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Sights From The 2017 Spring Graduation Commencement in Rome, Georgia

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Scholarships To Dalton Student, Success In Bilingual World

Hernandez’ Work In Community Leads To Help Getting To College

 

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“Dalton Rotary Club member Rob Bradham presented Morris Innovative High School senior Marco Hernandez with the Dalton Rotary Club “Service Above All” Award earlier this month. Hernandez plans to attend Georgia Northwestern Technical College this fall.”

 

(Whitfield County, Georgia) – When Morris Innovative High School senior Marco Hernandez walks across the graduation stage in Dalton, Georgia May 26, it’s not just a diploma he’ll be leaving high school with. A historic sense of pride will accompany Hernandez as he will become the first person in his family to graduate from high school.

Paving the way for his five brothers and sisters to succeed, organizations in the Dalton, Georgia area have decided to do the same for him. To help with collegiate expenses, the First Bank of Dalton, in partnership with the Roman Open Charities, has awarded Hernandez $500. He was also awarded the Roman Open Charities Scholarship for $1,000. Also, the Dalton Rotary Club awarded the soon-to-be 2017 high school graduate with their “Service Above Self” Award.

Hernandez, 19, plans to take his first classes at Georgia Northwestern Technical College later this year. The Dalton, Georgia resident plans to build a life helping others in need. “I really want to be a social worker with families and schools,” said Hernandez. “But, I really want to have a non-profit organization that would help the homeless and the children of new families that move into the area. Giving back to my community by doing social work is the best way I can think of to begin my life.”

Beyond his academics, Hernandez has actively worked with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, and the Dalton City Schools Central Office. “I want to work with people and help them see their potential,” said Hernandez.

One of Hernandez’ many passions is working with the Translation Academy at Morris Innovative High School. Hernandez, along with many other students, helps assist anyone who speaks Spanish fluently, but not English. The Academy helps train not only the importance of being bilingual, but also the importance of being an active part of the community around you. Nearly half of the residents in Dalton, Georgia are Hispanic. “I just want to be able to help the businesses and the people in the community, too,” said Hernandez.

The Translation Academy was launched five years ago by Paige Watts, a Spanish instructor with Dalton City Schools. “During their time in the Translation Academy, students realize their value to the community, the vast opportunities that are available to them, as well as how to pursue their future goals,” said Watts. The academy works with students and adults in the community, alike. More than 60-percent of the students in the Dalton City School system are Hispanic.

With the support of his parents, Joaquin and Marisol Hernandez, the future Georgia Northwestern freshman says it’s been a real team effort for him to get where he is today. “Just all of the teachers and staff at the school, as well as the organizations that I have got to work with, have really helped me decide to pursue this career,” said Hernandez. “I’m just thankful and plan to take full advantage of all of this.”

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 more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology Students and Instructor Volunteer for Purple Heart Project

 

 

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Cody West of Newnan works on one of the engines on the Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.
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(From left to right), Greg Merwitz of Rome, GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology student; Monty Montague, project partner; Cody West of Newnan, GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology student; Nick Martin of Newnan, GNTC Aviation Maintenance Technology student; Sam Edwards, owner of Sam’s Burger-Deli/Schroder’s; and Stephen Griffin, Aviation Maintenance Technology instructor at GNTC, stand on the wing of the Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.
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The Dassault Falcon 20 business jet.
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The fuselage of the Dassault Falcon 20 business jet will be repurposed into a luxury dining room.


(Floyd County, Georgia)
– A team consisting of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Aviation Maintenance Technology students and instructor, and a restaurant owner, are busy disassembling a Dassault Falcon 20 business jet to make it part of a Rome-area restaurant.

 

The initiative is part of a Purple Heart Project to benefit veterans in the area according to Sam Edwards, owner of Sam’s Burger Deli/Schroder’s in Armuchee, who describes his restaurant as being veteran-orientated.

 

“I have 977 pictures of veterans on the wall in my restaurant,” said Edwards, a Vietnam veteran. “I call it the Wall of Honor. If you come into my restaurant, and are a veteran, you get your picture taken and put on the wall.”

 

Edwards is in the process of moving his restaurant to a new location and pieces of the jet airplane will be the featured part of the décor. One of the wings will serve as a bar in the restaurant, the nose of the plane will be in the front of the building, and the fuselage with be repurposed into a luxury dining room.

 

Customers can reserve the fuselage dining area for $100 and that money will go into a fund. At the end of the year, all of the money collected in the fund will go to a Purple Heart family in the five-county area.

 

“I felt like I should do something good with this airplane, as opposed to just making it a part of the building. It ought to generate some good will on its own,” said Edwards. “So that’s the reason I decided to turn it into a Purple Heart Project.”

 

The new restaurant location will be on Highway 27, a few miles from the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport and GNTC’s Aviation Training Center in Armuchee.

 

“I think it’s neat because it kind of ties into the airport, it’s just down the road,” said Stephen Griffin, instructor of Aviation Maintenance at GNTC, who is overseeing the students on the project.

 

“I am a veteran myself, so the fact that our students can be part of this to support the people who give us our freedom and our ability to have education is really good for our community,” continued Griffin.

 

The team is currently working in a hanger at the Polk County Airport. Edwards says that when he first came up with the idea to have an airplane fuselage as a dining room he had no idea that he would come across one this good.

 

“Polk County had this airplane back here for many years and it is just a beautiful plane,” said Edwards. “It belonged to William Johnson who founded the Ritz-Carlton Hotel chain and owned 146 Waffle Houses.” 

 

Greg Merwitz, an Aviation Maintenance Technology student from Rome, says that the project was an opportunity for more experience because the Falcon 20 is different from the planes at the Aviation Training Center that the students usually work with.

 

“We needed more tools than usual and would have to come up with different problem solving techniques,” said Merwitz. “It’s not everyday someone says ‘Hey we need help tearing apart this jet,’ so I definitely took the opportunity when I got it.”

 

To show his appreciation, Edwards has agreed to donate one of the jets from the airplane to GNTC’s Aviation Maintenance program to use as a teaching tool.

 

“Everybody at GNTC has just been wonderful, I don’t know what I would have been able to do without them,” said Edwards. “I would still be trying to figure out how to take this airplane apart if I didn’t have the school involved.” 

  

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 more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Governor Approves Expansion For Georgia Northwestern

Whitfield Murray Campus To Add New 75,000-square foot facility

 

The Expansion at Georgia Northwestern's Whitfield Murray Campus
“One of several drawings of what developers have in store for the brand new campus building for Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The new addition to GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton, Georgia is tentatively scheduled to be completed by late 2018.”

 

(Whitfield County, Georgia) – Opportunity for technical education in Whitfield and Murray Counties received a tremendous boast on May 1, 2017, with the approval of funding for the construction of a new class room and industrial lab building on the Whitfield Murray campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

On Monday, Governor Nathan Deal signed off on the State of Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Included in the legislation is $18.7 million to build a 75,000-square foot facility located on the GNTC campus serving Whitfield and Murray Counties. This will be the first new construction on the Whitfield Murray campus of GNTC since the establishment of the campus in 2010. The addition of the new building was made possible in large part by the transfer of approximately 23 acres of land to the Technical College System of Georgia by the Whitfield County School Board. The donation of land will allow the college to expand classroom space adjacent to the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy and enhance opportunities for high school and college students to develop the occupational skills and knowledge needed by area business and industry. GNTC has received tremendous support from Governor Nathan Deal, state elected officials, local elected officials, the Dalton-Whitfield County Chamber of Commerce, the Whitfield County School System, area businesses, local industry and the entire community since the opening of the campus.

“For more than a decade, access to a wide range of technical career education opportunities has been lacking in our communities,” said Joe Yarbrough, President of the Carpet and Rug Institute. “Georgia Northwestern Technical College has demonstrated that it has the ability to respond quickly to the needs of the business community. GNTC is the entity that has proven its ability to offer the educational programs needed to develop the skills required to fill the gaps.”

Pending the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, programs at the college’s latest construction may include Business Administrative Technology, Chemical Technology, CNC/Machine Tool, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Diesel Mechanic, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electronics, Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Industrial Systems, Logistics, and Welding.

Now that the funding has been awarded, a groundbreaking for the expansion will take place this summer. College administrators are hopeful they will be able to begin moving into the new building in the latter half of 2018. The new addition may possibly host its first classes in late 2018 or early 2019. Growth is expected to take place quickly, though. Since hosting its first classes five years ago, the WMC student body is now four times larger than it was in year one.

“The Whitfield Murray Campus is seeing very big growth in a short amount of time,” said Pete McDonald, President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. “We could see enrollment at the campus grow to 4,000 students within the next five to ten years.” The WMC shares the current campus site with the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy on Maddox Chapel Road in Dalton, Georgia.

With its unofficial title of “The Carpet Capital of the World,” the city’s companies see the importance of this next step in Dalton; not only for companies already in operation, but for the companies who may be looking for a new site to do business. “The expansion of Georgia Northwestern will enable the current and future workforce to develop the highly technical skills necessary to succeed within the flooring industry and other manufacturing fields,” said David Morgan, Vice-President of Manufacturing of Shaw Industries Group, Incorporated.

Administrators are anticipating more growth among high school students, too, as a result. GNTC is among the best when it comes to enrolling and educating the area’s teenagers by way of the “Move On When Ready” (MOWR) program. Expanding the WMC, a campus which currently sits next door to the Northwest Georgia Career and College Academy, will help expose more students to the program. MOWR helps Georgia’s high school students earn college credit at no cost to them or their families.

“Ultimately, to bring jobs to the area, we need to have something like this,” said Vann Brown, a member of the GNTC Board of Directors. The WMC is one of six campuses the college offers in Northwest Georgia. The others are located in Catoosa County, Floyd County, Gordon County, Polk County, and Walker County, Georgia. Currently, GNTC offers more than 200 programs to nearly 6,000 students on-campus and online. GNTC has offered programs across the region for more than 50 years.

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 more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony Thursday

GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SPRING 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Date: Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

Location: The Forum River Center, Rome Ga.

 

Ron Satterwhite (l), Lauren Sherwood (c), and Peggy Shiflett (r).
Ron Satterwhite (left), Lauren Sherwood (center), and Peggy Shiflett (right) line up before Processional during last year’s Spring Commencement Ceremony in 2016.

 

Students representing Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) nine county service area will enter for the next stage in life when they cross the stage and turn the tassels during the upcoming 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 18.

 

The ceremony will take place at the Forum River Center in Rome beginning at 7 p.m.

 

After students, administrators, and faculty march into place during Processional, the Pledge of Allegiance will be conducted by Tom Bojo, dean of Academic Affairs at GNTC. Invocation will be led by Mark Upton, director of the Marketing Management program at GNTC.

 

Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, will welcome guests and introduce John Quinlivan, chief executive officer of Redmond Regional Medical Center, as the keynote commencement speaker for the evening.

 

Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will recognize High Honor and Honor graduates. A special recognition for graduates that are veterans also will be led by Phillips. There will also be a special “participation” recognition for students that were a part of Move On When Ready, Phi Beta Lambda, SkillsUSA, and the Student Government Association.

 

Melinda McCannon vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC will present graduates with associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

 

Listed are graduates that are participating in the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but are not participating in the ceremony:

 

Associate of Applied Science

 

Terry W. Abercrombie, Drafting Technology

Amy B. Abernathy, Respiratory Care

Barry L. Arrington Jr., Construction Management

April Renee Blanton, Early Childhood Care and Education

Stephanie Elizabeth Bonito, Computer Support Specialist

Brittany N. Brickley, Business Technology

Taylor Jordan Brock, Respiratory Care

Jessica Deana Camp, Respiratory Care

Omar Canales, Automotive Technology

Kelvin G. Cano-Armas, Business Management

Candice B. Casteel, Business Management

Jose R. Chavarria, Business Management

Summer L. Childers, Criminal Justice Technology

Ashley Michelle Clark, Accounting

T’Qualla Sunyata Clark, Business Management

Kered D. Cochran, Paramedicine

Jennifer D. Collins, Social Work Assistant

Wendy Michele Cordle, Business Management

Hannah Elyse Corn, Respiratory Care

Dibisais Cornejo Bedolla, Respiratory Care

Kaylyn M. Craig, Business Management

Teri L. Craig, Health Information Management Technology

Joseph L. Crook, Industrial Systems Technology

Elijah J. Cutts, Industrial Systems Technology

Oksana M. Daniel, Horticulture

Michelle L. Dills, Computer, Support Specialist

Ashia S. Edwards-Moreno, Health Information Management Technology

Jessica Lynn Ellington, Respiratory Care

Allison Michelle Elrod, Business Management

Philip G. English, Automotive Technology

Corey Ryan Evans, Neuromuscular Therapist

Peyton Riley Evans, Early Childhood Care and Education

Melisa Fajardo Gonzalez, Business Technology

LaCrista Prince Ferrell, Respiratory Care

James Bradford Fulghum, Business Management

Julio Gonzalez, Industrial Systems Technology

Marlem N. Gonzalez Ramirez, Accounting

Jared A. Gray, Industrial Systems Technology

Misty D. Griggs, Business Management

Elisabeth A. Harp, Computer Support Specialist

Katherine R. Hayes, Business Management

Shirley A. Hayes, Health Information Management Technology

Karen Y. Herrera, Business Management

Kayla A. Hix, Accounting

Melinda D. House, Accounting

Nicole Marie Jones, Health Information Management Technology

Sawyer D. Landers, Construction Management

Audrey Landrum, Health Information Management Technology

Jose G. Leal, Business Management

Darren Letzgus, Business Management

Jonathan M. Lynch, Paramedicine

Heather L. Mayfield, Business Technology

Brian H. Mayton, Electronics Technology

Janna N. McDowell, Respiratory Care

Katherine Melgar, Early Childhood Care and Education

Kenneth J. Murner, Health Information Management Technology

Austin Patrick, Industrial Systems Technology

Dawn B. Phillips, Business Management

Esther V. Polley, Criminal Justice Technology

Jami Lynn Purcell, Paramedicine

Katrina L. Putman, Health Information Management Technology

Ricardo Rosillo, Industrial Systems Technology

Rebekah Brook Ruark, Respiratory Care

Saheed A. Sanusi, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Daniel B. Sequens, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Waseem Sheikh, Electronics Technology

Stacey M. Shipley, Health Information Management Technology

Kerrie Shuburte, Health Information Management Technology

Keshia L. Simpson, Early Childhood Care and Education

Forrest N. Skinner, Instrumentation and Controls Technician

Ervina L. Sudler , Marketing Management

Connie L. Tinney, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Virginia C. White, Horticulture

Matthew J. Willis, Drafting Technology

Tiffany A. Wireman, Early Childhood Care and Education

Debra Gail Wrape, Early Childhood Care and Education

 

Associate of Science in Nursing

 

Beverly J. Anderson

Krysti J. Bouldin

Alexandria N. Bryant

Starla Chandler

Candace Rachelle Clark

Jennifer Nichole Craig

Jennifer F. Davis

Natasha Shree Gazaway

Olivia S. Graff

Brenda A. Grissom

Jennifer Carol Henry

Jessica Y. Holcomb

Christina M. Lyons

Sharon Michelle Martin

Kristen Beth Morgan

Valerie A. Parish

Heather Brooke Pierce

Lisa M. Rae

Allison R. Shaw

Teresa Kaye Smith

Haley Danielle Sterner

Christinea L. Thompson

 

Diploma

 

Dagoberto Acosta, Industrial Systems Technology

Melinda K. Angell, Business Technology

Amber Lashae Bates, Practical Nursing

Alisha A. Broome, Business Technology

Billy John Brown, Welding and Joining Technology

Gregory Broyles, Air Conditioning Technology

Ashley Desiree Childers, Business Technology

Jarrod Wesley Daniel, Air Conditioning Technology

Kristin Paige Daniel, Neuromuscular Therapist

Courtney B. DeFoor, Early Childhood Care and Education

Charles A. Doss III, Air Conditioning Technology

Bradford K. Edgerton, Auto Collision Repair

Whitley D. Love Evans, Practical Nursing

Dimas J. Guevara, Air Conditioning Technology

Robert A. Holt, Paramedicine

Hayden Housley, Welding and Joining Technology

Tony R. Ingram Jr., Air Conditioning Technology

Ashley G. Jackson, Paramedicine

Tonya R. Kilgore, Business Technology

Michael S. King, Welding and Joining Technology

Kevin Ray Mason, Business Management

Thomas D. Mayweather, Air Conditioning Technology

Deloris J. McBee, Social Work Assistant

Jennifer L. McDonald, Business Technology

Robert James Neal, Business Management

Maranda K. Parker, Business Technology

Enrique M. Sebastian   Air Conditioning Technology

Mary Elizabeth Steadman, Neuromuscular Therapist

Elizabeth C. Suits, Business Management

Jamie L. Turner, Business Technology

Lacey J. Vick, Business Technology

Celestia A. Waits, Business Management

 

Technical Certificate of Credit

 

Arisah A. Argueta, Human Resource Management Specialist

Brandy N. Banks, Medical Front Office Assistant

Dustie L. Bridges, Health Care Assistant

Erica J. Brown, Medical Front Office Assistant

Teresa G. Campbell, Medical Coding

Christopher Chambers, Child Development Specialist

Aakayla Raquel Dudley, Shampoo Technician

Destiny F. Hipps, Phlebotomy Technician

Leigh Anne Little, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Heather M. Marsh, Supervisor/Manager Specialist

Cassie Jill McGill, Hair Designer

Vanesha A. Ryals, Shampoo Technician

Samantha Seagraves, Medical Coding

Thomas Eric Sisemore, Addictions Specialist

Chelsea Anderson Smith, Hair Designer

Adreian Bianca Steele, Patient Care Assistant

Melissa Swinney, Medical Coding

Hannah J. Taylor, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Caitlin M. Westerfield, Medical Coding

Tiffani K. Whatley, Shampoo Technician

 

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 more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Holds GED® Commencement Ceremony on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun

Isaac Streetman (left) and Persia Suarez (right)
Isaac Streetman (left) of Rockmart and Persia Suarez (right) of Cedartown line up before Processional.
Emily Connell (right) and Kerri Hosmer (left)
Emily Connell (right), GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, stands with Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Connell was the featured speaker for the ceremony.
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Nathan Blake Maddox celebrates after receiving his GED® diploma.
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The 2016-17 graduates stand to thank their families and friends during GNTC’s GED® Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its GED® Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, for students who have earned their General Educational Development diplomas®.

The ceremony was held at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to accommodate students and families from all nine counties of GNTC’s service area. 

The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Hosmer recognized the friends and family members in attendance at the ceremony and thanked the organizations that provided GED® scholarships.

Those organizations include: Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Society, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, Conasauga Drug Court Program, Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, Endless Opportunities, LaFayette Presbyterian Church, North Rome Church of God, Polk County Rotary Club, Rome-Floyd CCCY, Rome Rotary Club, Shaw Industries, Tallatoona CAP, WMC Rotary Club, and the GNTC Foundation.

C. Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, encouraged graduates to continue with their education.

“I encourage you to not think of tonight as the end of your education,” said McDonald. “This is just one more step up the mountain and you have to keep pursuing education throughout your lifetime to be able to provide better for your families and for yourselves.”

Emily Connell, GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, delivered the keynote address. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in January 2016 and is currently pursuing an associate degree in Social Work at the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Upon graduation, Connell plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her career goal is to work with veterans.

“Once I am done I will never have to worry about who will provide for me and my son because I know that person will be me,” said Connell.

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.

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 more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

American Dream, Passion at Foundation of Local SkillsUSA National Qualifier

Whitfield County, GA welder to compete against best in nation

 

(Whitfield County, Georgia)  Wearing his American Flag bandana, 21-year-old Daniel Lopez looks up from his latest project on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Whitfield Murray Campus (WMC) for a quick picture. But trying to sum up his life in a snapshot would be impossible. Although you wouldn’t call him your typical blue-collar worker, you may say Lopez already has a degree in hard work.

Of course, he comes by it honestly.

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“Whitfield Murray Campus welding technology student Daniel Lopez of Dalton, Georgia dons his American Flag bandana as he takes a look at a project being completed in the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Welding Technology lab. Lopez is part of a three-person welding fabrication team which has qualified to compete against some of the best young welders in the nation this summer.”

Less than two months from his trip to compete against some of the best welders in America at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, the Dalton, Georgia native’s story starts more than 20 years ago when his parents moved from Mexico hoping for a great life in the states. It would be their first-born that would really help make their dreams a reality.

The oldest child of Maria and Dionisio Lopez, Daniel is the first person in his family to go to college. However, working a full-time job Friday through Sunday at Dalton, Georgia’s Tandus Centiva and then part-time hours with Rossville, Georgia’s Warrior Guitars, Lopez is truly putting his blue-collar roots and servant’s heart to work every day of the week.

“I am a lot like my parents. My mom does in-home care for special needs kids and my dad is a maintenance man. They have good hearts and just work hard,” proudly stated Lopez. “Twelve-hour shifts at the plant and working extra hours whenever they (Warrior Guitars) need is a lot. But I like it. It’s worth it.” Lopez is an hourly employee at Tandus Centiva and helps make guitar bodies for the Walker County, Georgia music business in his spare time.

Spare time is not something this Southeast Whitfield alum has a lot of these days, though. You can blame that on his success.

Lopez, along with fellow Dalton, Georgia resident Isaiah Jackson, and Ringgold, Georgia resident Jacob Hargrove are scheduled to travel to the SkillsUSA National Competition June 19-23. These three comprise the college’s Welding Fabrication team; the event in which they took home top honors on the state level in March to help them earn the national bid.

“This is the first GNTC welding team headed to the national level to have someone from the Whitfield Murray Campus,” said GNTC Welding Instructor Wayne Henderson. “Just knowing Daniel and his work ethic, it doesn’t surprise me that he’d be a part of something like this. He’s meant for something big.”

Before Lopez won a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation scholarship to attend the WMC in 2014, he previously caught the eye of SkillsUSA judges while competing on the high school level down in Raider country. As a Southeast Whitfield High School competitor, Lopez placed second in the state in a woodworking category. “I love working with wood, too,” said Lopez. “First thing I ever made was a wooden trailer for a remote-controlled car I owned. I wanted it to have a trailer and I couldn’t find one anywhere that anyone sold. So, I made my own.”

Lopez is now building a career for himself as he anticipates completing his Welding Technology diploma by the end of 2017. With younger siblings still in school and looking up to him, Lopez has no plans on slowing down now. “I have my own dreams,” said Lopez. “I’m just glad I’m getting a chance to make them happen. Just thankful for getting the chance to compete this June. I just want to be able to show what I can do.”

SkillsUSA is a national, non-profit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers, educators, and industry leaders. SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual SkillsUSA National Championship, nearly 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

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 more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC GED® Graduation Thursday in Rome

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GED® Graduation for GNTC to be held Thursday in Rome, Georgia.

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