed murder mystery series. “I’ve always
wanted to write a book, but I never was inspired to write,” he
said. “The education and confidence I gained at NGTC has
taken me a long way.”
“The Perfect Murder Weapon” is available on Amazon.com in the
Kindle e-book section for $2.99. A free app for
downloading Kindle e-books to a computer, iPad or iPhone is also
available. For more information on the programs of study
on the NGTC, contact 706-754-7700 or visit
Tim Bennett demonstrates safely using the
plasma arc cutter.
Technology Night at NGTC’s Currahee Campus
On Monday February 27, North Georgia Technical College’s
Currahee Campus partnered with Eastanollee Elementary School to
present Technology Night for students, parents and teachers.
As part of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan which focuses
on math skills, instructors demonstrated to students how
Mathematics is used in many career fields. There were
approximately 70 parents and elementary students in attendance.
The students and parents were treated to several amazing
demonstrations from NGTC Industrial Systems Technology students
along with instructors Chris Haley and Brandon Bailey. The
Emergency Medical Services students, with help from instructor
Jeff Adams, took vital signs of both the children and parents.
Contract Training Director Tim Bennett wowed students with the
school’s plasma arch cutter. Criminal Justice Instructor
Pam Segers presented students with many examples of how law
enforcement makes our communities a safer place to live.
And, of course, the Culinary students were a favorite as they
treated everyone to gourmet cookies and fruit carvings.
“We are grateful to our program instructors for volunteering
their time and talents!” said Math Instructor Leslie McFarlin.
“We also give our deepest thanks to Erica Pickens, James Faulk,
Cari McDuffie, and Jennifer Burgess for being on hand to help.”
Parents completed a survey and the resulting comments were
overwhelmingly positive: “Hands on is always more interesting
for children, gets them involved,” “My kids loved it! It was fun
to see what kind of trades are taught,” and “All the people were
great with the kids and super mentors.”
“We are proud to be an integral part of our communities,” said
Currahee Campus Director Greg Roach. “We would love for
all of you to join us for the next partnership opportunity!”
For more information on the programs of study on the NGTC
Currahee Campus, contact 706-779-8100 or visit
NGTC Environmental Horticulture students work preparing for
Spring Plant Sale.
Horticulture Students Preparing for the Spring Plant
Horticulture students at North Georgia Technical College are not
just cultivating a wide variety of plants for the annual Spring
Plant sale, they are also cultivating their skills in plant
care, estimation, projected planning, ordering, cost analysis,
“Each year we’ve been working to expand the scope of this sale
to add more learning opportunities,” explained NGTC Horticulture
Instructor Craig Thurmond. “This year we are more than
tripling our inventory. Whereas last year we primarily
ordered plugs, this year we started nearly 3,000 seeds in the
fall before the holiday break.” The varying schedule of the
academic calendar with term breaks is problematic for the 24/7
care required for proper plant growth and propagation that a
full-time year-round nursery must provide.
The annual Spring Plant Sale will boast some new varieties of
tomatoes and herbs grown from seeds including Heirloom,
Beefsteak, Cherry, Better Boy, Roma, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, and
more. Several native woody plants will be available
including Beauty Berry, Service Berry, Buckeye, Arborvitae, as
well as native grasses and ferns. Standard flowering
annuals will also be there.
“We have been experimenting with some unusual varieties as we
will be using them for our green rooftop project in early
April,” Thurmond continued. The green rooftop is part of
the urban landscape issues portion of the curriculum.
The dates for the sale will be mid to late April, depending on
the growth progress of the plants. For more information,
call 706-754-7794 or e-mail to
NGTC Students Excel at PBL Competition
The Georgia Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) North District Conference held
a competition at the end of February for colleges across North
Georgia. All five of the North Georgia Technical College’s
PBL members who competed there will now be heading to the State
Competition that will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in April.
“We are extremely proud of these ladies and their
accomplishments,” said NGTC Advisor Tim Green. “We have a
few weeks to prepare for state and we know everyone here on
campus is encouraging these students to do their very best and
strive to make NGTC #1 at our state conference in April.”
Placing first in their competitions were Dove Banks of Alto in
Marketing Concepts, Stephanie Fain of Cleveland in Word
Processing, and Kelly Twiggs of Cleveland who placed first in
both Microeconomics and Hospitality Management.
Brittany Ragsdale of Clayton placed third in Management
Concepts. Also placing third in additional competitions
were Dove Banks in Public Speaking and Stephanie Fain in
Rocio Montalvo of Clayton came in fourth in Business Law and
fifth in Management Concepts.
Phi Beta Lambda is the post secondary extension of Future
Business Leaders of America. With chapters in the majority
of accredited colleges across the state, the NGTC chapter has
been honored to have representatives advance to the national
competition each year.
For more information on PBL, visit
For more information on North Georgia Technical College’s
programs of study or professional organization affiliations,
Dr. Gail Thaxton Appointed as New President of North
Georgia Technical College
Atlanta/Clarkesville – TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson has
announced his choice of Dr. Gail Thaxton to be the next
president of North Georgia Technical College (NGTC).
The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia,
which has oversight of the TCSG, voted to approve Jackson’s
selection during their monthly meeting on March 1.
Thaxton is currently the president of Okefenokee Technical
College in Waycross. She will replace NGTC President Steve
Dougherty on April 1. Dougherty is retiring at the end of March.
“Dr. Thaxton has devoted her entire career to academics, and her
outstanding work at Okefenokee Technical College and Albany
Technical College has demonstrated her exceptionally strong
commitment to improving the lives of her students through
technical and adult education,” said Jackson. “Her
knowledge and experience will be an asset to the entire North
Georgia Technical College community and the businesses and
industries that rely on the college for a well-trained and
Jackson also expressed his appreciation for the leadership that
outgoing President Steve Dougherty provided for the college. “I
want to thank President Dougherty for the steady way in which he
has guided North Georgia Technical College and for his many
contributions to the lives and careers of his students. I, along
with his colleagues throughout the Technical College System of
Georgia, wish him the very best in his upcoming retirement.”
Jackson has appointed Dr. Glenn Deibert to serve as the interim
president of Okefenokee Technical College until the college’s
new president is chosen. Deibert is the former president of
Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville and has most
recently been the executive vice chancellor of the Alabama
Community College System.
No timetable has been set for the naming of Thaxton’s permanent
Thaxton has been the president of Okefenokee Technical College
since 2005. She began her career with the Technical College
System of Georgia in 2000 as the executive vice president/vice
president of instruction at Albany Technical College.
Before joining the staff at Albany Technical College, Dr.
Thaxton was the assistant superintendent for instruction for the
Grady County Board of Education between 1992 and 2000, and the
curriculum director for the Terrell County Board of Education
from 1986 to 1992. She also worked for the Terrell County
BOE as an assistant curriculum director, special education
director and classroom teacher.
Thaxton earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
and Specialist in Educational Administration from Valdosta State
University. She has a Master’s in Learning Disabilities
from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in
Social Science from Georgia Southwestern State University.
Some of her most current professional and community affiliations
include chair of the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority,
chair of the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce and
membership on the board of directors of the Children’s
Initiative of Ware County. Thaxton is also the chair of
the Academic Improvement Committee of the TCSG President’s
Council and served on the TCSG President’s Steering Committee
for system’s recently-completed conversion from quarters to
About the TCSG: The Technical College System of Georgia
consists of 25 colleges offering certificate, diploma and
two-year degree programs. Enrollment in the TCSG has grown at a
record pace in recent years with students of all ages taking
advantage of hands-on learning with state-of-the-art equipment
to train for in-demand jobs and great careers. In 2011 alone,
the TCSG delivered 4.7 million credit hours of instruction to
more than 191,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving
85,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical
TCSG colleges offer a world-class education in more than 600
programs that help sustain Georgia’s workforce and keep the
state competitive in today’s global economy. Classes are offered
in a broad range of programs, including strategic industries
like aerospace, healthcare and logistics, as well as computer
sciences, accounting, trades like electrical and plumbing, and
much more. The TCSG also manages the state’s adult education and
GED® testing programs, as well as the internationally-recognized
Quick Start workforce training program for business and