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GNTC Awards Scholarships to 32 Regional High School Graduates

The Chattooga High School Alumni Scholarship was presented to ten students at Chattooga High School this year. This scholarship was made possible by an alum of Chattooga HS. Jim Pledger (left), director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, presented this year’s scholarship to (from left to right) Kristen Ratledge, Elijah Ard, Courtney Burgess, Destiny Cabe, Jacob Lacey, Leigha McDaniel, Ashelyn Watson, Annie Morgan McGraw and Alexandria S. Mitchell. The scholarship was also awarded to Kimberley Michelle Chandler (not pictured).

The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) awarded scholarships to one qualified student at each of the 27 high schools and five college and career academies in the northwest Georgia region.

GNTC faculty, staff, board members and Foundation Trustees were available at many of the schools to present each scholarship winner with a $500 award to help pay for the expenses of the first year of college.

Resources for the GNTC High School Graduate Scholarships are raised through GNTC employee donations on all six campuses and through annual fundraising events.

The winners of the 2019 GNTC Foundation Scholarships are Morgan Niederhuth, Armuchee HS;  Hyson Golden, Calhoun HS; Brady Carney, Calhoun College and Career Academy; Harmony Shaw, Cedartown HS; Kaitlin Minard, Chattooga HS; David Chavez Lara, Coahulla Creek HS; Christopher J. Brockman, Coosa HS; Robin Drew, Dade County HS; Maynor Escobar, Dalton HS; Samuel Moland, Floyd County College and Career Academy; Nathaniel Tate, Gordon Central HS;  Bryan Contreras, Gordon County College and Career Academy; Chanler Hysell, Gordon Lee HS; Eric Dumas, Heritage HS; Makinsey Cherie Reynolds, LaFayette HS; Dylan Matthew Simpson, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS; Kate Danielle Russell, Model HS; Leydi Ballesteros, Morris Innovative HS; Jasmine McCollumn, Murray County HS;  Sydney Stanley, North Murray HS;  Derick Densmore, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy; Priscilla Pimentel, Northwest Whitfield HS;  Hannah Jackson, Pepperell HS; Evelyn Fraire, Phoenix HS;  Jocelyn Medina, Polk County College and Career; Janet Yepez, Ridgeland HS; David Hayes, Ringgold HS;  Peyton Jones, Rockmart HS; Erik Domingo, Rome HS; Payton Woodring, Sonoraville, HS; Montserrath Cruz, Southeast HS; and Bill Ramirez, Trion HS.

“We’re honored to support and encourage high school students in our nine-county service area by providing these scholarships to help further their education,” said Michelle Beatson, GNTC foundation administrator. “Georgia Northwestern is a vital foundation to so many of our high school graduates. This scholarship is aimed at assisting students with the cost of education and to help get them on the road to a successful future.”

The Chattooga High School Alumni Scholarship also was presented to ten students at Chattooga High School this year. This scholarship was made possible by an alum of Chattooga HS. The GNTC Foundation awarded the $250 Chattooga Alumni Scholarships to the following Class of 2019 graduates: Elijah Ard, Courtney Burgess, Destiny Cabe, Kimberley Michelle Chandler, Jacob Lacey, Leigha McKenzie McDaniel, Annie Morgan McGraw, Kristen Ratledge, Alexandria Sydney Mitchell and Ashelyn Watson.

The Foundation at GNTC helps fund academic and support programs at the college throughout the year and has helped thousands of students in the northwest Georgia region attend college.

The Foundation Trustees are Valerie Brown, Whitfield County;  Linda Case, Dade County;  Jay LeGrande, Polk County; Sherrie Patterson, Murray County; Damon Raines, Walker County; Becky Redd, Gordon County; Mitch Sanford, Whitfield County; Jay Still, Whitfield County; Wil Stiles, Catoosa County, Scott Tucker, Floyd County; Carolyn Walker, Walker County; and Doris White, Walker 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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Robert L. Berry named newest Board of Directors member at GNTC

Stuart Phillips (right), interim president of GNTC, congratulates Attorney Robert L. Berry (left) for becoming the newest member of GNTC’s Board of Directors during the June meeting on the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.

Attorney Robert L. (Bob) Berry, a senior partner of Brinson Askew Berry, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors member by Stuart Phillips, interim president of GNTC, at the June meeting held on the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.

Berry has served as a partner for Brinson Askew Berry since 1975. He focuses on medical malpractice, professional and insurance defense and his firm is located in Rome.

Berry is a member of the Rome Bar Association and served as president in 1978; member of the State Bar of Georgia (Trustee, Institute of Continued Legal Education 1992-94); member of the American Bar Association; fellow of the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys; fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys; member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Institute; fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; and Designated Georgia Super Lawyer, 2004 to present. 

An active member of the community, Berry is a member of the Exchange Club of Rome since 1973 and served as president in 1978; president of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, 1989; participant in Leadership Rome, 1984; participant in Leadership Georgia, 1987; member of the Board of Directors for the Coosa Country Club, 1984-88; chairman of the Board of Directors for Rebecca Blaylock Nursery, 1984-88; president of the Board of Directors for Open Door Home, 2006-13; vestryman and senior warden of St. Peters Episcopal Church, 1990-93 and 2006-09; member of the Board of Visitors at Emory University, 1999-2005; member of the Board of Trustees at Darlington School, 1998-2004; founding director and chairman of the Board for Greater Community Bank, 1995-present; member of the Board of Trustees for Redmond Regional Medical Center, 1976 to present; member of the Board of Directors for Georgia Northwestern, 2002-12, chairman 2009-10; chairman of the NAIA Football National Championship Host Committee, 2008-13; and member of the Gridiron Secret Society at the University of Georgia.

Berry received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1973 and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 1968. He graduated from Darlington School in 1964 and was the Honor Council President and received the Faculty Medal for General Excellence.

Listed are members of GNTC’s Board of Directors showing (left to right) the Board member’s name, county, place of employment, and title:

  • Rhonda Beasley, Walker, Roper Corporation, manager of Human Resources
  • Robert L. (Bob) Berry, Floyd, Brinson Askew Berry
  • Robert Bradham, Whitfield, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO      
  • Vann Brown, Whitfield, Brown Ox Ventures, Inc., president              
  • Dr. James Cantrell, Dade, Dade County Board of Education,  director of School Operations
  • James “Jay” Henry, Catoosa, Shaw Industries, director of Operations Support
  • Albert “Al” Hodge, Floyd, Hodge Consulting
  • Paul Meredith, Chattooga, Mohawk, director of Manufacturing
  • William “Terry” Nesbitt, Gordon, U. S. Army, retired Major General
  • Robert “Bob” Owens, Floyd, OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc., chief financial officer
  • Brittany Pittman , Murray           
  • Kenna Stock, Floyd, Harbin Clinic, chief executive officer
  • Michele Taylor, Gordon, Calhoun City Schools, superintendent
  • John Thomas, Whitfield, Dalton Utilities, chief energy services officer
  • Cassandra Wheeler, Floyd, Georgia Power, northwest regional director
  • Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga, Trion City Schools, superintendent

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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

CHATECH, VW Help Honor GNTC’s Darraj

Northwest Georgia mother awarded collegiate scholarship

“Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga’s Chief Information Officer Knut Hilles, left, and Chattanooga Technology Council’s (CHATECH) Executive Director Carla Askonas, right, award Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Kathrin Darraj with a ChaTech Scholars award check during a ceremony at Chattanooga’s Howard School on June 12.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Kathrin Darraj was simply looking for a career that would help her spend more time at home when she considered learning how to design websites. And now, after less than a year of collegiate study, she is catching the attention of the right people. Now, there are some companies investing their money in her education.

In partnership with Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Technology Council (CHATECH) awarded the Ringgold, Georgia mother with a $1,000 ChaTech Scholar Award Scholarship on June 12. She was one of 21 different winners from across the Tennessee Valley to be honored at a special ceremony held at Chattanooga’s Howard School.

Darraj, a 47-year-old mother of two, is enrolled in GNTC’s all-online Web Site Design & Development program. But, that’s not the only reason she truly appreciates the value of technology and education. “Actually, I have recently taught online classes myself and have since become more interested in the technical aspect of it all,” said Darraj. “And, with my teenage sons at home, technology plays a huge role for us.”

Darraj has a 17-year-old son who is mostly non-verbal and is home-schooled. She also has a 14-year-old son who takes courses online through Georgia’s Cyber Academy, as well as being a dual enrollment student. “I was looking for a career that would allow me to work a good amount of time, or all of the time, from home so I could help care for my family.”

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College CISCO & Computer Information Systems Program Director Dr. Dwight Watt poses with his student Kathrin Darraj after an awards ceremony at Chattanooga’s Howard School on June 12.”

With the additional aid in hand, it may help Darraj pursue her latest interest. “Now that I’m in the Web Site Design and Development program, I’m really interested in the Cyber Security program. Because I’m learning you really can’t do much Web Design without having to consider and implement some sort of Cyber Security measures,” added Darraj.

It was GNTC’s CISCO & Computer Information Systems Program Director Dr. Dwight Watt who suggested Darraj apply for the scholarship. “It’s often hard to know enough about a student in an online program to understand where they are coming from,” said Dr. Watt. “But, Kathrin (Darraj) really stood out to me. She is very thorough in her work and is always eager to dive in and investigate more than most. I couldn’t be happier for her.”

“Chattanooga Technology Council’s (CHATECH) Executive Director Carla Askonas welcomes Chattanooga, TN Mayor Andy Berke to speak to ChaTech Scholar award winners during a ceremony at Chattanooga’s Howard School on June 12.”

As much as this money will help Darraj and her fellow scholarship winners with the expenses of college, it is just as important to our economy that she succeeds. “Just a few years back, the south was a place where you’d find low wages, low skilled, low education jobs,” said Chattanooga (TN) Mayor Andy Berke. “So, what we have to do is have thriving industries and sectors which will change the course of that. The city that I grew up in was dying. We needed to be a place that was thriving. I think we’ve done an incredible job doing that over the last six years and ChaTech has been a part of that.”

After carefully reviewing scholarship applications from across the region, ChaTech awarded $22,500 to 21 scholar award winners for 2019. “That’s a huge jump over the awards we’ve offered in year’s past,” said ChaTech Executive Director Carla Askonas. “We want to thank our sponsor Volkswagen for a $10,000 grant which helped fund this year’s awards.”

Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga’s Chief Information Officer Knut Hilles spoke about how vital it is to help fund these scholarships. “It has been a pleasure to be part of this scholarship program for the past six years,” said Hilles. “Just 10 years ago or so, we would go through dozens of applications for I.T. jobs and there was a lack of qualified applicants, a lack of talent. However, this has changed over the past six years and we are excited about the business model for the future now.”

To learn more about the GNTC Foundation, or information on any of the more than 200 programs offered at GNTC, visit the college at GNTC.edu. You can also contact any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. GNTC offers classes online and on-campus at the Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Murray Campuses in Northwest Georgia. 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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Leyner Argueta, Instructor of the Year for the TCSG, Commencement Speech

Leyner Argueta, program director of Business Management at GNTC, was named the 2019 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for the Technical College System of Georgia. See the commencement speech he delivered during the Spring Commencement Ceremony held last month in the Forum River Center in Rome.

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Darraj Wins Tech Scholarship, VW/CHATECH Sponsored

GNTC’s Kathrin Darraj has just won a CHATECH (Chattanooga Technology Council) Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations and see her story on our GNTC sites soon!
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Doughnuts On Campus!

Get your DOUGHNUT today on the FCC, PCC, and GCC! Celebrating National Doughnut Week!!!

Why are you eating a free delicious snack this week? Here’s how National Doughnut Day all started.

GNTC hosts the 2019 Young Scholars Program for rising eighth-grade students

Shaymaa Jabara (center), rising eighth-grader at Rome Middle School, samples the homemade ice cream that was created in Process Engineering class during the Young Scholars Program at GNTC. Adan Escutia (right), of Rome High School, served as a volunteer for the program. 

This week, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will be hosting the Young Scholars Program for rising eighth-grade students from Rome Middle School from Monday, June 10, through Thursday, June 13.

Teachers from Rome City Schools, and instructors and staff from GNTC, are working together to provide a quality, intellectually stimulating summer program. Approximately 55 students from Rome Middle School are spending the week at GNTC engaged in various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs and tours of the college.

The students that attend the program are nominated by their teachers or principal for their excellent academic performance, outstanding character and positive attitude.

Theo Scott (left), rising eight-grader at Rome Middle School, jumps in the air to launch the rockets he built in Aerospace Engineering class during the Young Scholars Program at GNTC. Also pictured is Jaya Cooper (right), rising eighth-grader at Rome Middle School, and Randy Stafford (center), Physics Teacher at Rome High School.

“These are the best and brightest students,” said Frank Pharr, dean of Health Technologies at GNTC. “The students selected for the Young Scholars Program must have good grades and be in the top 20-25% of their class.”

This year’s Young Scholars Program at GNTC focuses on how STEM education relates to various careers. Activities during the week include hands-on learning projects in Process Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

“The program is designed for students who have an interest in STEM and they are invited to the camp to continue exploring the STEM fields that they normally wouldn’t get a chance to explore,” said Shanna O’Hara, eighth-grade camp director for the Young Scholars Program.

Through the program, students take part in a variety of hands-on learning activities that provides a head start for the upcoming school year and offers insight into future career opportunities.

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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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