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Neighbors Hoping For State GOAL

GNTC GOAL winner Brandon “Maverick” Neighbors, left, poses with GNTC Automotive Technology Director Troy Peco during “Hollywood Night” last night on day one of the 2019 GOAL/Perkins Award Week in Atlanta, Georgia. Brandon was selected as GNTC’s GOAL (Top Student) Award winner earlier this year. On Wednesday night, the state GOAL Award winner will be announced. Will Brandon win the honor???We are cheering for you, Brandon! Here’s to a “Top Gun” performance!Good luck!

GNTC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of CISCO Networking Academy

Watt Leads Way In NW Georgia Computer Networking Training.

Older man sits in button-down short-sleeved shirt and is facing his computer screen in an office. Behind him is a wall covered with framed awards and certificates.
“At the forefront of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s CISCO Networking Academy is Dr. Dwight Watt. For 35 years, Watt has been an instructor for the state’s Technical College System of Georgia.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s CISCO Networking Academy is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month. First started by Abigail Carter in 1999, Dr. Dwight Watt has carried the torch for this in-demand training program since 2007.

GNTC offers a certificate in CISCO Networking, as well as degrees and diplomas in Computer Support Specialist, Networking Specialist, and Web Site Design and Development. CISCO provides training around the globe for technician certifications through the CISCO Networking Academy. The technology giant offers similar partnerships in more than 65 countries worldwide. 


One of the world’s leading manufacturers of computer networking equipment, CISCO Systems, Incorporated designs, builds, and sells networking equipment. Students across Northwest Georgia and beyond taking CISCO classes within the college’s CISCO Networking Specialist curriculum. The college offers classes in computer networking throughout the year.


The field of Network and Computer Systems Administration has generated nearly 400,000 jobs in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median pay for an administrator with a degree is more than $82,000 a year.

Dr. Watt, the director of the college’s CISCO and Computer Information Systems programs, holds multiple certifications within his field. The 35-year veteran of the Technical College System of Georgia also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Winthrop University. Dr. Watt also holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia.


For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA organization, 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.


GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray 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, 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.

Cats Give, Blood Assurance Today

Cats Give 365/24/7!
Do your part today on the Floyd County Campus.
Blood Assurance will be in front of Building A until 2 p.m.

GNTC’s Misty Blasengame receives $1,000 scholarship

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Early Childhood Care and Education student Misty Blasengame received a $1,000 scholarship from the Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association (FRREA). 

The scholarship was presented to Blasengame, a resident of Lindale, during a luncheon at the Thornton Recreation Center in Armuchee. Daphnie Morrison presented the scholarship to Blasengame on behalf of FRREA.

Two women in dress jackets stand behind a wooden podium and exchange a check.
GNTC Early Childhood Care and Education student Misty Blasengame (right) receives a $1,000 scholarship from Daphnie Morrison (left) during a luncheon for the Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association.

Each year, the Floyd-Rome Retired Educators Association presents scholarships to exceptional students majoring in education. Scholarships also were awarded to students from Berry College, Shorter University and the University of West Georgia during the presentation.

The Early Childhood Care and Education program at GNTC is offered on all six GNTC campuses in the northwest Georgia region. The program is offered as an associate degree, diploma or certificate.

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.

Driver’s Ed at GNTC!

Call 706.764.3591 for details on scholarships, registration, and any questions you may have about the Driver’s Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

ASL Classes at Georgia Northwestern

This course in American Sign Language is designed to immerse students in an environment in which only ALS is used in the classroom. Voices Off will facilitate fluency in the language. All students will be expected to communicate in ASL during class time. Non-verbal communicating such as gesture, mime, and pencil/pen are allowed and will assist in learning to express yourself and become more familiar with the Deaf culture.

This intermediate level class requires basic knowledge of ASL to include: numbers, fingerspelling, common phrases, and some conversational skills. Class sessions occurring around the holidays will include themes such as: Father’s Day, Labor Day and Grandparents Day themes! The focus is on building skills and having fun!

Registration deadline:
Tuesday, May 21 for June Classes
Thursday, August 8 for August/September Classes

Floyd County Campus
Tuesday and Thursday, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 2019
Thursdays, August 22, 29 September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019

5:30pm-7:00pm
$240, Includes Book/CDs
To register and for more information call (706)295-6382.

GNTC’s Kathy Kerce receives Friend of SELCA Award

The Southeastern Lactation Consultant Association (SELCA) Board of Directors recently presented Kathy Kerce, director of the Lactation Consultant program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, with the Friend of SELCA Award.

The award is given to an individual that is working to advance the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) within Georgia and the southeast through leadership, advocacy, professional development and research.

In order to qualify for the award, an individual must show leadership in the field of lactation. Qualifying contributions to the lactation profession may include publishing peer-review articles, presenting at professional conferences or teaching lactation-related courses.

The IBLCE is the independent international certification body conferring the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential.

The Lactation Consultant program is taught at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. Students that complete the Lactation Consultant certificate or diploma program are trained to sit for the International Board of Lactation Examiners Certification to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) which is considered the highest certification of a lactation professional. 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.

GNTC Job Fair – April 17

Job Fair Wednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm GNTC Students and Graduates
12:30 -1:30 pm Open to the Public
GNTC Floyd County Campus Building H

Campus Schedule Change

Hey, Cats Country:
ALL CAMPUSES will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19 for Staff Development!

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