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Tennessee Specialist Makes GNTC Foundation, Athletics Priority

Vaughn’s Efforts With NW Georgia College

“Dr. Barry Vaughn, left, of Vaughn Spine and Orthopedics after his annual gift to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletics. Also shown is Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletic Director, David Stephenson.”
“Dr. Barry Vaughn, left, of Vaughn Spine and Orthopedics after his annual gift to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletics. Also shown is Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletic Director, David Stephenson.”

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Barry Vaughn, who practices in the Tennessee Valley, makes partnering with one area college a priority in his efforts to give back.

Since 2009, Vaughn Spine and Orthopedics has reached out throughout the calendar year to help the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation and Athletic Department. “The doctor (Vaughn) donates very generously to what we are trying to do here at GNTC,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletic Director David Stephenson. “Through his donations of time and funding, we are able to make a lot happen for our young men and women.”

Above making monetary donations to the home of the Bobcats, for the past four years Vaughn has also put aside his time providing his services through the years. “For about four or five years, he (Vaughn) helped do physicals for our student-athletes when it was time for those to be done,” added Stephenson. GNTC fields five intercollegiate athletic offerings in Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Competitive Cheer, Men’s Golf, and Women’s Volleyball.

With the college since 2007, Stephenson prioritizes community involvement and giving back as a top responsibility of his programs. “We are about to start our ninth season of athletic programs at GNTC,” said Stephenson. “Our local young men and women who excelled athletically in our area high schools get a great option to continue their careers, as well as their educational paths, as a result of these kinds of gifts from our community.”

Donations made to GNTC Athletics is made by way of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation. From academic programs to intercollegiate athletic offerings at the Technical College System of Georgia institute, all gifts to any function of the college are managed by the GNTC Foundation. GNTC Director of Institutional Development Jason Gamel leads a team of community leaders from across the college’s nine-county service area in helping gain support of the companies and people the college serves throughout the year.

For more information on GNTC Athletics, the GNTC Foundation, or anything related to the college, contact them at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). You can find them on the Internet at GNTC.edu. Also, Georgia Northwestern can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube. 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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Games Hit The R.A.C.

Breast Cancer Awareness Games Hit The R.A.C. Georgia Northwestern Event Benefitting Local Foundation

Date: October 3 Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Rossville Athletic Complex, Rossville, Georgia (301 Williams Street)

 

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(Northwest Georgia) – What started as a way to give back to their communities has now turned into a tradition for Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Intercollegiate Athletic programs. The Lady Cats Volleyball program hosts a tri-match October 3 to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness.

“This is the third year the women’s volleyball squad has held the event,” said GNTC Athletic Director David Stephenson. “And, between the men’s and women’s basketball programs, we’ve been doing this event for six or seven years now.”

Welch College out of Nashville, Tennessee and Bryan College (JV) from Dayton, Tennessee will make the trip to the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.) on Saturday, October 3 for an 11 a.m. start.

Donations for the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Cancer Foundation will benefit the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center of Excellence in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Gifts to the foundation can be made at the gate at Saturday’s event. Northwest Georgia’s Battlefield Imaging will also be on hand to share information and help educate both men and women on what they need to know right now about breast cancer.

“We’ll have the gymnasium decked out in pink for the event,” said Stephenson. “We’re just proud to be able to do whatever we can for these communities in which we work and live in every day.”

For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College at 706.764.3814 or by e-mailing dstephenson@gntc.edu. You can also follow Bobcat Athletics at BobcatsCountry.com.

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.

Carrier Donates To Georgia Northwestern HVAC Program

“Michael Meyer, HVAC Director at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, standing right, shows Carrier Enterprise’s (Chattanooga) latest donation to the program. Students watch as Meyer shows how the latest controller for a touch-screen Wi-Fi thermostat operates.”
“Michael Meyer, HVAC Director at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, standing right, shows Carrier Enterprise’s (Chattanooga) latest donation to the program. Students watch as Meyer shows how the latest controller for a touch-screen Wi-Fi thermostat operates.”

More than $10,000 in training tools, instruction from Chattanooga company

(Rock Spring, GA) – Carrier Enterprise of Chattanooga, Tennessee completes a state-of-the-art donation to help train students of the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

The Tennessee company donated a touch-screen Wi-Fi thermostat and controller to GNTC this week. Carrier has donated well over $10,000 in training and equipment to the program located at the college’s Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia.

“The latest gifts are all components of the Infinity Air Conditioning System; one of Carrier’s top models to date,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College HVAC Director Michael Meyer. “It helps us train tomorrow’s techs. And when these industry reps come in, it’s networking for my students, too. They are learning the right things and meeting the right people.”

Carrier also provides free training at its Chattanooga location showcasing the service of its products to Georgia Northwestern HVAC students. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s HVAC program, contact program director Michael Meyer at mmeyer@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College directly serves nine counties in Northwest Georgia and is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Application deadline for Spring Semester at GNTC is November 26.

GNTC’s Estes Shares Future Of Technology Education, Technology Industry Relationship

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Chattanooga Technology Council Hosts Roundtable Summit

(Chattanooga, TN) – More than 100 industry leaders were on hand May 15 as technology educators and technology business professionals spoke on the future of the relationship between the education and business world of technology during a roundtable summit at Chattanooga’s Business Development Center.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College Computer Information Systems Program Director Charles Estes was among the educators selected to address the issue to the industries of the Tennessee Valley. “We want our businesses to know that when it comes to the skill sets and quality of students we are sending out into the world that we are ahead of the game,” said Estes.

The Chattanooga Technology Council is a non-profit organization which helps promote growth in the business of technology in the tri-state area. The summit discussed the skill sets and background the colleges are generating in their students, as well as the qualities and experience the technology business leaders are looking for in future professionals.

Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Last year, instructors at the 25 TCSG colleges educated and trained more than 170,000 students.

Estes is the only TCSG employee who has won his college’s awards for both top student and top instructor. Estes was selected as Georgia Northwestern’s GOAL Award winner (top student) in 1999. Eight years later, he would win the Perkins Award (top instructor) for GNTC.

GNTC’er Shooting For U.S. Paralympian Team, Raising Money


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Walker County, GA (WRCB) — Surviving against the odds is not enough for Caleb Stallings. This teen wants to be among the best in the world at whatever he does.

He’s been in a wheel chair for 13 years, he’s battled homelessness along the way, but still his outlook leads you to believe his life is perfect.

That’s the thing; in his eyes life is perfect, and now he’s just a few steps away from debuting in the 2014 Paralympics.

“He does not have can’t, no, you will not, that’s nowhere in his vocabulary, in his mind, his sole or the very fiber of his being does he ever know the meaning of quit or don’t,” said his proud father James Stallings.

Courtesy WRCB-TV Chattanooga, TN

James has watched his 17 year old son Caleb defy the odds since 1998 when a horrific wreck nearly killed him and paralyzed Caleb from the waist down.

To Caleb life just started over again after the wreck, he’s not just his father’s inspiration he’s a world class hunter who once dragged himself 70 yards to stalk and kill a wild boar.

“The whole universe is about adaptation, we’re evolving, you have to learn how to adapt and use your disability to the fullest,” said Caleb.

Next on his to do list, Caleb has an invite to try out for the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Ski Team in Breckenridge, Colorado.

James said, “I’ve never seen him this dedicated, this focused, this determined, this excited about anything in his life.”

He’s training six days a week for three hours before school, the trials start in December.

This may be the one thing Caleb will have to accept that he can’t do. James was laid off last year, at one point they were homeless.

Now they have a roof to sleep under, clothes to wear, and food to eat, but that’s it. James doesn’t have the $8,000 needed to send Caleb to the Colorado.

James fought back tears and said, “as a dad I’m supposed to be the provider, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s tearing me apart because I just can’t pull out a checkbook and send him. It makes me question my manhood. What kind of a father can’t do this for his son?”

Caleb added, “if I can get there, raise the funds. If I make it there, I’m not gonna let anybody down.”

Caleb says he doesn’t want to do this for himself but for those who come after him. To show other paraplegics that life is simply what you want to make of it, no matter what the circumstances.

Caleb said, “I have the opportunity to reach a community that an able body can’t reach. I can talk to them and motivate them. Show them that life is a ride, you just have to persevere and get through it. Just roll with it.”

Caleb has one month to raise the money. The Rotary Club in LaFeyette is working on a benefit diner.

The family has set up a bank account at the Bank of LaFayette.

Caleb Stalling benefit for Paralympic Trials
Bank of LaFayette
101 West Patton St
P.O. Box 1149
LaFayette, GA 30728