“Some of the students currently taking part in GNTC’s Gas Arc Welding (MIG) program through the Youth Success Academy. Pictured, from left, are Tammy Pence, Youth Specialist; Christopher Sisk, Tyler Pangle, James Stevens, Chris Harris, Dustin Skiles, Jesse Moody, and Vince Stalling, Youth Services Coordinator.”

Career Advantages From The Youth Success Academy


(Walker County, Georgia) – A new partnership leading to careers today is the focus of programs helping 18-24 year olds throughout Northwest Georgia.


The Youth Success Academy of Georgia Northwestern Technical College and the North West Georgia Regional Commission are offering short-term training certifications in a variety of career fields.  The programs are being offered at several locations across the region.


Training sessions in the following programs are free through the Youth Success Academy, if you qualify.  Administrative Professional Training Level 1&2, Fast Track Certified Logistics Technician, Fast Track Industrial, Maintenance Level 1, Gas Arc Welding (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), and Serv Safe Training.


“Current classes scheduled immediately are in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and Certified Logistics Associate,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Youth Success Academy Specialist Tammy Pence. “If a student qualifies, these programs, which last just 40 hours, can possibly be taken at no cost at all.”


To see if you qualify, contact the Youth Success Academy at 706.764.3783. You can also e-mail to for information on the programs. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.


The Youth Success Academy site at GNTC’s Walker County Campus has been open for business for nearly 15 years. Funding for the program is made possible by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGRC) in Rome, Georgia.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate 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.