Hanna Dunn.JPGHanna Dunn of Chatsworth received her GED diploma at GNTC’s Adult Education Center in Murray County. She is currently enrolled at Georgia Northwestern’s Whitfield Murray Campus and has a 3.9 Grade Point Average.


(Murray County, Georgia) – When Hanna Dunn began pursuing her GED® diploma at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Adult Education Center in Murray County, she had to withdraw after a horseback riding accident.


“I couldn’t walk for months,” said Dunn, a resident of Chatsworth. “I broke my pelvis in three different places and at the same time my Mom got cancer and life just took a big turn.”

Despite these setbacks, Dunn says she returned to the program not only for herself, but also for her family.

“I had a lot of negativity in my life at one point in time and I just decided that I was better than all of the negativity and I wanted a positive outcome,” said Dunn. “I returned to school for my son’s wellbeing as well as my own wellbeing.”

Today, Dunn is a full time student at GNTC and is pursuing an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Care and Education at the Whitfield Murray Campus.

“I currently have a 3.9 Grade Point Average,” said Dunn.

Joe Jackson, lead teacher for the Adult Education Center in Murray County, was Dunn’s instructor in the GED® program.

“Hanna is definitely one of those individuals that does very well once they decide they want something,” said Jackson. “The more she stayed with the program, the more she liked it and continued to move up.”

According to Dunn, Jackson would go above and beyond to help all of his students to achieve their goals.

“Joe would make sure if we needed help, and this applied to every single student, that he would take time out of his schedule to be there for us,” said Dunn. “He would show up and stay with us for hours and hours and help us one on one.”

Dunn says receiving her GED® diploma is one of the best things that ever happened to her.

“It’s more than a piece of paper,” said Dunn. “It is something to be proud of and there are more people that need to go after it.”

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.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.