Jim Adcock (left) of Rome was the winner of the contest to name Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) new literary journal. Also pictured is Raymond Atkins (right) instructor of English at GNTC and mentor to the student editors for the journal.
Jim Adcock (left) of Rome was the winner of the contest to name Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) new literary journal. Also pictured is Raymond Atkins (right) instructor of English at GNTC and mentor to the student editors for the journal.

(Rome, GA) – Jim Adcock was the winner of the “Name the Journal Contest” held recently to select the name of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) new student-run literary journal that is scheduled to begin distribution in April 2016.

The title “Georgia Mountain Review” was a unanimous choice by the committee that picked the name according to Raymond Atkins, instructor of English at GNTC.

“Everyone though it really captured who we are and what we do,” said Atkins.

Adcock, a resident of Rome, says that although computer science is his major he still has a passion for English and writing.

“I like to do creative writing with a comedic edge to it,” says Adcock.

The literary journal will be approximately 50 pages with 16 pages of art and will be published yearly. A team of GNTC student editors will select submissions which will include prose, poetry, artwork, essays, non-fiction, and photos.

“I think it is an important part of a college experience for those who want to share their work to have an outlet for it,” said Atkins.

Submissions will be open for all GNTC students, including adult education and dual enrollment students. Atkins will act as a mentor for the student editors and the journal.

“The first thing I ever had published was in a journal at Floyd Junior College (now Georgia Highland College),” said Atkins. “It was important to me and gave me the confidence and skills to move on to bigger and bigger works.”

Atkins says that no matter what career-path an individual may chose, good writing skills are important and should not be overlooked.

“I you want to be an airplane mechanic you have to write a report the next mechanic can read or if you want to go into the medical field everyone needs to understand the report on what you have done,” says Atkins. “Our writing is how we speak for ourselves when we are not there to speak in person.”

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.