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Congratulations Dr. Carter and Dr. McCannon

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Carter and Dr. Mindy McCannon who are retiring from Georgia Northwestern Technical College this spring. Staff and faculty held celebrations this past week to honor the two veteran administrators.
We wish you well and will miss you always!

GNTC Cosmetology Students host a Spa Day for Women from the Floyd Training Center and Highland Rivers Outreach

(Northwest Georgia) – Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Cosmetology program on the Floyd County Campus hosted a special Valentine’s Spa Day for women from the Floyd Training Center and Highland Rivers Outreach that volunteer regularly for Angel Express, Inc. on Monday, Feb. 12.

 

The student cosmetologist is wearing a red shirt. She's holding a comb in one hand and the client's hair in a ponytail with her other hand.
Alicia Flowers of Cave Springs, a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Cosmetology student, styles a client’s hair during the college’s Valentine’s Spa Day for women on Feb. 12.

 

The students provided free haircuts, hair styling, makeup services, and full service manicures and pedicures.

 

“Our department takes great pride in ensuring that our students have the opportunity to provide community service,” said Susan Stevens, instructor of Cosmetology.

 

Participating GNTC Cosmetology students included: Ciara Baker, Kaycee Beard, Skylar Boyken, Emilee Crane, Alicia Flowers, Josie Forson, LaShasta Frazier, Haydee Garcia, Marilyn Hernandez, Sheliah Hogg, Robert Kimmel, Alexis Lewis, Jessica McElwee, Brittany Poole, Anna Wilkins, Sarah Williams, Cynthia Woodall, Yesenia Aldana, Savannah Bentley, Tatyana Caver, McKenzie Floyd, Gimenna Guzman, Sarah Lane, Lesly Miranda, Jennifer Reyes, Autumn Ridley, Brittany Roberts, Madeleine Sharp and Tamarsha Watkins.

 

“We would also like to give a special thanks to Janet Batlzer of Angel Express, Laura Murray and the ladies from Westminster Presbyterian Church for providing lunch, Katie Bishop, Sonja Everett, and to Dr. John Beninato’s Office for furnishing Valentine’s bags for all the ladies,” said Stevens.

 

This is the third year in a row that GNTC’s Cosmetology program has hosted a Valentine’s Spa Day. Students also volunteered their time and talent for the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter in Rome during Martin Luther King Holiday in 2016.

 

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.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center at 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.

GNTC Campuses Under Delay Thursday

severe weather

GNTC will delay opening tomorrow, Thursday, January 18, until 10am. All campuses will open at 10. Any class scheduled before 10am is canceled, unless you are otherwise notified by your instructor.

Manufacturing Leaders Helping Train Future of NW Georgia

MEF Scholarship Helps Pay For Manufacturing Students Education at GNTC

Scholarship Story
“Caleb Pledger, a sophomore at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, takes a few minutes to speak with some of the administrators behind the Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship he won for the 2017-18 academic year.”

(Northwest Georgia) – Three Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students are benefitting this year from the help of one of the state’s major trade organizations which represents Georgia manufacturers. Joshua Dunagan of Dalton, Georgia; Andrew Jarrett of Cedartown, Georgia; and Caleb Pledger of Lyerly, Georgia were selected for the Manufacturers Education Foundation (MEF) Scholarship.

 

The MEF Scholarship is in place to help recognize outstanding academic achievement by rewarding qualifying students with financial assistance. “Helping the students earn an education with this scholarship is a great way to help build up the future of industry here in Northwest Georgia,” said Roy Bowen, President of Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM).

 

Bowen, along with Andrea Harper, GAM Director of Workforce Development; April Howard, Miura America Co., Ltd. Human Resources; Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Operations Training and Development; and Pete McDonald, GNTC President, took part in visiting with and congratulating GNTC’s three MEF Scholarship winners.

 

Dunagan, Jarrett, and Pledger each received a $500 stipend for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Each winner will also have the opportunity to receive a total of $1,500 for the academic year which ends with the Summer 2018 term at GNTC.

 

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“Joshua Dunagan, one of three Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship winners at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, poses for a picture with administrators. Shown inside a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lab on the Whitfield Murray Campus are, from left, Andrea Harper, Georgia Association of Manufacturers Director of Workforce Development; Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Dunagan; Scottie Spears, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Industrial Systems Technology; Roy Bowen, Georgia Association of Manufacturers President; and Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Operations Training and Development.”

 

Dunagan applied for the scholarship during his senior year with the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton, Georgia. Brian Cooksey, Shaw Industries Director of Operations Training and Development, said he was impressed with Joshua from the start. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know him through our apprenticeship program,” said Cooksey. “He’s a smart, hard-working, and goal-oriented young man.” Now, a freshman with GNTC on the Whitfield Murray Campus, Dunagan is pursuing his Industrial Systems Technology degree.

 

Jarrett, a 28-year-old United States Marine Corps veteran, is using his aid to help him earn an Electrical Technical Certificate. “My hope is to fulfill the requirements for the Electrical program,” said Jarrett. “Then, in the future, continue my education towards earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.” Jarrett served in the military as an aviation technician working on Huey and Cobra helicopters. Currently, Jarrett, his wife, and young child, live in Polk County, Georgia. Jarrett is employed at Miura in Rockmart, Georgia. The international steam boiler manufacturer first opened its 100,000-square foot plant in NW Georgia in 2009.

 

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“Andrew Jarrett and Caleb Pledger are two of three Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship winners for the 2017-18 academic year. Shown inside a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lab on the Floyd County Campus are, from left, April Howard, Miura America Co., Ltd. Human Resources; Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Jarrett; Bart Jenkins, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director; Pledger; Roy Bowen, Georgia Association of Manufacturers President; and Andrea Harper, Georgia Association of Manufacturers Director of Workforce Development.”

 

Pledger, an Instrumentation and Controls major, has commuted to the Floyd County Campus from his Lyerly, Georgia home for the past two years. This spring term, thanks to the financial help of the Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship, Pledger plans to earn his Associate of Applied Science Degree. “I was in SkillsUSA at Chattooga High School and learned skills in welding, construction, and automotive,” said Pledger. “I chose my program at GNTC because it offered me an opportunity to continue utilizing hands-on skills in various areas of industry and technology.”

 

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“Andrew Jarrett and Caleb Pledger are two of three Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship winners for the 2017-18 academic year. Shown inside a Georgia Northwestern Technical College Lab on the Floyd County Campus are, from left, April Howard, Miura America Co., Ltd. Human Resources; Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Jarrett; Bart Jenkins, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director; Pledger; Roy Bowen, Georgia Association of Manufacturers President; and Andrea Harper, Georgia Association of Manufacturers Director of Workforce Development.”

 

GNTC offers more than 200 programs offering certificate, diploma, and degree 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.

GNTC’s Scottie Carter Finishes in the Top 25 of the 2017 IDEAL National Championship

(Lake Buena Vista, Florida) – Scottie Carter, director of Electrical Systems Technology at GNTC, placed 22nd in the nation during the 2017 IDEAL National Championship competition held recently in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

 

Scottie Carter
Scottie Carter, director of Electrical Systems Technology at GNTC, placed 22nd in the nation during the 2017 IDEAL National Championship competition held recently in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

 

The competition showcased the skills of electrical professionals, students, and apprentices from across the nation. Participants used IDEAL tools to compete in a timed challenge that involved problem-solving skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting, stripping, termination, and testing. Contestants were evaluated on speed and accuracy.

 

The national competition was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida. Sixty-three regional competitions were held across the U.S. to select the participants for the national championship.

 

Winners with the fastest times from each of the 63 territories holding qualifying events were awarded tool kits and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship. Over 300,000 people took part in the regional competitions.

 

Carter won first place in the “professional” category and GNTC Electrical Systems Technology student Armando Alvarez was the winner in the “student category” in the regional competition that was held on the Floyd County Campus of GNTC. The qualifying event was part of GNTC’s Industrial Career Day.

 

The day, a first for GNTC, was held to expose students to the many possibilities for future employment in the skilled workforce. Industrial program directors were on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There were demonstrations, simulators, and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC.

 

“When you learn a skilled trade that’s one of the things that can’t be taken away from you,” said Carter.

 

Industrial Career Day was sponsored by GNTC, City Electric Supply, Cahaba Sales Group, and the 2017 IDEAL National Championship.

 

To learn more about the 2017 IDEAL National Championship, go to www.IDEALnationals.com.

 

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.

Graduates Entrance at Georgia Northwestern’s Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises

GNTC Grad Named Alumna Of The Year IN Georgia

Business leaders in Marietta and Rome cited for contributions to their communities and Georgia

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Pictured: L-R President Ron Newcomb (Chattahoochee Technical College), Mark Haney (Alumnus), Governor Nathan Deal, Shadae Yancey-Warren (Alumna), President Pete McDonald (Georgia Northwestern Technical College), Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (TCSG), and Deputy Commissioner Matt Arthur (TCSG).

 

ATLANTA—Shadae Yancey-Warren of Rome and Mark Haney of Marietta were named the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Alumni of the Year by the TCSG Foundation Thursday evening. The TCSG Foundation recognizes outstanding alumni of TCSG affiliated colleges each year at its “A Taste of TCSG” event. Governor Nathan Deal, along with TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, presented the awards.

“Shadae and Mark represent the best of the Technical College System of Georgia, not only through their career success, but in their commitment to improving their communities by giving back,” said TCSG Commissioner, Gretchen Corbin. “It’s truly an honor to recognize two exemplary alumni of the Technical College System of Georgia—they make us proud.”

Shadae Yancey-Warren is a 2011 graduate of the marketing management program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome. Following graduation, Yancey-Warren opened Jamwich, a specialty sandwich shop in downtown Rome. Since opening, Jamwich has garnered much attention, including being named to Georgia Tourism’s “100 Plates Locals Love” list. Yancey-Warren continues to invest in her community through her “GIVE-A-JAM” initiative, which provides meals to those in need. Yancey-Warren was named the TCSG 2017 Alumna of the Year by the TCSG Foundation.

Mark Haney is a 1977 graduate of the emergency medical technician (EMT) program at Marietta/Cobb Vocational Technical School (now Chattahoochee Technical College). Haney enrolled in the EMT program while still in high school, where he earned his certification and worked for a local ambulance service. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy as well as master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from Georgia State University. He has been with WellStar Health System since 1978 and has served as President of WellStar Paulding Hospital and Nursing Center since 2009. More recently, Haney was named Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and Development Services within the WellStar Health System. Haney is committed to his community, chairing the Paulding County Economic Development Board, as well as serving on the board of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce. Haney was named the TCSG 2017 Alumnus of the Year by the TCSG Foundation.

About The TCSG Foundation

The TCSG Foundation supports the Technical College System of Georgia through marketing, advocacy and fundraising to benefit the system’s 22 colleges and their programs, faculty and students. The TCSG Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

GNTC Announces Winner of 2018 EAGLE Award

William Nichols
William Nichols of Calhoun was chosen to represent GNTC at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta.

(Northwest Georgia) – William Nichols, of Gordon County, was chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute March 12-14, 2018, at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

 

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

 

Nichols, a resident of Calhoun, was nominated for the EAGLE award by Melissa Blevins.

 

“William will go far in life because he knows what he wants and he will do what needs to be done to accomplish his goals,” said Blevins.

 

Nichols, a member of the National Adult Education Honor Society, said that the Adult Education program at GNTC has given him the tools he needs to be successful.

 

“My career goal is computer repair or computer animation,” said Nichols.

 

The other nominees were Monica Romero Rocio of the Whitfield Murray Campus and Norberto Castaneda of the Floyd County Campus. Rocio was nominated by Cindy Nelson and Castaneda was nominated by Karen Caven.

 

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 sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership 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.

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