Georgia Northwestern Technical College Focusing On Literacy Week

"Former GNTC GED® student and graduate Jennifer Chambers speaks with the college's Adult Education program Wednesday on the Floyd County Campus. Chambers and other former students shared their success stories as staffers and students tuned in honor of Literacy Week in the state of Georgia."
“Former GNTC GED® student and graduate Jennifer Chambers speaks with the college’s Adult Education program Wednesday on the Floyd County Campus. Chambers and other former students shared their success stories as staffers and students tuned in honor of Literacy Week in the state of Georgia.”

(Rome, Georgia) – Humpday this Literacy Week in the state of Georgia highlighted several success stories that got over the “humps” in the paths to their careers.

Former Georgia Northwestern Technical College GED® diploma recipients Donna Scott, Alton Marks, and Jennifer Chambers spoke to current GNTC Adult Education students on Wednesday on the college’s Floyd County Campus. They focused their talks on the career paths each of them followed and how it all started with pursuing their GED® diplomas.

“When I finally decided I’d need an education to get the job I wanted, I did whatever it took to get things going,” said Marks. “I even had my little cousin, who was in high school at the time, come and tutor me. I wanted help. So, I asked for it.”

Marks, currently working through a contracting company at Toyo Tire as a Lead Maintenance Technician, attended the GNTC Adult Education program on two different occasions. “I was really young the first time and just made mistakes. Basically, I wasn’t ready at the time,” said Marks. “Once I had my head set on getting my GED® diploma, it only took a few months before I was ready to take my tests.”

After trying to get her career going at an early age, Jennifer Chambers found it tough to get her foot in the door of many companies. “I didn’t have what I needed to get those jobs,” said Chambers in speaking to the Adult Education program students Wednesday morning. “So, I would just say whatever I thought a company would be looking for when I applied. After deciding to change things, I began making a turn for the better by pursuing my GED® diploma. You just have to stay focused and work hard and you can do it. If I can do it, anyone can do it.”

Fellow Georgia Northwestern employee Donna Scott, also a former GED® diploma graduate from the college, shared her success with adult education. Scott is currently an admissions coordinator at Georgia Northwestern’s Floyd County Campus. She joined GED® graduate Grayson Oswalt Smith in sharing with students currently on their path to a GED® diploma. Smith is currently a recruiter in the United States Army.

Rome, Georgia Mayor Jamie Doss presented Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President of Adult Education Connie Smith a with a Literacy Week Proclamation Tuesday in a ceremony on the college’s Floyd County Campus. Activities have been taking place throughout the week across the college’s nine county service area in Northwest Georgia.

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.

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