Georgia Northwestern Technical College selected into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network

Georgia Northwestern President Mr. C. Pete McDonald
Georgia Northwestern President Mr. C. Pete McDonald

Rome, Georgia (February 27, 2014) –Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is one of 12 institutions selected, this year, into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. GNTC was welcomed into the network today at DREAM 2014 and will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates.

“GNTC is very excited to have been selected to join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network,” stated GNTC President Pete McDonald. “Being part of the Network will assist in the college’s focus of increasing success rates for all students and achieving the highest graduation rates possible. GNTC and the state of Georgia are committed to student success for every student at every level.”

“We are delighted to welcome Georgia Northwestern Technical College into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as we celebrate our 10th year of working to improve student success and completion rates across the country,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart. “Georgia Northwestern represents a diverse group of students whose success means much more than just a personal goal secured. It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole.”

Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2014 Cohort

Calhoun Community College (AL)
 Cowley College (KS)
 Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)
 Grayson College (TX)
 McLennan Community College (TX)
 Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
 North Georgia Technical College (GA)
 Savannah Technical College (GA)
 West Georgia Technical College (GA)
 West Hills College Lemoore (CA)
 West Kentucky Community & Technical College (KY)
 Western Technical College (WI)

The Achieving the Dream Model
Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on four principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream’s five-step process will provide practical guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream Coaches will offer customized support and help each college’s core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success. Learn more about the Model here.

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 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams – working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia – helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.