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Live Work Services


Certain occupational areas require specific skills or competency mastery that can best be obtained or demonstrated in a laboratory environment with real items or projects. A laboratory environment introduces the "customer dimension" into personal service occupations such as cosmetology and provides real-world working conditions to such industrial and technical occupations as auto mechanics, auto body repair, welding, building construction and others.

Live work includes projects which are approved to provide realistic training for students. Students and members of the community may have services rendered in those programs and departments conducting live work. The live work plan supports and enhances the course curricula. Live work does not replace or interrupt essential course content or sequence; therefore, scheduling of live work is based upon course scheduling and the curricula that are being taught during a particular term and only performed during normal operating hours. Live work projects shall not be of a production nature and do not compete with private enterprises.

Charges to the customer will be for parts and materials plus ten percent to defray costs of expendable supplies. There is no charge for labor since students perform all work as a learning experience. Live work may not be performed by instructors. Excess monies or “profits” generated by live work projects shall be used only to enhance instructional programs.

Live Work Programs


The Cosmetology programs on the Blairsville and Clarkesville Campuses provide Live Work services in the salons on campus as scheduled during semester instruction.


The Culinary programs on the Blairsville and Currahee Campus generally work on campus only and may not be hired to cater offsite events. During some semesters, the Culinary department may offer a lunch buffet or dinner buffet once per week which is open to the public. For a current list of dates, times, and menus, check the Campus Calendar or contact:

  • Blairsville Campus Culinary Program: David Drake, 706-438-6315,
  • Currahee Campus Culinary Program: Chris Bladowski, 706-779-8315,

Limited Projects

On a very limited basis, the transportation and horticulture programs may accept projects from students and the public. To consult with an instructor to see if a project is appropriate for Live Work, contact:

  • Automotive Collision Repair: Jeremy McAfee, 706-754-7739,
  • Automotive Technology: Kevin McCurry, 706-754-7862,
  • Horticulture: Craig Thurmond, 706-754-7794,
  • Marine Engine Technology: Morris Harrison, 706-754-7755,
  • Motorcycle and ATV Technology: Chip Lincoln, 706-754-7758,
  • Photography: Jeff Gulle, 706-754-7883,