(Calhoun, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its GED® Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 12, for students who have earned their General Educational Diploma®.

The ceremony was held at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to accommodate students and families from all nine counties of GNTC’s service area.

Approximately 100 students crossed the stage with their General Educational Development® diplomas in front of a standing room only crowd.

The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Smith recognized the friends and family members in attendance at the ceremony.

Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, encouraged graduates to continue with their education and to not look at this ceremony as the end of their studies.

“I want you to consider this your first step towards your career development,” said McDonald. “To maintain a good job in today’s world, you have to have a very specific education. I encourage all of you to continue to develop your skills and have a good future for you and your family.”

Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County, winner of GNTC’s EAGLE Award and finalist for the State EAGLE Award for 2016, delivered the keynote address.

“I want to encourage everyone to keep stepping forward,” said Weaver. “We are able to tell other people about our success and accomplishments and inspire others to do the same.”

The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,084 students and graduated 276 students with a GED® diploma in Fiscal Year 2015. The Adult Education program at GNTC serves students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in five different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue, GED® Testing Services, and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.

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.