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High School Freshmen Facing College Choices At Younger Age

Focus on Careers and Education in Catoosa County, Georgia

(Northwest Georgia) – College recruits don’t always drive their cars to campuses they want to visit. In Catoosa County, Georgia, one group of future talent, not old enough drive, traveled by school bus to tour Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) as part of the Catoosa County School System’s Career Exploration program.

“Business owner Jonathan Connell speaks with students from Ringgold High Schools’ Career Exploration program during a visit to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.”

The brand new program, geared towards high school freshman, is in its pilot year at Ringgold High School. More than two dozen ninth-graders from the program took a first-hand look at GNTC January 23. In addition, if the school system’s plan continues to grow, these underclassmen won’t be the last looking so far into the future, so early in their high school careers.

“In Catoosa County Public Schools, we believe we have a responsibility to help students prepare for college and career,” said Catoosa County Schools Communications Specialist Marissa Brower. “It’s more than just walking across a stage to receive a high school diploma these days. It’s about what happens tomorrow. So, we need to do our part today to make sure students are prepared to continue their post-secondary education or credentialed to enter a career.”

GNTC specialists spoke with the students about their collegiate future during their visit with the region’s largest college. Students learned about recruitment, dual enrollment, and future career possibilities available through a GNTC education. The students also took a tour of some of the GNTC Catoosa County Campus facilities during their visit.

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Electronics Technology Instructor Cody Brewer speaks with students from Ringgold High Schools’ Career Exploration program touring GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.”

“This will be the cornerstone for how we market our College and Career Academy to students,” added Brower. “Students in the From HERE to CAREER exploration class take the YouScience aptitude and interest assessment to identify careers that are a good fit. The pilot will be refined, and this will be a required class for all 9th graders in the fall.” The Catoosa County School system currently works with GNTC through Dual Enrollment. Also, the system will open a College and Career Academy in August 2022. It would be built upon nearly five acres of land donated by the county to the school system in 2018.

“Young people need to begin thinking about professional options earlier in their academic careers,” said GNTC Associate Vice President of Special Projects Dr. Ginger Mathis. “Every student has special skills and abilities that would serve them well in specific fields. This Career Exploration program is a valuable tool that will allow Catoosa County students, at a younger age than usual, to begin considering their strengths and matching them to a potential path in the future. It will also help parents and families to look at things such as dual enrollment which would allow students to get college credit at no cost.”

Local entrepreneur Jonathan Connell spoke with the students and administrators before their tours to share his story about coming from Northwest Georgia and finding a career path that not only suited him, but also made him very successful along the way. “I learned to live on half of my paycheck at a very young age,” Connell told the students. “Doing that, I was able to save enough money to begin my own business and begin my own future.” Connell is a Dade County, Georgia native and United States Marine Corps veteran who has owned multiple businesses throughout the past two decades. After selling most of them, he is currently the owner of MedSTAT Medical Supply Company; Xenon Group, LLC, Real Estate; and JTalks LLC which provides training, education, and motivational speaking services.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.

STEMulating Camp For Catoosa Middle Schoolers

Camp STEMulate in Catoosa County, Georgia
Roper Corporation Manager Don Gregg serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Camp STEMulate “Egg Drop” project. Catoosa County Middle Schoolers were given a short amount of time and limited supplies to design a way to protect a nuclear device from being damaged as a result of a free fall. (In this exercise, the nuclear device was an egg and the free fall was a drop of approximately 12 feet.)

 

 

(Ringgold, Georgia) – Nearly 60 campers from Heritage, Lakeview, and Ringgold Middle Schools are spending the week at the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to take part in Camp STEMulate.

In cooperation with Mohawk Industries, North Georgia E.M.C., Roper Corporation, Shaw Industries, and GNTC, Catoosa County School students are getting first-hand, high-tech experience through this STEM camp. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program was first developed nearly a decade ago as a national project to help drive students towards excelling in these areas of study.

Among the areas students are receiving state-of-the-art training are Coding, Electronics, Rapid Prototyping, and Design. From learning how to design their own race cars to experiencing the manufacturing processes behind the flooring industry in Northwest Georgia, these young men and women are learning about many of the careers waiting for them in the region. More importantly, they are learning what it will take to excel in those careers.

The Youth Scholar Program administered in part by the Floyd County Schools on the Floyd County Campus of GNTC is also underway this week. The camps being held in Northwest Georgia are available in large part due to economic development efforts by the organizations, companies, and schools of the area. It is an effort to help grow the industries currently in the region, as well as companies set to call our area “home” in the future.

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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First-Ever Tours Of New GNTC Campus In Catoosa

Catoosa County High School Upperclassmen Get Sneak Peek

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Sixth Campus; the Catoosa County Campus of GNTC. The first-ever tours of the campus took place Thursday morning by upperclassmen from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and Catoosa County’s Performance Learning Center.”

 

(Ringgold, Georgia) – Juniors from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (LFO) High School in Catoosa County, Georgia became the first to tour the brand new Catoosa County Campus (CCC) of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) on Thursday morning.

Georgia Northwestern Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ginger Mathis, along with a cast of other GNTC administrators helped give tours to students from LFO and the Performance Learning Center (PLC) throughout the day Thursday. The CCC becomes the college’s sixth campus. GNTC also has campuses in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties in Georgia.

 

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“Juniors from Catoosa County, Georgia’s Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School were the first students ever to enter the new Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Thursday.”

 

“The Catoosa County Campus will provide the training you will need to be successful at the careers expected to be in demand in our region when you prepare to graduate from GNTC,” said Dr. Mathis in speaking to students taking a Thursday. GNTC is currently awaiting final accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for the programs it plans to offer beginning this fall. The programs expected to be online by that time are Business Management, Computer Support Specialist, Early Childhood Care and Education, Emergency Medical Services Professions, Health Care, Industrial Systems, Information Security Specialist, Instrumentation and Controls, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Mechatronics, and Website Design and Development.

 

The ground just broke 15 months ago on the 36-acre plot of land at the intersection of Georgia Highway 151 and Holcomb Road; approximately one half of a mile from Interstate 75. “This kind of a campus is exactly what companies looking at building in this region will be looking for. A guarantee of providing a trained workforce,” said former Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson during the 2014 groundbreaking ceremony.

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Fennell speaks with high school juniors from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and the Performance Learning Center during the first-ever tours of the brand new campus on Thursday morning.”

 

Although classes are slated to begin in mid-August on the new 60,000-square foot facility, the college will host a ribbon-cutting on September 19 to officially kick-off the new education venture in Ringgold, Georgia. Elected officials, as well as members of the Technical College System of Georgia from across the state, will be on-hand to help do the honors.

Next up for the newest GNTC site: Juniors from Ringgold High School will tour the facility on Friday. Then, the juniors of Heritage High School will make the trip to explore Catoosa County’s newest collegiate offering.  For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Catoosa County Campus, call 866-983-4682 or visit the college at GNTC.edu.

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, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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