The Adult Education Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering an Accelerated Program in Chattooga, Murray, Polk, and Whitfield counties as part of the Literacy to Workforce Initiative (LWI).


The spring semester begins Jan. 4, 2016. Daytime classes will be held in Chattooga, Polk, and Whitfield counties and an additional evening class will be offered in Polk County.  Saturday classes will be held in Murray County. Participants have the opportunity to earn their GED® diploma in as little as six months and students also may earn their GeogiaBEST certificate as part of the program.


To be eligible for the program, students must be 16 years old or over and have a score of 6.0 or above on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Adults over the age of 22 who meet Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility may be able to receive financial support.


A collaboration between the Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Adult Education and the Georgia Office of Workforce Development, the Literacy to Workforce Initiative focuses on 10 counties in Georgia where 28% or more of the adult population does not have a high school or GED® diploma.


GNTC serves four of the counties identified in the 10 county area: Chattooga, Murray, Polk and Whitfield. The initiative fosters a partnership between GNTC’s Adult Education Program and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Workforce Development Agency to provide key services to students who are seeking a GED® diploma and employment.


For more information, contact participating GNTC Adult Learning Centers at:


  • Chattooga County (Summerville): 706-857-0771
  • Murray County (Chatsworth): 706-695-4641
  • Polk County (Rockmart): 770-684-7521
  • Whitfield County (Dalton): 706-272-2909


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 Service®, 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.