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Georgia Northwestern Technical College to offer Free Driver’s Education Classes on the Floyd County Campus

Kia Optima
2015 KIA Optima automobiles will be used to provide behind-the-wheel training for student drivers as part of the free Diver’s Education Courses at GNTC.

(Rome, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering free Driver’s Education Classes on its Floyd County Campus beginning in March to support and educate young drivers.

 

The classes are made possible through scholarships from the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission (GDEC) to qualifying students to cover the cost of the course. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

To be eligible for the course, students must be a Georgia resident between the ages of 15 and 18 years old and possess a learner’s permit from the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Students are no longer eligible for the scholarship after their 19th birthday.

 

Classes consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel instruction. Students also have access to state-of-the-art driving simulators for additional practice and instruction. Drive time will be scheduled in two hour sessions, during the week, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

The courses will be offered on Saturdays beginning in March from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will switch to a weekday schedule after the school year ends.

 

As part of the grant, 2015 KIA Optima automobiles equipped with audio and video recording capabilities will be used for the behind-the-wheel training.

 

“This program is a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to learn the skills and gain the experience needed to be a much safer driver,” said Mardi Jackson, director of economic development and the driver’s education program at GNTC.

 

Local law enforcement officers have been hired to conduct the instruction and the behind-the-wheel training.

 

For more information, contact GNTC’s Office of Continuing Education at (706) 295-6382.

 

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, 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.

Home Sweet Home, Lady Bobcats Sweep Welch

Holly Mount throws down one of her team-high eight kills in Georgia Northwestern’s three-game sweep of Welch College Thursday night in Rossville.
Holly Mount throws down one of her team-high eight kills in Georgia Northwestern’s three-game sweep of Welch College Thursday night in Rossville.

 

 

(Rossville, GA) – The anticipated return of the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats volleyball team to the court at the Rossville Athletic Center finally took place on Thursday night and the Navy-and-Silver didn’t disappoint.

Playing host to visiting Welch College of Nashville, the Lady Bobcats sent their guests back to the Music City with a straight-sets loss, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-21.

GNTC (2-1) led by four at the midway point of the first set, only to see Welch rally and take a 22-20 lead when Bobcats head coach Carrie Powell used her last allowed substitution.

It turned out to be the right call as the Lady Bobcats reeled off the final five points, thanks to some brilliant late-game serving off the bench from Katlyn Bishop.

The second set would start out the way of Welch, who stormed out of the gates to grab a 9-2 lead. Undaunted, the Lady Bobcats clawed their way back, tying the match at 14. They worked their way to a 23-19 advantage before an ace by Layna Jenkins and a kill by Sabrina Garcia gave GNTC the set.

The third and final set was a tight one throughout before the Lady Bobcats finally were able to wrestle away the momentum for good.

A kill by Casey Chapman tied things up at 20 and two consecutive hitting errors by Welch put the home team three points from clinching the match. Mikiah Treece had a couple of outstanding digs late in the match and another Welch hitting error, brought on by a hard shot from Garcia, polished off the sweep.

“We should have come out a lot stronger than we did,” Powell said. “Maybe we were just nervous playing at home, but we found a way to win and that’s all that really matters. Welch has a scrappy team and they got to some balls we didn’t think they could get to, but it’s always nice to be able to beat a four-year college.”

Holly Mount paced the offense with eight kills, while Garcia finished with seven on the night. Rachel McGill dished out 15 assists. Treece had a solid game defensively with 23 digs, while Ashley Bradley added eight. Bishop led the Lady Bobcats with three aces.

GNTC will hit the road on Monday, joining Alice Lloyd College for a tri-match at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn. starting at 6:30 p.m.

For information on all Georgia Northwestern intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail GNTC Athletic Director David Stephenson at dstephenson@gntc.edu or GNTC Sports Information Director Scott Herpst at sherpst@gntc.edu. GNTC is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA), NJCAA’s Region XVII, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and an equal opportunity institute. Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses currently 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 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.

Welcome Week in Cats Country at GNTC

 

2014 Welcome Week
2014 Welcome Week

Good Tuesday morning, Cats Country!

It’s Welcome Week on the FCC this week. (Keep an eye out for upcoming activities on your campus)
On the FCC, beginning today, is a “Trucker Hat Giveaway!” Get a brand new hat with YOUR special design from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. today!
Wednesday – The Varsity is serving you lunch beginning at 11:45 a.m. (First 380 students in line!)
Thursday – Picture Day! Get a crack at posing in “The Big Red Chair!”
Also, Thursday – Intramural Softball begins on the FCC! (Sept 9. on the WCC.)

*For more information, contact Mr. McBurnett at dmcburnett@gntc.edu!

Have a great day at Georgia Northwestern!

Georgia Northwestern Graduates Fast Track Industry Trainees

Technical College Grants Helps Train Local Workers

 

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(Dalton, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduated its second group of Fast Track Maintenance Skills students on August 15 at the college’s Whitfield Murray Campus. A grant from the Technical College System of Georgia is allowing local companies to select qualified employees for specialized training which would move their employees into industrial maintenance positions.

 

The 10-week Introduction to Maintenance Skills Training Class allows students to earn 400 hours of industrial systems training. The option is then available for these graduates to move into the college’s Industrial Systems program for continued education. The companies pay these select trainees their regular salary for attending this training.

 

Companies which took part in the special training program were Engineered Floors, J & J Industries, Mohawk Industries, and Shaw Industries. Earning certificates from Shaw Industries were Stephen Ambrose, Michael Dalton, Christopher Green, Stacey Mashburn, and James Smith. Earning certificates from Engineered Floors were Chaston Carrell, Billy Green, and Jeremy Summers. Earning certificates from Mohawk Industries were Ronny Ducas, Kenneth Phillips, and Benjamin Queen. Earning a certificate from J & J Industries was Rod Franklin.

 

The program began at Georgia Northwestern in September 2013. The first group of participants were unemployed and hired through the Georgia Department of Labor to specifically take part in the training initially funded by the Workforce Investment Act. The second group which graduated last week was completely made up of current employees at the participating companies.

 

The next Fast Track program begins on September 8. For more information, contact the Georgia Northwestern Director of Business and Industry Services Patty Hart at 706.272.2980.

 

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. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC 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.

 

Open House Held for Gordon County College and Career Academy

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(Calhoun, GA) – Leaders in business, industry, education, and government gathered for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 12, to mark the opening of the Gordon County College and Career Academy (GCCCA) in Calhoun.

 

The academy is located next to the Gordon County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).

 

Pete McDonald, President of GNTC, was one of the guest speakers for the ceremony. McDonald spoke about the strong relationship between the GCCCA and Georgia Northwestern.

 

“When you walk these halls these labs are world-class labs,” said McDonald. “It gives young people the opportunity to start very early in High School on a career pathway that can lead them to success in their career, success through college – no matter what route they choose it can start in these rooms.”

 

Dr. Amy Parker, CEO of the Gordon County College and Career Academy, gave an overview of the journey that led to the opening of the academy.

 

“Today we showcase this facility to our community in the hope that it will be a catalyst for workforce development for our community, to help drive improvements in our economy, and for the quality of life for the citizens of Gordon County,” said Parker.

 

Casey Cagle Lieutenant Governor of Georgia was the featured speaker for the ceremony. Since taking office, Cagle has been a very strong advocate for the College and Career model; which is a partnership between business and industry, local high schools, and technical colleges.

 

“I am just so pleased that this community understands that we need these types of pathways,” said Cagle. “If we are going to build the kind of economy that we want here it is going to take the focused environment that has been created at the Gordon County College and Career Academy.”

 

The ceremony also included guest speakers Becky Hood, Chair of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners and Chair of the GCCCA Board of Directors; Alice Mashburn, Director of High School Programs at GCCCA; Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent of Gordon County Schools; and David Repp, Chair of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce.

 

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 colleges in Georgia.

Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia presents Graceful Beam, instructor of Business Management at GNTC, with a certificate for participating in the Georgia Master Teacher Experience.
Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia presents Graceful Beam, instructor of Business Management at GNTC, with a certificate for participating in the Georgia Master Teacher Experience.

(Walker County, Georgia) – Graceful Beam, instructor of Business Management, was the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) representative for the first annual Georgia Master Teacher Experience; an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange.

The event took place at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) in Thomasville. It is designed as an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers. Approximately 40 instructors from technical colleges throughout Georgia gathered for the inaugural event.

“The strength of this experience is in the support that each teacher receives from the other teachers that have gathered from throughout the state,” said Summer Washington, director of the Georgia Master Teacher Experience. “The week-long exchange of ideas and collaboration develops a network that can be taken back to individual colleges to improve teaching and learning.”

Participants gain cross-disciplinary experiences and have the opportunity to teach and learn from academic, healthcare, business, professional and industry instructors. The experience exposes instructors to best practices in a multitude of disciplines, bringing fresh solutions to many problems faced in different fields of study.

The event was created as a result of SWGTC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Southwest Georgia Technical College representatives attended the Alabama Master Teacher Experience (AMTE) in 2012 and following direct training and support from Kristy White, AMTE Director, they worked with state leaders to bring the event to Georgia.

“Georgia was long overdue in joining the many states that offer a Master Teacher Experience and we are proud to have developed the first,” said Washington.

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.

Georgia Northwestern’s Trejo Claims National Title

Professional Competition Sees NW Georgia’s Best In Top 10

 

 

“Georgia Northwestern’s Mario Trejo of Dalton, Georgia, won the national title in Phi Beta Lambda’s Justice Administration category this past week in Nashville, Tennessee.”
“Georgia Northwestern’s Mario Trejo of Dalton, Georgia, won the national title in Phi Beta Lambda’s Justice Administration category this past week in Nashville, Tennessee.”

 

 

 

(Nashville, TN) – Dalton, Georgia’s, Mario Trejo claimed the National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) competition title in Justice Administration on June 27. Trejo, a student of Georgia Northwestern’s Whitfield Murray Campus, finished first among competitors from the nation’s largest colleges and universities at the Nashville, Tennessee, contest.

 

Cynthia Mills and Daniel Heiman from GNTC’s Walker County Campus placed fourth in the nation in the Small Business Plan category. GNTC’s Kenneth Shuman, a Floyd County Campus student, came in fifth in the same category. Also placing for Georgia Northwestern in the Music City were Jonathan Hammond (9th – Help Desk) and Ernesto Martinez (10th – Help Desk).

 

More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students showcased their talents as future business leaders and competed for an opportunity to win nearly $80,000in cash prizes. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

 

Also qualifying for the national round of PBL from Georgia Northwestern were Marcella Hooper (Future Business Educator), Marcos Diaz (Statistical Analysis), Sairon Patton (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making), and Tina Zhang (Accounting Principles).

 

The qualifiers placed in the state level of the PBL conference this past spring earning them bids into the national competition. Also attending the week-long conference and competition were GNTC PBL advisors Patty Hart, Dione Hodge, and Mark Upton.

 

PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. The annual event allows students to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

 

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. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC 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.

Georgia Northwestern Sends 10 To Nationals

Taking Center Stage at Business and Education Competition

GNTC sends 10 to PBL National Competition.
GNTC sends 10 to PBL National Competition.

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College is sending 10 of its top students to compete against the nation’s largest colleges and universities in the National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this week.

More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students will showcase their talents as future business leaders and compete for an opportunity to win nearly $80,000 in cash prizes. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Qualifying for the national round of PBL from Georgia Northwestern are Jonathan Hammond and Ernesto Martinez (Help Desk), Marcella Hooper (Future Business Educator), Mario Trejo (Justice Administration), Marcos Diaz (Statistical Analysis), Sairon Patton and Kenneth Shuman (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making), Kenneth Shuman (Small Business Management Plan), Cynthia Mills and Daniel Heiman (Small Business Management Plan), and Tina Zhang (Accounting Principles).

The qualifiers placed in the state level of the PBL conference this past spring earning them bids into the national competition. The GNTC group leaves for the Music City Tuesday morning. GNTC PBL advisors Patty Hart, Dione Hodge and Mark Upton will lead the students into three-days of competition which conclude with an awards ceremony Friday night.

PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. The annual event allows to students to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

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. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC 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.

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