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Georgia Northwestern Commencement Exercise in Dalton December 11

Whitfield County’s Macey Morgan Will Be Keynote Speaker

Two people conducting interview in studio lit room with a white board in the background.
“GNTC’s Macey Morgan, left, gets ready for an on-camera interview during a portion of the 2018 State GOAL Competition in Atlanta, Georgia last April. Morgan will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony in Dalton, Georgia.”

 

What: Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Fall 2018 Graduation Ceremony

Where: Dalton Convention Center
Dalton, Georgia

When: Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.

Morgan-Intv-Photo: “GNTC’s Macey Morgan, left, gets ready for an on-camera interview during a portion of the 2018 State GOAL Competition in Atlanta, Georgia last April. Morgan will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony in Dalton, Georgia.”

(Northwest Georgia) – More than 200 graduates from across Northwest Georgia will be walking the stage at the Dalton Convention Center December 11 as they graduate from Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
GNTC’s 2018 GOAL (Georgia’s Occupational Award of Leadership) Award winner, Macey Morgan, will be giving the graduating class their commencement speech. The Dalton, Georgia resident represented the college in the GOAL competition this past spring in Atlanta, Georgia. The GOAL program helps showcase the top students within the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

An estimated 1,500 family members and friends are anticipated to be in attendance at the college’s commencement exercise. GNTC holds two ceremonies each year. A spring graduation each May in Rome, Georgia and a fall graduation each December in Dalton, Georgia.

 

GNTC President C. Pete McDonald, along with GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips, will serve as presenters of the ceremony. Assistant Dean of Business Technologies Graceful Beam and Automotive Technology Director Troy Peco will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation, respectively.

 

All graduates participating in the ceremony will be recognized for their academic achievements and presented with their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Listed are graduates scheduled to take part in the commencement exercise for the Fall 2018 graduation ceremony. This list only includes students who are scheduled to take part in the ceremony as of press time. It does not include eligible students who are not participating 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
Victoria Velazquez Accounting
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
Diploma
 

Keyli D. Ajanel-Perez

Practical Nursing
Yesenia Aldana Cosmetology
Ashton L.  Avery Surgical Technology
William P. Ayres Welding and Joining Technology
Ciara P. Baker Cosmetology
Tanya Beckom Cosmetology
Ashley N. Benge Surgical Technology
Genotee Blake Cosmetology
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
Haydee Garcia Cosmetology
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
Amber Quillen Cosmetology
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.

SkillsUSA Taylor Eagle
Thanks for this contributed photo from Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend. Taylor Eagle, shown on the far left, placed bronze in the Residential Systems Installation & Maintenance contest at the SkillsUSA national competition!! The full story on SkillsUSA and their performance at nationals coming soon!

What’s Left is What’s Right: Trucking With Dyslexia

Teaching To The Student at GNTC

 

Ashley Petty sits in the cab of a GNTC tractor-trailer while her instructor stands on the ground alongside the open door to the cab.
“Gordon County, Georgia’s Ashley Petty poses from the cab of a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Commercial Truck Driving program tractor-trailer. Standing in the foreground on a hot day at the college’s truck driving facility is Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director Robert Browder.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Not knowing which way to turn in life is a very common feeling among most adults. Whether it is figuring out how to pay the bills or how to handle raising a child, 32-year-old Ashley Petty knows those struggles all too well.

But for Petty, not knowing which way to turn in life is more than just an expression. It’s a trial that has led to a triumph in earning her Commercial Truck Driving certification at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

You see, Petty suffers from dyslexia. The disorder makes learning to read, write, interpret symbols, etc… much more difficult than it is for your average college student. It doesn’t affect a person’s intelligence, but it makes cracking the code of everyday life a puzzle all on its own.

“I have what is called directional dyslexia,” said Petty in an interview at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Commercial Truck Driving facility in Walker County, Georgia. “I had a tough time being able to figure out directions in transportation. If an instructor told me to turn the wheel to the right or left, I really had a problem. I had to find a new way to learn.”

For anyone who has ever attempted to “back-up” a trailer of any size as it is hitched to a pulling vehicle, they know it is a difficult task. Now, Petty was previously a bus driver for a Georgia school system before coming to GNTC. “However, that’s a different thing altogether when you back-up a bus. It isn’t split in the middle,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Commercial Truck Driving Program Director Robert Browder. “Manipulating the tractor and the trailer at the same time requires concentration and precision. With Ashley’s dyslexia, she saw this as a major problem to overcome. But, we just realized it meant we simply needed to teach her a little differently.”

Commercial Truck Driving instructions will have drivers make left or right-hand turns, as well as have to back up their trailers in one direction or the other. “I spoke with our Disabilities Services specialists at the college and they helped us think of some great learning techniques,” said Browder. “When we want her to turn the wheel to the right, she immediately knows to turn towards the hand with the ring on it. She now wears a ring on her right hand to remind her. Now, her ring hand is her right hand. She turns towards the ring.”

There are other little short cuts that Petty has learned along the way thanks to her college instructor and her classmates. “I’ve battled dyslexia all my life,” said Petty. “Now, my 10-year-old, Sidney, also lives with it and battles it herself in her classroom, too. However, partly as a result of how I’ve had to learn the hard way, she is now really starting to perform well in school. We simply wouldn’t let her take the easy way out. A good school and patient teachers have made that adjustment an easier one for Sidney at her school and me at mine.”

Before settling down in Gordon County, Georgia, Petty and her daughter lived in Murphy, North Carolina. She says one of her daughter’s teachers in North Carolina really made the struggle hit home for her. “She had a teacher that told us that if she can’t learn it the way she’s teaching it, she’d never learn it,” said Petty. “I told her how that’s not true. Sometimes, you have to teach something a little differently for particular students. Not all students learn in the same way.”

“What we found was that Gordon County has plenty of teachers who have been learning to work with children with all kinds of learning disabilities,” said Petty. “As a result, she is now right at her grade level in areas she had previously been struggling with before coming to the new school.”

As a student of Tolbert Elementary, her daughter is getting care and instruction she personally never got to enjoy when she was young. With more than 700 students at Tolbert Elementary, it is nearly five times the size of her last school in North Carolina. “The school may be larger, but the teachers at Tolbert have really taken the time with Sidney to help her learn how to succeed academically.”

Now, Commercial Truck Driver-to-be Ashely Petty may have received similar care and instruction at Georgia Northwestern, however, when she was a child, life experience alone taught her quickly she would learn in her own way. Originally from Cobb County, Georgia, her biological parents separated when she was only four years old. Her mother would die four years later. She then bounced from group home to group home before ever having a chance of being adopted. From being a troubled teen and being relocated to state youth facilities to going through the adoption process at 13-years-old, Petty learned early that things were simply different for her. She learned that things would never come easy.

“My adopted mother noticed I had signs of dyslexia in high school,” said Petty. “I could figure out the answer to questions. However, I couldn’t prove it on paper. I was inverting numbers whenever I did math problems.”

A 2007 graduate of Fannin County High School in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Petty wasn’t sure what kind of career her future would hold. After graduation, she worked several different jobs, never really gaining any traction in any of them. So, after more than a decade of dealing with foster families, her troubled teen years, and a struggle just to survive high school and now life, she knew she didn’t want the same thing for her daughter.

“Now, while in college, I made myself work harder,” said Petty. “My boyfriend is a diesel mechanic. There were times where when he was working a commercial truck yard, I would come to visit and I would get the chance to get into the cab of a tractor-trailer. With me driving a stick-shift car, working a manual transmission in a tractor-trailer felt pretty natural to me.” Once she took her first drive around the truck yard, Petty was hooked.

Today, just one class away from having a two-year Associate’s Degree, Petty is looking to a brighter future for her and her little family. But, it’s a future that has roots in the past. It turns out after meeting her biological family over the past few years, she learned her biological grandfather was a truck driver. As well, several other members of her family had long-hauls down the highways on a regular basis, themselves.

Now in 2018, Petty is looking for close-to-home options for a commercial truck driving opportunity which will allow her to hit the open road. “I’ve spoken with some local companies just recently and hope to hear from them, soon,” said Petty. “But, I really need to be close to home for my girl. I’m proud of the opportunities I’m now facing, but I want to be able to help my daughter get a jump start on life that was almost impossible for me to have when I was young.”

GNTC offers more than 200 other 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.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. The Student Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844-348-7659 or via online chat at https://helpcenter.gntc.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

SkillsUSA Regional Qualifier At GNTC

On Friday, participants from 25 different high school across Northwest Georgia came to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus for the 2017 SkillsUSA Region 1 Qualifying Competition. Every participant was competing for the chance to represent their school at the state competition in 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Brings In New Tractors For Commercial Truck Driving

World Class Lab Grant Helps Grow Trucking Education At GNTC

 

CTD Tractors
“The World Class Lab program helped make the purchase of these five 2014 Freightliner Tractors possible for Georgia Northwestern Technical College. GNTC’s Commercial Truck Driving Program is offered on the college’s Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia.”

 


(Northwest Georgia) – The World Class Lab program which helps fund programs at institutions within the Technical Colllege System of Georgia (TCSG) helps make an important shipment to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Commercial Truck Driving program take place.

This week, five 2014 Freightliner tractors have joined the arsenal of tractor-trailers on the Walker County Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) range in Rock Spring, Georgia. Currently, the CTD program offers day and evening courses throughout the year. The one-term program provides students with basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operation. The programs run approximately three months in which students complete their work towards a Commercial Truck Driving Certificate.

In 2015-16, the World Class Lab program helped make equipment purchases for GNTC’s Radiologic Technology program on the Floyd County Campus. As of now, there is no word on which program will receive assistance from the program during the 2017-18 academic year.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving program, you can speak with anyone at one of GNTC’s Student Help Centers 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 (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

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.

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GNTC Launches Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Shaw, Georgia Northwestern Trucker Among Nation’s Elite

Mendez Places Nationally In Competition For America’s Best Commercial Trucker

 

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“Dalton, Georgia’s Antonio Mendez sits in his tractor cab on the driving range at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus. Commercial Truck Driving Director Robert Browder stands outside the rig.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Hard at work since the age of 17, Dalton, Georgia’s Antonio Mendez has been leading by example. And now, after 20 years of what his boss calls, “consistency,” Mendez made 2016 a year he would showcase his talents on the national stage. This long-time Shaw Industries staffer, and graduate of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, became one of the top commercial truck drivers in the nation after competing in the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

In May, at the state competition held in Lake Lanier, Georgia, Mendez became the first State of Georgia Truck Driving Champion from Shaw Industries, as well as Georgia Northwestern. Mendez bested 40 drivers in the Commercial Truck Driving Five-Axle competition to earn the spot in the national competition in Indiana last month.

 

Shaw Industries Driver Training Lead, George Gazaway, said he knew he was good enough to go far in the competition. “Antonio competed for the first time last year and really walked away learning a lot,” said Gazaway. “Just one year later, not only did he set the bar for our drivers with his performance nationally, he really made us proud.”

 

In his second crack at showing off his skills in the Commercial Truck Driving industry, Mendez not only took home top honors in the state, be he would finish 29th in the nation after completing the four-day long competition in the Hoosier state last month. “There were six different road tests, a pre-trip test, and written tests they put everyone through,” said Mendez. “I felt really prepared and ready for the competition. It went pretty well, I think.”

 

After spending the first 10 years of his employment with Shaw Industries as a forklift operator, Mendez made a decision in 2008. He wanted to learn more and move into a new career with the flooring giant. “My uncle suggested that I should try to get outdoors and look into becoming a truck driver,” said Mendez of his uncle, Joel Quintero. “So, I made the decision to take the Commercial Truck Driving program at Georgia Northwestern. My instructor (Robert Browder) was very easy to learn from. He helped me learn everything I needed to in order to be successful.”

 

Mendez would complete his program with Browder and Georgia Northwestern by attending a weekend program the college offered. He would then earn his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) later in 2008. Mendez would first spend a little over a year after earning his CDL transporting trailers from one bay to another at his plant. “I was a yard dog, at first,” cheerfully added Mendez. “Then, I got a third shift slot as a local driver with Shaw. And, now, I’m on first shift. Two daily runs to Chattanooga and back. It’s a great job that I’m proud of.”

 

His success has led to more success for others in his family. “I got my cousin to attend after I completed my program,” said Mendez. “He finished the program, too. He then came back and enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) program. My brother then enrolled and did the same program, too. It has really worked out pretty well for all of us.”

 

It will officially be 20 years of Shaw Industries employment for Mendez in June 2017. He and his wife, Yolanda, have been married for 14 years. As of today, none of their children, Celina, 12, Antonio, Jr., 10, Angel, 6, nor Samuel, 4, wish to be a truck driver in the future. “They like those hot wheel trucks, though,” said Mendez. “But, they aren’t thinking about a job on the road anytime soon.”

 

Making a change in his career after a decade of experience was tough says Mendez. “Just thankful for my wife, mom, and brothers for supporting me in this,” added the 35-year-old North Georgian. “Family at work also made it possible, though. If it wasn’t for my boss, George Gazaway, Danny Trammell, and Misty Hayes, not sure how it all would’ve turned out.”

 

You can contact the college’s toll-free number at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their 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.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

 

Senior Sets Sights On Open Road From Cab Of 18-Wheeler

73-Year-Old Trains With Georgia Northwestern For Commercial Truck Driving Career

 

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“If things go her way, 73-year-old Veronica Longwith from Summerville, Georgia will be working on the open road by the second week of May. Georgia Northwestern Technical College Commercial Truck Driving Director, Robert Browder, stands alongside one of the tractor-trailers Longwith used to train for the road.”

(Northwest Georgia) – With two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, 73-year-old Veronica Longwith has made the decision to take to the open road as she pursues a commercial truck driving career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).

 

Currently from Summerville, Georgia, Longwith is originally from a military family and doesn’t really claim a hometown. However, the soon-to-be long-haul trucker was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 20, 1943. Her parents, Edna Mae and Jack London Moore, are long-deceased, as is her only brother, Gerard.

 

“He’s the reason I left the trucking world the first time,” said Longwith. That’s right, the silver-haired trucker has already worked on the open road from 1987-92 with Reeves Transportation in Calhoun, Georgia and DonCo Trucking out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. “My first time around, I found a local company out of Chattanooga that offered training for truck drivers. With me raising a young daughter at the time, I found it easiest to take their weekend classes all day Saturday and Sunday for three months.”

 

On the last day of class, Longwith got her license and was ready to begin orientation with Reeves. “After finishing all of my training in Chattanooga, Tennessee, my first job with Reeves had me hauling carpet and flooring out of Dalton, Georgia to terminals all across the United States,” said Longwith. “I did that job for about five years and loved every minute of it.”

 

But, it was family that saw Longwith take her hiatus from a career she enjoyed and concentrate her efforts on caring for her only brother. “Gerard got very sick and I needed to stay closer to home and take care of him when he really needed some help,” added Longwith. “It was a phone call out of the blue back in 1992. He told me about how bad his health had become and that the problems he was now facing would probably be fatal. I needed to be home.”

 

After his passing, Longwith owned and operated a couple of businesses which performed well. Then, she made the decision to return to commercial truck driving; 24 years after her first stint as a big rig driver. Married once before, this now single senior had nothing but time and the open road ahead of her. So, this past winter, she enrolled into GNTC’s ten-week Commercial Truck Driving program in Walker County, Georgia.

 

When asked what her family thought of this decision to be a commercial truck driver one more time, it was her son who was first to find out. “I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it,” said Longwith as she smiled. “He happened to see me on the highway one morning and saw me pull into the main entrance for GNTC. That’s when I realized that I’d need to tell him. He wasn’t happy about my decision. But, I’m really happy about it.” Her son, Patrick Clark, 52, works for Northwest Georgia Power out of Summerville, Georgia. Also, her daughter, Jennifer Clark, is a 44-year-old cosmetologist from Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

Longwith first broke into the industry at the age of 44-years-young. “The father of a girlfriend of mine first told me about the trucking industry back in the mid-1980’s and it sounded very exciting,” said Longwith. “And now, nearly 30 years later, I’m coming back to trucking.”

 

With many of the students in GNTC’s Commercial Truck Driving industry being nearly 50 years younger than Longwith, she has had a lot of wisdom for the newcomers. “I’ve tried to tell them throughout the program that you really have to have a passion for this or you won’t last long in it at all,” said Longwith. “Like a lot of advice, I’m not sure if the younger people listen. I know I didn’t at that age. But, they’ve been good classmates and we’ve learned a lot from each other.”

 

Longwith has already been pre-hired with Dart Transit Company. Provided she passes her testing, she would take part in the company’s next orientation program beginning May 9. From there, she would go to Indiana for on-the-road training with the company as soon as the very next week.

 

For more information on Commercial Truck Driving at Georgia Northwestern, contact them at 706.764.3698. Or, you can contact the main line at GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their 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.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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