Career Coach will visit White County Job Fair Oct. 24

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — The Career Coach will visit the White County Job Fair in Cleveland on Thursday 24th, 2019 from 3 PM – 7 PM. The event is located at Truett McConnell College 100 Alumni Dr. Cleveland, GA 30528.

We will help local residents search & apply for jobs, write resumes & cover letters, discern their career interests, and learn about WIOA funded training opportunities. This is a Public Event, and there is No Charge for our Services!

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TMU offers new criminal justice degree concentrations

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Cleveland, Ga. – New criminal justice degree concentrations will be offered through Truett McConnell University’s (TMU) Michael Sattler School of Public Service beginning fall semester 2019.

Along with the general Criminal Justice concentration, prospective students interested in the criminal justice degree will now have the opportunity to focus on concentrations in forensic psychology, forensic science – biology, forensic science – chemistry, law enforcement, leadership and executive management, and pre-law.

J. Marie Griffin-Taylor

“The chance to expand opportunities for students to enter their called mission field by giving them training aligned with the needs of our criminal justice community is so powerful,” said J. Marie Griffin-Taylor, Associate Dean of The Michael Sattler School of Public Service and Assistant Professor. “Students will also gain knowledge under faculty who all have a minimum of ten years’ experience within their field.”

“The opportunity to provide greater focus for our students, all geared towards what the job market needs, is what excites me the most about our Criminal Justice concentrations,” added Griffin-Taylor.

The program as a whole provides an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system while developing leadership and managerial skills to allow the opportunity for promotion in the work force. Prospective students receive on-site training via internships through partnerships from other public safety branches and are equipped with coursework such as Criminology, Social Science Research Methods, Policing in America, and Ethics in Criminal Justice, all taught by professors through a Christian worldview.
Criminal Justice concentrations include:

Forensic Science – Biology offers two tracks–Anatomy and Physiology and Environmental/Ecological. These tracks are for students desiring a focus on the biological investigative aspects or wanting to work for the Department of Natural Resources.

Forensic Science – Chemistry is suited for students who are interested in working as a crime scene and lab analyst or technician, responsible for collecting and processing evidence and completing chemical analyses

Forensic Psychology is designed for students who are interested in delving into the criminal psyche, aiding victims in dealing with their trauma, and helping first responders develop positive coping mechanisms.

Law Enforcement provides the required knowledge for those entering a law enforcement career and expands the skillsets of those currently working in the field of law enforcement at the local, state, and/or federal level.

Pre-Law is designed to prepare students for law school with inclusion of criminal and civil aspects at the national and international levels.
Leadership and Executive Management will provide the necessary skill set to excel in a leadership capacity, either to individuals currently serving in a leadership capacity (command staff) or to anyone who seeks an edge to attain one of these positions.

General/Independent allows students an opportunity to build a program suited to their specific needs and wants.

Learn more about requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree by visiting truett.edu/criminaljustice or by emailing jtaylor@truett.edu.

Jenny Gregory is the Digital Marketing Specialist for Truett McConnell University.

 

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Truett McConnell ranks third among online colleges

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By Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. – While the online program at Truett McConnell University (TMU) has not yet met the ten-year mark, the university was recently ranked third in best online college programs in Georgia. The distinction was made by EDsmart with consideration of over 70 public colleges, universities, and technical colleges, and more than 45 private institutions.

To be considered for this ranking, schools must provide online courses and are ranked based on three categories: affordability (financial aid, net price), student satisfaction (retention rate), and student outcome (four-year graduation rate).

“We are grateful to receive statewide recognition as the No. 1 private university and the No. 3 school overall in online education in Georgia,” said TMU President Dr. Emir Caner. “We are thrilled that 66 percent of online students graduate, a feat that is very rare in the online community. That is in no small part due to our faculty and staff and how they serve our student body.”

According to EDsmart’s website, rankings are determined based on the extent to which colleges and universities provide the best opportunities and value for students seeking online training and educational programs. TMU Online offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees taught from a Christian worldview. Completing a TMU Online degree equips you for your chosen career with the confidence of a fully accredited education and the certitude of strong biblical convictions.

“TMU Online offers the benefits of flexibility combined with small class sizes,” said Amy Hayes, TMU’s Director of Online Learning. “Because assignments are usually due at the end of each week, students with families and/or full-time jobs can schedule their work around times that work best for them. Small class sizes mean that online students can easily build connections with both their professors and the other students in their programs, which can help them feel less isolated and more supported in their learning.”

“With more than 100 choices available for the student,” said Caner, “we are thrilled so many are choosing TMU Online for their undergraduate and graduate education.”

For more info on this ranking, visit edsmart.org. For information on Truett McConnell University online program, visit truett.edu/online.

Jenny Gregory is the Digital Content Specialist for TMU.

 

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Tony Perkins addresses TMU’s largest graduating class

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by Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, ordained minister, US Marine Corps veteran, and nationally recognized speaker delivered Truett McConnell University’s (TMU) commencement address to 143 bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates, Saturday.

The class of 2019 carried great significance, not only as the school’s largest graduating class but as the 70th anniversary of our first graduation. Truett McConnell President, Dr. Emir Caner welcomed friends and family by saying, “This is an incredibly special day as we are honored to have five of the twenty-six members of the original Truett McConnell graduating class: John Carpenter, Betty Sue Hawkins Carpenter, Betty Highsmith, Virgil Hunt, Jr., and Ethelene Dyer Jones.”

“Graduates you now enter into the next seven decades,” said Caner, “as you become the 71st class to walk across this stage.”

After a brief introduction from Caner, Perkins took the podium amid the welcoming applause, thanking everyone for the honor of speaking to this year’s graduating class of TMU students.

“Graduates, you have studied hard and you have excelled in challenging work,” said Perkins. “You have established life-long friendships and some of you may have even met your spouse or future spouse. But all of you have done one thing. You have studied the Bible and you have leaned into God’s truth and I trust you have grown in the faith.”

Perkins charged graduates that as they leave Truett McConnell, they will be “strong and courageous in the Lord” and always have the “courage to stand on holy ground” as he referenced Joshua in the Bible. “The courage that Joshua was commanded to have was not to face the giants of the land, but to face our own fallen nature.”

Perkins concluded by telling the graduates “my prayer and my message for you today is simple­–that you would have the courage to be obedient to God wherever He leads you.”

Truett McConnell’s Felix Manz School of Music Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Kenneth Gabrielse, Professor of Music, followed Perkins by performing “O Church Arise,” an arrangement by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Dr. John Yarborough, TMU’s Director of Alumni Relations and Public Policy, echoed blessings to each graduate and welcomed them into the school’s alumni association, reminding them to represent and recruit Truett McConnell University as they leave campus and to come home often.

“We welcome you to the Alumni Association and we ask you to constantly keep this school in your prayers,” he said. “I pray that you will not only start well, as you have, but that you finish the race well; God bless and welcome alumni.”

Dr. Brad Reynolds, TMU’s Vice President for Academic Services then presented the bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates to the university’s president who then awarded those candidates with their degree as they walked across the stage. Those receiving Master of Education and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degrees were the first in the school’s history.

A special posthumous degree was received by the family in honor of Richard Chris Scarborough at what would have been his graduation ceremony. Caner confirmed upon Scarborough a bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies.

After each graduate left the stage, Hank Humphrey, member of the TMU Board of Visitors, concluded the ceremony with a word of prayer.

Jenny Gregory is the Digital Content Specialist for Truett McConnell University.

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Alex Parker receives BBA Degree from TMU President Dr. Emir Caner.

Members of TMU’s first graduating class pose prior to Saturday’s graduation ceremony.

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Mike Huckabee is keynote speaker for TMU’s Faith and Freedom Celebration

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Faith and Freedom Celebration will be held Saturday (April 6) at 6:30 p.m. in the George Blaurock Student Center at Truett McConnell University with former Governor Mike Huckabee scheduled as keynote speaker and Fox News Channel’s Todd Starnes as master of ceremonies.

Singer Jake Cowley will also perform. The program is part of TMU’s Empower the Call scholarship campaign.

Prior to the program, a reception will be held from 4 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. with dinner and entertainment to follow. A book signing will be held from 8:15 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.

for 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

For more information, on tickets and reservations, call 706-865-2134 ext. 3801.

 

 

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Kemp Bus Tour stops at Truett McConnell Tuesday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp’s “Road to Victory” bus tour visited the campus of Truett McConnell University, a Christian liberal arts and sciences school in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, Tuesday morning.

Following morning chapel service led by Anthony George, senior associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, in the beautiful George Blaurock Student Wellness Center, Kemp briefly addressed students and staff and delivered a message of faith and hope.

The Republican candidate for governor said, “I know God has a plan for our family and I’m just here living It out. We’re going to know shortly what that plan is and we’re trusting in the Lord every single day. That is giving me a lot of peace in my heart. Its people of faith – in a lot of ways – this campaign is about.”

Kemp said he was encouraged to see how many young people are interested in the campaign.

“I’m optimistic that we see a lot of young people all over our state that are interested in who their leaders are going to be. They want good government. They want to have good opportunities and that’s why I’m running, so my kids and you all and your kids, one day, will have all the same opportunities that I have had.”

Many government heavy-hitters at both the state and local level were on hand to show their support for Kemp, who will face Democrat Stacey Abrams and Libertarian Ted Metz in next Tuesday’s election.

Governor Nathan Deal told attendees he is aware that politics has a bad rap but he said, “The truth of the matter is our great nation is based on the idea we are not just a democracy. We are a republic in which people have the right to elect their leaders. If those leaders do not reflect the moral values that our nation should have, our nation will not remain strong.”

Other leaders who visited with Kemp included, Congressman Doug Collins, State Senator Steve Gooch and White County commissioners Travis Turner, Terry Goodger and Edwin Nix.

 

 

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BOC called meeting and work session Monday

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CLEVELAND Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a combined work session and called meeting Monday (May 21) at 4:30 p.m. Aside from tomorrow’s meeting, however, there will be several changes in the meeting schedule over the next three weeks.

County offices will be closed and there is no meeting scheduled May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. The June 4 meeting is also canceled. On June 11, commissioners will hold a budget public hearing and called meeting. Then, on June 18, there will be a called meeting to adopt the fiscal year 2018-’19 budget.

Commissioners have a busy agenda to address at tomorrow’s meeting, including consideration of SPLOST-funded road improvements to be approved for bidding this spring.

Other agenda items to be addressed, include:

  • Approval of jail use agreements with the cities of Helen and Cleveland;
  • Approval of a resolution supporting Truett McConnell University’s request to reduce the posted speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph in proximity to the campus on Hwy. 115;
  • Renewal of the memorandum of understanding with the International Mountain Bicycling Association/Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association;
  • Approval of White County Chamber of Commerce’s request for funding of a grant request for the Passport to Outdoor Adventure Tourism Product Development;
  • Review of the contract with Advanced Disposal for operation of the White County Transfer Station;
  • Adoption of an amendment to the county vehicle use policy;
  • Appointments to the  Department of Family and Children’ Services Board, Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce Board, Avita Community Partners Board of Directors and Industrial Building Authority.

 

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Council approves resolution to reduce speed at Truett McConnell

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Cleveland City Council unanimously approve a resolution in support of reducing the speed limit in front of Truett McConnell University (TMU) Monday. The resolution now goes to the White County Board of Commissioners and, if approved, Senator Steve Gooch will deliver the resolution to the Georgia Department of Transportation for final approval.

TMU Director of Alumni Relations and Public Policy Dr. John Yarbrough addressed council, saying, “With our growth of property and students, we now have eight points of agress and egress within a quarter mile.” The reduction in speed from 45 to 35 mph, he said, would increase safety for students.

Council voted unanimously to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Board of Commissioners to accept the historic Oak Springs School and property from the county. The school, which was the first one in White County for black students, will be converted into a community center.

“Due to the historic nature of the school, city council is very interested in preserving it,” said City Manager Tom O’Bryant.

Council also approved the Georgia Municipal Association District Directors Ballot that includes Annie Sutton as second vice president and a request for City Clerk Connie Tracas to take an online course for accounting at a cost of $419.

O’Bryant met with White County and city of Helen officials last week to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with regard to a division of funds from a proposed 2020 special purpose local option sales (SPLOST) tax.

In earlier SPLOSTs, the two cities each received about 20 percent of the revenue. Both, however, agreed to settle for 13 percent in the last two SPLOSTs to help fund the county jail. Now they want a return to the 20 percent level.

O’Bryant said the city has identified a list of projects it would like to fund. Those projects would cost about $5.4 million and require about 20 percent of projected revenue. Any future SPLOST, however, must be approved by White County voters before it can be implemented.

Council approved the purchase of a Dodge 1500 pickup truck from Jacky Jones Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram to replace a city-owned truck that had a blown engine. Funding for the vehicle will come from voter-approved SPLOST funds.

Callie Armour, a White County Middle School student and 4-H member, told council about a project that her 4-H class is working on involving the building of a planter for the city square with plants and colorful plants.

 

 

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