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Phase II of Whitfield Murray Campus Growing Toward Skies of Dalton, GA

Just a couple of months after the foundation was put in place, construction is reaching towards the sky at the Phase II Project of the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton, Georgia!

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 80,000-square foot facility is well underway to completion. GNTC offers six campuses to cover the college’s nine-county service area in Northwest Georgia. GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. For more information, check out GNTC at GNTC.edu.

Cassandra Wheeler Named Newest Board of Directors Member at GNTC

Two people standing at the foot of a long indoor staircase on the Gordon County Campus of GNTC
Pete McDonald (right), president of GNTC, congratulates Cassandra Carter Wheeler (left), northwest regional director at Georgia Power, for becoming the newest member of GNTC’s Board of Directors.

Cassandra Carter Wheeler, northwest regional director at Georgia Power, was recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors member by Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, at a meeting held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

Wheeler has served in leadership positions at Southern Company subsidiaries for more than 17 years. In her current role, Wheeler is responsible for the operations, sales, customer service, economic and community development, and external affairs activities for Georgia Power customers in the northwest Georgia region. Wheeler works out of the regional office in Rome.

Prior to becoming northwest regional director, Wheeler served as plant manager at Plant Hammond, Georgia Power, 2014-17; plant manager at Plant Gadsden, Alabama Power, 2012-14; maintenance manager at Plant Miller, Alabama Power, 2009-12; maintenance and engineering manager at Plant Yates, Georgia Power, 2009; compliance and support manager at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2006-09; operations supervisor at E.C. Gaston Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2006-07; assistant to the vice president of Governmental Affairs, Southern Company, 2005; assistant to the executive vice president of Power Generation, Southern Company, 2003-05 and 2006; operations team leader at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2001-03; E/I maintenance team leader at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2002-03; and senior engineer at Miller Steam Plant, Alabama Power, 2001-02.

She also was a design engineer for Mead Corporate Engineering from 1997 to 2001 and served as an electronics/avionics technician in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1994.

Wheeler received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

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.

Listed are members of GNTC’s Board of Directors showing (left to right) the Board member’s name, county, place of employment, and title:

• Rhonda Beasley, Walker, Roper Corporation, manager of Human Resources
• Robert Bradham, Whitfield, Dalton Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO
• Vann Brown, Whitfield, Brown Ox Ventures, Inc., president
• Dr. James Cantrell, Dade, Dade County Board of Education, director of School Operations
• James “Jay” Henry, Catoosa, Shaw Industries, director of Operations Support
• Albert “Al” Hodge, Floyd, Rome Floyd Chamber, president and CEO
• Paul Meredith, Chattooga, Mohawk, director of Manufacturing
• William “Terry” Nesbitt, Gordon, U. S. Army, retired Major General
• Robert “Bob” Owens, Floyd, OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc., chief financial officer
• Brittany Pittman , Murray, Murray County Government, former sole commissioner
• Kenna Stock, Floyd, Harbin Clinic, chief executive officer
• Michele Taylor, Gordon, Calhoun City Schools, superintendent
• John Thomas, Whitfield, Dalton Utilities, chief energy services officer
• Cassandra Wheeler, Floyd, Georgia Power, northwest regional director
• Dr. Phillip Williams, Chattooga, Trion City Schools, superintendent

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.

Great Race, Great Automotive Team From GNTC

GNTC’s Automotive Technology program will compete in the Great Race in 2018!

The Great Race – a cross country endurance race with vintage vehicles – will take place from June 23 to July 1 and will start in Buffalo, N.Y., and end in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada! Two GNTC students will alternate as drivers and two GNTC students will alternate as navigators in a 1955 Desoto Fireflite and compete in the X-Cup Division. Watch the video to learn more about the Great Race and “Team Desoto.”

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Generals Stop In For A Visit At The CCC

(Catoosa County, GA) – Students from Heritage High School (Catoosa County, Ga) toured the Catoosa County Campus (CCC) of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Thursday. GNTC handles the largest number of dual-enrollment students in the state of Georgia.

Deadline for summer admissions to GNTC online and/or on-campus is April 23.

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College classroom full of high school students listen to college instructor at front of the class.
Students from Catoosa County, Georgia’s Heritage High School stopped in for a tour of GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia Thursday.

Breaking Records: GNTC Qualifies 13 For Nationals in Phi Beta Lambda Career Competition

Competitors pose together in business formal wear outside of the Atlanta, Georgia competition site.
“Members of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Phi Beta Lambda team competing in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend stopped for a picture. From left are Marvin Tomas Gaspar of Rome, Georgia; Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia; Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia; Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia; Alejandro Cruz of Chatsworth, Georgia; Monica Rocio of Dalton, Georgia; Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia; Jesanyelis of Dalton, Georgia; Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia; Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia; Bryan Tapia of Rome, Georgia; Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia; Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia; and Carlos Miranda of Ringgold, Georgia. Maria Nichols of Dalton, Georgia is not pictured in this team photo.”

NW Georgia students earn spots in Baltimore this summer
for chance to be called “best in nation”

 


(Atlanta, GA) – After six Georgia Northwestern students became national qualifiers in 2016 and 11 earned spots in 2017, no one expected the bar to go up much higher.

Except for the team itself, of course.

When the competition floor finally slowed to a stop in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend, 13 Bobcats had earned spots on the GNTC team headed to nationals in Baltimore, Maryland the week of June 23. The event will be held during the National Leadership Conference this summer.

The theme for this year’s state competition was “Step Up, Stand Out!” GNTC PBL Advisor Dione Waddington stated just after the awards ceremony, “That’s exactly what they did. They stepped up and stood out.” GNTC qualified 13 of its 15 students who had earned spots in Atlanta. And, 14 of those 15 placed in at least one event.

Those qualifying for national spots were Alejandro Cruz of Chatsworth, Georgia and Jesanyelis Gonzalez of Dalton, Georgia (1st– Business Ethics); Bryan Tapia of Rome, Georgia and Marvin Tomas Gaspar of Rome, Georgia (2nd – Business Ethics); Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia (3rd – Computer Concepts); Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia (2nd – Cyber Security); Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia (1st – Entrepreneurship Concepts); Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia (1st – Financial Concepts); Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda of Ringgold, Georgia (1st – Hospitality Management); Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda (3rd – Human Resource Management); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia, Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia, and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia;  (1st – Integrated Marketing Campaign); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia (1st – Information Management); Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia (3rd – Macroeconomics); Marvin Tomas Gaspar and Bryan Tapia (4th – Management Analysis and Decision Making); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia (5th – Management Concepts); Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia (2nd – Management Concepts); Maria Nichols of Dalton, Georgia (5th – Networking Concepts); Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia (3rd – Organizational Behavior & Leadership); Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia (1st – Small Business Management Plan); and Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia (1st – Social Media Challenge.)

In total, GNTC would take home 20 awards for their business skill knowledge and career-related performances in Atlanta, Georgia. Competitions against the best in the state tested the understanding of dozens of career paths.

Long is the sole competitor on the Bobcat line-up who is making a return trip to nationals. After appearing in the national competition in 2017, but failing to place, Long is back to face-off against the top talent in the United States. Her first place finish in Information Management on the state level has qualified her to move on for the second year in a row. Dyer, Tapia, and Kirk competed in the state level competition last year but missed out on the trip to nationals. This year, all four, as well as nine other Bobcats, will be preparing for the big event in New England the fourth week of June.

On the national stage in 2017, GNTC’s Selena Spivey finished 8th in the nation in Computer Animation, Elisabeth Harp finished 8th in Networking Concepts and Ronal Bueso and Jonathan Herrera earned a top 15 finish in Business Sustainability. Colleges from the University of Alabama, to the University of Nebraska, to Georgia Northwestern Technical College went head to head in competitions testing career skill abilities in dozens of different areas of expertise.

Advisors for the award-winning PBL squad are GNTC’s Waddington, Patty Hart, and Mark Upton. PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. Students will participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events at the NLC. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the professional skills organizations.

GNTC 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. You can also see more information at the college’s social media sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, WordPress, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

 

Bobcats Go Gold At SkillsUSA Georgia, Qualify 17 For Nationals

GNTC Wins Top Honors in 10 Categories

Welding Gold Medalist Jacob Hargrove stands atop a medal stand with his arms outstretched.
“GNTC Welding student Jacob Hargrove, center, stretches out his arms in victory after being named the gold medal winner in this past week’s SkillsUSA Georgia Welding competition. The Catoosa County, Georgia resident is one of 17 GNTC students who have qualified to compete against the best in the country at their professions at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky this June.”

(Atlanta, Georgia) – The Bobcats suited up for the competition of the year in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. After a record-setting performance at SkillsUSA Georgia last year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s team managed to raise the bar a little higher at the professional skills competition in 2018.
GNTC competitors won gold medals in 10 total categories this year, besting the 2017 mark of eight total first-place finishes for the college. “As President of GNTC, I am very proud of the performance of our students at the 2018 SkillsUSA State of Georgia competition,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald. “Seventeen students from GNTC have qualified to compete at the National SkillsUSA competition this Summer.” The Bobcats qualified 43 students to compete in 20 different categories at the state-level event.

 

On March 24, the Bobcats SkillsUSA team brought home gold in half of the categories in which they competed: Brandy LeVan (Catoosa County, GA), Prepared Speech; Chris Roberson (Floyd County, GA), Sheet Metal; Jacob Hargrove (Catoosa County, GA), Welding; Tristin Bethune (Walker County, GA), Automotive Service Technology; Taylor Eagle (Chattooga County, GA), Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance; Brandon Battles (Chattooga County, GA), Industrial Motor Controls; Patricia Escutia (Polk County, GA), Medical Assisting; Stephen Bottoms (Floyd County, GA), Nathan Rittweger (Bartow County, GA), and Tucker Tumlin (Floyd County, GA), Welding Fabrication Team; Marvin Pointer (Polk County, GA), Noah Ranels (Gordon County, GA), Logan Thomas (Gordon County, GA), and George Soto (Whitfield County, GA), TeamWorks; and Beck Maxwell (Bartow County, GA), Jake Woodall (Floyd County, GA), and Derek Walck (Floyd County, GA), Engineering Technology/Design.

 

IMG_0847.jpgLeading the way for the GNTC teams was the GNTC TeamWorks squad. The construction-based crew competed at SkillsUSA Georgia three consecutive years. And, three consecutive times, the TeamWorks entry brought home the gold. “We truly felt we had a great chance at turning a lot of heads in many of the categories on the state level,” said Missy Mclain, Georgia Northwestern Technical College SkillsUSA Coordinator. “We have many incredibly well-trained and talented young men and women. This competition really allowed us to showcase these students.”

 

The national SkillsUSA competition will be held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky the week of June 25-29. More than 16,000 students, instructors, and business recruiters and partners are expected to be in attendance.

Bringing home silver medals for the Bobcats at SkillsUSA Georgia were Bo Dooley (Gordon County, GA), Electrical Construction Wiring; Autumn Tomlinson (Polk County, GA), Cosmetology; Audrey Andrews (Paulding County, GA), Barbering; and Josh Barlow (Floyd County, GA), Medical Terminology.

 
Earning bronze medals for their third-place finishes at the state competition were Amanda Teeters (Walker County, GA), Pin Design; Melvin Mitchell (Bartow County, GA), Job Demonstration; and Kimberly Kelly (Floyd County, GA), Briska Bailey (Bartow County, GA), Savannah Almond (Floyd County, GA), and Ariel Crider (Floyd County, GA), Health Knowledge Bowl.

Also competing for GNTC in the SkillsUSA this past week were Maegan Gibson (Haralson County, GA), Medical Math; Courtney Compton (Douglas County, GA), Medical Math; Shanna Ely (Floyd County, GA) Medical Math; Amber Wilson (Cherokee County, GA), Medical Assisting; Erica Brown (Polk County, GA), Medical Terminology; Van Wright (Floyd County, GA); Medical Terminology; Raphaella Hawkins (Floyd County, GA), Health Occupations Professional Portfolio; Josh Embree (Floyd County, GA), First Aid/CPR; Cynthia Kirk (Polk County, GA), Related Technical Math; Corey Knight (Polk County, GA), HVAC; Austin Vinson (Polk County, GA), Mechatronics; Yony Escalante (Polk County, GA), Mechatronics; Austin Tapp (Chattooga County, GA), CNC Milling Specialist; Geovani Ramirez (Whitfield County, GA), Information Technology Systems; Austin Boyd (Floyd County, GA), Automotive Refinishing; and Cesar Bejarano (Whitfield County, GA), Automotive Refinishing.

 

GNTC’s SkillsUSA chapter also earned a Silver Chapter of Distinction award from the state’s Chapter of Excellence Program. SkillsUSA Georgia judges also awarded the Bobcat chapter of the organization the title of Quality Chapter. “I would also like to recognize the outstanding job done by our faculty advisors to mentor the students,” added McDonald. “Preparing them not only to succeed in the SkillsUSA competition, but also to prepare them for successful careers in the future.”
 

GNTC 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. You can also see more information at the college’s social media sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, WordPress, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

 

 

GNTC Culinary Arts Students Study with Irish Educator

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Chef Judith Hickey (left), of the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, goes over slicing techniques for ham hocks with Ivan Cornejo (right) of Rome.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Culinary Arts students had a chance to work directly with a renowned Irish Chef from Monday, March 12, to Friday, March 16, as part of an ongoing international partnership between the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

 

Four Irish chefs from WIT were assigned to four different technical colleges for the week to train students and faculty how to prepare traditional Irish cuisine. All four colleges ended the week with a gala reception and dinner in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The three other colleges that participated were Albany Technical College, Columbus Technical College, and North Georgia Technical College.

 

Chef Judith Hickey was assigned to GNTC’s Culinary Arts program on the Floyd County Campus in Rome.

 

“I have been having great fun with the students,” said Hickey. “We have actually learned a lot from each other.”

 

Hickey began her culinary career more than 30 years ago. She has a degree in Pastry and Confectionary, a diploma in Management from the Irish Management Institute, and a master’s in Adult Education. Hickey has lectured at WIT for several years on various Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs including culinary skills and operations, food safety, nutrition, and food security and sustainability. WIT is in Waterford, Ireland, just outside of Dublin.

 

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Faith Snow (left) of Calhoun and Chef Judith Hickey (right), of the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, prepare the desserts for the “Taste of Ireland” reception and dinner.

 

Prior to her career at WIT, Hickey has 12 years’ experience working for Fáite Ireland, the Irish Tourism Authority, in its training division as a Culinary Arts lecturer. During that time, she was also involved in the design and evaluation of training programs as an external examiner for the Education and Training Board.

 

The relationship between WIT and the Technical College System of Georgia began in 2012 when the International Affairs division of TCSG began collaborating with WIT on several projects.

 

In 2016 a group of GNTC Culinary Arts students studied abroad at the Waterford Institute of Technology. The ten-day course “Irish Food and Culture,” was a culinary seminar on the preparation of Irish Cuisine. Ten students took part in the course which also included field trips to various markets, restaurants, butcheries, fromage (cheese) shops, famous landmarks, castles, and beaches. Georgia Northwestern was the first college in the Technical College System of Georgia to take part in the international agreement between the Waterford Institute of Technology and the TCSG.

 

Hickey was one of the WIT chefs that presented to the GNTC students that went to Ireland in 2016.

 

“My background is in pastry so I went through a lot of different desserts with them,” said Hickey. “They also got to see the social life in Ireland and what it is like to live in Ireland as well.”

 

During her visit to GNTC and Rome, Hickey had a very busy itinerary which included meals at several Rome-area restaurants with chefs that are GNTC Culinary Arts graduates. She also was given a tour of the research and development department of Southeastern Mills by R&D Chef Jordan Evans, a graduate of GNTC.

 

“I have eaten in so many restaurants here in Rome and the food is exceptional,” said Hickey. “The traditional Southern cooking has really been brilliant and the chefs have been great.”

 

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 www.GNTC.edu. The Student Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844-348-7659 or via online chat at https://helpcenter.gntc.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Spring Fling 2018 is Underway at GNTC!

Spring Fling 2018 is underway at the campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. This week, activities will be taking place on the Catoosa, Walker, and Whitfield Murray Campus. Next week, activities will be held on the Floyd, Gordon, and Polk County Campus.

From giveaways, to entertainment, to free lunches, and so much more… Georgia Northwestern has you ready for your pre-Spring Break needs!

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