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Students from Whitfield County Schools involved in Georgia High School Tech are touring the Walker County Campus of GNTC this morning. Here is one part of the group stopping by the Automotive Technology Program lab. Former Technical College System of Georgia Instructor of the Year Mr. Troy Peco takes a break from a class on transmissions to speak with the tour.

Take a look at a quick clip from a part of their tour right now!

GNTC Works With Recruits at FutureFest in Dalton

Welding and Joining Instructor Wayne Henderson speaks with some recruits about his program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College during FutureFest hosted by Dalton Public Schools February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were in attendance from Dalton Public Schools.

Dalton Public Schools hosted their First Annual Future Fest at the Dalton Convention Center February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were on hand to visit with the colleges and companies of Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College brought booths from 10 different areas to be able to share with the recruits from the Dalton Public School system. On display for GNTC were Business Administration Technology, Business Management, Computer Support Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Industrial Systems Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Technology, Social Work Assistant, Welding and Joining Technology, Dual Enrollment, and Recruiting and Admissions.

The students in attendance were mainly from eighth through 12th grade.

Cora Pyles, left, and Niki Hammock with GNTC High School Initiatives took their morning to speak with approximately 3,000 students in attendance from Dalton Public Schools at FutureFest on February 1.

Program Director and Instructor of Web Design and Computer Information Systems Rocky Spurlock speaks with some recruits about his programs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College during FutureFest hosted by Dalton Public Schools February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were in attendance from Dalton Public Schools.

High School Freshmen Facing College Choices At Younger Age

Focus on Careers and Education in Catoosa County, Georgia

(Northwest Georgia) – College recruits don’t always drive their cars to campuses they want to visit. In Catoosa County, Georgia, one group of future talent, not old enough drive, traveled by school bus to tour Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) as part of the Catoosa County School System’s Career Exploration program.

“Business owner Jonathan Connell speaks with students from Ringgold High Schools’ Career Exploration program during a visit to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.”

The brand new program, geared towards high school freshman, is in its pilot year at Ringgold High School. More than two dozen ninth-graders from the program took a first-hand look at GNTC January 23. In addition, if the school system’s plan continues to grow, these underclassmen won’t be the last looking so far into the future, so early in their high school careers.

“In Catoosa County Public Schools, we believe we have a responsibility to help students prepare for college and career,” said Catoosa County Schools Communications Specialist Marissa Brower. “It’s more than just walking across a stage to receive a high school diploma these days. It’s about what happens tomorrow. So, we need to do our part today to make sure students are prepared to continue their post-secondary education or credentialed to enter a career.”

GNTC specialists spoke with the students about their collegiate future during their visit with the region’s largest college. Students learned about recruitment, dual enrollment, and future career possibilities available through a GNTC education. The students also took a tour of some of the GNTC Catoosa County Campus facilities during their visit.

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Electronics Technology Instructor Cody Brewer speaks with students from Ringgold High Schools’ Career Exploration program touring GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.”

“This will be the cornerstone for how we market our College and Career Academy to students,” added Brower. “Students in the From HERE to CAREER exploration class take the YouScience aptitude and interest assessment to identify careers that are a good fit. The pilot will be refined, and this will be a required class for all 9th graders in the fall.” The Catoosa County School system currently works with GNTC through Dual Enrollment. Also, the system will open a College and Career Academy in August 2022. It would be built upon nearly five acres of land donated by the county to the school system in 2018.

“Young people need to begin thinking about professional options earlier in their academic careers,” said GNTC Associate Vice President of Special Projects Dr. Ginger Mathis. “Every student has special skills and abilities that would serve them well in specific fields. This Career Exploration program is a valuable tool that will allow Catoosa County students, at a younger age than usual, to begin considering their strengths and matching them to a potential path in the future. It will also help parents and families to look at things such as dual enrollment which would allow students to get college credit at no cost.”

Local entrepreneur Jonathan Connell spoke with the students and administrators before their tours to share his story about coming from Northwest Georgia and finding a career path that not only suited him, but also made him very successful along the way. “I learned to live on half of my paycheck at a very young age,” Connell told the students. “Doing that, I was able to save enough money to begin my own business and begin my own future.” Connell is a Dade County, Georgia native and United States Marine Corps veteran who has owned multiple businesses throughout the past two decades. After selling most of them, he is currently the owner of MedSTAT Medical Supply Company; Xenon Group, LLC, Real Estate; and JTalks LLC which provides training, education, and motivational speaking services.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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 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.

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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

 

 

High school students sit on staircase wearing matching program-themed t-shirts.
“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.

Walker County High Schoolers Prep For College Life Students, Families Visit GNTC, Walker Launch

(Northwest Georgia) – Walker County Schools and Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) hosted dozens of Northwest Georgia families for a Launch Academy Open House on GNTC’s Walker County Campus Tuesday. Launch Academy is a partnership between GNTC, Walker County Schools, and area business partners to develop a local career academy.

 

Picture shows staffers behind a desk standing and speaking with the mother of a family visiting the open house.
“Jessica Nguyen with Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s High School Initiatives department speaks with one of the families that attended the Launch Academy Open House on May 29 at GNTC’s Walker County Campus.”

 

“I was really struck by the excitement of the students participating and their families,” said Walker County Schools Coordinator of Innovation Matt Harris in regards to the open house. “The parents were obviously extremely proud and the kids were excited to get started.” GNTC and the school system will hold a ribbon-cutting for the Launch Academy on GNTC’s Walker County Campus in August.

Approximately 50 juniors from LaFayette and Ridgeland High Schools will help open the doors on the Launch Academy when the Fall 2018 semester begins at GNTC. Students will be able to take technical courses at Georgia Northwestern four days a week while enrolled in the Launch Academy. Then, on Fridays, special speakers will meet with academy students and instruct them on various soft skills and employability topics. GNTC classrooms in Building 500 on the Walker County Campus are being donated to use for the academy.

“We are just excited about this partnership,” said GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips. “It’s not only the schools and the companies that are thrilled about the project, it’s the first students and their families. They had a lot of great questions at the open house and really appear to be looking forward to the fall.” Students and their families in attendance at the Launch Academy Open House got to tour different program facilities, as well as speak with the advisors who would be teaching most of the college courses available to them.

 

College employee walks up a two-story staircase with family of six following behind him.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips, far right, gives a quick tour to one of the families that attended the Launch Academy Open House on May 29 at GNTC’s Walker County Campus.”

 

By graduation, students who complete their education at the Launch Academy will have earned not only a high school diploma, but a collegiate technical certificate, diploma, and/or associate’s degree. After the pilot year of the program, Walker County Schools are estimating they will be able to enroll 200 students each year after this from the student body population of Ridgeland and LaFayette High Schools.

A main goal of the Launch Academy is to raise the employment rate of students graduating from the Walker County School System. Corporate partners such as CHI Memorial Hospital, Roper Corporation, and Shaw Industries are investing into the program in hopes of this kind of success. “This, we think, is going to create that one piece we need to connect our kids and move them into jobs, into business and industry,” said Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines to the Walker County Chamber of Commerce at their membership luncheon in April.

Beyond the high school curriculum they will be taking while enrolled in the Launch Academy, students who qualify may choose from a GNTC collegiate program, as well. Welding and Joining Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Computer Networking, Automotive Technology, Health Care, and Air Conditioning Technology are the main programs students will be considering. However, Launch Academy students may take part in any program at GNTC in which they are eligible to enroll.

While GNTC instructors will be instructing the collegiate programs to the Launch Academy students, school system employees will provide instruction on GNTC’s Walker County Campus towards such courses as Economics, Civics, and English. The Georgia Department of Education will cover the expense of tuition towards dual enrollment courses. Walker County Schools are anticipating covering the costs for supplies. Some of the supplies will also be covered, in part, by the Launch Academy’s business partners.
GNTC offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 
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. The Student Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844-348-7659 or via online chat at https://helpcenter.gntc.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

WALKER LAUNCH and GNTC

Walker County Schools and GNTC are providing students from LaFayette and Ridgeland High Schools the opportunity to earn dual enrollment college credit with Walker Launch at GNTC!

GNTC Alum Takes Top Spot At Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

 

 

From Criminal Justice To Education, Nix Finds Himself In The Principal’s Office

Charles "Chance" Nix
“Ringgold, Georgia’s Charles “Chance” Nix is Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School’s third principal in nearly 40 years. Nix is a graduate of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and Valdosta State University (GA).”

 

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – Seven years ago, Catoosa County’s Charles “Chance” Nix graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) with a plan. He would take his Criminal Justice Degree he earned in 2010 and turn it into a career.

Seven years later, the former Catoosa County Sheriff’s Deputy has done just that. Next month, when students walk the halls for the first day of the new school year at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School (LFO), the GNTC alum will be at the helm of Warrior Country.

It was more than a decade ago when Nix first worked in a high school. In 2006, he served as the School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) at LFO in Catoosa County, Georgia. It would be one of the school’s former principals, Jack Sims, who would nudge him towards education. “He saw something in me,” Nix said. “…and that turned everything around.” Now, Nix saw himself one day being a teacher. But never a principal.

Nix would then attend Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Walker County, Georgia. He would first earn a diploma (2009), and then, an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice (2010). “At Georgia Northwestern, I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, friendly professors, and convenience to work and family life.” His first stop on the teaching circuit would be at Heritage High School in Ringgold, Georgia. Nix would teach Law and Justice classes at Catoosa County’s newest high school.

In an effort to pursue an administration career in the Catoosa County School System, the 46-year-old Ringgold man would later continue his education at Lincoln Memorial University (TN) and Valdosta State University (GA) to earn a Master’s Degree in Education and an Educational Specialist Degree, respectively.  His first administrator role was at Westside Elementary serving as the assistant principal with Principal Dr. Mike Rich.

After serving first as an assistant principal at LFO, Nix officially got the call this spring to replace LFO administrator Terri Vandiver as principal in the 2017-18 school year. Vandiver came into office the summer of 2010 when she replaced long-time Principal Jerry Ransom. Serving also as a long-time coach, teacher, and administrator, Ransom served as the principal of LFO for thirty years.

Nix and his wife, Heather, have been married since 1994. She is a teacher at Ringgold Primary School in Catoosa County. They have two children, Hailey, 18, and Savannah, 15.

Applications to enroll in the Criminal Justice Technology program, or any of the more than 200 programs offered at GNTC, are due by July 24. For more information about GNTC, visit the college at GNTC.edu. You can also contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. GNTC offers classes online and on-campus at the Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Murray Campuses across Northwest 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 additional information, you may also visit 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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GNTC to Host Move On When Ready New Student Orientations at all Six Campuses

GNTC Robotics
Greg Smith (left), instructor of Robotics and Engineering at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy (FCSCCA), teaches Camron Roubieu (right), of Coosa High School, how to operate an industry-grade robot. Robotics and Engineering is a Move On When Ready program between FCSCCA and Georgia Northwestern that gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Students may also use the credits earned towards an industry certificate or associate degree.

(Floyd County, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold face-to-face orientations in July for high school students participating in the Move On When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment Program.

 

The MOWR orientations will last approximately 1-2 hours and are only for high school students who are enrolled in the MOWR program at Georgia Northwestern. These sessions are separate from the orientations for new GNTC students.

 

Attending a Move On When Ready orientation session is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Registration is required prior to taking part in a MOWR orientation.

 

Georgia’s Move On When Ready 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.

 

Any student in an eligible Georgia high school or home study program who has achieved required scores on the college placement exam, are eligible to take part in the MOWR program.

 

Placement tests for the MOWR program are provided at area high schools. Students that haven’t taken the placement exam can contact their high school counselor or a member of GNTC’s High School Initiatives staff.

 

All college coursework taken through the MOWR program is covered with MOWR funding. Students are not required to pay for tuition, college fees, or textbooks. The only fees students may be responsible for are course-specific fees determined by the college.

 

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).

 

“Our growth is still over 30% from last spring to this spring and we had 3,038 students enrolled in Move On When Ready,” said Kristi Hart, director of High School Initiatives at GNTC. “These students have taken 32,880 credit hours.”

 

Many MOWR courses also offer students the opportunity to earn an industry certificate. This gives students the option of either entering the workforce upon graduation from high school or continuing their education at a TCSG or University System of Georgia college. Either way, they begin their selected career path with a head start.

 

Listed are the MOWR new student orientations showing (from left to right) the campus, location, date, and time of sessions.

 

  • Catoosa County Campus, Ringgold, July 11 at 5 p.m.
  • Floyd County Campus, Rome, July 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Gordon County Campus, Calhoun, July 13 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Whitfield Murray Campus, Dalton, July 11 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Walker County Campus, Rock Spring, July 12 at 1 p.m.

 

To register online, go to https://ganorthwestern.webex.com, click on event calendar tab, and choose one of the MOWR orientations listed. For best results, use a computer, instead of a smartphone or tablet, to register online.

 

GNTC’s High School Initiatives staff may be contacted via email at mowr@gntc.edu, or by phone at 706.295.6865 or 706.272.2963.

 

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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