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The campuses of Georgia Northwestern will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
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Georgia Northwestern’s Beam Completes Georgia Academy for Economic Development

College’s Assistant Dean Learns Latest In Economic, Community Growth

Grace Beam
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Assistant Dean and instructor Grace Beam graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development on May 2.”

(Northwest Georgia) Georgia Northwestern Technical College Assistant Dean and instructor Grace Beam has graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. A May 2 ceremony honored the Business Management leader and several classmates from various organizations across Northwest Georgia.

The 2017 Region 1 Multi-Day Training Program saw Beam and other community leaders take part in monthly sessions over a four-month period. The specialized training Beam received included instruction in the basics of economic and community development, plus, specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development, planning, and other essentials for community success.

The Georgia Academy’s training also included learning leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development.

“Business is moving through this region 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” said Beam when being asked why she took part in the Georgia Academy for Economic Development’s program. “We are training our men and women in our Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs to do business in the way companies want their business done. Basically, they are learning to keep the customer satisfied and help their business grow. This program helps give everyone the tools they will need to get industry growing in Northwest Georgia.”

Since the Academy first launched in 1993, its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.

The next Region 1 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in February 2018.  For more information on this, please contact Patrick Vickers, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Region 1 Representative, at (404) 695-2093 or by e-mail at patrick.vickers@dca.ga.gov.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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GNTC’s 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony Held on May 18 at the Forum River Center in Rome

Daniel Sequens (l) and Saheed Sanusi (r).JPG
Daniel Sequens (left) and Saheed Sanusi (right) both earned an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology at GNTC.

(Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students donned their caps and gowns as family and friends gathered at the Forum River Center in Rome to watch them walk across the stage and turn their tassels at GNTC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 18.

The college awarded graduates with associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates during the ceremony, which recognized student’s from GNTC’s nine county service area.

After students, administrators, and faculty marched into place during Processional, the Pledge of Allegiance was conducted by Tom Bojo, dean of Academic Affairs at GNTC. Invocation was led by Mark Upton, director of the Marketing Management program at GNTC.

C. Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, began the evening’s proceedings by welcoming and thanking everyone in attendance.

“It is an honor for me as president of the college to be here this evening to help our students celebrate this accomplishment,” said McDonald. “They have worked very hard and been encouraged by many of you in the audience and that is so important to the success of our graduates.”

John Quinlivan, chief executive officer of Redmond Regional Medical Center was the keynote commencement speaker for the evening. Quinlivan praised the graduates and said hard work is the most important aspect of success.

“Those who succeed generally work harder than those who don’t and they connect with other hard working people and help them succeed.” said Qinlivan. “They do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities and learning from their experiences.”

Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, recognized High Honor and Honor graduates. A special recognition for graduates that are veterans was also led by Phillips.

There was also a special “participation” recognition for students that were a part of Move On When Ready, Phi Beta Lambda, SkillsUSA, and the Student Government Association.

Melinda McCannon vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC presented graduates with associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Listed are graduates that participated in the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study.

This list does not include students that have graduated, but did not participate in the ceremony, or students that registered for the ceremony after the program was printed:

Associate of Applied Science

Terry W. Abercrombie, Drafting Technology

Amy B. Abernathy, Respiratory Care

Barry L. Arrington Jr., Construction Management

April Renee Blanton, Early Childhood Care and Education

Stephanie Elizabeth Bonito, Computer Support Specialist

Brittany N. Brickley, Business Technology

Taylor Jordan Brock, Respiratory Care

Jessica Deana Camp, Respiratory Care

Omar Canales, Automotive Technology

Kelvin G. Cano-Armas, Business Management

Candice B. Casteel, Business Management

Jose R. Chavarria, Business Management

Summer L. Childers, Criminal Justice Technology

Ashley Michelle Clark, Accounting

T’Qualla Sunyata Clark, Business Management

Kered D. Cochran, Paramedicine

Jennifer D. Collins, Social Work Assistant

Wendy Michele Cordle, Business Management

Hannah Elyse Corn, Respiratory Care

Dibisais Cornejo Bedolla, Respiratory Care

Kaylyn M. Craig, Business Management

Teri L. Craig, Health Information Management Technology

Joseph L. Crook, Industrial Systems Technology

Elijah J. Cutts, Industrial Systems Technology

Oksana M. Daniel, Horticulture

Michelle L. Dills, Computer, Support Specialist

Ashia S. Edwards-Moreno, Health Information Management Technology

Jessica Lynn Ellington, Respiratory Care

Allison Michelle Elrod, Business Management

Philip G. English, Automotive Technology

Corey Ryan Evans, Neuromuscular Therapist

Peyton Riley Evans, Early Childhood Care and Education

Melisa Fajardo Gonzalez, Business Technology

LaCrista Prince Ferrell, Respiratory Care

James Bradford Fulghum, Business Management

Julio Gonzalez, Industrial Systems Technology

Marlem N. Gonzalez Ramirez, Accounting

Jared A. Gray, Industrial Systems Technology

Misty D. Griggs, Business Management

Elisabeth A. Harp, Computer Support Specialist

Katherine R. Hayes, Business Management

Shirley A. Hayes, Health Information Management Technology

Karen Y. Herrera, Business Management

Kayla A. Hix, Accounting

Melinda D. House, Accounting

Nicole Marie Jones, Health Information Management Technology

Sawyer D. Landers, Construction Management

Audrey Landrum, Health Information Management Technology

Jose G. Leal, Business Management

Darren Letzgus, Business Management

Jonathan M. Lynch, Paramedicine

Heather L. Mayfield, Business Technology

Brian H. Mayton, Electronics Technology

Janna N. McDowell, Respiratory Care

Katherine Melgar, Early Childhood Care and Education

Kenneth J. Murner, Health Information Management Technology

Austin Patrick, Industrial Systems Technology

Dawn B. Phillips, Business Management

Esther V. Polley, Criminal Justice Technology

Jami Lynn Purcell, Paramedicine

Katrina L. Putman, Health Information Management Technology

Ricardo Rosillo, Industrial Systems Technology

Rebekah Brook Ruark, Respiratory Care

Saheed A. Sanusi, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Daniel B. Sequens, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Waseem Sheikh, Electronics Technology

Stacey M. Shipley, Health Information Management Technology

Kerrie Shuburte, Health Information Management Technology

Keshia L. Simpson, Early Childhood Care and Education

Forrest N. Skinner, Instrumentation and Controls Technician

Ervina L. Sudler , Marketing Management

Connie L. Tinney, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Virginia C. White, Horticulture

Matthew J. Willis, Drafting Technology

Tiffany A. Wireman, Early Childhood Care and Education

Debra Gail Wrape, Early Childhood Care and Education

Associate of Science in Nursing

Beverly J. Anderson

Krysti J. Bouldin

Alexandria N. Bryant

Starla Chandler

Candace Rachelle Clark

Jennifer Nichole Craig

Jennifer F. Davis

Natasha Shree Gazaway

Olivia S. Graff

Brenda A. Grissom

Jennifer Carol Henry

Jessica Y. Holcomb

Christina M. Lyons

Sharon Michelle Martin

Kristen Beth Morgan

Valerie A. Parish

Heather Brooke Pierce

Lisa M. Rae

Allison R. Shaw

Teresa Kaye Smith

Haley Danielle Sterner

Christinea L. Thompson

Diploma

Dagoberto Acosta, Industrial Systems Technology

Melinda K. Angell, Business Technology

Amber Lashae Bates, Practical Nursing

Alisha A. Broome, Business Technology

Billy John Brown, Welding and Joining Technology

Gregory Broyles, Air Conditioning Technology

Ashley Desiree Childers, Business Technology

Jarrod Wesley Daniel, Air Conditioning Technology

Kristin Paige Daniel, Neuromuscular Therapist

Courtney B. DeFoor, Early Childhood Care and Education

Charles A. Doss III, Air Conditioning Technology

Bradford K. Edgerton, Auto Collision Repair

Whitley D. Love Evans, Practical Nursing

Dimas J. Guevara, Air Conditioning Technology

Robert A. Holt, Paramedicine

Hayden Housley, Welding and Joining Technology

Tony R. Ingram Jr., Air Conditioning Technology

Ashley G. Jackson, Paramedicine

Tonya R. Kilgore, Business Technology

Michael S. King, Welding and Joining Technology

Kevin Ray Mason, Business Management

Thomas D. Mayweather, Air Conditioning Technology

Deloris J. McBee, Social Work Assistant

Jennifer L. McDonald, Business Technology

Robert James Neal, Business Management

Maranda K. Parker, Business Technology

Enrique M. Sebastian, Air Conditioning Technology

Mary Elizabeth Steadman, Neuromuscular Therapist

Elizabeth C. Suits, Business Management

Jamie L. Turner, Business Technology

Lacey J. Vick, Business Technology

Celestia A. Waits, Business Management

Technical Certificate of Credit

Arisah A. Argueta, Human Resource Management Specialist

Brandy N. Banks, Medical Front Office Assistant

Dustie L. Bridges, Health Care Assistant

Erica J. Brown, Medical Front Office Assistant

Teresa G. Campbell, Medical Coding

Christopher Chambers, Child Development Specialist

Aakayla Raquel Dudley, Shampoo Technician

Destiny F. Hipps, Phlebotomy Technician

Leigh Anne Little, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Heather M. Marsh, Supervisor/Manager Specialist

Cassie Jill McGill, Hair Designer

Vanesha A. Ryals, Shampoo Technician

Samantha Seagraves, Medical Coding

Thomas Eric Sisemore, Addictions Specialist

Chelsea Anderson Smith, Hair Designer

Adreian Bianca Steele, Patient Care Assistant

Melissa Swinney, Medical Coding

Hannah J. Taylor, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Caitlin M. Westerfield, Medical Coding

Tiffani K. Whatley, Shampoo Technician

Jessica Holcomb
Jessica Holcomb celebrates after getting her associate degree in Nursing.

Philip English
Philip English received his associate degree in Automotive Technology.

Whitley Love Evans
Whitley Love Evans smiles at her family and friends after crossing the stage.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  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.

GNTC Student Receives Associate Degree Before High School Diploma

Miette Craig of Rossville, Georgia had to leave classes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) early on Thursday in order to go to Rome and make it to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony to receive her associate degree in Business Management.

 

In a few weeks, she will attend another graduation ceremony to receive her high school diploma.

 

“It just feels so good to get that much of a head start and save so much time,” said Craig.

 

Through the Move On When Ready program at GNTC, Craig was able to complete her associate degree while still in high school and begin attending classes at a four year college at the age of 17.

 

Miette Craig
Miette Craig received her associate degree in Business Management from GNTC two weeks before she will get her high school diploma. She is currently attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and had to leave class early to attend the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony in Rome.

 

“I am going to be the youngest person at UTC this semester, which is awesome, and I will have my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration when I am 20,” said Craig. “After that I am going straight for my MBA.”

 

According to Craig, completing her associate degree while in high school meant a lot of hard work, staying focused, and planning ahead.

 

“At first I didn’t think I would have time to complete my associate degree,” said Craig. “Then when we planned out the schedule and realized that I could complete my degree if I went to school during the summer and I was like ‘I’m going to go for it.’”

 

Craig’s mother, Bre LaMountain, said she knew that Craig would make it once she set her mind to it.

 

“Miette took 15 credit hours per semester, sometimes every summer, and she went constantly and did it on her own,” said LaMountain. “She took no breaks and she just plugged away.”

 

Georgia’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

 

For three consecutive years, GNTC has had the largest number of MOWR students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

 

Craig attended classes at GNTC’s Walker County Campus, Catoosa County Campus, and online.

 

“I love the new Catoosa Campus, it is so beautiful, and it is much closer to me and it made everything easier,” said Craig.

 

In addition to her associate degree in Business Management, Craig also earned a Human Resource Management Specialist Certificate, Supervisor/Management Specialist Certificate, and Technical Management Specialist Certificate through the Move On When Ready program at GNTC.

 

“Miette is one of those driven students that has personal goals and doesn’t like wasting time getting there,” said Gerald McFry, director of the Business Management program at GNTC.

 

Craig’s interest in business and entrepreneurship stems from the fact that since she was 15, she has owned her own small business of hand-made jewelry that she creates.

 

“I make jewelry, and I am an artist, but I really like the business side of it,” said Craig. “I work for myself, which is really nice because it allows me to focus more on school.”

 

Craig says that she ships to 25 different countries. To see her jewelry business go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthlyIndigoDesigns.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Scholarships To Dalton Student, Success In Bilingual World

Hernandez’ Work In Community Leads To Help Getting To College

 

Marco Hernandez Awards - GNTC
“Dalton Rotary Club member Rob Bradham presented Morris Innovative High School senior Marco Hernandez with the Dalton Rotary Club “Service Above All” Award earlier this month. Hernandez plans to attend Georgia Northwestern Technical College this fall.”

 

(Whitfield County, Georgia) – When Morris Innovative High School senior Marco Hernandez walks across the graduation stage in Dalton, Georgia May 26, it’s not just a diploma he’ll be leaving high school with. A historic sense of pride will accompany Hernandez as he will become the first person in his family to graduate from high school.

Paving the way for his five brothers and sisters to succeed, organizations in the Dalton, Georgia area have decided to do the same for him. To help with collegiate expenses, the First Bank of Dalton, in partnership with the Roman Open Charities, has awarded Hernandez $500. He was also awarded the Roman Open Charities Scholarship for $1,000. Also, the Dalton Rotary Club awarded the soon-to-be 2017 high school graduate with their “Service Above Self” Award.

Hernandez, 19, plans to take his first classes at Georgia Northwestern Technical College later this year. The Dalton, Georgia resident plans to build a life helping others in need. “I really want to be a social worker with families and schools,” said Hernandez. “But, I really want to have a non-profit organization that would help the homeless and the children of new families that move into the area. Giving back to my community by doing social work is the best way I can think of to begin my life.”

Beyond his academics, Hernandez has actively worked with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, and the Dalton City Schools Central Office. “I want to work with people and help them see their potential,” said Hernandez.

One of Hernandez’ many passions is working with the Translation Academy at Morris Innovative High School. Hernandez, along with many other students, helps assist anyone who speaks Spanish fluently, but not English. The Academy helps train not only the importance of being bilingual, but also the importance of being an active part of the community around you. Nearly half of the residents in Dalton, Georgia are Hispanic. “I just want to be able to help the businesses and the people in the community, too,” said Hernandez.

The Translation Academy was launched five years ago by Paige Watts, a Spanish instructor with Dalton City Schools. “During their time in the Translation Academy, students realize their value to the community, the vast opportunities that are available to them, as well as how to pursue their future goals,” said Watts. The academy works with students and adults in the community, alike. More than 60-percent of the students in the Dalton City School system are Hispanic.

With the support of his parents, Joaquin and Marisol Hernandez, the future Georgia Northwestern freshman says it’s been a real team effort for him to get where he is today. “Just all of the teachers and staff at the school, as well as the organizations that I have got to work with, have really helped me decide to pursue this career,” said Hernandez. “I’m just thankful and plan to take full advantage of all of this.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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