GNTC’s Smith Recognizes First Two Male Grads In Her Program
(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 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.
Crista Resch (left) clinical coordinator at GNTC, helps Justine Nichols (center) of Cartersville work with the new Siemens Healthineers S2000 Ultrasound system while Jodi Lewis (right) of Atlanta plays the part of a patient. Both Nichols and Lewis are Diagnostic Medical Sonography majors at GNTC.
Siemens Healthineers Donates ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound System to GNTC
Siemens Healthineers recently donated an ACUSON S2000 Ultrasound system to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide real-world laboratory experience to students in the Adult Echocardiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Vascular programs.
“I would really like for my students to experience working with a Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound system before they go out into the field,” said Nee Barnor, director of Ultrasound programs at GNTC. “It would broaden their knowledge and experience and enhance their technical skills making them ready for the job market.”
“They will also never forget that experience of using a Siemens Healthineers Ultrasound system, because I did not,” continued Barnor.
The formal request to Siemens Healthineers was submitted through a coordinated effort between the Foundation at GNTC and Barnor.
The three Ultrasound programs at GNTC – Adult Echocardiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Vascular – are associate degree level programs and incoming students are accepted through a competitive admissions process. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
“All three programs will be using this machine,” said Crista Resch, clinical coordinator at GNTC. “Siemens is one of the more popular platforms in the field and we are very fortunate to have a company as big as Siemens donate to our school and help with the future of students.”
Siemens Healthineers develops innovations that support better patient outcomes with greater efficiencies, giving providers the confidence they need to meet the clinical, operational and financial challenges of a changing healthcare landscape. As a global leader in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, and healthcare information technology, Siemens Healthineers has a keen understanding of the entire patient care continuum – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis and treatment.
The Foundation at GNTC assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and further marketing and public relations efforts. For information about the GNTC Foundation, contact Jason Gamel, director of GNTC’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (706) 764-3810.
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.
Vaughn’s Efforts With NW Georgia College
(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Barry Vaughn, who practices in the Tennessee Valley, makes partnering with one area college a priority in his efforts to give back.
Since 2009, Vaughn Spine and Orthopedics has reached out throughout the calendar year to help the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation and Athletic Department. “The doctor (Vaughn) donates very generously to what we are trying to do here at GNTC,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletic Director David Stephenson. “Through his donations of time and funding, we are able to make a lot happen for our young men and women.”
Above making monetary donations to the home of the Bobcats, for the past four years Vaughn has also put aside his time providing his services through the years. “For about four or five years, he (Vaughn) helped do physicals for our student-athletes when it was time for those to be done,” added Stephenson. GNTC fields five intercollegiate athletic offerings in Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Competitive Cheer, Men’s Golf, and Women’s Volleyball.
With the college since 2007, Stephenson prioritizes community involvement and giving back as a top responsibility of his programs. “We are about to start our ninth season of athletic programs at GNTC,” said Stephenson. “Our local young men and women who excelled athletically in our area high schools get a great option to continue their careers, as well as their educational paths, as a result of these kinds of gifts from our community.”
Donations made to GNTC Athletics is made by way of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation. From academic programs to intercollegiate athletic offerings at the Technical College System of Georgia institute, all gifts to any function of the college are managed by the GNTC Foundation. GNTC Director of Institutional Development Jason Gamel leads a team of community leaders from across the college’s nine-county service area in helping gain support of the companies and people the college serves throughout the year.
For more information on GNTC Athletics, the GNTC Foundation, or anything related to the college, contact them at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). You can find them on the Internet at GNTC.edu. Also, Georgia Northwestern can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
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.
GNTC is offering a Continuing Education course for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). This 85-hour course has been designed for individuals seeking to become State of Georgia certified nursing assistants. The class is scheduled to begin on November 2, 2015 and will meet on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. at the Walker County Campus. Cost of tuition is $399.00 and is due one week prior to the start date of the class. For more information, please contact Donna Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-764-3591.
Congratulations to GNTC’s first NJCAA All-American on his acceptance into medical school this fall.
For Faye Johnson the decision to return to school and begin her work towards a career in healthcare started when her father was in home hospice care.
“Just seeing how good the nurses were with my Dad when he was sick, the compassion they had for him, I decided that’s what I wanted to do,” said Johnson. “I wanted to get into the medical field and be able to help somebody like they did for him.”
Johnson’s first step would be to get her General Educational Development® diploma through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Adult Education program at the Summerville Adult Education Center in Chattooga County.
“After my Dad passed away one of the nurses with home hospice said ‘You know you are really good with him, why have you not thought about doing this’ and I said ‘well you know I have thought about it, but since I don’t have my GED® diploma or anything I just kind of let it go’ and then after the day he passed away I thought ‘I’m going to do this,’” said Johnson.
After receiving her GED® diploma from Georgia Northwestern, Johnson earned a medical coding certificate and a medical front office certificate from GNTC. While pursuing her GED® diploma and certificates at GNTC, she was the recipient of several scholarships including the Helen Vernon Scholarship, the Shirley Carver Miller Scholarship, and the AT&T Pioneer Scholarship.
“I had a 4.0 GPA at Georgia Northwestern,” said Johnson. “I am very proud of that.”
Today she handles pre-certifications and referrals for Harbin Clinic Radiation Oncology in Rome, Ga. and plans on pursuing a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) degree.
“I am actually back in school now finishing my core classes for my LPN,” said Johnson. “I have been accepted into the nursing programs at GNTC, Georgia Highlands, and Virginia College in Chattanooga so I will attend one of those schools.”
Pat Money, Lead Instructor at the Summerville Adult Education Center, said that Johnson never wavered from getting her GED® diploma and continuing her education despite the obstacles she encountered along the way.
“Faye had a determination about her to get her GED® diploma and attend GNTC classes at the same time. While she was attending both types of classes, she had several personal issues to deal with,” said Money. “Faye is currently a member of our advisory committee and she knows the value of an education.”
Johnson says that Pat Money was the instructor that really made a difference when she was pursuing her GED® diploma.
“Pat was encouraging from the beginning and I could call her at any time,” said Johnson.
According to Johnson, anyone considering getting their GED® diploma should not hesitate to get started.
“I would tell anyone not to wait and it doesn’t matter how old you are,” said Johnson. “It’s a good program, the teachers are great, and they are willing to work with you.”
The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,245 students and graduated 699 students with a GED® diploma in Fiscal Year 2014. The Adult Education program at GNTC serves students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in five different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.
GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue, GED Testing Service®, and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.