Companies, Colleges Combine To Expose Future To Technology Training, Opportunities In NW Georgia
(Whitfield County, Georgia) – Northwest Georgia middle school students spent a week on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), Dalton State College (DSC), and the Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy to attend the Eighth Annual Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing (DEM) Camp.
Counting first-timers and return campers, the DEM camp hosted 135 middle school technology enthusiasts June 5-9. With the help of college instructors and former campers from area high schools, these young men and women were exposed to areas of expertise such as: Rapid Prototyping, Electronic Circuit Boards, Laser Design with 3-D Imagery, Programming Industrial Robots, and Flooring Design.
The DEM camp also took campers on tours of area manufacturers. Students saw the technology and training they had been exposed to this week being put to work at several Northwest Georgia corporations. Thanks in part to sponsors of the event, the camp is free to students on a first-come basis.
Sponsors of the annual camp include GNTC; Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy; DSC; Dalton Public Schools; Whitfield County Schools; Shaw Industries; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray, & Whitfield Counties; Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce; J+J Flooring Group; Georgia Power; ArrowStar, LLC; Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority; Grainger; IVC US, Inc.; Engineered Floors, LLC; Lyle Industries, Inc.; Lowe’s; North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation; The Carpet and Rug Institute; Inc.; Dalton Utilities; and Brown Ox Ventures, Inc.
This week, GNTC will help host two similar camps in Northwest Georgia. Camp STEMulate on the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia and the Young Scholars Program (YSP) will be held on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia. The YSP focuses on STEM activities throughout the week, as well.
The original STEM program was designed by the Department of Education to help make American students among the world’s best educated when it comes to the academic areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The camps being held in Northwest Georgia are available in large part due to economic development efforts by the organizations, companies, and schools of the area. It is an effort to help grow the industries currently in the region, as well as companies headed to the Peach State in the future.
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.
(Dalton, GA) – Some GNTC Dual-Enrolled students from Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton, Georgia are part of a Robotics team, the “Fighting Mongooses,” competing in a national competition in St. Louis this week. Here’s a quick peek as the crowd gave the team a send-off this morning as they head to Missouri for the big week.
For more info, check out the story from Dalton, Georgia.
Good luck and GO CATS!
(Myrtle Beach, SC) – About three years ago, when Georgia Northwestern first began its cheerleading program, head coach Karen Stoker admittedly didn’t know too much about the sport on the collegiate level.
Today, she can add College National Championship Coach on her resume.
The Cheer Cats became the first team in the 10-year history of the athletic department of Georgia Northwestern to win a national title when they took home top honors of the collegiate division at the Eastern Cheer and Dance Nationals in Mrytle Beach, S.C. on Sunday.
“When we started the program, I didn’t know if we would ever be a competition squad,” she said on Sunday night. “I spent the first year just recruiting and trying to become knowledgeable about college cheerleading. I was just happy with the way we were supporting our teams, so when the kids (last year) wanted to try and earn a bid to nationals, I was just thrilled when they got one.”
Just 12 months later, Stoker will have a bright, shiny new national championship trophy to sell to potential recruits.
“For me personally, I’m tickled, but it’s really all about the kids and how important this is to them,” she continued. “Today was a good day and was a good feeling for all the kids to walk up on stage and get that national championship banner and trophy. I’m one content coach.”
Coming off a seventh-place showing in their division at the National Cheerleading Association nationals in Florida in April of 2015, the Cheer Cats had earned a return trip to NCA Nationals last summer through their performance at a cheer camp in Louisville, Ky.
But when the squad ended up losing some of its athletes to due to injury and other reasons and did not have enough athletes to compete in NCA, Stoker set out to find a new national competition for her squad.
“I found Eastern Cheer and Dance and it offered a good division for us where we didn’t have to compete against the larger Division I schools,” she explained.
Stoker said the squad scored high from the judges in the Game Day part of the routine and “expressed themselves really well as college cheerleaders.” The Cheer Cats ended with 439 points – 437.25 after a deduction – but still had a high enough score to take home the championship.
“Our pyramids and tosses were pretty strong,” she added. “We did well with jumps and tumbling and the judges said we had good crowd appeal. It wasn’t a perfect routine – we did have the one deduction – but the things we did, we did well.”
With the win, the Cheer Cats also earned a bid to the U.S. Finals, which Stoker compared to getting a bid to the Olympic Trials.
“It’s something we’ll be looking into,” she said. “I’m not sure if we’ll end up going or not, but it’s nice to open that (championship) packet and know we have that option.”
David Stephenson, the school’s Athletic Director and the person who helped bring Stoker in to start up the program at Georgia Northwestern, said the national championship was something that could only help the athletic department as a whole.
“When we started talking about having cheerleading a few years ago, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “But having (the Cheer Cats) has brought a different dynamic to our whole athletic department. It’s another great recruiting tool. It helps to get the Bobcat brand out there and adding something of this prestige will only enhance it.
“Karen and her staff do a great job and always have so it’s nice to see it all culminate with this. I’m proud for all the kids and happy for her and her staff.”
Stoker said to end the year in this fashion was a thrill for both the cheerleaders coming back and the ones that will be leaving the program.
“For the four that will be leaving us – Selena Dupree, Virgil McCoy, Mayvit Sandoval and Codie Weldon (Shredder, the school’s Bobcat mascot) – it’s a great way to go out,” she said. “And for the ones coming back, it’s a great way to springboard into a new year. They are already making big plans for next year.”
Stoker also expressed her gratitude to Grant and Rachel Magness of Hot Shots in Rome for helping the team with its choreography.
On the eve of the GCAA Division III basketball tournament, seven Georgia Northwestern players have been recognized with All-Region honors.
Sophomore Ashley Farrell is one of four Lady Bobcats honored by the region. Farrell made the GCAA Division III first team after averaging 10.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and just under one assist and one steal per game.
Freshman Katy Phillips was picked for the second team after averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in the regular season. Phillips was also named to the five-player All-Defensive Team.
West Georgia Tech’s Jacky Jones was named as the Player of the Year, while West Georgia Tech’s Kenny Edwards was named the Coach of the Year.
Three Bobcats were honored on the men’s side.
Freshman Darrius Fugh took first team honors after scoring 19.7 points and averaging 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists per game. He also shot 53 percent from the field – 49 percent from behind the 3-point arc – and 83 percent from the free throw line.
Sophomore Tyler Shropshire was picked for the second team after averaging 12 points a game to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals a game.
Sophomore Dominic Powell (7.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals) was named as an honorable mention pick.
Southern Crescent Tech’s Dantavius Bega was named the Player of the Year, while Roderick Stubbs of Oxford College was named the Coach of the Year.
Hope you Bobcats have enjoyed your vacation. Here I am at the world famous Louvre Art Museum in Paris, France. How embarrassing! These fellow museum – goers thought I was a piece in their collection! One day, maybe!
Too much work to do back in Georgia these days. See you back in class on January 4.