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Get To Know GNTC’s 2017 Instructor of the Year!

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.

Sights from the 2016 State G.O.A.L., Rick Perkins competition in Atlanta, Georgia

GNTC’s Corey Carlile and Brittny Burns Named as Regional Finalists For the 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year Awards

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Corey Carlile (left) Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 GOAL Winner and Brittny Burns (right) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC pose for a picture with Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday. Judges selected both Carlile and Burns as regional finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year awards.


(Atlanta, GA)
– Corey Carlile, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, and Brittny Burns, Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, were both named as regional finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year awards.

 

The finalists were announced during a banquet honoring the system’s most outstanding instructors and students from the state’s 22 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical division, at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 19.

 

The State Goal winner and State Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year will be named at the GOAL and Rick Perkins banquet tonight (April 20). A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner and Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for 2016.

 

The Student of the Year and Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year will both serve as ambassadors of technical education in Georgia and will make many public appearances during a number of system and college functions.

 

As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner. The Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

 

Carlile, a Marketing student from Aragon, is on the President’s List and is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at Georgia Northwestern. She received her high school diploma from Woodland High School in Cartersville, where she served on the yearbook team and as a student mentor for the Peer Facilitator Program.

 

“The faculty at Georgia Northwestern are amazing,” said Carlile. “They are extremely passionate about what they do and very energetic, which rubs off on the students.”

 

Carlile remains very active in the community by performing volunteer work for numerous organizations including: volunteer, American Cancer Society Relay for Life; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament Championship Game; and top sales, Advocates for Children Duck Derby.

 

Brittny Burns, a Business Technology instructor from Kennesaw, has been an instructor at GNTC since 2010. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, she was a student representative for the Office of Development at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va. and a nuclear medicine intern at Sentara Healthcare and Bon Secours Health Systems.

 

“Technical education is essential to our local workforce,” said Burns. “As instructors, we have the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and our community.”

 

A Summa Cum Laude student, Burns received her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from ODU. As an undergraduate student, she served as vice president of the student ambassadors for the Student Government Organization and as director of Campus Outreach and Development of T.R.U.S.T., Inc., a community service organization.

 

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

 

Burns is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and also currently a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. She was an intern for the Business School Alliance for Health Management and is a certified technologist by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

 

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’s Top Cats Address TCSG Reps

(Atlanta, GA) – GNTC’s 2016 G.O.A.L. (top student) winner Corey Carlile, left, and GNTC’s 2016 Rick Perkins (top instructor) winner Brittny Burns addressed representatives from colleges and members of the Technical College System of Georgia during opening orientation for the 2016 G.O.A.L./Rick Perkins competition today. Both are being considered for the State of Georgia’s top student and top instructor awards for 2016.

Both GNTC winners previously competed against the winners from other colleges in their northern region of the Technical College System of Georgia. The top finalists for the state competition will be announced in a ceremony tonight at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gallery: GNTC’s Top Student, Instructor Compete For Slot At State

Brittny Burns- Jay Henry - Corey Carlile
Sights from the regional level of the G.O.A.L. (top student) and Rick Perkins (top instructor) Competitions held at Lanier Tech March 1. Seen here are, from left, GNTC Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year Brittny Burns, GNTC Board of Director Jay Henry, and GNTC G.O.A.L. Award Student of the Year Corey Carlile. Henry, Director of Operations Support at Shaw Industries, served as a regional G.O.A.L. Award judge yesterday. Both GNTC winners competed against the winners from other colleges in our region of the Technical College System of Georgia. The top finalists for the state competition will be announced in a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia in April.
Corey Carlile - Dawn Schmelk TCSG
TCSG G.O.A.L. Coordinator Dawn Schmeelk, left, congratulates Corey Carlile for her performance during the regional level of the G.O.A.L. competition held at Lanier Tech March 1.
Brittny and Dawn Schmelk TCSG
TCSG Perkins Award coordinator Dawn Schmeelk, left, congratulates GNTC instructor Brittny Burns for her performance during the regional level of the Rick Perkins competition (for top instructor) held at Lanier Tech March 1.
Beverly Padgett - Brittny-Mark-Corey-Dione
Seen here from the regional level of the G.O.A.L. (top student) and Rick Perkins (top instructor) competition are, from left, GNTC Perkins Award Coordinator Beverly Padgett, 2016 GNTC Perkins Award winner Brittny Burns, GNTC Marketing Program Director, Corey Carlile, 2016 GNTC G.O.A.L. award winner, and GNTC G.O.A.L. Coordinator Dione Waddington.

GNTC’s Top Instructors

Congratulations to five very special GNTC instructors who have qualified as finalists for the 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year award at GNTC.

The instructors are:
Gail Bell – Gen. Ed., English
Zenia Bratton – Respiratory Care
Brittny Burns – Business Technology
Philip Shirley – Machine Tool Technology
Kevan Watkins – Gen. Ed., Psychology

The winner will be announced on February 2 during a ceremony at the Seven Hills Rotary Luncheon in Rome, Georgia. The college’s G.O.A.L. award winner for top student will also be presented at the ceremony.

Top Cat In The Classroom

Facebook Contest! Go there now!!!! (GNTC) Welcome to December, Cats Country! It’s time for another Cats Country Prize Pack Giveaway! Tell us who your favorite instructor was this semester and why! Chosen winners will receive a brand new exclusive Cats Country Prize Pack!!!! Good luck and GO CATS!!!

Election Day Facts and Spring Semester

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Fun Fact of the Day on this Election Day!

November was selected in America as the month to hold major elections because harvest seasons were complete by then.
The first Tuesday of November was selected as Election Day because initially many people had to travel the day before to reach the polling place in time. Since most people did not travel on Sunday for religious reasons, they did not want elections to be on a Monday.

Bobcat Fact of the Day: Application and Testing Deadline for spring semester is November 25. (gntc.edu)

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