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Deal: Georgia GED annual graduates up in FY 17

(Atlanta, GA) – Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 10,128 Georgians graduated with GED certificates in the past year, up from 9,842 in FY 16, according to the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Graduation rates for FY 17, which ended June 30, were 75.7 percent.

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“An educated workforce provides a strong foundation for a prosperous economy, and we are dedicated to providing Georgia citizens with high-quality educational options,” said Deal. “A GED diploma opens doors to a brighter future and greater opportunities, and I applaud these graduates for embracing those opportunities. The graduates this year have each accomplished a praiseworthy feat and are now better equipped for Georgia’s workforce as a result of their hard work.”

 

Deal and TCSG recognized several outstanding GED programs and graduates this week. Rhonda Miller, an employee of the Macon Housing Authority and a graduate of Central Georgia Technical College’s GED program, received the award for Outstanding Achievement. Sabine Bercher, who received her GED diploma from Augusta Technical College, was recognized for receiving the highest overall GED test scores. Honored as the “Golden GED Graduate of the Year” was 68-year-old Oliver Toby, who earned his GED diploma through Clayton County Schools. Janice Tarleton, of Southern Crescent Technical College, was named 2017 GED Test Administrator of the Year.

 

“Achieving this milestone means that more of our citizens than ever are now qualified for greater educational and career opportunities, and we are extremely proud of each and every GED graduate,” said TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. “Each step we take in educating the working-age Georgians who have yet to graduate from high school also gives our companies greater access to the talent they need to be successful.”

 

“Our free Adult Education classes and highly-trained staff play critical roles in helping more students successfully pass their tests,” said Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner for Adult Education and GED Testing. “We know that students who attend these free classes have, on average, a 12 percent higher pass rate than students who don’t. Our Adult Education program has 31 providers at 451 education sites across the state. Our instructors are ready and able to serve Georgians who need our services. We are also engaged in an aggressive marketing campaign to reach as many citizens as possible. Our vision is to build a stronger workforce for Georgia and a better future for all of our families.”

 

About the TCSG GED Testing Program

In the past ten years, the TCSG GED Testing Program has awarded 166,378 diplomas. Georgia was the first state to offer the GED test on a computer in December 2011 and the first to implement a complete transition of the GED mobile computer-based testing in corrections facilities in 2014. TCSG has 66 GED Testing Centers and 63 mobile testing sites, providing testing for three Youth Challenge Academies, three Job Corps centers, more than 83 correctional institutions and eleven youth detention centers.

 

About TCSG

The 22 colleges of TCSG are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED Testing Program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

GNTC Holds GED® Commencement Ceremony on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun

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Isaac Streetman (left) of Rockmart and Persia Suarez (right) of Cedartown line up before Processional.
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Emily Connell (right), GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, stands with Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Connell was the featured speaker for the ceremony.
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Nathan Blake Maddox celebrates after receiving his GED® diploma.
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The 2016-17 graduates stand to thank their families and friends during GNTC’s GED® Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held its GED® Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, for students who have earned their General Educational Development diplomas®.

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. 

The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Hosmer recognized the friends and family members in attendance at the ceremony and thanked the organizations that provided GED® scholarships.

Those organizations include: Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Society, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, Conasauga Drug Court Program, Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, Endless Opportunities, LaFayette Presbyterian Church, North Rome Church of God, Polk County Rotary Club, Rome-Floyd CCCY, Rome Rotary Club, Shaw Industries, Tallatoona CAP, WMC Rotary Club, and the GNTC Foundation.

C. Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, encouraged graduates to continue with their education.

“I encourage you to not think of tonight as the end of your education,” said McDonald. “This is just one more step up the mountain and you have to keep pursuing education throughout your lifetime to be able to provide better for your families and for yourselves.”

Emily Connell, GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, delivered the keynote address. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in January 2016 and is currently pursuing an associate degree in Social Work at the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Upon graduation, Connell plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her career goal is to work with veterans.

“Once I am done I will never have to worry about who will provide for me and my son because I know that person will be me,” said Connell.

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, 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.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

An Education In Life: Honoring Chattooga County’s Dawn White

Earns Induction Into National Adult Education Honor Society

 

 

National Adult Education Honor Society Inductee, Dawn White.
“Chattooga County’s Dawn White, center, poses for a picture with Georgia Northwestern Technical College Chattooga County Adult Education Site Manager Pat Money, left, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President Kerri Hosmer. They were present at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Chattooga County Adult Education Site Wednesday for White’s induction into the National Adult Education Honor Society.”

 

 

(Chattooga County, Georgia) – Trion, Georgia’s Dawn White has more blessings than she can count today.

As of Tuesday, her daughter in the military has been assigned far from harm’s way and is back in the states. Her two other children are also grown and raising families of their own. She is a full-time grandmother who is starting her own photography business. And with a supportive husband by her side, she just celebrated a birthday this month.

Then there is one blessing that is all her own.

On Wednesday morning, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Adult Education program inducted White into the National Adult Education Honor Society. “She’s spent most of her life raising children and taking care of her family,” said Eric White, Dawn’s Husband. “It really was time she did something for herself. Going after her GED© diploma is incredibly important to her. We knew she’d do extremely well.”

“Dependable attendance, cooperative attitude, and a strong work ethic are among what we look for in an inductee,” said GNTC’s Vice President of Adult Education Kerri Hosmer during a morning ceremony at the Chattooga County Adult Education site. Hosmer awarded White with a special honors certificate and pin, as well as letters of recommendation for potential employers and any post-secondary institution she may wish to attend after earning her GED© diploma.

“Excelling in her training and serving as a strong voice of adult education really is what earned Dawn her induction,” said GNTC’s Chattooga County Adult Education Site Manager Pat Money. “She is someone our students and staff look up to each day. She has a bright future ahead.”

With her three children now grown and making their own place in the world, White made the decision to pursue her GED© diploma. As a student within GNTC’s Adult Education program in Summerville, Georgia, White has made her pursuit of a diploma a top priority for her. “I have a great family with some loving kids,” said White. “It’s just a good time for me to better myself and get ready for a career.”

One known for being artistic any chance she gets, White is now laying the foundation of becoming a professional photographer. “I have my business cards coming soon. It’s going to be a great path for me,” added White. “This has helped me get an idea of what kind of life I can make for myself and my family. Just getting to focus on education has really meant everything.”

Really hitting the books will be somewhat easier to concentrate on as of this week. All eyes in the family had been on their youngest child, 26-year-old Stacey Shirley. In her third year with the United States Navy, Shirley had been assigned to a post in the very volatile Korean Peninsula. However, just this week, she received her orders to take a post back in the United States in California. “She got out of there just in time,” added her stepfather Eric White.

Her oldest child, Megan Mitchell, 30, and middle child, Matt Shirley, 27, still call Chattooga County, Georgia home. But with more grandchildren than she can keep up with, family duties still call. “They keep us all busy, that’s for sure,” added White. “They’re our babies. They are just one more reason I’m going after this GED© diploma.”

White’s accomplishments in education may have the eyes and ears of the Adult Education circles this week, but it’s the hard work and focus White has given to better herself that has the attention of her family her at home and around the world.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Adult Education program, you can call the college 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 (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

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.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE SPRING 2017 GED® Commencement Ceremony

(Gordon County, GA)

GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SPRING 2017 GED® Commencement Ceremony

Date: Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m.

Location: Gordon County Campus Conference Center

1151 Hwy. 53 Spur Calhoun, Ga. 30701

 

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On Thursday, May 11, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold a GED® commencement ceremony for Adult Education students who have earned their General Educational Development® diplomas.

 

The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

 

Emily Connell of Ringgold, GNTC’s 2017 EAGLE Delegate, will be the keynote speaker for the evening. 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.

 

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 (TCSG). 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, 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.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Time To Go To Work, Call The Y.S.A. Today!

 

The Youth Success Academy (Y.S.A.) on the Walker County Campus is offering jobs for anyone between the ages of 18-24 who has their High School Diploma or GED.

Call (706) 764-3800 today!

We are accepting applications January 9th-20th and will have Orientation January 25th-27th.

Walker County’s Purcell Honored For Helping Educate Those On Probation

Georgia Northwestern educator wins state award for work

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(Forsyth, Georgia) – Georgia’s Department of Community Supervision (DCS) has awarded Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Adult Education instructor Angie Purcell their 2016 Community Service Award for the state of Georgia. After 16 years of helping adults across Northwest Georgia earn their GED® diplomas, Purcell is now also being honored for her work with the Daily Reporting Center (DRC) in LaFayette, Georgia.

The DRC works with adult students who are on probation for substance abuse-related offenses. “It’s a great first step toward a better life,” said Purcell of helping DRC participants in preparing for GED® examinations. “I have a passion for connecting with students and helping them make better choices to have a brighter future. Helping these men and women get their lives together by earning their education is just an obvious choice for me.”

Purcell and GNTC Adult Education began partnering with the DRC in 2013. After seeing the progress and impact Purcell was making on those taking her courses, the Chief Probation Officer for the Walker County, Georgia office of the DCS, Charles (Bo) Payton, nominated Purcell to win the local level of the award. Over the past three years, Purcell has led 15 students to their GED® diplomas, as well as 28 others who have completed different sections of the GED® examination. “I also had another GED® class I taught in LaFayette in the past that saw many additional GED® students earn their diplomas as a result,” added Purcell.

As a result of the nomination, and her work in 2016, Purcell took home top honors for the district (District 7). And now, Purcell has also claimed top honors statewide. A ceremony held November 16 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Georgia would be where Purcell would learn of the honor and receive her award.

Purcell specially designs classes for each student with the DRC, as well as her other programs. “I pour myself into my students,” said Purcell. “They know how invested I am in their success and they give it back.” Purcell also teaches students at the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center every week. The center is part of Walker State Prison in Rock Spring, Georgia.

For more information on Purcell’s story, or the classes offered to DRC enrollees, you can contact Purcell at the Daily Reporting Center Monday-Thursday afternoons at 706.638.7703. 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 (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.

GED® and ESL Orientation at Georgia Northwestern

 

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GED® and ESL Orientation at Gordon County Campus
Adult Education at Georgia Northwestern Holds Introduction

Date: June 27 – 28


Time:
8:30 a.m. for day classes.
4:00 p.m. for night classes.


Sites:
GNTC Adult Learning Center, Calhoun, Georgia

Contact:
 Call 706.624.1111 for more information

 

 

(Calhoun, Georgia) – The Adult Education office at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus (GCC) in Calhoun, Georgia is holding an orientation for the public. Learn what to expect if you choose to enroll in the college’s GED® preparatory classes or English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

 

Free orientation sessions will be available on June 27 and 28 at the GCC’s Adult Learning Center. Stop by to learn about the classes and free resources that can help you prepare to take the GED® test in the future, as well as learn what the ESL coursework will provide to students. For more information on Adult Education at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, call 706.624.1111 or visit GNTC.edu>Adult Education.

 

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 Ringgold, Summerville, Trenton, Rome, Fairmount, Cedartown, LaFayette, and Rossville.  Classes are also held in five different correctional facilities.

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 Baker Awarded Ringgold, Georgia’s Hometown Hero

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GNTC Adult Education instructor Lindsey Baker, left, receives her Hometown Hero award from Modern Woodmen of America representative, Shane Catlett.

 

GED® Instructor Recognized By Modern Woodmen

                                                                  

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Lead Instructor/Site Manager Lindsey Baker has received Ringgold, Georgia’s Hometown Hero Award for 2016. The Modern Woodmen of America awarded Baker with a certificate and a $100 donation to a charity of her choice.

 

Baker decided to give the money to the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy organization; a group which helps pay for GED® testing for individuals with financial need in Catoosa County, Georgia.

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Lindsey Baker stops for a picture in a GNTC Adult Education classroom at the Shirley Smith Learning Center in Catoosa County, Georgia. Baker has been named the 2016 Hometown Hero by the Ringgold, Georgia Modern Woodmen of America.”

The Ringgold, Georgia branch of the Modern Woodmen of America made the presentation to Baker at the Shirley Smith Learning Center in Catoosa County on May 10. The 27-year-old Chattanooga, Tennessee resident is in her first year with GNTC. She instructs students, as well as manages the facilities, at the Adult Education sites in Catoosa and Walker County, Georgia.

 

“I really enjoy working in Adult Education,” said Baker. “We’ve had a successful year at the Learning Center.” During her first year, the facility has seen their completion numbers almost double. So far in 2016, the Smith Center has helped 24 students earn their GED®, General Education Development, diplomas. In all of 2015, the center assisted 17 students in earning the same diplomas.

 

“We hope to double the number of graduates from last year,” said Baker. Before joining GNTC, Baker taught English on the college level at Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as instructed elementary school for three years at Hamilton County, Tennessee’s Falling Water Elementary School.

 

GNTC’s Adult Education program offers GED® classes free of charge for students who wish to study in preparing to take GED® testing. GED® examinations are available through GNTC’s Adult Education program. The college offers 14 different Adult Education centers in nine different Northwest Georgia counties for student to choose from.

 

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College Adult Education program, 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.

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.

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