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Charges made in fake diploma case

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The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating a series of reports, filed by students, stating they have received fake diplomas from their school. The school used the name New Life Technical Academy and was operated by a married couple, 43-year-old Stanley Jean and 35-year-old Yessica Jean.

The investigation revealed there is a real, accredited school by the name New Life Technical Academy in Hapeville but the school operated by Stanley and Yessica Jean is not accredited; they are not affiliated and used the school name without permission. Yessica Jean worked for the real school in 2012.

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Commerce campus adds industrial services lab

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In the new flexible industrial services class and lab space inside the Commerce campus of Lanier Technical College, Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce staff and ambassadors joined Tim McDonald, Vice President of Economic Development, and Dr. Howard Ledford, Dean of the Jackson Campus and Dean of General Studies, as Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow cut the ribbon. See more below.

In the new flexible industrial services class and lab space inside the Commerce campus of Lanier Technical College, Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce staff and ambassadors joined Tim McDonald, Vice President of Economic Development, and Dr. Howard Ledford, Dean of the Jackson Campus and Dean of General Studies, as Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow cut the ribbon. See more below.

Lanier Technical College’s Commerce campus now has a state-of-the-art flexible industrial services class and lab space which is already being put to good use.
When the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce visited to cut the ribbbon on the new 1,450-square-foot training lab  which was developed using an Appalachian Regional Commission grant administered through the United States Department of Agriculture, instruction was already under way.
Instructor Joey Watkins made the trip from the Oakwood campus to the Commerce campus to help hone the skills of several JM Huber employees who are responsible for keeping all that company’s equipment running.
“We can bring the instruction to the employees near their own community,” said Dr. Howard Ledford, Dean of the Jackson Campus and Dean of General Studies. “We are very pleased to offer this space to our community partners.” The lab allows the college to replicate advanced manufacturing training convenient to the businesses and industries in Jackson County.
Tim McDonald, Vice President of Economic Development, and Dave Parrish, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, attended the ceremony for Lanier Technical College as Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow performed the ribbon-cutting honors. Also attending was Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Fenn and other Chamber staff and ambassadors.

Lanier Tech’s new campus in Barrow nearing completion

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Transferable general education courses as well as career training available

The new Winder campus on Austin Road will be ready to be showcased in January. See inside the facility in the photo gallery below.

The new Winder campus on Austin Road will be ready to be showcased in January. See inside the facility in the photo gallery below.

By ZAC TAYLOR
Regional staff
With keys now in hand although work is still under way on the new Lanier Technical College campus in Barrow County, Winder  Campus Dean Lisa Maloof is already giving sneak-peak tours of the facility capable of serving 1,000 students.
As Welding and Joining instructor Tom Rieger had several students assist in moving in some of his department supplies into the large new welding lab with 22 booths, the students beamed with pride at the new learning facilities they will soon occupy. It includes a robotic welder like the one at the nearby Caterpillar plant in Bogart.
Among them was Evan Lucky, a student who has already secured a job at RAI USA in Athens. He is among Rieger’s students who are in demand at companies including Kubota, Caterpillar and R&R in Watkinsville.
The just-under 69,000-square-foot building, which completes the Barrow County Workforce Development Campus just south of Highway 316 along with the schools system’s Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology next door, is set to open in January.
The new campus includes an automotive department “classroom” complete with nine vehicle bays and a fully-functional alignment setup. The room, which is multiple levels and includes space for a number of other projects, like HVAC repair as well. The career academy will be partnering with the college with automotive and many other programs as a means of getting students ready for careers in the region.

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Jackson EMC contribution to help Great Promise Partnership expand

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Jackson EMC District Manager Scott Martin (far left) and Sr. Commercial/Industrial Marketing Representative Joe Hicks (far right) present a $10,000 donation from unclaimed margin refunds to Great Promise Partnership President/CEO Mike Beatty and Coordinator Hilda Smith to help expand the program to keep at-risk students in school.

Jackson EMC District Manager Scott Martin (far left) and Senior Commercial/Industrial Marketing Representative Joe Hicks (far right) present a $10,000 donation from unclaimed margin refunds to Great Promise Partnership President/CEO Mike Beatty and Coordinator Hilda Smith to help expand the program to keep at-risk students in school.

Jackson EMC will donate $10,000 to Great Promise Partnership (GPP), a statewide cooperative education program designed to help at-risk students.  GPP currently has programs in Clarke, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties in Jackson EMC’s service area, and is in the planning stages for a Banks County program.
“In Georgia, one in three high school students will not graduate, often due to factors outside of their control, such as poverty or inadequate housing. More than one million Georgians over the age of 18 don’t have high school diplomas and are not adequately prepared for the workplace. By bringing together public and private partnerships, mentors and positive workplaces, Great Promise Partnership is giving at-risk students a reason to stay in school and succeed,” says Hilda Johnson Smith, GPP coordinator.

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Jackson County Community Outreach achievement banquet is Dec. 13

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The Jackson County Community Outreach will sponsor the 16th annual Achievement Awards Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 6:30pm at the Jefferson Civic Center.
Several outstanding Jackson County citizens, leaders and achievers will be recognized at this year’s banquet which features Northside Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Larry Ebert as honorary chairman.
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