Kim Whitlock (left) and Lisa McKinney (right) stand in front of the Fairmount Community Center. Whitlock was the first student to earn a GED® diploma from the Adult Education Center located inside the building and McKinney was her instructor.
Kim Whitlock (left) and Lisa McKinney (right) stand in front of the Fairmount Community Center. Whitlock was the first student to earn a GED® diploma from the Adult Education Center located inside the building and McKinney was her instructor.

Kim Whitlock recently became the first student to earn a GED® diploma through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Adult Learning Center located in the Fairmount Community Center.

 

“It was an awesome feeling being the first one to graduate from here,” said Whitlock. “Knowing that I needed to do better, for my husband and my boys, was my main motivation to return to school.”

 

The classes in Fairmount were launched in fall 2014 to give easier access to residents on the eastern side of Gordon County. GNTC also offers adult education classes in Calhoun to Gordon County residents.

 

“It made everything a whole lot easier,” said Whitlock. “The Fairmount facility is just ten minutes away from me versus going to the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.”

 

The classes in Fairmount came about because teachers in Gordon County started to realize that there was a lot of students with Fairmount addresses that would come to the Calhoun location to register, but were not able to complete the program.

 

As a result, GNTC instructors and administrators met with Harry Pierce, mayor of Fairmount, and city council members about setting up a local Adult Education program.

 

“They did everything we needed and offered us this space at the Community Center rent free,” said Lisa McKinney, adult education instructor at GNTC and instructor for the Fairmount Adult Learning Center. “The City of Fairmount and GNTC has really been a great partnership and we also have folks coming in from other places on this side of Gordon County.”

 

Whitlock plans to continue her education with Georgia Northwestern while working during the weekdays.

 

“I plan to take some online classes on nights and weekends and to get into the Medical Assisting program,” said Whitlock.

 

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.