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General Education/Core

Credentials You Can Earn

Most degree programs require core classes in English, math, humanities, science, psychology, or speech. Students unsure about their career path can take degree-level courses as part of certificate programs such as Technical Specialist. Extra benefits include HOPE Grant eligibility and measurable progress toward a future degree.

Degree

Associate of Science in General Studies

The General Studies Associate of Science (AS) Degree prepares students to pursue a four-year degree for careers in multiple fields of studies. Graduates develop academic and professional knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the profession of their choice or to further their education at a four-year university. This program provides students an option to combine general education along with occupational courses to create a specialized degree suited to their individual career goals. This institutionally developed program was uniquely designed to align to USG institutions within NGTC’s service area to provide graduates a seamless plan of study from the AS to a baccalaureate program of choice with minimal loss of credits.

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Certificate

Technical Specialist Certificate

The Technical Specialist certificate program prepares students for positions in business that require technical proficiency to translate technical information to various audiences and in various formats using written and oral communication skills.

 

Early College Essentials Certificate

The Early College Essentials certificate program is designed for a cooperative agreement between technical colleges and four year colleges/universities in the area. These students have been identified as capable of performing academically at the college level and some are disengaged at the high school and are at risk of dropping out.

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Career Opportunities

The NGTC official definition for General Education/Core program: To prepare students for positions in business that require technical proficiency to translate technical information to various audiences and in various formats using written and oral communication skills.

Individuals who graduate from NGTC’s Technical Specialist Certificate program are prepared to transfer to a 4-year college OR to start the path toward becoming a Technical Writer.

While most Technical Writer positions require a 4-year degree, you can get a good head start on that at NGTC.

Graduates of the General Education/Core program may prepare to work in a variety of fields that require skills acquired through this program such as:

  • prepare instruction manuals
  • prepare journal articles
  • create supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information

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Meet the Faculty


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Derek Deibler

Dr. Derek Deibler is a Biology instructor in the General Education Department at North Georgia Technical College.  He obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University. Dr. Deibler has been educating students in some capacity since he was a Biology Tutor at the University of Georgia Department of Undergraduate Education in 1997, prior to going to medical school. Throughout medical school, internship, residency and many years of clinical experience, Dr. Deibler has consistently taught medical students, interns, residents, nursing students, nurses, and nurse practitioners. He has 18 years of clinical experience, and has taught at North Georgia Technical College since 2016. Outside of teaching, he is also an avid reader and a published writer.

Contact: ddeibler@northgatech.edu

Deland Docsol

Deland Docsol is a Math instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College. I holds a MA in Math from New Jersey City University as well as a BA in Pure Math from Rutgers University. I have been teaching at NGTC since 2009. Prior to joining the team, I taught High School for 7 years and Georgia Perimeter College as a Full time Instructor for 4 years.

Contact: ddocsol@northgatech.edu

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Laura Ferguson

Laura Ferguson is a Psychology instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College. She holds an MEd in Educational Psychology as well as a BA in Psychology both from the University of Georgia. She has been teaching at NGTC since 2003. She serves as the National Technical Honor Society advisor for the Clarkesville campus.  Prior to joining the team, Ferguson was Assistant Registrar at Truett-McConnell College. She has been married to her husband, Jeff, since 1997 and they have three sons: John, Jonah and Luke. 

Contact: lferguson@northgatech.edu

Dorothy Hansen

Dorothy Hansen is an English instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College, where she has taught for 17 years.  She holds an MA in English from The University of Florida as well as a BA in English from New College - The Honors College of Florida. She has been teaching at NGTC since 2002. Prior to joining NGTC, Hansen taught outdoor and experiential education and also owned a backpacking store on the Appalachian Trail. She values intellectually curious students and enjoys hiking - the wilder and more remote the place, the better-  especially if she can share the walk with her husband, her two children, or her two young grandchildren.

Contact: dhansen@northgatech.edu

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Mallory Hicks

Mallory Hicks is an English instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College. She holds a MA in English from Georgia Southern University as well as a BA in English from Brenau University. She has been teaching at NGTC since 2014. Prior to joining the team, Hicks worked in the early childhood education field. She is an avid reader who enjoys the outdoors and encouraging her daughter’s vivid imagination.

Contact: mhicks@northgatech.edu

Tom Hunt

Tom Hunt is a Math Instructor in the General Education Department at North Georgia Technical College. He holds a BS in Math from Georgia Southern University as well as a BA in Math from South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia. He has been teaching at NGTC since 2003. Prior to joining the team, Tom worked in the Textile Industry for 28 years. He enjoys fishing and sports.  

Contact: thunt@northgatech.edu

Laura Jenkins

Laura Jenkins serves as the General Education department chair as well as a mathematics instructor at North Georgia Technical College.  She holds a MEd from the University of North Georgia as well as a BBA from the University of Georgia. She began her career at NGTC in 1995.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the states, photographing wildlife and nature, and spending time with her fur-babies.

Contact: ljenkins@northgatech.edu

Sean McAuley

Sean McAuley

Sean McAuley is a General Education English Instructor at North Georgia Technical College. He holds a B.A. in Literature from Kennesaw State University, an M.A. in Literature from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from the University of Georgia. Dr. McAuley has 14 years teaching experience in the Technical College System of Georgia and has been with North Georgia Technical College since 2013. In addition to education, he enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his wife and children.

Contact: smcauley@northgatech.edu

Michelle Oglesby

Michelle Oglesby is an English Instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College at their Currahee campus.  She holds a MA in Education from Columbus State University as well as a BA in English Language Arts Education from Auburn University.  She recently joined the NGTC staff full time and has eight years in English Language Arts Education.  Prior to joining the NGTC staff, Oglesby taught at an online academy as well as in traditional classrooms in both Georgia and Tennessee.  She enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the beautiful North Georgia mountains.   

Contact: michelle.oglesby@northgatech.edu

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Kelly Rhoades

Kelly Rhoades is a biology instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College. She holds an EdS in teacher leadership from North Georgia College and State University as well as a MEd in biology from NGCSU and a BS in chemistry from North Georgia College. Kelly has 21 years experience in science education. She has been teaching at NGTC since 2013. Prior to joining the team, Rhoades worked in the secondary education field. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

Contact: krhoades@northgatech.edu

Allyson Smith

Allyson Smith is an English instructor at North Georgia Technical College in the General Education Department.  She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Journalism from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.  She continues to enjoy teaching at NGTC after thirteen years.  She also enjoys running, hiking, kayaking calmly, watching movies and plays, reading, and spending time with her family.

Contact: asmith@northgatech.edu.

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Jack Smith

Jack Smith is a Mathematics Instructor on the Blairsville campus. He has been involved in Math Education for the last 25 years and has most recently been a tutor and Adjunct Math Faculty here at North Georgia Technical College. He was born and raised in Key West, FL and received his Bachelor's & Master's degrees from the University of Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, college sports and traveling to National Parks.

Contact: jack.smith@northgatech.edu

Jan Thompson

Jan Thompson is a biology instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College. She holds a BS in Biology from North Georgia College, a MEd in Science Education concentrating in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia, and a MDiv from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Mrs. Thompson has more than 23 years teaching experience, 12 of those on college faculties. She has been an instructor at NGTC for 8 years. Mrs. Thompson is an ordained minister and has served in area churches as musician and pastor. Prior to coming to NGTC full-time, she ministered as a hospital chaplain. In the company of her husband of 33 years she enjoys cooking southern-style, gardening, and reading, and occasionally rides horseback or in a horse-drawn wagon. Sometimes they are joined by their son, a biomedical engineer, and daughter-in-law, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Contact: jthompson@northgatech.edu

Luther Tison

Luther Tison is a Mathematics instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College.  He holds a MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of South Carolina, a BA in Mathematics from LaGrange College, and an AA degree from Young Harris College.  He has been teaching here at North Georgia Technical College for over 10 years.  He worked 42 years in the Information Technology field performing such roles as programmer/analyst, project manager, and programming manager.  He retired from his IT position in 2016 and has since become a full-time faculty member here at the college.  His interests include photography and spending time with his family.

Contact: ltison@northgatech.edu