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(Walker County, Georgia) – Are you 16 – 24 years of age and need your GED to start college or get a better job?
Let us help you!

The Youth Success Academy (YSA) at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) can help send you into the future! Students between 16 and 24 years of age can earn a GED® in as little as eight weeks and receive other amazing services for FREE!

 

The YSA can equip you with the necessary skills to start your career and obtain employment. All this at no cost to you if you qualify!  The YSA is accepting applications now. Enroll today to be on your way to a brighter future! For more information, call GNTC’s Youth Success Academy at 706.764.3783.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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 Announces 2016 EAGLE Winner

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Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County is the 2016 EAGLE Representative for Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

(Dalton, GA) – Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County has been chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 14-16, 2016 in Atlanta.

 

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

 

“As the winner and GNTC delegate to the statewide Leadership Institute, Brandy Weaver exemplifies the purpose of the Adult Education program,” said Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “Despite difficult circumstances, she has achieved her goal of earning a GED® diploma, is employed, and is an active and enthusiastic volunteer who teaches other parents how to overcome personal loss.”

 

Weaver, a resident of Dalton, attended adult education classes at GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus and was nominated for the EAGLE award by Sherry Burgess. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in September and is currently employed at Compassion House. Weaver plans to continue her education with the goal of becoming a social worker.

 

Two other nominees were named as county representatives and will serve for a year as ambassadors for their adult learning centers in an effort to encourage other adults to take advantage of educational opportunities.

Alona Faustova  (Gordon)
Alona Faustova of Resaca was a nominee for the EAGLE award and was named the representative for Gordon County.

 

Hilbeen Akrayee (Floyd)
Hilbeen Akrayee of Rome was a nominee for the EAGLE award and was named the representative for Floyd County.

 

The other nominees and county winners are Hilbeen Akrayee of Rome (Floyd) and Alona Faustova of Resaca (Gordon).

 

“We are so proud of our county winners who competed for the EAGLE award,” said Smith “The instructors had outstanding nominees.”

 

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

 

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership 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 Law Enforcement Academy Graduation

Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law enforcement Academy at GNTC, congratulates Tyler J. Ware (left) for graduating from GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy.
Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law enforcement Academy at GNTC, congratulates Tyler J. Ware (left) for graduating from GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy.

November 12 Ceremony on the Gordon County Campus

(Calhoun, GA) – On Thursday, Nov. 12, friends and family gathered at the Conference Center located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor the students graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy.

 

Graduates of GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy, Training Class #201502,are (from left to right) Matthew A. Hicks, Anthony M. Owens, William M. Guthridge, Tyler J. Ware, Mitchell B. Massingill, Bruce W. Brott, II, and David M. Rayborn.
Graduates of GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy, Training Class #201502,are (from left to right) Matthew A. Hicks, Anthony M. Owens, William M. Guthridge, Tyler J. Ware, Mitchell B. Massingill, Bruce W. Brott, II, and David M. Rayborn.

 

During the ceremony, seven law enforcement officers graduated from the program. Advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, and fellow law enforcement officers from the Northwest Georgia region and beyond also were in attendance at the ceremony.

 

The proceedings began with Jim Pledger, director of the Law enforcement Academy at GNTC, welcoming guests and praising students for their achievement.

 

“I’m really proud of this group,” said Pledger. “As you can see a majority of them are wearing a uniform which means that they have already been hired.”

 

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Greg Ramey, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Region 1 Calhoun Field Office.

 

Ramey began his career with the GBI in the Region 6 Milledgeville Office from 1985 to 1989 and the Region 1 Calhoun Office from 1989 to 2001. He was also the regional narcotics specialist from 1991 to 1997 and was the Region 1 child abuse specialist from 1997 to 2002.

 

In 2002, Ramey was the case agent for the Tri State Crematory Investigation and later that year he was promoted to the rank of assistant special agent in charge and transferred to the Haralson Paulding Drug Task Force. He transferred to the Region 1 Calhoun Office in 2009 as the assistant special agent in charge and was promoted to special agent in charge of the Canton Regional Drug Enforcement Office in 2012. The following year Ramey returned to the Region 1 Office as special agent in charge.

 

Ramey told the graduates to never stop pushing themselves to do better.

 

“My challenge to you is to demand from yourself personal integrity, accountability, commitment, and performance that positively impacts your department and your community,” said Ramey.

 

Bruce W. Brott, II was the student speaker for the ceremony. Brott thanked all the instructors and staff members from GNTC and all of the members of law enforcement that worked with the academy during training.

 

“You really instilled a lot on us during training and built a good foundation for us to further build upon and start careers,” said Brott.

Matthew A. Hicks was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship.
Matthew A. Hicks was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship.

Matthew A. Hicks was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship and Anthony M. Owens received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201502 are Bruce W. Brott, II, William M. Guthridge, Matthew A. Hicks, Mitchell B. Massingill, Anthony M. Owens, David M. Rayborn, and Tyler J. Ware.

 

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.

Delayed Opening Friday At GNTC

Georgia Northwestern will open its campuses at 10 a.m. tomorrow Friday, February 27.weather_alert_wide_t_nv

Snow Closes College For Second Day

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is closing all campuses tomorrow Thursday, February 26 due to inclement weather. weather_alert_wide_t_nv

Fine Dining For Lunch At GNTC

Note from the Culinary Department at Georgia Northwestern!

 

Chef Greg Paulson (left), director of the Culinary Arts program at GNTC, discusses front of the house serving style with Lindsay Gilreath (right) of Calhoun.
Chef Greg Paulson (left), director of the Culinary Arts program at GNTC, discusses front of the house serving style with Lindsay Gilreath (right) of Calhoun.

 

 

Attention: Administrators, Faculty, Instructors, Students, Friends, and Guests

 

This spring term, the Culinary Arts Program is teaching International Cuisine (CUUL 2140). This means, once again, the culinary arts students will be planning and preparing a wide variety of international cuisines for a buffet.

We are asking GNTC staff, students, family, or friends to participate in joining us at the Woodlee Culinary Arts facility for International Cuisine buffets. We are planning to serve a minimum of 45 patrons or a maximum of 65 patrons. The cost for the meal will be $6.00 for lunch; which is a real bargain! This will cover the cost of the groceries being consumed. (Note: only personal check or cash will be accepted).

 

We are asking all guests to arrive between 12:15pm – 12:25pm for lunch service. Lunch service will begin promptly at 12:30pm and will conclude around 1:30pm. Reservations are required. Guests without reservations will be seated after all reserved guests have been sat, then based on first come, first serve until we sell out. If you need to make a reservation, you may contact Chef Greg Paulson at extension 6880. (Note: If you plan on making a reservation, please make sure you do attend!) Thank you. Your table will be reserved and be considered part of the 50 patrons. Guest will be seated in the dining rooms or on the new Woodle deck, weather providing!

 

Remember, the meals are not àla carte, but a planned buffet.

 

The following banquet days/dates/times are listed:

 

Lunch Service: 12:30pm

Tuesday, January 13    &  Friday, January 16            Cuisine of Mexico

Tuesday, January 27    &  Friday, January  30          Italian Cuisine

Tuesday, February 3    &  Friday, February 6            French Cuisine

Tuesday, February 10  &  Friday, February 13          German Cuisine

Tuesday, February 17  &  Friday, February 20          Greek, Turkey, and Crete Cuisine

Tuesday, February 24  &  Friday, February 27          Chinese and Japanese Cuisine

Direct Deposit For Spring 2015

Great News!
Beginning Spring Semester 2015, GNTC students will be able to receive any student refund electronically deposited into the checking account of their choice.
No more waiting on checks to arrive!
No more debit cards to activate!
Simply go to the gntc.edu website and click the link for “Setting up Direct Deposit.” This will open up a .pdf file that explains exactly how to set up your account for Direct Deposit.

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GNTC Grads Take To The Stage In Dalton

“Approximately 200 Georgia Northwestern Technical College students received their graduation honors December 11 in a Fall Commencement Ceremony held at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.”
“Approximately 200 Georgia Northwestern Technical College students received their graduation honors December 11 in a Fall Commencement Ceremony held at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.”

Approximately 200 Students Earn Graduation Honors

 

Cutline: “J+J Flooring Group Corporate Vice President Louis Fordham delivers the commencement address at the 2014 Fall Graduation Ceremony in Dalton, Georgia December 11.”

 

 

(Dalton, Georgia) –  Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald conferred upon approximately 200 students their degree, diploma, and certificates of completion in a Fall 2014 Graduation Commencement Ceremony at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia December 11.

J+J Flooring Group Corporate Vice President Louis Fordham delivered the commencement address to the graduates, families, and friends in attendance. Georgia Northwestern currently holds two graduation ceremonies each calendar year. A fall ceremony is held in Dalton, Georgia each December and a spring ceremony is held at The Forum in Rome, Georgia each May.

Graduates taking part in the December 2014 ceremony earning an Associate’s Degree were as follows:

Sarah Elizabeth Abbott                         Early Childhood Care and Education

Nathan A. Anderson                             Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Kaitlin A. Arrington                                 Early Childhood Care and Education

James Brian Atkins                                 Networking Specialist

Ashley D. Brown                                   Business Management

Brice Bryant                                           Computer Support Specialist

Catherine E. Bullington                           Health Information Technology

Ronald Dale Casey                                Accounting

Regina S. Casteel                                   Business Management

Isaac Celedon                                      Automotive Technology

Clancey Paige Cooper                          Business Administrative Technology

Haley Nicole Couey                             Surgical Technology

Amy R. Denson                                     Surgical Technology

Virginia Beatrice Everett                         Business Management

Lynn M. Garner                                      Early Childhood Care and Education

Brittany R. Gilliland                                 Medical Assisting

Aaron Allen Grant                                 Criminal Justice

Jamelle Griffin Preston                           Health Information Technology

Barbara Charlee Harris                           Business Administrative Technology

Tynsley Chantel Hartline                        Health Information Technology

Brittany M. Hartshorn                              Early Childhood Care and Education

Danielle T. Hayes                                  Health Information Technology

Amanda J. Hickman                               Early Childhood Care and Education

Mallory T. Hicks                                     Criminal Justice

Marcella Hooper                                  Business Management

Susan L. Hughes                                     Health Information Technology

Andreina Hurtado-Perez                       Business Management

Maritza Hurtado-Perez                          Criminal Justice

Rebecca A. Johnson                             Business Management

Patrick S. Keith                                       Drafting Technology

Donna Annette King                              Business Management

Charlotte A. Kinsey                                Early Childhood Care and Education

Zachary A. Lansdell                               Instrumentation and Controls Technician

Kasandra Denika Lumpkin                       Social Work Assistant

Care’reshai Antonia Mack                      Business Management

Elizabeth A. Mauldin                             Business Management

Amy McArthur                                      Health Information Technology

Molly J. McCarty                                   Accounting

Britany Lynn McTaggart                          Surgical Technology

Janelle V. Mickelson                              Accounting

Stephanie D. Montoya                           Early Childhood Care and Education

Ida Yesenia Morales Velasquez             Surgical Technology

Angela Faye Morrow                            Accounting

Joshua A. Morrow                                Industrial Systems Technology

Lisa Nicklous                                         Computer Support Specialist

Benelyn Vicki Nix                                  Social Work Assistant

Tabatha L. Palmer                                  Business Management

Elizabeth A. Parks                                  Accounting

Emmanuel Perdomo                              Automotive Technology

Buddy Dale Pevehouse                         Industrial Systems Technology

Dakota Jeb Ray                                     Instrumentation and Controls Technician

Calen Cox Roberson                             Instrumentation and Controls Technician

Janet Rodriguez                                    Business Management

Fabrice Michel Sainton                          Criminal Justice

Shanna N. Sanders                                Early Childhood Care and Education

Luis M. Santizo                                      Business Management

Danielle Self                                          Health Information Technology

Heath F. Smith                                       Fire Science Technology

James Harlan Smith Jr.                            Early Childhood Care and Education

Victoria L. Southerland                          Pharmacy Technology

Heather D. Spurgeon                             Social Work Assistant

Nora Maritza Suarez Smith                     Industrial Systems Technology

Kayla M. Sumner                                    Business Management

Phillip Thomas Sutton                            Business Management

William F. Swaim                                   Automotive Technology

Japhia Danielle Tarver                           Health Information Technology

David A. Tate                                        Industrial Systems Technology

Lisa Nicole Watson                               Accounting

Mark A. Wesson                                    Criminal Justice

Tyler R. Whitley                                     Instrumentation and Controls Technician

Phelan Whitson                                     Industrial Systems Technology

Harold E. Williams Jr.                             Industrial Systems Technology

Emily Jordan Kee Wilson                       Surgical Technology

Sydney D. Wittenbarger                        Health Information Technology

Zaki Bin Yahya                                       Networking Specialist

Graduates taking part in the December 2014 ceremony earning a Diploma were as follows:

Morgan L. Abernathy                             Practical Nursing

Alexis G. Adams                                   Practical Nursing

Brittany Nichole Adams                         Dental Assisting

Emilee Elizabeth Atkins                         Dental Assisting

Brittany A. Baines                                   Cosmetology

Juana Barrera                                         Medical Assisting

Scharla Powell Battle                             Practical Nursing

Taylor Kamille Bishop                            Cosmetology

Phyllis A. Blackburn                               Cosmetology

Kayla M. Blanco                                     Practical Nursing

Alicia Lynn Brown                                 Practical Nursing

Asheli S. Brown                                     Practical Nursing

Robyn Deanna Bryson                           Surgical Technology

Jessica N. Burns                                    Surgical Technology

Robert J. Burns                                      Computer Support Specialist

Sarah M. Carson                                    Practical Nursing

Jennifer Starr Case Ridley                       Business Management

Jennifer J. Chapman                              Marketing Management

Crystal Elaine Clough                             Practical Nursing

Sheritta L. Collins                                   Cosmetology

Abner Eliud Colocho-Ruiz                     Electrical Systems Technology

Brittany Nicole Cook                             Medical Assisting

Brandy Louise Cordell                           Cosmetology

Summer E. Craighead                            Practical Nursing

Megan L. Crawford                                Cosmetology

Jessica Cribb                                        Medical Assisting

Amy L. Croy                                          Cosmetology

Osie M. Deel                                        Medical Assisting

Christie Dixon                                       Cosmetology

Chelsey R. Dowdy                                Practical Nursing

Tania Drain                                            Business Management

Glenda Sue Edwards                            Cosmetology

Kandi Edwards                                     Medical Assisting

Amanda K. Ellison                                 Practical Nursing

Heidi B. Fosha                                       Cosmetology

Randi Nicole Fouts                                Medical Assisting

Julia M. Frazier                                       Business Administrative Technology

Jennifer Lynn Fuller                                Practical Nursing

Jonathan Funderburk                             CNC Technology

Kayla E. Gazaway                                  Practical Nursing

Andrea M. Gibson                                Medical Assisting

Emily Megan Giles                                 Practical Nursing

Ramsey Paula Godfrey                          Cosmetology

Haley Elizabeth Goodson                     Practical Nursing

Heidi L. Griffin                                       Practical Nursing

Tammy Kay Grimes                                EMS Professions

Elmira Mae Hanley                                 Practical Nursing

Ashley Nicolette Harris                         Medical Assisting

Whitney L. Headrick                              Surgical Technology

Bonnie J. Hidey Linkous                         Business Administrative Technology

Holly C. Holsomback                            Practical Nursing

Matthew G. Hooper                              Business Management

Douglas L. Howard                                Aviation Maintenance Technology

Melissa Leann Kelley                              Dental Assisting

Elizabeth Karin Kent                               Medical Assisting

Leslea R. King                                         Cosmetology

Sheila Joanne Kinsey                             Business Administrative Technology

Jamie R. Knight                                       Dental Assisting

Fallon L. Larmon                                     Cosmetology

Lucindia C. Larmon                                Cosmetology

Sarah B. Laymon                                    EMS Professions

Kevin Lilly                                              Welding and Joining Technology

Cassi E. Looney                                     Cosmetology

Natara S. Maddox                                 Business Administrative Technology

Tina S. Marshall                                      Business Administrative Technology

Hannah L. McAlpine                              Dental Assisting

Timothy Bryan McCollum                       Networking Specialist

Kelly Renae McGill                                 Surgical Technology

Belinda Millsap                                      Business Administrative Technology

Melissa K. Mitchell                                 Medical Assisting

Timberlee D. Mize                                 Practical Nursing

Audrey V. Moates                                 Dental Assisting

Pamela J. Morris                                    Medical Assisting

Cortney D. Mullinax                               Cosmetology

Megan Perry                                          Cosmetology

Kaneisha M. Phelps                                Cosmetology

Elizabeth Ann Pierce                             Practical Nursing

James Victor Pinet                                Surgical Technology

Brandie C. Prince                                   Dental Assisting

Taletha N. Quiroz                                  Dental Assisting

Tina Ragsdale                                        Cosmetology

Misty P. Roberson                                 Cosmetology

Christina Brooke Rogers                         Practical Nursing

Susan Sanzone                                      Business Administrative Technology

Ashley Renee Satterfield                       Business Administrative Technology

Ashley A. Scarbrough                           Medical Assisting

Kristina Maria Schaeffer                          Dental Assisting

Misty Tripp Shinall                                 Practical Nursing

David N. Sims                                       Electrical Systems Technology

Deron Jamel Sims                                  Construction Management

Andrew T. Stanley                                Electrical Systems Technology

Leah Chanell Stephens                          Dental Assisting

Stacy Stone                                          Business Administrative Technology

Kimberly L. Tant                                     Dental Assisting

Vicki D. Toland                                     Cosmetology

Jada Elder Truett                                   Practical Nursing

Ragan Nicole Utkin                                Cosmetology

Mandy N. Walker                                  Medical Assisting

Devin Watkins                                       Marketing Management

Khadisha Z. White                                 Cosmetology

Rebecca E. Womack                             Medical Assisting

Virginia A. Woodard                             Cosmetology

Lisa LaVonne Worley                             Medical Assisting

Larry Wright                                           Welding and Joining Technology

Thomas Wayne Wynn                           Welding and Joining Technology

Candis Diane Yother                              Dental Assisting

Graduates taking part in the December 2014 ceremony earning a Certificate of Completion were as follows:

Raven Symone Blalock                          Early Child Care and Education Basics

Stacy C. Chamlee                                  Addictions Specialist

Alyssa D. Cohran                                   Early Child Care and Education Basics

April M. Coley                                      Phlebotomy Technician

Cindy L. Costlow                                  Early Child Care and Education Basics

Chasity Craig                                         Phlebotomy Technician

Teigh-Jae J. DeLancett                           Phlebotomy Technician

Charlee D. Dutton                                  Phlebotomy Technician

Rachel Lynn Eaton                                 Supervisor/Manager Specialist

Amber C. Edwards                               Health Care Assistant

Anna Marie Edwards                             Health Care Assistant

Kanecia D. Edwards                              Health Care Assistant

Alexis E. Figgins                                     Medical Coding

Sharon Elaine Garner                             Medical Coding

Suzanne Kay Goodson                          Commercial Truck Driving

Amber Gorham                                     Health Care Assistant

Kasie L. Honeycutt                                 Medical Front Office Assistant

Tanya Leigh Howard                             Early Child Care and Education Basics

Rebecca Hughes                                   Early Child Care and Education Basics

Cody Keen                                           Gas Metal ARC Welder

Theresa D. Langham                               Commercial Truck Driving

Lisa Kae Le                                            Health Care Assistant

Alejandra J. Martinez                             Supervisor/Manager Specialist

Elizabeth NaDean Quinn                       Phlebotomy Technician

Cynthia M. Sanchez Arriaga                   Medical Front Office Assistant

Bobby Joe Stewart Jr.                           Industrial Electrician

Mary Louise Stinnett                              Addictions Specialist

Jessica L. Thomason                              Medical Coding

Katherine Vincent                                  Medical Coding

Patti M. Vincent                                     Medical Coding

Amanda L. Wilke                                   Phlebotomy Technician

Leah Rhiannon Woolum                         Medical Front Office Assistant

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. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC 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.

Culinary Luncheons at GNTC Sell Out Months in Advance

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(Rome, GA) – There is a place in Rome, Georgia, that serves international cuisine in an elegant dining area located in a turn of the century plantation-style house.

It is part of the Culinary Arts program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) which exposes students to a wide array of international influences and advanced cooking methods.

As part of the curriculum, the program has been offering culinary luncheons to the public two days a week throughout the fall semester featuring American, English, and French style service.

“We were sold out for the rest of the year about halfway through the semester,” said Chef Greg Paulson, director of the Culinary Arts program at GNTC. “People enjoyed coming and they would tell their friends and more and more people continued to make reservations.”

The Culinary Arts program is taught in the Woodlee Building at the Floyd County Campus of GNTC. The Building is an early 20th century dwelling that has been renovated and updated to include a first-class teaching kitchen, commercial-grade equipment, and a refined serving area.

Bekki Fox, community development director for the City of Rome, found out about the luncheons through word-of-mouth. Fox and her colleagues wanted to have a luncheon for senior citizens at the Woodlee Building as part of a function for the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation.

“We do something every year to give back to the community,” said Fox. “So we thought we would buy out an entire day’s worth of tickets to one of the luncheons that was open to the public.”

When she talked to Chef Paulson, however, she found out that tickets were already pre-sold for all the scheduled luncheons. So Paulson added an additional luncheon to the calendar as a closed event specifically for The South Rome Redevelopment Corporation.

“It’s just amazing that GNTC has a program of that caliber and has those facilities in place to be able to offer students real-life experience in serving, putting together the tables, and the decorations. From the time we walked in we were literally treated like royalty until we left,” said Fox. “I have been to a lot of restaurants, even five star restaurants, and they treated us better than any place I have ever been.”

According to Clarrisa Adams, a culinary major from Cedartown, the luncheons provide the best practical experience possible for a culinary student.

“It is the best feeling ever, you get the hands-on experience of working in a restaurant and get to see people’s reaction to your food,” said Adams. “Also, you get to come up with a theme and menu; it’s a wonderful, great experience.”

The Culinary Arts luncheons will return in the spring semester and dinners will be offered in the summer.

“You can lecture all you want about banquets, preparation, and table service but when you actually physically do it you’re getting some really true live experience,” said Paulson. “That’s why we offer it to the public and it’s one of the huge successes of this class.”

For more information on the culinary luncheons, go to GNTC’s main web page at www.gntc.edu and look under upcoming events. If you care to make a reservation, contact Chef Greg Paulson at 706.295.6880 or via email at gpualson@gntc.edu.

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.

Clarrisa Adams (right) of Cedartown and T’Lia McKoy (left) of Rome prepare a mirepoix to be used in Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy).
Clarrisa Adams (right) of Cedartown and T’Lia McKoy (left) of Rome prepare a mirepoix to be used in Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy).

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