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(Calhoun, GA) – Leaders in business, industry, education, and government gathered for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 12, to mark the opening of the Gordon County College and Career Academy (GCCCA) in Calhoun.


The academy is located next to the Gordon County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).


Pete McDonald, President of GNTC, was one of the guest speakers for the ceremony. McDonald spoke about the strong relationship between the GCCCA and Georgia Northwestern.


“When you walk these halls these labs are world-class labs,” said McDonald. “It gives young people the opportunity to start very early in High School on a career pathway that can lead them to success in their career, success through college – no matter what route they choose it can start in these rooms.”


Dr. Amy Parker, CEO of the Gordon County College and Career Academy, gave an overview of the journey that led to the opening of the academy.


“Today we showcase this facility to our community in the hope that it will be a catalyst for workforce development for our community, to help drive improvements in our economy, and for the quality of life for the citizens of Gordon County,” said Parker.


Casey Cagle Lieutenant Governor of Georgia was the featured speaker for the ceremony. Since taking office, Cagle has been a very strong advocate for the College and Career model; which is a partnership between business and industry, local high schools, and technical colleges.


“I am just so pleased that this community understands that we need these types of pathways,” said Cagle. “If we are going to build the kind of economy that we want here it is going to take the focused environment that has been created at the Gordon County College and Career Academy.”


The ceremony also included guest speakers Becky Hood, Chair of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners and Chair of the GCCCA Board of Directors; Alice Mashburn, Director of High School Programs at GCCCA; Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent of Gordon County Schools; and David Repp, Chair of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce.


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 colleges in Georgia.