GNTC, NWGA Schools Present Future Plans in NW Georgia.
(Dalton, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel set the tone this morning for the educational outlook in Northwest Georgia. At the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Focus On Education event held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, McDaniel stated, “The businesses of Whitfield County have spoken and we are working towards answering their call.”
This year, GNTC began offering classes at its brand new Whitfield Murray Campus. Northwest Georgia’s largest college educates close to 10,000 students each year across its five campuses and online.
Working with Danny Hayes, Whitfield County Schools Superintendent; Dr. Jim Hawkins, Dalton Public Schools Superintendent; and Dr. John Schwenn, Dalton State College President, McDaniel’s vision seemed to be shared by most of the other top educators on hand. “Today’s education goes beyond the walls of our schools,” said Hayes. “We are working towards finding new ways to engage our students more and more each day they walk into our classrooms.”
McDaniel laid out the future of GNTC in Whitfield County by discussing the latest information on the college’s newest campus. “The Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern is a solid statement of our commitment to the businesses and people of Whitfield and Murray Counties,” said McDaniel. “There is a call for education which prepares the people of Northwest Georgia for careers right here at home and across the country.”
The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Focus On Education is an annual event allowing the forerunners of education in Dalton and Whitfield County to share the future of educating the people of the region. With the labor force within sixty miles of Dalton consisting 1.3 million people, growth in the near future in Northwest Georgia is a strong possibility. All eyes are on the future as the recent past showed unemployment numbers in Whitfield County, Georgia hovering over the 12-percent mark.
Whitfield County, Georgia is currently home to 93,000 residents. Approximately 33,000 people reside within the city limits of Dalton, Georgia, Whitfield’s county seat.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 23,383 people a year benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making Georgia Northwestern the largest college in the state of Georgia.
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, call 1-866-983 GNTC (4682). Campus and program information is available at GNTC.edu. Georgia Northwestern is an equal opportunity institution and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.