College GOAL Winner, GED Grad, and College Student Selected

Alice Towe, winner of the 2015 GOAL Award at GNTC, stands in front of the gardens at the base of the Clock Tower in Rome. Towe, and a group of volunteers that she assembled, renovated the gardens and built the railroad tie stairwell.
Alice Towe, winner of the 2015 GOAL Award at GNTC, stands in front of the gardens at the base of the Clock Tower in Rome. Towe, and a group of volunteers that she assembled, renovated the gardens and built the railroad tie stairwell.

When Alice Towe of Rome graduated with her General Educational Development® diploma from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), she saw it as a foundation to build on.

“I felt kind of free, like I had the whole world ahead of me,” said Towe.

So far building on that foundation includes winning GNTC’s 2015 GOAL Award, graduating with an associate’s degree in horticulture from GNTC, and being selected to give a presentation at the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Annual Leadership Conference in October.

“Alice is not only smart, carrying a GPA of 3.94, but she is also practical, service-oriented, fun and engaging,” said Shannen Ferry, director of GNTC’s Horticulture Program, when she nominated Towe for the GOAL Award.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors Excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.

Towe’s presentation for the TCSG Leadership Conference “Green Thumbs Re-gain Grounds at Historic Heart of Rome,” will address the renovation and restoration of the gardens at the historic Clock Tower in Rome. The Conference takes place Oct. 26-27 in Atlanta.

“I wanted to give to the community, for the enhancement of the Clock Tower and for people who come into Rome to see our historic landmarks,” said Towe.

The project was featured as the cover story for the May 2015 issue of V3 Magazine.

“I was really excited about the magazine article; it was a great experience,” said Towe. “I think it really helped us get the word out to the public about the restoration of the historic landmark gardens.”

Towe has served as a horticulture work study student, a floral design intern for Bussey’s Florist and Gifts, a garden sales associate for Home Depot, a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society at Georgia Highlands College, and as editor of Old Red Kimono Literary Magazine at Georgia Highlands College.

She remains very active in the community by performing additional volunteer work for numerous organizations including the Road to Recovery Program, American Cancer Society; volunteer, GNTC Plant Sale; member of the Student Government, Georgia Highlands College; volunteer, Thanksgiving Love Feast; volunteer, Rome Humane Society; and parade judge, Rome Humane Society.

Towe plans to continue her education at GNTC in the Health Information Technology program. She says that anyone considering the GED® program at Georgia Northwestern shouldn’t go into it thinking that they will fail.

“It’s something that is worth accomplishing and everyone has the ability to do it,” said Towe.

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.