GNTC Instructor Speaks At Catoosa Literacy Event

“Raymond Atkins is the state of Georgia’s two-time Author of the Year as honored by the Georgia Writers Association. Atkins is an English instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”
“Raymond Atkins is the state of Georgia’s two-time Author of the Year as honored by the Georgia Writers Association. Atkins is an English instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”

(Catoosa County, GA) – Georgia’s two-time Author of the Year, Raymond Atkins, will speak at the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy’s Sixth Annual, “One Book, One Community” event at the Benton Place Learning Center in Ringgold, Georgia on June 26 at 6:30 p.m.

For the second time in six years, the Georgia Northwestern Technical College English instructor has been named Georgia’s Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association. Atkins won his most recent award for his work, “Camp Redemption.” The 58-year-old fiction writer won the award the first time around in 2008 for his piece, “The Front Porch Prophet.”

Atkins will be available immediately following his appearance to sign books. Books are currently available for check out at the Catoosa County Library, as well as for purchase at the Learning Center.

“One Book, One Community” operates much like a book club with everyone reading, thinking about, and discussing the same story. This program is a way to connect the community with reading. Citizens share the experience of reading one book and meet the author of the book. The program has been well received in the past with authors such as Susan Gregg-Gilmore, Terry Kay, Patricia Sprinkle, Karen White, and Janie Dempsey Watts. The literacy taskforce strives to select books that will appeal to everyone.

The mission of Catoosa Citizens for Literacy is to help all families of our community achieve life-long learning through literacy enabling them to reach their individual goals, while providing our businesses with a better-educated and productive workforce.

In collaboration with Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy provides Reading classes, GED classes, basic computer classes, childcare, and transportation. All are free to Catoosa County residents. In addition, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy pays the $160 GED testing fee.

For more information about the event, please contact Catoosa Citizens for Literacy at 706-965-8275, ext. 5.

Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern offers classes on campus or online. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.