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Walker County’s Purcell Honored For Helping Educate Those On Probation

Georgia Northwestern educator wins state award for work

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(Forsyth, Georgia) – Georgia’s Department of Community Supervision (DCS) has awarded Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Adult Education instructor Angie Purcell their 2016 Community Service Award for the state of Georgia. After 16 years of helping adults across Northwest Georgia earn their GED® diplomas, Purcell is now also being honored for her work with the Daily Reporting Center (DRC) in LaFayette, Georgia.

The DRC works with adult students who are on probation for substance abuse-related offenses. “It’s a great first step toward a better life,” said Purcell of helping DRC participants in preparing for GED® examinations. “I have a passion for connecting with students and helping them make better choices to have a brighter future. Helping these men and women get their lives together by earning their education is just an obvious choice for me.”

Purcell and GNTC Adult Education began partnering with the DRC in 2013. After seeing the progress and impact Purcell was making on those taking her courses, the Chief Probation Officer for the Walker County, Georgia office of the DCS, Charles (Bo) Payton, nominated Purcell to win the local level of the award. Over the past three years, Purcell has led 15 students to their GED® diplomas, as well as 28 others who have completed different sections of the GED® examination. “I also had another GED® class I taught in LaFayette in the past that saw many additional GED® students earn their diplomas as a result,” added Purcell.

As a result of the nomination, and her work in 2016, Purcell took home top honors for the district (District 7). And now, Purcell has also claimed top honors statewide. A ceremony held November 16 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Georgia would be where Purcell would learn of the honor and receive her award.

Purcell specially designs classes for each student with the DRC, as well as her other programs. “I pour myself into my students,” said Purcell. “They know how invested I am in their success and they give it back.” Purcell also teaches students at the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center every week. The center is part of Walker State Prison in Rock Spring, Georgia.

For more information on Purcell’s story, or the classes offered to DRC enrollees, you can contact Purcell at the Daily Reporting Center Monday-Thursday afternoons at 706.638.7703. 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 (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.

GNTC Announces Winner of 2017 EAGLE Award

(Northwest Georgia) – Emily Connell of Catoosa County has been chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute March 13-15, 2017, in Stone Mountain.

 

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Emily Connell of Ringgold has been chosen to represent GNTC at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute.

 

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

 

Connell, a resident of Ringgold, was nominated for the EAGLE award by Lindsay Baker. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in January and is pursuing an associate degree in Social Work at the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Upon graduation, Connell plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her career goal is to work with veterans.

 

Connell is the recipient of numerous scholarships including the Helen and Vernon Crawford Scholarship, awarded to students who plan to continue in post-secondary education after receiving their GED® diploma, and the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy Scholarship.

 

Rachel Tootle, another nominee for the EAGLE award, was named a county representative. She will serve for a year as an ambassador for the Gordon County Campus Adult Education Center in an effort to encourage other adults to take advantage of educational opportunities.

 

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

 

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

 

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.

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GNTC Faculty and Students Give Presentation to the Rome Home Builders Association

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Thurmon Morris (right) president of the Rome Home Builders Association, presents Donny Holmes (left), director of GNTC’s Construction Management program and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program, with a contribution of $250.

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Faculty and students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) recently gave a presentation about GNTC’s Construction Management program and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program to the Rome Home Builders Association.

 

The presentation highlighted the different ways the two programs contribute to the construction workforce in the Northwest Georgia region and how the programs prepare students in framing, roofing, management, electrical, and other aspects of homebuilding.

 

Jomandi Fisher, a Construction Management major from Rome, began the presentation by explaining how courses in GNTC’s Residential Energy Efficiency program taught him to recognize the benefits of incorporating energy efficiency techniques during the construction of a house or building.

 

“Growing up with my Grandmother, we had high utility bills and we never knew where it came from,” said Fisher. “So it became an interest of mine to learn about how structures contain holes in the building envelope throughout the house. Now when I do seal up homes, and look for ways to make them more energy efficient, I know exactly where to go.”

 

The Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program trains students in green building techniques that differ from standard building techniques. Students learn not only how to save energy, but also how to build a structure that will last longer.

 

Tanner Boyd of Armuchee said that the quality of product was something that was really emphasized in class at GNTC.

 

“Finding good material that lasts a long time is one thing that they really strived for us to learn,” said Boyd. “You don’t want your product 10 years down the road to look like it is already falling down – you want it to last.”

 

Donny Holmes, director of GNTC’s Construction Management program and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program, discussed how a team from the Construction Management program competed nationally in SkillsUSA. The team won the gold medal in the SkillsUSA statewide competition and went on to win third place nationally.

 

“We competed in the ‘TeamWorks’ category, which is carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical, and they have to build a little structure and follow a set of plans within a two-day window,” said Holmes. “Now we are hungry to go back next year and get the gold medal in the national competition.”

 

At the end of the presentation Thurmon Morris, president of the RHBA presented Holmes with a donation of $250 for the program.

 

The Construction Management program at GNTC puts trained and skilled workers out to the construction industry so we have more qualified people,” said Morris. “These workers will be on our construction sites in a safe and constructive way.”

 

Chartered in 1956, the Rome Home Builders Association is comprised of local members of the building industry and its affiliates. The Association serves as the voice of the building industry to provide affordable, quality housing and home ownership by supporting our members and the community.

 

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.

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