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GNTC Campuses Under Delay Thursday

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GNTC will delay opening tomorrow, Thursday, January 18, until 10am. All campuses will open at 10. Any class scheduled before 10am is canceled, unless you are otherwise notified by your instructor.

CATS COUNTRY CLOSED FOR WEATHER!

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ATTENTION CATS COUNTRY: ALL campuses of GNTC will be CLOSED Wednesday, January 17 due to weather conditions across Northwest Georgia!
Stay warm and stay tuned to the social networks of GNTC, GNTC.edu, and the GNTC E-Alert system. Sign-up today for closing and delay alerts right to your phone at GNTC.edu>Resources.
 
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Working Together To Train NW Georgia’s Professionals

GNTC Foundation, Area Charities Make Purchase Possible

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“Thanks to the help of area foundations, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) uses this brand new Ambulance Simulator during Emergency Medical Services (EMS) classes on the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia. GNTC owns a similar trainer and is used on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia. Shown standing in front of the simulator, from left, are Mitch Sanford, First Bank of Dalton Executive Vice President; Jason Gamel, GNTC Director of Recruiting; Becky Redd, Mohawk Industries Learning Director; Damon Raines, Walker County Schools Superintendent; Carolyn Walker, Walker County Tax Commissioner; Scott Tucker, United Community Bank President; Linda Case, Dade County Executive; Pete McDonald, GNTC President; Doris White, Blood Assurance Community and Public Relations; Jay LeGrande, Silver Comet Furniture; Jay Still, Grainger Manager; Michelle Beatson, GNTC Institutional Advancement Liason; Sherrie Patterson, Sutter Family Practice Manager; and Valerie Brown, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy Instructor. Sitting in the simulator are, from left, Steve Tarvin, Pierce Foundation; Betts Berry, Jewell Memorial Foundation; and Claudio Leyssens, GNTC EMS Instructor and Clinical Coordinator.”


 

(Northwest Georgia) – With the population closing in on one million people in Northwest Georgia, combined with the more than 300 EMT openings currently available in the Peach State, it was an easy decision for two regional foundations to team up to make a gift to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).

 

Betts Berry with the Jewell Foundation and Steve Tarvin with the Pierce Foundation stopped by the college’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia over the holidays to see the end result of a $35,000 joint gift to the Paramedic Technology program. Berry and Tarvin not only represent these foundations, they were also both students in the very same academic program in the 1980’s.

 

With more than 25 years of experience in Emergency Medical care and instruction, GNTC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Director Claudio Leyssens will be using their brand new ambulatory simulator to help educate students enrolled in the college’s certificate and diploma programs. Classes are offered on both the Catoosa County Campus (Ringgold, Georgia) and Floyd County Campus (Rome, Georgia) throughout the year.

 

GNTC offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Weather Closing Updat

UPDATE: ALL CAMPUSES are now closed due for the entire day due to weather conditions across NW Georgia. Campuses are scheduled to re-open on a regular schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9.

All Campuses To Delay Opening On First Day Of Classes

Due to hazardous driving conditions expected as a result of severe weather in the forecast, ALL CAMPUSES of GNTC will not open until 12 noon tomorrow. (Monday, January 8.)
Any classes usually held on any GNTC which begin before 12 noon will NOT take place tomorrow. (Unless otherwise notified by the instructor.)
Please stay tuned for any changes. Stay warm and enjoy your night!

Manufacturing Leaders Helping Train Future of NW Georgia

MEF Scholarship Helps Pay For Manufacturing Students Education at GNTC

Scholarship Story
“Caleb Pledger, a sophomore at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, takes a few minutes to speak with some of the administrators behind the Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship he won for the 2017-18 academic year.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Three Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students are benefitting this year from the help of one of the state’s major trade organizations which represents Georgia manufacturers. Joshua Dunagan of Dalton, Georgia; Andrew Jarrett of Cedartown, Georgia; and Caleb Pledger of Lyerly, Georgia were selected for the Manufacturers Education Foundation (MEF) Scholarship.

 

The MEF Scholarship is in place to help recognize outstanding academic achievement by rewarding qualifying students with financial assistance. “Helping the students earn an education with this scholarship is a great way to help build up the future of industry here in Northwest Georgia,” said Roy Bowen, President of Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM).

 

Bowen, along with Andrea Harper, GAM Director of Workforce Development; April Howard, Miura America Co., Ltd. Human Resources; Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Operations Training and Development; and Pete McDonald, GNTC President, took part in visiting with and congratulating GNTC’s three MEF Scholarship winners.

 

Dunagan, Jarrett, and Pledger each received a $500 stipend for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Each winner will also have the opportunity to receive a total of $1,500 for the academic year which ends with the Summer 2018 term at GNTC.

 

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“Joshua Dunagan, one of three Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship winners at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, poses for a picture with administrators. Shown inside a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lab on the Whitfield Murray Campus are, from left, Andrea Harper, Georgia Association of Manufacturers Director of Workforce Development; Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Dunagan; Scottie Spears, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Industrial Systems Technology; Roy Bowen, Georgia Association of Manufacturers President; and Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Operations Training and Development.”

 

Dunagan applied for the scholarship during his senior year with the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton, Georgia. Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Operations Training and Development, said he was impressed with Joshua from the start. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know him through our apprenticeship program,” said Cooksey. “He’s a smart, hard-working, and goal-oriented young man.” Now, a freshman with GNTC on the Whitfield Murray Campus, Dunagan is pursuing his Industrial Systems Technology degree.

 

Jarrett, a 28-year-old United States Marine Corps veteran, is using his aid to help him earn an Electrical Technical Certificate. “My hope is to fulfill the requirements for the Electrical program,” said Jarrett. “Then, in the future, continue my education towards earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.” Jarrett served in the military as an aviation technician working on Huey and Cobra helicopters. Currently, Jarrett, his wife, and young child, live in Polk County, Georgia. Jarrett is employed at Miura in Rockmart, Georgia. The international steam boiler manufacturer first opened its 100,000-square foot plant in NW Georgia in 2009.

 

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“Andrew Jarrett and Caleb Pledger are two of three Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship winners for the 2017-18 academic year. Shown inside a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lab on the Floyd County Campus are, from left, April Howard, Miura America Co., Ltd. Human Resources; Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Jarrett; Bart Jenkins, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director; Pledger; Roy Bowen, Georgia Association of Manufacturers President; and Andrea Harper, Georgia Association of Manufacturers Director of Workforce Development.”

 

Pledger, an Instrumentation and Controls major, has commuted to the Floyd County Campus from his Lyerly, Georgia home for the past two years. This spring term, thanks to the financial help of the Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship, Pledger plans to earn his Associate of Applied Science Degree. “I was in SkillsUSA at Chattooga High School and learned skills in welding, construction, and automotive,” said Pledger. “I chose my program at GNTC because it offered me an opportunity to continue utilizing hands-on skills in various areas of industry and technology.”

 

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“Andrew Jarrett and Caleb Pledger are two of three Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship winners for the 2017-18 academic year. Shown inside a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lab on the Floyd County Campus are, from left, April Howard, Miura America Co., Ltd. Human Resources; Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Jarrett; Bart Jenkins, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director; Pledger; Roy Bowen, Georgia Association of Manufacturers President; and Andrea Harper, Georgia Association of Manufacturers Director of Workforce Development.”

 

GNTC offers more than 200 programs offering certificate, diploma, and degree programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

NW Georgia Leaders Inducted Into GNTC Board

Bradham, Hodge Sworn In

 

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Cutline: “Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald poses with the college’s two newest members of its Board of Directors. From left, Robert “Rob” Bradham, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO; McDonald; and Albert “Al” Hodge, Jr., Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.”

 


(Northwest Georgia)
– The Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Board of Directors saw two new member sworn in recently during a meeting held on the college’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia. Floyd County, Georgia’s Albert “Al” Hodge, Jr., and Whitfield County, Georgia’s Robert “Rob” Bradham. GNTC President Pete McDonald swore in the new members at the college’s newest campus.

 

Bradham, a graduate of Old Dominion University (’99) in Norfolk, Virginia, is the President and CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as the Vice President of Public Strategies for the Chattanooga (TN) Area Chamber of Commerce (2010-15) and as the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs of the Greater Richmond (VA) Chamber of Commerce (2007-2010). Bradham is married to Melissa Sherfey Bradham. They have two children, Caleb and Keller.

 

Hodge, a graduate of the University of Georgia (’77) in Athens, Georgia, has served as the President and CEO of the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce for the past 20 years. He previously served as the President and CEO of the Augusta (GA) Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Charleston (SC) Metro Chamber of Commerce, as well. Hodge is married to Cheryl Riner Hodge. They have one daughter, Marie Hodge Gordon, and two grandchildren, Libby and Matthew Gordon.

 

In Fall 2017, Dade County Board of Education Director of School Operations Dr. James Cantrell was the last person sworn-in to the GNTC Board of Directors. Also sworn-in during 2017 was Roper Corporation (LaFayette, GA) Human Resources Manager Rhonda Beasley was the last person sworn in to serve on the GNTC Board of Directors.

GNTC’s Board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

Current members of the Georgia Northwestern Board of Directors are Rhonda Beasley, Walker County; Robert “Rob” Bradham, Whitfield County; Vann Brown, Whitfield County; Dr. James Cantrell, Dade County; James “Jay” Henry, Chair, Catoosa County; Albert “Al” Hodge, Floyd County; Tamaka Hudson, Polk County; Paul Meredith, Chattooga County; William “Terry” Nesbitt, Gordon County; Robert “Bob” Owens, Floyd County; Brittany Pittman, Murray County; Kenna Stock, Floyd County; Michele Taylor, Gordon County; John Thomas, Whitfield County; and Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga County.

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Student Ryan Fincher honored by the American Welding Society

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Ryan Fincher of Cedartown was honored by the American Welding Society (AWS) for winning the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held this summer in Louisville, Ky.

 

Ryan Fincher (c), Rene’ Engeron (right), Joe Burrage (l),

 

Rene’ Engeron, chairman of the Atlanta section of AWS, presented Fisher with the Robert J. Conkling Memorial Award and a check for $250 on behalf of the AWS Board of Directors.

 

“Skilled trades are in very high demand right now and our country was literally built on welding,” said Engeron.

 

The award is dedicated to Robert J. Conkling who contributed extensively to the development of the AWS Welding Show and Convention.

 

“Winning the gold medal in SkillsUSA’s National Championships felt like a huge accomplishment,” said Fisher. “It felt pretty awesome being able to compete with some of the best welders in the nation and coming out on top.”

 

Fisher also was a top six finalist for American Welding Society’s U.S. Invitational Weld Trials that were held a year ago at Robotics Technology Park in Huntsville, Ala.

 

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in the four-stage competition that decides the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and competed at the national level for SkillsUSA. Fisher was one of the six national finalists that was chosen to participate in the second stage of the competition.

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC’s Scottie Carter Finishes in the Top 25 of the 2017 IDEAL National Championship

(Lake Buena Vista, Florida) – Scottie Carter, director of Electrical Systems Technology at GNTC, placed 22nd in the nation during the 2017 IDEAL National Championship competition held recently in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

 

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Scottie Carter, director of Electrical Systems Technology at GNTC, placed 22nd in the nation during the 2017 IDEAL National Championship competition held recently in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

 

The competition showcased the skills of electrical professionals, students, and apprentices from across the nation. Participants used IDEAL tools to compete in a timed challenge that involved problem-solving skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting, stripping, termination, and testing. Contestants were evaluated on speed and accuracy.

 

The national competition was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida. Sixty-three regional competitions were held across the U.S. to select the participants for the national championship.

 

Winners with the fastest times from each of the 63 territories holding qualifying events were awarded tool kits and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship. Over 300,000 people took part in the regional competitions.

 

Carter won first place in the “professional” category and GNTC Electrical Systems Technology student Armando Alvarez was the winner in the “student category” in the regional competition that was held on the Floyd County Campus of GNTC. The qualifying event was part of GNTC’s Industrial Career Day.

 

The day, a first for GNTC, was held to expose students to the many possibilities for future employment in the skilled workforce. Industrial program directors were on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There were demonstrations, simulators, and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC.

 

“When you learn a skilled trade that’s one of the things that can’t be taken away from you,” said Carter.

 

Industrial Career Day was sponsored by GNTC, City Electric Supply, Cahaba Sales Group, and the 2017 IDEAL National Championship.

 

To learn more about the 2017 IDEAL National Championship, go to www.IDEALnationals.com.

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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