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Georgia Northwestern to Give Free GED® Practice Tests through October 31

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is giving away free GED® practice tests through October 31 to all current or potential students who come into one of the local Adult Education Learning Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area.

Students who take the GED Ready® test will be able to see if they are ready to pass the GED® test, if they have skills they need to pass the test, and will receive a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books.

Students can also learn about classes and other resources to help them prepare for the GED® test. To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready® practice test, contact any of GNTC’s Adult Education Learning Centers in the Northwest Georgia region:

  • Catoosa County (Ringgold): 706-965-6155
  • Chattooga County (Summerville): 706-857-0771
  • Dade County (Trenton): 706-657-2205
  • Floyd County (Rome): 706-295-6917
  • Gordon County (Calhoun): 706-624-1111
  • Murray County (Chatsworth): 706-695-4641
  • Polk County (Cedartown): 770-748-2528, (Rockmart) 770-684-7521
  • Walker County (LaFayette): 706-638-7703, (Rock Spring) 706-764-3679, (Rossville) 706-764-3679
  • Whitfield County (Dalton): 706-272-2909

The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,084 students and graduated 276 students with a GED® diploma in Fiscal Year 2015. The Adult Education program at GNTC serves students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in five different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

GNTC is an official General Educational Development® Testing Center and a site for computer-based GED® Testing in partnership with Pearson Vue, GED® Testing Services, and the Technical College System of Georgia. The mission of GNTC’s Adult Education program is to enable every adult learner in the service delivery area to acquire the necessary basic skills to be able to compete successfully in today’s workplace, strengthen family foundations, and exercise full citizenship.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Helping Educate NW Georgia Adults, Providing Family Care

Literacy Council Assisting Dedicated Students

                                                                      

(Calhoun, Georgia) –With a push to educate more adults in Gordon County, the Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community (CGCLC) is working together with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to help get parents into the GED® classroom.

In working with a Gordon County childcare facility, the CGCLC and GNTC are currently in the baby steps of this childcare opportunity for adult learners. With just a handful of current GED® students taking part, the college’s Adult Education Center at the Gordon County Campus is reaping the rewards.

To be eligible, adult students must meet certain criteria. Among which are using the approved childcare facility, committing to attending the classes for a set period of time each week, and understanding that participation will be monitored by all parties involved. Children six weeks through four years of age are eligible for childcare.

At GNTC’s Adult Learning Center on the Gordon County Campus, they focus on reducing barriers for those who are returning to school. At the center, adult learners refresh reading, writing, and math skills as they re-enter the job market, prepare for the GED® Test, qualify for a job or educational program that requires a high school diploma, learn English as their second language, or just work toward a personal educational goal.

Joni Harbin, Executive Director of Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community, says, “The child care partnership brings together community resources to promote improved educational levels of children, families, and the workforce of the Calhoun-Gordon communities. This is a community-wide commitment.”

 

The Gordon County Campus Adult Education Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cindy Nelson, instructor, and Stephen Edwards, ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor assist Lead Teacher Melissa Blevins on a day-to-day basis. In addition to offering the official GED® examination on site every Wednesday, as well as ESL classes, the center also offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) courses. For more information, call 706.624.1111.

 

“Working with students at all levels and ages and watching them learn the coursework to completion is incredibly rewarding,” said Blevins. “It’s an extra plus to hear students say we’ve actually helped them on a level they understand.”

Georgia Northwestern’s Adult Education Program offers 20 learning center sites across a nine-county coverage area in Northwest Georgia. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

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Graduation and Finals in Cats Country

Good luck with finals, Cats Country!  Graduation is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
Good luck with finals, Cats Country!
Graduation is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Secures Thousands For Adult Education

Grants For Testing Fees, Transportation Now Available

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern’s Department of Adult Education has secured $8,700 in grants to help pay GED testing fees and transportation costs for many adult learners across Northwest Georgia.

The North Georgia Electric Membership Foundation has awarded GNTC’s Adult Education program $7,500 to help students with the expense of GED testing. Funds will be used to provide full or partial scholarships to students in need who have displayed commitment to earning their GED. All funding is expected to help the GED student transition to employment or post-secondary education.

North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (NGEMC) raises money through its foundation for non-profit charities it supports with the help of its customers through Operation Round-Up. Customers have the option of rounding up their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar. The difference is donated by the foundation to the charities they support. No administration costs come out of those donations. NGEMC provides that labor free of charge. Donations through your monthly electric bill with NGEMC are tax deductible.

The second grant obtained by GNTC’s Adult Education program is the “Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Literacy in Whitfield County” Grant. This award of $1,200 was made possible by Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia. The money will help purchase coupon books for round-trip fares from the Whitfield County Transit Service. The books will be provided to students who are without transportation necessary to attend GED classes.

These grants require the student to meet certain criteria before being declared eligible for benefits. For more information, contact the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Department of Adult Education at any one of the centers located in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, or Whitfield County, Georgia. Visit them at GNTC.edu. You may also call the college at 866-983-GNTC (4682).

Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

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