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TeamWorks at GNTC Making State, National Headlines

Take a look at this time-lapse courtesy of the Construction Management program!
It’s a quick look at what the nationally-recognized GNTC TeamWorks squad is getting a reputation for doing so well on the state and national level these past two years.
 
#gocats #catscountry #getfocusedgethired #gntcteamworks #gntcskillsusa

GNTC’s Stephen Andersen Advocates for Student Aid in Washington D.C.

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Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at GNTC.

Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), recently took part in a leadership symposium for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in Washington, D.C.

During his visit, Andersen and other members of the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA) visited Capitol Hill to advocate for student aid and express the need for support of federal student aid.

“We had some key discussions on the importance of affordability and access to financial aid funds for our students in Georgia,” said Andersen, a resident of Rome. “We want to insure that our financial aid programs remain sound and solvent.”

Andersen was accompanied by Rebecca Ethredge, assistant director of Financial Aid at Southeastern Technical College, and Jody Darby, executive director of Student Financial Services at Chattahoochee Technical College. Andersen is the president-elect, Ethredge is the treasurer-elect, and Darby is the electronic services chair of GASFAA.

The group meet with Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Brett Layson senior legislative assistant for Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is the largest postsecondary education association with institutional membership in Washington, D.C., and the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators in all sectors of post-secondary education. NASFAA consist of close to 20,000 student financial assistance professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country.

 

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.

GNTC’ers Compete In Atlanta For National Spots

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More than three dozen students from all six campuses of GNTC will strap on their helmets and compete at Georgia SkillsUSA next week in Atlanta, Georgia!
Good luck to all of our SkillsUSA competitors!

A New World: The Education of Nikita Kovalevskiy

Revolution Begins At Home For GNTC Student, Kazakhstan native

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“Nikita Kovalevskiy poses for a picture at home while working on homework from his program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”


(Northwest Georgia)
– Nikita Kovalevskiy is half a planet away from his homeland, Kazakhstan. The world’s largest landlocked nation is home to more than 17 million people. That’s about 16,930,000 more people than where he now calls home: Walker County, Georgia. What’s more amazing is how this Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student ended up in the United States.

Today, “Nikita’s” homeland is under the microscope for everything from controversial religious laws to human rights violations. But since leaving the old Soviet republic, Nikita has spent the past eight years in a new land, more than 10,000 miles away from Auliekol, Kazakhstan, his birthplace.  Major changes may be on the way in the old country, but this 26-year-old Industrial Electrician student at GNTC is making his own changes towards a better life right here in the Peach State.

For the past seven years, Nikita has worked for Shaw Industries Plant 67 in LaFayette, Georgia. Currently, Nikita is a machine operator for the flooring giant. And now, with several years under his belt with Shaw, he hopes to go after his next career within his plant. “I decided to enroll at the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold,” said Nikita. “They have an Industrial Electrician certificate I want to earn. It will help me have a chance to advance. Whatever it takes to make things better, that’s what I’m going to do.”

The Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern opened its doors to students officially for the Fall 2016 semester. The Ringgold, Georgia site is the college’s sixth campus in operation in Northwest Georgia. The other campuses are located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield County, Georgia.

Industrial Systems Technology instructor Matthew Sosebee teaches the coursework for Nikita and all of those attending the Catoosa County Campus for work within the Industrial Systems Technology program. “Mr. Sosebee is a pretty good teacher,” said Nikita. “He is really good at explaining what we need to learn. If there is anything you don’t know about the material, he is really helpful and makes sure you understand.”

Understanding one another is what Nikita can vouch for, first-hand. “When we first met in Kazakhstan, I was trying to teach her Russian,” said Nikita of his California-native wife. “She was there working with the Peace Corps when we first met. I was just 19 at the time. But, we became good friends and got to know each other.”

In 2009, he made the decision to pack his things and head to a new place. One that would ultimately give him a new lease on life. It would be in LaFayette, Georgia that Nikita and Chelsea would become husband and wife. The two would begin their young family in 2013 when their son, Nikolai, was born. Then, their daughter, Anna, came along two years later.

Nikita was still a toddler himself when Kazakhstan declared its independence from the now disbanded Soviet Union. As a youngster who grew up just a couple of hours from Russia, Nikita and his friends had plenty of dreams.

“I remember wanting to play professional basketball when I grew up,” said Nikita. “Your dreams change as you get older. I’m looking forward to what’s next after I finish college. But, I do miss some things from back home from time to time.”

Among the things he misses, Nikita says one of his mother’s recipes is near the top of the list. Among the dishes he listed was his mother’s Shashlik. The closest relative to it on the American Menu is a Shish Kebab; a skewer of grilled lamb, pork, or beef. Nikita still speaks with his family back home a couple of times each week.

Not so long ago, this 20-something father of two had once hoped for an opportunity just like the one he has in front of him today. One that would allow him to make his mark in the world.

 

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“Nikita Kovalevskiy’s young family posing for a picture in Walker County, Georgia. Shown here are Nikita and his wife, Chelsea, and their children Anna and Nikolai.”

 

From one young Peace Corps worker learning the language of her future husband, to an industrial technology instructor making sure a student from overseas is prepared better than ever for his future, Nikita Kovalevksiy and his family truly “understand” what it takes to make a dream come true.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Industrial Systems Technology 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.

GNTC Prepares For SkillsUSA 2017

SkillsUSA Georgia is just over a month away!
GNTC is gearing up for a run to Nationals in 2017!
#skillsusa

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.

GNTC Instructors Nominated for Rick Perkins Award

(Northwest Georgia) – Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have nominated five of their peer instructors for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.

 

The Rick Perkins Award honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

 

Listed are the nominees for the 2017 award, including (left to right) instructors name and program.

 

  • Jeremiah Cooper, Welding and Joining Technology
  • Tom Rittweger, General Education, Math
  • Ron Vick, Computer Information Systems
  • Kevan Watkins, General Education, Psychology
  • Dwight Watt, Computer Information Systems

 

 

“We are fortunate at Georgia Northwestern Technical College to have instructors who care so much about the students and the learning process,” said Beverly Padgett, GNTC Rick Perkins Coordinator. “These nominees continuously go beyond what is expected of them to not only meet but to surpass the needs of their students. Commitment is a part of who these instructors are and it is evident in the relationships they have with their students.”

 

Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.

 

The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award programs through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

 

A screening committee of administrators at GNTC reviewed each of the nominated instructors and conducted personal interviews with the nominees. From the screening committee interviews, a winner will be chosen to represent the college as GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins winner and move on to the regional competition.

 

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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