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NGTC horticulture instructor Thurmond is Ga. Green Industry Association Educator of the Year
Craig Thurmond
NGTC horticulture instructor Craig Thurmond was named Georgia Green Industry Association Educator of the Year.
North Georgia Technical College horticulture instructor Craig Thurmond was recently named 2018 Educator of the Year by the Georgia Green Industry Association.

“When I was notified of the award I could not believe it,” Thurmond said. “I had to read the email three times before I could really even comprehend it.”

President of Craig R. Thurmond Design & Associates, Thurmond has also been an instructor at NGTC since 2011. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia, he spent almost 27 years in the landscape consulting and construction industry with a focus on large-scale planning and resort design. He has worked in 10 countries and just about every state in the U.S. on projects like Downtown Disney in Orlando, Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas, The Equestrian Venue for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Isla San Jose in Panama, Tallulah State Park and many others.

Thurmond said he entered the classroom to assist the “green industry” in training for a stronger future with skills he did not gain until on the job after college.

“I am passionate about making sure my students leave college with a sense for business, a strong work ethic and real world knowledge that will enable them to be successful members of the green industry,” Thurmond said.


The GGIA is a statewide trade association whose mission is to promote and advance the economic, lifestyle and environmental benefits of Georgia horticulture.

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