(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students Austin Hill and Stephanie Morris, winners of the $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship, were recently presented with their customized Westwood® tool kits that were also part of the scholarship.
The toolkits were presented to Hill and Morris at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus by Steve Garrison, branch network manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Chattanooga, Tenn. and Dalton, Ga. locations.
Through this scholarship program, Grainger offers qualified community college and technical college students financial scholarships in industrial and public safety programs. Nearly 800 students have earned scholarships since the program’s inception in 2006. In addition to financial support, Grainger provides each graduating scholarship recipient with a Westward® toolkit to help launch the student’s professional career.
Hill is a student in the Automotive Technology program on GNTC’s Walker County Campus and Morris is a student in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at the Aviation Training Center near the Floyd County Campus.
Morris is also the recipient of several additional scholarships including the “Pratt & Whitney Training Scholarship” and the “Taking it to the Sky with WAI” scholarship through the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM). She also received a scholarship from the Georgia Business Aviation Association.
The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program has helped technical education students across the country realize their educational goals. The scholarship was created to address the national shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing, welding, and other industrial occupations.
For more information, please visit the website www.graingercsr.com/serving-our-communities/skilledtrades/.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.
(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) latest Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduates have a chance to see some serious cash. If they start their new career in Northwest Georgia, several agencies are now rewarding properly trained men and women just for signing their name on the dotted line.
The City of Dalton, Georgia Police Department is the latest agency to add a cash incentive to new officers just entering the field. It will require a three-year commitment from the new signee, but it’s a perk of the job that many will look forward to. A certified new officer could be eligible for a $4,000 signing bonus.
“A sign-on bonus could basically replace the out of pocket expenses the student accrued or pay off any student loans that were necessary to pay tuition,” said GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger. “Those who have attended college can all relate to the stress of having to repay college loans. So basically, if the student is hired by an organization offering a sign-on bonus, they get the double benefit of being employed in their chosen field and being college debt free.”
Dalton, Georgia police officer Brandon Daugherty is the Recruiting and Community Involvement Officer for his department. “This is a Tuition Reimbursement Program to attract pre-service candidates to our agency,” said Daugherty. “Anyone who paid their way through the academy and recently graduated may qualify. This offer is for new graduates that are certified. It does not apply to certified candidates that are already employed at another agency.”
One way to get certified is through an academy like the one at GNTC. “The unique thing about GNTC is that the graduate not only gets their State Law Enforcement Certification, they also earn 42 semester hours that are transferable to our Criminal Justice program,” said Pledger. “Upon graduation, they are immediately employable and are more than half way to an associate’s degree in the field. Many agencies offer pay incentives for education, too.”
Currently, Dalton, Georgia, the county seat of Whitfield County, Georgia, has more than 33,000 residents. Nearly 90 officers are currently on the force in the Northwest Georgia town. Law enforcement agencies will often hire a candidate and then send them to a state training facility for certification.
“If a new hire isn’t able to earn certification, the person may lose their job,” said Pledger. “Economics are starting to change this process because it is so expensive for the agency. Plus, if the student is not happy with the job and wishes to leave, the new officer may have to reimburse the agency for their training.”
If someone enrolls in the GNTC Law Enforcement Program, they take part in a six-month training that leads to state certification without the risk of jeopardizing a new job. “A technical college academy combines the State of Georgia law enforcement curriculum with the academics associated with Criminal Justice,” added Pledger. “And now, students are spending more time in high risk areas in order to develop critical thinking skills needed to make solid decisions in today’s tense climate.”
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, contact their main office at 706-378-1728. For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.
Here’s a picture of some of the GNTC Culinary Arts students traveling overseas right now. It’s all part of an international education initiative taking place between GNTC, Savannah Technical College, and a Technical College System of Georgia partner school; Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland right now!
The three colleges are joining forces to offer Georgia culinary arts students a unique opportunity to participate in a culinary arts program overseas. Highly experienced faculty and professionals from across the food industry are directing practical and theoretical sessions and leading field trips to sites of culinary, cultural, and social significance.