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Education, Government Leaders Help Launch Catoosa College and Career Program

Catoosa County Schools and GNTC hold ceremony for new program participants

“The first “From HERE to CAREER Academy” class of 16 students posed for a quick picture after Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia. The student come from Heritage, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, and Ringgold High Schools in Catoosa County.”

(Northwest Georgia) – State and local leaders from government and education were among those on hand to help Catoosa County’s first 16 students jump start their futures during Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) in Ringgold, Georgia.


The county’s first “From HERE to CAREER! Academy” pathways in the fields of Industrial Systems Technology, Mechatronics, and Robotics begins now. Sixteen Catoosa County students, representing all three high schools in Catoosa County, will begin the 2019-2020 school year in dual enrollment to develop technical and professional skills for jobs in our region.


“We are so thrilled, from a Technical College System of Georgia perspective, to see this effort moving forward in Catoosa County,” said Mark Peevy, Technical College System of Georgia Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education Initiatives. “This is an effort connecting our youth to their future careers. Not just to one job or company, but to that future career that will help transform them into productive citizens.”

: “Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese spoke to those in attendance at Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia.”


The first students in the brand new program come from Heritage, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, and Ringgold High Schools. From Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe: Luke Allen, Zaniel Carroll, Shannon Kinsey, Clyde Mussared, Kyle Pantages, Noah Phy, Kyle Pursley, and Malik Ware. From Ringgold: Tyler Wolfe-Driver, Connor Hutchins, Lucas Loboda, Emily Momberg, Taylor Pease, and Ashlyn Propst. From Heritage: Zach Adams and Davis Wyre.

“The HERE to CAREER! Academy is truly a community endeavor,” said Denia Reese, Catoosa County Schools Superintendent. “Catoosa County Schools, GNTC, local and state elected officials, and regional business partners have collaborated to prepare an opportunity for our students to achieve success in highly-skilled jobs. This initiative also supports economic development in our region by providing a talent pipeline that will enable them to thrive in the future.”



Reese and Dr. Heidi Popham, GNTC President helped welcome the more than 100 invitees and honorees to the special ceremony. Among those speaking to the students of the pilot program and their families were Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Workforce Development; Mark Peevy, Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education Initiatives; Georgia State Senator (District 53) Jeff Mullis; Georgia State House of Representative Dewayne Hill (District 3); and Jonathan Connell, Owner of MedSTAT and From HERE To CAREER! Academy Chairman.

“State and local leaders in government and education were on hand for Friday’s College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia. Pictured at the event, from left, are Mark Peevy, Technical College System of Georgia Assistant Commissioner of Secondary Education Initiatives; Don Dycus, Catoosa County Schools Board of Education Chairman; Randall Franks, Ringgold City Council Member; Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis (District 53); Jeff Long, Catoosa County Commissioner; Earl Gray, Mayor of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; Wesley Ross, Office of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp; Denia Reese, Catoosa County Schools Superintendent; Steven Henry, Catoosa County Board of Commissioners Chairman; Jonathan Connell, From HERE To CAREER Academy Chairman; Dewayne Hill, Georgia State Representative (District 3); Frank Pinson, Technical College System of Georgia Program Manager; David Moeller, Catoosa County Schools Board of Education; and Dr. Heidi Popham, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President.”


“This is a phenomenal opportunity for these students that has everyone cheering for them and looking forward to great things in the future,” said Popham. “This is a true testament to Catoosa County and Northwest Georgia’s commitment to education.” Fall semester classes available online and on-campus at GNTC will begin next week. To learn more about the more than 200 programs offered at GNTC, visit the college at GNTC.edu. You can also contact any one of GNTC’s 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 in 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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 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 names two new vice presidents

Two women standing inside in front of a staircase.
Selena Magnusson (right) of Chickamauga is the new vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success at GNTC and Melissa (Lisa) Shaw (left) of Chatsworth is GNTC’s new vice president of Adult Education.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has named Selena Magnusson of Chickamauga the new vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success and Melissa (Lisa) Shaw of Chatsworth the new vice president of Adult Education.

Magnusson will fill the role previously held by Dr. Heidi Popham, president of GNTC, and Shaw will fill the position previously held by Kerri Hosmer. They will begin their new positions on Aug. 16.

“Selena Magnusson and Lisa Shaw bring years of experience and an incredible passion to their new roles at GNTC,” said Popham. “They will serve as critical members of the college’s leadership team focused on improving student success across all GNTC sites.”

“Lisa and Selena will lead a team of professionals in the areas of Adult Education, Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success ensuring GNTC students have the resources necessary to be successful,” continued Popham.

As vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success, Magnusson will provide oversight and direction to a wide range of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success initiatives and programs at all six GNTC campuses.

The GNTC initiatives, programs and departments that Magnusson will oversee include Accessibility Services, Accreditation, Admissions, Call Center, campus managers and evening coordinators, Career Advisement and Placement Services, coordination of Orientation and Registration, Curriculum Coordination, Early Alert (TEAMS), Enrollment Services, faculty and staff development, GNET2, Help Centers, Institutional Research and Data, Perkins and other grant activities, student recruitment and retention, Special Populations, Student Success coaches, Student Life, Intramural Sports and Testing.

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity and I hope to add to the college’s ability to focus on its mission and to serve the community,” said Magnusson. “There are great things happening with student success and continuous improvement at the college and I look forward to continuing this work.”

Magnusson began her career at GNTC in 1998. Prior to her new role, she served as associate vice president of Student Success, 2018-19; executive director of Student Affairs, 2016-18; Registrar, 1999-2018; and counselor, 1998-99.

Prior to GNTC, Magnusson was a case worker for the Walker County Department of Family and Children Services, 1997-98, and a case worker for the Floyd County Department of Family and Children Services, 1996-97. 

Magnusson also participates in a wide range of additional leadership activities which include Admissions Directors and Registrars Peer Group Leadership Team, 2008; Registrar Peer Group Leader, 2015-2017; Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Executive Board, 2012-18; president of the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 2016-17; Walker County Chamber Leadership Class, 2015; and Walker County Chamber Board Member, 2016.

Magnusson earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Berry College and a master’s degree in Adult Education from Central Michigan University.

As vice president of Adult Education at GNTC, Shaw will be responsible for the management of Adult Education programs and instructional services at GNTC. She will oversee all GNTC Adult Education sites located across the northwest Georgia region.

Her responsibilities include the oversight of assessment of placement tests for Adult Education students, Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, Correctional Programs, English as a Second Language (ESL), GeorgiaBEST and the Youth Success Academy.

Shaw began her GNTC career in 2014. Prior to her new role she served as interim director of Adult Education, 2019, and data manager and transition coordinator, 2014-2019.

“I am honored to serve in this position,” said Shaw. “Adult Education provides an opportunity for students to learn skills that will allow them to compete in the workplace, improve their lives and positively impact their communities.”

Prior to her career at GNTC, Shaw was a field and assessment coordinator for Middle Georgia State College, 2010-14; personnel supervisor and staffing consultant for Westaff, 2007-09; territory assistant for Hallmark Cards, 2006-07; Registrar for The Southern Baptist Theological Society, 1998-2004; Assistant Registrar for The Southern Baptist Theological Society, 2001-03; and secretary to the Registrar for The Southern Baptist Theological Society, 1998-2001.

Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University.

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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 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.

Blood Drive Monday at WCC

Blood Assurance needs all Bobcats to give blood this Monday, August 19 on the Walker County Campus!

Blood Assurance Blood Drive

Monday, August 19

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Walker County Campus

OMNOVA Solutions Foundation provides support for GNTC’s Gordon County Campus

For more than a decade, the foundation for OMNOVA Solutions has provided support to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus.

The endowed Foundation at OMNOVA Solutions provides support to local communities through philanthropy and employee volunteerism. The highest priority is given to education initiatives.

Priority is also given to communities where OMNOVA Solutions conducts business, which includes Gordon County.

The annual grants from OMNOVA Solutions have been used to purchase training equipment that offer real-world experience to GNTC students. The OMNOVA Solutions Foundation has awarded grants to GNTC for more than ten years.

The donation for 2019 is earmarked for the purchase of two Massey Dryer chairs for the Cosmetology program.

In 2018 the grant was awarded for the purchase of two sets of CPR manikins to be used for hands-on training and instruction in Basic Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Care and Education and Patient Care Assisting.

The grant from 2017 was used to help purchase office simulation equipment to assist with X-rays for the Dental Assisting program.

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a global innovator of performance-enhancing chemistries and surfaces used in products for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential applications. As a strategic business-to-business supplier, OMNOVA provides The Science in Better Brands, with emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and functional and decorative surfaces that deliver critical performance attributes to top brand-name, end-use products sold around the world. The Company has a global workforce of approximately 1,800. Visit OMNOVA Solutions on the internet at www.omnova.com

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 GNTC.edu. The Student Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844-348-7659 or via online chat at helpcenter.gntc.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Spunkey Mitchell (right), operations manager for OMNOVA Solutions, presents a check for $1,000 to Michelle Beatson (left), foundation administrator for GNTC.

Orientation Sessions Underway at GNTC

Hundreds of new students are on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College today taking part in orientation for the fall 2019 semester. Classes begin on August 19. For information on the programs GNTC has to offer, visit us at GNTC.edu! #GetTrainedGetHired

Deadlines For Fall, What You Need To Know!

Registration for fall semester will remain open through this Friday, August 9th for orientation sessions scheduled this week and for any last minute additions or changes to student schedules. 

·         Payment Deadline:                               Wednesday, August 14  

Fees may be paid online by logging into MyGNTC or with the cashier located on any GNTC campus.

Students with incomplete financial aid files must pay by the payment deadline.  Any available financial aid will be refunded once the financial aid file is complete. 

·         Drop for non-payment                         Thursday, August 15th (Tentative)

·         Drop/Add/Registration reopens:        Monday, August 19th at 8:00 a.m.  

A late fee of $30 will be assessed to students’ accounts should registration take place beginning the first day of the semester and thereafter.  There will be no late fee for students adding classes to an existing schedule.  Please note, the late fee will apply to those students who are required to re-register after being dropped from classes for non-payment prior to the first day of the semester. 

Big Winners For BobcatsNBraves Contest In August

O.k., Bobcat Nation!It’s time to announce the winners of the final #BobcatsNBraves ticket contest of the summer!Watch and see if you are a winner!
All winners must direct message this page with your home campus so we can deliver the tickets to you. Once we have that information, we will share a time and place on campus for you to pick-up your prize!
Thanks to everyone who took part and have a great rest of your summer!
#GetTrainedGetHired

Summer Heats Up As Finals Week Is Here!

You think it’s hot this summer for YOU? 
Our students are taking finals right now! 
Good luck, Bobcats!
#GetTrainedGetHired

BobcatsNBraves Down The Stretch, Win Now!

The Rome Braves are driving for a championship in August at State Mutual Stadium!
Get your chance to cheer them on by winning four (4) FREE TICKETS to a home game this month.
HOW? Just tag yourself and a friend in the comment section below. Winners will be announced in the coming days.

Good luck and Go Braves!
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