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GNTC’s Fincher Wins National Gold In Louisville, Two Teams Grab Bronze

Ryan Fincher
2017 SkillsUSA National Collegiate Welding Champion GNTC’s Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia.

(Louisville, Kentucky) – Cedartown, Georgia’s Ryan Fincher became Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s first-ever national champion at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky tonight.

Fincher took home top honors in the competition’s Welding category this week at the National Skills and Leadership Conference in the Bluegrass State.

Placing nationally for GNTC were Bobcat teams in the Chapter Display and Career Pathways categories. Taking home the bronze from the Chapter Display team for GNTC were Brandy LeVan (Rock Spring, Georgia), Melisa Fajardo (Dalton, Georgia), and Kate Hendricks (Rock Spring, Georgia.)

Also grabbing a third place finish at nationals was GNTC’s Career Pathways team. Beck Maxwell (Euharlee, Georgia), Melvin Mitchell (Cartersville, Georgia), and Dusty Powell (Aragon, Georgia) make up the bronze medal entry from GNTC.

Congratulations to all of our nationally-recognized winners from the 2017 SkillsUSA Competition. More than 16,000 people from across America took part in the competition on either the collegiate or high school level this week.



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DegreeWorks Helps Returning Students With Early Registration

Next week is Early Registration for returning students! (June 26-30) 

Do you know which classes you need?

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Use “DegreeWorks” to check which classes you need to complete your program. To access “DegreeWorks,” go through MyGNTC. Just click the link below!

If you have trouble, please contact Dan


a Walker, Director of Degree Works at or 706-295-6938 or speak with your advisor.



SkillsUSA National Qualifying Teams On The Contest Floor In Louisville LIVE!

Next Week Is HUGE For Fall 2017 At GNTC!


GNTC to Host Move On When Ready New Student Orientations at all Six Campuses

GNTC Robotics
Greg Smith (left), instructor of Robotics and Engineering at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy (FCSCCA), teaches Camron Roubieu (right), of Coosa High School, how to operate an industry-grade robot. Robotics and Engineering is a Move On When Ready program between FCSCCA and Georgia Northwestern that gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Students may also use the credits earned towards an industry certificate or associate degree.

(Floyd County, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold face-to-face orientations in July for high school students participating in the Move On When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment Program.


The MOWR orientations will last approximately 1-2 hours and are only for high school students who are enrolled in the MOWR program at Georgia Northwestern. These sessions are separate from the orientations for new GNTC students.


Attending a Move On When Ready orientation session is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Registration is required prior to taking part in a MOWR orientation.


Georgia’s Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.


Any student in an eligible Georgia high school or home study program who has achieved required scores on the college placement exam, are eligible to take part in the MOWR program.


Placement tests for the MOWR program are provided at area high schools. Students that haven’t taken the placement exam can contact their high school counselor or a member of GNTC’s High School Initiatives staff.


All college coursework taken through the MOWR program is covered with MOWR funding. Students are not required to pay for tuition, college fees, or textbooks. The only fees students may be responsible for are course-specific fees determined by the college.


For three consecutive years, GNTC has had the largest number of MOWR students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).


“Our growth is still over 30% from last spring to this spring and we had 3,038 students enrolled in Move On When Ready,” said Kristi Hart, director of High School Initiatives at GNTC. “These students have taken 32,880 credit hours.”


Many MOWR courses also offer students the opportunity to earn an industry certificate. This gives students the option of either entering the workforce upon graduation from high school or continuing their education at a TCSG or University System of Georgia college. Either way, they begin their selected career path with a head start.


Listed are the MOWR new student orientations showing (from left to right) the campus, location, date, and time of sessions.


  • Catoosa County Campus, Ringgold, July 11 at 5 p.m.
  • Floyd County Campus, Rome, July 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Gordon County Campus, Calhoun, July 13 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Whitfield Murray Campus, Dalton, July 11 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Walker County Campus, Rock Spring, July 12 at 1 p.m.


To register online, go to, click on event calendar tab, and choose one of the MOWR orientations listed. For best results, use a computer, instead of a smartphone or tablet, to register online.


GNTC’s High School Initiatives staff may be contacted via email at, or by phone at 706.295.6865 or 706.272.2963.


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 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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