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It’s Georgia Northwestern Technical College Night at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, Georgia!
Get a $4 box seat or a $3 general admission seat if you wear your GNTC school apparel or show your school i.d.!
It’s August 23 – 7 p.m.
 
 
GNTC is a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institute.
 
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Inaugural Year of Walker Launch Takes Off

Week One Complete as GNTC and Walker County Schools
Bring Students Best Of Both Worlds

 

 

High school students sit on staircase wearing matching program-themed t-shirts.
“Some of the first “Walker Launch” students in Walker County, Georgia stop for a quick picture inside the 500 Building of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus; the program’s home base in this inaugural year. Thirty-one students from LaFayette High School and Ridgeland High School are taking part in year one of the program. The Walker County School system hopes to expand enrollment to 200 students in the near future.”

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Week One is now in the books for the 31 students taking part in the pilot year of “Walker Launch” at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). Students from LaFayette High School and Ridgeland High School have kicked off the 2018-19 academic year on GNTC’s Walker County Campus.

 

The first two weeks of the brand new program located on the college campus will only focus on the high school curriculum the students must complete. Beginning August 20, when GNTC’s fall semester launches, the students will be enrolled in both high school and college classes. They will be on their way to graduating from high school and college at the same time.

 

Classes needed to complete state requirements for their high school diploma will be taught by Walker County School teachers at GNTC. As for their collegiate instructor, GNTC instructors will handle those instructional responsibilities.

 

“We have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the program during week one,” said Matt Harris, Walker County Schools Coordinator of Innovation. “Students, staff, and parents have been very pleased with the start of school.  We already have more interest in the program, and we expect higher than anticipated growth.” Administrators hope to expand the student body size of the program to 200 students in the near future.

 

Walker Launch will work a little differently than your traditional high school. Monday through Thursday, students will attend their usual high school and collegiate courses. However, on Fridays, a program is in place to teach students on how to develop soft skills. Critical thinking, customer service, financial literacy, communication with employees and customers, and many other professional skill sets will be taught extensively during those end-of-the-week sessions.

 

“This program required a leap of faith from a lot of people in our community and our schools,” said Harris. “We have had 11 months to plan the program. Everyone had to be committed and involved to make it a success. GNTC staff have been integral throughout the process, and our counselors at LaFayette and Ridgeland deserve a lot of the credit for getting Walker Launch off the ground.”

 

Transportation to the Walker Launch facility will be provided to and from the home high schools of each student. Walker Launch students are also eligible to take part in all extra-curricular activities at their home high schools.

The Walker County Schools provides laptop computers for every Walker Launch student so they can complete some of their high school and collegiate coursework online. Cost of dual enrollment tuition is paid by the Georgia Department of Education. This aid does not impact the funding available to the students once they graduate from Walker Launch.

Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines stresses the importance he hopes this program will have on breaking a cycle. “Our hope is to help students get into high-demand jobs,” said Raines. “We are training these young men and women for careers in everything from healthcare to logistics. But, it’s not only about that. It’s about teaching the future of Walker County to live smarter; to avoid a lifestyle which forces so many families to live paycheck-to-paycheck.”

 

For more information about the program, students and families can speak with the guidance counselor’s office at their high school. Students interested in joining the program will be required to apply to enroll in Walker Launch, as well as meet certain program guidelines.

 

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.

GNTC Alum Ryan Fincher wins Bronze Medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing

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Ryan Fincher (right) of Cedartown poses for a picture with his interpreter after winning the bronze medal in in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown won the bronze medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing, China.

 

The competition took place July 22-31. Fincher was selected to be the American representative at the competition in China by the American Welding Society (AWS). There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition.

 

“I was nervous, but it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Fincher. “It was a very eye opening experience how the people in China treat their guests. They have a lot of hospitality.”

 

Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four part Team USA Welder Selection competition that decides which SkillsUSA welder will represent the U.S. in the international WorldSkills Competition that takes place every two years.

 

Fincher said that the international trip helped him learn some tips and techniques that he thinks will make him a better welder.

 

“Everything was metric at the competition in China,” said Fincher. “U.S. welders measure wire feed speed in inches per minute, there it was millimeters per minute, so I was having to convert all of my work from standard to metric.”

 

As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017 and became the college’s first ever national champion. Fincher graduated from GNTC in 2017.

 

“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC helped prepare me not only for these competitions, but also for the real world,” said Fincher.

 

Fincher was also a top six finalist for American Welding Society’s U.S. Invitational Weld Trials in 2017. The Weld Trials are part of the American Welding Society’s process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder, who will be the U.S. representative in the international WorldSkills Competition against the best welders from around the globe.

 

The next WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019, in Kazan, Russia.

 

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in a four-stage competition that will decide the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and have competed at the national level for SkillsUSA.

 

The first stage of the Team USA Welder Selection competition begins with the AWS U.S. Invitational Pre-Trials. Contestants are given a set of WorldSkills welding projects to complete in their home states. The projects are then sent to the AWS Skills committee that will choose the top six for the next stage.

 

The top six pre-trial finalists then compete for the top three positions at the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials.

 

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists at the AWS TeamUSA Finals and will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the U.S. at the WorldSkills Competition.

 

Participants must be active SkillsUSA members who are enrolled in, or have graduated, from a welding program and must be younger than 23 during the year of the WorldSkills Competition.

 

Fincher is the only top six finalist from 2017 that will still be under 23 when the 2019 WorldSkills Competition takes place, which is why he was selected by the AWS for the competition in China. Fincher is currently competing in the pre-trials to select the 2019 SkillsUSA World Team Welder and the top six finalists will be announced on Oct. 15. The competition to select the top three finalists will take place Dec. 3-9.

 

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

WMC Phase II On Schedule For 2019

Georgia Northwestern’s Latest Construction Showing Big Advances

 

 

(Dalton, Georgia) – The latest images from high above the Whitfield Murray Campus (WMC) of Georgia Northwestern Technical College show great advances on the Phase II construction process in Dalton, Georgia. An anticipated grand opening coming in 2019 will showcase an 80,000-square foot facility.

Most of the students at GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus call Murray or Whitfield county home. Upon completion, the newly-expanded campus will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 students. Not only is GNTC expecting traditional students to attend the new campus, but also dual enrollment students from area high schools. Georgia Northwestern currently is ranked first in Georgia in number of dual-enrolled students attending.

Another big part of student enrollment numbers is expected to come from those wishing to grow within area industry. The flooring industry in Northwestern Georgia is one of the largest flooring centers in the world. Flooring companies in the Dalton, Georgia area and GNTC have been in talks throughout the process about what programs the college should have in order to best help the current employees and those yet to come.

In summer of 2017, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, along with officials from across Northwest Georgia, announced at the groundbreaking how the expansion of the Dalton, Georgia-based campus was an important part of his growth plan for the Peach State. Costing more than 27-million dollars to complete the project, Georgia Northwestern administrators hope to see classes begin there by the fall semester of 2019.

The Whitfield Murray Campus of GNTC first opened eight years ago in 2010. When the doors first opened, the college operated out of part of the existing Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy facilities in Whitfield County, Georgia. However, after quickly outgrowing the space, they moved into their own facility on the grounds a short time later.

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 or call the college at 866-983-4682 (M-F from 7:45-4:15 EST).

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

NW Georgia Sheriff’s Office Takes Challenge In Important Direction

Local College, Middle School Student In The Headlines

Deputies and actress inside doorway of a home.
“A still frame from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge video shows Meliyah Davis holding on to a sheriff’s deputy played by Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kalin England.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Nearing 11 million views alone on Facebook in less than two weeks, the nationwide craze of police forces taking part in the “Lip Sync Challenge” has caught everyone’s attention. However, the most popular production appears to have been done right here in the Northwest Georgia mountains. And, it has the students of one college taking notice.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves nearly 30 high schools across nine counties in Northwest Georgia. It’s a college which is fairly well known among the teens in the region. An institution which teaches Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Georgia Northwestern makes an unexpected appearance in a viral video setting a serious tone in social media. It’s a production that has put domestic violence in the spotlight this month.

 

Young girl posing for picture outdoors. She's wearing a pink bow and pink t-shirt.
“Meliyah Davis starred in a viral video production of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge. The video focused on the serious issue of domestic violence.”

 

It’s all in the wardrobe of 12-year-old Teasley Middle School student Meliyah Davis. When Meliyah begins school this week in Canton, Georgia, she may end up being a very noticeable face. Meliyah’s aunt, Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Christine Hedmann, actually recruited her for the filming. A Field Training Officer for the department, Hedmann also makes in appearance in the now famous video.

In Meliyah’s scenes in the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge Video, she is wearing a Georgia Northwestern Technical College t-shirt. “I liked the color and design of the shirt,” said Meliyah on why she wore the shirt. “I really want to be a police officer, though. I want to work in the jail.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers the Law Enforcement Academy program every semester on the Gordon County Campus and the Criminal Justice program every semester on the Gordon County Campus, Walker County Campus and Whitfield Murray Campus.

“What these law enforcement professionals did with this video is important in helping bring the issue to light,” said Law Enforcement Academy Director James Pledger. “Domestic violence knows no social-economic boundaries. Men, women, and children can be victims. It’s a continuous cycle that is hard to break. We take this very serious and train on it diligently at the (GNTC) academy.”

With domestic violence on the rise in the United States, there couldn’t be a better time to take advantage of a viral trend. “One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime,” according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Nearly 20 people every minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.”

 

Girl sitting on wooden floor in a bedroom; leaning against a wall.
“A still frame from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge video shows Meliyah Davis sitting in the floor. She plays the daughter of a family dealing with an abusive parent in the home.”

 

In the video, Meliyah plays the daughter of a family dealing with an abusive parent in the home.  “I think that people shouldn’t be abusive,” said Meliyah. “The victims should call for help.” Hedmann, Meliyah’s aunt, is the deputy driving the squad car in the online hit. She and her partner are responding to a call about possible domestic violence coming from a home.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Their website is TheHotline.org. The website offers an around-the-clock chat option. Or, you can also call the hotline at 1−800−799−7233. The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

So, what do Meliyah’s friends and family think of her overnight stardom? “My best friend, Sanai, thought it was awesome,” said Meliyah. “My family is proud and thinks I did a great job.” Meliyah’s grandmother, Sharon Davis, works in the Financial Aid department at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers the Law Enforcement Academy program every semester on the Gordon County Campus and the Criminal Justice program every semester on the Gordon County Campus, Walker County Campus and Whitfield Murray Campus. To learn more about these programs, you can call 866-983-4682 or visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels.

GNTC offers more than 200 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, 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.

European Officers Tour Law Enforcement At GNTC

Investigating Differences In Policing On Two Continents

 

Six people standing in front of police car as they pose side by side for a picture.
“Taking a break from a tour at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Firing Range in Calhoun, Georgia are, from left, Calhoun (GA) Police Department Lieutenant David Nelson, French police officer Lydie Stempfle, Georgia Northwestern Technical College staffer Fabrice Sainton, French police officer Alain Stempfle, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger, and Calhoun (GA) Police Department Criminal Investigations Department Assistant Supervisor Tom Petty.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Alain and Lydie Stempfle started one of the longest days of their lives by shooting across France at speeds of nearly 200 miles per hours to catch a flight in Paris, France. They would then spend the day flying 30,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean for nine hours at speeds nearing 500 miles per hour before touching down in Georgia.

As amazing as that race around the planet appears to be, none of that trip would be the most interesting part of their mid-summer’s journey.

The Stempfle family came to the states to visit life-long friend, Fabrice Sainton. A staffer at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Sainton works closely with the college’s security and Law Enforcement Academy. But more than 30 years ago, he was a young man entering the police academy for the Police Nationale (National Police) in France with his friend, Alain.

Earlier this month, Alain, his wife, Lydie, and Fabrice got to visit with Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger at the Calhoun Police Department firing range in Gordon County, Georgia. Right away, there was a noticeable difference that caught the eyes of the visiting officers.

“There’s just a big difference in the equipment available to a police officer here,” said Alain. “The equipment officers have at their disposal is more intense. Rifles, heavy duty equipment, very high-powered patrol cars are all prevalent here. Officers aren’t so heavily equipped in France. And, the cars are definitely smaller.”

During the tour, Alain would get to sit behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger Calhoun (GA) Police Department Cruiser. The standard police version of the Charger comes complete with a 370-horsepower engine. The standard patrol vehicle for the Police Nationale in Vannes, France is a Peugeot 307. The much smaller patrol vehicle has 110 horsepower when it comes off of the Peugeot assembly line in Sochaux, France.

Man sits behind steering wheel of police car.
“Vannes, France Police Brigadier Alain Stempfle sits inside of a Calhoun (GA) Police Department patrol car at the Gordon County Firing Range utilized by Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”

Calhoun (GA) Police Department Sergeant Tom Petty spent some time with the tour at the area firing range, as well. Petty, who serves as the Assistant Supervisor of the Criminal Investigations Division, is also the Firearms Range Master for the department. “We have weapons available in our (patrol) cars,” said Lydie. “However, we have two, or sometimes, three officers in a car when on patrol. The policing is a little different. We never have only one officer in a car or at any situation at any time.”

Lydie, a 24-year veteran, and her husband, Alain, a 31-year veteran of the Police Nationale (National Police) assigned to the city of Vannes, France police force, both got to feel some of the training experience future law enforcement officers encounter at Georgia Northwestern. Both husband and wife hold the ranks of Brigadier (Sergeant) within the force. However, Mrs. Stempfle will soon become a Supervisor (Chief). “She is the chief whether we are at work or home,” quickly answered Mr. Stempfle with a smile.

 

As for working on patrol, Alain rides a motorcycle in the force’s escort division. Lydie is in a patrol car. However, both see big differences in how they work with the public and how U.S. officers do the job. “It’s just a different society. It’s a different way of thinking,” explained Alain. “When someone gets pulled over in France, there isn’t a defensive posturing by the person who is being pulled over or questioned. If there is a police situation, the people appear to be more willing to help or assist the officer.”

In the couple’s combined 55 years of police force experience, only the husband has ever used his service weapon in the line of duty. “During a traffic stop, the motorist fired his weapon at my patrol,” said Alain. “It was the only time I ever fired my weapon on the job.”

Four people watching firearms instruction outdoors.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger, left, displays some of the gun safety procedures his students learn during his program. From left are, Pledger, French Police Officer Lydie Stempfle, French Police Officer Alain Stempfle, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College staffer Fabrice Sainton.”

When it comes to being on patrol, Pledger says he teaches his students that you need to learn how to properly control a situation. “We are teaching students when it is necessary, and when it is not necessary, to take any action,” said Pledger. “Knowing when to use force, and recognizing the amount of force necessary, is a huge part of doing the job well.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers the Law Enforcement Academy program every semester on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun, Georgia. To learn more about the program, you can call 866-983-4682. For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

GNTC offers more than 200 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, 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.

Dual Enrollment Family’s Latest NW Georgia Graduate

Dual Enrollment family from Catoosa County, Georgia and the story of their latest dual graduate!
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Courtesy: Catoosa County News

Elaine Craig Press Release

Member of Sweet 16 Lady Cats Hits Hollywood

Lilburn, Georgia’s Watkins Gets Role In Summer Hit

 

Four women's basketball players in maroon and white uniforms stand with two actors on Georgia movie set.
“Former Georgia Northwestern student-athlete, Kenisha “Scooby” Watkins, number 13 in the photo, poses with three other teammates who were supporting cast members in the recently released movie, “Uncle Drew.” Sitting in the wheelchair in the front is former NBA star Nate Robinson. Standing behind Robinson is current NBA standout Kyrie Irving.”

(Gwinnett County, Georgia) – When professional basketball legends like Reggie Miller and Lisa Leslie follow your Instagram account, you know you’ve had some success. For former Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats guard Kenisha (Scooby) Watkins, that fame has come by way of a summer blockbuster.

Earning her way into a supporting role in the new movie, “Uncle Drew,” Watkins plays the role of a member of a women’s basketball team. This brush with fame brought the Lilburn, Georgia product face-to-face with former and current pro players like Miller, Leslie, Shaquille O’Neal, Nate Robinson, and five-time NBA All-Star, NBA World Champion, and the number one draft pick in 2011, Kyrie Irving.

“It wasn’t part of the movie or anything, but I got to play some one-on-one with Kyrie on the set,” said Watkins. “That was my favorite part of it all. And, getting to meet and joke around with the legends at the shoot.” The movie shoot took place in a small country town about a year ago. However, it has been six years since the 5-foot-3 guard was a bit of a local legend in Northwest Georgia hoops.

Watkins first made waves on the hardwood in high school. After helping her Berkmar (GA) High School Patriot teams make the GHSA State Playoffs her junior and senior seasons in 2010 and 2011, Watkins would really garner attention on the collegiate floor as one of the cast members of Georgia Northwestern’s first-ever qualifier for the NJCAA National Tournament. “That was a really special time in my life,” said Watkins of her freshman year with Georgia Northwestern. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Huge shots from Watkins down the stretch of the 2012 NJCAA Region XVII Conference Championship would help punch the college’s historic trip to nationals. “She was a little pistol for us,” said former Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats Assistant Head Coach, Robbie Nash. “She really caught fire in that game. She hit a run of late three-pointers that really put it away for us.” The Lady Cats would see that historic 2011-12 campaign come to an end when they would run into NJCAA #6 Montgomery College-Rockville in a “Sweet 16” game just outside of Washington, D.C.

Two people playing basketball on a movie set in a parking lot.
“Dressed as the fictitious elderly basketball player “Uncle Drew,” NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving is seen here playing a quick game of one-on-one with former Georgia Northwestern student-athlete Kenisha “Scooby” Watkins.”

From playing for a collegiate Sweet 16 contender at Georgia Northwestern to lighting up the big screen, Watkins has always had a little “Hollywood” in her personality. “She would always tell the coaches that if her shoes look good, she’d play good,” said former Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats Assistant Coach Consuelo Saxton. “Scooby liked to dance around the locker room and bang on the lockers before each game. That’s how she hyped herself up.”

Now, 25, Watkins is still that charismatic small town Georgia girl. But now, while she is still working on her game, she is also working on a career in the dental industry. “I think I want to become a hygienist,” said Watkins. “It’s a new step in my life and I’m looking forward to all the greater things still to come.”

Close-up head shots of Kenisha Watkins and Shaquille O'Neal standing right next to each other.
“Former Georgia Northwestern student-athlete, Kenisha “Scooby” Watkins with NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal during a shoot for the recently released movie, “Uncle Drew.”

The movie, “Uncle Drew,” opened in theaters in North America on June 29. The film stars comedian Lil Rel Howery who plays Coach Dax. He coaches a street ball basketball team with hopes of winning the Rucker Classic Street Ball Tournament held in Harlem, New York. After a series of unfortunate setbacks, the coach loses his players and needs help. He then stumbles upon street ball legend, Uncle Drew. After convincing Drew (Kyrie Irving) to take to the court one final time, they hit the road to find all of Drew’s old teammates from the prime of his career.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, you can call 866-983-4682. For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

GNTC offers more than 200 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, 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.

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