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Surgical Technology: The Promo

Surgical Technology Instructor: “Get what you need to succeed as a healthcare specialist today. It’s what you’ll learn as a Surgical Technology student at GNTC. I’m Michael Barrett, Director of Surgical Technology. Get the hands-on experience that will get you the career you’ve been waiting for. As a Surg Tech student, you’ll get the training you need for the skill sets the pros want now. Your College. Your Town. Your Future. Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

College’s First Male Grads To Make Their Way Into Medical Assisting

GNTC’s Smith Recognizes First Two Male Grads In Her Program

“Erin Inman of Rome, Georgia, right, alongside Timothy “Zan” Thompson of Trion, Georgia, middle, stands with Assistant Dean of Health Technologies, Martha Smith. Also, an instructor of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Medical Assistant Program for more than a decade, Smith says Inman and Thompson are the first male students she’s ever had in the female-dominated major.”


(Walker County, Georgia)    Teaching Medical Assisting at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) since 2001, Martha Smith has never seen a man graduate from her program on the college’s Walker County Campus. That is until now.

44-year-old Erin Inman of Rome, Georgia and 23-year-old Timothy “Zan” Thompson of Trion, Georgia paved the way for a new trend. “I worked in healthcare for a long time,” said Smith, Assistant Dean of Health Technologies at Georgia Northwestern. “Erin and Zan are the first two men I’ve ever seen come along and successfully make their way through the program.”

Inman served a Medical Assistant internship with Floyd Family Care in Rome. Thompson interned with the Redmond Wellness Center at Roper Industries in LaFayette, Georgia. Both locations were interested in hiring them beyond their internships through Georgia Northwestern. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Medical Assisting field is expected to increase its number of new positions by 23% over the next eight years. Medical Assistants serve in healthcare and administrator capacities for medical offices and facilities. They will often perform multiple clinical duties, as well as manage various administrative projects on a given shift.

GNTC’s Medical Assisting program is offered on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia and the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia. The college offers a Medical Assisting Diploma and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting. GNTC offers Medical Assisting and 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, 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 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, 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.

EMS Educator of the Year for Region

Nation’s Top Colleges Have All Eyes On GNTC’s First All-American

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s First NJCAA All-American Matt Woods poses for pictures this week. Woods will head for the medical school of his choice in July.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s First NJCAA All-American Matt Woods poses for pictures this week. Woods will head for the medical school of his choice in July.”

Woods Getting Big Offers To Top Med Schools


(Walker County, Georgia) – The country’s top programs have all eyes on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) first-ever NJCAA All-American Matt Woods this spring. Although Woods has two years of eligibility left on the collegiate hardwood, they are not basketball programs offering him a full ride.

They are medical schools.

After four years of college at GNTC (2010-12) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2012-14), Woods has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Studies. Medical schools across the country have sent acceptance letters to the 27-year-old UTC college graduate. With scholarships being offered from a number of institutions, Woods has had a tough decision. Those accepting Woods ranged from the University of Hawaii to Georgetown University.

However, topping them all was Mayo Medical School. It’s at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “They offered me a full scholarship that’s worth almost $200,000,” said the excited Woods. “I am also waiting to hear back from Johns Hopkins (University). To even be considered by both colleges is such an honor. I’m truly humbled by it all.” Once Woods makes his decision official, he plans to relocate to his chosen campus later this summer.

Woods earned his place on multiple Dean’s and President’s List at his two colleges during his four years of study. After two years as a member of the Bobcats Men’s Basketball program at GNTC, and three years as an assistant coach for the program, Woods is looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime.

“When I was a kid, I actually wanted to be a marine biologist,” said Woods. “But after my time overseas, and things my family’s been through, I’m excited about one day working in the medical field.” You see, Woods comes from a military family. His family would move 15 times in the first 22 years of Woods’ life. His father is U.S. Army Brigadier General Robert Woods (Retired). With 30 years of service, the one-star General is married to his former U.S. Army Captain wife, Nadine Woods.

A member of the U.S. National Guard himself, Sergeant Woods returned home from a military deployment to the Middle East in 2010. It was a tour of duty in Iraq that saw him earn a Combat Action Badge for heroism during a grenade attack on his patrol. “We could have gotten the guy shortly before the attack, but there was a school behind him so we had to chase him down,” said Woods. “There were three of us from that patrol that ran into a nearby hut and got him.” Woods left the guard after six years of service from 2006-2012.

However, it is the 2010 battle story of Woods’ only brother, Captain Bobby Woods (Retired), which had a big impact on his decision to go into medicine. During a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, the now 29-year-old brother would quickly find himself in the middle of fire fights. “There were a lot of casualties over there,” said the younger brother. With temperatures rising above the 100-degree mark on August 8, 2010, First Lieutenant Bobby Woods would be on patrol and fall under attack when a bullet found its mark, somehow missing his helmet and shattering the front of his skull.

At the same time, back in the states, Woods was in college at Georgia Northwestern, as well as serving in the National Guard. “I was on a training exercise in South Georgia when I got the news about Bobby being shot,” recalled Woods. “It’s a call I never want to get again. My mom got a call reporting that he’d been shot in the head, but that he was alive.”

After multiple procedures and month upon months of recovery at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, Bobby Woods is is looking towards the future. The retired military captain graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in Athens earlier this month. Five years after the shooting, he still does physical therapy twice week.

Matt Woods is a 2005 graduate of Dade County High School in Trenton, Georgia. His family still resides in Dade County, Georgia.

By the way, although Woods has two years of NCAA eligibility remaining, the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota does not have a collegiate basketball program. Johns Hopkins University in Maryland does participate in men’s collegiate basketball. Just in case it makes the decision any easier, Sergeant Woods, there’s something to consider.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  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 business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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