(Calhoun, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC)  recently held a High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program at the Conference Center on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

The program was intended to show gratitude to the faculty and staff from area high schools. More than 70 high school counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools within GNTC’s nine county service area took part in the luncheon.

During the program, information was provided about various high school initiatives, dual enrollment courses, and key partnerships in GNTC’s service area.

The program began with a welcome from Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC. Phillips said that all of the high school partners are very critical to the success of the various communities in the Northwest Georgia region.

Ginger Mathis, associate vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC, discussed the Catoosa County Campus, which is currently under construction and will be GNTC’s sixth campus when it opens. The programs that will be housed at the campus will include Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electronics, Logistics, Mechatronics, Industrial Systems, and Paramedic Technology. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new campus is scheduled for September 9 at 11 a.m.

Financial aid was the next topic of discussion for the program. Executive Director Stephen Andersen, said that the financial aid team at GNTC is always available to help students navigate the financial aid process and overcome any road blocks to student success.

Carol Abrams, director of High School Initiatives, discussed GNTC’s dual enrollment programs that provide students with the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school.

For the third consecutive year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

While dual enrollment has been possible in the State of Georgia since 2009, major changes were made in July of 2015 with the introduction of the Move On When Ready (MOWR) dual enrollment program that expanded opportunities for students.

The new MOWR dual enrollment program streamlines the various existing dual enrollment options, such as ACCEL, Joint Enrollment, etc., into one program with one funding source. This makes it easier for students and parents to navigate and take advantage of the available options to enroll in college courses while still in high school.

Other speakers at the luncheon were David Stephenson, athletics coordinator at GNTC; and Jason Gamel, director of Institutional Advancement at GNTC.

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.

HS appreciation and luncheon and info program
More than 70 high school counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools within GNTC’s nine county service area took part in the High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.