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GNTC, Local Law Enforcement Prepare For Emergencies

Active Shooter Drill Held On
Georgia Northwestern’s Catoosa County Campus

 

Four police officers standing at bottom of staircase as they look for suspects. They are going through double doors.
“A team of first responders methodically move through the Catoosa County Campus during an Active Shooter Drill on November 30. From left, Deputy LeeAnn Moody, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Doug Licklider, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department; Detective Jennifer Jones, Ringgold Police Department (GNTC Police); and Nigel Torres, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department.”
Profile of instructor as he smiles, standing in front of taped off room.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger stands by to role-play one of the gunmen used in the November 30 Active Shooter Drill on the college’s Catoosa County Campus.”
Officer stands with back against a wall going up a staircase with her weapon drawn. You can see the outside of the building through a huge window near her.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Police Officer Jennifer Jones covers fellow officers during maneuvers in a staircase on the college’s Catoosa County Campus. Jones is also a detective for the Ringgold (GA) Police Department.”
Three people are dressed in white t-shirts and wearing cosmetic wounds for the active shooter drill.
“Some of the students in GNTC’s Emergency Medical Technician program prep for the drill by role-playing victims. Madison Nelms, sitting, is having an artificial wound applied to her neck by classmate Mike Chavez. Fellow student Phoenix West is helping in the background.”

 

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – A damp and eerie morning in Northwest Georgia set the scene November 30 for an Active Shooter Drill held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). Local and state authorities from multiple departments, as well as more than two dozen students, took part in the live exercise.

 

“Our students got a real opportunity to take part in a hands-on emergency situation right on our campus,” said GNTC Emergency Medical Technician Director Claudio Leyssens.

 

Just after 10 a.m. on the Friday morning, it would only take a pair of gunmen a few seconds to make their way through the campus lobby and up a flight of stairs. As soon as the first shots rang out, the feeling that this was still just a practice drill immediately disappeared. From the parking lot, you could see the gunmen in the windows going from room to room. The feeling of a drill was over.

 

The sounds of weapons discharging their ammunition throughout the Ringgold, Georgia complex quickly sent emergency workers and student participants hurrying to their roles in the emergency drill. Within minutes, the first responders would arrive and begin the search for the gunmen. Although it was just a practice run, it would have been hard to make it feel more real.

 

“This is the age we live in,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Police Training Coordinator Gary McConathy. “These sort of drills are a necessity to help protect us from dangerous events. After the shootings that have made headlines across the country over the past few years, we have to do our part to not only help us be prepared, but to allow our local authorities an opportunity to train in a true-to-life exercise.”

 

First responders would move methodically throughout both floors of the 60,000-square foot facility searching for the suspects. “Those first on the scene have one main goal,” said McConathy. “The goal is to stop a shooter. Those first officers won’t stop to assess injuries. With each additional minute that passes that they have not detained the gunman, that’s one more life that could be on the brink because of it. You have to stop the threat.”

 

Responders from the Catoosa County Fire Department, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Dalton Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services, Puckett Emergency Medical Services, Ringgold Police Department, and the Tunnel Hill Police Department participated in the event. “There were even some of the responders who came on a volunteer basis to take part,” added McConathy. “It just goes to show just how important this kind of thing is.”

 

Although the drill organizers are still breaking down the data from the drill, students on hand had their results immediately. “When the weapons discharged, it grabbed the attention of all of our students,” said Leyssens. “I’ve taken part in several disaster drills. However, this was my first active shooter drill. This drill really helped train emergency responders as well as my students going into the field. I really feel like it has the potential to help keep our campuses safer than others. You just don’t hear about a lot of drills taking place like this at other colleges.”

 

In Calhoun, Georgia in October 2017, GNTC’s Gordon County Campus hosted an Active Shooter Drill. The college’s Floyd County Campus was the site of a similar event in 2014 in Rome, Georgia. In 2011, the Walker County Campus of GNTC also hosted a similar exercise in which authorities across the region responded to the drill at the Rock Spring, Georgia facilities.

 

GNTC offers Basic Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Technician, Criminal Justice, and Crime Scene Investigation programs. For more information on these programs, visit the college at GNTC.edu or by calling 866.983.4682.

 

For more information on the drill, you may contact GNTC Chief of Police Chad Cardin at 706-295-6552. You may also e-mail him at ccardin@gntc.edu. 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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Coffee With A Cup For CCC

Five people in uniforms and work attire sitting at tables in a fast-food restaurant. A television is powered on in the background. It is on the wall behind the people in the picture.
“Coffee With A Cop” was a huge success in Ringgold, Georgia Wednesday! Our new GNTC Police Chief Chad Cardin, seen left, poses for a selfie with some of the GNTC Catoosa County Campus staff and some Ringgold Police Department reps. The even took place Wednesday morning at the Ringgold, Georgia McDonald’s. It was an opportunity for the public to meet with some of our new police force on the campuses of GNTC. Shown in the photo are, from left, Cardin, Ringgold Police Department Sergeant Elliot Welch,Ringgold Police Department Captain Chris Faulk, GNTC Catoosa County Campus Manager Leigh Ann Pettigrew, and Ringgold Police Department Detective/GNTC Officer Jennifer Jones.

GNTC Develops Campus Police Force to Increase Focus on Student Safety

Three men in police uniform against a brick wall which has the college logo on it.
Chad Cardin (center) chief of police at GNTC, poses for a picture during a regional police chief meeting held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. Also pictured is Steve Blevins (left), police officer at GNTC’s Walker County Campus, and Gary McConathy (right), police lieutenant at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

Student safety is of the highest priority on any college campus these days, according to Pete McDonald, president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).

 

Which is why Georgia Northwestern has recently created and gained state approval for its own police force to handle incidents and promote student, faculty, staff and visitor safety at each of GNTC’s six campuses.

 

“The safety of our students, faculty and staff as well as visitors to our campuses is of the highest priority,” said McDonald. “A safe campus environment is critical to learning and skill development. Our new police officers are highly experienced officers who bring many years of knowledge to the challenge of developing and maintaining a safe college experience for everyone.”

 

In the past, GNTC employed part-time, off-duty officers from other agencies to police its campuses in the nine county service area.

 

“If you have an officer from another police department working for you, and as something happens, they have to follow the policies and guidelines for their department,” said Chad Cardin, chief of GNTC Police.

 

One of the key advantages to GNTC having a campus police force is that it allows the college to set its own policies and procedures which allows a concentrated focus on policing in the college environment.

 

“This means that we have more control,” said Cardin. “It is also advantageous to have a campus police department because you can operate it with less expense than hiring officers from other agencies.”

 

Chad Cardin was named chief of GNTC Police in March of 2018. A veteran police officer in the northwest Georgia region, Cardin has served as a police officer and trainer for the Tunnel Hill Police Department, assistant chief of police and captain for the Ringgold PD, police officer for the Fort Oglethorpe PD, police officer for the Dalton PD, and a detention officer for the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Cardin earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, master’s degree in Public Administration, and master’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix.

 

The police department at GNTC is a fully certified state police agency as signified by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and the Georgia Crime Information Center, according to Cardin.

 

“Campus police officers have full police powers and we are the same as other law enforcement agencies in the state of Georgia,” said Cardin.

 

The jurisdiction for GNTC Police, as defined by Georgia law, is public or private property under the control of Georgia Northwestern Technical College plus a 500 feet perimeter. GNTC’s police department operates under the authority of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

“So far we have hired four full-time officers and I have twelve part-time officers who will join the department soon,” said Cardin.

 

GNTC’s police force has also reached out to other law enforcement agencies in the area to work together whenever necessary. In early September, Cardin hosted a regional meeting of police chiefs on the Gordon County Campus to introduce GNTC police officers to other law enforcement agencies in the northwest Georgia region.

 

Agencies that participated in the regional meeting included the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, Chatsworth PD, Calhoun PD, Dalton PD, Fort Oglethorpe PD, GNTC Police, LaFayette PD, Lookout Mountain PD, Rockmart PD, Ringgold PD, Tunnel Hill PD, and Varnell PD.

 

The Basic Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC provided a presentation during the regional meeting to discuss how their graduates could help facilitate the needs of the region.

 

GNTC Police have also entered into mutual aid agreements with surrounding counties and municipalities. Under these agreements, college police officers can operate off campus when requested by other agencies to assist them.

 

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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

NW Georgia Sheriff’s Office Takes Challenge In Important Direction

Local College, Middle School Student In The Headlines

Deputies and actress inside doorway of a home.
“A still frame from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge video shows Meliyah Davis holding on to a sheriff’s deputy played by Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kalin England.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Nearing 11 million views alone on Facebook in less than two weeks, the nationwide craze of police forces taking part in the “Lip Sync Challenge” has caught everyone’s attention. However, the most popular production appears to have been done right here in the Northwest Georgia mountains. And, it has the students of one college taking notice.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves nearly 30 high schools across nine counties in Northwest Georgia. It’s a college which is fairly well known among the teens in the region. An institution which teaches Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Georgia Northwestern makes an unexpected appearance in a viral video setting a serious tone in social media. It’s a production that has put domestic violence in the spotlight this month.

 

Young girl posing for picture outdoors. She's wearing a pink bow and pink t-shirt.
“Meliyah Davis starred in a viral video production of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge. The video focused on the serious issue of domestic violence.”

 

It’s all in the wardrobe of 12-year-old Teasley Middle School student Meliyah Davis. When Meliyah begins school this week in Canton, Georgia, she may end up being a very noticeable face. Meliyah’s aunt, Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Christine Hedmann, actually recruited her for the filming. A Field Training Officer for the department, Hedmann also makes in appearance in the now famous video.

In Meliyah’s scenes in the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge Video, she is wearing a Georgia Northwestern Technical College t-shirt. “I liked the color and design of the shirt,” said Meliyah on why she wore the shirt. “I really want to be a police officer, though. I want to work in the jail.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers the Law Enforcement Academy program every semester on the Gordon County Campus and the Criminal Justice program every semester on the Gordon County Campus, Walker County Campus and Whitfield Murray Campus.

“What these law enforcement professionals did with this video is important in helping bring the issue to light,” said Law Enforcement Academy Director James Pledger. “Domestic violence knows no social-economic boundaries. Men, women, and children can be victims. It’s a continuous cycle that is hard to break. We take this very serious and train on it diligently at the (GNTC) academy.”

With domestic violence on the rise in the United States, there couldn’t be a better time to take advantage of a viral trend. “One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime,” according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Nearly 20 people every minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.”

 

Girl sitting on wooden floor in a bedroom; leaning against a wall.
“A still frame from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department Lip Sync Challenge video shows Meliyah Davis sitting in the floor. She plays the daughter of a family dealing with an abusive parent in the home.”

 

In the video, Meliyah plays the daughter of a family dealing with an abusive parent in the home.  “I think that people shouldn’t be abusive,” said Meliyah. “The victims should call for help.” Hedmann, Meliyah’s aunt, is the deputy driving the squad car in the online hit. She and her partner are responding to a call about possible domestic violence coming from a home.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Their website is TheHotline.org. The website offers an around-the-clock chat option. Or, you can also call the hotline at 1−800−799−7233. The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

So, what do Meliyah’s friends and family think of her overnight stardom? “My best friend, Sanai, thought it was awesome,” said Meliyah. “My family is proud and thinks I did a great job.” Meliyah’s grandmother, Sharon Davis, works in the Financial Aid department at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers the Law Enforcement Academy program every semester on the Gordon County Campus and the Criminal Justice program every semester on the Gordon County Campus, Walker County Campus and Whitfield Murray Campus. To learn more about these programs, you can call 866-983-4682 or visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels.

GNTC offers more than 200 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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Law Enforcement Grads Honored At GNTC

Police Chief Speaks On Social Media, Serving Today

 

Graduates standing on stage with their instructor.
“The graduating class of the July 2018 Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Shown, from left, are Mason Woodard, Matthew Wilson, Justin Watson, Isreal Smith, Joshua Morse, Jonathan Martin, Hunter Densmore, Dustin Bruce, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger.”

 

(Calhoun, GA) – “People see the troubling things involving law enforcement on social media these days and it affects all police officers,” said Tony Pyle, Chief of the Calhoun, Georgia Police Department, during a keynote speech to the latest graduating class of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy. “As the next generation of law enforcement, you can play a part in changing that.”

As one of Chief Pyle’s first duties on the job, appointed to the position on July 1, he spoke to the eight new graduates from GNTC’s program designed to train those who wish to pursue careers in criminal justice. “Today is a very different time to be a police officer,” said Pyle. “It’s a very difficult time. It’s a very difficult job today. These graduates could have chosen anything to take at this college. They chose to be police officers.”

Graduates receiving honors at GNTC’s July 2018 Basic Law Enforcement Academy Graduation were Dustin Bruce (Ringgold, GA), Hunter Densmore (Calhoun, GA), Jonathan Martin (Summerville, GA), Joshua Morse (Calhoun, GA), Isreal Smith (Calhoun, GA), Justin Watson (Calhoun, GA), Matthew Wilson (Trion, GA), and Mason Woodard (Calhoun, GA). In addition to family and friends attending the ceremony, regional police chiefs, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officials came to offer their support of the new class.

“If you ever forget your mission, just look on the side of your patrol car and read what it says,” said Pyle. “To protect and to serve.”  Pyle began his career in law enforcement in 1988 handling college security at Rome, Georgia’s Berry College. Two years later, he joined the Calhoun, Georgia Police Department. During his time on the force, he would serve as a patrol officer, as a Detective Sergeant and Commander of the Drug Task Force, and as a Detective, Lieutenant, and Captain within in the Criminal Investigation Division before becoming Chief.

 

Student standing on stage with his award, beside his instructor.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduate Justin Watson, left, receiving his ‘Top Gun’ award for excellence in marksmanship from Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director Jim Pledger.”

 

This class of new law enforcement specialists is the 20th graduating class under GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger. Joshua Morris was named the program’s “Honor Graduate” for earning the highest grade point average in his class. Justin Watson was given the program’s “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship. Both Morris and Watson are former members of the United States Marine Corps. Graduate Dustin Bruce served as a Ranger in the United States Army.

 

Student standing on stage with his award, beside his instructor.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduate Joshua Morris, left, receiving his ‘Honor Graduate’ award for the highest grade point average in his graduating class from Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director Jim Pledger.”

 

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, you can call 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 (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

GNTC offers more than 200 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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC holds a Public Safety Training Exercise on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun

(Calhoun, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) department of safety and security and Gordon County first responders, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders reported to Building 300 on the Gordon County Campus for a simulated active shooter scenario on Oct. 10.

 

Kenneth Carson
Kenneth Carson, of the Calhoun Police Department, was one of the first responders to the “active shooter” during the Public Safety Training Exercise.

 

The exercise served as training for local police and emergency responders to test the response capacity and coordination between GNTC and public safety agencies in the Calhoun area.

 

In the drill, three cars were lit on fire as part of the training and scenario. This was meant to simulate a disgruntled person coming to the college and creating a diversion. The “active shooter” then went into Building 300 and began causing “casualties.” There were two “active shooters” in the exercise.

 

The initial call to emergency responders was for the vehicle fire, so the fire department showed up prior to law enforcement. While the firefighters were tending “casualties” and putting out the fire, one of the “active shooters” came back outside and began opening gunfire on emergency personnel. The “active shooter” then re-entered the building to cause additional casualties and law enforcement responded to the scene.

 

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Three cars were lit on fire as part of the Public Safety Training Exercise held on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. This was meant to simulate a disgruntled person coming to the college and creating a diversion. While firefighters were tending “casualties” and putting out the fire, the “active shooter” began opening gunfire on emergency personnel.

 

“It’s important to train for the worst,” said Detective Seth Densmore of the Calhoun Police Department. “The timeframe in the response is crucial because the longer it takes for someone to contact us and let us know that this is happening, the more casualties we are going to have, so the key is the speed.”

 

Participating agencies included the Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun Fire Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Gordon Hospital and EMS, and Gordon County 911.

 

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One of the “active shooters” opens fire on first responders during the Public Safety Training Exercise on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

Since time is of the essence with any kind of mass casualty, training like this is important since it involves different emergency agencies working together to identify better ways to communicate and respond.

 

“It is imperative that the men and women who make the decisions for their prospective department have a unified command in these situations,” said Densmore.

 

Terry Mobbs
Terry Mobbs, of Gordon EMS, was one of the emergency medical responders during the Public Safety Training Exercise on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

GNTC staff, students, and faculty volunteered as “victims” for the drill and went through make up to have fake bullet wounds applied to them prior to the drill. They also were assigned different roles to play for the drill, such as one “victim” that had a heart attack after the shooting began and another “victim” acted hysterical and problematic with the first responders when they arrived.

 

“I think as far as safety goes everybody did really well,” said Tom Bojo, dean of academic affairs at GNTC. ”That’s always goal number one when you do these type of drills.”

 

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.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Held Thursday, Feb. 23

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Graduates of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201602 are: Back row (from left to right) Thomas Williams, Bryce Momon, Brett Nesbitt, Micah Alexander, and Andrew Hooker. Front Row (from left to right) Joshua McFadden, Keasha Brown, Enrico Garcia, Vanessa Robledo, and Gabe Shipman.

(Calhoun, GA) – Friends, family, and the community gathered at the Conference Center located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor students graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201602 on Thursday, Feb. 23.

During the ceremony, 10 law enforcement officers were recognized in front of a standing room only crowd. Advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, community leaders, 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 introducing current and former staff from the academy.

“I would like to give my appreciation to the chiefs, sheriffs, officers, and people from different emergency services that are here,” said Pledger. “Many of these people are also instructors for us and they come here and they pass along their expertise to these young individuals that are graduating today.”

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Mike Barton, director of Internal Affairs for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Joshua McFadden was the student speaker for the ceremony. McFadden told his classmates that everything they do from this day forward is earned.

“I know we will all be successful in this career path and we all sacrificed a lot of time away from our families to get here,” said McFadden.

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Joshua McFadden was the student speaker for the ceremony.
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Enrico A. Garcia (left) was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship by Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC.

Enrico A. Garcia was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship and Thomas E. Williams, III received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201501 are: Micah C. Alexander, Keasha S. Brown, Enrico A. Garcia, Christopher A. Hooker, Joshua B. McFadden, Kaden B. Momon, Brett L. Nesbitt, Vanessa S. Robledo, Gabriel B. Shipman, and Thomas E. Williams, III.

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.

Basic Law Enforcement: Next Classes This May

Training To Enforce The Law: Basic Law Enforcement Academy

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The GNTC Law Enforcement Academy is now accepting applications for the February 2017 class!
If interested, contact the Law Enforcement Academy’s main office at 706-378-1728. You may also e-mail to dmcclellan@gntc.edu. Seats are limited!!!
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