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Georgia Northwestern’s Beam Completes Georgia Academy for Economic Development

College’s Assistant Dean Learns Latest In Economic, Community Growth

Grace Beam
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Assistant Dean and instructor Grace Beam graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development on May 2.”

(Northwest Georgia) Georgia Northwestern Technical College Assistant Dean and instructor Grace Beam has graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. A May 2 ceremony honored the Business Management leader and several classmates from various organizations across Northwest Georgia.

The 2017 Region 1 Multi-Day Training Program saw Beam and other community leaders take part in monthly sessions over a four-month period. The specialized training Beam received included instruction in the basics of economic and community development, plus, specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development, planning, and other essentials for community success.

The Georgia Academy’s training also included learning leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development.

“Business is moving through this region 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” said Beam when being asked why she took part in the Georgia Academy for Economic Development’s program. “We are training our men and women in our Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs to do business in the way companies want their business done. Basically, they are learning to keep the customer satisfied and help their business grow. This program helps give everyone the tools they will need to get industry growing in Northwest Georgia.”

Since the Academy first launched in 1993, its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.

The next Region 1 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in February 2018.  For more information on this, please contact Patrick Vickers, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Region 1 Representative, at (404) 695-2093 or by e-mail at patrick.vickers@dca.ga.gov.

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Happy Birthday To Head Start at WCC, Leaders Stop In To Read To Classes

(Walker County, Georgia) – The Head Start program located on the property of the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College celebrated a birthday this week.

On Thursday, local government leaders came into the classrooms to read to the students of the Walker County Head Start program in Rock Spring, Georgia. The event was organized in recognition of the 52nd birthday of the National Head Start Association (NHSA).

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Walker County, Georgia Probate Judge Christy Anderson, sitting in the chair, along with Walker County Head Start teachers, sitting from left, Leslie Kendrick and Ashton Flick, and teacher peer trainee Georgia Tucker sit with the students as they listen to a story.

Walker County, GA Sheriff Steve Wilson, Walker County Magistrate Judge Shelia Thompson, and Walker County Probate Judge Christy Anderson took time out of their schedules this past Thursday to visit the facility. Wilson read to the children in the two and three-year-old room, Thompson read to the children in the three to five-year-old room. Anderson shared with the children in the six weeks to two-year-old room.

The NHSA serves more than 1,000,000 children by way of 200,000 staffers and 1,600 various organizations and people who award grants to the program to help keep the opportunities available to the nation’s children.

The NHSA is a not-for-profit group created to help give all children in the United States, regardless of circumstances, the ability to do well in school and life.

GNTC Student Receives Associate Degree Before High School Diploma

Miette Craig of Rossville, Georgia had to leave classes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) early on Thursday in order to go to Rome and make it to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony to receive her associate degree in Business Management.

 

In a few weeks, she will attend another graduation ceremony to receive her high school diploma.

 

“It just feels so good to get that much of a head start and save so much time,” said Craig.

 

Through the Move On When Ready program at GNTC, Craig was able to complete her associate degree while still in high school and begin attending classes at a four year college at the age of 17.

 

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Miette Craig received her associate degree in Business Management from GNTC two weeks before she will get her high school diploma. She is currently attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and had to leave class early to attend the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony in Rome.

 

“I am going to be the youngest person at UTC this semester, which is awesome, and I will have my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration when I am 20,” said Craig. “After that I am going straight for my MBA.”

 

According to Craig, completing her associate degree while in high school meant a lot of hard work, staying focused, and planning ahead.

 

“At first I didn’t think I would have time to complete my associate degree,” said Craig. “Then when we planned out the schedule and realized that I could complete my degree if I went to school during the summer and I was like ‘I’m going to go for it.’”

 

Craig’s mother, Bre LaMountain, said she knew that Craig would make it once she set her mind to it.

 

“Miette took 15 credit hours per semester, sometimes every summer, and she went constantly and did it on her own,” said LaMountain. “She took no breaks and she just plugged away.”

 

Georgia’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

 

For three consecutive years, GNTC has had the largest number of MOWR students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

 

Craig attended classes at GNTC’s Walker County Campus, Catoosa County Campus, and online.

 

“I love the new Catoosa Campus, it is so beautiful, and it is much closer to me and it made everything easier,” said Craig.

 

In addition to her associate degree in Business Management, Craig also earned a Human Resource Management Specialist Certificate, Supervisor/Management Specialist Certificate, and Technical Management Specialist Certificate through the Move On When Ready program at GNTC.

 

“Miette is one of those driven students that has personal goals and doesn’t like wasting time getting there,” said Gerald McFry, director of the Business Management program at GNTC.

 

Craig’s interest in business and entrepreneurship stems from the fact that since she was 15, she has owned her own small business of hand-made jewelry that she creates.

 

“I make jewelry, and I am an artist, but I really like the business side of it,” said Craig. “I work for myself, which is really nice because it allows me to focus more on school.”

 

Craig says that she ships to 25 different countries. To see her jewelry business go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthlyIndigoDesigns.

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Sights From The 2017 Spring Graduation Commencement in Rome, Georgia

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GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology Students and Instructor Volunteer for Purple Heart Project

 

 

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Cody West of Newnan works on one of the engines on the Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.
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(From left to right), Greg Merwitz of Rome, GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology student; Monty Montague, project partner; Cody West of Newnan, GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology student; Nick Martin of Newnan, GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology student; Sam Edwards, owner of Sam’s Burger-Deli/Schroder’s; and Stephen Griffin, Aviation Maintenance Technology instructor at GNTC, stand on the wing of the Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.
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The Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.
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The fuselage of the Dassault Falcon 20 business jet will be repurposed into a luxury dining room.


(Floyd County, Georgia)
– A team consisting of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Aviation Maintenance Technology students and instructor, and a restaurant owner, are busy disassembling a Dassault Falcon 20 business jet to make it part of a Rome-area restaurant.

 

The initiative is part of a Purple Heart Project to benefit veterans in the area according to Sam Edwards, owner of Sam’s Burger Deli/Schroder’s in Armuchee, who describes his restaurant as being veteran-orientated.

 

“I have 977 pictures of veterans on the wall in my restaurant,” said Edwards, a Vietnam veteran. “I call it the Wall of Honor. If you come into my restaurant, and are a veteran, you get your picture taken and put on the wall.”

 

Edwards is in the process of moving his restaurant to a new location and pieces of the jet airplane will be the featured part of the décor. One of the wings will serve as a bar in the restaurant, the nose of the plane will be in the front of the building, and the fuselage with be repurposed into a luxury dining room.

 

Customers can reserve the fuselage dining area for $100 and that money will go into a fund. At the end of the year, all of the money collected in the fund will go to a Purple Heart family in the five-county area.

 

“I felt like I should do something good with this airplane, as opposed to just making it a part of the building. It ought to generate some good will on its own,” said Edwards. “So that’s the reason I decided to turn it into a Purple Heart Project.”

 

The new restaurant location will be on Highway 27, a few miles from the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport and GNTC’s Aviation Training Center in Armuchee.

 

“I think it’s neat because it kind of ties into the airport, it’s just down the road,” said Stephen Griffin, instructor of Aviation Maintenance at GNTC, who is overseeing the students on the project.

 

“I am a veteran myself, so the fact that our students can be part of this to support the people who give us our freedom and our ability to have education is really good for our community,” continued Griffin.

 

The team is currently working in a hanger at the Polk County Airport. Edwards says that when he first came up with the idea to have an airplane fuselage as a dining room he had no idea that he would come across one this good.

 

“Polk County had this airplane back here for many years and it is just a beautiful plane,” said Edwards. “It belonged to William Johnson who founded the Ritz-Carlton Hotel chain and owned 146 Waffle Houses.” 

 

Greg Merwitz, an Aviation Maintenance Technology student from Rome, says that the project was an opportunity for more experience because the Falcon 20 is different from the planes at the Aviation Training Center that the students usually work with.

 

“We needed more tools than usual and would have to come up with different problem solving techniques,” said Merwitz. “It’s not everyday someone says ‘Hey we need help tearing apart this jet,’ so I definitely took the opportunity when I got it.”

 

To show his appreciation, Edwards has agreed to donate one of the jets from the airplane to GNTC’s Aviation Maintenance program to use as a teaching tool.

 

“Everybody at GNTC has just been wonderful, I don’t know what I would have been able to do without them,” said Edwards. “I would still be trying to figure out how to take this airplane apart if I didn’t have the school involved.” 

  

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Governor Approves Expansion For Georgia Northwestern

Whitfield Murray Campus To Add New 75,000-square foot facility

 

The Expansion at Georgia Northwestern's Whitfield Murray Campus
“One of several drawings of what developers have in store for the brand new campus building for Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The new addition to GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton, Georgia is tentatively scheduled to be completed by late 2018.”

 

(Whitfield County, Georgia) – Opportunity for technical education in Whitfield and Murray Counties received a tremendous boast on May 1, 2017, with the approval of funding for the construction of a new class room and industrial lab building on the Whitfield Murray campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

On Monday, Governor Nathan Deal signed off on the State of Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Included in the legislation is $18.7 million to build a 75,000-square foot facility located on the GNTC campus serving Whitfield and Murray Counties. This will be the first new construction on the Whitfield Murray campus of GNTC since the establishment of the campus in 2010. The addition of the new building was made possible in large part by the transfer of approximately 23 acres of land to the Technical College System of Georgia by the Whitfield County School Board. The donation of land will allow the college to expand classroom space adjacent to the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy and enhance opportunities for high school and college students to develop the occupational skills and knowledge needed by area business and industry. GNTC has received tremendous support from Governor Nathan Deal, state elected officials, local elected officials, the Dalton-Whitfield County Chamber of Commerce, the Whitfield County School System, area businesses, local industry and the entire community since the opening of the campus.

“For more than a decade, access to a wide range of technical career education opportunities has been lacking in our communities,” said Joe Yarbrough, President of the Carpet and Rug Institute. “Georgia Northwestern Technical College has demonstrated that it has the ability to respond quickly to the needs of the business community. GNTC is the entity that has proven its ability to offer the educational programs needed to develop the skills required to fill the gaps.”

Pending the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, programs at the college’s latest construction may include Business Administrative Technology, Chemical Technology, CNC/Machine Tool, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Diesel Mechanic, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electronics, Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Industrial Systems, Logistics, and Welding.

Now that the funding has been awarded, a groundbreaking for the expansion will take place this summer. College administrators are hopeful they will be able to begin moving into the new building in the latter half of 2018. The new addition may possibly host its first classes in late 2018 or early 2019. Growth is expected to take place quickly, though. Since hosting its first classes five years ago, the WMC student body is now four times larger than it was in year one.

“The Whitfield Murray Campus is seeing very big growth in a short amount of time,” said Pete McDonald, President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. “We could see enrollment at the campus grow to 4,000 students within the next five to ten years.” The WMC shares the current campus site with the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy on Maddox Chapel Road in Dalton, Georgia.

With its unofficial title of “The Carpet Capital of the World,” the city’s companies see the importance of this next step in Dalton; not only for companies already in operation, but for the companies who may be looking for a new site to do business. “The expansion of Georgia Northwestern will enable the current and future workforce to develop the highly technical skills necessary to succeed within the flooring industry and other manufacturing fields,” said David Morgan, Vice-President of Manufacturing of Shaw Industries Group, Incorporated.

Administrators are anticipating more growth among high school students, too, as a result. GNTC is among the best when it comes to enrolling and educating the area’s teenagers by way of the “Move On When Ready” (MOWR) program. Expanding the WMC, a campus which currently sits next door to the Northwest Georgia Career and College Academy, will help expose more students to the program. MOWR helps Georgia’s high school students earn college credit at no cost to them or their families.

“Ultimately, to bring jobs to the area, we need to have something like this,” said Vann Brown, a member of the GNTC Board of Directors. The WMC is one of six campuses the college offers in Northwest Georgia. The others are located in Catoosa County, Floyd County, Gordon County, Polk County, and Walker County, Georgia. Currently, GNTC offers more than 200 programs to nearly 6,000 students on-campus and online. GNTC has offered programs across the region for more than 50 years.

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Holds GED® Commencement Ceremony on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun

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Isaac Streetman (left) of Rockmart and Persia Suarez (right) of Cedartown line up before Processional.
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Emily Connell (right), GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, stands with Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Connell was the featured speaker for the ceremony.
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Nathan Blake Maddox celebrates after receiving his GED® diploma.
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The 2016-17 graduates stand to thank their families and friends during GNTC’s GED® Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its GED® Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, for students who have earned their General Educational Development diplomas®.

The ceremony was held at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to accommodate students and families from all nine counties of GNTC’s service area. 

The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Hosmer recognized the friends and family members in attendance at the ceremony and thanked the organizations that provided GED® scholarships.

Those organizations include: Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Society, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, Conasauga Drug Court Program, Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, Endless Opportunities, LaFayette Presbyterian Church, North Rome Church of God, Polk County Rotary Club, Rome-Floyd CCCY, Rome Rotary Club, Shaw Industries, Tallatoona CAP, WMC Rotary Club, and the GNTC Foundation.

C. Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, encouraged graduates to continue with their education.

“I encourage you to not think of tonight as the end of your education,” said McDonald. “This is just one more step up the mountain and you have to keep pursuing education throughout your lifetime to be able to provide better for your families and for yourselves.”

Emily Connell, GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, delivered the keynote address. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in January 2016 and is currently pursuing an associate degree in Social Work at the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Upon graduation, Connell plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her career goal is to work with veterans.

“Once I am done I will never have to worry about who will provide for me and my son because I know that person will be me,” said Connell.

GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue, GED® Testing Services, and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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