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NGTC instructors Jeff Gulle, Jim Loring,
and Ginger Moseley, stand next to Marie Cochran;
the NGTC Photography students fill the stairs of the Visual Tech
building on the Clarkesville Campus.
NGTC Students Invited to Capture “Dreams of our
Project assignments are creative outlets that allow students to
explore unique ways of applying the concepts learned in the
classroom. At North Georgia Technical College, students in
the Photography program have been invited to take part in an
unusual project, putting their photojournalism skills to the
test for a documentary assignment entitled, “Dreams of our
The documentary photography assignment challenges the NGTC
students to capture portraits of African Americans, as well as
multigenerational and multiracial compositions that contrast
imagery of the past, the reality of life today, and aspirations
for the future.
NGTC Instructors Jim Loring, Jeff Gulle, and Ginger Moseley will
select approximately forty of the most outstanding images to
display in the exhibit for the entire month of October. This
exhibit is being held in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates
The exhibition will be a part of an overall series of programs
and events called, “Affrilachia in Words and Images,” which
received a 2012 Challenge American Fast-Track grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts. The grant offers support to
small and mid-sized organizations, which extend their reach into
underserved populations and provide resources for initiatives
that emphasize the potential for community development. North
Georgia College and State University is the host institution for
Marie T. Cochran, founder of The Affrilachian Artist Project,
was selected to be the guest artist-in-residence. As noted on
the Affrilachian Artist Project website, “Black in Appalachia =
Affrilachian” … This clever phrase is short enough for a tweet
and long enough for a bumper sticker. Yet, the story associated
with the phrase is as richly complicated and intriguing as it is
tied to issues of race, ethnicity and class in the United
Recently, Cochran, who is a Toccoa native, spoke to the NGTC
Photography students and they explored the possibilities of
settings and situations that would result in a rich portrayal of
the essence of our region.
“The way we identify ourselves as Southerners, and even as
Americans, today is changing,” says Ms. Cochran. “These
exhibitions and events are about a bigger dream that we have for
our children and grandchildren, and perhaps an embodiment of
what our grandparents dreamed for us.”
For more information on the Affrilachian Artist Project, visit
http://www.affrilachianartistproject.com. For more
information on the Photography program of study at North Georgia
Technical College, visit
(L-R) Instructor Glenn Jordan, Trai
Jackson, Kim Shailer, Am Rad Representative Cody Stockman,
Matt McCombs, and Instructor Barry Benfield.
Air Conditioning Students Learn About Cool
In every industrial segment, keeping up with the fast pace of
changing technology is an important part of moving a career
forward. Recently, students in the Air Conditioning
Technology program at North Georgia Technical College were able
to spend time looking at new equipment soon to be released.
Cody Stockman, guest instructor from AmRad Engineering, Inc.,
spent the morning with students and Air Conditioning alumni.
A family-owned business, AmRad Engineering is a division of
American Radionic Co., a leading manufacturer of metalized film
dielectric capacitors serving a wide variety of industries for
During the interactive session, students plied Mr. Stockman with
questions about how and when to use the products. Kim
Shailer, a student who has also been in the business for several
years, asked questions about competing products and the
The presentation was informative for both those who were new to
the business as well as those currently in the industry.
As Trai Jackson noted, “This is my first semester, but the
information was very easy to follow.”
Heath Wiles, owner of Wyles Heating and Air in Toccoa, graduated
from North Georgia Tech two years ago. “I come back to
these sessions whenever possible,” he said. “Even with the
same manufacturer, there is different information each time. It
is good to keep up with the industry and new parts coming out.”
Stockman took time to explain how the parts are designed and
manufactured by AmRad. Along with that, he gave
suggestions for how the versatile parts could be used in a
variety of configurations to substitute for a wide variety of
parts when you are out in the field working.
“We appreciate our professional partners in the industry very
much,” said NGTC Instructor Barry Benfield. “Giving our
students the opportunity to see the design and production of
parts will make them more valuable as skilled employees.”
For more information on the HVAC program of study at NGTC,
contact 706-754-7700 or visit
NGTC thanks Adult Literacy Volunteers. L-R
Front: Gene Anderson, Kathleen Johnson, Lucille Hopkins,
Bob Waddell, Marilyn Powell, Bob Powell, Iris Arias, Agnes
Ramsey, and Juanita Weiss;
Back: Ryan Walls, Judy Lance, Shelby Ward, Linda Waddell, Sharon
Rummage, Mary Fleming, and Johnny Bailey.
Volunteers Are Priceless
“Volunteering is valuable, but you can’t put a value on time –
it is priceless,” said Stephens Education Literacy Foundation
(SELF) board member Judy Lance at the annual Adult Literacy
Volunteer Appreciation luncheon at North Georgia Technical
Throughout Northeast Georgia, the college’s learning centers
offer free classes to those who wish to attain their GED or
prepare for college entrance tests. The level of service and
individual help given to those students would not be possible
without the help of a large number of volunteers.
“You are hitting the heartbeat of the communities when you help
someone get a GED. What a life changing event for them and
for their families,” said NGTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton.
“Just think of the opportunities that individual has the day
before they pass the GED test and the day after. Thank you
for touching the minds and hearts of those we serve.”
The adult literacy program is designed to assist adults
returning to school to resume educational programs which were
interrupted in earlier years. Students are given assistance in
writing, math skills, and reading comprehensive skills to
re-enter the job market after a layoff; preparing for the GED ®
Tests to qualify for a job or credit program that requires a
high school diploma to graduate, learning English as their
second language, learning to use a computer, or just working
toward a personal educational goal. All instructional materials
are available for student use at no cost.
Habersham County volunteers honored at the luncheon included
Iris Arias, Johnny Bailey, David Buckley, Kathleen Johnson, Jim
Miner, Marilyn Powell, Bob Powell, Agnes Ramsey, Linda Waddell,
Bob Waddell, and Ryan Walls.
Stephens County volunteers honored at the luncheon included
Ellen Alligood, Mary Fleming, Judy Lance, and Juanita Weiss.
Gene Anderson and Sharron Rummage of White County were among the
many volunteers honored at the luncheon.
Lucille Hopkins of Rabun County was one of the many volunteers
honored at the luncheon.
“I know first-hand the value a volunteer can bring to a
program,” said NGTC Adult Literacy Dean Shelby Ward.
“Everything you do is worth more than words can say, and I
cannot say thank you enough for what you do for our programs.”
For more information on the Adult Literacy program at North
Georgia Technical College, visit
Dr. Jim Wade and Dr. Gail Thaxton.
Dr. Jim Wade Honored by NGTC Board of Directors
Dr. Jim Wade has been and continues to be an active and vital
member of the North Georgia Technical College Local Board of
A member since March of 2007, Dr. Wade assumed the
responsibilities of Chairman in July, 2010. “I’ve learned
a lot about technical education during the last few years,” he
said. “But the best part has been connecting with the
excitement in the community about our students and what they
bring to the workforce.”
During Wade’s tenure as Chairman of the Board, the college has
navigated some strategically turbulent waters including the
conversion from quarters to semesters and the sweeping changes
to Georgia’s Hope Scholarship Program. At the same time,
progress to upgrade facilities continued with the completion of
the Welding Building and the Hoyt Coe renovations, while new
projects such as the health wings on the Currahee and
Blairsville campuses continue to develop.
President Dr. Gail Thaxton presented Dr. Wade with an engraved
plaque for dedicated service as the Chairman of the Local Board
of Directors from July 2010 through June 2012.
“The guidance from this board has kept the college on the
straight path towards the future with integrity and honesty,”
noted President Dr. Gail Thaxton. “With Jim at the helm,
we never lost sight of the goal of quality education and the
success for our students.”
Chan Caudell will serve as Chairman for the next two-year term
while Martha Reabold will serve as co-chair.
The NGTC Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of each
month unless otherwise specified by the Board. The Board is
responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the
LtoR: Martha Brown, Martha Rollison, Margaret Frizzell,
Nancy Stevens, Bud Dyer, Cynthia Brown
from NGTC, Carnie Wall (Mission Committee chair), Betty Adams,
Sharp Memorial Contributes to NGTC Scholarships
For the third year in a row, the Missions Committee of Sharp
Memorial United Methodist Church in Young Harris has donated a
portion of the proceeds from their annual rummage sale to the
North Georgia Technical College Foundation. The monies
will fund scholarships for Towns County students with financial
needs who are enrolled at the college and may be used to pay for
tuition, books and fees. A portion of the donation will be
available to pay for the increased cost of $160 for GED testing
for Towns County students who are unable to cover the amount
The HOPE Grants and Scholarships no longer cover the entire cost
of tuition, fees and books for students. With an uncertain
economy, many students are experiencing increased financial
challenges and are no longer able to complete their course of
study, graduate and go to work. To learn more about making a tax
deductible investment in local students and the future of your
community, please call 706-754-7714 or visit www.northgatech.edu.
NP Chet Baker addresses NGTC students.
Medical Assisting Students Learn from Local Nurse
The hands-on learning strategy employed by North Georgia
Technical College is well known in the area. Along with
the practical applications, the classroom experience is also
augmented by special guest speakers from professionals in the
area. Recently, Nurse Practitioner Chet Baker volunteered
to spend his lunch hour with the Medical Assisting students on
the NGTC Clarkesville Campus.
“Our students were particularly interested in going more deeply
into the study of contagious diseases such as hepatitis,” she
continued. Ms. Downs, who recently joined the NGTC staff
from a southern college noted that the health concerns vary by
Mr. Baker, who operates the Express Care in Tim’s Pharmacy in
Cornelia, prepared a detailed presentation on the preventions,
treatments, and prognoses of various hepatitis strains,
particularly the importance of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver which can lead to
chronic health conditions, some very serious.
Baker’s knowledge and experience in working with patients with
hepatitis allowed the students an opportunity to get the “inside
story” rather than just the textbook information. Chet and
the students actively discussed some of the common
misconceptions with the students asking some very astute
“I’m planning to bring in several guest speakers from the
community during the next few semesters,” explained Instructor
and Program Director Debra Downs. It is a great way to
connect the students to the professionals in the area.”
For more information on the Medical Assisting Program at NGTC,
contact 706-754-7821 or visit
Shelby Ward Selected to Lead NGTC Adult Literacy
Shelby Ward has been selected to assume the role of Dean for
Adult Education at North Georgia Technical College. NGTC
has a well-established Adult Education program which provides a
full range of services for adults who need to acquire or improve
basic reading, math, and/or written communication skills in
order to prepare them to enter and succeed in the workplace or
postsecondary educational programs. Adult education classes
taught at NGTC are free of charge.
Ms. Ward, who has been with the college in the Adult Education
Department for 19 years is looking forward to the opportunity to
use her experiences in the classroom to assist the college’s
instructors and aids as they build their programs.
“I will miss the personal connection with the students,” she
said. “Working with people one-on-one is such a rewarding
experience.” Ms. Ward’s success as a caring instructor is
evident in the recent honors her students have achieved in the
annual EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education)
Awards given by the Technical College System of Georgia.
There are more than 1.1 million Georgians who are without their
high school or GED® diploma. They face considerable odds against
achieving success, including earning almost $9,000 less annually
than a person with a high school diploma. Achieving a GED®
diploma opens doors of opportunity, including entry into higher
education and greatly improved prospects of a better job.
Those who earn their GED® credentials are eligible for a $500
HOPE voucher and scholarships that pay for the GED® Exam are
available in all counties for students enrolled in GED® classes.
Shelby resides in Demorest with her husband, Doug, and their
children Ally and AJ.
For more information on North Georgia Technical College’s Adult
Education program of study, contact 706-754-7717 or visit
Local Growers Invited to Farm to Fork Event
The North Georgia Technical College Foundation invites local
producers of agricultural products to participate in the First
Annual Farm to Fork Event to be held at the Currahee Campus on
Saturday, August 11th. The event is designed to showcase
locally grown farm products, support a thriving agricultural
economy, and encourage the public to purchase fresh, healthy
foods. The Farm Portion is scheduled from 2-7 p.m. with
set-up for farmers and local product vendors beginning at noon.
In addition to the Farm Marketplace for local product sales,
there will be music, children’s activities, demonstrations, and
guest speakers who will present information about the value and
availability of fresh, healthy foods, preservation and
preparation techniques, and the importance of farming to the
local economy. Visitors will receive a brochure listing
all of those displaying and selling locally produced items with
information concerning their products, hours of operation,
location and directions to their farms.
In order to secure a space, you will be asked for a $10 donation
to the NGTC Foundation Scholarship Fund and a silent auction
item for the Fork Event that evening. The deadline to
register is July 12, 2012. For more information call
706-754-7714 or contact
Carol McManus Leads NGTC Towards RN Program
North Georgia Technical College is pleased to announce that
Carol McManus has accepted the position of Program Director for
the Associate Degree in Nursing Program now being developed.
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 the
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 “pre-nursing” students than can be accommodated by its
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program.
“We are very fortunate to have Ms. McManus join us full-time,”
said Vice President of Academic Affairs Rex Bishop. “Her
outstanding credentials and familiarity with existing
educational nursing programs will help us move through the
process efficiently so that we may begin to serve our students
and the community in this area.”
McManus has worked all over the country in critical care and
trauma (emergency) nursing. She began her educational
awards with a diploma from St. Joseph’s Infirmary and continued
on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Brenau
University and her Master’s Degree in Family Nursing from
Clemson University. Returning to Brenau, she completed her
post graduate work for Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care.
Along with her practical nursing experience, Carol has worked in
hospital management and continuing education and training.
She has been teaching in the college environment for more than
“I love teaching, and I love North Georgia Tech,” she said.
“I am very at home here and I am really enjoying digging into
this project. I’ve wanted this program for this area for a
Her passion for developing the program is evident as she
describes the opportunities now available for a population that
hasn’t always had access to this level of training.
“Whether it was transportation issues or the costs associated
with private colleges, there were many who have been held back
from their dreams. Now, this will be their entry point
into a professional nursing career. They can earn the
credentials for higher earning power while working on an ASN.”
McManus sees a strong future for this 2-year program that offers
educational quality at a bargain price, allowing students a
seamless pursuit of higher education.
Carol lives in Habersham. She has four children and seven
grandchildren, most of whom also live in the area.
For more information on the ASN and Practical Nursing programs
of study at NGTC, contact 706-754-7732 or visit
NGTC Photography Class of 2012 Invites Public to
Attend the Graduation Showcase
North Georgia Technical College's Photography Program invites
friends, family, local businesses, and vendors to attend their
upcoming showcase of graduating students' work on Tuesday July
31, 2012, at 5:00 PM. The reception is being held on the
Clarkesville campus in the Visual Technology building. All
20 members of the class of 2012 will display photographs
including portraiture, landscape, product, fashion, children,
and wedding photography as well as graphic design and
Each student has spent the last two years perfecting his or her
craft and learning various techniques from the three
instructors: Jeff Gulle, Jim Loring, and Ginger Moseley.
With field trips that ranged from visits to Stone Mountain, the
Georgia Aquarium, and local waterfalls, to an opportunity to
participate in a fashion shoot with a supermodel, students were
given many opportunities to stretch their talents and
"The students always impress me with the quality and impact of
their images and the depth of their creativity," says instructor
Hundreds of pieces of fascinating photographic art will fill the
NGTC Visual Tech lobby, hallways, and studios. Each
student will have framed art as well as printed portfolios,
marketing materials, and coupons for visitors.
"The Grad Show has become an anticipated event as each class
gets better and better,” commented Ms. Moseley. “I look
forward to seeing how the community responds to this amazing
group of photographers.”
Please plan to attend and support local students, and the
college, or to network with emerging photographers. With such a
large variety of photographers and styles you are sure to find
the one that can satisfy all your visual imaging needs, be it
an upcoming wedding, birthday party, new family portraits, or
images for your business.
For more information on the Commercial Photography program of
study, contact Jeff Gulle,
or Jim Loring,
Brad Cagle programs the Lego duck to nip
colleague Ruth King’s finger.
Summer Lego Camps Ready for Action at NGTC
From hydraulics and robotics to simple programming, this is not
“your daddy’s Lego camp.” For five years, kids between the
ages of six and twelve have been enjoying a week of summer
challenges in simple mechanics and engineering at North Georgia
Technical College’s Lego Camps.
“I’m pretty excited to be able to add to the program,” said
Instructor Brad Cagle. “Every year we try to bring another
dimension to the experience. For this summer’s camps,
we’ve acquired some software to go with our robotics.”
Lego® Camps will be held on all three of the NGTC campuses.
The groups will be divided by age but the curriculum is very
similar. The Blairsville Lego® Camps are scheduled for
July 9-13, the Currahee Campus Lego® Camps will be held July
16-20, and the Clarkesville Lego® Camps will finish the summer
season July 23-27.
Cagle, who was sitting cross-legged on the floor amidst a pile
of Lego pieces and a computer laptop, grinned quickly and noted,
“People accuse me of playing on the job, but it’s about knowing
what to expect in a classroom of students.” And being
prepared in a classroom full of bright, eager minds in the
middle of summer, one certainly needs to be prepared for the
These campers will build and work with models to investigate
fixed and movable pulleys, gears, belt drives, and more.
“Although Lego® is in the title, we do go beyond just playing
with blocks,” explains Instructor Brad Cagle. “The focus
is actually on problem-solving and team-building skills using
Legos® as the vehicle for learning.” Recreational
activities will also support those same concepts.
The cost to attend one of these Day camps is $150. Camp
sessions will run from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday
and 9:00 AM to Noon on Friday with a special celebration and
“show-and-tell” for parents at lunch on Friday.
For more information including dates and camp details, call
706-439-6334 for the Blairsville Campus camps, 706-779-8106 for
the Currahee Campus camps, and 706-754-7737 for the Clarkesville
Campus camps. Register online at