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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.

Election Day Facts and Spring Semester

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Fun Fact of the Day on this Election Day!

November was selected in America as the month to hold major elections because harvest seasons were complete by then.
The first Tuesday of November was selected as Election Day because initially many people had to travel the day before to reach the polling place in time. Since most people did not travel on Sunday for religious reasons, they did not want elections to be on a Monday.

Bobcat Fact of the Day: Application and Testing Deadline for spring semester is November 25. (gntc.edu)

GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Grads Finding Careers

 Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Back row (from left to right) Robert T. White, Joshua  W. VanDyke, Tisha M. Owens, James D. Holland, and Robin W. Graham. Front Row (from left to right) James T. Davis, Matthew F. Cowan, Matthew B. Byars, and Marcus J. Alford

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Back row (from left to right) Robert T. White, Joshua W. VanDyke, Tisha M. Owens, James D. Holland, and Robin W. Graham. Front Row (from left to right) James T. Davis, Matthew F. Cowan, Matthew B. Byars, and Marcus J. Alford

 

 

(Calhoun, GA) – On July 3, friends and family gathered at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor the students graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and now, less than two months later, every graduate of that training class is working in law enforcement.

 

“One-hundred percent of our graduates finding employment this quickly is a sign that we are producing quality officers,” said Tom Bojo, Gordon County Campus Manager at GNTC. “Local police chiefs and sheriffs are now depending on our graduates to fill their vacancies as quickly and professionally as possible.”

 

The graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are employed with police departments, sheriff offices, and in security. Some of the graduates had already secured employment before they crossed the stage in July.

 

“I am pleased that our students are taking their education and training seriously and are being sought after both locally and outside the GNTC service area,” said Jim Pledger, director of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC.

 

The Basic Law Enforcement certificate program provides students with the necessary skills, standards, and knowledge in order to become qualified, proficiently trained, ethical and competent peace officers in criminal justice careers. Successful completion of the program will make the student eligible to be certified as a Georgia Peace Officer.

 

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Marcus J. Alford, Matthew B. Byars, Matthew F. Cowan, James T. Davis, Robin W. Graham, James D. Holland, Tisha M. Owens, Joshua W. VanDyke, and Robert T. White.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

GNTC and the City of Cedartown Host Cedartown Business Builders Program

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and the City of Cedartown are working together on a new initiative that prepares small business owners and local entrepreneurs to succeed in today’s economy.

The Cedartown Business Builders Program, a six-month curriculum, is currently underway until November. The program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to open and operate a business in Cedartown.

Instructors from GNTC are leading two sessions each month on marketing and customer service. There is also monthly networking sessions that gives participants the opportunity to hear from and interact with various business and industry leaders.

“We’ve had people come from the Downtown Cedartown Association and on the state level we’ve had people from the Georgia Small Business Development Center and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs” said April Welch manager of GNTC’s Polk County Campus. “One person came in to talk about historical grants that may be available to individuals based on where they choose to open their business and another speaker discussed grants and funding that is available from the State of Georgia.”

A mentoring committee, comprised of business leaders in Cedartown, also is available to participants as a resource. Members of the committee include a funeral home owner, a Certified Personal Accountant (CPA), an insurance agency owner, a local practicing attorney, a director of Human Resources, and others.

“We have a very strong base of community support that is providing expert knowledge and information to the students,” said Welch.

Mark Upton, director of the Marketing Management program at GNTC, leads one of the monthly sessions on the first Tuesday of each month. Upton’s sessions cover everything that is involved in marketing a business.

“We started with developing a business model and kind of preparing to get your business model and plan together on paper so that it makes sense and your prepared to take it to the investors,” said Upton “Recently we talked about management and even got into the human resources side of management; how to recruit, screen, and select the right people and then train, develop, evaluate, and manage those people.”

Beverly Padgett, director of the Service Industry Academy and instructor of Speech at GNTC, leads the second session on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Padgett’s sessions are about customer service, which covers not only the people that business owners consider to be their customers, but also identifying the wider target customer market.

“Customer Service is more important than ever before with 67% of customers choosing where they do business based on how they are treated. Customers know that they have choices and they have an expectation that the interaction be a good one,” said Padgett. “A new business can gain great market share by establishing a wonderful rapport with customers who will, in turn, share their positive experience about the business with others.”

The classes are held at the City of Cedartown Council Room and networking seminars rotate to separate locations each month. Business tours are also planned for the month of July.

“It is truly a practical, hands-on, approach on how to have a successful small business,” said Welch.

The culminating event will take place at the Cedartown Auditorium in October with the participants presenting their business plan, marketing plan, and their financial structure to a panel in a setting similar to the television show “The Shark Tank.” Judges and members of the community will rank the presentations and awards will be presented to winners in different categories.

There also will be a graduation celebration and reception in November.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

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