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Gordon Lee’s McAllister Signs With GNTC Hoops

Incoming freshman hits hardwood this fall

Tony and Missie McAllister were among those hand at Gordon Lee last Thursday to watch their son Garret sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Also present for the ceremony were GNTC head coach David Stephenson, Gordon Lee assistant Brad Gray and Gordon Lee head coach Ed Clendenen
Tony and Missie McAllister were among those hand at Gordon Lee last Thursday to watch their son Garret sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Also present for the ceremony were GNTC head coach David Stephenson, Gordon Lee assistant Brad Gray and Gordon Lee head coach Ed Clendenen

(Chickamauga, GA) – After a senior season where he earned All-Region status in football, Gordon Lee’s Garret McAllister was leaning toward continuing his gridiron career in the college ranks.
But when his first love came calling, McAllister simply couldn’t say no.
The senior has opted for basketball as his sport of choice at the next level, signing a letter of intent on Thursday to join nearby Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“I love football,” said McAllister, who had considered a handful of schools, “but basketball is my favorite sport and I’m happy I found some place where I can keep playing basketball.”
McAllister said he also considered not playing sports at all when he got the call from Bobcats head coach David Stephenson. “I couldn’t find anywhere to play basketball, so I thought about just going to go to school and being a regular college student,” he explained. “But Coach (Stephenson) called me one day and asked me to come and talk to him. So I did and everything just worked out.”
McAllister had an award-filled senior year for the Trojans, leading the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, shooting 36 percent from behind the 3-point line and 68 percent from the charity stripe, while adding 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals a night.
He was named to the All-Region 6-A squad by the region’s coaches and as a Class A All-State honorable mention by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
“He had been talking to some football people, but his passion was basketball and from a money standpoint, (GNTC) will be a lot cheaper than any school he was looking at for football,” Stephenson said. “I think we got a steal here. He’s a guy that can play the 1 or 2 spot for us, and we like getting guys that have played football because they are more used to the contact they will have to adjust to in college.
“Plus, he’s got good character, good grades and he comes from a good family, and if you get a kid out of Gordon Lee’s program, you know they are coming with good, sound fundamentals. It makes our job a lot easier when the kids have the basics down.”
Gordon Lee’s Ed Clendenen said he wasn’t surprised that his point guard finally chose basketball.
“I think he enjoyed playing football, but his first love was basketball,” Clendenen said. “I’m proud that he will get to play some more at the next level. He’s multi-talented and one of best rebounding guards I’ve ever coached. He can play the point, but he shoots it well enough to play the 2, and if they want to go small, he could even play the 3. He’ll be a good addition for Georgia Northwestern and a valuable addition to their recruiting class.”
The Trojans played in arguably the toughest Class A region in the state and Clendenen said that type of competition will only help McAllister down the road.
“He wasn’t exactly held back from playing against top-level players, that’s for sure,” the coach continued. “He’ll be ready to play the competition he’ll face (in college) because he’s gone up against even (NCAA) Division I talent in high school. I think he’ll make an immediate impact and he can be a great leader for them. I’m looking forward to watching him play some more.”
McAllister added that he chose GNTC for its proximity to home and that he credits Clendenen for helping prepare him for the college game.
“Coach (Clendenen) always pushed us and tried to get the point across that we had to mature as players,” he said. “That really helped me get to the next level and know that basketball is what I wanted to keeping doing with my life.”
McAllister said he considering Criminal Justice as a major.

Mayor of Rome presents Literacy Week Proclamation, Speaks with GNTC Adult Education Students


Evie McNeice, mayor of Rome, presented a Literacy Week Proclamation to Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC, and spoke with GNTC Adult Education students on Wednesday, September 25, at 10 a.m.

The presentation was part of a series of events and activities in celebration of Literacy Week in Georgia, which began on Monday, Sept. 23, and ends on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Literacy Week was designated by Governor Nathan Deal to elevate adult education and family literacy throughout Georgia and to draw attention to the needs of the state in regard to workforce development.

The Adult Education program at GNTC provides education for adults whose education was interrupted in earlier years. They assist adults in acquiring the skills and credentials to validate their level of education through GED Testing. GNTC’s Adult Education program also offers transition counseling to assist with college or career aspirations.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 22,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

Cats Steal Georgia Multi-Sport Star

Georgia Northwestern Inks Northwest’s Stanley


(Tunnel Hill, GA) – After running wild through GHSA’s Region 7-AAAA, Northwest Whitfield’s Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Ryan Richards is seeing success in placing his senior standouts into college. The latest Bruin to sign his name with a college is Northwest big man Dustin Stanley. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound post player will be joining the NJCAA’s Georgia Northwestern Bobcats this fall.

Stanley played a part in the Bruins run through the 2012-13 campaign. Northwest went perfect in region play, losing only one game after December 21, 2012; a GHSA playoff loss in Atlanta, Georgia to Grady High School. The Bruins beat their opponents by an average of 15 points per win this past season as they piled up a 23-4 overall mark.

“The past two years for Dustin have been an amazing transformation,” said Richards. “He’s a good leader. He’s a vocal leader. Most of all, he is taking a lot of size away as he heads off to college and I simply can’t teach size. He really brought a lot to our rebounding effort.”

Stanley, who was a monstrous GHSA 7-AAAA prep football lineman standout in high school, trimmed down for his senior year on the high school hardwood. “I’ve cut about 45 pounds now that football is done,” said Stanley. “I was 255 for football. Then, when basketball rolled around, the weight just came off. Basketball will do that,” added Stanley.

The 18-year old incoming Bobcat freshman didn’t blossom in basketball until his junior year in high school. “He only played the last two years on the prep level,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “But everyone who has watched him these past 24 months, including myself, can see that his best basketball is still in front of him. Not many prep standouts can say that at this point in their careers.”

With the Bobcats losing their top two post players in NJCAA All-Region and All-District player 6-foot-6 Alex Miller (Gordon Central alum) and team captain 6-foot-5 Bud Todd (Trion alum), size and strength are key areas of concern for Stephenson. “We are emphasizing toughness and real grit this year on our roster,” said Stephenson. “He’s a former football player, too. I find that student-athletes who played football, as well as basketball, have a bit more grit in their game. Dustin gives us that.”

Stanley will be joining sophomores 6-foot-6 Cody Cochran (Gordon Lee alum) and 6-foot-6 Jordan Robinson (Mountain View Christian alum) in the paint. Another Gordon Lee grad will return for time on the hardwood in 6-foot-5 Andrew Johnson. “Andrew made things happen with hustle last year, Jordan continues to develop into a true college forward, and Cody returns from an early season injury and we expect he’ll make his presence felt early and often. ” added Stephenson.

Todd will join the Bobcat coaching staff next season as a graduate coach. “If Bud (Todd) can give some of his basketball knowledge to Dustin, he’s going to go a long, long way over the next two seasons,” said Stephenson. Stanley plans to enroll this fall at Georgia Northwestern as an Occupational Therapy Assistant student. Georgia Northwestern is one of only two colleges in the state of Georgia to offer the specialized program. “I’m just looking forward to a great chance to go to college locally and also compete on the next level.”

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through, or by e-mail to Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.

Walker Wins GNTC’s GEDD Award For Career Excellence

GEDD 2013

After more than ten years of helping adults in Northwest Georgia learn the gift of reading, Georgia Northwestern Technical College GED staffer Gail Walker has received one of her program’s highest honors.

GNTC Assistant Director of Adult Education Coleen Brooks awarded her long-time co-worker with the prestigious GEDD Award in a ceremony held Wednesday on the Gordon County Campus of Georgia Northwestern in Calhoun, Georgia. Walker, who was the student of the year in the GED program in 2001-2002, is the 2013 winner of the honor. “The GEDD award stands for Goals, Excellence, Determination, and Difference,” said Brooks.

The GEDD Award is given each year by the college’s GED program to an alumnus who has succeeded in the world after receiving a GED. Walker first began working at GNTC in 2002, shortly after earning her diploma, as a part-time instructional assistant. Four years later, the college made her a full-time employee and she has excelled at that position ever since.

Walker, the 11th of 12 children in her family, began working at fifteen years of age when she was a car hop at the Chow Time restaurant in Rome, Georgia. “Her desire to work hard for everything in life has been there since the beginning and simply has not changed,” said Brooks.

Never finishing her high school career as a teenager, she would end up at Outboard Marine Corporation in Calhoun, Georgia. She would work there until 2001. That’s when the nationwide company would close its doors for good. What started as a temporary lay-off of four weeks, ended up being permanent for 7,000 employees across the United States; 600 of which were employed at the Calhoun plant.

Without a high school diploma, Walker knew she’d have to earn one to be able to move forward and succeed. “It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life,” said Walker. “Getting your GED is a second chance for so many people. I’m glad I realized what a great opportunity this was for me.” Walker’s student of the year award (EAGLE award) in 2002 allowed her to represent the college’s GED program on the state level. “So many opportunities have come my way as a result of me making that one decision to get my diploma,” said Walker.

The Georgia Northwestern GED program has graduated more than 2,000 students who have went on to collegiate and professional careers as a result of their their educational achievements.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern’s GED program, visit the college’s website at Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institute.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Award

Four GNTC students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Hodge, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.

Chosen as semi-finalists are:
Daniel Groce – Business Management – Whitfield Murray Campus – Nominated by Gerald McFry
Jeffery Hughes – Networking Specialist – Walker County Campus – Nominated by Dwight Watt
Nathan Kaiser – Automotive Technology – Walker County Campus – Nominated by Troy Peco
Oscar Reyes – Business Management – Whitfield Murray Campus – Nominated by Gerald McFry

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.

According to Hodge, a screening committee of administrators at GNTC selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors.

“The next step is for a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders from the community to interview and evaluate these four students and select one to be the college’s 2013 GOAL winner,” explained Hodge. “The student judged most outstanding will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon held on February 5, 2013, at the Coosa County Club.”

The GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon is sponsored by The Seven Hills Rotary Club, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

All college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 25 colleges of TCSG as well as the Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division. Three finalists from the region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta on April 25, 2013, and vie to be named as the 2013 statewide GOAL winner.

The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car.

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