Hundreds of college and business leaders will converge in Dalton next week to offer their advice and support to the thousands of high school and college students in the region.
Area students are invited to this free event at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton on Friday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
This endeavor supports the current educational focus in Georgia highlighting the importance of both Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) along with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Guests will learn about the 17 potential career pathways available to Georgia students.
Event organizers from the Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy are expecting more than 8,000 students from eight Georgia counties and two in Tennessee to attend the fair.
Four distinguished speakers:
- Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black beginning at 10 a.m.
- Georgia Army National Guard Brigadier General Joe Jarrard beginning at 11 a.m.
- Lt. Gov Casey Cagle beginning at 12 p.m.
- Stephanie Hill, Executive Director of Women in Technology Today beginning at 1 p.m.
The popular Navy band “Freedom” will play two performances at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Four helicopters will also be on site including a Blackhawk, Life Flight, Georgia SWAT, and Middle Georgia University.
Professionals from more than 300 vendors will include:
- Underwater Welders
- Turner Construction (world’s largest construction company)
- J & J Industries
- GE Corporation
- Tandus Industries
- Georgia Cattlemen Association
- and many more.
Representatives from more than 80 colleges will include:
- University of Georgia
- University of Kentucky
- University of Tennessee
- Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science
- University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology’s “The Body Farm”
- High-power line engineers
- United States armed forces
- United States Merchant Marines
- Secret Service
- GBI Forensics
- NHRA race cars
- Georgia Department of Natural Resources
- and many more.
The College and Career Fair is hosted by the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy.
Commissioner Gary W. Black is the 16th Georgian to hold the office of Commissioner of Agriculture since the department’s inception in 1874. He began his career with the Georgia Farm Bureau leading the young farmer leadership development program. He served 21 years as president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, a chamber-like organization representing all facets of Georgia’s food and fiber industry. During his career, Mr. Black led the development of AgriTrust of Georgia, a renowned workers’ compensation insurance program for farmers and agricultural businesses. He has championed sound policies throughout Georgia ranging from private property rights to food safety, and from lower taxes to science-based environmental stewardship. Commissioner Black is an active supporter of agricultural programs that expand opportunities for young people. Black earned a degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1980 and is a past president of the college’s alumni society.
Deputy Adjutant General, Georgia Department of Defense Brigadier General Joe Jarrard graduated from North Georgia College and State University and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1988. He served on Active Duty for over 20 years and retired a lieutenant colonel in April 2009. While on active duty, Gen. Jarrard served at numerous duty stations to include Germany; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Fort Riley, Ks; and Fort Bragg, N.C. In 2003, he deployed as the Battalion Executive Officer of 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his unit supported I Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2005, Gen. Jarrard deployed to Iraq as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne), where he served as the Deputy Effects Coordinator and Chief of Assessments for the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). General Jarrard’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/OLC, and Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC. Jarrard worked in Afghanistan from August 2009 to September 2011, most recently with the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT). The CAAT works directly for the Commander of International Assistance Forces Afghanistan advising and assisting commanders at all levels on counterinsurgency operations. His duties included observing and reporting on COIN activities, identifying best practices, and working with commanders at all levels in order to facilitate organizational and cultural change. General Jarrard currently resides in Dahlonega with his wife Susan, and three boys, Ben, Will, and Joseph.
On November 7, 2006, Casey Cagle made history by becoming the first Republican ever elected to the state’s second highest office. Born in Hall County; a seventh generation resident – Mr. Cagle was raised by a single mom. Times were sometimes lean growing up without a father, but Mr. Cagle was always blessed with the love of a mother and learned early on the values of faith and hard work and a love for God, values which sustain him to this day. A standout football player, he graduated from Johnson High School and attended Gainesville College and Georgia Southern University. He earned a reputation as a community leader and someone who could always be trusted to do the right thing. Seeing in him the hopes of a bright future for Georgia, the citizens of northeast Georgia chose Mr. Cagle to represent them in the state Senate in 1994 when he was only 28 years old, and he has been a loyal and distinguished public servant ever since. As a state Senator, Mr. Cagle established himself as an astute lawmaker and a critical asset to the General Assembly. His business acumen propelled him to prominent roles under the Gold Dome, including chairman of the Finance Committee, and his friendly demeanor and willingness to embrace bipartisan efforts to come up with the best solutions for Georgia established him as one of the most effective and popular lawmakers in the Senate. Respected by Democrats and Republicans alike, Mr. Cagle spent 12 years as a staunch supporter of lowering taxes and protecting private property rights, as well as a passionate advocate for Protecting Georgia’s families.
Atlanta-based non-profit association Women in Technology (WIT) announced the appointment of Stephanie Hill as its executive director. Ms. Hill’s background includes more than 20 years of experience leading technology and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Hill most recently served as managing principle, business development for Magellan Associates LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in helping companies transform organizations into sustainable models of collaboration and productivity. Prior to that, she served as chief financial officer for the IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating executive talent among African-American IT professionals. Ms. Hill has an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta School of Business, and obtained her BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her previous roles have included serving as senior vice president of Debit Card Technology at Bank of America, Charlotte, as well as chief information officer at UPS Capital, Atlanta. WIT’s mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia’s technology community. Each year, more than 1,000 thought leaders and professionals attend WIT Forums, WIT’s leadership and networking series. Through “Careers in Action”, WIT delivers professional development programs such as Executive Readiness, Leadership Foundations, and Success by Design, created to enable women to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community. WIT’s philanthropic and educational programs, known as Girls Get IT, collaborate with the business, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire girls of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).