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Creating a Beaded Menagerie
with Nancy Eha

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We are thrilled to announce our third quarter class entitled “Creating a Beaded Menagerie” with Nancy Eha of BeadCreative.com. In this class you will create Buzz the dragonfly, Dolly the llama, Inky the octopus, and Hoot the owl while learning four distinct ways of making large beaded imagery. In addition, you will also be introduced to creating a variety of foliage options to embellish your beaded creatures.

In seven lessons, both new and experienced students will explore bead embroidery stitched in new and innovative ways made famous by Nancy. Using mostly small size 11 seed and delica beads you will create four charming creatures representing land, sea and air, all heavily beaded measuring 4” to 5” in size.

Join Nancy as she shows her secrets for making what appears to be complex beaded imagery easy to master. All experience levels are welcome, as each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. In addition to text, photos, and illustrations, a course DVD will be provided in the kit containing video demonstrations of the major steps and techniques.

 

 

Registration is Now Open! Click Here to Register.

 

Class overview:

In this class you will learn a variety of adapted bead embroidery stitches, starting with these: backstitch, stop, fringe, seed, and padded long stitch. Nancy will teach you her original adaptations of these stitches while guiding you in creating a beaded menagerie. You will also be introduced to using uncommon beading supplies in new ways: Lacey’s Stiff Stuff, parachute cord, tulle, and felt. As beads are three dimensional, you will be adding a third dimension to the fabric surface. Although the class samples are on felted dyed wool, you may chose to use cotton fabric as well. However, Nancy encourages you to make a 9” to 12” block for each creature as beading on a larger piece of fabric is difficult. Instructions on choosing and preparing the background fabric will be included in your kit.

Nancy is preparing a required kit, which will include all beads, needles, thread and assorted materials needed to complete the Menagerie.

The kit includes:

Course DVD, 12 pack of beading needles, 2 pack of needle threaders, Beading mat, Patterns, 7 colors of Silamide beading thread in necessary colors, Lacey’s Stiff Stuff, Camel colored felt, Cut away stabilizer, Freezer paper, Instructor’s pre-made dragonfly wings, Parachute cord, 6-7 colors of Delica beads for Hoot the Owl, 11 or more colors of Japanese seed beads in 2 sizes, for the remaining creatures, Small amounts of various beads and sewing materials.

Supplies not supplied in the kit, but needed for class:

9” to12” square of background fabric for each creature (details in kit), 6” to 7” embroidery hoop, tapestry type ribbon (approximately 1” wide by 1 ½” long for llama blanket), hand sewing needle and thread for basting, small sharp embroidery scissors, paper scissors, soft lead colored pencils (Ex. Crayola Twistables commonly found in arts and crafts stores), soft lead mechanical pencil or sharp pointed pencil, sharpie black marker or other fast drying black permanent marker, straight pins, tweezers, white or light colored surface to work on, task lighting and/or magnifiers as needed. Optional small buttons, embroidery thread or ribbon, lace, tatting, etc. from your stash.

Skill Level: Class is open to all skill levels.

Cost: $200 + Shipping

Schedule:

June 21 Registration Opens
July 19 Registration Closes
1st week August Kits and Texts mailed to Students
August 16 Lesson 1 Posted on Website
August 23 Lesson 2 Posted on Website
August 30 Lesson 3 Posted on Website
September 6 Lesson 4 Posted on Website
September 13 Lesson 5 Posted on Website
September 20 Lesson 6 Posted on Website
September 27 Lesson 7 Posted on Website

 

 About the Teacher:

Nancy Eha is a designer and teacher specializing in beadwork. She has been exploring with beads and fabric and teaching fabric beading nationally for over 20 years. Affectionately called The Beading Queen by her students, she has taught throughout the country for guilds, online venues, beading and quilting shops. Nancy is the author of two books, “Bead Creative Like Crazy” and “Bead Creative Art Quilts”.

The course discussion forum will be set up on the EGA website.  You will need to be able to log in to the "Members Only" area of the website in order to access the posted lessons and discussion.  If you have any questions, please email education@egausa.org. 

 


 

Some of our Previous Classes

 

A Trio of Treasures
with Judy Jeroy


In this class, students created a set of three Crewel needlework accessories: Pincushion, Needle Book, and Scissors Case. Students learned learn buttonhole, chain, whipped chain, twisted chain, close fly, outline, stem, whipped spider, and soft shading stitches.

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Time To Be Happy
with Denise Harrington-Pratt


This fun, contemporary sampler was taught in an 8-lesson class featuring a plethora of counted stitches, some of which students may not have encountered before. Some of the stitches were: nun, rapid, French, double-running, zig-zag Palestrina, alternating double back, Ohio star, triple back, celestial eyelet, wrapped triangular eyelet and many more.

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Fifty Shades of Pai(sley)
with Amee K. Sweet-McNamara


Fifty Shades of Pai(sley) was an exotic exploration of exciting textile techniques that covered basic soutache techniques such as Aligning & Stacking, Backing & Edge-Beading. Experienced stitchers were able to add new skills to their repertoire: Inlays, Working with Twisted Cord, Making Pinwheels, Incorporating Shibori Ribbon as well as several styles of bead embroidery.

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Creating Beaded Gardens
with Nancy Eha


A class for all experience levels where students learned a variety of Crazy Beading stitches.  Crazy beading is an original technique of Nancy’s where she has devised a method of accurately and uniformly replicating embroidery stitches with beading patterns. Students learned to create a variety of beaded vines, petals, leaves, stamen, grapes, wisteria, and berries using mostly small size 11 seed beads.

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Gilded Pomegranate
with Deborah Merrick-Wilson


This class introduced embroiderers to the art of traditional English goldwork at the beginning and intermediate levels. A discipline unto itself, no previous experience with metal threads was necessary. Techniques covered included invisible couching with gilt pearl purl, contoured chipping, “S”ing and “Z”ing, pattern stitching, gilt spangle and gold seed bead attachment, padding with English felt and bumpf, and proud looped chipping. Suggestions for optional, open patterned background treatments will also be provided.

 

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Patriotic Sparklers #2
with Margaret Bendig


The red, white and blue Patriotic Sparklers came in two different sets. There were seven different projects in this course and when students posted their photo of the seven stitched patterns, they received a bonus pattern to add to your collection of Sparklers!

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             Books             Study Boxes  

 

The Dorothy Babcock Memorial Library consists of a lending library of more than 2000 needlework books and a non-circulating reference section of rare and historic materials. Members are welcome to borrow up to four books at a time for a period of 30 days. Books are shipped via USPS Media Mail and borrowers are responsible for postage fees of $4 for the first book and $1 for each additional book.

Study boxes on a wide variety of needlework-related subjects are available for EGA chapters. Please see the listings above for available materials and contact EGA Headquarters to reserve a program or ask any questions.

To make a request, contact EGA Headquarters at egahq@egausa.org or 502.589.6956.

 

 

 

 

EGA offers five certification programs:

  • Teacher Certification
  • Certified Teacher Graduate
  • Certified Needlework Appraiser Program
  • Certified Needlework Judge
  • Master Needlework Judge Program
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       If you have questions about any of EGA's certification programs, please contact EGA Headquarters.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Teacher Certification Program

The teacher certification examination certifies teachers in various areas of needlework for EGA. The program sets high standards for excellence in design, technique, and knowledge of the field. Throughout the examination, candidates are evaluated on their abilities to communicate information and promote creativity.

Before becoming a candidate, the applicant must go through a screening process. The screening requirements include a resume, letters of reference, classes in design and color, and answers to a questionnaire. The applicant is urged to have at least sixty hours of teaching experience.

The Teacher Certification Examination, which must be completed in two years, is comprised of five parts:

  1. Color and design
  2. Techniques
  3. Essay questions on selected needlework topics
  4. Teaching proposals, lesson plans, and resume
  5. A classroom evaluation of the candidate in an actual teaching situation

Upon request, candidates will be assigned a mentor who is not an evaluator.

Certificates are offered in beading, blackwork, canvas, contemporary embroidery, counted thread, crewel and surface embroidery, fine hand sewing, pulled thread, quiltmaking, raised and padded embroidery, silk and metal thread, smocking, and whitework.

After passing the examination, those interested in certification in additional techniques are required to repeat parts 2 through 5 in a one-year time period for each area of interest.

Fee: Cost of the examination, including screening, is $225 for the first technique and $100 for each subsequent technique. Successful candidates will receive a pin at the time of completion of the first technique.

Enrollment: Prospective candidates should send a $10 fee to EGA Headquarters to receive the screening requirements. The balance of the program fee is due upon acceptance into the program. Candidates may enroll in only one EGA certification program at a time.

Certified Teacher Graduate Program

This program has been designed to help and encourage certified teachers to evaluate their professional careers, expand their knowledge of embroidery, and develop their skills in critical thinking. Graduates of the program are known as Graduate Teachers.

To fulfill the requirements of this program, the candidate must complete assignments in the five categories listed below within a five year period.

  1. Exhibition of original work
  2. Attendance at enrichment classes
  3. Research and publications
  4. Teaching
  5. Service to local community and/or EGA or other needlework organizations

Fees: The cost of the program is $200. A pin is awarded after successful completion of the program.

Enrollment: The program is open to EGA Certified Teachers and those who hold teaching credentials from other ICNA organizations.

Certified Needlework Appraiser Program

This program has been established to train individuals to appraise embroidery and needlework and conclude value from a monetary perspective. The Certified Needlework Appraisers Program is a combination of EGA-provided instruction and self-directed study that includes exercises in needlework observation, research, and a formal apprenticeship in appraisal writing. Each candidate must attend an EGA-sponsored class in appraising needlework. This four-day class will provide instruction the different types of appraisals and markets, concluding value of different forms of needlework, and writing an appraisal report.

In addition to the class in appraising, each certification candidate will be required to attend an EGA class in judging, review books, write a research paper, complete an apprenticeship in appraisal writing, and pass a final exam.

Fees: The cost of the program is $375 for EGA members and $450 for non-members. After completion of the program, a pin will be awarded and the appraiser's name will be listed on the EGA website. The cost of the program does not include course fees or the course texts.

Enrollment: Candidates may enroll in the program after completion of the four-day course.

Certified Needlework Judges Program

The Certified Needlework Judges Program (CNJ) guides and assists prospective judges in developing and refining their ability to evaluate needlework. CNJ apprentices learn standards of excellence in color, design, techniques, materials, and finishing, and they learn the ethical standards of judging exemplified by our certified needlework judges. They do practice and actual judging, exhibit their own work, pass a series of written examinations, and meet with members of the CNJ committee for an exit interview. The program, designed to be completed within two years from the date of enrollment, requires attendance at two CNJ-sponsored classes, one of which must be a two day class.

Enrollment: Prospective candidates should send a $10.00 screening fee to EGA headquarters. The application is sent to the chairman of the program. The balance of the fee is due upon acceptance into the program.

 

Fee: The cost of the program, including screening is $250.00 and is sent to EGA headquarters. The fee includes pin, received upon completion of the program.

Master Needlework Judges Program

Certified Needlework Judges may enter the Master Needlework Judges program (MNJ), a five-year course of judging, exhibiting, and study is open to all individuals who have completed a basic certified judging program from any needlework organization. MNJ candidates study needlework techniuqes, design, color, judging procedures, and methods for planning and presenting exhibits. The program is designed to build on the basic knowledge accrued while working on the Certified Needlework Judges program and to refine the knowledge and ability of our judges.

Enrollment: The program is open to all certified needlework judges from any organization. 

 

Fee: The cost of the program is $200 and is sent to EGA headquarters upon acceptance into the program. The fee includes the cost of a pin, received upon completion of the program.

For details or further information on any ESP course, contact EGA Headquarters or Marie Campbell, ESP Chairman.

 

The Extended Study Program serves the educational, research, and leadership needs of all embroidery enthusiasts, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in intensive programs that encourage creative expression and personal growth. Extended Study Program faculty are experts in embroidery and textiles and are drawn from the academic and museum community.

 

Upcoming Programs

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Extended Study Program
October 27 through November 1, 2017
The Garden Box
Marsha Papay Gomola
Instructor Artist

Create a peaceful summer garden on that perfect day when all of the flowers are in full bloom. The birds are singing and the patio is shaded and private: the perfect place for an afternoon nap. Learn the techniques used to create dimensional embroidery while working on your own miniature garden with birds and animals as well as the plants and architectural elements. Students will be encouraged to design their own garden or use the pattern provided. Kit includes a wide variety of materials and some finishing materials.

Joy awaits in the creation of your walled garden box. The interior of the box is an informal American garden. The front of the box is a formal wrought iron gate created with blackwork and decorated with potted topiary and a tree. The potted plants are completed with padding and appliquéd slips. The fence surrounds the garden exterior with foreground flower beds and birds and butterflies perched atop.

The informal garden is revealed when the top lifts up and the front folds down. Behold! The garden, animals, birds, and Marsha’s own cat sleeping on the patio and a rabbit eating the grass.

Registration with deposit accepted now; mail to EGA HQ as soon as possible. If more than the maximum 22 students register by December 6, a lottery will determine the 22 selected to attend.

Registration and kit fees: Workshop Fee in US Funds $ 500.00 + Kit Fee $ 175.00 = Total including $100 deposit to register $675.00 (Non-EGA member, add $60.00)

Registration with Deposit accepted now. Lottery on December 6 if registrations exceed 22 students by that date. Balance of $575.00 due at EGA HQ no later than June 27, 2017.

Click here to download the brochure

For further info or questions:
ESP Chair Marie Campbell, mariecampbell728@gmail.com, (717) 860-3640,
or Local Coordinator Rebecca Wardlaw, rewardlaw76@gmail.com (505) 255-6852.

 


 

COMFORT ZONE CUBIC RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE WITH MARCIA DECOSTER
APRIL 8–13, 2018 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

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Get in the groove and feel the rhythm of beads and jazz while breathing the spring air in the Queen City of the Mississippi River.

Give Marcia DeCoster two days, Monday and Tuesday, and you will become free and easy in the Big Easy, stitching cubic (CRAW) and prismatic (PRAW) right angle weave as fluently as you use peyote, brick, and herringbone stitch. The goal for each student is to build on his or her right angle weave beading skills through a process-oriented experience with a master of all forms of cubic right angle weave, Marcia DeCoster.

Then we take a Wednesday break to tour the city, including sites for beads & Mardi Gras costuming.

On the final two days, Thursday and Friday, you will work with samples of Marcia's Bohemian CRAW & PRAW designs, heading for a future as your body adornment. What could be more enticing?

Who doesn't want to have fun in the Crescent City of indelible memories? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy Marcia in the classroom before she retires from her supercharged career in teaching and bead artistry.

Start now and prepare to gain ease with right angle and cubic right angle weave, as basic RAW experience is required before you head south (see Level).

Marcia DeCoster sends this preparation advice: Heather Collin's You Tube videos are the best and clearest. Students must be able to start a CRAW unit and build a cube on top of a cube in size 11's. Collin's video will do that nicely. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/beading183. Students might also visit lovebeadlove.blogspot.com The first four weeks of the blog are directions for the word LOVE in Cubic Right Angle Weave. Look for Marcia's blog for a post dated August 1, 2016, on the Bohemian designs found at http://maddesignsbeads.blogspot.com

THE TROUBADOUR HOTEL. Two queen beds or a king with custom luxe linens and bathrobes to relax in style; Outfitted with cocktail table and chairs or work desk; 42' flat screen HDTV with premium channel lineup; Exclusive designer bath amenities; Complimentary Wi-Fi, device charger and alarm clock; Signature cocktail setup and specialty mini bar; In-room safe and hand held steamer. $148++ Day Single or Double. Add'l occupant $30. Three-day Pre/Post Conference stays at same rate, dependent upon availability. Call 504-518-5800 to make reservation. Identify the group as the Embroiderers' Guild of America. Attendees are required to stay at the hotel. Parking $39/daily

Level: Intermediate; experience with right angle and cubic right angle weave
Deposit: $100. Deadline December 1, 2017.
Registration Fee: $650. No materials or kit fee. You will receive a supply list.
 

Click here to download the brochure for full hotel information, the registration form, and bio on Marcia DeCoster.
Marcia has written two books and produced three DVDs on right angle weave.

 


 

A SCHOOLGIRL EXEMPLAR WORKBOX WITH JACKIE DU PLESSIS
NOVEMBER 11-16, 2018
Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston SC

Our focus will be on textiles and Southern schoolgirl samplers. We will tour the textile holdings of The Charleston Museum, and work with Historic Textiles Curator Jan Hiester. What you simply can't miss is four days with Jackie du Plessis, renowned for her exquisite sampler-inspired projects. This lovely silken stitched schoolgirl workbox will hold three tiny samplers showcasing pulled work, drawn thread work, hem stitching and Hardanger work. Early American band samplers inspire the four samplers, each one inch high. The front and back of the workbox (3½˝ x 5½˝) showcase a stitched, stylized floral design with an area to personalize the piece.

Level: Intermediate to advanced intermediate
Deposit: $100 due August 1, 2018
Registration Fee TBD. Balance will be due July 10, 2018.
More information coming in August 2017.
More on Jackie: www.itsfineallyfinished.com

 

 

2017 EGA CHALLENGE

Featuring Shirley Kay Wolfersperger

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The Challenge: Breaking New Ground

Consultant: Shirley Kay Wolfersperger, a well known artist, teacher, contributing editor to NeedleArts, author and curator of embroidery art shows.

The challenge this year is to breakout of your normal pattern of stitching and to try new things, starting with the background that you chose to work on for the challenge. Shirley Kay is also wanting participants to dig deep and let your inner light shine by using new and different color scheme, new and different threads and even trying some mixed media techniques that are compatible with textiles. She would also like for you to consider and use a new and different finishing technique. The design should be 10"-12" square. For more information and details go to the December issue of NeedleArts for specific criteria.

Registration opens January 4, 2017 and closes March 31, 2017.

Proposal for Challenge with a Twist project mailed to consultant by July 1, 2017. It is fine to send it earlier.

Final stitched piece mailed to consultant by September 1, 2017.

*Challenge may appeal to the more self-assured designer. A theme is given, and the choice of technique(s) is up to the participant. When the piece is worked, it is sent to the consultant for one evaluation. This evaluation will reinforce good color and design choices. and will suggest ways to achieve better results on future pieces by indicating how and why changes might be made. 

*Challenge with a Twist is for the embroiderer who would like some design direction from a consultant. The Twist is that the design is sent to the consultant for feedback before it is stitched. You may send designs earlier than the deadline.

 

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Individual Correspondence Courses offer EGA members intense, personalized study under the supervision of teachers selected for their outstanding needlework skills and knowledge. The courses are in-depth study programs dealing with a wide range of embroidery techniques and disciplines at various skill levels. They are a perfect complement to workshop classes, group study courses, and lectures.

If you are self-motivated and like individual study, if you do not have easy access to a chapter, want to study a topic your chapter has not scheduled, or if you prefer to work at your own pace in the quiet of your home, these courses are designed for you. As more and more satisfied graduates share their enthusiasm for these courses with chapter members and friends, the popularity of the Individual Correspondence Courses continues to grow.

3-Lesson Courses

 

6-Lesson Courses


$175.00 each Crazy Quilting

 

9-Lesson Courses

 

Registration Fees

3-lesson courses - $110.00
6-lesson courses - $175.00
9-lesson courses - $245.00
 
 

Resources

 

Group Correspondence Courses (GCCs) offer low cost, high quality learning experiences for groups of up to twenty participants plus their group coordinator.

  • GCCs are open to all EGA members.
  • Participants work together or individually to learn new techniques, and share the course fee.
  • Each participant pays for his/her own text.  Participants provide their own supplies.  Note that on rare occasions, a teacher may include hard-to-find supplies with the text. This exception is noted in the course description.
  • The names and addresses of at least two supply sources are provided with every course.
  • Some students may have difficulty in finding and working with some of the unusual materials featured in GCCs. These materials have been included because they provide a variety of options for a student's own work.

New GCCs 

EGA periodically introduces new courses on the EGA website, in the Needle Arts magazine, and in the published Education Catalog.

Group Coordinator 

Whether the GCC is offered by a chapter or a region, a group coordinator is appointed by the chapter or region to act as a liaison between the teacher and students.  This coordinator orders the texts and arranges to have projects sent to the teacher for evaluation and evaluated projects returned to students.  For this service, the group coordinator is charged no fee for the course, but does purchase a fext and supplies.  EGA members-at-large may also form a group, appoint a group coordinator, and share in a GCC.  Any individual member may register for a GCC and is responsible for the entire course fee. 

Cost

The course, text, and approximate supply costs are listed with each of the course descriptions. The course fee is shared equally by participants, excluding the group coordinator. Each participant, including the group coordinator, purchases a text and supplies. If a region sponsors a GCC, the Region GCC Chairman is not required to be a participant, unless that conflicts with that region's policies.

Enrollment

  1. Read the GCC description and choose carefully. Course fees are not refundable.
  2. Up to twenty members plus their group coordinator register as a group.
  3. The group coordinator (or the Region GCC Chairman) downloads the registration form from the GCC Information page of the EGA website or sends a self-addressed, stamped envelope to EGA National Headquarters to request a paper copy.
  4. The group coordinator (or the Region GCC Chairman) sends the following to EGA National Headquarters:
  • the completed registration form
  • a list of participants with membership numbers
  • a check to cover the course and the text fees.  Please note: checks must be drawn from the chapter or region treasury.  Only members-at-large or independent groups may send personal checks.  Please contact EGA National Headquarters to pay by credit card.
  • EGA National Headquarters notifies the teacher of your registration. The teacher then contacts the group coordinator and sends the course texts and introductory materials to the group coordinator.
  • The group coordinator schedules the necessary number of meetings. When deciding on the date for the first meeting, allow time for processing your registration and text delivery. The date for your first meeting should be at least six weeks after EGA National Headquarters receives your completed registration form and check.
  • When all the paperwork is complete and you receive your texts, begin the fun, the learning, and the stitching.
  • Completing the GCC

    1. When your group completes the GCC, the group coordinator must send your projects to the teacher within thirty days of the scheduled deadline, unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher.  If the deadline is not met, the group forfeits the privilege of having its projects evaluated by the teacher.  Specific instruction about shipping GCC pieces to teacher who live outside the USA are included in the text.
    2. The group coordinator must enclose return postage and insurance when sending the projects to the teacher for evaluation. If postage is not included, the teacher will contact the group coordinator to resolve the issue.
    3. For chapters or regions participating in a GCC, the chapter or region name must appear on all correspondence and on each project sent for evaluation.
    4. When the group coordinator receives the evaluated projects from the teacher, the group coordinator and each student complete the appropriate course evaluation forms.  Mail or email one copy to the teacher and one copy to the GCC Chairman.

    The Master Craftsman Programs are designed to promote excellence in embroidery by providing the accomplished needleworker the opportunity to demonstrate skills and become certified as a "master" in her or his area of expertise. Each program area consists of six steps that test the ability and workmanship of the candidate. Requirements may include, but are not limited to, working embroidery, creating designs, and performing research, all according to program guidelines.

    A member may enroll in as many Master Craftsman Programs as desired. Prior to registration, prospective candidates may address questions to the appropriate program chair. To enroll, complete the online registration form. The initial enrollment cost for each program is $50. Each step sent for evaluation must be accompanied by a check for $20; for each resubmission, $15. Fees will be adjusted to cover extra postage for foreign candidates.

    In addition, questions may be directed to the EGA Administrator, Brad Cape.

    Click an image below to learn more about each program, what the requirements are for a Step 1 submission, examples of successfully completed pieces, and to sign up.

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