Kia Optima
2015 KIA Optima automobiles will be used to provide behind-the-wheel training for student drivers as part of the free Diver’s Education Courses at GNTC.

(Rome, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering free Driver’s Education Classes on its Floyd County Campus beginning in March to support and educate young drivers.


The classes are made possible through scholarships from the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission (GDEC) to qualifying students to cover the cost of the course. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


To be eligible for the course, students must be a Georgia resident between the ages of 15 and 18 years old and possess a learner’s permit from the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Students are no longer eligible for the scholarship after their 19th birthday.


Classes consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel instruction. Students also have access to state-of-the-art driving simulators for additional practice and instruction. Drive time will be scheduled in two hour sessions, during the week, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.


The courses will be offered on Saturdays beginning in March from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will switch to a weekday schedule after the school year ends.


As part of the grant, 2015 KIA Optima automobiles equipped with audio and video recording capabilities will be used for the behind-the-wheel training.


“This program is a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to learn the skills and gain the experience needed to be a much safer driver,” said Mardi Jackson, director of economic development and the driver’s education program at GNTC.


Local law enforcement officers have been hired to conduct the instruction and the behind-the-wheel training.


For more information, contact GNTC’s Office of Continuing Education at (706) 295-6382.


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.