Jennifer Hinds of Rocky Face wanted to work in education, but she didn’t have a High School diploma. So as a first step, she went to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Adult Education Center in Dalton and earned her GED® diploma.
“I just like helping the kids,” said Hinds. “I know that they are our future and I want to help them to be prepared for it.”
She knew that additional credentials were necessary to work in education so she went on to pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® test. The GACE® assessments consist of six main assessment types: Program Admission, Content, Certificate Upgrade, Educational Leadership, Georgia Ethics, and Paraprofessional. Hinds chose the Paraprofessional Assessment because she wanted to assist in the classroom.
“I started out wanting to be a substitute teacher, then I looked up paraprofessionals and decided that it was right for me,” said Hinds. “Right now I am doing volunteer work as a teacher’s assistant.”
The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® is Georgia’s state-approved educator certification assessment program. The purpose of GACE® assessments is to help the Georgia Professional Standards Commission ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia’s public schools.
According to Kerry Bankston, lead teacher and site manager for the Adult Education Center in Whitfield County, Hinds is a great fit to be a paraprofessional.
“As an adult education student, Jennifer Hinds was a role model of determination and participation, said Bankston. “Her character traits of honesty, integrity, determination, and kindness will serve her well in the future.”
Hinds also plans to pursue a diploma in Elementary and Childhood Care at GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus.
“A lot of good jobs and careers out there require a High School diploma and earning my GED® diploma opened up many opportunities,” said Hinds. “So showing that I continued my education at a college will open up even more prospects.”
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.