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Roper Corporation, Georgia Northwestern Launch Apprenticeship Program

“Shown in the front row, from left, are Rhonda Beasley, Roper Corporation Human Resources Manager; Scott Brown, Roper Corporation President; C. Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Dr. Heidi Popham, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Executive Vice President. Shown in second row, from left, are Dr. Michael Fennell, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Dean of Academic Affairs; Scott Lee Reece, Roper Corporation Organizational Development Leader; Dr. Mindy McCannon, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President of Academic Affairs; Alan Lyles, Roper Corporation Maintenance Team Leader for Assembly; Steve Patterson, Roper Corporation Manufacturing Engineering Manager for Fabrication Finishing and Facilities; Mike Signiski, Roper Corporation Manufacturing Engineering Manager for Assembly; Sarah Harrison, Georgia WorkSmart Regional Apprenticeship Coordinator; and Rodney Lewis, Roper Corporation Maintenance Business Leader.”

(Walker County, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College and the Roper Corporation, a division of General Electric, officially entered into an agreement Friday afternoon to launch a “Registered Apprenticeship” program.

Through coordination with Georgia WorkSmart, the state’s apprenticeship program, both GNTC and Roper will begin training apprentices in the Mechatronics program.

What is Apprenticeship in Georgia? The website defines it as, “…a work-based training method that combines formal instruction with on-site, occupation-related training. Apprentices typically work 30-40 hours per week and receive classroom training through part-time attendance at technical colleges, universities or approved training providers. Using the apprentice model can help businesses grow their own talent and build a motivated and qualified workforce. Employers use apprentice programs to recruit and train new employees and to upskill their current workforce.”

Stay tuned for the full story next week on this new partnership between one of the region’s largest employers and the region’s largest college.


Deadline To Apply For Fall Soon



FREE Welding Certificate Classes on the Floyd County Campus beginning July 17! (For those who qualify. Call for details!)

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P.S. Deadline to apply for Fall Semester at GNTC is July 24.



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GNTC’s Fincher Wins National Gold In Louisville, Two Teams Grab Bronze

Ryan Fincher
2017 SkillsUSA National Collegiate Welding Champion GNTC’s Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia.

(Louisville, Kentucky) – Cedartown, Georgia’s Ryan Fincher became Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s first-ever national champion at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky tonight.

Fincher took home top honors in the competition’s Welding category this week at the National Skills and Leadership Conference in the Bluegrass State.

Placing nationally for GNTC were Bobcat teams in the Chapter Display and Career Pathways categories. Taking home the bronze from the Chapter Display team for GNTC were Brandy LeVan (Rock Spring, Georgia), Melisa Fajardo (Dalton, Georgia), and Kate Hendricks (Rock Spring, Georgia.)

Also grabbing a third place finish at nationals was GNTC’s Career Pathways team. Beck Maxwell (Euharlee, Georgia), Melvin Mitchell (Cartersville, Georgia), and Dusty Powell (Aragon, Georgia) make up the bronze medal entry from GNTC.

Congratulations to all of our nationally-recognized winners from the 2017 SkillsUSA Competition. More than 16,000 people from across America took part in the competition on either the collegiate or high school level this week.



Verification and Your Financial Aid Office

Verification and the Hunger Games

DegreeWorks Helps Returning Students With Early Registration

Next week is Early Registration for returning students! (June 26-30) 

Do you know which classes you need?

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Use “DegreeWorks” to check which classes you need to complete your program. To access “DegreeWorks,” go through MyGNTC. Just click the link below!

If you have trouble, please contact Dan


a Walker, Director of Degree Works at or 706-295-6938 or speak with your advisor.



SkillsUSA National Qualifying Teams On The Contest Floor In Louisville LIVE!

Next Week Is HUGE For Fall 2017 At GNTC!


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