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Soccer in Cats Country

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The GNTC Survivor Competition set for Friday has been postponed. Date expected to be set for the next two-to-three weeks.
Up next: Intramural Soccer begins April 7th, 1:30 pm on the Walker County Campus and
April 9th, 2:30 pm on the Floyd County Campus.
Go Cats!

Ironman and Georgia Northwestern, Register Monday

It’s Friday in Cats Country. Time to share a video of the week. Wrap your week up right with a story you won’t soon forget.

REMEMBER… EARLY REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER AND FALL BEGINS MONDAY!

NW Georgia Standout Passes, Scholarship Named

Hitchcox Leaving Behind Legacy, Services Announced

“Robert Hitchcox (Santa Claus) would attend gatherings of all sizes, public and private, to share the Christmas season all across Northwest Georgia. Hitchcox passed away Tuesday night. He was 64.”
“Robert Hitchcox (Santa Claus) would attend gatherings of all sizes, public and private, to share the Christmas season all across Northwest Georgia. Hitchcox passed away Tuesday night. He was 64.”

(Walker County, Georgia) – Born and bred in the South, Robert Hitchcox lived by example in helping his neighbors. And now, after losing a two-month battle with a deadly illness Tuesday night, Hitchcox will be leaving a void. One that may be too big for any one person to fill.

The long-time Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) board member’s name will now sit atop the newest scholarship at the Northwest Georgia-based institution. Donations are already being accepted for the Robert Hitchcox Memorial Scholarship. With his wife of 43 years, Diane, by his side, Hitchcox passed away this week after spending eight weeks in Chattanooga’s Memorial Hospital.

GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel, who helps head the GNTC Foundation Board of Directors, wasted no time putting focus on a gift that would truly capture the man. With his nearly 20 years of service on the college’s foundation board of trustees, as well as the college’s board of directors, a scholarship was almost a given for Hitchcox.

Among its duties, the GNTC Foundation helps provide students with needed supplies, programs with needed equipment, and high school seniors with needed scholarships. Robert helped bring in the support and funding for these ventures every year.

“He was truly an institution,” said Gamel in a Wednesday morning interview. “The love and time he gave to this entire region is an amazing example for the future. How he lived was very selfless. We want his name to continue to be connected with that spirit of giving.” With more than forty years with the Chattanooga (TN) Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Hitchcox made his job center on the success of this area he called home almost his entire life.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Robert’s family moved to Northwest Georgia when he was three years old. A graduate of Chattanooga Valley High School in 1969, Hitchcox would later graduate from Chattanooga’s McKenzie College. In his Business Development Manager slot at Coca-Cola, Hitchcox would reach out and serve his community in numerous ways over the decades.

Hitchcox, 64, would serve in Board of Director roles with Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation, Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce, Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Hutcheson Medical Center Foundation, and the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

Among the awards Hitchcox earned over the years were the Catoosa County Citizen of the Year (1994), Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year (2001), and the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2007). Hitchcox was a fan of the Atlanta Braves, NASCAR, and golf. Hitchcox lived every day in the words of one bible verse. Romans 8:28 which reads, “For we know that all things work together for good, for them that love God, for them who are the called, according to his purpose.” Hitchcox had been a member of Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia for more than 21 years.

With more than five decades of professional experience in this region, Hitchcox became a bit of a staple in the business world of the Tennessee Valley and Northwest Georgia. However, the one thing that most will remember him for wasn’t his business prowess. It was his passion for the Christmas season.

“I start growing my beard for my role as Santa early each year,” said Hitchcox in a former interview. “People get a true joy during the Christmas season and I simply enjoy playing a part in all of that.” Although he would admit from time-to-time during the heat of the southern summers that his North Pole-esque beard could get a bit uncomfortable in the stifling heat, every year, Hitchcox would grow in his beard once again to give those who believe in Christmas the real deal every time.

Robert and his wife, Diane, were married for 43 years. Beyond his wife and extended family, Hitchcox is survived by his sons, Bryan Hitchcox of Chickamauga, Georgia and Jeremy Hitchcox of Rossville, Georgia, and his grandchildren, Dylan and Olivia Hitchcox.

Visitation for Hitchcox will be held Thursday and Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, at Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Hitchcox will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday at 2 p.m.

If you would like to give to the Robert Hitchcox Memorial Scholarship, send your donations to the GNTC Foundation, Attn: Jason Gamel/Connie Potts, 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, Georgia, 30739.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

Survivor Contest on the FCC March 27

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SURVIVOR IS COMING TO GNTC MARCH 27!
Are you a fan of Survivor? Would you like to compete in Rome, Georgia!
GNTC is hosting a “Survivor Day” competition on the Floyd County Campus for 16-20 GNTC students and faculty! The winner will receive over $150 in gifts and prizes.
Please contact David in the Office of Admissions on the FCC by email and explain why you think you can be GNTC’s Best Survivor.
For more information or to apply please contact me at dmcburnett@gntc.edu

Walker, Whitfield Closing Wednesday, Other Campus Remain On 10 a.m. Schedule

WINTER WEATHER UPDATE:
WALKER and WHITFIELD COUNTY CAMPUSES are closing for the rest of the day, Wednesday, February 18. Floyd, Gordon, and Polk will begin classes at 10 a.m. Please use your best judgement in driving to your campus if you have classes today. (If your class is at Floyd, Gordon, or Polk County Campus, and it is scheduled to begin before 10 a.m., it is cancelled. Otherwise, it is on, as usual, at your campus.)
Stay tuned for the latest as it becomes available!
Stay safe and stay warm!weather_alert_wide_t_nv

First GeorgiaBEST certificates presented to GNTC Adult Education students

Left to right, Pete McDonald, president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC); Cassie Rutledge of Summerville; Amber Danforth of Rome; Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC; and Commissioner Mark Butler
Left to right, Pete McDonald, president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC); Cassie Rutledge of Summerville; Amber Danforth of Rome; Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC; and Commissioner Mark Butler

SUMMERVILLE– State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler today presented certificates to the first students to complete the GeorgiaBEST program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Adult Education program. GeorgiaBEST (Businesss Ethics Student Training) is the Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) workplace soft skills initiative.

The ceremony was held at the Chattooga County Adult Education Center in Summerville.

“I’m pleased to present these certificates to Amber Danford and Cassie Rutledge, who are the first to complete GeorgiaBEST through a program affiliated with a state technical college,” said Butler. “What they’ve achieved will definitely improve their opportunities for success in life. And, with our continuing affiliation with Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Adult Education program, many more students from this region will also get the opportunity to use GeorgiaBEST to improve their outlooks for success.”

Butler launched GeorgiaBEST in 2012 after talking with employers throughout the state who said that the lack of soft skills was one of the major problems they faced when recruiting and keeping good employees. A 2012 article in Forbes Magazine refers to research by Leadership IQ, a research and leadership training company, which shows when first-time hires fail, 89 percent of the time it’s because of attitudinal reasons.

“We are so proud of these two students who were awarded GeorgiaBEST certificates,” said Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “They have demonstrated that they have the soft skills employers require to not only get a job, but to keep a job. With the increased emphasis on college and career readiness, our students now understand that they need more than just the GED diploma.”

Both students said the Oral and Written Business Communication Skills was a favorite among the GeorgiaBEST modules. “I didn’t give up and I didn’t give in,” declared Rutledge, of Summerville. “I gave it all I’ve got for GeorgiaBEST. One of the skills I learned was the ‘mock interview,’ which will help me be more confident when I go on interviews.”

Danford, of Rome, said, “I feel GeorgiaBEST has helped prepare me for a future job. It has given me skills, such as how to excel in a job interview, which will help me in my job search. I am very proud to have completed the GeorgiaBEST program.”

After its 2012 launch, GeorgiaBEST spread quickly and is now taught in more than 200 schools throughout the state. The GNTC Adult Education program became the first to implement it at the technical college level in September.

“We have integrated the GeorgiaBEST program at all of the Adult Education centers in our nine-county service delivery area,” Smith said. “More than 1,000 students have been exposed to this training since last fall and more students will earn their certificates in the weeks ahead. We are proud of this collaboration with the GDOL and our efforts to prepare students for college or the workplace.”

Students who participate in the program are evaluated by their teachers on their soft skills and, upon completion of the program, are awarded GeorgiaBEST certificates. The certification serves as validation to employers that students have successfully displayed strong work habits that will foster success in higher education and in the workplace.

Students earning the certificate must study and be assessed on 10 soft skill standards as set by the GDOL and participate in at least one of the required projects. Those soft skills, put together by the GDOL with input from business and industry, include discipline and character, attendance and punctuality, work habits, teamwork, time management, attitude, communications skills, responsibility, and organization.

Schools or others who may want more information about GeorgiaBEST, should contact Rebecca McGee, state program manager for GeorgiaBEST, at Rebecca.McGee@gdol.ga.gov or (404) 232-7300.

News media needing additional information should call the GDOL Office of Communications at (404) 232-3685, or Amber Jordan, GNTC’s director of marketing and public relations at (706) 295-6768 or ajordan@gntc.edu.

Healthcare Career Camp Held at Georgia Northwestern

Ted Porter, instructor of Respiratory Care at GNTC (left) conducts a demonstration with a pig’s lung attached to a ventilator during a Healthcare Career Camp at GNTC. Participating students are (from right to left) Macie Smith of Armuchee High School, Haley Ray of Coosa High School, and Taylor Slade of Armuchee High School.
Ted Porter, instructor of Respiratory Care at GNTC (left) conducts a demonstration with a pig’s lung attached to a ventilator during a Healthcare Career Camp at GNTC. Participating students are (from right to left) Macie Smith of Armuchee High School, Haley Ray of Coosa High School, and Taylor Slade of Armuchee High School.

(Rome, Georgia) – Approximately 80 Floyd County High school students took part in a Healthcare Career Camp held May 9-16 on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy.

The camp was part of collaboration between Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy, and GNTC. It was intended to make students aware of the many career choices available in the healthcare industry. The camp consisted of various real-world activities led by GNTC instructors and other healthcare professionals.

“This is a great way to show high school students the future of medical occupations and what jobs are out there now,” said Ted Porter, instructor of Respiratory Care at GNTC.

Students were chosen to participate in the camp by their teachers at the College and Career Academy. They were selected based on essays they wrote about pursuing a career path in healthcare.

“The students have thoroughly loved the hands-on activities and networking opportunities,” said Barbra Naymick, Health Careers Coordinator for Blue Ridge AHEC. “So now they can take what they are learning in the classroom – the bookwork – and get to actually work with some of the advanced technologies.”

Healthcare occupation areas that students received practical experience in were: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography, Vascular Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, and Emergency Services.

Students also were provided with information about financial aid, the HOPE Scholarship, and the First Year Matters program at GNTC.

Blue Ridge AHEC is a non-profit regional health education center, based in Rome. The mission of Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is to increase the supply, distribution, and education of health professionals in Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

Lady Cats Shock Oakwood University

COURTESY: News Publishing Company / Dateline: November 16, 2012

The Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats even their record at 3-3 on the season with a 77-75 home win over Oakwood University (Ala.) at the Winthrop-King Center at Shorter University on Thursday.

Tied 35-35 at halftime, and knotted up again late, GNTC’s Keesha Wise hit a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds left to lift the Lady Bobcats over the four-year program from Huntsville.

Wise had 15 points, five rebounds, and four steals in the win, while Kierra Parks led all GNTC scorers with 21 points. She also added six boards and five steals.

Oakwood’s Courtney White would lead all scorers with 29 points.

GNTC’s next game is Nov. 27 at home in Rome against visiting Gadsden State (Ala).

Crown College 66, GNTC men 49

Visiting Crown College shot above 50 percent from the field on the night, held GNTC to 31 percent from the floor, and coasted to a 66-49 victory in Rossville on Thursday.

Alex Miller was only double-figure scorer for the Bobcats (1-4). The sophomore finished with 12 points.

Collin Hickman had 14 for Crown, while Nate Humphrey added 13.

GNTC’s next game against Sewanee will now be played at the Rossville Athletic Center on Monday at 7 p.m. The rematch will be played at Sewanee on Dec. 10.

Second D-I Program In Two Days For Georgia Northwestern

Lady Cats Stick With Renowned JUCO Power Snead State

November 7, 2012

(Winthrop-King Center, Rome, Georgia) – For the second time in two days, Georgia Northwestern tangled with a Division I women’s basketball program. This time, it was Snead State (AL) that came to Rome, Georgia for the home opener for the Lady Cats on Wednesday night.

Rome, Georgia product Keesha Wise dropped in 16 points on the night to help keep GNTC close throughout the game. Tied 31-all at the half, the visiting Lady Parsons would turn to Grant, Alabama native Monica Cooper and her game-high 19 points as Snead State would escape the confines of the Winthrop-King Center with a 74-56 win.

The Lady Cats were down 13 in the first half before they went on a run to close out the half and knot things up at the intermission. Snead State (1-3) would open up a lead in the second half thanks in part to former Rome, Georgia prep standout Summer Starr who contributed 11 points in the Lady Parsons win.

“We really played with this D-I program and had a chance to steal this one away,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “This is just one more step against some big programs we’ve schedule to prepare us for the region opponents. We want to be the best. So we are playing the best.”

Pepperell grad and Lady Cat freshman Kiarra Parks would add 11 points and a trio of steals in the home loss. Parks was a 1,000 point scorer in her career with the Lady Dragons. “We have a solid set of freshman recruits,” said Williams. “These young women are playing established programs within just points of upsets. It’s fun to watch them develop.”

The Lady Cats (0-2) turn into the Road Cats this Friday as the defending NJCAA Region XVII champs play in the Welch College Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee. Their first game is set for Friday at 3 p.m. eastern against Piedmont International (NC).

Georgia Northwestern competes in NJCAA Region XVII in Women’s and Men’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s Golf. For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu or 706.764.3813.

Georgia Northwestern (56) – Kiarra Parks 11, Jones, Daughtry 3, Cole 1, Keesha Wise 16, Smith 3, Price 6, Mostella 4, Odessa Person 10, Nichelson 2.

Snead State (74) – Ashante Smith 10, Monica Coopers 19, Summer Starr 11, Elston 5, Smiley 2, Dupree 6, Wilkerson 5, Ham 1, Ford, Daniel 2, Carlisle 3, Bothwell 6, Swopes 4.

Halftime Score: 31-all.

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