LaFayette’s Gamble Turns GED Into Career

"Lamar Gamble of Lafayette is a graduate of the Youth Success Academy's GED® program and Georgia Northwestern Technical College."
“Lamar Gamble of Lafayette is a graduate of the Youth Success Academy’s GED® program and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”


(Walker County, Georgia) – Four years after he saw his high school career end as a freshman, LaFayette’s Lamar Gamble has turned his rocky road into a new highway towards a career. Just six months after enrolling in Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Youth Success Academy (Y.S.A.), Gamble has earned his GED®, his Commercial Truck Driving certification, and a brand new career with U.S. Xpress. The entire six-month process from GED® to college certificate to a career was completely paid for by the Y.S.A.

“I would stay up all night doing homework that I didn’t have to do,” said Gamble. “I did it because I knew, in the long run, that putting forth that extra effort would get me closer to my goals.”

Gamble, who left his Northwest Georgia high school in 2011, returned to complete his education, as well as further it, in April of this year. He would then complete his GED® testing just one month later, all paid for by the Youth Success Academy. Then, thanks in part to the Academy’s Individual Training Account (I.T.A.) program, Gamble enrolled in the college’s Commercial Truck Driving program with his tuition, costs, books, and supplies completely paid for.

“We look at the situation of each student and see how we can make resources available to help them be successful,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Youth Success Academy Specialist Tammy Pence. “Being there to help them overcome any struggles so they can set and reach goals is what we hope to accomplish.”


The Youth Success Academy site at GNTC’s Walker County Campus first opened 10 years ago. Funding for the program is made possible by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGRC) in Rome, Georgia.

For more information on the Youth Success Academy, GED® testing, or enrolling at GNTC, you can call 706.764.3783. You can also visit on the Internet. Also, Georgia Northwestern can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

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.