Brandy Singleton’s current career path in photography began at home when she was young.
“It’s always been in our family; my twin brother actually works in photography and my father works in television,” said Singleton. “It’s always been in the back of my head that it was what I wanted to do for a living.”
It wasn’t until she got her General Educational Development® diploma through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Adult Education program, however, that she got the preparation she needed to own and operate her own photography company.
“If I would have never got my GED®, I would have never been able to do the photography with different kinds of companies to actually better myself to be able to launch my company,” said Singleton, a resident of Rockmart.
Today, Singleton’s company ‘Day Dream Photography’ handles all types of projects such as weddings, senior pictures, prom pictures, and live performances. In September, she was hired to be a photographer for the annual Gulf Coast Jam held in Panama City Beach, Florida.
“I got my media passes and every night I had to photograph a certain artist,” said Singleton. “My first night was Randy Houser and then it was Blake Shelton; very fun.”
Anne Clay, Lead Teacher and Site Manager for the Adult Education Center on GNTC’s Polk County Campus, remembers Singleton as a very dedicated student.
“Brandy was the essence of a wonderful adult learner. She was eager to learn the skills needed to be successful in class and on the GED® tests,” said Clay. “These traits were the foundation for Brandy being successful in making and meeting her life goals. She was always gracious, kind, and helpful to everyone.”
Singleton says that Anne Clay was the one who continued to push her and tell her to continue with her studies.
“When I graduated she gave me the Determination Award,” said Singleton. “That was actually pretty cool.”
According to Singleton, once she got over the initial fear of returning to school, it was actually a great experience.
“When I was in the middle of the process it just felt like second nature to me,” said Singleton. “You get all kinds of rewards afterwards; I mean there are just so many opportunities with your GED® to be able to do things.”
To see examples of Singleton’s photography work, go to https://www.facebook.com/daydreamphoto1
The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,245 students and graduated 699 students with a GED® Diploma in Fiscal Year 2014. The Adult Education program at GNTC serves approximately 3,000 students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in seven different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.
GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College 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. 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.