Catoosa County Schools and GNTC hold ceremony for new program participants

“The first “From HERE to CAREER Academy” class of 16 students posed for a quick picture after Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia. The student come from Heritage, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, and Ringgold High Schools in Catoosa County.”

(Northwest Georgia) – State and local leaders from government and education were among those on hand to help Catoosa County’s first 16 students jump start their futures during Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) in Ringgold, Georgia.


The county’s first “From HERE to CAREER! Academy” pathways in the fields of Industrial Systems Technology, Mechatronics, and Robotics begins now. Sixteen Catoosa County students, representing all three high schools in Catoosa County, will begin the 2019-2020 school year in dual enrollment to develop technical and professional skills for jobs in our region.


“We are so thrilled, from a Technical College System of Georgia perspective, to see this effort moving forward in Catoosa County,” said Mark Peevy, Technical College System of Georgia Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education Initiatives. “This is an effort connecting our youth to their future careers. Not just to one job or company, but to that future career that will help transform them into productive citizens.”

: “Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese spoke to those in attendance at Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia.”


The first students in the brand new program come from Heritage, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, and Ringgold High Schools. From Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe: Luke Allen, Zaniel Carroll, Shannon Kinsey, Clyde Mussared, Kyle Pantages, Noah Phy, Kyle Pursley, and Malik Ware. From Ringgold: Tyler Wolfe-Driver, Connor Hutchins, Lucas Loboda, Emily Momberg, Taylor Pease, and Ashlyn Propst. From Heritage: Zach Adams and Davis Wyre.

“The HERE to CAREER! Academy is truly a community endeavor,” said Denia Reese, Catoosa County Schools Superintendent. “Catoosa County Schools, GNTC, local and state elected officials, and regional business partners have collaborated to prepare an opportunity for our students to achieve success in highly-skilled jobs. This initiative also supports economic development in our region by providing a talent pipeline that will enable them to thrive in the future.”



Reese and Dr. Heidi Popham, GNTC President helped welcome the more than 100 invitees and honorees to the special ceremony. Among those speaking to the students of the pilot program and their families were Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Workforce Development; Mark Peevy, Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education Initiatives; Georgia State Senator (District 53) Jeff Mullis; Georgia State House of Representative Dewayne Hill (District 3); and Jonathan Connell, Owner of MedSTAT and From HERE To CAREER! Academy Chairman.

“State and local leaders in government and education were on hand for Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia. Pictured at the event, from left, are Mark Peevy, Technical College System of Georgia Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education Initiatives; Don Dycus, Catoosa County Schools Board of Education Chairman; Randall Franks, Ringgold City Council Member; Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis (District 53); Jeff Long, Catoosa County Commissioner; Earl Gray, Mayor of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; Wesley Ross, Office of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp; Denia Reese, Catoosa County Schools Superintendent; Steven Henry, Catoosa County Board of Commissioners Chairman; Jonathan Connell, From HERE To CAREER Academy Chairman; Dewayne Hill, Georgia State Representative (District 3); Frank Pinson, Technical College System of Georgia Program Manager; David Moeller, Catoosa County Schools Board of Education; and Dr. Heidi Popham, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President.”


“This is a phenomenal opportunity for these students that has everyone cheering for them and looking forward to great things in the future,” said Popham. “This is a true testament to Catoosa County and Northwest Georgia’s commitment to education.” Fall semester classes available online and on-campus at GNTC will begin next week. To learn more about the more than 200 programs offered at GNTC, visit the college at GNTC.edu. You can also contact any one of GNTC’s six campus locations at 866-983-4682. GNTC offers classes online and on-campus at the Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Murray Campuses in Northwest Georgia.


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. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.