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North Georgia Technical College literacy volunteers recognized during luncheon
North Georgia Technical College recognized its literacy volunteers at a recent appreciation luncheon. Attending the event, from left, were: front row, Sandra Adair, Joy Purcell and Marilyn Powell; and back row, Aaron Rogowski, Michael Carroll, Matt McClurg, Shelby Ward and Robert Powell.

Achieving a GED takes hard work, dedication and hours of coaching from a team of instructors and volunteers who believe in the dreams of others.

“Every student success is a tribute to our volunteers,” North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton said at a recent Adult Literacy Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. “You are irreplaceable. Without you, we would serve fewer students and we would not be able to light that spark of knowledge. Thank you for choosing to partner with North Georgia Tech.”

Throughout Northeast Georgia, North Georgia Technical 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 students would not be possible without the help of a large number of volunteers.

“It is our privilege to take this time to thank you for all that you do,” NGTC Dean for Adult Education Shelby Ward said. “To you who are with us today as well as for the many, many more who are not, we depend on you to help us change the lives of our students.”

Habersham County volunteers who attended included Matt McClurg, Aaron Rogowski, Michael Carroll, Bob Powell, Marilyn Powell and Joy Purcell. White County volunteers in attendance were Gene Anderson and Sharon Rummage. Attending from Rabun County were Robert and Mereta Alspaugh. From Stephens County, Emily Hayes, Judy Lance, James Smith, Stephanie Broome, Merry Fleming, Trushna Nadig and Gerald Jones attended the celebration.

The adult education program is designed to assist adults returning to school to resume educational programs that 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 working toward a personal educational goal. All instructional materials are available for student use at no cost.

For more information on the literacy and the Adult Education programs at North Georgia Technical College, visit or call 706-754-7717.

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