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Focus on Careers and Education in Catoosa County, Georgia
(Northwest Georgia) – College recruits don’t always drive their cars to campuses they want to visit. In Catoosa County, Georgia, one group of future talent, not old enough drive, traveled by school bus to tour Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) as part of the Catoosa County School System’s Career Exploration program.
The brand new program, geared towards high school freshman, is in its pilot year at Ringgold High School. More than two dozen ninth-graders from the program took a first-hand look at GNTC January 23. In addition, if the school system’s plan continues to grow, these underclassmen won’t be the last looking so far into the future, so early in their high school careers.
“In Catoosa County Public Schools, we believe we have a responsibility to help students prepare for college and career,” said Catoosa County Schools Communications Specialist Marissa Brower. “It’s more than just walking across a stage to receive a high school diploma these days. It’s about what happens tomorrow. So, we need to do our part today to make sure students are prepared to continue their post-secondary education or credentialed to enter a career.”
GNTC specialists spoke with the students about their collegiate future during their visit with the region’s largest college. Students learned about recruitment, dual enrollment, and future career possibilities available through a GNTC education. The students also took a tour of some of the GNTC Catoosa County Campus facilities during their visit.
“This will be the cornerstone for how we market our College and Career Academy to students,” added Brower. “Students in the From HERE to CAREER exploration class take the YouScience aptitude and interest assessment to identify careers that are a good fit. The pilot will be refined, and this will be a required class for all 9th graders in the fall.” The Catoosa County School system currently works with GNTC through Dual Enrollment. Also, the system will open a College and Career Academy in August 2022. It would be built upon nearly five acres of land donated by the county to the school system in 2018.
“Young people need to begin thinking about professional options earlier in their academic careers,” said GNTC Associate Vice President of Special Projects Dr. Ginger Mathis. “Every student has special skills and abilities that would serve them well in specific fields. This Career Exploration program is a valuable tool that will allow Catoosa County students, at a younger age than usual, to begin considering their strengths and matching them to a potential path in the future. It will also help parents and families to look at things such as dual enrollment which would allow students to get college credit at no cost.”
Local entrepreneur Jonathan Connell spoke with the students and administrators before their tours to share his story about coming from Northwest Georgia and finding a career path that not only suited him, but also made him very successful along the way. “I learned to live on half of my paycheck at a very young age,” Connell told the students. “Doing that, I was able to save enough money to begin my own business and begin my own future.” Connell is a Dade County, Georgia native and United States Marine Corps veteran who has owned multiple businesses throughout the past two decades. After selling most of them, he is currently the owner of MedSTAT Medical Supply Company; Xenon Group, LLC, Real Estate; and JTalks LLC which provides training, education, and motivational speaking services.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.
Attention: All campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will be closed Tuesday, January 29, following the directive from Governor Brian Kemp that all state offices will be closed. All day and evening classes, events and activities are canceled. A decision regarding delays or closures for Wednesday will be made Tuesday afternoon. Shredder will be watching the skies throughout the day!
Registration is now OPEN for Spring 2019’s “B Term!”Last day to register is February 22.Classes begin March 4.
Hundreds Walk Across Stage, Whitfield County’s Morgan Speaks
(Northwest Georgia) – Approximately 2,000 people bundled up for freezing temperatures as they headed to Whitfield County, Georgia to honor more than 200 Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduates who walked the stage at the college’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony at the Dalton Convention Center Tuesday.
GNTC’s 2018 GOAL (Georgia’s Occupational Award of Leadership) Award winner, Macey Morgan, gave the graduating class their commencement speech. The Whitfield County, Georgia resident represented the college in the GOAL competition this past spring in Atlanta, Georgia.
GNTC holds two graduations each year. A spring graduation each May in Rome, Georgia and a fall graduation each December in Dalton, Georgia. GNTC President Pete McDonald, along with GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips, served as presenters of the ceremony.
Many programs made headlines this graduation with perfect performances by their entire graduating class. Among those were Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiologic Technology. Of the 14 of those graduating from Radiologic Technology, 13 of those have completed their registries. The final student is slated to take the exam this Saturday. As for Radiologic Technology, all 26 graduating students successfully passed their credentialing exams.
All graduates participating in the ceremony were recognized for their academic achievements and presented with their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Listed are graduates which took part in the commencement exercise for the Fall 2018 graduation ceremony. This list does not include eligible students who did not participate in graduation.
|Associate of Applied Science|
|David Aguilar||Construction Management|
|Itzel Bautista Lopez||Adult Echocardiography|
|Melissa N. Betterton||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Tina M. Blalock||Vascular|
|Christian A. Bregante||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Alisha A. Broome||Surgical Technology|
|Haylee Burris||Health Information Management Technology|
|Rosa Yenis Cabrera||Business Management|
|Patricia Laine Clark||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Misti Dawn Clark||Business Management|
|Courtney B. Compton||Medical Assisting|
|Haleigh Rose Morgan Condra||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Emily Connell||Social Work Assistant|
|Christen J. Cordell||Criminal Justice Technology|
|Jennifer L. Cowart||Business Management|
|Madison Victoria Crawford||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Dudley S. Davis||Electronics Technology|
|Cassidy A. Davis||Radiologic Technology|
|Ricardo Ulises Dominguez||Business Management|
|Sarah Dorsey||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Sprite Dyer||Networking Specialist|
|Jessica Anne Ellis||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Normayda L. Escalante||Medical Assisting|
|Yony M. Escalante||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Anna Esquivel||Business Management|
|Robert B. Evans||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Kim L. Fosdick||Adult Echocardiography|
|Adriana Garcia||Criminal Justice Technology|
|Courtney R. Georgiefski||Accounting|
|Kimberly I. Glover||Business Management|
|Jesanyelis Gonzalez||Business Management|
|Yecely Gonzalez||Business Management|
|Jennifer L. Goodman||Health Information Management Technology|
|Hannah J. Goss||Adult Echocardiography|
|Adrian Gutierrez||Business Management|
|Alexis Jovonni Guyton||Vascular|
|Ashley N. Harden||Business Management|
|William A. Harper||Vascular|
|Caitlyn N. Harris||Vascular|
|Renay Michelle Harris||Social Work Assistant|
|Valencia R. Henderson||Radiologic Technology|
|Valina P. Hopson||Radiologic Technology|
|Matthew D. Howard||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Kadie Hendrix Johnston||Radiologic Technology|
|Zachary Wane Taylor Jones||Computer Support Specialist|
|Cynthia Denise Kirk||Accounting|
|Catherine E. Lankford||Radiologic Technology|
|Dana K. Manis||Business Management|
|Nicole L. Mansfield||Health Information Management Technology|
|Tristian A. Martin||Social Work Assistant|
|Michael Nickolas Martin||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Norma Martinez||Business Management|
|Deloris Jill McBee||Social Work Assistant|
|Bailey S. Milone||Adult Echocardiography|
|Jennifer E. Mora||Business Management|
|Josie T. Nunn||Vascular|
|Trever B. Oliver||Business Management|
|Jacqaline Cruz Orozco||Medical Assisting|
|Pedro M. Ortiz||Automotive Technology|
|Neyda R. Paiz||Business Management|
|Derrick Ray Parker||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Jesse Lee Parsons||Business Technology|
|Jennyfer R. Paucay||Surgical Technology|
|Collin Anthony Payne||Automotive Technology|
|William A. Peters||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Ashley E. Phipps||Adult Echocardiography|
|Marvin James Pointer||Construction Management|
|Leslie R. Renfro||Radiologic Technology|
|Rodrigo Reyes-Cruz||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Stephanie A. Rittenhouse||Radiologic Technology|
|Ronald Harrison Roach||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Tyler L. Rowland||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Lauren Nicole Runion||Social Work Assistant|
|Wesley J. Saunders||Industrial Systems Technology|
|James Wayne Shearin||Culinary Arts|
|Alan N. Shepherd||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Kayla Renae Sinyard||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|James T. Spraggins||Construction Management|
|Abbigail G. Tate||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Rosha C. Taylor||Social Work Assistant|
|Elizabeth S. Tidwell||Health Information Management Technology|
|Donald Howard Tinnan||Culinary Arts|
|Joseph Edwin Turner||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Luis Valdes||Automotive Technology|
|Luz Maria Vigil||Business Management|
|Abbie L. Waits||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Kayla C. Wallace||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Jason Andrew Warren||Logistics and Supply Chain Management|
|Angela Watson||Radiologic Technology|
|Chloe Watts||Marketing Management|
|Regina N. Watts||Vascular|
|Amanda Nicole Yoder||Health Information Management Technology|
Keyli D. Ajanel-Perez
|Ashton L. Avery||Surgical Technology|
|William P. Ayres||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Ciara P. Baker||Cosmetology|
|Ashley N. Benge||Surgical Technology|
|Rashonda Lee Bryant||Practical Nursing|
|Emily Kay Butler||Practical Nursing|
|Giovanni Carlos||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Michaela G. Clarke||Culinary Arts|
|Latoya Denise Cofield||Practical Nursing|
|Charles E. Crowe||Criminal Justice Technology|
|Amparo Cruz Cornejo||Medical Assisting|
|Margie Jean Deering||Business Management|
|Selena H. Dupree||Cosmetology|
|Allison Danielle Edgeworth||Medical Assisting|
|Tracy M. Elkins||Cosmetology|
|Shanna Danyel Ely||Medical Assisting|
|McKenzie Symone Floyd||Cosmetology|
|Sarah LeeAnn Gallegos||Practical Nursing|
|Noemi C. Garcia||Cosmetology|
|Maegan Alicia Gibson||Medical Assisting|
|Meghan Nicole Godfrey||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Clarence Gore||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Shayna D. Green||Medical Assisting|
|Keymonica N. Hall||Lactation Consultant|
|Misty Dawn Hawkins||Medical Assisting|
|Thomas Lee Hayes||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Kimberly Hayes||Medical Assisting|
|Lucas S. Heard||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Robert C. Hodge||Electrical Control Systems|
|Michael Ivester||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Amber C. James||Practical Nursing|
|Sonia L. Jernigan||Cosmetology|
|Luis Joaquin-Gomez||Air Conditioning Technology|
|Phelicia T. Johnson||Medical Assisting|
|Tomeika L. Johnson||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Teyannah Taiisha Johnson||Practical Nursing|
|Grace Wangui Kariuki||Practical Nursing|
|Sheena R. Lamar||Business Management|
|Anzie Cox McCoy||Practical Nursing|
|Regina A. McKin||Medical Assisting|
|Kalee Amanda Meadows||Surgical Technology|
|Eris Jane Merritt Moonstar||Lactation Consultant|
|Joshua D. Moyer||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Khanh Nguyen||Medical Assisting|
|Jessica P. Pack||Medical Assisting|
|Sonny Apag Padayao||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Christon Nicole Peden||EMS Professions|
|Angie A. Pizano||Medical Assisting|
|David Michael Powell||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Sharon A. Ragland||Business Management|
|Alejandro L. Ramirez||Medical Assisting|
|Omar G. Rangel||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Harmony Nicole Rose Ray||Surgical Technology|
|Jesus Reyes||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Autumn Cheyenne Ridley||Cosmetology|
|Kylea B. Riley||Practical Nursing|
|Cole A. Ryan||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Loretta Didena Scott||Medical Assisting|
|Brooke A. Silvers||Medical Assisting|
|Aiseh Smith||Business Management|
|Nicole A. Smith||Business Management|
|Chelsea M. Stanfield||Practical Nursing|
|John A. Tanturri||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Lanesha Gilena Teague||Practical Nursing|
|Autumn Taylor Tomlinson||Cosmetology|
|Cierra B. Turner||Practical Nursing|
|Samantha Orsha Upshaw||Surgical Technology|
|Bonnita E. VanNuys||Medical Assisting|
|Shameka M. Ware||Cosmetology|
|Cody Alan West||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Bathshebia Willis||Dental Assisting|
|Charmisse Wood||Practical Nursing|
|Myra E. Wyatt||Medical Assisting|
|Michael A. York||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Technical Certificate of Credit|
|Dyane Mary Alvarado||Medical Front Office Assistant|
|Justin C. Bouy||Aviation Maintenance Technician|
|Taylor Brooke Cato||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Virginia D. Chambers||Phlebotomy Technician|
|Rhaghan Kelsey Dennis||Early Child Care and Education Basics|
|Valeria Fraire||Human Resource Management Specialist|
|Priscilla Henderson||Child Development Specialist|
|Mary Land||Early Child Care and Education Basics|
|Lesly Elizabeth Miranda||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Jordan L. Moore||Emergency Medical Technician|
|Keetra L. Murphy||Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician|
|Allen B. Newport||Aviation Maintenance Technician|
|Mackinzie C. Parrott||Health Care Assistant|
|Meagan R. Ray||Early Childhood Care and Education Basics|
|Jennifer Reyes||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Brittany Danielle Roberts||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Cierra J. Ross||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Tamarsha Watkins||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Jalessa Young||PC Repair and Network Technician|
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.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus and 2017 SkillsUSA welding national champion Ryan Fincher has added an additional accomplishment to his long list of achievements in Welding and Joining Technology.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, he was selected as one of three finalists to become the U.S. representative in an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world. The announcement was made at an awards program hosted by the American Welding Society (AWS) at Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner, Ala.
“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC helped prepare me not only for these competitions, but also for the real world,” said Fincher.
A resident of Cedartown, Fincher has been competing in the American Welding Society (AWS) U.S. Invitational Weld Trials for the past several months. The competition is a four-stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia.
By advancing to the final three, Fincher enters the final stage of the competition to select the American representative. The WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019.
“Ryan is the first person in the State of Georgia to make it to the final three in this competition,” said Matt Hayden, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology at GNTC.
Hayden is also an instructor of Metals and Welding at Cedartown High School and has been coaching Fincher since he was high a school student.
Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in the 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. In 2016, Fincher was a top six finalist in the AWS WorldSkills Pre-Trials.
The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists during the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals, Feb. 16-23, at Alabama Robotics Technology Park. The winner will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the nation against the best WorldSkills welders from other countries.
Fincher already has experience in international welding competitions. In July, he was selected by the AWS to be the American representative in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing and won the bronze medal.
Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four-part Team USA Welder Selection competition. There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition in Beijing.
“I was amazed at the quality and level that the other welders at the competition in China were operating at and it has given me a goal to try to be better than what I have seen them accomplish,” said Fincher.
Fincher is currently working as a part-time lab assistant in the Welding and Joining program at GNTC and is also practicing and preparing full-time for the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals. Fincher is practicing at GNTC’s welding labs and the welding labs at Cedartown High School.
“Since the beginning of August, Ryan quit working full-time and has been practicing full-time for this competition,” said Hayden.
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.
“These competitions have pushed me to always find better ways and more efficient ways to be a better welder and strive for perfection each time I step into the booth,” said Fincher.
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 atwww.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.