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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

 

 

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“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.

GNTC Alum Ryan Fincher wins Bronze Medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing

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Ryan Fincher (right) of Cedartown poses for a picture with his interpreter after winning the bronze medal in in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown won the bronze medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing, China.

 

The competition took place July 22-31. Fincher was selected to be the American representative at the competition in China by the American Welding Society (AWS). There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition.

 

“I was nervous, but it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Fincher. “It was a very eye opening experience how the people in China treat their guests. They have a lot of hospitality.”

 

Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four part Team USA Welder Selection competition that decides which SkillsUSA welder will represent the U.S. in the international WorldSkills Competition that takes place every two years.

 

Fincher said that the international trip helped him learn some tips and techniques that he thinks will make him a better welder.

 

“Everything was metric at the competition in China,” said Fincher. “U.S. welders measure wire feed speed in inches per minute, there it was millimeters per minute, so I was having to convert all of my work from standard to metric.”

 

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.

 

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

 

Fincher was also a top six finalist for American Welding Society’s U.S. Invitational Weld Trials in 2017. The Weld Trials are part of the American Welding Society’s process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder, who will be the U.S. representative in the international WorldSkills Competition against the best welders from around the globe.

 

The next WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019, in Kazan, Russia.

 

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in a 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.

 

The first stage of the Team USA Welder Selection competition begins with the AWS U.S. Invitational Pre-Trials. Contestants are given a set of WorldSkills welding projects to complete in their home states. The projects are then sent to the AWS Skills committee that will choose the top six for the next stage.

 

The top six pre-trial finalists then compete for the top three positions at the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials.

 

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists at the AWS TeamUSA Finals and will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the U.S. at the WorldSkills Competition.

 

Participants must be active SkillsUSA members who are enrolled in, or have graduated, from a welding program and must be younger than 23 during the year of the WorldSkills Competition.

 

Fincher is the only top six finalist from 2017 that will still be under 23 when the 2019 WorldSkills Competition takes place, which is why he was selected by the AWS for the competition in China. Fincher is currently competing in the pre-trials to select the 2019 SkillsUSA World Team Welder and the top six finalists will be announced on Oct. 15. The competition to select the top three finalists will take place Dec. 3-9.

 

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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