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Georgia Northwestern Honors Fall 2018 Graduates

Hundreds Walk Across Stage, Whitfield County’s Morgan Speaks

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“Walker County, Georgia native Haleigh Condra receives her award in Early Childhood Care and Education from Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Approximately 2,000 people bundled up for freezing temperatures as they headed to Whitfield County, Georgia to honor more than 200 Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduates who walked the stage at the college’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony at the Dalton Convention Center Tuesday.

 

GNTC’s 2018 GOAL (Georgia’s Occupational Award of Leadership) Award winner, Macey Morgan, gave the graduating class their commencement speech. The Whitfield County, Georgia resident represented the college in the GOAL competition this past spring in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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“Whitfield County, Georgia resident Macey Morgan spoke to GNTC’s Fall 2018 graduating class at the Dalton Convention Center Tuesday. Morgan was the college’s 2018 GOAL Award Winner and represented the college in Atlanta during a statewide competition this past spring.”

 

GNTC holds two graduations each year. A spring graduation each May in Rome, Georgia and a fall graduation each December in Dalton, Georgia. GNTC President Pete McDonald, along with GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips, served as presenters of the ceremony.

 

Many programs made headlines this graduation with perfect performances by their entire graduating class. Among those were Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiologic Technology. Of the 14 of those graduating from Radiologic Technology, 13 of those have completed their registries. The final student is slated to take the exam this Saturday. As for Radiologic Technology, all 26 graduating students successfully passed their credentialing exams.

 

All graduates participating in the ceremony were recognized for their academic achievements and presented with their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Listed are graduates which took part in the commencement exercise for the Fall 2018 graduation ceremony. This list does not include eligible students who did not participate in graduation.

 

Associate of Applied Science
David Aguilar Construction Management
Itzel Bautista Lopez Adult Echocardiography
Melissa N. Betterton Early Childhood Care and Education
Tina M. Blalock Vascular
Christian A. Bregante Aviation Maintenance Technology
Alisha A. Broome Surgical Technology
Haylee Burris Health Information Management Technology
Rosa Yenis Cabrera Business Management
Patricia Laine Clark Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Misti Dawn Clark Business Management
Courtney B. Compton Medical Assisting
Haleigh Rose Morgan Condra Early Childhood Care and Education
Emily Connell Social Work Assistant
Christen J. Cordell Criminal Justice Technology
Jennifer L. Cowart Business Management
Madison Victoria Crawford Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Dudley S. Davis Electronics Technology
Cassidy A. Davis Radiologic Technology
Ricardo Ulises Dominguez Business Management
Sarah Dorsey Early Childhood Care and Education
Sprite Dyer Networking Specialist
Jessica Anne Ellis Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Normayda L. Escalante Medical Assisting
Yony M. Escalante Industrial Systems Technology
Anna Esquivel Business Management
Robert B. Evans Early Childhood Care and Education
Kim L. Fosdick Adult Echocardiography
Adriana Garcia Criminal Justice Technology
Courtney R. Georgiefski Accounting
Kimberly I. Glover Business Management
Jesanyelis Gonzalez Business Management
Yecely Gonzalez Business Management
Jennifer L. Goodman Health Information Management Technology
Hannah J. Goss Adult Echocardiography
Adrian Gutierrez Business Management
Alexis Jovonni Guyton Vascular
Ashley N. Harden Business Management
William A. Harper Vascular
Caitlyn N. Harris Vascular
Renay Michelle Harris Social Work Assistant
Valencia R. Henderson Radiologic Technology
Valina P. Hopson Radiologic Technology
Matthew D. Howard Aviation Maintenance Technology
Kadie Hendrix Johnston Radiologic Technology
Zachary Wane Taylor Jones Computer Support Specialist
Cynthia Denise Kirk Accounting
Catherine E. Lankford Radiologic Technology
Dana K. Manis Business Management
Nicole L. Mansfield Health Information Management Technology
Tristian A. Martin Social Work Assistant
Michael Nickolas Martin Aviation Maintenance Technology
Norma Martinez Business Management
Deloris Jill McBee Social Work Assistant
Bailey S. Milone Adult Echocardiography
Jennifer E. Mora Business Management
Josie T. Nunn Vascular
Trever B. Oliver Business Management
Jacqaline Cruz Orozco Medical Assisting
Pedro M. Ortiz Automotive Technology
Neyda R. Paiz Business Management
Derrick Ray Parker Industrial Systems Technology
Jesse Lee Parsons Business Technology
Jennyfer R. Paucay Surgical Technology
Collin Anthony Payne Automotive Technology
William A. Peters Industrial Systems Technology
Ashley E. Phipps Adult Echocardiography
Marvin James Pointer Construction Management
Leslie R. Renfro Radiologic Technology
Rodrigo Reyes-Cruz Industrial Systems Technology
Stephanie A. Rittenhouse Radiologic Technology
Ronald Harrison Roach Industrial Systems Technology
Tyler L. Rowland Industrial Systems Technology
Lauren Nicole Runion Social Work Assistant
Wesley J. Saunders Industrial Systems Technology
James Wayne Shearin Culinary Arts
Alan N. Shepherd Aviation Maintenance Technology
Kayla Renae Sinyard Diagnostic Medical Sonography
James T. Spraggins Construction Management
Abbigail G. Tate Early Childhood Care and Education
Rosha C. Taylor Social Work Assistant
Elizabeth S. Tidwell Health Information Management Technology
Donald Howard Tinnan Culinary Arts
Joseph Edwin Turner Aviation Maintenance Technology
Luis Valdes Automotive Technology
Victoria Velazquez Accounting
Luz Maria Vigil Business Management
Abbie L. Waits Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Kayla C. Wallace Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Jason Andrew Warren Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Angela Watson Radiologic Technology
Chloe Watts Marketing Management
Regina N. Watts Vascular
Amanda Nicole Yoder Health Information Management Technology
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Practical Nursing
Yesenia Aldana Cosmetology
Ashton L.  Avery Surgical Technology
William P. Ayres Welding and Joining Technology
Ciara P. Baker Cosmetology
Tanya Beckom Cosmetology
Ashley N. Benge Surgical Technology
Genotee Blake Cosmetology
Rashonda Lee Bryant Practical Nursing
Emily Kay Butler Practical Nursing
Giovanni Carlos Welding and Joining Technology
Michaela G. Clarke Culinary Arts
Latoya Denise Cofield Practical Nursing
Charles E. Crowe Criminal Justice Technology
Amparo Cruz Cornejo Medical Assisting
Margie Jean Deering Business Management
Selena H. Dupree Cosmetology
Allison Danielle Edgeworth Medical Assisting
Tracy M. Elkins Cosmetology
Shanna Danyel Ely Medical Assisting
McKenzie Symone Floyd Cosmetology
Sarah LeeAnn Gallegos Practical Nursing
Haydee Garcia Cosmetology
Noemi C. Garcia Cosmetology
Maegan Alicia Gibson Medical Assisting
Meghan Nicole Godfrey Welding and Joining Technology
Clarence Gore Aviation Maintenance Technology
Shayna D. Green Medical Assisting
Keymonica N. Hall Lactation Consultant
Misty Dawn Hawkins Medical Assisting
Thomas Lee Hayes Welding and Joining Technology
Kimberly Hayes Medical Assisting
Lucas S. Heard Welding and Joining Technology
Robert C. Hodge Electrical Control Systems
Michael Ivester Industrial Systems Technology
Amber C. James Practical Nursing
Sonia L. Jernigan Cosmetology
Luis Joaquin-Gomez Air Conditioning Technology
Phelicia T. Johnson Medical Assisting
Tomeika L. Johnson Early Childhood Care and Education
Teyannah Taiisha Johnson Practical Nursing
Grace Wangui Kariuki Practical Nursing
Sheena R. Lamar Business Management
Anzie Cox McCoy Practical Nursing
Regina A. McKin Medical Assisting
Kalee Amanda Meadows Surgical Technology
Eris Jane Merritt Moonstar Lactation Consultant
Joshua D. Moyer Welding and Joining Technology
Khanh Nguyen Medical Assisting
Jessica P. Pack Medical Assisting
Sonny Apag Padayao Aviation Maintenance Technology
Christon Nicole Peden EMS Professions
Angie A. Pizano Medical Assisting
David Michael Powell Welding and Joining Technology
Amber Quillen Cosmetology
Sharon A. Ragland Business Management
Alejandro L. Ramirez Medical Assisting
Omar G. Rangel Welding and Joining Technology
Harmony Nicole Rose Ray Surgical Technology
Jesus Reyes Welding and Joining Technology
Autumn Cheyenne Ridley Cosmetology
Kylea B. Riley Practical Nursing
Cole A. Ryan Welding and Joining Technology
Loretta Didena Scott Medical Assisting
Brooke A. Silvers Medical Assisting
Aiseh Smith Business Management
Nicole A. Smith Business Management
Chelsea M. Stanfield Practical Nursing
John A. Tanturri Industrial Systems Technology
Lanesha Gilena Teague Practical Nursing
Autumn Taylor Tomlinson Cosmetology
Cierra B. Turner Practical Nursing
Samantha Orsha Upshaw Surgical Technology
Bonnita E. VanNuys Medical Assisting
Shameka M. Ware Cosmetology
Cody Alan West Aviation Maintenance Technology
Bathshebia Willis Dental Assisting
Charmisse Wood Practical Nursing
Myra E. Wyatt Medical Assisting
Michael A. York Welding and Joining Technology
Technical Certificate of Credit
Dyane Mary Alvarado Medical Front Office Assistant
Justin C. Bouy Aviation Maintenance Technician
Taylor Brooke Cato Cosmetology for Licensure
Virginia D. Chambers Phlebotomy Technician
Rhaghan Kelsey Dennis Early Child Care and Education Basics
Valeria Fraire Human Resource Management Specialist
Priscilla Henderson Child Development Specialist
Mary Land Early Child Care and Education Basics
Lesly Elizabeth Miranda Cosmetology for Licensure
Jordan L. Moore Emergency Medical Technician
Keetra L. Murphy Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician
Allen B. Newport Aviation Maintenance Technician
Mackinzie C. Parrott Health Care Assistant
Meagan R. Ray Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Jennifer Reyes Cosmetology for Licensure
Brittany Danielle Roberts Cosmetology for Licensure
Cierra J. Ross Cosmetology for Licensure
Tamarsha Watkins Cosmetology for Licensure
Jalessa Young PC Repair and Network Technician

 

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“One soon-to-be Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduate shares a moment via FaceTime with loved ones unable to attend Tuesday’s ceremony at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.”

 

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 

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.

Sights from the Fall 2018 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Graduation at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia on December 11.

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GNTC alum Ryan Fincher Selected as One of Three Finalists for an International Welding Competition in Russia

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GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown was selected as one of three finalists to become the U.S. representative in an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus and 2017 SkillsUSA welding national champion Ryan Fincher has added an additional accomplishment to his long list of achievements in Welding and Joining Technology.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, he was selected as one of three finalists to become the U.S. representative in an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world. The announcement was made at an awards program hosted by the American Welding Society (AWS) at Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner, Ala.

“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC helped prepare me not only for these competitions, but also for the real world,” said Fincher.

A resident of Cedartown, Fincher has been competing in the American Welding Society (AWS) U.S. Invitational Weld Trials for the past several months. The competition is a four-stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia.

By advancing to the final three, Fincher enters the final stage of the competition to select the American representative. The WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019.

“Ryan is the first person in the State of Georgia to make it to the final three in this competition,” said Matt Hayden, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology at GNTC.

Hayden is also an instructor of Metals and Welding at Cedartown High School and has been coaching Fincher since he was high a school student.

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in the four-stage competition that will decide the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and have competed at the National Level for SkillsUSA. In 2016, Fincher was a top six finalist in the AWS WorldSkills Pre-Trials.

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists during the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals, Feb. 16-23, at Alabama Robotics Technology Park. The winner will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the nation against the best WorldSkills welders from other countries.

Fincher already has experience in international welding competitions. In July, he was selected by the AWS to be the American representative in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing and won the bronze medal.

Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four-part Team USA Welder Selection competition. There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition in Beijing.

“I was amazed at the quality and level that the other welders at the competition in China were operating at and it has given me a goal to try to be better than what I have seen them accomplish,” said Fincher.

Fincher is currently working as a part-time lab assistant in the Welding and Joining program at GNTC and is also practicing and preparing full-time for the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals. Fincher is practicing at GNTC’s welding labs and the welding labs at Cedartown High School.

“Since the beginning of August, Ryan quit working full-time and has been practicing full-time for this competition,” said Hayden.

As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017 and became the college’s first ever national champion. Fincher graduated from GNTC in 2017.

“These competitions have pushed me to always find better ways and more efficient ways to be a better welder and strive for perfection each time I step into the booth,” said Fincher.

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

SkillsUSA Qualifier At GNTC Sends 48 To State

The Best of NW Georgia High School Specialists Headed To Atlanta

 

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“Carpentry contestants competing in the High School SkillsUSA regional qualifier held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus on November 30.”

 

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Twenty-eight high schools from across Northwest Georgia competed in the SkillsUSA Region 1 Qualifying Competition hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College November 30. Hundreds of competitors represented their schools hoping to qualify for SkillsUSA Georgia being held in Atlanta next March.

 

Contestants placing first or second in their respective categories at the regional event earned a spot in the state competition in 2019. High-school contestants competed in 25 different professional skill categories on the Walker County Campus of GNTC Rock Spring, Georgia.

 

The students who placed at the qualifier are as follows:

Advertising Design

1st Place           Alexandra Almour       Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School

2nd Place          Hannah Alexander       Heritage High School

3rd Place           Stone Nicholson          Gordon Central High School

 

Architectural Drafting

1st Place           Norma Solis                 Gilmer High School

2nd Place          Jakob Liggins               Pepperell High School

3rd Place           Tristan Alverson           Heritage High School

 

Automotive Refinishing                 

1st Place           Hunter Forsyth             Cedartown High School

 

Automotive Service Technology

1st Place           Caleb Batcliff                Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

2nd Place          Andrew Hollis             Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jesse Taff                     Rockmart High School

 

Cabinetmaking

1st Place           Spencer Youngblood Cedartown High School

2nd Place          Dalton Bray                   Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Banks Hathcox             Calhoun High School

 

Carpentry

1st Place           Forrest Todd               Gilmer High School

2nd Place          Emmanual Cornejo       Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jonathan Pearson         Model High School

 

Collision Repair Technology

1st Place           Piper Ramirez               Rockmart High School

2nd Place          Austin Ledbetter          Cherokee High School

3rd Place           Johnny Angle              Cedartown High School

 

Cosmetology

1st Place           Faith Jenkins                 Cass High School

2nd Place          Harmony Shaw            Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jessica Forsyth             Adairsville High School

 

Early Childhood Education

1st Place           Jada McGill                  Model High School

2nd Place          Kaitlin Bostick               Coosa High School

3rd Place           Aspen Burton              Murray County High School

 

Electrical Construction Wiring

1st Place           Cody McNeese           Gordon Central High School

2nd Place          Steven Vargas              Coosa High School

3rd Place           Logan Cundiff              Chattooga High School

 

Esthetics

1st Place           Estefania Segura           Cass High School

2nd Place          Reagan Brown              North Murray High School

3rd Place           Sandra Daniel              Cedartown High School

 

Extemporaneous Speaking

1st Place           Sasha Melbourne         Cherokee High School

2nd Place          Kendell Arnold             Cass High School

3rd Place           Clara Smith                   Gilmer High School

 

First Aid/CPR

1st Place           Emilie Leyssens             Dalton High School

2nd Place          Courtney Burchfield     Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

3rd Place           Ethan Lester                 Cedartown High School

 

Graphic Communications

1st Place           Taylor Harris                 Armuchee High School

 

Job Interview

1st Place           Emma Long                  Pickens High School

2nd Place          Savannah Martin           Cass High School

3rd Place           Lincoln Puryear Murray High School

 

Job Skills Demonstration A

1st Place           Payton Goodson         Rockmart High School

2nd Place          Skyler Nold                  Pickens High School

3rd Place           Luke Crump                 Gilmer High School

 

Job Skills Demonstration Open

1st Place           Joe Huynh                   Dalton High School

2nd Place          Philena Lewis               Woodland High School

3rd Place           Alexander Duncan      LaFayette High School

 

Masonry

1st Place           Kevin Fraire                   Gordon High School

2nd Place          Devon Bishop              Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Seth Reed                    Ringgold High School

 

Pin Design

1st Place           Logan Drake                 Creekview High School

2nd Place          Ellen Tyrell                    Heritage High School

3rd Place           Sisly Mann                    North Murray High School

 

Plumbing

1st Place           Conner Bennett            Adairsville High School

2nd Place          Oliver Nolasco             Rockmart High School

3rd Place           Cole Ray                      Cedartown High School

 

Prepared Speech

1st Place           Emely Perez                 North Murray County High School

2nd Place          Evan Holder                 Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Diane Nave                  LaFayette High School

 

Quiz Bowl    

1st Place           Floyd County College & Career Academy

2nd Place          Cherokee High School

3rd Place           Coosa High School

 

 

 

Technical Drafting

1st Place           Matthew Funderburk   Heritage High School

2nd Place          Zach Garrett                 Pepperell High School

 

T-Shirt Design

1st Place           Lanie Roland                Cherokee High School

2nd Place          Byranna Darnell             Gordon Central High School

3rd Place           Elijah Pehison               Heritage High School

 

Welding

1st Place           Tucker Mobbs             Cedartown High School

2nd Place          Sage Owings               Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Dakota Roper               Coosa High School

 

 

“The competitions went very well this year,” said GNTC SkillsUSA Advisor Missy McClain. “The talent was exceptional this time around and our high schools in Northwest Georgia will be well represented. 2019 should be a very good year for our area.”

 

GNTC is known for its prowess on the national stage of SkillsUSA at the collegiate level. This past summer, GNTC sent 17 national qualifiers to the 2018 SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Seven of those finished in the top 10 in the nation. In 2017, GNTC’s Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia won the national championship in the category.

 

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.

GNTC, Local Law Enforcement Prepare For Emergencies

Active Shooter Drill Held On
Georgia Northwestern’s Catoosa County Campus

 

Four police officers standing at bottom of staircase as they look for suspects. They are going through double doors.
“A team of first responders methodically move through the Catoosa County Campus during an Active Shooter Drill on November 30. From left, Deputy LeeAnn Moody, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Doug Licklider, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department; Detective Jennifer Jones, Ringgold Police Department (GNTC Police); and Nigel Torres, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department.”
Profile of instructor as he smiles, standing in front of taped off room.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger stands by to role-play one of the gunmen used in the November 30 Active Shooter Drill on the college’s Catoosa County Campus.”
Officer stands with back against a wall going up a staircase with her weapon drawn. You can see the outside of the building through a huge window near her.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Police Officer Jennifer Jones covers fellow officers during maneuvers in a staircase on the college’s Catoosa County Campus. Jones is also a detective for the Ringgold (GA) Police Department.”
Three people are dressed in white t-shirts and wearing cosmetic wounds for the active shooter drill.
“Some of the students in GNTC’s Emergency Medical Technician program prep for the drill by role-playing victims. Madison Nelms, sitting, is having an artificial wound applied to her neck by classmate Mike Chavez. Fellow student Phoenix West is helping in the background.”

 

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – A damp and eerie morning in Northwest Georgia set the scene November 30 for an Active Shooter Drill held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). Local and state authorities from multiple departments, as well as more than two dozen students, took part in the live exercise.

 

“Our students got a real opportunity to take part in a hands-on emergency situation right on our campus,” said GNTC Emergency Medical Technician Director Claudio Leyssens.

 

Just after 10 a.m. on the Friday morning, it would only take a pair of gunmen a few seconds to make their way through the campus lobby and up a flight of stairs. As soon as the first shots rang out, the feeling that this was still just a practice drill immediately disappeared. From the parking lot, you could see the gunmen in the windows going from room to room. The feeling of a drill was over.

 

The sounds of weapons discharging their ammunition throughout the Ringgold, Georgia complex quickly sent emergency workers and student participants hurrying to their roles in the emergency drill. Within minutes, the first responders would arrive and begin the search for the gunmen. Although it was just a practice run, it would have been hard to make it feel more real.

 

“This is the age we live in,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Police Training Coordinator Gary McConathy. “These sort of drills are a necessity to help protect us from dangerous events. After the shootings that have made headlines across the country over the past few years, we have to do our part to not only help us be prepared, but to allow our local authorities an opportunity to train in a true-to-life exercise.”

 

First responders would move methodically throughout both floors of the 60,000-square foot facility searching for the suspects. “Those first on the scene have one main goal,” said McConathy. “The goal is to stop a shooter. Those first officers won’t stop to assess injuries. With each additional minute that passes that they have not detained the gunman, that’s one more life that could be on the brink because of it. You have to stop the threat.”

 

Responders from the Catoosa County Fire Department, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Dalton Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services, Puckett Emergency Medical Services, Ringgold Police Department, and the Tunnel Hill Police Department participated in the event. “There were even some of the responders who came on a volunteer basis to take part,” added McConathy. “It just goes to show just how important this kind of thing is.”

 

Although the drill organizers are still breaking down the data from the drill, students on hand had their results immediately. “When the weapons discharged, it grabbed the attention of all of our students,” said Leyssens. “I’ve taken part in several disaster drills. However, this was my first active shooter drill. This drill really helped train emergency responders as well as my students going into the field. I really feel like it has the potential to help keep our campuses safer than others. You just don’t hear about a lot of drills taking place like this at other colleges.”

 

In Calhoun, Georgia in October 2017, GNTC’s Gordon County Campus hosted an Active Shooter Drill. The college’s Floyd County Campus was the site of a similar event in 2014 in Rome, Georgia. In 2011, the Walker County Campus of GNTC also hosted a similar exercise in which authorities across the region responded to the drill at the Rock Spring, Georgia facilities.

 

GNTC offers Basic Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Technician, Criminal Justice, and Crime Scene Investigation programs. For more information on these programs, visit the college at GNTC.edu or by calling 866.983.4682.

 

For more information on the drill, you may contact GNTC Chief of Police Chad Cardin at 706-295-6552. You may also e-mail him at ccardin@gntc.edu. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 

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.

GNTC Announces Winner of 2019 EAGLE Award

Student wearing floral pattern top with black jackets stands in front of gray wall for portrait.

 

Harley Chastain, of Gordon County, was chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute March 11-13, 2019, at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

 

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

 

A resident of Calhoun, Chastain is currently enrolled in the Lactation Consultant program at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. Her career goal is to eventually become a midwife.

 

“GNTC’s adult education classes have prepared me for college by giving me the right tool belt of knowledge,” said Chastain. “Within the first week of college I was using a few of the writing skills taught to me in the adult education classes.”

 

Chastain was nominated for the EAGLE award by Melissa Blevins, lead teacher and site manager for Adult Education in Gordon County. Blevins said that she chose to nominate Chastain based on how much she would work with other students.

 

“Harley is dedicated, honest and she really believes in the program,” said Blevins. “She wants other people to earn their GED® diploma and achieve their goal.”

 

Jeffery Allen, of Rome, was selected as first runner up and alternate for GNTC’s EAGLE award. He was nominated by Karen Craven, lead teacher and site manager for Adult Education in Floyd County.

 

“I learn more each day with GNTC’s Adult Education program,” said Allen. “I call it a never ending journey.”

 

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

 

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

 

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.

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Surgical Technology: The Promo

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Surgical Technology Instructor: “Get what you need to succeed as a healthcare specialist today. It’s what you’ll learn as a Surgical Technology student at GNTC. I’m Michael Barrett, Director of Surgical Technology. Get the hands-on experience that will get you the career you’ve been waiting for. As a Surg Tech student, you’ll get the training you need for the skill sets the pros want now. Your College. Your Town. Your Future. Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Active Shooter Drill in Northwest Georgia

What: Active Shooter Drill for
Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Where: Catoosa County Campus, Ringgold, Georgia

When: November 30, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

Three people dressed in black walking down a narrow hallway with weapons drawn.
First responders search Building 300 on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus during their Active Shooter Drill in Calhoun, Georgia in 2017.”


(Ringgold, Georgia)
– Authorities from Northwest Georgia will take part in an Active Shooter Drill on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia on Friday, November 30. The live exercise will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Public access to the campus will be restricted during these hours.

 

City, county, and state authorities are scheduled to take part in the emergency preparedness event being hosted on the college site. Those participating in the training will be using weapons that fire blank rounds. These weapons will produce sounds that are just as loud and abrupt as weapons firing real ammunition. There will also be multiple emergency vehicles responding to the scene throughout the morning. Please be aware that this is all part of the scheduled training.

 

In October 2017, the college’s Gordon County Campus hosted an Active Shooter Drill. Authorities from the Gordon County area took part in the scenario held in Calhoun, Georgia. The college’s Floyd County Campus was the site of a similar event in 2014 in Rome, Georgia. In 2011, the Walker County Campus of GNTC also hosted a similar exercise in which authorities across the region responded to the drill.

 

For more information on the drill, you may contact the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Chief of Police Chad Cardin at 706-295-6552. You may also e-mail him at ccardin@gntc.edu. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 

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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