Jamie Doss, mayor of Rome (left), presents a Literacy Week proclamation to Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC (right). The presentation was one of many activities GNTC planned in celebration of Literacy Day and Literacy Week in Georgia Sept. 7-11.
Jamie Doss, mayor of Rome (left), presents a Literacy Week proclamation to Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC (right). The presentation was one of many activities GNTC planned in celebration of Literacy Day and Literacy Week in Georgia Sept. 7-11.

(Rome, GA) – Jamie Doss, mayor of Rome, presented a Literacy Week proclamation to Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC, and spoke to GNTC Adult Education students during International Literacy Day on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

The presentation was part of a series of events and activities in celebration of Literacy Week in Georgia, which began on Monday, Sept. 7, and ends on Friday, Sept. 11.

“It is important to raise the awareness of literacy and what it means in terms of better communication and working together to make this community reach its potential,” said Doss.

Literacy Week was designated by Gov. Nathan Deal to elevate adult education and family literacy throughout Georgia and to draw attention to the needs of the state in regard to workforce development.

“You cannot have a thriving economy if you do not have a literate community,” said Smith.

The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,084 students and graduated 276 students with a GED® diploma in Fiscal Year 2015. The Adult Education program at GNTC serves students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in five different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue, GED® Testing Services, and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.