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GNTC Child Care Scholar To Represent Region at State Conference

Early Childhood Care and Education Student Grabs Attention

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College student Amy McKinnie will represent the region at the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children Conference being held next month in Alpharetta, Georgia.”

 (Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Amy McKinnie will represent the college at the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC) Annual Conference October 5-6. McKinnie is an Early Childhood Care and Education major at GNTC.
The Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia resident will serve as an ambassador for the collegiate program. “I won’t be giving a speech, really,” said McKinnie. “I’ll be sharing my story with others and just how this choice has helped my life.” McKinnie has been a part of the DECAL Scholars program since her enrollment at Georgia Northwestern. The program is designed to help provide scholarships and assistance to students choosing the Early Childhood Care and Education field.

 

“I first heard about the program at work and it has allowed me to pursue college at my own pace while also supplementing my income,” said McKinnie. “I needed to take time off work to go to school and the scholarship program assisted me so that was possible.”

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, McKinnie relocated to Northwest Georgia in 2012. The 32-year old mother of one has been working childcare for the past four years with Noah’s Ark Christian Learning Center in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. In addition, with a child in pre-school herself, McKinnie finds a real passion in working in the field. Her four-year-old, Calleigh, attends a North Georgia Pre-K program.

 

In July 2017, McKinnie was asked to be an Assistant in a Georgia Pre-K program. “It was a salary position and I have been in that same position ever since,” said McKinnie. “Noah’s Ark Christian Learning Center has been such a blessing.” Due in part to her willingness to help her co-workers, as well as keeping up with the DECAL Scholars program, she was invited to be an ambassador at this year’s GAEYC conference. The event is being held at Gwinnett Technical College in Alpharetta, Georgia.

 

“I originally studied Psychology when I lived in California,” said McKinnie. “When I moved to Georgia, I needed a job and working at a school came so naturally. My mother has been a teacher as long as I have been alive and I believe it’s in my blood! I began classes and I have never had such good grades in my life! It really feels like a good fit.”

 

A student of Georgia Northwestern Technical College instructors Tracy Wimberley and Susan Kendrick in the college’s Childhood Care and Education program, McKinnie says they have both been important in her career path. “Both of them have been instrumental in my success as a student,” said McKinnie. “They are both the sweetest people and so kind and helpful. I have called them both when I have been overwhelmed by life and unsure of what to do with my education, and they guide me to the best options.”

 

McKinnie will soon complete her diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She is also pursuing her Associate’s Degree in the same program offered at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She is newly married to her husband, Marcus. “He’s very supportive of my career and our daughter.”

 

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

Happy Birthday To Head Start at WCC, Leaders Stop In To Read To Classes

(Walker County, Georgia) – The Head Start program located on the property of the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College celebrated a birthday this week.

On Thursday, local government leaders came into the classrooms to read to the students of the Walker County Head Start program in Rock Spring, Georgia. The event was organized in recognition of the 52nd birthday of the National Head Start Association (NHSA).

Judge Christy Anderson
Walker County, Georgia Probate Judge Christy Anderson, sitting in the chair, along with Walker County Head Start teachers, sitting from left, Leslie Kendrick and Ashton Flick, and teacher peer trainee Georgia Tucker sit with the students as they listen to a story.

Walker County, GA Sheriff Steve Wilson, Walker County Magistrate Judge Shelia Thompson, and Walker County Probate Judge Christy Anderson took time out of their schedules this past Thursday to visit the facility. Wilson read to the children in the two and three-year-old room, Thompson read to the children in the three to five-year-old room. Anderson shared with the children in the six weeks to two-year-old room.

The NHSA serves more than 1,000,000 children by way of 200,000 staffers and 1,600 various organizations and people who award grants to the program to help keep the opportunities available to the nation’s children.

The NHSA is a not-for-profit group created to help give all children in the United States, regardless of circumstances, the ability to do well in school and life.

Early Childhood Gets “Wiggled”

Each Spring, as part of the Polk Campus ECCE 1113 Creative Activities class, students stage some form of musical presentation to local daycares. In the past, students have performed Disney’s “Little Mermaid-Kiss the Girl,” last year’s presentation of “Snow White’s-Heigh Ho” to local preschooler’s, and they even flash mobbed other GNTC students in the main lobby to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” This year’s presentation, “Wiggle with the Wiggles,” was presented to a local daycare, Creative Kids Learning Center. Children were served popcorn and invited to watch and dance along to several Wiggles songs. They were provided with a program and a Wiggles activity pack.

GNTC’s Machine Tool Technology Program

Sees Increase in Veteran Enrollment

 

 

Brian Pierce (left) and Brooks Cain (right) work on a lathe machine in the shop for GNTC’s Machine tool Technology program. Pierce and Cain both served as specialist in the U.S. Army and knew each other before they entered the program.
Brian Pierce (left) and Brooks Cain (right) work on a lathe machine in the shop for GNTC’s Machine tool Technology program. Pierce and Cain both served as specialist in the U.S. Army and knew each other before they entered the program.

 

 

Military experience provides individuals with in-depth technical experience and an aptitude for detail and consequently the Machine Tool Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is seeing more veterans enroll into the program.

 

According to Bart Jenkins, director of the Machine Tool Technology program at GNTC, one-fourth of the students in the program on the Floyd County Campus are military veterans.

 

“I’m going to say the quality of students has increased because of the addition of the veterans here,” said Jenkins.

 

Veterans gain valuable technical experience when they serve in the military and a large amount of that experience translates into the problem-solving skills and precision that is taught in the Machine Tool Technology program at GNTC.

 

“It’s very technical and the attention to detail and other skills you learn in the military correlates well to machine tool,” said Matthew Aliberti, a former staff sergeant that went on tours in Iraq, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. “You have to constantly check measurements, plus it’s very broad, so there’s a lot of applications you can use it in.”

 

Aliberti says that the stability of the profession was also a big reason he chose to enter the program.

 

“The job prospects are high, there’s a lot of guys right now that are getting ready to retire so there are a lot of job openings,” said Aliberti. “I see companies come in here at least two or three times a semester looking to hire guys out of the school because GNTC has a good reputation, so if you want a job it is definitely a good job with good pay.”

 

Brooks Cain, a former specialist that did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, says that he would recommend the program to anyone who enjoys Math and using their hands all day.

 

“I was a mechanic in the Army and this kind of coincides with it, said Cain. “I’m fascinated with turning a piece of material into a useable part.”

 

To Brian Pierce, a former specialist in the Army who did three tours in Iraq, this also meant connecting with other veterans while receiving hands-on experience with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and lathe machines.

 

“I actually already knew Brooks, me and him kind of grew up together, it was pretty cool to see a familiar face both being in the military and just knowing that there are a lot of military people here,” said Pierce. “You can click better, you can adapt better to the environment here, and it’s just easier so I think I picked the right subject to study.”

 

Jenkins says that military training in general, in addition to the technical experience, makes veterans very good students.

 

“They are always on time and their work ethic is great,” said Jenkins. “I wish I had a whole shop full of them.”

 

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 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

Dalton Businessman Joe Yarbrough Elected Chairman of Technical College System Board

(Savannah, GA) – The members of the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia have voted to install Joe Yarbrough of Dalton as their new chairman for the next two years. He will replace the board’s current chair, Lynn Cornett of Sandy Springs, whose term expires on December 31.

 

The board also elected Shaw Blackmon, III, of Warner Robins to a second term as vice chairman.

 

The unanimous votes to elect Yarbrough and Blackmon were made during the board’s monthly meeting, which was held in Savannah on November 6.

 

The State Board of the TCSG consists of 23 members who are appointed by the Governor. They establish and oversee the standards, regulations and policies for the operation of the system of 24 technical colleges as well as Georgia’s adult education and GED programs.

 

Yarbrough, the senior vice president for advanced manufacturing engineering at Mohawk Industries, was appointed to the board as a member-at-large by Governor Nathan Deal in December 2012. He is currently the vice chair of the External Affairs and Economic Development Committee and also serves on the board’s Adult Education Committee and Ad Hoc Committee for Career Academies.

 

Yarbrough had previously served on the board of directors of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome. The college has additional campuses in Calhoun, Dalton, Rockmart and Rock Spring.

 

“I’m very grateful to my fellow members for the trust that they have placed in me to serve as their chairman,” said Yarbrough. “We have great leadership in the TCSG, a great board, and a great opportunity to do lots of outstanding work to support the development of Georgia’s workforce. I look forward to leading the TCSG board and doing all we can to fulfill the mission of our colleges to graduate a world-class workforce and open doors of opportunity for students throughout our state.”

 

 

Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Blackmon, the president and CEO of National Bank Products in Warner Robins, to the board as a member-at-large in 2008. He currently chairs the board’s External Affairs and Economic Development Committee and serves on the Governance, Compliance and Audit committees. He was a past chair of the Appeals Committee.

 

“I’m most appreciative that my colleagues on the State Board of the TCSG have chosen me to serve a second term as their vice chairman. It will be my pleasure to work with incoming Chairman Joe Yarbrough and all of my board colleagues as we go about our duties in support of Commissioner Ron Jackson, the TCSG colleges and the technical and adult education programs that are changing the lives and building the careers of people throughout Georgia,” said Blackmon.

 

About the TCSG: The 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of outstanding instructors and hands-on learning with state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs.

 

The TCSG colleges delivered 2.3 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students during the 2013 academic year. The TCSG is online, too, serving 80,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.

 

In addition, the TCSG Quick Start program, an important economic development incentive for Georgia, provided customized workforce training to almost 50,000 employees of new and expanding companies in the state.

 

The TCSG also works to help adult learners reach their potential. Last year, the TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered a variety of programs to 71,000 adult learners and almost 15,000 of those students earned their GED credential.

 

For more information about the TCSG and links to a technical college in your area, go to HYPERLINK “https://tcsg.edu//“www.tcsg.edu

Georgia Northwestern’s Hall Leads Cats At Cleveland State

Lady Cats Set Sights On Music City This Weekeend

 

 

(Cleveland, TN) – Freshman Lady Cat Brecia Hall (Coosa) led the way for Georgia Northwestern as they hit the Volunteer State Tuesday night for their 2013-14 season opener at Cleveland State. Hall would lead with 17 points and six boards in the effort which saw the Lady Cougars take the game, 90-49.

Cleveland, Tennessee-native Kiarra Parks (Pepperell) highlighted her homecoming with seven points, four assists, two steals, and three boards in the non-region loss against the NJCAA Division I opponent.

Georgia Northwestern (0-1) would shoot 70-percent from the charity stripe in the loss. However, the Lady Cats would be held to 27-percent from the field in the opener at L. Quention Lane Gymnasium.

The Lady Vikings (2-0) would be lead by freshman Aysia Grimsley (Marietta, GA) with 13 points in the win over the Lady Cats. Freshman Forward Jamesha Mosley (Hopkinsville, KY) would make the most headlines from her post position with seven steals, seven points, and four assists.

Georgia Northwestern and Cleveland State both hit I-40 West on Friday night for a pair of November road games. The Lady Cats will take part in the Welch College Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee. Cleveland State will visit West Tennessee to battle it out with TJCCAA opponent Dyersburg State.

Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and an equal opportunity institute. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Athletics, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813., e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu, or visit BobcatsCountry.com

Cleveland State (90) – Aysia Grimsley 13, Gasper 8, Brandi Whitted 11, Brittany Ramsey 11, Mosley 7, Markiesha Campbell 12, Roller 2, Katrice Harris 12, Davis 2, Bonds 1, King 5, Thompson 2, Fuqua 4.

Georgia Northwestern (49) – Bridger 4, Nichelson 6, Brecia Hall 17, Smith 6, Long 3, Parks 7, Jones, Woodley 6, Flaherty.

Halftime Score: 42-20, Cleveland State

Lady Cats Open Season Tonight At Cleveland State

Georgia Northwestern Boasts NJCAA All-Region Honorees, Prep Standouts

Lady Cats 2013 Basketball Shoot-13

(Rome, GA) – With the strength of four NJCAA All-Region honorees in the line-up, Georgia Northwestern opens its 2013-14 Women’s Basketball season with a trip to the Volunteer State tonight for a 6 p.m. tip-off with Division I Cleveland State in the confines of L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.

Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams returns at the helm for season number four and a shot at the college’s fourth consecutive region championship. “We’ve got a great group of student-athletes and really hope to compete well again this time around,” said Williams. “Our returners will make a big difference in how we perform this season.”

Leading the way for Georgia Northwestern as they make their way through NJCAA Region XVII in 2013-14 is Canton, Georgia-native Alyssa Nichelson. At 5-foot-8, the former Creekview H.S. (GA) standout is an all-region first-team member. Sophomore Lady Cat guard Kiarra Parks also received all-region first-team honors heading into the new schedule.

Nichelson and Parks dropped in 11 points a game in their freshman campaigns last season. The 5-foot-4 Parks, a former Pepperell HS (GA) standout, would add four boards and two swipes a night, as well.

Lady Cat outside shooter Sierra Smith returns after hitting from beyond the arc at a 31-percent click in 2012-13. Missing from the line-up is her back court counterpart from last season in Emily Cole. The former Adairsville HS (GA) sharpshooter signed with Toccoa Falls College in the offseason after completing her two years of eligibility at Georgia Northwestern.

The most noticeable absence comes beneath the glass as the Lady Cats have to fill the shoes of Odessa Person. The 5-foot-10 forward rounded out last season ranked seventh in the nation in rebounds. Averaging 14 boards each outing, the Lineville, Alabama-native managed to grab the attention of the NJCAA with four 20-plus rebound performances during her sophomore run.

Williams has his eyes on freshman forward Caroline Long to help soften the blow in the post. Long, a 6-foot-1 freshman forward from Model HS (GA), will lead the Lady Cats front court this season. Long, along with 5-foot-8 freshman guard Alisha Bridger, were named NJCAA All-Region second-team honorees. Bridger is in her first year with Georgia Northwestern after completing her prep career at Sonoraville HS (GA).

In usual Jim Williams style, the non-region schedule in November and December is extremely tough. The line-up of opponents consists of several four-year programs and a handful of nationally-ranked Division I Juco opponents. Among the national junior college powerhouses the Lady Cats will use for tune-up matches are Gadsden State (AL), Albany State (GA), Georgia Highlands, and Prince George’s CC (MD).

For information on all Georgia Northwestern intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail the Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu, or call (706) 764-3813.

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 26,000 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.

Getting Feet Wet, Cats’ Parrish, Tankersley Lead First Effort

Georgia Northwestern Preps For Inaugural Season With Fall Tourney

(Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern took part this past weekend in one of two scheduled pre-season fall tournaments before teeing off the college’s inaugural season of intercollegiate golf this spring.

The Chick-Fil-A Invitational in Rome, Georgia saw the Cats Golf program take a 23rd place finish. Georgia Northwestern played round one at Stonebridge Golf Club on Monday, September 30. Round two was held at Coosa Country Club.

Freshman Bobcat golfers Brandon Parrish and Drew Tankersley led the way in the college’s initial offering. Tankersley led the way on Monday with a 77 (+5) at Stonebridge. After teeing off at number nine, Tankersley would shoot even par through the first eight holes of play Monday. A double bogey and bogey combination on 17 and 18 would keep things slightly above par for the rest of the day. Tankersley posted an 83 on day two for a tournament total 160 (+16).

On Tuesday, it was fellow Cat linkster Brandon Parrish who would pick up the pace when the squad teed off at Coosa Country Club. Parrish would birdie 15 and 16 to finish day two with a 76 (+4), leading the way for Georgia Northwestern in the tourney with an overall 155 (+11) Also suiting up for the Cats in the Floyd County, Georgia event this week were Gavin Reeves, Adrian Petino, Jermaine Carter, and Shawn Welch.

“A lot of tension, nervousness, as we got going Monday. But we really made some progress between day one and day two,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Golf Coach Jared Willerson. “We’ve got a couple of weeks to make preparations for our other big event this fall. We should see some good growth out of each of these student-athletes by then.”

Georgia Northwestern will tee things off in their second warm-up event for the inaugural season this spring by heading to the Maryville (TN) Invitational at Green Meadow Country Club October 18-19.

For information on all Cats Country intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail the Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu, or call (706) 764-3813.

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 26,000 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.

Lady Cats Close Out Covenant, Fall To Bryan

“Freshman Lady Cat Victoria Sprouse (Ringgold) pounds a kill shot on Covenant College Thursday Night in Barnes Gymnasium in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.”
“Freshman Lady Cat Victoria Sprouse (Ringgold) pounds a kill shot on Covenant College Thursday Night in Barnes Gymnasium in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.”

Georgia Northwestern Turning Things Around At Mid-Season

(Barnes Gymnasium, Lookout Mountain, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern continues to roar back into the win column, winner of four of its last six matches over the last two weeks. Thursday night, the Lady Cats split a tri-match at Covenant College losing first to Bryan College, 16-25, 14-25. They would then pick up the pace closing out host Covenant JV, 27-25, 25-16, 21-25, 29-27.

“We really seem to be picking up steam as we hit the mid-point of the schedule,” said Georgia Northwestern second-year head coach Carrie Powell. The Cats closed out their 2012 re-launch campaign with an overall 2-13 mark. This year’s edition of the Lady Cats (4-7) have already doubled their win output from just one year ago. “Last year, size hurt us. This year, we have a front line presence which none of our competitors had to worry about before.”

Freshman Lady Cat middle hitter Victoria Sprouse (5-foot-10) rifled down 13 kills shots and served up four aces in the road split Thursday. Sophomore middle hitter Holly Mount (6-foot-1) also hammered home 13 kills on the night. Also contributing were freshmen Casey Chapman (5-foot-10) with nine kills and four aces and setter Rachel McGill with three kills, three aces, two blocks, and 33 assists.

Georgia Northwestern now owns a series split with Covenant JV. The Lady Scots swept the Cats at The R.A.C. (Rossville Athletic Complex) on September 9. Powell’s Cats have a chance to even things up with Bryan’s Lady Lions on Monday night. That’s when Georgia Northwestern makes the drive up Highway 27 to Dayton, Tennessee to play in the confines of Summers Gymnasium on the Bryan College campus. The Best-of-Five match is set to start at 6:30 p.m.

“October is going to be a huge measuring stick for us,” said Powell. “After the Bryan road trip, we’ll have three home dates and three away dates going into October. It’ll be some of the toughest competition we’ll face. I’m excited to see how we will measure up.”

For information on all Cats Country intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail the Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu, or call (706) 764-3813.

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 26,000 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.

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