Corey Carlile (r) and Brittny Burns (l)
Corey Carlile (right) Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 GOAL Winner and Brittny Burns (left) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC.


(Rome, Georgia) – Corey Carlile, a Marketing student from Aragon, has been named Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner and Brittny Burns, a Business Technology instructor from Kennesaw, was selected as the college’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.


The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome, and the GNTC Student Leadership Council.


Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County, who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute, was also recognized during the banquet. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Coery Carlile (r) and Pete McDonald (l)

Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC and Corey Carlile (right), GNTC’s 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner.

Carlile, GNTC’s GOAL winner, is a student at the Floyd County Campus and was nominated by her instructor, Mark Upton, director of the Marketing program. She was selected from a group of four semi-finalists for her presentation on technical education by a panel of judges representing business, industry, and higher education in the Northwest Georgia region.


“Corey is a diligent student, personable, a leader, and a mentor to other students in the classroom,” said Upton.


Carlile is on the President’s List and is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at Georgia Northwestern. She received her High School diploma from Woodland High School in Cartersville, where she served on the Yearbook team and as a student mentor for the Peer Facilitator program.


“The faculty at Georgia Northwestern are amazing,” said Carlile. “They are extremely passionate about what they do and very energetic, which rubs off on the students.”


She is currently a Teller II for First Citizens Bank and has served as a receptionist at Walk-in MD, a Teller II for Hamilton State Bank, and as a Teller I for Family Savings Credit Union.


Carlile remains very active in the community by performing volunteer work for numerous organizations including: volunteer, American Cancer Society Relay for Life; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament Championship Game; and top sales, Advocates for Children Duck Derby.


As the 2016 GOAL Winner for Georgia Northwestern, Carlile will move to the regional competition and if chosen as a regional winner, she will compete at the state level against winners from the other regions of Georgia. She will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner for 2016 and recipient of the GOAL medallion. The 2016 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner will serve as TCSG’s student ambassador during a number of system and college functions throughout the year.


As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.


Brittny Burns (r) and Pete McDonald (l)
Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, and Brittny Burns (right), Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

Brittny Burns, instructor of Business Technology on the Floyd County Campus, was selected as GNTC’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.


Burns was chosen for her outstanding presentation about the value of technical education.


“Technical education is essential to our local workforce,” said Burns. “As instructors we have the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and our community.”


Burns has been an instructor at GNTC since 2010. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, she was a student representative for the Office of Development at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va. and a nuclear medicine intern at Sentara Healthcare and Bon Secours Health Systems.


A Summa Cum Laude student, Burns received her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from ODU. As an undergraduate student, she served as vice president of the student ambassadors for the Student Government Organization and as director of Campus Outreach and Development of T.R.U.S.T., Inc. a community service organization.


She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.


Burns is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and also currently a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. She was an intern for the Business School Alliance for Health Management and is a certified technologist by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.


As GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Burns will compete in the regional competition. If chosen as a regional winner, she will compete at the state level in the competition. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose one instructor to be the 2016 Technical College System of Georgia’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.


The Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year. The last state winner to represent GNTC was 2013 Rick Perkin’s winner, Troy Peco, director of the Automotive Technology program.


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.