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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.

 

GNTC Grad Named Alumna Of The Year IN Georgia

Business leaders in Marietta and Rome cited for contributions to their communities and Georgia

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Pictured: L-R President Ron Newcomb (Chattahoochee Technical College), Mark Haney (Alumnus), Governor Nathan Deal, Shadae Yancey-Warren (Alumna), President Pete McDonald (Georgia Northwestern Technical College), Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (TCSG), and Deputy Commissioner Matt Arthur (TCSG).

 

ATLANTA—Shadae Yancey-Warren of Rome and Mark Haney of Marietta were named the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Alumni of the Year by the TCSG Foundation Thursday evening. The TCSG Foundation recognizes outstanding alumni of TCSG affiliated colleges each year at its “A Taste of TCSG” event. Governor Nathan Deal, along with TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, presented the awards.

“Shadae and Mark represent the best of the Technical College System of Georgia, not only through their career success, but in their commitment to improving their communities by giving back,” said TCSG Commissioner, Gretchen Corbin. “It’s truly an honor to recognize two exemplary alumni of the Technical College System of Georgia—they make us proud.”

Shadae Yancey-Warren is a 2011 graduate of the marketing management program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome. Following graduation, Yancey-Warren opened Jamwich, a specialty sandwich shop in downtown Rome. Since opening, Jamwich has garnered much attention, including being named to Georgia Tourism’s “100 Plates Locals Love” list. Yancey-Warren continues to invest in her community through her “GIVE-A-JAM” initiative, which provides meals to those in need. Yancey-Warren was named the TCSG 2017 Alumna of the Year by the TCSG Foundation.

Mark Haney is a 1977 graduate of the emergency medical technician (EMT) program at Marietta/Cobb Vocational Technical School (now Chattahoochee Technical College). Haney enrolled in the EMT program while still in high school, where he earned his certification and worked for a local ambulance service. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy as well as master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from Georgia State University. He has been with WellStar Health System since 1978 and has served as President of WellStar Paulding Hospital and Nursing Center since 2009. More recently, Haney was named Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and Development Services within the WellStar Health System. Haney is committed to his community, chairing the Paulding County Economic Development Board, as well as serving on the board of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce. Haney was named the TCSG 2017 Alumnus of the Year by the TCSG Foundation.

About The TCSG Foundation

The TCSG Foundation supports the Technical College System of Georgia through marketing, advocacy and fundraising to benefit the system’s 22 colleges and their programs, faculty and students. The TCSG Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

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.

Bobcat SkillsUSA Teams Lead Way At Nationals

Georgia Northwestern’s Fincher wins college’s first national gold, two more medal in Louisville

 

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“Cedartown, Georgia’s Ryan Fincher becomes Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s first-ever national champion in the 2017 SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky. Fincher, shown third from the left, poses alongside his other Top-10 finishers on the medal stage in Louisville, Kentucky. Fincher is a three-time Georgia SkillsUSA champion, twice on the high school level and once on the collegiate level.”

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – After the dust settled on a competition floor large enough to house more than 15 football fields, the students of Georgia Northwestern Technical College would find themselves among the best in the nation at the 2017 Nationals SkillsUSA Competition. More than 6,000 students qualified in their home states to compete at the national competition this summer in Louisville, Kentucky. But when the competitions would close on more than 100 professional skills categories, it would be the Bobcats standing near the top of the next generation workforce.

Leading the way and standing tall atop the medal platform for Georgia Northwestern Nationals SkillsUSA Team was Cedartown, Georgia’s Ryan Fincher. The 2017 Georgia SkillsUSA Welding Champion became GNTC’s first-ever national champion. Fincher, a product of GNTC’s Welding Technology program, is no stranger to the national stage, though. In his junior and senior year at Cedartown High School, Fincher was a two-time state champion in welding at the Georgia SkillsUSA Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Also, placing nationally for GNTC were Bobcat teams in the Chapter Display and Career Pathways categories. Taking home the bronze in Chapter Display was the GNTC team of Brandy LeVan (Rock Spring, Georgia), Melisa Fajardo (Dalton, Georgia), and Kate Hendricks (Rock Spring, Georgia.) Another Bobcat crew also grabbing a third place finish at nationals was the college’s Career Pathways team. Beck Maxwell (Euharlee, Georgia), Melvin Mitchell (Cartersville, Georgia), and Dusty Powell (Aragon, Georgia) made up the bronze medal entry from GNTC.

GNTC’s total medal count (7) from the national competition was among the tops from qualifiers in the Peach State. The college, along with other teams from the Technical College System of Georgia, qualified 111 contestants for slots in Louisville. In all, Georgia Technical College entries brought home a total of 53 medals: 24 gold, 12 silver, and 17 bronze. The lofty medal count made Georgia the winningest state in this year’s skills competition.

As for other great performances from the Bobcat contingency, enter Ashley Davenport (Rome, Georgia). Davenport would finish fifth in the nation in the Cosmetology category. Only 37 points out of a possible 1,000 points separated Davenport (952.67) from the top spot. Davenport finished second at the state level of SkillsUSA in March, therefore, she did not originally qualify for a trip to the national competition. However, just one week before the competition, Davenport was told that the state’s winner was unable to take part in nationals and she would be taking the spot.

Also making his presence known was Branton Bailey (Resaca, Georgia). Bailey would take home a top-10 finish claiming eighth place in the nation in Cabinetmaking. Only 67 points out of a possible 1,000 points separated Bailey (921.5) from the title. Both Bailey and Davenport, along with nine others from Georgia Northwestern, earned enough points to qualify for gold medal consideration. Those entrants receive a “Skills Points Certificate” to recognize their high-level of performance. Among those entrants from GNTC were top finishers Fincher, LeVan, Fajardo, and Hendricks; as well as Electrical Construction Wiring entry Eric Vargas (Rome, Georgia); and TeamWorks entry competitors Barry Arrington (Calhoun, Georgia), Bo Dooley (Resaca, Georgia), Shawn Clark (Calhoun, Georgia), and Noah Wilson (Fairmount, Georgia). This is only the college’s second time competing in the TeamWorks category. Last year, the team took home the bronze for the third best performance in the nation in the construction-based classification. Arrington and Dooley made repeat appearances from the 2016 squad.

Additionally, Georgia Northwestern Technical College received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for Families and Groups. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States. It recognizes the best in American spirit and encourages all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation. In March, the college chapter was awarded Georgia SkillsUSA’s highest honor, the Chapter of Distinction award. GNTC SkillsUSA Advisor Missy McClain, along with the instructors of the college, helps organize the events and train the contestants for each year’s team beginning every winter.

Winners in each category of the competition take home prize packages that complement their chosen vocation. Fincher took home thousands of dollars in tools and equipment for his first place finish in Louisville. “It’s just a great opportunity for this next generation of skilled worker,” said Scott Carter, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Electrical Systems Technology Instructor. “Our college really performed excellent. But it’s about more than the competition itself. One of our students heard that industry recruiters at this event will sometimes make job offers to specific contestants they would like to hire.  Before the event, the student said he was moving to Bakersfield, California this fall and didn’t want to take any new jobs right now. Then, one company rep approached him during the competition to offer a job. He told the rep he was moving to California soon. The rep asked him if he would be moving anywhere near Bakersfield because that’s where I was going to offer you a job!”
Each year, the National SkillsUSA Competition takes place during the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Now, in its 53rd year, the competition saw more than 6,000 high school and collegiate qualifiers compete in front of nearly 1,500 judges in more than 100 categories ranging from Advertising Design to Welding and everything in between. SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators across the nation.

For details on enrolling at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, or to ask questions about any of the more than 200 programs the college offers on-campus or online, call the college at 866-983-4682. If you are interested in applying to GNTC for fall semester, applications are due by July 24. You can also visit the college at GNTC.edu. Plus, the college’s Student Help Centers can help you with any question you have. Visit a Student Help Center on the Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, or Whitfield Murray Campuses Monday through Friday between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

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.

Having Class: Helping Our Soldiers At Home

Georgia Northwestern Management Students Put Their Hearts To Work

(Dalton, Georgia) – When a class works together at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, there is a common goal. In Leyner Argueta’s Business Management “Team Project” course, the goal has been taking care of one of their own.

“They really put their hearts to work,” said Argueta of his Fall 2016 Team Project students. “We have a U.S. Marine veteran in our program whose family has a huge need. These students wanted to show this veteran, now home for good, their appreciation.” They wanted to help provide him with a new home. A house in a country that Bradley Ramirez helped protect while serving overseas.

 

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“Retired United States Marine Corpsman Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia poses with his family for a picture while on active duty. Ramirez is currently a student at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Whitfield Murray Campus.”

 

They got their initial idea from press coverage. A story about Ramirez and the help of the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage company in Dalton, Georgia has now turned into different people coming together over the past year to be able to care for one of North Georgia’s own. Ramirez and his family came home to their house a little over a year ago. The condition of the home required a complete demolition and rebuild. Ramirez and his family would need a miracle.

And miracles are just what they got. Plenty of them.

Thanks to the help of several Whitfield County companies and organizations, the man who served our country for nine years, including two tours in Afghanistan, is closer to his family’s brand new home. Northwest Georgia groups donated their time and service with demolition provided by the American Legion, materials courtesy of Johns Lumber, and blueprints handled by Habitat For Humanity.

With so many banding together to do what was right, it left Ramirez’ family humbled and in awe. “We didn’t expect it,” said Bradley Ramirez’ wife, Argelia. “When he told me, I almost cried. It’s just something we didn’t expect.” That’s when Argueta’s classmates stepped in to continue the giving spirit.

 

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“A group of fellow Georgia Northwestern Technical College students wearing their “#ProjectRamirez” t-shirts. The shirts were sold as part of the Fall 2016 Team Project class on the Whitfield Murray Campus of GNTC.”

 

“They wanted to raise $10,000 to help with the process,” said Argueta. “It seemed possible to do. But, they had to up their game as the class went along.” As they learned what it would take to raise funding for a not-for-profit cause, the lessons would come fast. “They started by selling doughnuts,” shared Argueta. “However, that effort would only get them to a fraction of their goal. So, they then moved on to selling Belk’s Discount cards. They even had special t-shirts made and sold them. The business mentality took over. They had put their passion to work and it helped them reach the goal.”

Argueta’s goal at one time had been to be a successful businessman. Then, in 2012, the Chicago, Illinois native first came to Northwest Georgia. “I really wanted to find an opportunity where I could make a difference,” commented Argueta. After stopping over in Calhoun, Georgia during a trip into the Southeastern U.S., Argueta really felt he may have found a place his family could make their mark.

A businessman by trade, Argueta would be pulled into the education industry. However, the die-hard Chicago Cubs fan would also get another call. He is now a pastor at Faith Moves Church in Calhoun, Georgia. The bilingual church is the only one of its kind in our region as the message is delivered each week in Spanish and English, simultaneously. And, to no one’s surprise, one of the big practices parishioners at his church are encouraged to do daily: To share the love of Christ in the community.

“These students in our Team Project classes are just giving back, not only for their needed credit, but also because they felt it was simply the right thing to do,” said Argueta. Now that the Fall 2016 Team Project class is done, the Spring 2017 class is carrying on with business in the same giving manner. They are helping collect and distribute women’s undergarments for women in Haiti. “One of the students did a mission trip their previously and learned of the need,” said Argueta.

As for Ramirez, he anticipates to be in his own Team Project class in the next few terms. An expert in Supply Chain Management while serving the United States Marine Corps, Ramirez hopes to find another veteran who may need similar assistance and keep the project going. “I almost left school to get a full-time job to start raising money for the house,” said Ramirez in regards to his own home.

A graduate of Phoenix High School in 2007, Ramirez has decided to call Dalton, Georgia home for his children, as well. Bradley and Argelia Ramirez have three children, Bradley, Callie, and Gracie. If you are interested in donating to the project, you can mail gifts to American Legion Post 112, P.O. Box 932, Dalton, Georgia 30722. All checks should include “Project Avenue C” in the memo line.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Business Management program, 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.

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.

 

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Georgia Northwestern Setting The Curve For Health Information Training

Partner colleges meet with GNTC on launching
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– Administrators from Augusta Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College spent the day with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Health Information Technology Director Donna Estes on the Walker County Campus October 26.

 

“These college saw how we have really grown things at GNTC and they wanted to learn what we knew about getting the program off the ground,” said Estes. “From laying out an academic plan for our students to have the best chance to succeed, as well as handling the administrative side of a health information technology education, we do a really good job here at GNTC.”

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Health Information Technology Director Donna Estes speaking with some of her peers from Augusta Technical College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College during a visit to GNTC’s Walker County Campus on October 26.”

 

Augusta Tech and Georgia Piedmont Tech took a day-long look at what steps GNTC took to understand what it takes to set up a competitive program. “That’s what they want to do at their colleges,” added Estes about GNTC’s partners in the Technical College System of Georgia. “Just a few years back, this program was taking its baby steps. Since that time, faculty, students, and staff have all done their part to make the most of this educational opportunity.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates this career field to grow more than 20-percent over the next six years. Specialists in the field typically earn between $36,000 and $50,000 each year. However, managers can see salaries above $80,000.

 

GNTC currently offers an associate degree and a diploma in Heath Information Management. Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College is November 30.

 

For more information on the Health Information Management program, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their 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.

 

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.

Appalachian Regional Commission Announces Grant for GNTC to Train Die Maintenance Techs

(Northwest Georgia) – The Appalachian Regional Commission recently announced approval of a grant in the amount of $310,550 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide residents in Northwest Georgia with advanced technical training repairing and maintaining die press equipment.

 

In addition to ARC fund, state sources will provide an additional $133,093 bringing the total project funding to $443,643.

 

The funding will make it possible for GNTC to upgrade industrial lab facilities and provide industry standard equipment for the Die Maintenance Technician technical certificate of credit. The program was developed by GNTC, along with business and industry professionals, to train students with the skills necessary to obtain jobs in the advanced manufacturing and automotive manufacturing industries.

 

The program will be taught at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome and will serve students throughout the Northwest Georgia region.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. For more information visit the web site www.arc.gov.

 

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.

GNTC’s National TeamWorks Entry Honored In Atlanta

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From left, Gretchen Corbin, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner; Evan Brackett, GNTC TeamWorks; Barry Arrington, Jr., GNTC TeamWorks; and Joe Yarbrough, Chair of the Technical College System of Georgia Board of Directors.

 

(Atlanta, GA) – The Technical College System of Georgia’s Board of Directors honored Georgia Northwestern’s SkillsUSA TeamWorks Squad during the board’s meeting in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday. Evan Brackett and Barry Arrington, Jr., two members of the national entry, made the trip to receive the honor on behalf of the team.

This past summer,  a squad of GNTC construction aces made history in Louisville, Kentucky. Barry Arrington of Calhoun, Georgia; Evan Brackett of Rome, Georgia; Burt Burns of Lindale; and Bo Dooley of Calhoun, Georgia became the first group to ever qualify and compete from Georgia in the TeamWorks category of SkillsUSA. Of course, the GNTC unit thought since they were already making the trip to the Bluegrass State, why not make it all a little more historic? So, that’s what they did as the team from the Peach State would take home third place out of 14 states which qualified to compete nationally in the TeamWorks construction category. The SkillsUSA TeamWorks category involves a construction project to be completed. It requires a team of four contestants to work together in reading blue prints and creating an action plan. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry skills are put to use during the project. From ordering the materials to be used to planning the completion of each phase of the job, judges looked closely at each team’s ability to work within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project.

GNTC Paving Way For Teens With “Move On When Ready” Initiative

State Officials, Local School Administrators Tour Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy
 

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“Several education administrators stop to talk about part of the Move On When Ready program while touring the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy in Rome, Georgia Friday afternoon. Seen here are, from left, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald, Georgia State Finance Commission President Tricia Chastain, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Dean of Academic Affairs Barry Williams, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Assistant Dean of Industrial Technology Bill Scoggin.”

(Rome, Georgia) – For the past three years, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) High School Initiatives staff has led the Peach State in the dual enrollment of high-school students. Now, the key element in Georgia’s new “Move On When Ready” (MOWR) initiative, more dually-enrolled students than ever are taking part in earning credit in both high school and college simultaneously. Some of the region’s leading educators visited GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia on Friday to see for themselves.

 

A presentation of the college’s record-setting numbers and the future of MOWR in Northwest Georgia showcased the first-half of the day. In the afternoon, regional and state administrators took a guided tour of the robotics facility at the Floyd County College and Career Academy where many students dual-enrolled in MOWR take courses. The academy is located across the street from the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome.

 

MOWR gives students from public, private, and home study schools across Georgia the opportunity to enroll in dual-enrollment credit classes by way of state colleges such as GNTC. Tricia Chastain, President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), as well as administrators and counselors from throughout the region and the state, took part in the presentation. It’s the funding from GSFC that helps make MOWR possible.

 

“This program has really taken off in Northwest Georgia,” said Chastain. “One area that we will be working towards with Move On When Ready is getting students to take more than just traditional core college courses. We want this program to apply to all levels of students. We will do whatever we can to give Georgia students every chance they deserve.” Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Georgia ranks in the top 10 of all Georgia high schools when it comes to dual-enrollment numbers. Cedartown (GA) High School ranks in the top 25.

 

 

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin was also on hand to catch a glimpse of how this program is excelling at GNTC. MOWR is a statewide program which covers tuition, fees, and textbooks for high school students earning college credit through this program. MOWR now offers more dual enrollment courses than in years past.

 

“Georgia Northwestern, along with every one of the K-12 schools it partners with, boasts the number one Move On When Ready option in the entire state,” said the Northwest Georgia native. “With so many students here in the region coming out of high school with real college credits already under their belt, it’s easy to see why this is a powerful option for the private, public, and home-school student in this area. Plus, with no real cost to the student, it’s going to become harder and harder for families to say no to this option.” Corbin is a 1989 graduate of Cedartown High School.

 

GNTC’s High School Initiatives department has played a key role this year in the dual-enrollment of more than 1,700 high-school students enrolled in MOWR across the college’s nine-county service area. “Helping students get acclimated to college-level coursework without causing financial strain on the families. That’s a huge part of this program,” said Kristi Casey-Hart, Georgia Northwestern Technical College High School Initiatives Specialist.

 

Any 9th through 12th grader in the state of Georgia, public, private, or home schools student who has earned the required test scores, is eligible to take part in the program. Courses are offered to these students, on-campus and/or online. “Move On When Ready was made to make things easier for our high school students to find success,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips. “This is a program which allows the students to earn high school and collegiate credit at the same time. Any student who qualifies academically, with the recommendation of his or her school, can take part. Funding for the program is not based on the income of the student’s family.”

 

For more information on the Move On When Ready program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their 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.

 

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.

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