Category Archives: Education

Chattahoochee Tech Honors Cobb County Couple for 15 Years of Helping Students through Memorial Golf Tournament

(Acworth, Ga. – Oct. 9, 2018) Chattahoochee Technical College honored Alan and Claire Peterson, of Cobb County, as the college’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year on Monday, Oct. 8, at the 15th annual Mike Peterson Memorial Golf Tournament to thank them for their many years of dedicated service in raising over $146,000 through this annual event to benefit Chattahoochee Tech students.

Chattahoochee Technical College honored Alan and Claire Peterson
Chattahoochee Technical College honored Alan and Claire Peterson as the college’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year at the recent 15th annual Mike Peterson Memorial Golf Tournament. At this event, l-r, are Susan Stephens, Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees member, Claire Peterson, Alan Peterson, and Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb.

As a token of the college’s appreciation, Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb presented the Petersons with a glass sculpture at Cartersville Country Club, the site of this year’s tournament. The Petersons have organized a memorial golf tournament every fall since 2003 to celebrate the life of their son, Mike Peterson, an automotive enthusiast who passed away in 2002. All proceeds from the memorial golf tournaments have been donated to the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation in order to fund tool sets, each worth thousands of dollars, for Chattahoochee Technical College students in the Automotive Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology and Automotive Collision Repair programs.

“Alan and Claire Peterson’s steadfast commitment for so many years has been truly inspiring,” said Dr. Newcomb. “We are sincerely grateful for their impressive work to make a difference in the lives of Chattahoochee Tech students. Their support and dedication has succeeded in changing lives.”

The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the college by working diligently to help make higher education an affordable reality for students at Chattahoochee Technical College.

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Sen. Steve Gooch Announces First Meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools

Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) recently announced that the first meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools will be held TODAY, October 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.

Sen. Gooch will serve as Chairman of the committee and members will include Sen. Mike Dugan (R – Carrollton), Sen. John Wilkinson (R – Toccoa), Sen. Jack Hill (R – Reidsville), Mr. Grier Todd, appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development Kevin Langston, Georgia Chamber of Commerce designee Michael Owens, Director of the Georgia Travel Association Kelsey Moore, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus Jay Markwalter, Camila Knowles, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, and State Board of Education designee Scott Johnson.

The Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools was created by the passage of Senate Resolution 1068 during the 2018 Legislative Session. The committee will review the effect of varied school start dates on the travel and hospitality industries while ensuring that there will be no disruption to the education of Georgia’s children

ADVISORY: SOS Participates in Investor Education and Protection Event

ATLANTA – The Secretary of State’s Securities Division will join the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE) and other partners for an informative event at Georgia State University’s College of Law on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM. The “Fund Your Future Paycheck: An Investor Education & Protection Event” is free and open to the public and media.

“We are excited to be a part of this great event aimed at empowering hardworking Georgians with wisdom from stakeholders and experts in the financial field,” explained Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “We strongly encourage all members of the public to join us at this event to learn more about planning for a secure financial future.”

The AFCPE-designed program equips Georgians from all walks of life with the education, tools, and resources to plan for a secure future and fund their retirement paychecks by connecting consumers with financial professionals, government officials, and community-based organizations. It is funded by a grant from the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) in collaboration with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Supporters include AARP Georgia, Detroit Public Television, and the Investor Protection Institute. Attendees are required to register in advance and can do so here.


  • 5 PM: Doors open
  • 5 – 6 PM: Appetizers, resource tables, and networking
  • 6 – 7 PM: When I’m 65 documentary clips, followed by a panel discussion
  • 7 – 7:30 PM: Q&A
  • 7:30 – 8 PM: Resource tables, networking and opportunity for one-on-one questions

The panel discussion, moderated by AFCPE Executive Director Rebecca Wiggins, will include:

  • Lee Baker, CFP®, AARP and APEX Financial
  • Ryan Germany, Assistant Commissioner of Securities & Charities
  • H. Edward McConnell, Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Securities Exchange
  • Aki Pampush, CFA, Director of Equity Strategies, SunTrust
  • Melvin Stephens, AFC®

To learn more about the When I’m 65 and October 16th’s Georgia Investor Protection Event, please visit You can also view booklets and other toolkit resources online. Find out more about Georgia’s Securities and Investment rules and regulations here.