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GNTC Student Receives 8K Scholarship from the MAG Alliance

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Melynda Wilson of Dawsonville recently received an $8,000 scholarship from the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Alliance during a ceremony held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

 

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The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Alliance presented a GNTC student with an $8,000 scholarship at the Gordon County Campus. (From left to right) Merrilee Gober, MAG Alliance member; Dave Street, president of the MAG Alliance; Tom Bojo, dean of Public Service Technology at GNTC; Melynda Wilson, scholarship recipient; and Kathy Kerce, director of the Lactation Consultant program at GNTC.

 

The scholarship was part of a $10,000 donation from MAG Alliance to Georgia Northwestern’s Lactation Consultant program. The remaining $2,000 is earmarked for start-up supplies for the new program.

 

“The MAG Alliance is proud and excited to support Melynda as she learns clinical skills to help mothers and babies who struggle with breastfeeding,” said Dave Street, president of the MAG Alliance.  “As a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for nearly eight years, she has demonstrated a genuine passion for providing this kind of care.”

 

The scholarship provides $2,000 per semester to cover the cost of Wilson’s tuition and books for the full two-year program.

 

“I am really looking forward to completing this program and I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Wilson. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the scholarship.”

 

GNTC’s Lactation Consultant program provides students with clinical experience in the management of lactation, breastfeeding counseling skills, and general health sciences. It is currently being offered as either a diploma or certificate of credit.

 

Graduates of the program will be trained to sit for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners certification exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

 

“The graduates of GNTC’s Lactation Consultant program will be employed by medical practices and hospitals, which will ultimately result in better breastfeeding rates and healthier babies,” said Street.

 

The Medical Association of Georgia Alliance is a network of physicians’ spouses who volunteer to improve the health of all Georgians. To learn more about the MAG Alliance, go to the website www.magalliance.org.

 

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. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Child Care Scholar To Represent Region at State Conference

Early Childhood Care and Education Student Grabs Attention

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College student Amy McKinnie will represent the region at the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children Conference being held next month in Alpharetta, Georgia.”

 (Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Amy McKinnie will represent the college at the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC) Annual Conference October 5-6. McKinnie is an Early Childhood Care and Education major at GNTC.
The Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia resident will serve as an ambassador for the collegiate program. “I won’t be giving a speech, really,” said McKinnie. “I’ll be sharing my story with others and just how this choice has helped my life.” McKinnie has been a part of the DECAL Scholars program since her enrollment at Georgia Northwestern. The program is designed to help provide scholarships and assistance to students choosing the Early Childhood Care and Education field.

 

“I first heard about the program at work and it has allowed me to pursue college at my own pace while also supplementing my income,” said McKinnie. “I needed to take time off work to go to school and the scholarship program assisted me so that was possible.”

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, McKinnie relocated to Northwest Georgia in 2012. The 32-year old mother of one has been working childcare for the past four years with Noah’s Ark Christian Learning Center in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. In addition, with a child in pre-school herself, McKinnie finds a real passion in working in the field. Her four-year-old, Calleigh, attends a North Georgia Pre-K program.

 

In July 2017, McKinnie was asked to be an Assistant in a Georgia Pre-K program. “It was a salary position and I have been in that same position ever since,” said McKinnie. “Noah’s Ark Christian Learning Center has been such a blessing.” Due in part to her willingness to help her co-workers, as well as keeping up with the DECAL Scholars program, she was invited to be an ambassador at this year’s GAEYC conference. The event is being held at Gwinnett Technical College in Alpharetta, Georgia.

 

“I originally studied Psychology when I lived in California,” said McKinnie. “When I moved to Georgia, I needed a job and working at a school came so naturally. My mother has been a teacher as long as I have been alive and I believe it’s in my blood! I began classes and I have never had such good grades in my life! It really feels like a good fit.”

 

A student of Georgia Northwestern Technical College instructors Tracy Wimberley and Susan Kendrick in the college’s Childhood Care and Education program, McKinnie says they have both been important in her career path. “Both of them have been instrumental in my success as a student,” said McKinnie. “They are both the sweetest people and so kind and helpful. I have called them both when I have been overwhelmed by life and unsure of what to do with my education, and they guide me to the best options.”

 

McKinnie will soon complete her diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She is also pursuing her Associate’s Degree in the same program offered at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She is newly married to her husband, Marcus. “He’s very supportive of my career and our daughter.”

 

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.

Welcome Week 2018 Part One! See You On The FCC, GCC, and PCC!

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Welcome Week Part One kicks off this week!
FCC – Tuesday, GCC – Wednesday, PCC – Thursday


PLUS… Make sure you take part in our SNAP & WIN contest on your campus!
It is a Selfie Challenge that you can take part in on our Snapchat page! Our page is GNTC1 at Snapchat. Or, just scan the Snapcode posted here. (All clues published at 10 a.m. each day of the contest.)

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Have a great Welcome Week 2018! CCC, WCC, and WMC… see you next week for your Welcome Week Celebration!

GNTC’s Horticulture Program Holding Fall Mum Sale Beginning Monday

The Horticulture program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold a Fall Mum Sale outside of Building L located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome beginning Monday, Sept. 17.

 

Seven people in a garden holding potted plants.
Horticulture students pose with the mums that will be on sale for $5 each at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus starting Sept. 17. Back row (from left to right) David Warren, director of Horticulture at GNTC; Bailey Ellenburg; and Justin Womack. Front row (from left to right) Mark King, Terra Black-Coontz, Lane Strickland, and Nick Barton.

 

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays the sale will take place all day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The mums will cost $5 each and the sale will continue until Sept. 28 or until the mums are sold out.

 

The plants are located in a fenced area outside of Building L and buyers should stop by Building L if no one is outside with the mums, said David Warren, director of GNTC’s Horticulture program.

 

“The flowering buds are just starting to show on the mums and should be in full bloom in a week or two,” said Warren.

 

According to Horticulture student Terra Black-Coontz, the various plant sales that GNTC has throughout the year provide students with a full learning experience.

 

“We plant the mums from plugs, propagate them, raise them to maturity, and then we sell them.” said Coontz, a resident of Calhoun. “It’s a very hands-on based process.”

 

All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Horticulture program at GNTC. Purchases may be made with cash or check and credit cards are not accepted.

 

Warren says that before this year is over the Horticulture program plans to have a fall pansy sale and also will have a poinsettia sale around Christmas.

 

“The pansies will be ready in three or four weeks,” said Warren.

 

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. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

 

SIghts from the ICD 2018 at GNTC

Enjoy some of the sights from GNTC’s Industrial Career Day 2018 held on September 7 at the Floyd County Campus!

INDUSTRIAL CAREER DAY is THIS FRIDAY!

You’re just THREE DAYS AWAY from Industrial Career Day 2018 at Georgia Northwestern!
See you on the Floyd County Campus! Can’t wait to see all of our high school students, counselors, administrators, teachers, etc… We also will have our eyes open for all of our local businesses and leaders on the big day!
And, don’t miss our special guest speaker from the DIY Network!!!!!! #kayleenmccabe

Get Focused and Get Hired / GNTC Fall 2018

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Inaugural Year of Walker Launch Takes Off

Week One Complete as GNTC and Walker County Schools
Bring Students Best Of Both Worlds

 

 

High school students sit on staircase wearing matching program-themed t-shirts.
“Some of the first “Walker Launch” students in Walker County, Georgia stop for a quick picture inside the 500 Building of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus; the program’s home base in this inaugural year. Thirty-one students from LaFayette High School and Ridgeland High School are taking part in year one of the program. The Walker County School system hopes to expand enrollment to 200 students in the near future.”

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Week One is now in the books for the 31 students taking part in the pilot year of “Walker Launch” at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). Students from LaFayette High School and Ridgeland High School have kicked off the 2018-19 academic year on GNTC’s Walker County Campus.

 

The first two weeks of the brand new program located on the college campus will only focus on the high school curriculum the students must complete. Beginning August 20, when GNTC’s fall semester launches, the students will be enrolled in both high school and college classes. They will be on their way to graduating from high school and college at the same time.

 

Classes needed to complete state requirements for their high school diploma will be taught by Walker County School teachers at GNTC. As for their collegiate instructor, GNTC instructors will handle those instructional responsibilities.

 

“We have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the program during week one,” said Matt Harris, Walker County Schools Coordinator of Innovation. “Students, staff, and parents have been very pleased with the start of school.  We already have more interest in the program, and we expect higher than anticipated growth.” Administrators hope to expand the student body size of the program to 200 students in the near future.

 

Walker Launch will work a little differently than your traditional high school. Monday through Thursday, students will attend their usual high school and collegiate courses. However, on Fridays, a program is in place to teach students on how to develop soft skills. Critical thinking, customer service, financial literacy, communication with employees and customers, and many other professional skill sets will be taught extensively during those end-of-the-week sessions.

 

“This program required a leap of faith from a lot of people in our community and our schools,” said Harris. “We have had 11 months to plan the program. Everyone had to be committed and involved to make it a success. GNTC staff have been integral throughout the process, and our counselors at LaFayette and Ridgeland deserve a lot of the credit for getting Walker Launch off the ground.”

 

Transportation to the Walker Launch facility will be provided to and from the home high schools of each student. Walker Launch students are also eligible to take part in all extra-curricular activities at their home high schools.

The Walker County Schools provides laptop computers for every Walker Launch student so they can complete some of their high school and collegiate coursework online. Cost of dual enrollment tuition is paid by the Georgia Department of Education. This aid does not impact the funding available to the students once they graduate from Walker Launch.

Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines stresses the importance he hopes this program will have on breaking a cycle. “Our hope is to help students get into high-demand jobs,” said Raines. “We are training these young men and women for careers in everything from healthcare to logistics. But, it’s not only about that. It’s about teaching the future of Walker County to live smarter; to avoid a lifestyle which forces so many families to live paycheck-to-paycheck.”

 

For more information about the program, students and families can speak with the guidance counselor’s office at their high school. Students interested in joining the program will be required to apply to enroll in Walker Launch, as well as meet certain program guidelines.

 

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.

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