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GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Held Thursday, Feb. 23

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Graduates of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201602 are: Back row (from left to right) Thomas Williams, Bryce Momon, Brett Nesbitt, Micah Alexander, and Andrew Hooker. Front Row (from left to right) Joshua McFadden, Keasha Brown, Enrico Garcia, Vanessa Robledo, and Gabe Shipman.

(Calhoun, GA) – Friends, family, and the community gathered at the Conference Center located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor students graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201602 on Thursday, Feb. 23.

During the ceremony, 10 law enforcement officers were recognized in front of a standing room only crowd. Advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, community leaders, and fellow law enforcement officers from the Northwest Georgia region and beyond also were in attendance at the ceremony.

The proceedings began with Jim Pledger, director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, welcoming guests and introducing current and former staff from the academy.

“I would like to give my appreciation to the chiefs, sheriffs, officers, and people from different emergency services that are here,” said Pledger. “Many of these people are also instructors for us and they come here and they pass along their expertise to these young individuals that are graduating today.”

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Mike Barton, director of Internal Affairs for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Joshua McFadden was the student speaker for the ceremony. McFadden told his classmates that everything they do from this day forward is earned.

“I know we will all be successful in this career path and we all sacrificed a lot of time away from our families to get here,” said McFadden.

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Joshua McFadden was the student speaker for the ceremony.
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Enrico A. Garcia (left) was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship by Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC.

Enrico A. Garcia was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship and Thomas E. Williams, III received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201501 are: Micah C. Alexander, Keasha S. Brown, Enrico A. Garcia, Christopher A. Hooker, Joshua B. McFadden, Kaden B. Momon, Brett L. Nesbitt, Vanessa S. Robledo, Gabriel B. Shipman, and Thomas E. Williams, III.

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.

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Georgia Northwestern Prepping For March Madness

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 2016 SkillsUSA TeamWorks members Bo Dooley, left, returns for a chance to take home the national title in 2017. Also shown in this picture from the 2016 state competition in Atlanta, Georgia is 2016 team member Burt Burns. In the background, from left, is Tanner Boyd and Barry Arrington. Arrington will also be returning for the 2017 competitions.”

 

SkillsUSA 2017 To Showcase Bobcat Professional
Skills Teams In Atlanta, GA
(Northwest Georgia) – The post-season is officially underway as schools across Georgia get ready to showcase the state’s top programs. One Peach State college that saw its run for a national championship fall short in 2016, hopes to bring home the hardware in 2017.
More than three dozen students from all six campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will strap on their helmets and compete for the title “Number One In Georgia” in just five weeks. A capacity crowd is expected at the Georgia International Conference Center as Bobcat teams will be competing at the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference March 23-25 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Although “March Madness” is a phrase most basketball enthusiasts are familiar with this time of year, the catchy nickname definitely applies to the third weekend in March.  “We have 41 students competing in 25 professional skill categories,” said Missy McLain, GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator. “We hope to see even more national qualifiers this time around.”

After taking top honors in the TeamWorks category at the state competition last year, GNTC’s TeamWorks crew placed third at the national event in Louisville, Kentucky. Well, the Bobcats will be sending another team in that category, as well as 24 other areas of expertise to the state competition next month.
The SkillsUSA TeamWorks category involves a construction project to be completed. It requires a team of four contestants to work together in reading blue prints and creating an action plan. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry skills are put to use during the project. From ordering the materials to be used to planning the completion of each phase of the job, judges looked closely at each team’s ability to work within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project. Barry Arrington and Bo Dooley, members of the 2016 team that placed nationally, will be on the team once again setting its sights for the 2017 crown.
This year’s qualifying teams from GNTC are as follows: James Garrett (Aragon, GA) in Auto Refinishing Technology; Philip English (Flintstone, GA) in Automotive Service Technology; Branton Bailey (Resaca, GA) in Cabinetmaking; Beck Maxwell (Euharlee, GA), Melvin Mitchell (Cartersville), and Dusty Powell (Aragon, GA) in Career Pathways in Industrial and Engineering Technology; Melisa Fajardo (Dalton, GA), Brandy LeVan (Rock Spring, GA), and Kate Hendricks (Rock Spring, GA) in Chapter Display; Dakota Maddox (Calhoun, GA) in Collision Repair Technology; Ashley Davenport (Rome, GA) in Cosmetology; Kelsey Stanley (Dalton, GA) in Customer Service; Wendy Neighbors (Ringgold, GA) in Early Childhood Education; Eric Vargas (Rome, GA) in Electrical Construction Wiring; Kevin Long (Rossville, GA) in First Aid/CPR; Savannah Almond (Cedartown, GA), Tevannah Johnson (Rome, GA), Kimberly Kelly (Lindale, GA), and Tiffany Mascote (Cedartown, GA) in the Health Knowledge Bowl; Bryan Shirley (Rome, GA) in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Chris Ballew (Buchanan, GA) in Industrial Motor Controls; Stone Dowling (LaFayette, GA) Information Technology Systems; Bryan Tapia (Rome, GA) in Job Interview; Amanda Teeters (Chickamauga, GA) in Job Skill Demonstration “A”; Selena Spivey (Dalton, GA) in Job Skill Demonstration Open; Kelsey Mann (Rome, GA), Brittany Orr (Rome, GA), and Ned Sanders (LaFayette, GA) in Medical Mathematics; Lindsey Thomas (Rome, GA) and Faith Trammell (Rome, GA) in Medical Terminology; Jalen Hamilton (Rome, GA) in Prepared Speech; Noah Wilson (Fairmount, GA), Barry Arrington (Calhoun, GA), Shawn Clark (Calhoun, GA), and Bo Dooley (Resaca, GA) in TeamWorks; Elisabeth Harp (Calhoun, GA) and Geovani Ramirez (Dalton, GA) in Technical Computer Applications; Ryan Fincher (Cedartown, GA) in Welding; and Jacob Hargrove (Ringgold, GA), Isaiah Jackson (Dalton, GA) and Daniel Lopez (Dalton, GA) in Welding Fabrication.

Those earning top honors on the state level will earn a spot in the national competition at the 53rd National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky the week of June 19-23. SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers, educators, and industry leaders. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual SkillsUSA National Championships, nearly 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA program, you can call 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.
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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Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Georgia Military College Sign Articulation Agreement

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and Georgia Military College (GMC) held an articulation agreement signing ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Floyd County Campus in Rome.

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Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, and Dr. Mike Holmes (right), senior vice president, chief academic officer, and dean of faculty at GMC sign an articulation agreement at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome.

The goal of the articulation agreement is to provide Associate of Applied Science (AAS) graduates of select Georgia Northwestern Technical College programs with an opportunity to continue with Georgia Military College to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Under the agreement, any GNTC student graduating with their AAS degree and having at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of technical/occupational credit accepted as transfer credit by GMC, is guaranteed admission into one of GMC’s BAS degree programs in Business Management or Supervision and Management.

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College is very pleased to enter into an articulation agreement with Georgia Military College to offer our students a pathway to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree,” said Pete McDonald, president of GNTC. “As an institution of higher learning GNTC recognizes the on-going need for continuous education throughout one’s career. This collaborative agreement will open many career options for our GNTC students after achieving their Associate of Applied Science degrees.”

“The ever increasing partnership between the institutions of higher education in Georgia will advance the workforce of our state and region. Under the leadership of Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia has been recognized as the Number One state in the United States for doing business. By institutions working together, Georgia will continue to be the Number One place for business expansion and job creation,” continued McDonald.

This agreement formally recognizes that Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Georgia Military College are committed to the establishment of an educational partnership to better serve currently enrolled and future students at both institutions, as well as, support economic and workforce development in the communities served by these educational institutions.

“We are thrilled to launch this partnership with Georgia Northwestern Technical College to serve the students of Georgia,” said Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, president of Georgia Military College. “Our BAS degrees are designed to build upon the occupational/technical education provided by an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program and provide an excellent pathway toward completion of a bachelor degree. Our BAS degree programs prepare students for career advancement opportunities and management and supervisory roles in their technical or occupational field. This partnership with GNTC is another step in providing greater opportunities and a brighter future for the citizens of Georgia and is consistent with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative designed to provide an improved educational pipeline from high school through college graduation.”

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.

An accredited public-independent liberal arts college with thirteen college campuses throughout the state of Georgia. A primary focus of Georgia Military College is in awarding associate degrees and preparing students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, as well as providing a pathway for AAS degree holders to attain their four-year bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree. Georgia Military College’s mission is to produce educated citizens and contributing members of society in an environment conducive to the development of the intellect and character of its students. “Start Here…Go Anywhere!” For more information about Georgia Military College, go to http://www.gmc.edu or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/georgiamilitarycollege or on Twitter and Instagram @GMCstory.

GNTC Prepares For SkillsUSA 2017

SkillsUSA Georgia is just over a month away!
GNTC is gearing up for a run to Nationals in 2017!
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The Hunt Is On!

Missed Spring Semester? Try “Term B.”

Emergency Aid Provided by GNTC and TCSG for Residents of the South Georgia Region

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Tim Willis, GNTC maintenance, operates the forklift to load donated items on to the semi-trailer truck provided by Albany Technical College.

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – A multi-campus endeavor by Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and other colleges in the Technical College of Georgia (TCSG) system was undertaken this week to provide aid for residents of the south Georgia region.

 

The donations were part of a larger effort by the TCSG for people that were affected by the extensive storm and flooding damage that occurred in January.

 

Albany Technical College, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, and Southern Regional Technical College sent semi-trailer trucks to six designated TCSG colleges spread throughout the state. Other schools in the TCSG system were able to coordinate their donations with one of the six designated colleges that was closest to their location.

 

GNTC’s Floyd County Campus was one of the six designated pick up locations. Albany Technical College (ATC) sent two semi-trailer trucks that were part of their Commercial Truck Driving program, to the Rome campus.

 

The GNTC campuses in Catoosa, Gordon, Polk, Walker and Whitfield counties sent items to the Floyd County Campus throughout the week to be consolidated for the ATC pickup on Friday.

 

West Georgia Technical College sent a bus load of items to the Rome campus. A significant donation was also provided by Big Time Products, Calhoun City Schools, Hillshire Farms, and Kellogg’s.

 

“We would like to thank everyone for all the very generous donations,” said Pete McDonald, president of GNTC.

 

Items that were collected included food, blankets, towels, clothing, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, sodas, juices, and cash donations.

 

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.

 

 

 

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GNTC staff work with West Georgia Technical College staff to unload the bus of supplies sent by WGTC to re-load on to the semi-trailer trucks sent by Albany Technical College.

Miguel Ramirez and Jeremiah Cooper Named GNTC’s 2017 GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Winners

Miguel Ramirez, a Business Management student from Rome, was named Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner and Jeremiah Cooper, a Welding and Joining Technology instructor from Ringgold, was selected as the college’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

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Miguel Ramirez, (right) a Business Management student from Rome, was named GNTC’s 2017 GOAL winner and Jeremiah Cooper (left), a Welding and Joining Technology instructor from Ringgold, was selected as the college’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome, and the GNTC Student Leadership Council.
Emily Connell, a resident of Ringgold who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute, was also recognized during the banquet. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

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Emily Connell, a resident of Ringgold who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute

Ramirez, GNTC’s GOAL winner, is a student at the Floyd County Campus and was nominated by his instructor, Gerald McFry, director of the Business Management program.

 

“Miguel always worked hard and excelled at everything he was involved in,” said McFry. “He has never made anything less than an A in every class he has taken.”

 

He was selected from a group of four semi-finalists for his presentation on technical education by a panel of judges representing business, industry, and higher education in the Northwest Georgia region.

 

Members of the GOAL judging panel were Mark Cochran, owner, Cevian Design Lab; Gary Majestic, general manager, Commercial Fluid Power; Nancy Smith, owner, N.L. Smithworks, LLC; Brian Smith, account manager, Logical Systems, Inc.; and Kathy Waters, key account manager, Georgia Power Company.

 

Ramirez is currently an Appliance Performer Instructor at Lowes, Inc., and received the Platinum Performer Award from Lowes in 2016. He has volunteered for the Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16, and for Keep Rivers Alive, 2008-09. He was also member of Kiwanis Club, Polk Youth Leadership, Beta Club, Keep Polk Beautiful, and the National Honor Society.

 

During his junior year in high school, Ramirez had to drop out due to unexpected family events. He obtained his GED© diploma from Georgia Northwestern and went on to attend college at the Floyd County Campus.

 

“The benefits of attending a technical college are one of the reasons I decided to go back to school,” said Ramirez. “Technical college allows people to be prepared to enter the workforce without running up a lot of student debt.”

 

Ramirez has made the President’s List each semester at GNTC and has a 4.0 GPA. He works full time and goes to college full time.

 

“I had economic and personal obstacles that made me put a halt on my dreams of attending college,” said Ramirez. “Thankfully, we have technical colleges that have been designed to turn people’s dream into a reality.”

 

As the 2017 GOAL Winner for Georgia Northwestern, Ramirez will move to the regional competition and if chosen as a regional winner, he will compete at the state level against winners from the other regions of Georgia. He will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner for 2017 and recipient of the GOAL medallion. The 2017 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner will serve as TCSG’s student ambassador during a number of system and college functions throughout the year.

 

As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.

 

Jeremiah Cooper, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology on the Walker County Campus, was selected as GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

 

Cooper was chosen for his outstanding presentation about the value of technical education.

 

“Since my first day as a welding instructor at GNTC, I’ve been convinced that this is what I was put on earth to do,” said Cooper. “I wanted to be able to help people and to witness the evolution of a student in their pursuit of a career.”

 

Cooper has been an instructor at GNTC since 2013. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, he served as a welder and fabricator, Gentry Steel Inc., 2012-13; welder and fabricator, Wilson Fabrication, 2009-12; and as an instructor, Childcare Network, 2009-12.

 

“I’ve been here for 3 years as of January 1st and in that time we have documented over 70 former students working in the industry,” said Cooper. “That’s how we gauge our success as a program.”

 

His qualifications and certifications include: Welding and Joining Technology, diploma; Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Fabrication, certificate; Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Gas Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, certificate; National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Welding, certification; NCCER Welding Educator, certification; America Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Structural Steel Welding, certification; and AWS D1.5 Bridge Code Welding, certification.

 

Cooper is a member of SkillsUSA, the Youth Success Academy, Department of Labor, and the American Welding Society.

 

As GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Cooper will compete in the regional competition. If chosen as a regional winner, he will compete at the state level in the competition. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose one instructor to be the 2017 Technical College System of Georgia’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

 

The Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year. The last state winner to represent GNTC was 2013 Rick Perkin’s winner, Troy Peco, director of the Automotive Technology program.

 

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.

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