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Election Day Facts and Spring Semester


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. (

Aerosmith and GNTC!

Fun Fact of the Day: The rock group “Aerosmith” has made more money from royalties for the video game “Guitar Hero” than it made from any of its albums.

Classes start at Georgia Northwestern in 11 days!

Dalton’s Fanber Signs With Georgia Northwestern Cheerleading

Bobcats Ink Latest Prep Cheer Standout


(Dalton, GA) – Dalton (GA) Catamount cheerleader Desirea Fanber says she’s looking for opportunities. Georgia Northwestern Bobcat Cheer Coach Karen Stoker says that opportunities are exactly what Fanber brings to the college’s newest intercollegiate athletic program.

Fanber is a four-year starter for Dalton’s Cheerleading program. And, although the Catamount program loses 17 seniors this year, Fanber is leaving a huge hole to a fill. “She’s incredibly dedicated and serves at a level above the rest,” said Dalton Cheer Coach Tami Fleming.

The 18-year old senior competed in basketball, football, and competitive cheer capacities for the Catamount nation during her four years at DHS. “When you list the top things we lose with Desirea moving on it would be leadership, leadership, and leadership,” said Fleming who will be entering her ninth year as Cheer Coach at Dalton when school opens its doors this August.

The region’s best competitive cheer squads on the prep level are proving to be successful recruiting grounds for Georgia Northwestern as the enter year one of NJCAA Cheerleading. “We have several more competition cheer recruits we are signing this next week,” said Stoker. “We have an amazing core for this pilot season. If it goes the way we hope it will, this should quickly take off into something special.”

Although it’s only been 13 years since Fanber first put on a cheer outfit for the Dalton Recreation Department to cheer for little league football, she says it’s the spirit of it all that she loves. “To be able to go to college close to home, give back a little in the ways cheer programs can do, and to compete on the next level is so exciting to me,” said Fanber.

The head of the Cats Cheer program is excited about more than the physical ability of Fanber. “Not only does Desirea bring an amazing skill set to us, but also a giving spirit,” said Fanber. “She has a giving heart and invests in her school and her community. That’s what our program is all about. It’s a great fit.”

The incoming Bobcat freshman hopes to enroll in Georgia Northwestern’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Fanber joins other competitive cheer standouts in Ridgeland’s Makayla Derryberry, and LaFayette’s Mina Winters and Tara Clark. All four will head to Cats Country this fall for the inaugural season of Georgia Northwestern’s intercollegiate Cheer program.

For the 2012-13 season, the Cats Cheer program will solely cheer for the college’s NJCAA Region XVII Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs which run from October through March. The college is looking into the possibility of expanding the program in the near future, as well as adding more athletic offerings through its Northwest Georgia campuses. The Bobcat Golf program is set to tee off in spring of 2014 as the search for the program’s first coach is now underway.

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through, or by e-mail to Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.

Groce and Peco Named GNTC’s 2013 Award Winners

Gerald McFry and Daniel Groce

Craig McDaniel and Troy Peco

Daniel Groce has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2013 GOAL Winner and Troy Peco has been named the college’s 2013 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on February 5, 2013. 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.

Groce, a Business Management student at GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus, was nominated by his instructor, Gerald McFry. 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 Northwest Georgia.

After graduating in 2010 from Christian Heritage High School in Dalton, Groce enrolled in college but didn’t feel he was going in the right direction. “After I graduated, I enrolled in a four-year liberal arts college, like a lot of my classmates from high school,” said Groce. “I felt it was lacking in substance and I wasn’t advancing with my education. I saw an ad for GNTC and thought technical education might be the right path for me. After I enrolled at GNTC I found the drive and the passion to better myself. I feel like technical education is a great value in today’s economy and gives students the skills and education they need to get a good job.”

As the 2013 GOAL Winner for Georgia Northwestern, Groce will move to the regional competition and if he is 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 in April. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG’s) GOAL winner for 2013 and recipient of the GOAL medallion. The grand prize also includes a new automobile for the winner to travel around Georgia. The 2013 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.

Troy Peco, Walker County Campus Automotive Technology program director and instructor and Industrial Technologies assistant dean was selected as GNTC’s 2013 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

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

When asked why he chose to teach at GNTC, Peco answered “I truly enjoy sharing my knowledge of repairing automobiles. The pleasure that I receive when seeing a student repair a system on a car that they thought was beyond them is priceless. Teaching at a technical college allows me to give someone an affordable education in a field that’s in great demand that will help them provide for themselves and their family.”

Peco has been an instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College since 2006. Prior to joining GNTC, he was the service director at Bill Hood Nissan/Mazda/Hyundai in Hammond, Louisiana; shop foreman and assistant manager at Amite City Ford in Amite, Louisiana; technician supervisor at Submersible Systems Inc. in Morgan City, Louisiana; and a service technician at Bill Hood Ford and Bohn Ford both in Louisiana. Peco also previously taught basic electrical and engine repair at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana and served as an interior communications electrician for the United States Navy. He received his associate of applied science degree in Motor Vehicle Technology at Delgado Community College. Peco also holds many certifications including Electrical and Electronic Communication Repair and Maintenance, Ford Sr. Masters Gasoline and Diesel Engine Certification, ASE Master certified technician, certified in Nissan full line service and parts, and is a certified Honda technician. Peco is involved in several community organizations including volunteer work at the a Walker County Animal Shelter, advisory member for the Chickamauga Elementary Parent/Teacher organization, coach for the Chickamauga Recreation baseball and basketball teams, and a member of St. Gerard Church Men’s Club.

“Troy truly embodies the characteristics that make an instructor successful,” stated Beverly Padgett, GNTC Rick Perkins coordinator. “He not only has a wealth of knowledge in his field but he works with his students to make sure that they understand the material and have a confidence in what they do. He is respected by both his students and his peers.”

As GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Peco 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 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 winners to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College were 2004 Rick Perkin’s winner, Beverly Padgett, and 1993 GOAL winner, Robin Hood Hutson.

Georgia Northwestern Begins Region Play, Breast Cancer Push

GNTC Nursing Program Achieves 100 Percent Pass Rate


Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is proud to announce the Associate Degree Nursing program Class of 2012 has achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

The NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is the exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to ensure public protection and passing the exam is a requirement for nurses to obtain a license and gain employment.


NCSBN is the “not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concerns affecting the public health, safety, and welfare,” according to the organization’s website  “NCSBN requires a candidate for licensure to pass an examination that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.”


The Georgia Board of Nursing, the governing body over GNTC’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, requires an 80 percent pass rate of first-time state board test takers.  The national pass rate for this board exam, the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, is 86.9 percent. The Georgia pass rate is 92 percent.  Thirty-two ADN students took the test and all 32 passed.


“I am very proud of the ADN Class of 2012 as they have risen to the challenge presented,” said Mindy McCannon, vice president of Academic Affairs, GNTC.  “However, I am also proud of the faculty, as they had a big part in preparing these students for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.”


“This goes to show hard work pays off,” said Ose Martinez, Associate Degree Nursing program director, GNTC.  “I appreciate all of the program instructors, including our adjunct instructors, without the guidance and quality teaching our students would not have been that successful!”


“I worked as an LPN and went back to school for my RN,” said Susan Van Weort, RN, Class of 2012.  “I was not sure I was going to finish since my husband had open heart surgery in March. 

I was able to finish with the help and dedication of GNTC nursing instructors and my classmates.” 


Shannon Owensby, RN, GNTC ADN graduate, agrees.  “I had been a LPN-C for six years and the education I received through my ADN courses at Georgia Northwestern helped build my knowledge base.  Even though I felt a bit nervous, I knew I had the foundation, set by my teachers, to pass the test. We learned from clinics, labs, skits, preceptorship, and from the instructor’s demonstrations that made the lessons come to life.”


“As each classmate passed the exam, our instructors cheered and sent words of congratulations and encouragement,” Owensby added.  “We were well prepared, thanks to a group of ladies that went the extra mile to not only be an instructor or a teacher, but a mentor. The program at GNTC is one of the best.  It is well-rounded, challenging, and worth every penny. I want to say thank you to each instructor because you have made an impression on my life forever.  Our class motto was ‘Keep on Swimming’ and we did.”


Georgia Northwestern’s ADN program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).


Serving the nine counties of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in the areas of business, health, industrial, and public service, students have the opportunity to earn a degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.

Georgia Northwestern Is On The Air (Cats Country: A MovieTone Production)

Yes! MATH MATTERS at Georgia Northwestern

Do you know this logo?

The answer to that could mean big prizes for you this fall at GNTC!

 Remember *QEP and Math Matters*

     1.)       QEP – Quality Enhancement Plan.
(Simply put… How GNTC designed and is carrying out
a PROJECT to help make your education as strong as possible!)

    2. )   Math Matters – The Project
(Simply put… GNTC wanted to provide students in Math 0098 and 0099
                  with the strongest math instruction in the most efficient way possible.)

State Farm, Georgia Northwestern Team Up On Auto Repair

Insurance Giant Donates Car To State College

“Present at the auto donation to Georgia Northwestern’s Automotive Technology program are, from left, Pam Thompson, State Farm, LaFayette, Georgia; Phil Cagle, State Farm, LaFayette, Georgia; Justin Tomczak, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist, Mike Herndon, State Farm, Rock Spring, Georgia; Troy Peco, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Automotive Technology Director; Ronnie Holden, State Farm, Flintstone, Georgia; Georgia State Representative Jay Neal; Stephanie Snodgrass, Walker County Chamber of Commerce President; and Andy Skates, State Farm Claims Team Manager.”


 (Rock Spring, Georgia) – “Turning bad times into good times is sort of what we both do in insurance and automotive technology. It’s a great thing,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Automotive Technology Director Troy Peco after receiving the keys to a 2007 Chevrolet Impala donated to his program by State Farm Insurance.


Georgia Northwestern, the state’s fourth-largest technical college, is part of the Technical College System of Georgia which helps train local residents for local careers. “It’s like the college says. It’s your town, your college, and your future. We just wanted to invest in it,” said State Farm Insurance Agent Ronnie Holden.


The donation of a hail-damaged car was part of a process between local agents Holden and Mike Herndon and the State Farm’s Claims Department. “Mr. Peco came to us a few months back asking about the possibility of something like this happening. It just felt like the right thing to try to do,” said Holden. “They are training our people for careers. Plus, it’s always good to find a quality auto mechanic. Well, Georgia Northwestern is where they start.”


The vehicle was one which State Farm had totaled due to the weather damage it sustained. “That’s not a problem for this kind of donation, though,” said Peco. “Mechanically, the car is in good shape. Plus, being a 2007, it has the technology with which the students need experience. Most of our students will be looking for jobs here at home. That means they could end up working on your car. This is actually more of an investment in the community.”


Joining Holden, Herndon, and Peco for the donation on July 19 was Phil Cagle and Pam Thompson from State Farm in LaFayette, Georgia, Georgia State Representative Jay Neal, Walker County Chamber of Commerce President Stephanie Snodgrass, and State Farm officials Andy Skates and Justin Tomczak.


The Automotive Technology program at Georgia Northwestern offers degrees, diploma, and certification programs throughout the year. Georgia Northwestern offers more than 200 programs on five campuses, as well as online. More than 10,000 students are educated by the region’s largest college each year. Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


Application deadline for the fall semester at Georgia Northwestern is July 24. Registration deadline is August 9. Classes begin on-campus and online August 20. For more information about this donation or the automotive program, contact Georgia Northwestern at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to

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