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Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit Puts Eyes On NW Georgia’s Future

Lieutenant Governor, NW Georgia Leaders Discuss Preparing Workforce, Growing Business

 

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“Leading the way in a session on leadership in industry during day two of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit are, from left, Jeff Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO of Mohawk Industries; Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle; and Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO of Shaw Industries Group, Incorporated.”

 

(Calhoun, Georgia) – Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle is spending his second of two days in Northwest Georgia at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus. With several hundred of Northwest Georgia’s industry and education leaders joining in, Cagle is helping lead the conversation on the region’s future in the Ninth Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Business and Education Summit.

Key decision makers in economic development, community partnerships, and leadership in the region are actively taking part in getting a first-hand look at the current state of Northwest Georgia’s ability to train the future workforce and sustain and grow Georgia business in the future. Cagle, as well as the executives leading area industries, are looking for ways to keep Georgia’s workforce market-ready to handle the ever-changing needs of the economy.

Monday, day one of the summit, was a field day of sorts. Morning tours were led through plants at Shaw Industries in Ringgold, Mohawk Industries in Dalton, and Anheuser-Busch in Cartersville.

 

 

Summit participants spent the afternoon at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Calhoun. Business and economic leaders discussed the state’s growth and the impact on the communities, the power of apprenticeship programs that international companies in Georgia are utilizing, and the benefit of community relationships in the classroom, as well as innovation and a new way of thinking in teaching the future workforce.

Tuesday, day two of the summit, focused on innovative leadership both in the workplace and the classroom. Leaders of the area’s top industries, as well as the Technical College System of Georgia, GNTC, and the region’s college and career academies, spoke about what’s being done today to help improve Georgia’s 21st century workforce tomorrow.

All six of Northwest Georgia’s College and Career Academies, as well as GNTC, donated time and resources to help make the summit possible. For more information about GNTC, you can call 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college 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 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 Holds GED® Commencement Ceremony on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun

(Calhoun, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its GED® Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 12, for students who have earned their General Educational Diploma®.

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.

Approximately 100 students crossed the stage with their General Educational Development® diplomas in front of a standing room only crowd.

The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Smith recognized the friends and family members in attendance at the ceremony.

Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, encouraged graduates to continue with their education and to not look at this ceremony as the end of their studies.

“I want you to consider this your first step towards your career development,” said McDonald. “To maintain a good job in today’s world, you have to have a very specific education. I encourage all of you to continue to develop your skills and have a good future for you and your family.”

Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County, winner of GNTC’s EAGLE Award and finalist for the State EAGLE Award for 2016, delivered the keynote address.

“I want to encourage everyone to keep stepping forward,” said Weaver. “We are able to tell other people about our success and accomplishments and inspire others to do the same.”

The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,084 students and graduated 276 students with a GED® diploma in Fiscal Year 2015. The Adult Education program at GNTC serves students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in five different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

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, 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’s Weaver in EAGLE’s Final Eight at State

Brandy Weaver, GNTC EAGLE Delegate
Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County is the 2016 EAGLE Representative for Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

(Atlanta, GA) – Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County, winner of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) EAGLE Award for 2016, was chosen as one of eight finalists for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

The statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute began yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia. The event closes out tomorrow with the announcement of the 2016 State of Georgia EAGLE winner.

 

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

 

“As the winner and GNTC delegate to the statewide Leadership Institute, Brandy Weaver exemplifies the purpose of the Adult Education program,” said Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “Despite difficult circumstances, she has achieved her goal of earning a GED® diploma, is employed, and is an active and enthusiastic volunteer who teaches other parents how to overcome personal loss.”

 

Weaver, a resident of Dalton, attended adult education classes at GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus and was nominated for the EAGLE award by Sherry Burgess. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in September and is currently employed at Compassion House. Weaver plans to continue her education with the goal of becoming a social worker.

 

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

 

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership 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.

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GNTC’s Kim Whitlock Earns First GED® Diploma GNTC’s Kim Whitlock Earns First GED® Diploma

Kim Whitlock (left) and Lisa McKinney (right) stand in front of the Fairmount Community Center. Whitlock was the first student to earn a GED® diploma from the Adult Education Center located inside the building and McKinney was her instructor.
Kim Whitlock (left) and Lisa McKinney (right) stand in front of the Fairmount Community Center. Whitlock was the first student to earn a GED® diploma from the Adult Education Center located inside the building and McKinney was her instructor.

Kim Whitlock recently became the first student to earn a GED® diploma through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Adult Learning Center located in the Fairmount Community Center.

 

“It was an awesome feeling being the first one to graduate from here,” said Whitlock. “Knowing that I needed to do better, for my husband and my boys, was my main motivation to return to school.”

 

The classes in Fairmount were launched in fall 2014 to give easier access to residents on the eastern side of Gordon County. GNTC also offers adult education classes in Calhoun to Gordon County residents.

 

“It made everything a whole lot easier,” said Whitlock. “The Fairmount facility is just ten minutes away from me versus going to the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.”

 

The classes in Fairmount came about because teachers in Gordon County started to realize that there was a lot of students with Fairmount addresses that would come to the Calhoun location to register, but were not able to complete the program.

 

As a result, GNTC instructors and administrators met with Harry Pierce, mayor of Fairmount, and city council members about setting up a local Adult Education program.

 

“They did everything we needed and offered us this space at the Community Center rent free,” said Lisa McKinney, adult education instructor at GNTC and instructor for the Fairmount Adult Learning Center. “The City of Fairmount and GNTC has really been a great partnership and we also have folks coming in from other places on this side of Gordon County.”

 

Whitlock plans to continue her education with Georgia Northwestern while working during the weekdays.

 

“I plan to take some online classes on nights and weekends and to get into the Medical Assisting program,” said Whitlock.

 

The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,084 students and graduated 276 students with a GED® diploma in Fiscal Year 2015. The Adult Education program at GNTC serves students in nine counties with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties and off-campus learning centers in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, and Walker counties. Classes are also held in five different Correctional facilities. GED® Testing Centers are located on campus in Floyd, Gordon, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Georgia Driver’s Education Commission Awards Grant to Georgia Northwestern Technical College

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) President Pete McDonald receives the keys for one of the cars being used for the driver’s education program on the Walker County Campus of GNTC in Rock Spring, Georgia. Shown, from left, are Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director for Business Development and External Affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia; President McDonald; Harris Blackwood, Director of the Georgia Office of Highway Safety; and Josh Turner, Director of the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) President Pete McDonald receives the keys for one of the cars being used for the driver’s education program on the Walker County Campus of GNTC in Rock Spring, Georgia. Shown, from left, are Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director for Business Development and External Affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia; President McDonald; Harris Blackwood, Director of the Georgia Office of Highway Safety; and Josh Turner, Director of the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.”

(Walker County, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $19,940.00 from the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission. 

The grant, which runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, will help finance driver’s education locally by providing classes with 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel experience with a trained instructor.

 

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers and we are committed to providing students with the education and experience needed to avoid tragedy,” said GDEC chairman Harris Blackwood. “This grant will help Georgia Northwestern Technical College equip young drivers in the community to be safer when they get behind the wheel,” continued Blackwood.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is very pleased to able to partner with the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission to offer driver’s education for young drivers in Northwest Georgia. The training will have a direct impact on improving highway safety benefiting all the citizens of the region.

 

Classes will be offered on-site at Ridgeland High School, Rossville, GA beginning in January 2016 to students qualifying for scholarships and behind-the-wheel instruction will be offered at Gordon Lee High School, Chickamauga, GA. For more information about the driver’s education program, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 706-764-3591. 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.

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