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Georgia Northwestern Awards Scholarships to 31 NW Georgia High Schools Grads

GNTC Assisting In Nine Different Counties

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel awards the 2017 GNTC Foundation Scholarship to Chattooga High School graduate Megan Hardin at a May awards banquet in Summerville, Georgia.”

 

 


(Northwest Georgia) – The Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation is giving scholarship awards to one deserving student at each of its 31 high schools in the college’s nine-county Northwest Georgia service area.

High school administrators and GNTC Foundation Trustees have been busy during these last few weeks. Every scholarship winner is receiving a $250 award to help pay for the expenses of the first year of college.

From GNTC employees donating to the foundation on all six of its campuses, to fundraising events in our communities throughout the year, the GNTC Foundation works hard to raise the funding for these scholarships.

The winners of the 2017 GNTC Foundation Scholarships are Casandra Moore, Armuchee HS; Christopher Parker, Calhoun HS; John Zapp, Calhoun College and Career Academy; Chase Manning, Cedartown HS; Megan Hardin, Chattooga HS; Keely Valdiva, Coahulla Creek HS; Landis Yarbrough, Coosa HS; Whitney Craig, Dade County HS; Jose Villeda, Dalton HS; Erik Fitz, Floyd College and Career Academy; Martin Pineda, Gordon Central HS; Robin Reyes, Gordon County College and Career Academy; Amber Wallin, Gordon Lee HS; Cole Ryan, Heritage HS; Timothy Chamlee, Lafayette HS; Morgan Schaefer, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS; Montana Wheeler, Model HS; Jordan Green, Murray County HS; Jacquelyn Reyes, Morris Innovative HS; Adriana Robertson, North Murray HS; Sierra Casteel, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy; Samuel Weaver, Northwest Whitfield HS; Taineisha Brown, Pepperell HS; Guadalupe Adame, Phoenix HS; Braden Peace, Polk County College and Career Academy; Ashton Pritchett, Ridgeland HS; Karen Gray, Ringgold HS; Megan Bentley, Rockmart HS; Nyshaia Whatley, Rome HS; Thaley Jackson, Sonoraville HS; Cristian Antillon, Southeast Whitfield HS; and Jordan Floyd, Trion HS.

“We are truly honored to be welcomed into each of our high schools. It’s a humbling opportunity to be allowed to help recognize our latest high school graduates on their accomplishments,” said GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel. “We were blessed with a surprise donation this year. An anonymous donor asked to set up an alumni scholarship at one of our high schools that would award 11 graduates for their hard work and commitment to go to college. We’d love to partner with others about doing the same at their Alma Mater.”

Alumni Scholarship Winners
“The first-ever recipients of the Chattooga Alumni Scholarships are shown here shortly after being recognized at a May awards banquet in Summerville, Georgia. Shown, from left, are Jason Gamel, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Institutional Advancement, and scholarship winners Meghan Campbell, Billy Young, Alexis Ashworth, Katlyn Sutton, Jonathan Rape, Bradyn Elsberry, Talea Covington, Joshua Wyatt, Sydney Smith, and Ashlee Brumit. Not shown is scholarship winner Joshua York.”

The anonymous donor of this new annual gift was a graduate of Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia. This is a gift that is scheduled to continue every year to this person’s Alma Mater. This gift allowed the GNTC Foundation to award $250 Chattooga Alumni Scholarships to the following Class of 2017 graduates: Alexis Ashworth, Ashlee Brumit, Meaghan Campbell, Talea Covington, Bradyn Elsberry, Jonathan Rape, Sydney Smith, Katlyn Sutton, Joshua Wyatt, Joshua York, and Billy Young.

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation helps fund academic and support programs at the college throughout the year. Their efforts have helped thousands of Northwest Georgia students attend college. Currently serving as Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation Trustees are Phil Brown, Gordon County; Valerie Brown, Whitfield County; Mary Carpenter, Catoosa County; Jay LeGrande, Polk County; Sherrie Patterson, Murray County; Jay Still, Whitfield County; Carolyn Walker, Walker County; Doris White, Walker County; and Jason Winters, Chattooga County.
GNTC has campuses in Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties in Georgia. GNTC directly serves the residents in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties in Georgia.

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.

 

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.

Ramirez, Cooper Take Stage In Atlanta

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The Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Gretchen Corbin, center, poses with GNTC’s 2017 G.O.A.L. (top student) winner Miguel Ramirez, left, and GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins Award (top instructor) winner Jeremiah Cooper.
They are taking part in the statewide competitions in Atlanta, Georgia this week. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
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GNTC’s Ramirez, Cooper Compete On State Level This Week

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Miguel Ramirez of Rome, Georgia is competing in Atlanta this week for the chance to win the Technical College System of Georgia’s top student award. Ramirez, a Business Management student at GNTC, first won the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (G.O.A.L.) honor for the college earlier this year. The win gave Ramirez the opportunity to compete across the state. State finalists will be announced later tonight. The state winner of the 2017 G.O.A.L. program will be announced Wednesday night.

 

FullSizeRGNTC Welding Instructor Jeremiah Cooper is also a finalist for the state’s 2017 Rick Perkins Award. The honor goes to the Technical College System of Georgia’s top instructor. Cooper is competing in Atlanta this week, as well. The state winner of the Perkins Award will also be announced Wednesday night.

Stay tuned to the website and social networks of Georgia Northwestern Technical College for the very latest on Ramirez and Cooper as they represent GNTC in competition against the best and the brightest in the state of Georgia.

 

 

SkillsUSA Team Headed To The A-T-L!

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This weekend in Atlanta… Georgia’s SkillsUSA Conference and Competition!
Good luck to our students and all of the high schools in our area with teams competing!

Meet GNTC’s 2017 G.O.A.L. Winner, Candidate For Top Student In State

Meet Georgia Northwestern’s 2017 G.O.A.L. winner and candidate for the top student in the Technical College System of Georgia!
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Miguel Ramirez and Jeremiah Cooper Named GNTC’s 2017 GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Winners

Miguel Ramirez, a Business Management student from Rome, was named Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner and Jeremiah Cooper, a Welding and Joining Technology instructor from Ringgold, was selected as the college’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

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Miguel Ramirez, (right) a Business Management student from Rome, was named GNTC’s 2017 GOAL winner and Jeremiah Cooper (left), a Welding and Joining Technology instructor from Ringgold, was selected as the college’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome, and the GNTC Student Leadership Council.
Emily Connell, a resident of Ringgold who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute, was also recognized during the banquet. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

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Emily Connell, a resident of Ringgold who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute

Ramirez, GNTC’s GOAL winner, is a student at the Floyd County Campus and was nominated by his instructor, Gerald McFry, director of the Business Management program.

 

“Miguel always worked hard and excelled at everything he was involved in,” said McFry. “He has never made anything less than an A in every class he has taken.”

 

He was selected from a group of four semi-finalists for his presentation on technical education by a panel of judges representing business, industry, and higher education in the Northwest Georgia region.

 

Members of the GOAL judging panel were Mark Cochran, owner, Cevian Design Lab; Gary Majestic, general manager, Commercial Fluid Power; Nancy Smith, owner, N.L. Smithworks, LLC; Brian Smith, account manager, Logical Systems, Inc.; and Kathy Waters, key account manager, Georgia Power Company.

 

Ramirez is currently an Appliance Performer Instructor at Lowes, Inc., and received the Platinum Performer Award from Lowes in 2016. He has volunteered for the Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16, and for Keep Rivers Alive, 2008-09. He was also member of Kiwanis Club, Polk Youth Leadership, Beta Club, Keep Polk Beautiful, and the National Honor Society.

 

During his junior year in high school, Ramirez had to drop out due to unexpected family events. He obtained his GED© diploma from Georgia Northwestern and went on to attend college at the Floyd County Campus.

 

“The benefits of attending a technical college are one of the reasons I decided to go back to school,” said Ramirez. “Technical college allows people to be prepared to enter the workforce without running up a lot of student debt.”

 

Ramirez has made the President’s List each semester at GNTC and has a 4.0 GPA. He works full time and goes to college full time.

 

“I had economic and personal obstacles that made me put a halt on my dreams of attending college,” said Ramirez. “Thankfully, we have technical colleges that have been designed to turn people’s dream into a reality.”

 

As the 2017 GOAL Winner for Georgia Northwestern, Ramirez will move to the regional competition and if chosen as a regional winner, he will compete at the state level against winners from the other regions of Georgia. He will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner for 2017 and recipient of the GOAL medallion. The 2017 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner will serve as TCSG’s student ambassador during a number of system and college functions throughout the year.

 

As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.

 

Jeremiah Cooper, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology on the Walker County Campus, was selected as GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

 

Cooper was chosen for his outstanding presentation about the value of technical education.

 

“Since my first day as a welding instructor at GNTC, I’ve been convinced that this is what I was put on earth to do,” said Cooper. “I wanted to be able to help people and to witness the evolution of a student in their pursuit of a career.”

 

Cooper has been an instructor at GNTC since 2013. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, he served as a welder and fabricator, Gentry Steel Inc., 2012-13; welder and fabricator, Wilson Fabrication, 2009-12; and as an instructor, Childcare Network, 2009-12.

 

“I’ve been here for 3 years as of January 1st and in that time we have documented over 70 former students working in the industry,” said Cooper. “That’s how we gauge our success as a program.”

 

His qualifications and certifications include: Welding and Joining Technology, diploma; Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Fabrication, certificate; Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Gas Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, certificate; National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Welding, certification; NCCER Welding Educator, certification; America Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Structural Steel Welding, certification; and AWS D1.5 Bridge Code Welding, certification.

 

Cooper is a member of SkillsUSA, the Youth Success Academy, Department of Labor, and the American Welding Society.

 

As GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Cooper will compete in the regional competition. If chosen as a regional winner, he will compete at the state level in the competition. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose one instructor to be the 2017 Technical College System of Georgia’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

 

The Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year. The last state winner to represent GNTC was 2013 Rick Perkin’s winner, Troy Peco, director of the Automotive Technology program.

 

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 Names Semi-Finalists For 2017 GOAL Award

(Northwest Georgia) – Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Waddington, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.

Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (left to right) the student’s name, hometown, program of study, GNTC campus, and nominating instructor:

  • Storm Brunni, Rome, Marketing Management, Floyd County Campus, Mark Upton
  • Philip English, Flintstone, Automotive Technology, Walker County Campus, Troy Peco
  • Vicky McCullough, Rome, Business Technology, Floyd County Campus, Brittny Burns
  • Miguel Ramirez, Rome, Business Management, Floyd County Campus, Gerald McFry

 

 

“The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce,” said Waddington.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.

According to Waddington, a screening committee of administrators at GNTC selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors.

The four semi-finalists will advance to a second round of judging at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce where a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders from the community will interview and evaluate the students and select one to be the college’s 2017 GOAL winner. The student judged most outstanding will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at noon at the Coosa County Club.

The GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon is sponsored by The Seven Hills Rotary Club, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

All college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 21 colleges of TCSG as well as the Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division. Three finalists from the region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2017 statewide GOAL winner.

The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia. They will make many public appearances throughout the year, including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor, and other the TCSG functions.

As the grand prize, a new automobile will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.

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.

Cats Cheer Wins 2016 National Title

(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.

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