The Southeastern Lactation Consultant Association (SELCA) Board of Directors recently presented Kathy Kerce, director of the Lactation Consultant program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, with the Friend of SELCA Award.

The award is given to an individual that is working to advance the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) within Georgia and the southeast through leadership, advocacy, professional development and research.

In order to qualify for the award, an individual must show leadership in the field of lactation. Qualifying contributions to the lactation profession may include publishing peer-review articles, presenting at professional conferences or teaching lactation-related courses.

The IBLCE is the independent international certification body conferring the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential.

The Lactation Consultant program is taught at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. Students that complete the Lactation Consultant certificate or diploma program are trained to sit for the International Board of Lactation Examiners Certification to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) which is considered the highest certification of a lactation professional. 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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.