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 in the Associate of General Studies degree or in the Technical Specialist Certificate. Extra benefits include HOPE Grant eligibility and measurable progress toward a future 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.
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.
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
Meet the Faculty
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Augusto Roca is a Math Instructor in the General Education department. Augusto received a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA), as well as, a Master of Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Miami. He recently joined the NGTC staff-full time at the Currahee campus. Prior to joining the NGTC staff, Augusto has 14 years of experience teaching mathematics at Miami Dade College (MDC) in Miami, Florida. MDC is the largest undergraduate enrollment institution of any college or university in the country. In addition to teaching, Augusto enjoys spending time with his wife and is expecting a child next year.
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 has enjoyed teaching at NGTC since 2004. She also enjoys running, hiking, kayaking calmly, watching movies and plays, reading, and spending time with her family.
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.
Heather Terrell is a Mathematics instructor in the General Education department at North Georgia Technical College. She hold a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics from Piedmont College and a BSFCS from the University of Georgia. She began teaching Mathematics at NGTC in 2017 as an adjunct and in 2020 as a full-time instructor. She spends her spare time with her husband and four children, crafting, baking, and enjoying the outdoors.