Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its GED® Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 3, for students who have earned their General Educational Development diplomas®.
The ceremony was held at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to accommodate students and families from all nine counties of GNTC’s service area.
The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Hosmer congratulated the graduates and thanked the organizations that provided GED® scholarships.
Those organizations include: Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Society, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, Chattooga County Literacy Council, Conasauga Drug Court Program, Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, Endless Opportunities, LaFayette Presbyterian Church, North Georgia EMC, Polk County Rotary Club, Rome-Floyd CCCY, Rome Rotary Club, Shaw Industries, Tallatoona CAP, United Way, and WMC Rotary Club.
- Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, thanked the friends and families of graduates that were in the audience.
“It’s a long road for some and it always takes tenacity, studying, and showing up for class,” said McDonald. “I also want to recognize all the family members and friends here this evening, students need support to achieve their goals.”
William Nichols, GNTC’s 2018 EAGLE Delegate, delivered the keynote address. Nichols is a member of the National Adult Education Honor Society and was chosen as one of eight finalists for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia.
“Once I earned my GED diploma, it opened up many doors for me,” said Nichols. “Right there on that table is your diploma that is a key that is going to open up doors for you.”
GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue, GED® Testing Services, and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.
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.