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YMCA Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events | Albany Area YMCA

Join the Y | Some of the incredible advantages of being a YMCA member is access to over 70 group exercise classes, pool access, KidZone, basketball, volleyball, racquetball and tennis courts, weight room, cardio room and outdoor track, all included with membership. Facility members also receive special offers and lower pricing on childcare and programs like youth sports, soccer, and swim lessons.  For more information please call 229-436-0531.

Active Afterschool & YES Inclusive Afterschool | Registration ongoing

Register now for active learning with YMCA Active Afterschool and YMCA Inclusive Afterschool for children with special needs. Children learn and grow spirit, mind, and body with homework help, sports, crafts, character education, friends and fun. Snack and dinner are included. Pick up from area schools meeting minimum requirements is also available. Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify. Call 229-436-0531 to sign up. 

YMCA Closed | Central and Lee Branch Closed December 24, 25 and December 31.

NEW YEAR’S Open House | Central and Lee Branch will host FREE Open House from 1 – 4 PM on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Get the New Year started off right with the Y! Take advantage of our Main Branch Open House with a Health Fair where you can enjoy a Fitness Analysis from our certified personal trainers, Sample Fit Classes: Zumba Line Dance and H.I.I.T. Strong – tours, music, raffle with giveaways, and refreshments. All FREE! The first 100 guests or new joins receive a free t-shirt! Lee Branch will also be open to the public and award free t-shirts to the first 10 in the doors and to the first 5 who join. At both locations, joining fees will be waived for the day. Call 229-436-0531 for more information.

Holiday Camp | School may be out for the break but our camps are open until Jan. 3 for Dougherty and Lee County students. Kids will enjoy activities, crafts, and sports along with breakfast, lunch, and a snack from 7am until 6pm. Call 229-436-0531 for more information.

Y.E.S. Inclusive Holiday Camp | The Y Easter Seals Program also offers an Inclusive Holiday Camp for kids during the break at their 1906 Palmyra Road location. Kids do not have to be in Easter Seals to take advantage. Camp goes from 7am to 6pm weekdays until Jan. 3. Call the Y.E.S. Program Director at 229-436-0531 for more information.

Holmes Appointed to Board of Regents

Gov. Deal Appoints Chamber President to Board of Regents
Bárbara Rivera Holmes named regent of University System of Georgia

Albany, Ga. – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Albany Area Chamber President and CEO Bárbara Rivera Holmes to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. This appointment will be effective January 1, 2018.

“I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Board of Regents. I look forward to working with my fellow regents and the chancellor to strengthen Georgia’s higher education landscape, which is foundational for economic growth and opportunities,” said Holmes.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was created in 1931 as a part of a reorganization of Georgia’s state government. The governor appoints members of the board to a seven-year term and regents may be reappointed to subsequent terms by a sitting governor. Regents voluntarily donate their time and expertise to serve the state through their governance of the University System of Georgia. The board oversees the public colleges and universities that comprise the University System of Georgia and has oversight of the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.

Holmes will represent the Second Congressional District. Other appointed and reappointed board members include Don L. Waters, First Congressional District; C. Thomas Hopkins Jr., M.D., Third Congressional District; W. Allen Gudenrath, Eighth Congressional District; and Erin Hames, At-Large representative.

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Albany Technical College Appoints Three New Faculty Program Chairs


Albany, Georgia – Albany Technical College (ATC) recently appointed three new faculty program chairs to head up academic programs. Dr. Angela Leverett for Health Information Technology program; Edrian Mallory for Drafting Technology; and Lisa Stephens for Radiologic Technology.

Prior to joining ATC, Dr. Angela Leverett has served as the Executive Director of the Web Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro since 2010. In this position, she provided strategic leadership in developing, expanding, and enhancing the university’s online bachelor’s program by working closely with senior academic administrators and stakeholders to promote online teaching excellence and leveraging technology to optimize student learning.

Leverett served at Georgia Southern University as Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, instructor in the College of Business Administration, and as an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Specialist. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration in both Management and Finance from Georgia Southern University (GSU); two master’s degree in Business Administration and Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from GSU; and a Doctorate of Ministry in Theology from United Theological Seminary.

“My goal is to eliminate barriers to education for all,” said Leverett. “The Health Information Technology program at ATC offers students a thriving career in both Health Information Management and Health Information Coding and is 100 percent online, offering classes to certify students in-field, and assist with job placement. I also hope to increase enrollment in the program and add more business partnerships.”

Edrian Mallory is no stranger to the Albany Tech family. As a 2012 graduate of Albany Tech’s Drafting Technology program, with specializations in both architectural and mechanical drafting, she comes back to her alma mater to serve as new Faculty Chair of the Drafting Technology program. Formerly a drafting teacher at Monroe Comprehensive High School, she spent much time as an Albany Tech student working on drafting projects for Chehaw Park and Habitat for Humanity.

Redesigning Chehaw’s flamingo exhibit and creating new and interesting floor plans for Habitat homes, Mallory has also designed floor plans for a small contracting company and assisted with renovation and interior design work for several Phoebe Health System locations.

“One of my goals is to increase enrollment in the drafting technology program at a minimum of 30 percent per semester, as well as increase the program’s visibility with business partners throughout the city and surrounding counties,” said Mallory. “I hope to be able to introduce the community to 3D printing and all of its possibilities on a large scale.”

Mallory holds two associate’s degrees from Albany Technical College – one in Architectural Drafting and one in Mechanical Drafting. Prior to her time with Monroe High School, she worked as a draftsman for Metro TPS and served as the CAD technician on projects such as Phoebe Putney Endoscopy, Data Center, Carlton Breast Cancer Center, and Surgicare unit. She was also in charge of space planning and design for these and several other areas for the hospital. Besides work completed for both Chehaw and Habitat, she has also worked on a lobby remodel project for the Flint Riverquarium.

Lisa Stephens has joined Albany Tech as the new Program Chair for Radiologic Technology. Coming to ATC from a sister technical college, Central Georgia Tech in Macon, as a Radiologic Technology instructor, she is no stranger to Southwest Georgia. Graduating from Terrell High School in 2002, she went on to earn associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology from Central Georgia Tech, where she also completed an additional associate’s degree in Advanced Medical Imaging. She continued on to Emory School of Medicine to earn her bachelor’s of medical science degree in Medical Imaging and is currently working toward completing her master’s of business administration in Health from Mercer University.

“As a career and technical education instructor, I have to teach essential skills that our workforce will continue to need in the near future,” said Stephens. “In order for these skills to be honed in on, students need to possess both knowledge and confidence to demonstrate these skills and as an instructor, I bring an open mind, high expectations, sociable atmosphere, but yet a safe and caring environment into the classroom.”

Serving as Clinical Coordinator at Central Georgia Tech since June of 2016, Stephens previously has served as an MRI Technologist for Radiology Associates of Macon; CT Technologist for the Medical Center/Navicent Health of Central Georgia; MRI Technologist for Coliseum Medical Centers, Macon; and a Radiologic Technologist for Medical Center/Navicent Health of Central Georgia. She is credentialed by the American Registry Radiologic Technologists in Radiography, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Stephens replaces veteran ATC instructor and chair of the Radiologic Technology program, Richard Parker, who recently retired from ATC after 25 years of service.

PHOTOS: Dr. Angela Leverette, Chair, Health Information Technology; Edrian Mallory, Chair, Drafting Technology; and Lisa Stephens, Chair, Radiologic Technology.

American Proteins Donates Scholarship to ATC Foundation

Harry Wilson, Human Resources and Environmental Safety Manager for American Proteins, Inc., recently presented Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Tech, with a check for the Foundation’s scholarship funds in the amount of $4,000. This is the twelfth year in a row American Proteins has given the donation to the Albany Tech Foundation.

Forsyth County business and civic leader, Tommy Bagwell and his wife, Chantal, established the $500,000 Bagwell Family Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family business locations. The family business, American Proteins, Inc., currently has five locations, including one in Cuthbert, GA. Scholarship recipients are chosen using the following criteria: financial need, proximity to the company’s operation sites and the likelihood of their success.

“We want to help as many students as we can to come to college, especially those living in our rural areas,” said Dr. Parker. “This scholarship will give students a chance to achieve their educational goals and become successful members of the workforce. For that, we are grateful to American Proteins and the Bagwell family.”

PHOTO: Pictured left to right: Harry Wilson, Human Resources and Environmental Safety Manager for American Proteins, Inc. and Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College.

Albany Technical College Adult Education Program Announces EAGLE Winner for 2018

ALBANY, GEORGIA – Albany Technical College’s Adult Education program has chosen the 2018 delegate for Albany Technical College for the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) competition. Damario Taylor will serve as this coming year’s delegate.

A native of Albany, Georgia, Damario Taylor began his journey at Albany Tech in June of this year, earning his GED® in August. He is currently enrolled in Albany Tech’s Industrial Operations Technician technical certificate program with a goal of obtaining employment with Procter and Gamble while working on his associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Residing with his parents and younger sisters, Taylor has overcome many obstacles on his journey. When he dropped out of high school at the age of 16, he ran away from home for two years and found himself with the wrong crowd. Deciding this was not the life he wanted for himself, he returned home to Albany looking for a job, but realized that without a high school diploma or GED®, that was impossible. A friend recommended he enroll in Albany Tech’s GED® program.

“When I first enrolled, I was behind, but the teachers and even other students took the time to help me,” said Taylor. “Because of their help, I passed the GED® test on my first try. The GED® program at Albany Tech gave me all the support I needed with convenient class hours and excellent instructors. They seemed to really care and want me to succeed. It’s amazing how much that little piece of paper can change your life.”

Taylor credits Albany Tech’s GED® program with pushing him further and opening up doors for him that he didn’t know existed. “Now when I talk to people, I no longer say I’m a high school dropout,” said Taylor, “I say I am an Albany Tech graduate with a job waiting on him and want to encourage anyone who has dropped out of school to not wait, just do it.”

Taylor will represent Albany Tech at the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) 2018 EAGLE competition during the month of March with an opportunity to compete for the state winner title.

America’s Home Place Playhouse Raffle

America’s Home Place has constructed a playhouse to raffle off on December 18th to one lucky family. Tickets will be sold until December 18, and all proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the Karrick family. The Karricks are a family of 11 with 7 special needs children. Family and the magic of Christmas are so special and just one of the many things we love about this time of year. Santa will be at the Building Center the day of the event to read a book and talk to the children about their Christmas wish lists.