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Prep Honor Council Visits Usery Center

On September 23 the GMC Prep Honor Council visited the Usery Center in Atlanta. The group was given a personal tour of the facility by Mr. W. J. Usery, Jr. with the assistance of his wife, Fran, his personal assistant, Jeff Gordon, and his administrative assistant, Judy Archer. The group viewed memorabilia from Mr. Usery’s years as U.S. Secretary of the Labor, the time he spent with NASA, and his close relationships with numerous politicians and former presidents. The highlight of the day was a question and answer session with Mr. Usery where he gave the group valuable insight in negotiating conflicts and finding solutions.

GMC Principal COL John Thornton said, “The advice Mr. Usery gave our kids was based on the same thought process that helped disputes involving the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, and the Major League Baseball strike of the mid 90’s just to mention a few. The group was served lunch and during the meal Mr. Usery shared his memories of the Civil Rights Movement and how it is relevant today. The students enjoyed their visit and appreciated the fact Mr. Usery was willing to spend time at his prestigious center located on the campus of Georgia State University with our group.”

Mr. W. J. Usery, Jr. is a 1940 graduate of GMC Junior College.

Pictured, left to right: MAJ Karen Grimes, LT COL Scott Seagraves, Kaitlyn Whipple, Colby Pennington, Jostin Grimes, Audrey Bloodworth, Mr. W.J. Usery, Jr., Meg Gray, Taey Wright, Leanna Harbor, Rob Grimes, Timothy Seo, Elise Riggins, John Austin Vance, Chris Brown, and COL John Thornton.