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Great Race, Great Automotive Team From GNTC

GNTC’s Automotive Technology program will compete in the Great Race in 2018!

The Great Race – a cross country endurance race with vintage vehicles – will take place from June 23 to July 1 and will start in Buffalo, N.Y., and end in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada! Two GNTC students will alternate as drivers and two GNTC students will alternate as navigators in a 1955 Desoto Fireflite and compete in the X-Cup Division. Watch the video to learn more about the Great Race and “Team Desoto.”

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Whitfield Murray Campus Making Ground Quickly

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Just four weeks ago, the foundation was in place.
Today, the Whitfield Murray Campus is climbing towards the skies of NW Georgia!
Information on the Phase II Construction on the WMC is available in this latest story from GNTC.
https://gntcblog.com/2018/03/19/governors-vision-for-whitfield-murray-showing-progress/

Generals Stop In For A Visit At The CCC

(Catoosa County, GA) – Students from Heritage High School (Catoosa County, Ga) toured the Catoosa County Campus (CCC) of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Thursday. GNTC handles the largest number of dual-enrollment students in the state of Georgia.

Deadline for summer admissions to GNTC online and/or on-campus is April 23.

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College classroom full of high school students listen to college instructor at front of the class.
Students from Catoosa County, Georgia’s Heritage High School stopped in for a tour of GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia Thursday.

Breaking Records: GNTC Qualifies 13 For Nationals in Phi Beta Lambda Career Competition

Competitors pose together in business formal wear outside of the Atlanta, Georgia competition site.
“Members of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Phi Beta Lambda team competing in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend stopped for a picture. From left are Marvin Tomas Gaspar of Rome, Georgia; Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia; Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia; Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia; Alejandro Cruz of Chatsworth, Georgia; Monica Rocio of Dalton, Georgia; Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia; Jesanyelis of Dalton, Georgia; Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia; Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia; Bryan Tapia of Rome, Georgia; Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia; Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia; and Carlos Miranda of Ringgold, Georgia. Maria Nichols of Dalton, Georgia is not pictured in this team photo.”

NW Georgia students earn spots in Baltimore this summer
for chance to be called “best in nation”

 


(Atlanta, GA) – After six Georgia Northwestern students became national qualifiers in 2016 and 11 earned spots in 2017, no one expected the bar to go up much higher.

Except for the team itself, of course.

When the competition floor finally slowed to a stop in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend, 13 Bobcats had earned spots on the GNTC team headed to nationals in Baltimore, Maryland the week of June 23. The event will be held during the National Leadership Conference this summer.

The theme for this year’s state competition was “Step Up, Stand Out!” GNTC PBL Advisor Dione Waddington stated just after the awards ceremony, “That’s exactly what they did. They stepped up and stood out.” GNTC qualified 13 of its 15 students who had earned spots in Atlanta. And, 14 of those 15 placed in at least one event.

Those qualifying for national spots were Alejandro Cruz of Chatsworth, Georgia and Jesanyelis Gonzalez of Dalton, Georgia (1st– Business Ethics); Bryan Tapia of Rome, Georgia and Marvin Tomas Gaspar of Rome, Georgia (2nd – Business Ethics); Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia (3rd – Computer Concepts); Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia (2nd – Cyber Security); Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia (1st – Entrepreneurship Concepts); Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia (1st – Financial Concepts); Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda of Ringgold, Georgia (1st – Hospitality Management); Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda (3rd – Human Resource Management); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia, Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia, and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia;  (1st – Integrated Marketing Campaign); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia (1st – Information Management); Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia (3rd – Macroeconomics); Marvin Tomas Gaspar and Bryan Tapia (4th – Management Analysis and Decision Making); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia (5th – Management Concepts); Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia (2nd – Management Concepts); Maria Nichols of Dalton, Georgia (5th – Networking Concepts); Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia (3rd – Organizational Behavior & Leadership); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia (1st – Small Business Management Plan); and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia (1st – Social Media Challenge.)

In total, GNTC would take home 20 awards for their business skill knowledge and career-related performances in Atlanta, Georgia. Competitions against the best in the state tested the understanding of dozens of career paths.

Long is the sole competitor on the Bobcat line-up who is making a return trip to nationals. After appearing in the national competition in 2017, but failing to place, Long is back to face-off against the top talent in the United States. Her first place finish in Information Management on the state level has qualified her to move on for the second year in a row. Dyer, Tapia, and Kirk competed in the state level competition last year but missed out on the trip to nationals. This year, all four, as well as nine other Bobcats, will be preparing for the big event in New England the fourth week of June.

On the national stage in 2017, GNTC’s Selena Spivey finished 8th in the nation in Computer Animation, Elisabeth Harp finished 8th in Networking Concepts and Ronal Bueso and Jonathan Herrera earned a top 15 finish in Business Sustainability. Colleges from the University of Alabama, to the University of Nebraska, to Georgia Northwestern Technical College went head to head in competitions testing career skill abilities in dozens of different areas of expertise.

Advisors for the award-winning PBL squad are GNTC’s Waddington, Patty Hart, and Mark Upton. PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. Students will participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events at the NLC. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the professional skills organizations.

GNTC offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. You can also see more information at the college’s social media sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, WordPress, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

 

Scenes from the Annual GNTC Spring Plant Sale Underway This Week

 

Scenes from the GNTC Spring Plant Sale at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, an annual tradition in Rome, Georgia, is underway!

The sale will end at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and then from Wednesday, April 11, to Thursday, April 12, the sale will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day of the sale will be a half-day on Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Purchases may be made with cash or check.

The sale is a way for GNTC to contribute to the community that also gives Horticulture students real-world experience.

Items being sold include a large selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, blooming plants, and potted geraniums. The vegetables will include tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, eggplants, and more.

The sale is taking place at the greenhouses located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus, next to the Woodlee Building. All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Horticulture program at GNTC.

Health Information Key for Dalton State, Georgia Northwestern Agreement

NW Georgia Colleges Sign Articulation Agreement, Helping Fill Need

 

Administrators pose behind the table the two Presidents used to sign the articulation agreement. The Presidents are seated in the foreground.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College President, sitting left, Pete McDonald and Dalton State College President Dr. Margaret Venable signed an articulation agreement between the two colleges. Standing, from left, are Dr. Ginger Mathis, GNTC Associate Vice President of Special Projects; Dr. Elizabeth Anderson, GNTC Vice President of Academic Affairs; Susan Bowman, GNTC Health Information Management Instructor; Donna Estes, GNTC Health Information Management Technology Program Director; Frank Pharr, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Health Programs Dean; Dr. Pat Chute, Provost and V.P. Academic Affairs; Debbie Gilbert, Dalton State College Director of Health Information Management; Dr. Susan D. West, Dalton State College Chair of Allied Health Programs; Dr. Gina Kertulis-Tartar, Dalton State College Dean of Health Professions.”

(Dalton, Georgia)One of the fastest growing careers in the nation now has two collegiate partners to help provide a properly and powerfully trained workforce here in Northwest Georgia and beyond. On Thursday, Dalton State College (DSC) and Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) entered into a formal articulation agreement involving Health Information Management.

“This is a perfect example of how we are partnering together to service the students of this region,” said DSC President Dr. Margaret Venable during a signing ceremony in the Health Professions building on the DSC campus in Dalton, Georgia. GNTC students who now graduate from the Health Information Management Technology program with an Associate of Applied Science degree can transfer seamlessly into a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management program at Dalton State College.

“GNTC has a strong health information management technology program,” said Dalton State College Dean of Health Professions Dr. Gina Kertulis-Tartar in an interview this week. “Students who graduate from their program are well-prepared… and their program is respected in the community. Now, we can easily be the next step for those graduates.”

GNTC President Pete McDonald is proud that GNTC and DSC have made this move. “This gives our students a chance to progress in their education,” said McDonald. “And, ultimately, help them advance in their careers.” GNTC’s Health Information Management Technology program was first accredited in 2009. Dalton State College will see its first Bachelor’s Degree graduates from its Health Information Management program at the end of this semester.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree program for Health Information Management Technology is current taught on the Walker County Campus of GNTC. The median pay for professionals working in the Health Information Management field is more than $38,000 annually with jobs opening up at a 13-percent faster rate than average opportunities in the United States.

“Dalton State wants to compliment what Georgia Northwestern is doing, not duplicate it,” said Venable. “We are allowing students an opportunity to continue the education they began with Georgia Northwestern. It’s a perfect partnership.”

GNTC offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. You can also see more information at the college’s social media sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, WordPress, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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GNTC Receives 10K Donation for New Lactation Consultant Program

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(From the left to right) Takiyah Kaser, MAG Alliance member; Kat Chiu, president of the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition; Bea Stitzer, assistant dean of Public Service Technologies at GNTC; Merrilee Gober, past president of the MAG Alliance; Jody Vangrov, dean of Math and Sciences at GNTC; Frank Pharr, dean of Health Technologies at GNTC; Tom Bojo, dean of Public Service Technology at GNTC; Dave Street, president of the MAG Alliance; Sasha Kahiga, curriculum program specialist at the Technical College System of Georgia; Dr. John Antalis, physician representative for the MAG Alliance and Georgia Composite Medical Board member; Kathy Kerce, director of the Lactation Consultant program at GNTC; Elizabeth Anderson, vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC; and Michelle Beatson, Administrative liaison to Institutional Advancement at GNTC, pose for a picture during a ceremony on the Gordon County Campus for the new Lactation Consultant program.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) recently received a $10,000 donation from the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Alliance for its new Lactation Consultant program that is being offered on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

 

The new program provides students with clinical experience in the management of lactation, breastfeeding counseling skills, and general health sciences. It is currently being offered as either a diploma or certificate of credit.

 

Graduates of the program will be trained to sit for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners certification exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

 

“The MAG Alliance applauds Georgia Northwestern for demonstrating great vision and leadership in establishing the nation’s first lactation consultants program that is connected to a technical college,” said Dave Street, president of the MAG Alliance.

 

The $10,000 donation will provide a $2,000 scholarship to a student for four semesters for a total of $8,000. The remaining $2,000 will be earmarked for start-up supplies for the new program.

 

“We are always excited to expand our programs and have new programs like this one,” said Jody Vangrov, dean of Math and Sciences at GNTC.

 

According to Merrilee Gober, immediate past-president of the MAG Alliance, many new mothers that start out breast feeding have difficulties and are not successful. These difficulties usually arise after the mother and baby go home from the hospital and no longer have access to the hospital nursing staff and people who have training in lactation care.

 

“So this program will help us put more lactation consultants in the community settings,” said Gober. “We really want to see lactation consultants working with pediatricians and the family medicine divisions as part of their office staff.”

 

Kathy Kerce is the director of the Lactation Consultant program at GNTC. Kerce is a Registered Nurse (RN) and has a master’s degree in Nursing. She is a Registered Lactation Consultant (RLC) and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

 

“Georgia was the second state in the nation to grant licensure to lactation consultants,” said Kerce. “This means that our doctors and hospitals can now employ someone who is an IBCLC, which leads to tremendous growth in the employment of lactation consultants.”

 

To find out more about GNTC’s Lactation Consultant program, contact Kerce at (706) 378-1755 or via email at kkerce@gntc.edu.

 

The Medical Association of Georgia Alliance is a network of physicians’ spouses who volunteer to improve the health of all Georgians. To learn more about the MAG Alliance, or to apply for the $8,000 Lactation Consultant scholarship at GNTC, go to the website www.magalliance.org. Applications for the scholarship are due by April 20, 2018.

 

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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 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. The Student Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844-348-7659 or via online chat at https://helpcenter.gntc.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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