Volunteers are PricelessAugust 1 | Posted by editor | News, Stephens, Union, White Tags: North GA Technical College
Blairsville, GA – “Volunteering is valuable, but you can’t put a value on time – it is priceless,” said Stephens Education Literacy Foundation (SELF) board member Judy Lance at the annual Adult Literacy Volunteer Appreciation luncheon at North Georgia Technical College.
Throughout Northeast Georgia, the 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 those students would not be possible without the help of a large number of volunteers.
“You are hitting the heartbeat of the communities when you help someone get a GED. What a life changing event for them and for their families,” said NGTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton. “Just think the opportunities that individual has the day before they pass the GED test and the day after. Thank you for touching the minds and hearts of those we serve.”
The adult literacy program is designed to assist adults returning to school to resume educational programs which 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 just working toward a personal educational goal. All instructional materials are available for student use at no cost.
Habersham County volunteers honored at the luncheon included Iris Arias, Johnny Bailey, David Buckley, Kathleen Johnson, Jim Miner, Marilyn Powell, Bob Powell, Agnes Ramsey, Linda Waddell, Bob Waddell, and Ryan Walls.
Stephens County volunteers honored at the luncheon included Ellen Alligood, Merry Fleming, Judy Lance, and Juanita Weiss.
Gene Anderson and Sharron Rummage of White County were among the many volunteers honored at the luncheon.
Lucille Hopkins of Rabun County was one of the many volunteers honored at the luncheon.
“I know first-hand the value a volunteer can bring to a program,” said NGTC Adult Literacy Dean Shelby Ward. “Everything you do is worth more than words can say, and I cannot say thank you enough for what you do for our programs.”
For more information on the Adult Literacy program at North Georgia Technical College, visit www.northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7717.
Photo: NGTC thanks Adult Literacy Volunteers. L-R Front: Gene Anderson, Kathleen Johnson, Lucille Hopkins, Bob Waddell, Marilyn Powell, Bob Powell, Iris Arias, Agnes Ramsey, and Juanita Weiss; Back: Ryan Walls, Judy Lance, Linda Waddell, Sharon Rummage, Merry Fleming, and Johnny Bailey.