Practical Nursing Students Read
Books to Children
John Dillon Engineering Scholarship
1st Franklin Scholarship
Fain to Travel to Texas for PBL
National Technical Honors Society
Holds Induction Ceremony
Focus on Math adds up to
NGTC Spring Plant Sale
NGTC to Confer Diplomas and Degrees
Sweet Dreams Come True for NGTC
NGTC Instructor Wins Top Honors at the
Georgia Professional Photographers Convention
Telford Family Foundation Scholarship
Payment Options Introduced for
Get REAL About Entrepreneurship Workshop
Horticulture and Turf Management Students Place High in
Korey Harkins Signs With NGTC Cross
Steve Dougherty Retires From
Practical Nursing Students Read Books to Children
It is often said that reading is the best way to prepare a child
both academically and personally. As a class project, the
Practical Nursing students at North Georgia Technical College
took this advice one step further – they created the books that
they would read to children.
“The criteria was to create a children’s book about a health
promotion topic using the student’s knowledge of child
development,” said NGTC Practical Nursing Instructor Ginger
Mize. Working in pairs, the nursing students wrote,
designed, and read the books about nutrition, safety, dental
health, or hand washing and germs to children at the Union
County Head Start/Pre-K program.
Tina Dellaposta and Sharon Roach read their book to a class of
Ninth District Opportunity Head Start children in Union County.
These Practical Nursing students were very inventive in their
approach and entitled their book, “Billy’s Sweet Tooth
Surprise!” The topic was researched from a variety of
sources and used colorful illustrations to engage the
“The Head Start children loved the book presentations,” said
Mize. “After reading this book, the children chose a
healthy snack to reinforce the lesson.”
For more information on the nursing program at NGTC, visit
John Dillon Engineering
The North Georgia Technical College Foundation has received a
donation to begin the John Dillon Engineering Scholarship at the
college. The Engineering Degree is new to NGTC and is
offered through an articulation agreement with Southern
Polytechnic University in Marietta.
The initial scholarship will be awarded for the 2012 Fall
Semester. To be eligible for the scholarship a student
must be enrolled in the program, have a demonstrated financial
need, provide an essay outlining need and career goals and be
recommended by an instructor or employer. Applications are
available at the Foundation Office or online and are due on the
same date as the regular Foundation Scholarships. The maximum
amount awarded will be $375 per semester.
Mr. Dillon taught Mechanical Technology at NGTC for several
years before becoming the Night and Industrial Coordinator for
the college until his retirement. In addition to his
official duties, Mr. Dillon was a volunteer swimming instructor
at the college indoor pool for many years for Head Start and
NGTC college students, special populations, and the general
Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation for this or
other scholarships may send a check to: NGTC Foundation,
P.O. Box 65, Clarkesville, Georgia 30523.
Foundation scholarships make a difference in whether students
have the opportunity to receive an education, graduate and go to
work. Last year the Foundation awarded over 100
scholarships to students with financial need. For more
information, call 706-654-7714 or email at
1st Franklin Scholarship
1st Franklin Financial has donated funds to the North Georgia
Technical College Foundation to provide scholarships for
students enrolled in business related programs at the College.
Founded in 1941, 1st Franklin has grown to 106 branches across
the Southeast with over 1,000 employees. 1st Franklin Financial
is still family owned and operated today with Ben F. Cheek, III,
serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. His son,
Ben F. Cheek, IV, is the Vice Chairman and his daughter, Ginger
Herring, is the President of this outstanding financial
institution. The Cheek family has supported educational
excellence for many years and many employees of 1st Franklin are
graduates of North Georgia Tech and have served on advisory
committees, the Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of
The maximum scholarship will be $375 per semester. To be
eligible for consideration, a student must meet the following
criteria: have a documented financial need, maintain a 3.0 GPA,
complete the Foundation Scholarship application with a statement
of need and future goals and submit a letter of recommendation
from an instructor or employer.
The Foundation’s scholarship application deadline to is May 2,
2012. Additional information is available at 706-754-7714 or
Fain to Travel to Texas for PBL
The Georgia Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Competition was held in
Atlanta, Georgia, on April 13-15, 2012. North Georgia
Technical College sent four contestants and is proud to announce
that Stephanie Fain will continue on to the national competition
which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-27.
More than 350 PBL members from across Georgia convened to
compete in 53 events. Each event included a written test
and four included a performance aspect as well. Students
were allowed to compete in two events at this state-level
competition. NGTC Advisors Tim Green and Brad Cagle
accompanied the students to this three-day session.
“Congratulations to our five PBL students who competed admirably
in the PBL State Conference,” said Cagle. “These students
represented North Georgia Technical College well. We had
record attendance at the conference this year and the events
were highly competitive.”
Stephanie Fain of Cleveland finished second in Word Processing,
earning her the opportunity to compete in the national event.
Ms. Fain also participated in Marketing Concepts.
Also participating in the State competition were Kelly Twiggs of
Cleveland who finished third in Hospitality Management and
fourth in Microeconomics, Rocio Montalvo of Clayton who finished
fourth in Business Law and competed in Management Concepts,
Dove' Banks of Alto who competed in Management Concepts and
Public Speaking, and Brittany Ragsdale of Clayton who competed
in Job Interview and 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,
(L-R) Cosmetology students Daphnye Cox and
Jennifer Ingram take the NTHS pledge.
National Technical Honors Society Holds Induction
At a special ceremony on the Blairsville campus of North Georgia
Technical College, ten students were inducted into the National
Technical Honors Society (NTHS).
Mindy Glander, Dean for Administrative Affairs, welcomed the
honorees along with their family and friends commending them for
their hard work and dedication. “To maintain such high academic
standards while juggling workloads and family obligations is
truly an admirable feat.”
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.
Fannin County residents receiving this honor included Criminal
Justice student Rebecca Burk, and Medical Assisting students
Doris Harbour and Olivia Pickens.
Blairsville residents included Cosmetology students Daphyne Cox
and Jennifer Ingram, Business Administrative Technology students
Lori Gavin and Toni Wasko, and Medical Assisting student Cathy
Culinary Arts student Laura Hatchett from Murphy, NC, and
Medical Assisting student Debbie Gibson from Towns County were
also inducted into the NTHS.
“This is an elite portion of our student body,” noted NTHS
coordinator and English instructor Michael Rice. “For this
honor, students must be nominated by an instructor and must
maintain a 3.7 GPA.”
For more information on the NTHS, visit
www.nths.org. For more
information about the college, visit the website at
Focus on Math adds up to
Expanded student learning support is a major part of the focus
of a new program at North Georgia Technical College, partially
funded by a $2.5M grant from the US Department of Labor. Grants
from the US Department of Labor’s
Employment and Training Administration were bestowed to
community colleges around the country to help economically
dislocated workers train for new careers.
Using the funds designated, NGTC will target specific health
care careers, with a special focus on necessary core skills. The
college will expand and enhance support services that enable
students to be successful in math and English. Beginning Fall
semester, Math learning support will be redesigned to allow for
a modular, individualized learning experience.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Rex Bishop recognized the
significance of this change, “When students take the entry test
into NGTC, we are able to identify their level of math skills
and ensure that they have the foundation they need to complete
the math included in their program courses.”
Students will be able to progress along an individualized
learning path. Classes will be scheduled at specific times, but
once inside the classroom, the student will have a unique
learning experience based on a diagnostic test and a
prescriptive program developed for their particular needs. In an
emporium type of environment, students will progress through
their math skill levels with one-one-one instruction, small
study groups, and self-paced learning.
“We know that the longer a student is in a learning support
class, the more discouraged they are about the distant horizon
of graduation,” said Bishop. “We hope this will motivate
students to finish modules more quickly, possibly completing in
one semester what used to take three quarters.”
Heidi Tapley has accepted the role of Learning Lab Coordinator
for the new strategy for learning support classes. With Learning
Labs on each campus, services provided will include tutoring, a
textbook lending library, assistance with online resources, and
other academic support services. This program will use distance
learning options to enable a tutor or instructor to reach
students at all three campuses simultaneously.
“I’m thrilled to be in the creative process of developing the
learning labs and to have input,” said Tapley. “Our research
review showed that this style of learning is very effective and
has been adopted all around the country. It is the wave of the
For more information on the programs of study at NGTC, contact
706-754-7700 or visit www.northgatech.edu.
Student John Mather of Habersham has been
caring for plants in the NGTC greenhouse.
NGTC Spring Plant Sale Date Set
After months of careful planning, the Horticulture students at
North Georgia Technical College have set April 23-26 as the
dates for the Spring Plant Sale on the Clarkesville Campus.
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 as well as a host of new perennials. Back by popular
demand will be several different colors and types of geraniums
and vegetables such as yellow squash, cucumbers, zucchini and
The students have not just grown a wide variety of plants for
the sale, they have also grown their skills in plant care,
estimation, projected planning, ordering, cost analysis, and
“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
The Clarkesville Campus greenhouse will be open from 9:00 AM –
3:00 PM during the sale, cash and checks only. For more
information, call 706-754-7794 or e-mail to:
NGTC to Confer Diplomas and
Commencement ceremonies for North Georgia Technical College
diploma and degree graduates will be held in Blairsville on May
4, and in Mt. Airy on May 5.
The dates for graduation fall directly after the completion of
NGTC’s Spring semester. Because of the ever-growing size of the
graduation celebrations, the venue for both areas has changed
The Blairsville ceremony will be held at the First Baptist
Church of Blairsville beginning at 4:00 PM on Friday, May 4.
Guests may arrive an hour early for seating and no tickets are
required for this event.
For the Clarkesville and Currahee Campus students, the Saturday,
May 5 event will be held at the Raider Stadium in Mt. Airy
beginning at 11:00 AM. Guests may arrive an hour early for
seating and no tickets are required for this event unless it has
to be rescheduled due to rain.
Since Raider stadium is an outdoor arena, inclement weather
arrangements have been made for the event to move to The Torch
in Demorest beginning at 2:00 PM. All efforts will be made to
make the best call in the event of approaching weather. The
decision will be made on Friday, May 4, by 2:00 PM and
announcements will be made using the NGTC website, WCON 99.3,
and Facebook. As the Torch has limited seating, students were
issued four tickets only for this location.
Students are required to participate in the rehearsals which
will begin two hours before the ceremonies start.
A photographer will be taking pictures of the graduates as they
shake NGTC President Dr. Thaxton’s hand leaving the stage with
their award letter. Graduating students were also given
information on formal graduation portrait sessions available
through area photographers such as Rudeseal’s Photography. In
addition, casual photos taken during the rehearsal and ceremony
will be available on the college Facebook page the week
following the event.
For more information on commencement ceremonies at NGTC, please
contact 706-754-7700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morrell Johnson stands ready to serve in
her Sugar Rush Bakery.
Sweet Dreams Come True for NGTC Graduate
“I have always dreamed of eventually having my own bakery,” says
Morrell Johnson, proud owner of the Swap Shop Café in downtown
Toccoa. “Eventually just came a lot sooner than I had expected!”
Johnson’s success is a tribute to her hard work and dedication
and to her foresight in building a strong foundation with the
needed education and training: She is a recent graduate of the
Culinary Arts program at North Georgia Technical College.
“It’s more than just baking and cooking,” she explains. “It’s
learning how to manage your kitchen and coordinate inventory.”
The Swap Shop Café is actually two businesses in one. The Sugar
Rush Bakery is the venue Morrell uses for her passion for
artistic and creative cupcakes, Danishes, and many other
delights. The Swap Shop is a joint venture with the owners of
Cottage Chic out of Homer, who offer a variety of antiques and
Walking into this delightful establishment is a treat for the
senses, from the smells of fresh Danish pastries, bagels,
cannoli, cookies, tarts, and more to the visual reminders of
days gone by from furniture to Barbie dolls to wine racks to
“My menu varies daily because I’m inspired by what I have on
hand in the kitchen,” Morrell goes on to explain. “Of course we
have the standard flavors like chocolate and red velvet, but we
also have some of my specialties like the bacon maple cupcakes
and the S’mores cupcakes.” Her talents go far beyond the taste
sensations as just one look at her unusual clown cupcakes and
specialty cakes will show you.
“Morrell was a model student,” said NGTC Culinary Arts
Instructor Chef Chris Bladowski. “Her focus on her goals was
evident in her commitment to her studies. We love to see our
students realize their dreams.”
Ms. Johnson attributes her accomplishments to a support network
that not only includes college instructors and classmates, but
most especially from her family. “Dorien is one of my best
salesmen, telling customers that he’s in charge and I just get
to cook,” she grins, referring to her son. She is grateful for
the help she gets from Dorien, Judy (Mom), Aunt Winnette, Granny
Winnie, boyfriend Cory Copeland, and Cory’s son Josiah.
The Sugar Rush Bakery is located at 11 East Doyle Street and is
open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM, and
Wednesday & Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
NGTC Instructor Wins Top Honors at the Georgia
Professional Photographers Convention
Spring break was an opportunity for learning for eight
Commercial Photography students from North Georgia Technical
College as they accompanied their instructors, Jeff Gulle and
Ginger Moseley, to the Georgia Professional Photographers
Convention and the southeastern district print competition in
From Delaware to Florida and Mississippi to Puerto Rico, over
200 photographers entered over 900 prints in the annual
Professional Photographers of America Southeastern District
Competition held March 31-April 3, 2012.
North Georgia Technical College photography instructor Jeff
Gulle has been named Photographer of the Year for Georgia. In
addition to this honor, Jeff won the ASP State Elite Award, the
Lexjet Sunset Award, two Kodak Gallery Awards, and two First
Students who went included Tom Curry of Hoschton, Stephanie
Maley of Toccoa, Amanda Ramey of Clayton, Melissa Henderson of
Clarkesville, Julia Triassi of Mansfield, Cory Aderhold of
Canon, and Sharon Alicea, Rebecca Wood, Colby Moore, and Marty
McClure, all of Cleveland.
The Georgia Professional Photographers Association, Inc. is a
trade organization which promotes integrity and the advancement
of professional photography as a respected and honored
profession. Our members are committed to artistic excellence as
well as professional business practices. Continuing education is
an integral part of the organization, to improve existing skills
as well as nurture new ones by keeping abreast of technological
advances and new photographic techniques.
For more information on the Commercial Photography program of
study at North Georgia Technical College, contact Jeff Gulle at
Telford Family Foundation Scholarship
The North Georgia Technical College Foundation is pleased to
announce a donation by the Telford Family Foundation of an
endowed scholarship for students at the Currahee Campus of NGTC.
Mr. Telford has been an advocate of education and North Georgia
Technical College for many years and served on the NGTC Board of
Directors for two terms. The scholarship will be initially
presented to a deserving student during the 2012 Summer
To be eligible for consideration a student must meet the
following criteria: be a resident of Stephens, Franklin or Hart
Counties; have an unmet financial need; must maintain a
cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better; complete the Foundation
Scholarship application with a statement of need and future
goals; and submit a letter of recommendation from an instructor
or employer. The deadline to apply is May 2, 2012, and
additional information is available at 706-754-7714 or
Payment Options Introduced for
In an ongoing effort to help make college affordable, North
Georgia Technical College recently contracted with Nelnet
Business Solutions, an outside vendor, to provide students with
an alternative payment plan for tuition and fees beginning this
The average tuition for a full semester course load of 15
(fifteen) credit hours in a standard program at NGTC is about
$1,125. The average student using HOPE at NGTC has to pay about
$214 in out of pocket tuition cost. In addition, students
will be responsible for all books and fees.
“We know many students and families are looking for answers to
how they will attend college,” said NGTC Vice President of
Administrative Services Dr. Mark Ivester. “North Georgia
Tech has great answers to that question, including low initial
costs, work-study, loans, and now a low-cost payment plan that
will be a huge help.”
Nelnet is a tuition management plan that provides students with
a low cost option for budgeting tuition and fees. It is
not a loan program, so there is no debt, no interest or finance
charges assessed, and no credit check. The cost to budget
monthly payments through Nelnet/FACTS is a nonrefundable
enrollment fee per semester. Students can choose to make
monthly payments directly from a bank account or by credit card
(MasterCard, American Express, Discover are accepted).
Enrolling online is simple, secure, and easy through the
e-Cashier link on the college website. The payment plan
can accommodate down payments and monthly payments. Students are
advised to carefully read through the Final Review and the Terms
and Conditions. An immediate e-mail will be sent (if an e-mail
address was provided for the person responsible for payment)
confirming enrollment through e-Cashier.
The earlier a student enrolls in the program, the more payment
options will be available; however, students can sign up for the
Nelnet (NBS) Tuition Payment Plan only during registration
periods prior to the beginning of the semester.
For more information on financial aid options at North Georgia
Technical College, visit
www.northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.
Get REAL About Entrepreneurship
Technical colleges of Georgia and Georgia REAL Enterprises are
cosponsoring a very important workshop to form Georgia
Entrepreneurship Teams (GETs). These teams will be made up of
representatives from each Entrepreneur Friendly County group and
school system representatives with elementary/middle school and
high school entrepreneurship responsibilities.
There is now, and will be in the future, a new emphasis placed
on the role entrepreneurship plays in Georgia’s economy and on
the importance of entrepreneurs to job creation both locally and
especially in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) areas.
Workshops are scheduled at technical colleges around the region
including North Georgia Technical College, West Georgia
Technical College, Athens Technical College, Lanier Technical
College, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
If you are members of an Entrepreneur Friendly Community,
Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, FFA, school
board, or special education teachers, educators of the gifted,
school administrators or interested teachers from any grade
level, you will benefit from attending this seminar.
GET Workshop topics include:
¨ What is an Entrepreneur?
¨ What is the difference between business &
¨ How important is entrepreneurship?
(nationally, statewide & locally)
¨ What is the purpose of a Georgia
¨ How can we improve local entrepreneurship?
¨ How can we create a successful Georgia
Entrepreneurship Teams model? What benefits can be expected?
The workshop scheduled on the NGTC campus will be held Tuesday,
April 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morning coffee, lunch and all
materials will be provided. Cost is $20. Preregistration
is recommended to ensure that adequate supplies are available to
accommodate everyone. To register, visit
www.northgatech.edu/pages/coned/courses.aspx or contact Joy
Smith at 706-754-7737.
For more information, contact Georgia REAL Enterprises at
email@example.com or (706) 546-9061.
Horticulture and Turf Management Students Place High
in PLANET Competition
A contingency of 19 high performing students from the
Environmental Horticulture and Turf and Golf Course Management
Departments have just returned from the 36th Annual PLANET
Student Career Days competition held at Kansas State University
in Manhattan, Kansas, March 21-25, 2012. North Georgia
Technical College participated for the third consecutive year,
and this time the college was represented in each of the 28
contests that highlight the industries diversity in the “green”
industry. They were accompanied by instructors Craig
Thurmond and Josh Jackson.
Competing against a total of 769 students from 64 schools, NGTC
students garnered several top ten finishes while Ryan Harper of
Hartwell, in his second PLANET appearance, achieved an
impressive 11th place overall ranking. Dustin Bucher and
Ryan Harper placed 3rd in Hardscape Installation, Michael de
Jong of Clarkesville placed 5th in Sales Presentation, Johnathan
Merck of Clarkesville placed 5th in Skid Steer Operation, Ryan
Harper and Willie Waldman of Blairsville placed 8th in the Wood
Construction event, and Dustin Bucher of Clarkesville placed
10th in the Tractor Loader Backhoe Operation.
The NGTC team competed against both two year and four year
colleges and major Universities like BYU, Chattahoochee Tech,
Penn State, Ohio State, Auburn, North Carolina State, The
University of Georgia, Michigan State, Clemson and Mississippi
State just to name a few.
“It was a great job by all,” said Vice President of Academic
Affairs Rex Bishop. “It is an extremely demanding event
and our students should be proud of their accomplishments.
NGTC was 6th among the 29 two year colleges. This
achievement was only possible through the dedication of both our
students and their instructors.”
From Banks County, Marshall Childress, a Turf and Golf Course
Management AAS student, competed in the Construction Cost
Estimating and on the Arboriculture Technique team with Joshua
From Habersham County, students in both Horticulture and Turf
and Golf Course Management programs travelled to the PLANET
competition along with Dustin Bucher, Michael de Jong, and
Johnathan Merck who were mentioned above: Dee Ellison in
Irrigation Assembly and Landscape Plant Installation, Randy
Hather, Jr. in Irrigation Troubleshooting, Rachel Hoffman in
Personnel Management, Derrick Ledbetter in Truck & Trailer
Operation and Small Engine Repair, Brittany Swift in Interior
Landscape Design, and Miguel Torres in Exterior Landscape and
Maintenance Cost Estimating. John Mather, who came in 59th
overall, competed in a variety of events including Woody
Ornamental Plant Identification, Annual & Perennial
Identification, Landscape Maintenance Operations, Leadership
Skills, and Maintenance Cost Estimating.
Willie Waldman of Blairsville competed in a variety of events
including Wood Construction team, Landscape Maintenance
Operations team, Landscape Plant Installation team, Woody
Ornamental Plant Identification, and Plant Problem Diagnosis.
Ryan Harper of Hartwell competed in a variety of events
including Wood Construction, Irrigation Design, Irrigation
Assembly, Landscape Plant Installation, and Hardscape
Joshua Armstrong of Madison County competed in the Arboriculture
Techniques team event with Marshall Childress of Banks County.
Keats Walker of Murphy, North Carolina, placed 72 overall and
competed in a variety of events including Truck & Trailer
Operation team, Turf and Weed Identification, Compact Excavator
Operation, Construction Cost Estimating, and Plant Problem
Three students from Stephens County, all studying Horticulture
travelled to the PLANET competition. Ashley Mealor
competed in Interior Plant Design; Kemberely Scott placed 13th
in Personnel Management and also participated in Business
Management; Amanda Spray competed in Annual & Perennial
Identification, Business Management, and Interior Plant
“Mr. Jackson and I are extremely proud of our students that took
time out of their busy lives and daily schedules to prepare for
and attend this competition,” said Craig Thurmond. “Our goal
for this year’s team was to prepare and to enter all of the 28
events and complete strong as a team and reach the top 20 in the
country. Our students represented all of us well and with pride
and have already begun preparing for next year’s PLANET
competition to be located in Auburn Alabama at Auburn
“We truly believe that each student that attended not only
learned something about the “green” industry and job
opportunities,” continued Thurmond. “They also learned
something about themselves and the quality of education that
they are receiving here at NGTC.”
“Our congratulations to all the students who took part in the
PLANET competition,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr.
Mike King. “They did a fantastic job against some strong
competition. This was a very successful outcome for these
students as they represented their programs and North Georgia
Student Career Days is an annual three-day competitive event
among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges
and universities across the country and internationally. The
2012 event is sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network,
For more information on North Georgia Technical College’s
programs of study or professional organization affiliations,
contact 706-754-7700 or visit
See more pictures at:
Seated: Coach Bob Roller and Korey
Harkins. Standing (L-R) Rebecca Ramsey,
James McInvale, Phillip Harkins, Sheena Harkins, and Kolin
Korey Harkins Signs With NGTC Cross Country
Accomplished distance runner Korey Harkins from White County has
signed a letter of intent with the North Georgia Technical
College Cross Country Team.
Last year, NGTC became a new member of the Georgia Collegiate
Athletic Association (GCAA) and the National Junior College
Athletic Association (NJCAA) for Cross Country sports.
Harkins, who ran Cross Country for White County High School, is
anticipating a great season. “I’ve always wanted to run
for a college,” said Harkins. He plans to take the
technical studies curriculum, with a long term goal of pursuing
a career in physical education.
Korey had teamed with current NGTC runner Steven Ortega while
the two were in High School together. When Harkins won the
NGTC Homecoming 5K last fall, it was Ortega who suggested he
join the North Georgia Tech team.
Korey lives in Cleveland with his parents Phillip and Sheena and
For more information on cross country events at NGTC, contact
Bob Roller at 706-754-7818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Marlowe congratulates Steve Dougherty on
Steve Dougherty Retires from NGTC
For the last four years, North Georgia Technical College has
been skillfully guided by President Steve Dougherty through
strategic initiatives, renovation projects, accreditation and
articulation achievements, and unprecedented financial
Arriving in Clarkesville in July of 2008, Mr. Dougherty focused
on the tremendous opportunities for service to the community by
continuing his role of leadership promoting technical education
through the mission and vision of the college. During the
last four years, enrollment has increased by over 84% and
articulation agreements have been signed with over a dozen
four-year institutions. After two years of planning and
curriculum adjustments, the college successfully converted from
a quarter to semester academic calendar. Through grants
and other avenues, funds have been acquired for the renovation
of the Hoyt Coe Building, and construction of a new welding
facility as well as new classroom wing additions on both the
Currahee and Blairsville campuses, and several other projects.
Praise for Mr. Dougherty’s leadership resounded throughout a
modest reception in his honor at the college in late March.
Representatives from the Technical College System of Georgia
Board of Directors, local chambers, economic development
authorities, former colleagues, current students, faculty, and
staff crowded the Ramsey-Hunter Dining Hall.
In his comments, Mr. Dougherty expressed his appreciation for
the thoughtful remarks and comments, but also for the
friendships within the community. “I thank Jim Marlowe and
many other retirees for their advice on matters relating to this
college,” he said. “I know this college will continue to
succeed because of the great leaders that are here.”
Innovation and professionalism have been constant
characteristics of Mr. Dougherty’s. As President of North
Metro Technical College, Steve led the college to SACS
accreditation, increased enrollment over 50%, acquired funding
and property for a new entrance and health care building, and
dramatically increased Foundation assets. At West Central
Technical College, he served as Vice-President of Student
Services and Campus Operations and oversaw the management of a
multi-campus institution, opened a new campus and grew
enrollment. As Executive Director of the Georgia Student
Finance Commission, Steve played a major role in designing and
implementing the HOPE Program. Other professional
positions include Deputy Commissioner of the Missouri
Coordinating Board for Higher Education, Director of Financial
Aid for the University of Illinois in Springfield and served as
Registrar at Lincoln College. Mr. Dougherty served in the
101st Airborne Division of the US Army and worked directly for
the division commanding general to help rebuild the 101st as the
first all-volunteer division near the end of the Vietnam War.
Community development efforts have been a part of Steve’s life
for many years. He has chaired or served on the Board of
Directors of Chambers and Development Authorities in six
different communities and has been an active member of Rotary
for many years.
In his leisure moments, Steve enjoys running, cycling and
kayaking with his wife Kate.