(Rockmart, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held a special Preview Day for Rockmart High School students at the Polk County Campus (PCC) on Thursday, April 14.

During the program, information was provided to expose the students to the admissions process, campus life, financial aid, and more.

Approximately 70 high school students took part in the program, which also included hands-on activities for various programs of study offered at GNTC.

The day began with a welcome from April Welch, campus manager of the Polk County Campus at GNTC.

Financial aid was the next topic of discussion for the program. Assistant director Amber Singletary, gave a presentation that went over the financial aid process.

Mark Upton, director of Marketing and program advisor for Phi Beta Lambda at GNTC, discussed student organizations and the statewide Phi Beta Lambda competition that took place earlier this month. Several GNTC students will move on to Phi Beta Lambda’s national competition this summer.

“Employers more and more are looking to see what students do outside of class,” said Upton. “If you have an education and degree, and you can show that you also did some things outside of school and were successful, then employers will choose you.”

Scott Carter, director of Industrial Electrical Controls at GNTC, discussed the recent statewide SkillsUSA competition that took place in Atlanta. Georgia Northwestern earned a gold medal in the “TeamWorks” competition, which involved a team of GNTC students building a construction project before a deadline. The GNTC team will be headed to the national competition in June. Carter told the group of high school students that SkillsUSA involves much more that industrial competitions.

“SkillsUSA also has competitions in business, marketing, nursing, healthcare, public service, crime scene investigation and so many other subjects,” said Carter. “They hold well over one hundred different competitions.”

After the opening presentations, students took part in a wide variety of real-world learning activities which included taking fingerprints at a crime scene, dental assisting, cosmetology, entrepreneurship, allied health, and other instructional activities.

Welch told the students that the different clubs and extra-curricular activities that GNTC offers are a very important part of the overall college experience.

“We really want you to be engaged with the school outside of your classes,” said Welch “Research shows that the more connected a student is to their institution, the more likely they are to graduate.”

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.