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Standing Tall In The Kitchen: A Military Vet’s Story

Georgia Northwestern’s Sedric Floyd and His New Dreams 
 
 
Culinary students in white uniform using mixing bowls in a kitchen.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd of Rome, Georgia adds ingredients to a special muffin recipe he prepared during class at the Woodlee Building on the college’s Floyd County Campus.”

 
(Northwest Georgia)  It was in a ditch in Cartersville, Georgia eight years ago this month when the life of Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd would unexpectedly change forever. 
 
It was just after midnight when the United States Air Force veteran was headed for work at Shaw Industries Plant 15. Another vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with Floyd’s motorcycle knocking him unconscious and launching his body more than 90 feet through the air.  
 
After sliding another 40 feet on the ground and into a nearby ditchFloyd would regain consciousness and find part of his left leg lying next to his head. “I could see it,” recalled Floyd. “It just destroyed the left side of my body. The crash completely damaged my nerves on that side.” He would spend the next three weeks in a coma. 
 
“When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a BMX bike rider,” said a smiling Floyd. “I loved doing all the tricks. I especially liked doing the ‘vert’ stuff, like doing the stunts in the air. I loved it.” But after a youth filled with dreams and eight years of military experience that took him around the world, the Northwest Georgia military vet who served as an Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) mechanic would now have to rebuild his life… and build a new career. 
 
On the night of July 28, 2010, Floyd would be rushed to Atlanta Medical Center. In the months to follow, he would spend time at Emory University Hospital for his wound care, and then another stay at Atlanta Medical Center for rehabilitation. After the disastrous events of that summer, Floyd would finally be able to return home just before Thanksgiving. However, he’d quickly learn that the accident was just part of the battle. 
 
After the wreck and all the rehab, I had PTSD and physical pain to deal with,” said Floyd. “I had to sit in the bariatric chamber at Redmond for months. Three hours a day, four or five days a week, for about two months. It was a process which put my body under high oxygenated pressure to help heal my wounds. At that point, I was just sort of out in the world. I mean, dealing with the loss of a limb. I really felt like I was just hanging on.” 
 
But, Floyd always was able to put on a strong front. A man with strong faith, the 37-year-old says he felt like he knew God had a plan for him. “My friends would always seem proud of me because I wouldn’t get torn up about stuff in life,” said Floyd. “I tried to just keep a smile on my face and make it through. But, my friend, Russell, seemed to know I needed something more.” 
Two culinary students preparing for day in the cooking lab. Both are wearing white uniforms and looking down at countertops.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd of Rome, Georgia reads over recipe information. In the background is Wilson’s friend and classmate, Russell Steele.”


Russell Steele of Rome, Georgia is one of Sedric’s close friends. So close, they are now both enrolled in the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts program. “He’s just so good with food,” said Steele. “I knew that something like this program would be perfect for him.” 
 
Last summer, during a visit to Floyd’s Rome, Georgia home, Steele convinced Floyd to apply to Georgia Northwestern. “It had been a long time since I had been in school,” said the Rome High School Class of 1999 graduate. “I went straight into the military out of high school. Going to college was a big step.” After doing exceptionally well in his collegiate placement testing, Floyd joined his friend and enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. 
 
GNTC Culinary Arts instructor Chef Kasey Cromer knew from day one that Floyd would be successful. “Success in the dictionary is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose,” said Cromer. “This is exactly why Sedric will do well in the culinary field. When he does something, new or familiar, he goes at it with a sense of purpose. He has such a great attitude about it. He lets nothing get in his way. 
 
However, one of the first obstacles for Floyd didn’t come by way of a ladle or a butcher’s knife. “When I first came to class, I came standing up. I was wearing my prosthetic leg,” said Floyd. “However, due to problems with how the prosthetics attach to my particular kind of amputation, it can become incredibly painful to use. That’s when I’ll use the chair.” 
 
Worried about how it would impact him in the classroom, he spoke with the instructors about having to use his chair in the classroom. “Chef Greg (Paulson) and Chef Kasey (Cromer) told me to do whatever it takes to make sure I was in class,” said Floyd. “They said they’d work with me and help me succeed. They just kept telling me that I was doing great. That meant a lot.” 
 
Much like his years of multiple military deployments with the United States Air Force, the Culinary Arts training from Georgia Northwestern has taken Floyd around the world. Learning all about the foods, the recipes, and their preparations from many cultures has inspired Floyd in looking for his career path. 
 
“We recently visited with the people at CalyRoad Creamery in Sandy Springs, Georgia,” said Floyd. “We made our own fresh mozzarella cheese and I really enjoyed that. And, when I got home that day, I made a homemade lasagna with the cheese.”  
Close-up shot of lasagna on formal place setting. Bottle of wine with half-full glass behind the plate.
“After a field trip to a creamery, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd of Rome, Georgia was inspired to make this Italian creation with homemade mozzarella cheese.”
Floyd has many ideas for what he wants to do in the culinary world. The menu and the theme is still up in the air, but he is sure he wants to start his own chain of food trucks. “I’m thinking my trucks will offer customers my recipes of BBQ fused with French or Italian Cuisine,” said Floyd. “I have so many ideas right now. I’m still trying to find myself in what I want to specialize in. Another idea I was considering was an upscale breakfast. Something you would get from at a five-star restaurant, but from a food truck. 
 
Chef Cromer said Floyd also has extra things about him that will make him very special working in the culinary arts. “Things seem to click for him so dexterously, like tasting food to adjust for seasoning, knowing that it may need more or less of something even though that is what a recipe calls for,” said Kromer. “He also is great with his hands. He can fix just about anything. To be able to fix a dish machine, or a mixer, or work on some plumbing issue, he will be the full package when it comes to this business.” 
 
When working with things such as pouring, mixing, and other kitchen procedures requiring use of his left hand, he has some help from a special device. “It’s a glove that forces my hand into an open position,” said Floyd. “The nerve damage from the crash doesn’t allow me to open my fingers together to grab. But, I can close my hand.” The neuropathy Floyd deals with each day can be painful, but you would never know just by looking at him. 
Photo of a white wedding cake with red art and trim work. Photo is taken in a dark room.
“The design and baking of wedding cakes have been among Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd’s favorite things to learn. One of Sedric’s creations is shown in this photo taken in the Woodlee Building on the Floyd County Campus.”
He works through the pain without complaint and he’s always in a pleasant mood” said Cromer. “He really impacts the rest of the class in a positive way. It’s really encouraging. It even makes me want to do better and better in my work each day.” Floyd currently lives in Rome, Georgia. He is currently engaged to his fiancéeCarmaneke Crawford. He has three children, Jelisa (16), DaMetrius (14), and Madysin (11).  
 
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Culinary Arts program, you can call 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. 
 
GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus). 
 
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution. 

Training For Emergencies In Northwest Georgia

Community, Former Grads Help GNTC’s Emergency Medical Programs
Purchase State-Of-The-Art Simulator

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College gets ready to put a brand new Ambulance Simulator into action with students on the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia. GNTC owns a similar trainer and is used on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia. Standing on the back of the latest simulator is GNTC Emergency Medical Services Instructor and Clinical Coordinator Claudio Leyssens.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – More than 750,000 people live in the Northwest Georgia region these days. And today, with the Baby Boomer generation beginning to look for extended health care, as well as a large number of industrial workers tackling hazardous jobs day in and day out here in the Tennessee Valley, the need for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) specialists is greater than ever before.

 
This week alone, there are more than 300 EMS openings across the Peach State. When you crunch the numbers, the need for educational programs such as the one offered at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) becomes a top priority.

 
No one is more aware of that than those who call the region their home. The head of GNTC’s EMS Program, Claudio Leyssens, is one of them. With more than 25 years of experience in Emergency Medical care and instruction, the GNTC Program Director helps educate students enrolled in his certificate and diploma programs. Classes are offered on both the Catoosa County Campus (Ringgold, Georgia) and Floyd County Campus (Rome, Georgia) throughout the year.

 

Two foundations in the Northwest corner of the state have now stepped up to help the EMS program on the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia. The Pierce Foundation out of Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Jewell based in Chickamauga, Georgia lent a helping hand. The two groups helped purchase the majority of the new simulator from Rescue Simulation Products in McKinney, Texas.

 

 

Betts Berry and Richard Jewell, both with the Jewell Foundation, were both enrolled in the same EMS program when they went to college. “It’s powerful to see these local charities invest in what we do at the college,” said Jason Gamel, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Student Recruitment. “Plus, with Betts (Berry) and Richard (Jewell) both having their own experience in training for the EMS field, they really understand just how important this kind of gift is to the program.”

 

 

Leyssens, at the helm of the program on the Catoosa County Campus and Floyd County Campus, was honored earlier this year for his work in education over the past 15 years. Leyssens was named the 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 “Mike Miller EMS Educator Of The Year.” The EMS Region 1 in Georgia covers, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties.

 

“The simulator was a true need that we know gives our students an upper hand,” said Leyssens. “Now, students will have real experience working in the small, closed environment of an ambulance. It makes a real difference. It will add a level of realism that cannot be achieved any other way. They’ll be better prepared as they enter the workforce.”

 

Leyssens says the Rescue Simulation Products company which came to install the simulator on the Catoosa County Campus stays very busy these days. “The representatives say they have been sending one installation crew on the road every week for quite a while,” said Leyssens. “But, they said they are now at a point where the demand for these emergency simulation installations is great enough to have two separate crews hitting the road each week. They flew in on a Monday, worked Tuesday through Thursday, then were back on a plane Friday morning.”

 

 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that the number of available EMS careers in the country will grow nearly 25% from 2014-2024. That’s a much faster rate of growth than that of the average occupation in the U.S. More than a quarter of a million people were employed as Emergency Medical Services specialists nationwide in 2016.

 

GNTC offers Emergency Medical Service certificate and diploma programs year round. Plus, the college offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 

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.  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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Happy Halloween From BOO-Cats Country!

Happy Halloween from the GNTC “BOO-Cats” on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern! Here’s a quick look at some of our costumes that took to the stage this Halloween for the college’s Halloween Costume Contest.

Rome Home Builders Association Awards Scholarships to GNTC Construction Management Students

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Hunter Newton president of RHBA; Sammy Pointer, Marvin’s father; Marvin Pointer, Construction Management student at GNTC; Donny Holmes, director of the Construction Management program; Brandon Payne, Construction Management student at GNTC; and Michelle Beatson, administrative liaison to Institutional Advancement, pose for a picture in the Construction Management lab on the Gordon County Campus of GNTC.

 

(Rome, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students Brandon Payne, of Chatsworth, and Marvin Pointer, of Cedartown, were awarded the Rome Home Builders Association Scholarship at a recent ceremony held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

 

The scholarship rewards academic excellence and provides a financial incentive for students working toward the completion of an associate degree or diploma in a construction-related program at GNTC.

 

“We see a shortage of new people entering the field, so we wanted to do our part to encourage more people to get involved in the construction industry,” said Hunter Newton, president of the Rome Home Builders Association. “Once an individual learns a skilled trade they will never have a problem finding work.”

 

Payne and Pointer are students in the Construction Management program on the Gordon County Campus.

 

“This scholarship is a great opportunity for my students,” said Donny Holmes, director of the Construction Management and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology programs at GNTC. “Marvin was able to buy some tools for a remodeling job and Brandon does some drafting and estimating work and was able to buy some software, so both students have been able to use the scholarship money in their current jobs.”

 

To be eligible for the RHBA Scholarship a student must be enrolled full time, have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and have a work ethics grade of 2 or more. The $500 scholarship is open to GNTC students on the Floyd, Gordon, or Polk County campuses.

 

Chartered in 1956, the Rome Home Builders Association is comprised of local members of the building industry and its affiliates. The Association serves as the voice of the building industry to provide affordable, quality housing and home ownership by supporting our members and the community.

 

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.

Intramural Softball For YOU On The WCC, FCC

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Intramural Softball on the WCC at 1:30 today. Games shift to the FCC on Thursday afternoon. ALL GNTC’ers are invited to come take part. Equipment and refreshments provided!
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GNTC holds a Public Safety Training Exercise on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun

(Calhoun, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) department of safety and security and Gordon County first responders, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders reported to Building 300 on the Gordon County Campus for a simulated active shooter scenario on Oct. 10.

 

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Kenneth Carson, of the Calhoun Police Department, was one of the first responders to the “active shooter” during the Public Safety Training Exercise.

 

The exercise served as training for local police and emergency responders to test the response capacity and coordination between GNTC and public safety agencies in the Calhoun area.

 

In the drill, three cars were lit on fire as part of the training and scenario. This was meant to simulate a disgruntled person coming to the college and creating a diversion. The “active shooter” then went into Building 300 and began causing “casualties.” There were two “active shooters” in the exercise.

 

The initial call to emergency responders was for the vehicle fire, so the fire department showed up prior to law enforcement. While the firefighters were tending “casualties” and putting out the fire, one of the “active shooters” came back outside and began opening gunfire on emergency personnel. The “active shooter” then re-entered the building to cause additional casualties and law enforcement responded to the scene.

 

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Three cars were lit on fire as part of the Public Safety Training Exercise held on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. This was meant to simulate a disgruntled person coming to the college and creating a diversion. While firefighters were tending “casualties” and putting out the fire, the “active shooter” began opening gunfire on emergency personnel.

 

“It’s important to train for the worst,” said Detective Seth Densmore of the Calhoun Police Department. “The timeframe in the response is crucial because the longer it takes for someone to contact us and let us know that this is happening, the more casualties we are going to have, so the key is the speed.”

 

Participating agencies included the Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun Fire Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Gordon Hospital and EMS, and Gordon County 911.

 

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One of the “active shooters” opens fire on first responders during the Public Safety Training Exercise on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

Since time is of the essence with any kind of mass casualty, training like this is important since it involves different emergency agencies working together to identify better ways to communicate and respond.

 

“It is imperative that the men and women who make the decisions for their prospective department have a unified command in these situations,” said Densmore.

 

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Terry Mobbs, of Gordon EMS, was one of the emergency medical responders during the Public Safety Training Exercise on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

GNTC staff, students, and faculty volunteered as “victims” for the drill and went through make up to have fake bullet wounds applied to them prior to the drill. They also were assigned different roles to play for the drill, such as one “victim” that had a heart attack after the shooting began and another “victim” acted hysterical and problematic with the first responders when they arrived.

 

“I think as far as safety goes everybody did really well,” said Tom Bojo, dean of academic affairs at GNTC. ”That’s always goal number one when you do these type of drills.”

 

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.

Dade County’s Cantrell Named GNTC’s Newest Board of Directors Member

Walker County’s White Honored For Service

 

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“Dr. James Cantrell, left, from the Dade County Board of Education poses with Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDaniel after his swearing-in becoming the newest member of the GNTC Board of Directors.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Dr. James Cantrell, Director of School Operations of the Dade County Board of Education, has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s newest member of its Board of Directors.

 

Cantrell was sworn in at the college’s October 2017 Board of Directors meeting in Rock Spring, Georgia. Cantrell has served in his current director role in education administration for the past five years in Trenton, Georgia. Holding a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Education Leadership and Administration and a Doctoral Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, Cantrell has held administrative roles in Georgia education for the past two decades.

 

From 2001-2006, Cantrell served as both the Director of College and Career Education for the Greene County Board of Education, as well as the Assistant Principal at Greensboro, Georgia’s Greene County High School. Then, from 2007-2010, Cantrell was the director of Pupil Transportation for the Barrow County Board of Education in Winder, Georgia. Cantrell would then go on to serve as the Principal of the Baldwin College & Career Academy in Milledgeville, Georgia from 2010-2012.

 

Georgia Northwestern’s Board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

 

Foundation Trustees of GNTC
“Present for the honor of recognizing Doris White of Walker County, Georgia for her years of service to Georgia Northwestern Technical College are several fellow Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation Board of Trustee members. Pictured, from left, are GNTC Foundation Trustee Damon Raines, Walker County Schools Superintendent; GNTC Foundation Trustee Linda Case, Former Department Head at Hutcheson Medical Center; GNTC Foundation Board Treasurer Carolyn Walker, Walker County Tax Commissioner; GNTC Foundation Secretary Doris White, Walker County Supporter; GNTC Foundation Board Chair Valerie Brown, NW Georgia College & Career Academy; GNTC President Pete McDonald; GNTC Foundation Trustee Jay Still, Grainger Onsite Manager Northwest Georgia; and GNTC Foundation Trustee Sherrie Patterson, Sutter Family Practice.”

 

A former member of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Board of Directors, Doris White of Walker County, Georgia, was honored with an award that same evening. White, a long-time supporter of education in Northwest Georgia, received a service award for her many years of service to the college. Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald presented White with the honor for her service as both a member of the GNTC Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the GNTC Board of Directors.

 

One of White’s latest ventures in the name of the college’s mission helped bring in a donation from a local community foundation. The monetary gift helped the college’s nursing programs purchase a Fidelis LUCINA Simulator. The brand new equipment is a childbirth apparatus that helps student healthcare specialists safely practice various procedures that can occur during the last moments of pregnancy and the first moments of life!
GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 

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.  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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Technical College System of Georgia extends state’s workforce development ties with Germany

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TCSG Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science

(Atlanta, Georgia) – Leaders of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science (StMBW) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a partnership giving Georgia and German students expanded educational opportunities. TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and Georg Eisenreich, the Bavarian ministry’s State Secretary, signed the MOU in a ceremony held Sept. 26th in Munich.

 

The MOU states each party’s commitment to maximize the educational and training programs offered by vocational and technical colleges in both states to students and teachers. The partnership gives students and apprentices access to international science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in order to maximize career opportunities. The MOU also establishes a framework that partners with companies to promote world-class workforce development, training, apprenticeships and related services.

 

“Signing this MOU expands Georgia’s longstanding relationship with Bavaria and formalizes an educational partnership that benefits students, faculty and partner companies in both states,” said TCSG Commissioner Corbin.

 

“The State of Georgia is an important partner region for the Free State of Bavaria. Great contacts already exist between the states and we wish to continue to strengthen these ties,” said Georg Eisenreich, State Secretary of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, which oversees the comprehensive education of children, youth and adult learners, including the state’s vocational schools and colleges.

 

Among the exchanges enabled by the agreement are internships, apprentice projects and traditional semester exchanges for both students and faculty. Many of these efforts are coordinated with partner companies to expand on their access to a globally skilled workforce.

 

“Georgia and Bavaria have a formal diplomatic, business and educational partnership through our existing Regional Leaders Summit. Today’s MOU signing between Georgia’s technical colleges and the State of Bavaria will allow Georgia companies to access additional highly skilled and globally astute talent to work in their companies,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The Georgia Department of Economic Development applauds agreements like today’s as they add to the workforce development component of Georgia’s economic development efforts.”

 

The signing ceremony is a direct result of Gov. Nathan Deal’s workforce development mission to Germany in June 2016, which included attendance at the Regional Leaders Summit, a strategic alliance of five international regions.  Executives from Bavarian company Grenzebach, with operations in Newnan, Ga., were on hand to witness the signing ceremony, along with representatives from Central Educational Center in Coweta County, Ga., West Georgia Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

 

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (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.

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