Toccoa Clinic Welcomes certified Nurse Practitioner

The Toccoa Clinic is welcoming a new certified nurse practitioner to its Med Access clinic. Med Access has added Persida L Petca to its staff. Petca earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Brenau University. She has worked in internal medicine, pediatrics, women's health and adult care clinical settings and at Children's Healthcare in Atlanta.

Downtown Facade Grant Program

Toccoa officials are encouraging downtown businesses to use the city's facade grant program. Main Street Director Connie Tabor said the newly updated facade grant program is now available to any Man street Tax District property or business owner. According to Tabor, grants will be based on 50% of the total facade renovation costs with the maximum grant amount of $2,500. For more info, call 706-282-3269.

NGTC Reaches Agreement With Southern Polytechnic State University

An agreement between North Georgia Technical College and Southern Polytechnic State University will allow students completing associate degrees at North Georgia Tech to move directly into bachelor’s degree programs in Engineering Technology at Southern Polytechnic State.

Officials said that the two schools have been working since 2009 with the support of the Technical College System of Georgia to pursue a program that matches Southern Poly’s Bachelor of Applied Science program to North Georgia Tech’s associate’s degree program.

According to officials, the most significant innovation in this project is that students will be able to complete their four-year degrees by attending classes through distance learning, allowing a graduate of North Georgia Tech to pursue the bachelor’s degree with Southern Poly without ever leaving their hometown.

The agreement allows Technical College System of Georgia students to select a pre-engineering technology associate’s degree program, specializing in electrical engineering technology, industrial engineering technology, or mechanical engineering technology. They take the associate’s degree classes at an accredited TCSG college like North Georgia Tech, then either enter the workforce directly or transfer those credits and complete the bachelor’s degree in engineering technology at Southern Poly.

North Georgia Technical College President Steve Dougherty said the new program is very exciting considering the potential for students in northeast Georgia.

Dougherty went on to say that since this involves engineering technology, it will be a boost to attracting industry to the local community.

Job Fair Next Month in Stephens Co.

With unemployment in Stephens County and northeast Georgia hovering between 9 and 12 percent, an event next month in Stephens County will provide an opportunity for those on the job hunt.

The 2011 Northeast Georgia Job Fair and Career Expo is set for Friday, October 7 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College, on Highway 17 in Stephens County.

The fair is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor’s Toccoa Career Center, along with AM 630 WNEG Radio, North Georgia Technical College, Northland Communications, the Northeast Georgia Employer Committee, and the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce.

Toccoa Career Center Manager Greg Pitts said there would be a number of employers on site to meet with those in attendance.

“Our estimations right now are that there will be in excess of 50 employers on hand who will be talking with people about openings they either have or will have coming up and we are excited about that. Let’s face it. Our economy has struggled here for a while and some of the latest numbers are showing that we have not made the progress we would like, so this is a great opportunity for people to come out and get a job.”

He went on to say that those coming to the job fair need to come prepared.

“The most important thing, I think, is to have an updated resume,” said Pitts. “Make sure it is completely accurate. Have plenty copies to give out. One thing I cannot emphasize enough is to come dressed for success. It is fine to be casual sometimes, but in these situations, you want to impress that employer that you are a professional and you are serious about getting a job. Please come dressed as if you are coming to a job interview that day.”

In addition to the job fair, the day will include a number of early bird workshops that will start at 11 a.m. at the Currahee Campus.

Pitts said that these should prove very helpful to those seeking a job.

“One of the workshops is what are employers looking for,” said Pitts. “This will be some of our area employers leading this workshop, telling people what they are looking for. (A second one is) an employment strategies workshop. We have one of our staff members who does a great job going through pretty much from A to Z what it takes to get a job. (A third workshop is) resume hot tips. This is a big one right here. We have certified resume writers who will be on hand for this workshop.”

A fourth workshop will deal how to properly complete a job application.

Pitts said the workshops will be held in two sessions, from 11 to 11:25 a.m. and 11:30 to 11:55 a.m., so people can attend two of the four.

For more information on the job fair, contact the Toccoa Career Center at 706-282-4514.

People are also encouraged to stop by the Career Center, located on Foreacre Street in downtown Toccoa, for assistance on finding a job or getting ready for the job fair.

GEM Southeast Selling to Support March of Dimes

Gem Southeast, Inc. is selling chances to win two lockers in support of the March of Dimes.

The drawing will be held on Friday, Sept. 30. Ticket prices are six for $5 or $1 each.

All proceeds will go to support the Stephens County March of Dimes.

Gem Southeast Inc. employs approximately 250 employees and is the largest producer of toilet partitions with three different locations in Stephens County.

Global toilet partitions produced by GEM in Georgia are used on a daily basis in renowned venues such as Delta Airlines in Atlanta, American Airlines in New York, Dallas Cowboy Stadium and Yankee Stadium. These partitions have been shipped from Georgia to Saudi Arabia, China, Hong Kong, Great Britain and other International destinations.

Gem Southeast Inc., comprised of Gem Industries, Gem Plastics, Global Partitions, ASI Southeast and ASI Storage Solutions, attributes its success to the dedication of their employees, the loyal support of customers and their community.

For more information on ticket purchases for the drawing, contact Marie Norris at 706-886-8431 extension 32 or Cassandra Wilkins 706-827-2700 extension 341

Main Street Toccoa Earns National Main Street Program Recognition

Main Street Toccoa has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for 2011 by the National Trust Main Street Center! Accreditation means that Main Street Toccoa met the performance standards set by the National Trust in areas like fostering strong public-private partnerships, developing a mission, tracking economic progress, securing an operating budget, and preserving historic buildings.

Currahee Military Weekend is coming!