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Nationals Underway In Louisville

Today is the first full day of competition at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky! 
Bobcats competing for national titles this week are Cole Allen, Ryan Banks, Josh Barlow, Norberto Castaneda, Jesse Flanagan, Kimberlee Hall, Brandon Neighbors, Gabriel Lopez, and Joel Paez.

Stay tuned to the social media channels of Georgia Northwestern!

Good luck and GO CATS!

Oglethorpe donates to GNTC

Oglethorpe Power has contributed a used vehicle lift to the Automotive Technician Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Oglethorpe Power has contributed a used vehicle lift to the Automotive Technician Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The lift will assist students working toward their Automotive Service Excellence Certificate improved access to work underneath vehicles.

“The lift donated by Oglethorpe Power, which is valued at more than our program budget, replaced our aging equipment and comes with advanced capabilities that will allow our students to work underneath the newer and heavier vehicle models that are manufactured today,” said Pete Lute, instructor for the Automotive Technician Program in a press release from the college. “We are grateful for the corporate stewardship of Oglethorpe Power and their investment in our students’ future.”

Oglethorpe Power operates Rocky Mountain Pumped-storage Hydroelectric Plant, a power generating facility capable of producing 1,095 megawatts of electricity.

“As an active corporate citizen of Floyd County, we believe in the importance of partnering with the communities where our power plants operate,” said Diane McClearen, community relations director for Oglethorpe Power. “We are pleased that our automotive lift is being re-purposed in a meaningful way, supporting the next generation workforce of Floyd County.”

Learn How To Save On Student Loans NOW!

Getting ready to graduate? Did you take out student loans? Learn how you can save on your student loans.
From your friends at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Office of Financial Aid!

Video: https://gntc.financialaidtv.com/play/12072-know-your-loans/55476-minute-learn-it-save-your-student-loans

GNTC Bobcats Roaring To Championships in Louisville

GNTC’s SkillsUSA Bobcat Team is roaring to a championship! #GetFocusedGetHired#skillsusagaps#skillsusagaps19

Bobcats Love Baseball – Just $5!

Hey, Bobcats! Be sure to come out to “SPIRIT NIGHT” in Chattanooga and Rome this July!

The Lookouts and the Braves are selling ALL GNTC BOBCATS $5 tickets!

To get tickets to the July 18th Chattanooga Lookouts game, follow this link: https://www.lookoutstickets.com/group/
Access Code: GNTC2019

To get tickets for the July 25th Rome Braves game, show your GNTC I.D., business card, or be wearing a GNTC shirt at the box office located at the Rome Braves stadium.

Both games are open to all GNTC Faculty, Staff, and Students!

#BobcatsLoveBaseball

GNTC Awards Scholarships to 32 Regional High School Graduates

The Chattooga High School Alumni Scholarship was presented to ten students at Chattooga High School this year. This scholarship was made possible by an alum of Chattooga HS. Jim Pledger (left), director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, presented this year’s scholarship to (from left to right) Kristen Ratledge, Elijah Ard, Courtney Burgess, Destiny Cabe, Jacob Lacey, Leigha McDaniel, Ashelyn Watson, Annie Morgan McGraw and Alexandria S. Mitchell. The scholarship was also awarded to Kimberley Michelle Chandler (not pictured).

The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) awarded scholarships to one qualified student at each of the 27 high schools and five college and career academies in the northwest Georgia region.

GNTC faculty, staff, board members and Foundation Trustees were available at many of the schools to present each scholarship winner with a $500 award to help pay for the expenses of the first year of college.

Resources for the GNTC High School Graduate Scholarships are raised through GNTC employee donations on all six campuses and through annual fundraising events.

The winners of the 2019 GNTC Foundation Scholarships are Morgan Niederhuth, Armuchee HS;  Hyson Golden, Calhoun HS; Brady Carney, Calhoun College and Career Academy; Harmony Shaw, Cedartown HS; Kaitlin Minard, Chattooga HS; David Chavez Lara, Coahulla Creek HS; Christopher J. Brockman, Coosa HS; Robin Drew, Dade County HS; Maynor Escobar, Dalton HS; Samuel Moland, Floyd County College and Career Academy; Nathaniel Tate, Gordon Central HS;  Bryan Contreras, Gordon County College and Career Academy; Chanler Hysell, Gordon Lee HS; Eric Dumas, Heritage HS; Makinsey Cherie Reynolds, LaFayette HS; Dylan Matthew Simpson, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS; Kate Danielle Russell, Model HS; Leydi Ballesteros, Morris Innovative HS; Jasmine McCollumn, Murray County HS;  Sydney Stanley, North Murray HS;  Derick Densmore, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy; Priscilla Pimentel, Northwest Whitfield HS;  Hannah Jackson, Pepperell HS; Evelyn Fraire, Phoenix HS;  Jocelyn Medina, Polk County College and Career; Janet Yepez, Ridgeland HS; David Hayes, Ringgold HS;  Peyton Jones, Rockmart HS; Erik Domingo, Rome HS; Payton Woodring, Sonoraville, HS; Montserrath Cruz, Southeast HS; and Bill Ramirez, Trion HS.

“We’re honored to support and encourage high school students in our nine-county service area by providing these scholarships to help further their education,” said Michelle Beatson, GNTC foundation administrator. “Georgia Northwestern is a vital foundation to so many of our high school graduates. This scholarship is aimed at assisting students with the cost of education and to help get them on the road to a successful future.”

The Chattooga High School Alumni Scholarship also was presented to ten students at Chattooga High School this year. This scholarship was made possible by an alum of Chattooga HS. The GNTC Foundation awarded the $250 Chattooga Alumni Scholarships to the following Class of 2019 graduates: Elijah Ard, Courtney Burgess, Destiny Cabe, Kimberley Michelle Chandler, Jacob Lacey, Leigha McKenzie McDaniel, Annie Morgan McGraw, Kristen Ratledge, Alexandria Sydney Mitchell and Ashelyn Watson.

The Foundation at GNTC helps fund academic and support programs at the college throughout the year and has helped thousands of students in the northwest Georgia region attend college.

The Foundation Trustees are Valerie Brown, Whitfield County;  Linda Case, Dade County;  Jay LeGrande, Polk County; Sherrie Patterson, Murray County; Damon Raines, Walker County; Becky Redd, Gordon County; Mitch Sanford, Whitfield County; Jay Still, Whitfield County; Wil Stiles, Catoosa County, Scott Tucker, Floyd County; Carolyn Walker, Walker County; and Doris White, Walker County.

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.

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Robert L. Berry named newest Board of Directors member at GNTC

Stuart Phillips (right), interim president of GNTC, congratulates Attorney Robert L. Berry (left) for becoming the newest member of GNTC’s Board of Directors during the June meeting on the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.

Attorney Robert L. (Bob) Berry, a senior partner of Brinson Askew Berry, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors member by Stuart Phillips, interim president of GNTC, at the June meeting held on the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.

Berry has served as a partner for Brinson Askew Berry since 1975. He focuses on medical malpractice, professional and insurance defense and his firm is located in Rome.

Berry is a member of the Rome Bar Association and served as president in 1978; member of the State Bar of Georgia (Trustee, Institute of Continued Legal Education 1992-94); member of the American Bar Association; fellow of the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys; fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys; member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Institute; fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; and Designated Georgia Super Lawyer, 2004 to present. 

An active member of the community, Berry is a member of the Exchange Club of Rome since 1973 and served as president in 1978; president of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, 1989; participant in Leadership Rome, 1984; participant in Leadership Georgia, 1987; member of the Board of Directors for the Coosa Country Club, 1984-88; chairman of the Board of Directors for Rebecca Blaylock Nursery, 1984-88; president of the Board of Directors for Open Door Home, 2006-13; vestryman and senior warden of St. Peters Episcopal Church, 1990-93 and 2006-09; member of the Board of Visitors at Emory University, 1999-2005; member of the Board of Trustees at Darlington School, 1998-2004; founding director and chairman of the Board for Greater Community Bank, 1995-present; member of the Board of Trustees for Redmond Regional Medical Center, 1976 to present; member of the Board of Directors for Georgia Northwestern, 2002-12, chairman 2009-10; chairman of the NAIA Football National Championship Host Committee, 2008-13; and member of the Gridiron Secret Society at the University of Georgia.

Berry received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1973 and a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 1968. He graduated from Darlington School in 1964 and was the Honor Council President and received the Faculty Medal for General Excellence.

Listed are members of GNTC’s Board of Directors showing (left to right) the Board member’s name, county, place of employment, and title:

  • Rhonda Beasley, Walker, Roper Corporation, manager of Human Resources
  • Robert L. (Bob) Berry, Floyd, Brinson Askew Berry
  • Robert Bradham, Whitfield, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO      
  • Vann Brown, Whitfield, Brown Ox Ventures, Inc., president              
  • Dr. James Cantrell, Dade, Dade County Board of Education,  director of School Operations
  • James “Jay” Henry, Catoosa, Shaw Industries, director of Operations Support
  • Albert “Al” Hodge, Floyd, Hodge Consulting
  • Paul Meredith, Chattooga, Mohawk, director of Manufacturing
  • William “Terry” Nesbitt, Gordon, U. S. Army, retired Major General
  • Robert “Bob” Owens, Floyd, OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc., chief financial officer
  • Brittany Pittman , Murray           
  • Kenna Stock, Floyd, Harbin Clinic, chief executive officer
  • Michele Taylor, Gordon, Calhoun City Schools, superintendent
  • John Thomas, Whitfield, Dalton Utilities, chief energy services officer
  • Cassandra Wheeler, Floyd, Georgia Power, northwest regional director
  • Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga, Trion City Schools, superintendent

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.

CHATECH, VW Help Honor GNTC’s Darraj

Northwest Georgia mother awarded collegiate scholarship

“Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga’s Chief Information Officer Knut Hilles, left, and Chattanooga Technology Council’s (CHATECH) Executive Director Carla Askonas, right, award Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Kathrin Darraj with a ChaTech Scholars award check during a ceremony at Chattanooga’s Howard School on June 12.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Kathrin Darraj was simply looking for a career that would help her spend more time at home when she considered learning how to design websites. And now, after less than a year of collegiate study, she is catching the attention of the right people. Now, there are some companies investing their money in her education.

In partnership with Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Technology Council (CHATECH) awarded the Ringgold, Georgia mother with a $1,000 ChaTech Scholar Award Scholarship on June 12. She was one of 21 different winners from across the Tennessee Valley to be honored at a special ceremony held at Chattanooga’s Howard School.

Darraj, a 47-year-old mother of two, is enrolled in GNTC’s all-online Web Site Design & Development program. But, that’s not the only reason she truly appreciates the value of technology and education. “Actually, I have recently taught online classes myself and have since become more interested in the technical aspect of it all,” said Darraj. “And, with my teenage sons at home, technology plays a huge role for us.”

Darraj has a 17-year-old son who is mostly non-verbal and is home-schooled. She also has a 14-year-old son who takes courses online through Georgia’s Cyber Academy, as well as being a dual enrollment student. “I was looking for a career that would allow me to work a good amount of time, or all of the time, from home so I could help care for my family.”

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College CISCO & Computer Information Systems Program Director Dr. Dwight Watt poses with his student Kathrin Darraj after an awards ceremony at Chattanooga’s Howard School on June 12.”

With the additional aid in hand, it may help Darraj pursue her latest interest. “Now that I’m in the Web Site Design and Development program, I’m really interested in the Cyber Security program. Because I’m learning you really can’t do much Web Design without having to consider and implement some sort of Cyber Security measures,” added Darraj.

It was GNTC’s CISCO & Computer Information Systems Program Director Dr. Dwight Watt who suggested Darraj apply for the scholarship. “It’s often hard to know enough about a student in an online program to understand where they are coming from,” said Dr. Watt. “But, Kathrin (Darraj) really stood out to me. She is very thorough in her work and is always eager to dive in and investigate more than most. I couldn’t be happier for her.”

“Chattanooga Technology Council’s (CHATECH) Executive Director Carla Askonas welcomes Chattanooga, TN Mayor Andy Berke to speak to ChaTech Scholar award winners during a ceremony at Chattanooga’s Howard School on June 12.”

As much as this money will help Darraj and her fellow scholarship winners with the expenses of college, it is just as important to our economy that she succeeds. “Just a few years back, the south was a place where you’d find low wages, low skilled, low education jobs,” said Chattanooga (TN) Mayor Andy Berke. “So, what we have to do is have thriving industries and sectors which will change the course of that. The city that I grew up in was dying. We needed to be a place that was thriving. I think we’ve done an incredible job doing that over the last six years and ChaTech has been a part of that.”

After carefully reviewing scholarship applications from across the region, ChaTech awarded $22,500 to 21 scholar award winners for 2019. “That’s a huge jump over the awards we’ve offered in year’s past,” said ChaTech Executive Director Carla Askonas. “We want to thank our sponsor Volkswagen for a $10,000 grant which helped fund this year’s awards.”

Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga’s Chief Information Officer Knut Hilles spoke about how vital it is to help fund these scholarships. “It has been a pleasure to be part of this scholarship program for the past six years,” said Hilles. “Just 10 years ago or so, we would go through dozens of applications for I.T. jobs and there was a lack of qualified applicants, a lack of talent. However, this has changed over the past six years and we are excited about the business model for the future now.”

To learn more about the GNTC Foundation, or information on any of the more than 200 programs offered at GNTC, visit the college at GNTC.edu. You can also contact 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 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.

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