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Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

Chattahoochee Tech moving closer to gaining police department

JASPER, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College has moved one step closer to gaining its own police department.

Public safety officers from all eight of the school's campuses met in Jasper this week to be sworn in as official police department members.

CTC director of public safety Willis Wade said the training and expectations of the new police officers will be much higher.

"The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are paramount," Wade said. "That will remain the case as we transition into a fully active police department."

As one of his final official duties as CTC president, Dr. Sanford Chandler administered the oath to the 16 officers who will join the department.

"We're very grateful for the support and assistance provided by Dr. Chandler and the executive staff of the college.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

CTC president to lead new tech college initiative

CTC president to lead new tech college initiative

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Sanford Chandler, president of Chattahoochee Technical College, has been chosen to lead the Technical College System of Georgia's (TCSG) new International Center for Technical Education, the TCSG announced Thursday.

The center's goal is to build greater worldwide recognition of the TCSG education programs while also working to expand new and existing international student and faculty exchange at the 25 TCSG schools.

"I'm looking forward to this new challenge and continuing to make a difference in the lives of students here and abroad," Chandler said. "It's my hope that this international initiative will ultimately help to improve the economic and workforce development of our state."

International enrollment at Chattahoochee Tech grew under Chandler's leadership.

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Creekview High teacher selected for national journalism program

Creekview High teacher selected for national journalism program

CANTON, Ga. -- An English teacher at Canton's Creekview High School was one of only 165 teachers nationwide selected to participate in the country's most intensive training program for high school journalism advisors.

John Bradford completed the 2011 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute at Arizona State University in June. He was chosen from a field of 443 applicants -- the program's most competitive year ever.

"These teachers impart the life skills of writing, reading, communicating and critical thinking," said Diana Mitsu Klos, senior project director of the American Society of News Editors, which sponsored the program. "All students, not just aspiring journalists, benefit from these basic skills.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)