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Cutting The Ribbon On Catoosa’s First College Campus

Georgia Northwestern Classes Underway In Ringgold

 

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“Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s sixth-campus, the Catoosa County Campus, were, from left, Steve Stancil, Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission Director; Travis Johnson, Technical College System of Georgia Assistant Commissioner of External Affairs; U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Terry Nesbitt, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Board of Directors; Georgia State Representative Steve Tarvin (District 2); Georgia State Representative Dewayne Hill (District 3); Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Dr. Ginger Mathis, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs; Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis (District 53); Vann Brown, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Board of Directors; Denise Clopton, Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s senior representative; Joe Yarbrough, Technical College System of Georgia Board of Directors Chairman; Jim Walker, Catoosa County Manager; Joe Barger, Former Mayor of Ringgold, Georgia; Nick Millwood, Mayor of Ringgold, Georgia; Shirley Smith, Technical College System of Georgia Board Member; Roger Bowman, Catoosa County Economic Development Vice Chair; Terry Herr, Pieper, O’Brien, and Herr Architects Executive Vice President; Hal Hardin, Pieper, O’Brien and Herr Architects Project Manager; George Wheatley, Barton Malow Construction Manager; and Chris Torchia, Barton Malow Construction Senior Director.”

 

(Ringgold, Georgia) – A dream that has been in the works for a decade, and under construction for less than two years, is now a reality in Catoosa County, Georgia. Lawmakers, educators, and dozens of others closely tied to the launch of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) sixth campus helped cut the ribbon on the facility Monday in a special ceremony in Ringgold, Georgia.

 

Besides the students already attending classes on-site, more than 200 people were on hand for the late summer ceremony honoring the grand opening of GNTC’s newest location. “This is going to be a flag ship campus. It’s going to be even larger soon because we are going to work to make it that way,” said Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis (Dist. 53). “Georgia Northwestern is the epitome of an outstanding higher-education learning function.”

 

Among those city, county, and state leaders on hand to take part was Ringgold, Georgia Mayor Nick Millwood. “A lot of these kids within our community are going to have a much better opportunity at a post-secondary education,” said Millwood. “It might be harder for them to swing it otherwise if they had to travel somewhere else. Just the impact it’s going to have on the community in the years to come is something we’re excited about.”

 

Cybersecurity, Mechatronics, and Logistics leads the list of program offerings now available at Catoosa County’s first collegiate campus. The Catoosa County Campus is located at the intersection of Highway 151 and Holcomb Road in Catoosa County. The 12-million dollar facility houses a 60,000-square foot campus which sits on 36 acres. The groundbreaking took place in December 2014. College staff and faculty began moving in this summer with classes beginning last month.
You can contact the college’s toll-free number at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their 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.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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.

GNTC Reaching Out To ITT Tech’s Displaced Students

GNTC Reaching Out To ITT Tech’s Displaced Students
Georgia Northwestern Holding Informational Sessions, Advisement Options

 

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“The sixth campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia, opened its doors this past month for the very first time. A ribbon-cutting for an official grand opening event will take place next Monday at the college’s newest facility.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Northwest Georgia’s largest college is reaching out to thousands of displaced students who saw the doors to their college campus close forever this week. The former students of ITT Technical Institute are being offered academic and financial advisement sessions by Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).
ITT Tech, open for more than 50 years, had campuses all across the United States; including Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. Now, Georgia Northwestern, another college with more than 50 years of educating the people of the Tennessee Valley and Northwest Georgia, is reaching out.
GNTC has scheduled special informational sessions for the local ITT Tech students now without an educational home.
The big concern for many of these former students is that they now have a large debt to pay and no college degree or diploma to show for it. “We want to give them a real option, right here at home, that will allow them to continue their collegiate education,” said GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips. “At this time, we are thoroughly evaluating the best course of action to help these students. We just want to give each of them a chance to focus on what will be the best next step for them and their families.”

 

Georgia Northwestern and ITT Tech offer a number of the same programs and courses. Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Support Specialist, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Drafting, and Network Specialist programs at GNTC have different options. Students can enroll in classes offered at GNTC through one of its six campuses or online. Campuses are currently in operation in Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties in Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. The state college plans to have many of the answers to the questions former ITT Tech students will be asking when they host informational sessions for all ITT Technical Institute students in Room A103C on the new Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia on September 15 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and September 22 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information on these sessions, students can call Georgia Northwestern Technical College Catoosa County Campus Manager Leigh Ann Pettigrew at 706.965.1120 or send an e-mail to lpettigrew@gntc.edu. You can also contact the college’s toll-free number at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their 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.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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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State-Of-The-Art Programs Help Open Catoosa’s First College Campus

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ginger Mathis, left, and GNTC Interim Catoosa County Campus Manager Leigh Ann Pettigrew stop for a photo in front of the college’s new Catoosa County Campus. Fall semester begins for the Catoosa County Campus, and all of GNTC, on August 15.”

 

Georgia Northwestern Launching Cybersecurity, Logistics, and Mechatronics in Catoosa County

(Ringgold, Georgia) – For the better part of the last decade, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has been going through a process to add a sixth campus in Catoosa County, Georgia. On August 15, the process will be complete as GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus will open its doors for class for the very first time.

 

Three brand new programs will kick-off on this brand new campus as GNTC launches Cybersecurity, Logistics, and Mechatronics. “These are important new offerings with skilled workers in these fields being in demand in our companies in Northwest Georgia right now,” said GNTC’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ginger Mathis. “We have turned this project around in a timely manner to help these students have what they need to become the skilled workforce employers are counting on.”

 

It was just 20 months ago when college administrators, along with state and local leaders, broke ground on the site in a December 2014 ceremony. “We are anticipating a couple of hundred students for our initial term,” said Mathis. “Between the traditional students and the dual-enrolled high school students from the three Catoosa County High Schools, we are looking forward to some great success stories out of this campus.”

 

Three of the state-of-the-art programs being offered in the pilot year of the Catoosa County Campus are Cybersecurity, Logistics, and Mechatronics. “We want to train our students in these programs that are already in demand right here in Northwest Georgia,” said Mathis. “These three represent the center of the current line-up of programs that will help our students earn careers locally or across the nation.”

 

“The Catoosa County School System is so supportive. They are excited,” said Mathis. “We’ve been having meetings with them for almost a year now. We’ve been working together to try to explain how all this will work between the college and the high schools.” However, if a student isn’t sure where they will attend college yet, GNTC’s newest site will also be offering more than two dozen courses that will transfer to four-year universities, as well.

 

Beyond the new three programs at the Catoosa County Campus, Business Management, Computer Support, Early Childhood Care and Education, Healthcare, and Industrial Systems will be among the offerings available in Ringgold, Georgia. Several of them will be available to dual-enrollment students who will attend the new 60,000-square foot facility during their traditional school day.

 

A grant awarded to the Catoosa County School System will be paying to transport students enrolled in collegiate courses with GNTC from their respective high schools and on to the GNTC campus in Catoosa County. “Our college instructors are looking forward to teaching the traditional collegiate students, as well as high-school students who feel up to the task,” said GNTC Interim Catoosa County Campus Manager Leigh Ann Pettigrew. “They’ll also be teaching some of the courses at the high school campuses, as well.”

 

In addition to some of GNTC’s academic programs, the campus will house a college bookstore, laboratories, library, and the offices of GNTC’s Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Administrative Services. During the week before classes kick-off, students eligible for the PELL award will also have a time frame in which they can charge the cost of their books and supplies at the GNTC Bookstore against their pending PELL award they may receive during the term.

 

The Catoosa County Campus is at 6450 Alabama Highway in Ringgold, Georgia. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Catoosa County Campus, contact their main office at 706-965-1120.

For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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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GNTC’s Opening All Six Campuses in 2016

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.

The Grainger Foundation Supports Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation

“With a rainy day at the construction site of the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia, local Grainger Branch Manager Jay Still met GNTC representatives indoors for the presentation. Inside the recently-opened Zaxby’s restaurant, directly in front of the future campus, Still, second from the right, presents the check to GNTC Electronics Technology instructor Cody Brewer. Shown in the picture, from left, are GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel, GNTC Industrial Systems Technology instructor Matt Sosebee, Still, and Brewer.”Grainger 2015-3a

 

 

GNTC Gets Boost For Industrial Tech Programs
(Catoosa County, Georgia) – The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation (GNTC) in support of its industrial programs at the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.
“This grant will be used to help support the college’s Industrial Technology programs that we will offer at the campus,” said Jason Gamel, GNTC Director of College Development. “Through this program, and others like it, we support the growth of local businesses by helping to fill the talent pipeline in our community. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”
Construction of the college’s sixth campus is underway and is expected to open in 2016, offering classes for the first time during fall semester.

Among the 14 programs currently slated for the campus are mechatronics,
electronics, business management, health care specialties, computer information systems, and logistics. During the past year, GNTC has educated more than 14,000 students through credit and non-credit programs both on-campus and online.
This donation was recommended by Jay Still, Market Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Dalton location. Grainger has been a part of the Dalton business community for more than 20 years as the leading broad line
supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by Georgia Northwestern,” said Still. “We understand the need for GNTC’s mission in Northwest Georgia and
beyond.”
The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities. Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma or certificate. For more information on Georgia
Northwestern Technical College, please call 866.983.4682 or visit GNTC.edu.
For further information about Grainger contact Joe Micucci, Grainger Director of Media Relations at Joseph.Micucci@grainger.com
For further information about Georgia Northwestern Technical College contact Jason Gamel, Director of Institutional Advancement at jgamel@gntc.edu

Northwest Georgia High Schools Work With Local Colleges, Businesses To Prepare Area Teens

Second Fair At GNTC’s Floyd County Campus November 13

 

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Dean of Academic Affairs Denise Grant speaks to the orientation session at the 2015 Transition Fair Thursday at GNTC’s Walker County Campus.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Dean of Academic Affairs Denise Grant speaks to the orientation session at the 2015 Transition Fair Thursday at GNTC’s Walker County Campus.”

 

(Walker County, Georgia) – More than 200 high school juniors and seniors from across Northwest Georgia, as well as many of their parents, counselors, and teachers, were on hand Thursday for the 2015 Transition Fair at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) on the college’s Walker County Campus.

 

The fair is organized by the Catoosa and Walker County Parent Mentors to help students with special needs, as well as their families and support groups, to prepare for life after high school. In addition to the 200-plus high schoolers, more than 100 teachers, parents, vendors, and school administrators were on hand to share information and answer questions.

 

“Georgia Northwestern Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator Deseri Papendorp gave some touring students a look at a nursing lab on the Walker County Campus Thursday.”
“Georgia Northwestern Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator Deseri Papendorp gave some touring students a look at a nursing lab on the Walker County Campus Thursday.”

 

Georgia Northwestern administrators spoke with the students on a wide-variety of topics ranging from how to apply for financial aid to programs available on campus and online through the college.

 

Upperclassmen from Chattooga, Dade County, Gordon Lee, Heritage, LaFayette, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Ridgeland, Ringgold, and Trion High Schools toured the Walker County, Georgia campus for most of the morning. Students personally toured the Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Machine Tool, Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Welding programs during their visit. Other programs set-up booths for the students to explore.

Vendors were able to share materials and answer questions on real-life scenarios awaiting the students after high school. From how to enroll in college, to finding the right one, to getting employment, to becoming a successful member of society, the fair helps the students learn what they need to know to take the next step in their lives.

 

GNTC will host another Transition Fair on the college’s Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia on November 13. For more information on Transition Fairs, you can contact Sheila Parker with Georgia Northwestern’s Disability Services office at 706.295.6517. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

TCSG Commissioner Corbin Visits GNTC’s Floyd County Campus, Site of Future Catoosa County Campus

(Northwest Georgia) – Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), visited and toured the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) on Monday, Aug. 24, to get a first-hand look at how the college conducts its day-to-day academic routine, dual enrollment offerings, and business and industry partnerships.

Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Chief Academic Officer for the TCSG, and Travis Johnson the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Facilities and External Affairs at the TCSG, accompanied Commissioner Corbin on the tour of the Rome campus.

Pete McDonald, President of GNTC, greeted Commissioner Corbin and began the day’s activities by introducing members of his executive leadership team, providing an overview of GNTC, and sharing some statistics and program videos.

Bart Jenkins (right), Director of GNTC’s Machine Tool Technology, program shows TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) some of the equipment that students in the program operate for hands-on experience with industry-standard machinery.
Bart Jenkins (right), Director of GNTC’s Machine Tool Technology, program shows TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) some of the equipment that students in the program operate for hands-on experience with industry-standard machinery.

After the presentation, McDonald led Commissioner Corbin and her colleagues on a campus tour which included the facilities for Welding and Joining Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, and Industrial Systems Technology. During the tour, Commissioner Corbin was able to interact with students and instructors to solicit feedback about their college experiences and classroom instructional needs.

Dusty Powell of Rockmart (right) shows a class project to TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) in the Instrumentation and Controls lab at GNTC.
Dusty Powell of Rockmart (right) shows a class project to TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) in the Instrumentation and Controls lab at GNTC.

Following the tour, the group reconvened to the president’s boardroom for a discussion with business executives which included an overview of the Biz Builders program; an economic development initiative between GNTC and the City of Cedartown. This program prepares small business owners and local entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to open and operate a business in Cedartown.

The TCSG executive team was also able to tour the Robotics and Engineering facilities at the Floyd County College and Career Academy during their visit to GNTC. The lab is part of a dual enrollment program between the two schools. Pictured are (from left to right) GNTC President Pete McDonald; TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin; Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Chief Academic Officer for the TCSG; and Travis Johnson the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Facilities and External Affairs at the TCSG.
The TCSG executive team was also able to tour the Robotics and Engineering facilities at the Floyd County College and Career Academy during their visit to GNTC. The lab is part of a dual enrollment program between the two schools. Pictured are (from left to right) GNTC President Pete McDonald; TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin; Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Chief Academic Officer for the TCSG; and Travis Johnson the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Facilities and External Affairs at the TCSG.

McDonald then led Commissioner Corbin and her colleagues across the street to the Floyd County College and Career Academy to show the robotics lab that is part of the dual enrollment program in Robotics and Engineering. Dual enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school. For the past two years, GNTC has had the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the 2013 and 2014 End of Year Enrollment Report issued by the TCSG.

The group then proceeded to GNTC’s Woodlee Building, an early 20th century dwelling that was renovated and updated to include a teaching kitchen and refined serving area for the Culinary Arts program. Chef Greg Paulson and his students prepared lunch for the TGSG guests, President McDonald and his executive team, and various members of GNTC’s Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees.

After Lunch, President McDonald and the TCSG group traveled to Ringgold to preview GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus currently under construction. The campus is anticipated to be ready for occupancy by mid-year 2016 and will be GNTC’s sixth campus in the northwest Georgia region.

Commissioner Corbin began her term as the new Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia in January. She was previously the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. Prior to that she served as the Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where she worked in a variety of roles.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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