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GNTC’s Foundation Trustees and Board of Directors honored by TCSG

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The Board of Directors at GNTC were honored during an awards ceremony at the Technical College System of Georgia 2018 Fall Leadership Conference held in Savannah. (From left to right) TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur; Michele Taylor, superintendent of Calhoun City Schools and member of GNTC’s Board of Directors; Heidi Popham executive vice president of GNTC; Lisa Odom, executive assistant to the president at GNTC; Barbara Dooley, keynote speaker for awards ceremony; Vince Dooley former UGA football coach and athletic director, and keynote speaker for awards ceremony; Kenna Stock, chief executive officer of Harbin Clinic and member of GNTC’s Board of Directors; Paul Meredith, director of manufacturing at Mohawk and member of GNTC’s Board of Directors; and Pete McDonald, president of GNTC.

 

The Foundation Trustees and Board of Directors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) were both honored during an awards ceremony at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) 2018 Fall Leadership Conference held recently in Savannah.

 

The awards were bestowed during a presentation at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Vince Dooley, legendary former University of Georgia football coach and athletic director, and his wife Barbara were the keynote speakers for the ceremony.

 

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The Foundation Trustees at GNTC were honored during an awards ceremony at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) 2018 Fall Leadership Conference held in Savannah. (From left to right) TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur; Michelle Beatson, foundation administrator at GNTC; Linda Case, foundation trustee at GNTC; Doris White, foundation secretary at GNTC; Pete McDonald, president of GNTC; and Larry Paulk, out-going president of the Technical College Foundation Association.

 

GNTC’s Foundation Trustees were awarded the Role Model Foundation Board Certification by the Technical College Foundation Associations (TCFA) for its ongoing efforts to serve the northwest Georgia community.

 

The Board of Directors at GNTC were acknowledged for each Board member completing the Technical College Director’s Association (TCDA) certification process.

 

This marks the first time that both boards at GNTC were honored for every member completing the required activities and workshops for certification.

 

The mission of the Technical College Directors’ Association of Georgia (TCDA) is to build the capability of the local boards of directors to effectively increase the real and perceived value of technical and adult education in Georgia.

 

In order to achieve Role Model Board Certification, all members of the Foundation Trustees must be actively engaged in the work of the board, through participation in organizational meetings, college events, leadership activities, fundraising initiatives, and professional development.

 

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.

 

Stephanie Scearce named Vice President of Economic Development at GNTC

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has named Stephanie Scearce of Woodstock the new vice president of Economic Development. She will fill the role previous held by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, and her first day will be Thursday, Nov. 1.

 

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Stephanie Scearce of Woodstock, Georgia is the new Vice President of Economic Development.

 

“GNTC is very pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie Scearce to the college executive team as vice president of Economic Development. Stephanie has many years of work experience in economic development in northwest Georgia,” said McDonald. “She has had direct experience working with many of the companies in the region and understands the critical role of workforce development for business expansion. Stephanie will be a great asset to GNTC and continue her good work for northwest Georgia.”

 

As vice president of Economic Development at GNTC, Scearce will be responsible for the implementation of all Technical College System of Georgia sponsored initiatives to enhance the economy of the northwest Georgia region. This includes providing support to the region’s community economic development enterprises and the development of locally initiated economic development programs such as customized employee training, short term career training and locally initiated continuing education programs.

 

She will be actively involved in the recruitment of new business and the expansion of existing businesses within the college’s nine county service area and will serve as a local point of contact for Georgia Quick Start. Additionally, she will develop and maintain partnerships with area Chambers of Commerce, business leaders, local governments and community development leaders.

 

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the GNTC family. The team possesses valuable knowledge and experience I plan to absorb in learning how best to deliver GNTC’s economic development initiatives,” said Scearce. “I’m overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness in welcoming me into the new role, and am looking forward to starting the next chapter with this fine organization.”

 

Prior to her new role, Scearce served as the regional project manager of the Georgia Department of Economic Development since 2015. In that position, she partnered with local communities and assisted companies with expansion needs to create new jobs in a 15 country region that includes GNTC’s service area. Scearce located 86 projects that helped create more than 4,100 new jobs and $938 million capital investment in the northwest Georgia region.

 

From 2009-15 Scearce served as the executive director of the Fannin County Development Authority in Blue Ridge. Her role was to promote rural economic development in the county by creating jobs through product development, new industry recruitment and existing business expansion. Scearce helped to create 400 new jobs, $18.4 million in private investment and 2.4 million in community investment for Fannin County.

 

Additional economic development certifications Scearce received includes Georgia Certified Economic Developer through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA (2018), Tennessee Valley Rural Leadership Institute (2012), Georgia Tech Basic Economic Course (2009) and Georgia Academy Regional Economic and Leadership Development Course (2009).

 

Scearce earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and graduated with honors. She attended KSU through a scholarship with the Women’s Basketball Team.

 

A star basketball player, Scearce was inducted into the Fannin County Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

 

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.

GNTC Develops Campus Police Force to Increase Focus on Student Safety

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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.

GNTC Announces President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2018 Spring Semester

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is proud to announce the students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2018 spring semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours. To be eligible for the Dean’s List the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours.

 

President’s List Students for:

 

Catoosa County: Kelly Adams, Tyler Atchison, Jack Atwood, Stormie Bonner, Timothy Cobb, Emily Connell, Dantrinh Cordell, Kristy Craig, Hannah Drake, Jack Gillispie, Victoria Harvey, Connie Lane, Brandy LeVan, Ashley McKenzie, Jessica Nabors, Charles Pitts, Samantha Powell, Kara Rittenhouse, Amy Scott, Ashley Smith, Heather Smith, Francie Songer, Casey Stephens, Hannah Taylor, Tristan Turner, Bailey West, Jaime Whittemore.

 

Chattooga County: Thomas Anderson, Brandon Battles, Robert Brooks, Rebecca Coley, Christen Cordell, Jacob Cordell, Hannah Edwards, Rachel Hammock, Cassandra Harrison, Larry Holbrooks, Christin Ingle, Clarissa Jimenez, Kassidy Kirby, Zachary Ledford, Charles Martin, Sandra Miller, Neyda Paiz, Jeremy Phillips, Tyler Rowland, Adam Shields, Erin Sipsy, Austin Tapp, Lela Wright, Joshua Wyatt.

 

Dade County: Kaylee Anderson, Ashley Benge, Austin Campbell, Brett Furgerson, Leslie Lay, Donnie West.

 

Floyd County: Yesenia Aldana, Yakelin Alvarado, Emanuel Arroyo, James Asbury, Joshua Barlow, Carson Bilbrey, Genotee Blake, James Blakley, Stephen Bottoms, Austin Boyd, Skylar Boyken, Taylor Brannon, Allyson Bridges, Breanna Callahan, Isabella Chapman, Elizabeth Cohely, Charles Collins, Ariel Crider, Melissa Crowe, Randy Crowe Jr, Gerardo Cruz Fonceca, Hien Dowdy, Courtney Elrod, Dustin Elsberry, Alicia Flowers, McKenzie Floyd, LaShasta Frazier, Alexis Gonzalez, Hannah Goss, Andrew Green, Laurie Green, Jose Guzman, Avery Hall, Matthew Hall, Joshua Hickman, Simon Hopkins, Alexandria Ingram, Timothy Johnson, Chelsey Keasler, Eric Knutsen, Maciej Kozlowski, Catherine Lankford, Daisy Mejia, Rosa Mejia, Antavia Moten, Charnice Oliver, Jacqaline Orozco, Haley Ottinger, Derrick Parker, Brandon Patten, Ashley Pawlowski, Charlotte Peach, William Peters, Emily Phillips, Brittany Poole, Amanda Pope-Turpin, Catherine Pruitt, Moises Ramirez Sanchez, Skyler Randleman, Christopher Reddish, Nathan Reed, Jennifer Reyes, Madilyne Reynolds, Autumn Ridley, Kylea Riley, Christopher Roberson, Makala Ross, Mireya Santillan-Cruz, Kirsten Schabert, Madeleine Sharp, Courtney Shepard, Emily Smith, Dacota Sprayberry, D’Andre Swain, Lanesha Teague, Justin Thornton, Tucker Tumlin, Cierra Turner, Jamie Turner, Hunter Umphrey, Cameron Walsh, Kayla Watson, Charles Williams, Lola Williams, Nicholas Williams, Sherman Wright.

 

Gordon County: Deborah Acevedo, Jessie Allen, Viridiana Armstrong, Morgan Baggett, Juan Barrios Lopez, Amanda Bonds-Carmon, Rachel Braden, Polly Brock, Tyra Brown, Dustin Bruce, John Bunch, Anna Burton, Lacey Byrn, Derrika Carroll, Jacob Chastain, Maggie Cochran, Elisabeth Cohea, Timothy Davis, Andrea Dean, Tequila East, Travis Fitzwater, Noemi Garcia, Clyde Garland, Kelsey Garner, Rachel Goforth, Hannah Gresham, Nickee Hall, Rene Hernandez, Hayden Housley, Emily Hunter, Patrick James, Elise Jones, Kristen Langston, Katlyn Lester, Latorya Manning, Kimberly Marbutt, Kiya McDaniels, Sheila Miller, Urvish Mistry, Joshua Morse, Alexis Moss, Toni O’Neal, Ivie Parker, Disha Patel, Shetu Patel, Francisco Perez-Loza, Yaina Rios, Stephanie Rittenhouse, Amber Roberts, Kathryn Russell, Kenneth Sallies, Esteysi Samayoa, Wesley Saunders, Braylan Silvers, Brooke Silvers, Breeahn Slaughter, Chelsea Stanfield, Autumn Stokes, Garret Strickland, Ashley Thomas, Logan Thomas, Jake Thomas Touchberry, Jessica Tucker, Luz Vigil, Carla Watkins, Justin Watson, Kirsten Young.

 

Murray County: Tyler Baggett, Jeffrey Ballew, Troy Beavers, Corey Bishop, Susan Black, Dustie Bridges, Keona Brinkman, Jessica Brock, Aleasha Cannon, Gloria Freeman, Courtney Garner, Kimberly Hicks, Christopher Hooker, Alesha Hughes, Austin Kelley, Emily Maddox, Breanna Massengale, Santos Mondragon DeLeon, Hannah Moore-Chavarria, Jennifer Mora, Macy Pritchett, James Shearin.

 

Polk County: Juana Aguilar, Saray Bahena, Halee Blackmon, Matthew Blake, Jeremy Campbell, Kristie Campbell, Jenna Cates, Michaela Clarke, Candice Cline, Raquel Cruz, Stacy Daughtry, Cassidy Davis, Tyler Dennis, Nahomy Diaz-Villanveva, Tracy Elkins, Patricia Escutia, Jaime Flores, Joseph Floyd, Annslie Galliher, Jose Gomez, Mason Gore, Adam Grogan, Leonel Guzman, Bailey Henderson, Lacie Johnson, Cynthia Kirk, Landry Kirkpatrick, Corey Knight, Alexis Lewis, Owen Lewis, Leslie Lopez, Arlene Martinez Belman, Riha Momin, Jeffrey Moss, James Mulcay, Jessica Neal, Jamie Nesmith, Kennedy Owens, Kiersten Pirkle, Schilling Pirkle, Marvin Pointer, Lindsay Pope, Lauren Popham, Kim Raulerson, Emily Redden, Kristi Reid, Omar Reyes-Chavez, Dedra Roberson, Sara Robinson, Alexia Sanchez, Samuel Sanders, Taylor Smith, Daysha Snipes, Donald Tinnan, Autumn Tomlinson, Andrea Walker, Abigail Williams, Justin Womack.

 

Walker County: Mallory Bradley, Shannon Bryant, Draven Burrage, Christina Champion, Tommy Champion, Sterling Clark, Kendall Cochran, Abby Dalton, Robert Dooley, Christopher Dunn, Selena Dupree, Derrick Ferguson, Kristen Green, Megan Hancock, Megan Harkins, Holly Hartsfield, Amber Kendrick, Daniel Luke, McKenzie Marshall, Madelyn Mathews, Baron O’Bryant, Cody Pemberton, Dewayne Perkins, Maisy Price, Amber Quillen, Larry Renfro, Isabelle Rousseau, Jarrod Sitton, Jessica Skinner, Jarod Streetman, Bradlee Suggs, Pamela Tallent, Amanda Teeters, Molly Thomison, Steven Thompson, Christopher Walden, Chloe Watts, Madeline Willis.

 

Whitfield County: Martin Arredondo, Ashton Avery, Jonathan Brooker, Rosa Cabrera, Jenifer Camacho, Summer Cole, Sydney Covington, Christopher Elrod, Kimberly Glover, Keymonica Hall, Misty Hawkins, Chandler Henry, Janell Herrera, Donna Joyce, Sandra Landaverde, Jose Martinez, Abel Mendiola, Eris Moonstar, Katy Motley, Gonzalo Nunez, Jennyfer Paucay, Miryam Ramirez-Najera, Jimmy Ruiz, Rigoberto Ruiz, Cady Silvius, Maria Torres, Yhalia Torres, Baleria Vasquez, Andres Viscarras, Jason Warren, Douglas Williams.

 

Other Counties: Cecily Abernathy, Brianna Armstrong, Stormy Arnold, Matthew Baker, Tanya Beckom, Chandler Biagini, Jennifer Carter, Travis Clayton, Courtney Compton, Sierra Crew, Walter Crocton, Eli Cronin, Kayla Davis-Anderson, Leah Dixon, Alexander Eckelberry, Holly Evans, Rachel Flatt, Ashley Franklin, Sarah Gallegos, Jamie Grano, Jessica Hall, Candy Hill, Andrew Hooker, Amber James, Kevin Jerome, Sarah Johnson, Steven Kemp, Brandon Lafavor, Anna Lanier, Amanda Lindsey, David Martin, Cierra McLeod, Christian Metroka, Jennifer Moore, Kevin Moreau, Holly Nichols, Patricia Philistin, Ashley Phipps, Kaitlyn Roberts, Gwendolyn Schultz, Tiffany Sharp, Savannah Shaw, William Slater, Joanna Sumner, Bonnita VanNuys, Jessica West, Amber Wilson.

 

Dean’s List Students for:

 

Catoosa County: Tiffany Alford, Misti Clark, Alisha Cowan, Michaela Davenport, Sarah Dorsey, Jesse Flanagan, Meghan Godfrey, Shelby Guinn, Wyatt Haston, Chloe Keith, Susan Kinsey, James Massingill, Brandon Neighbors, Benton Smith, Casey Williams.

 

Chattooga County: Charles Barksdale, Taylor Bethune, Stephen Clowdis, Taylor Eagle, Dakota Finster, Ashlyn Hodges, Melissa Johnson, Hayley Jones, Ivy LeBlanc, Derek Reynolds, Tiffany Romine, Christy Smith, James Spraggins, Amber Uptain.

 

Dade County: Cassandra Highfield, Stefanie Munger, Kristin Thompson.

 

Floyd County: Keyli Ajanel-Perez, Benjamin Bartley, Kaycee Beard, Joshua Borgers, Rashonda Bryant, Elizabeth Carpenter, Sarah Cato, Taylor Cato, Shanna Ely, Sedric Floyd, Cynthia Fuqua, Zachary Grady, Gimenna Guzman, Teyannah Johnson, Courtney King, Cynthia Lawrence, William Leath, Brittany Lindsay, Makayla Mccullough, Lesly Miranda, Thaddeus Moore, Richard Parris, Nya Powell, Erika Reyes, Dylan Rogers, Nicholas Sharman, Leslie Sullins, Jin Takaya, Austin Temple, Marvin Tomas Gaspar, Matthew Trapp, Drew Ware, Landis Yarbrough.

 

Gordon County: Austin Allen, Enrique Arreguin, Alexander Bennett, Linsey Boatwright, Katherine Bogue, Emily Breeden, Charles Brock, Byron Campos Gomez, Courtney Childs, Cassie Cooper, William Corley, Andrew Crow, James Daniel, Bo Dooley, Mary Dudley, Fernanda Galindo, Dylan Greeson, Hannah Hall, Brittney Hooper, Candace Horton, Thaley Jackson, Sonia Jernigan, Leigh Anne Little, Dana Loudermilk, Beyda Martinez, Kalee Meadows, William Moore, Chasta Moss, Allen Newport, Mary Owens, Leslie Renfro, Victoria Roper, Monica Smith, Sarah Stanley, Samantha Upshaw, Keiyana Ware, Alexis White, Bret Williams, Mason Woodard, John Zapp.

 

Murray County: Christian Adams, Jonathan Banuelos, Joshua Benson, Jaron Black, Peter Carrera, Jerry Cloer, Maria Gonzalez, Victor Iturbero, John Thomas Langford, Jeremy McGaha, Kaylor Mullis, Tabitha Newton, Brooke Pritchett, Harmony Ray, Justin Sisk, Karen Sloane, Jonathan Thomas.

 

Polk County: Sonny Ballard, Austin Banks, Itzel Bautista Lopez, Christopher Culver, Ross Davis, Makallie Dellinger, Ronnautica Dixon, Kristen Dobbs, Logan Dunn, Griffin Elder, Dylan Fox, Katrina Harris, Harrison Hendrix, Britney Hodges, Cadmiel Hunger, Kirkland Jolly, Robert Kimmel, Julie Lackey, Realynn Lanagan, Chloe Lee, Shelbi Lewis, Elia Lucas Vail, Nicholas McMichen, Emma Mobley, Urbein Morillon, Amaria Owens, Anthony Robinson, Tyler Rowland, Elizabeth Sanders, Dylan Smith, Autumn Wallace, Kailyn Watters, Haley White, Anita Williams, Ansley Wynn.

 

Walker County: Brittany Alexander, Mary Elizabeth Amis, Krysten Barnes, Timerra Bell, Felicia Berry, Sayde Bradford, Maddie Brown, Veronica Cameron, Jeanna Currie, Robert Evans, Courtney Goins, Savannah Hancock, Caleb Higdon, Melanie Kellogg, Loretta Lambert McClure, Rebecca Lancaster, Dylan Lanham, Deidra Long, Samantha McCarty, Alivia Mount, Savanah Pearson, Angela Perkins, Lebreska Pike, Jennifer Pryor, Emily Redden, Hailey Robertson, Toni Rogers, Stephanie Spears, Kara Thompson, Samuel Veal, Kristin West, Angela Willbanks.

 

Whitfield County: Marcos Arredondo, Maria Arredondo, Samantha Bragg, Alisha Broome, Robert Cooper, Tory Faulknor, Briana Fossett, Ivan Garcia, Vanessa Garcia, Victor Garcia, Bryan Hernandez, Cody Howard, Destiny Justice, Victoria Laird, Madelyn Logan, Alejandro Luna, Edwin Luna, Lisbeth Maldonado, Amador Mares Torres Jr, Derek Martin, Anthony Ortiz, Ivan Ortiz, Wilson Paez, Britney Parish, Lindsey Patterson, Erika Perez, Maritza Perez, Maria Pimentel, Andres Ramirez, Jose Silva, George Soto, Phoenicia Taylor, Rico Whitener, Omar Zamarron.

 

Other Counties: Kaitlin Abernathy, Cohen Andrews, Caris Barton, Hanna Bedwell, Kaila Biagini, Tatyana Caver, Patricia Clark, Reed Couch, Donna Ford, Kim Fosdick, Travis Freeman, Emily Hall, Donovan Head Singleton, Valina Hopson, Matthew Howard, Alexis Jackson, Justin Johnson, Sebastian Lech, Kaitlyn Lewallen, Beck Maxwell, Theresa McWilliams, Margaret Meuesen, Melvin Mitchell, Kendrick Parker, Nathan Pursley, Andrew Raulerson, Maranda Sauseda, Robert Schaum, Jacqueline Smith, Savannah Stephens, Justin Sumner, Azizah Syedali, Elizabeth Tanner, Joseph Turner, Thang Vu, Kayla Wallace, Ashley Widener, Jalessa Young.

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Technical College System of Georgia extends state’s workforce development ties with Germany

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TCSG Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science

(Atlanta, Georgia) – Leaders of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science (StMBW) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a partnership giving Georgia and German students expanded educational opportunities. TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and Georg Eisenreich, the Bavarian ministry’s State Secretary, signed the MOU in a ceremony held Sept. 26th in Munich.

 

The MOU states each party’s commitment to maximize the educational and training programs offered by vocational and technical colleges in both states to students and teachers. The partnership gives students and apprentices access to international science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in order to maximize career opportunities. The MOU also establishes a framework that partners with companies to promote world-class workforce development, training, apprenticeships and related services.

 

“Signing this MOU expands Georgia’s longstanding relationship with Bavaria and formalizes an educational partnership that benefits students, faculty and partner companies in both states,” said TCSG Commissioner Corbin.

 

“The State of Georgia is an important partner region for the Free State of Bavaria. Great contacts already exist between the states and we wish to continue to strengthen these ties,” said Georg Eisenreich, State Secretary of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, which oversees the comprehensive education of children, youth and adult learners, including the state’s vocational schools and colleges.

 

Among the exchanges enabled by the agreement are internships, apprentice projects and traditional semester exchanges for both students and faculty. Many of these efforts are coordinated with partner companies to expand on their access to a globally skilled workforce.

 

“Georgia and Bavaria have a formal diplomatic, business and educational partnership through our existing Regional Leaders Summit. Today’s MOU signing between Georgia’s technical colleges and the State of Bavaria will allow Georgia companies to access additional highly skilled and globally astute talent to work in their companies,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The Georgia Department of Economic Development applauds agreements like today’s as they add to the workforce development component of Georgia’s economic development efforts.”

 

The signing ceremony is a direct result of Gov. Nathan Deal’s workforce development mission to Germany in June 2016, which included attendance at the Regional Leaders Summit, a strategic alliance of five international regions.  Executives from Bavarian company Grenzebach, with operations in Newnan, Ga., were on hand to witness the signing ceremony, along with representatives from Central Educational Center in Coweta County, Ga., West Georgia Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

 

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

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Industrial Leader Helping College, Industry Grow In N. GA.

HAAS, Jeffreys Manufacturing Donate $17,500 To Georgia Northwestern

 

 

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“Visiting Densmore Machine in Whitfield County, Georgia to recognize the gift to Georgia Northwestern Technical College were industry and local leaders from across Northwest Georgia. Shown in the front row, from left, are Rob Bradham, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce; Johnathon Densmore, Chief Operating Officer of Densmore Machine; David Aycock, Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions; John Densmore, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Densmore Machine, and Carl Campbell, Vice President of Economic Development of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. In the back row, from left, are Chuck Payne, Georgia State Senator District 54; Carl Roberts, Tooling Supplier and Engineer for Alternatives for Industry; Jimmy Densmore, Chief Financial Officer and Operations Manager of Densmore Machine; Phil Shirley, Machine Tool Technology Director at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Jason Gamel, Director of Institutional Advancement at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”

 

 

(Dalton, Georgia)  With graduates of Georgia Northwestern Technical College manning the machines at Densmore Machine in Dalton, Georgia on a daily basis, it’s easy to see where donations to the region’s largest college actually go in the end. Industry and local leaders stopped in at Densmore Machine on July 17 to celebrate a special gift from an industry leader.

After committing $20,000 to Phil Shirley’s Machine Tool Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in 2016, Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions has presented the college with the Gene Haas Scholarship award for the second straight year. This time, the industrial machining giant donated $17,500 to the college’s program, benefitting the college’s program and the workforce it’s training.

The Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship is awarded to institutions which teach Machine Tool Technology and similar areas of study. The primary goal of the award is to help ease the financial burden of qualified students, allowing them to successfully complete their education and earn employment within their expertise.

“It’s all about the workers,” said Jimmy Densmore, Densmore Machine Operations Manager. “We have one man working the HAAS equipment right now that is a recent graduate of Georgia Northwestern. I’m also a graduate of Georgia Northwestern. The Machine Tool program at the college is a lot like our business. We need to be able to prepare for work that needs to be done or we go out of business.”

Densmore graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Drafting Technology program. “I realized that working in my family’s business, I could use that drafting education to help us grow,” said Densmore. “I could draw up parts companies were ordering in 3-D. Then, I could have the machines make the parts to order.”

Two decades after first opening its doors, Densmore Machine would take a new direction. Starting out in a modest 4,500-square-foot building in the Dawnville Community of Whitfield County, this family-owned business made a decision. The economic collapse of the housing industry nearly a decade ago pushed companies across the country, including Densmore, to look at things with a whole new perspective.

“We learned we would have to be able to do a lot of things for a lot of companies to survive,” said Densmore. “It would require new equipment to do jobs we never had to do before. Jobs which required machines we never had to purchase before. We’ve been buying machines from HAAS ever since as the workload demands it. Of course, a change like that requires trained staff. We know GNTC’s Machine Tool program works closely with HAAS. It’s really kind of a partnership.”

A company that thrives today on the coming together of companies, a college, and a workforce, was little more than an idea just 33 years ago. One born in the mind of Densmore’s Grandfather, John Densmore, Sr. Shortly before the current Operations Manager was born, his grandfather made the decision to go into business for himself. With all the money he could gather, Densmore, Sr. hit the road to Detroit, Michigan to a closed down auto plant. It was there he would purchase the North Georgia company’s first two pieces of equipment.

Today, three generations of Densmore machinists later, the company has grown from its original rural machine shop in the outskirts of Dalton, Georgia to a 12,500-square foot facility right on Interstate 75 in South Whitfield County. Georgia Northwestern offers campuses in Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus), Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), and Rock Spring (Walker County Campus.)

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-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.

GNTC Alum Takes Top Spot At Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

 

 

From Criminal Justice To Education, Nix Finds Himself In The Principal’s Office

Charles "Chance" Nix
“Ringgold, Georgia’s Charles “Chance” Nix is Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School’s third principal in nearly 40 years. Nix is a graduate of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and Valdosta State University (GA).”

 

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – Seven years ago, Catoosa County’s Charles “Chance” Nix graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) with a plan. He would take his Criminal Justice Degree he earned in 2010 and turn it into a career.

Seven years later, the former Catoosa County Sheriff’s Deputy has done just that. Next month, when students walk the halls for the first day of the new school year at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School (LFO), the GNTC alum will be at the helm of Warrior Country.

It was more than a decade ago when Nix first worked in a high school. In 2006, he served as the School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) at LFO in Catoosa County, Georgia. It would be one of the school’s former principals, Jack Sims, who would nudge him towards education. “He saw something in me,” Nix said. “…and that turned everything around.” Now, Nix saw himself one day being a teacher. But never a principal.

Nix would then attend Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Walker County, Georgia. He would first earn a diploma (2009), and then, an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice (2010). “At Georgia Northwestern, I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, friendly professors, and convenience to work and family life.” His first stop on the teaching circuit would be at Heritage High School in Ringgold, Georgia. Nix would teach Law and Justice classes at Catoosa County’s newest high school.

In an effort to pursue an administration career in the Catoosa County School System, the 46-year-old Ringgold man would later continue his education at Lincoln Memorial University (TN) and Valdosta State University (GA) to earn a Master’s Degree in Education and an Educational Specialist Degree, respectively.  His first administrator role was at Westside Elementary serving as the assistant principal with Principal Dr. Mike Rich.

After serving first as an assistant principal at LFO, Nix officially got the call this spring to replace LFO administrator Terri Vandiver as principal in the 2017-18 school year. Vandiver came into office the summer of 2010 when she replaced long-time Principal Jerry Ransom. Serving also as a long-time coach, teacher, and administrator, Ransom served as the principal of LFO for thirty years.

Nix and his wife, Heather, have been married since 1994. She is a teacher at Ringgold Primary School in Catoosa County. They have two children, Hailey, 18, and Savannah, 15.

Applications to enroll in the Criminal Justice Technology program, or any of the more than 200 programs offered at GNTC, are due by July 24. For more information about GNTC, visit the college at GNTC.edu. You can also contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. GNTC offers classes online and on-campus at the Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Murray Campuses across Northwest Georgia.

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 additional information, you may also visit 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.

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