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GNTC’s Opening All Six Campuses in 2016

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.

Georgia Northwestern Construction TeamWorks Squad Best In Georgia, Competing Nationally

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 2016 SkillsUSA TeamWorks members Bo Dooley, left, and Burt Burns look over plans for a phase of their gold medal winning state competition project constructed in Atlanta, Georgia last week. In the background, from left, is Tanner Boyd and Barry Arrington working on the wiring for their entry.”

 

(Atlanta, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students Barry Arrington of Calhoun, Georgia; Tanner Boyd of Armuchee, Georgia; Bo Dooley of Calhoun, Georgia; Burt Burns of Lindale, Georgia; and Evan Brackett of Rome, Georgia of will be headed to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 21-24. The GNTC team took home top honors in the TeamWorks competition at the State of Georgia SkillsUSA Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia March 17-19.

 

“Our team is the first to ever qualify to compete nationally from the state of Georgia,” said GNTC Director of Construction Management Donnie Holmes. “This team had to work together to complete a project from a set of plans that included masonry, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing work. They were so far ahead on their timetable to complete the project that they added on to the plans and still completed the project before the deadline.”

 

Among the things judges graded the GNTC team based on the college’s Gordon County Campus were working within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project. The SkillsUSA’s competition website states that, “TeamWorks is not only a SkillsUSA competition, but a way of learning… to help maximize their skills for their future.”

 

The team will represent Georgia Northwestern at the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) competition the week of June 22 in Louisville Kentucky. More than 6,000 (high school and collegiate) students from across the country will compete hands-on in more than a hundred various trade, technical, and leadership fields.

 

“We saw incredible success at the state competition with 15 students earning honors for their respective competition,” said GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Michael Meyer. “This is a great reflection on the college programs which trained them and the kind of pro-active students these men and women have become.”

 

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Also placing on the state level of SkillsUSA were Tanya Person of Trenton, Georgia and Ashley Clark of Calhoun, Georgia (Chapter Display – Bronze), Melisa Fajardo of Dalton, Georgia (Customer Service – Bronze), Jacob Prater of Kingston, Georgia (Electrical Construction Wiring – Silver), Stone Dowling of Chickamauga, Georgia (Information Technology Systems – Silver), Cougar Roberts of Rossville, Georgia (Prepared Speech – Silver), Brandy LeVan of Rock Spring, Georgia (Promotional Bulletin Board – Bronze), Andrew Copeland of LaFayette, Georgia (Welding – Bronze), and Tyler Daubert of Rome, Georgia, Jeremy Duvall of Armuchee, Georgia, and Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia (Welding Fabrication – Silver).

 

GNTC’s Director of Aviation Maintenance Jon Byrd also took part in this year’s event serving as a judge for Georgia’s SkillsUSA Aviation Maintenance competition. For more information, contact 706.764.3588 for the GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Michael Meyer. Or, send an e-mail to mmeyer@gntc.edu. Early Registration for summer semester courses is underway March 21-25 for returning GNTC students.

 

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.

More than 200 High School Students Attend

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A crowd of more than 200 students came to the Transition Fair on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.


(Calhoun, GA)
– More than 200 high school students attended the Transition Fair held recently at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to learn about the different academic programs and services the college has to offer and other options for life after high school.

 

“The first Transition Fair at the Gordon County Campus was a great success and we look forward to planning next year’s event,” said Sheila Parker, sign language interpreter and disability services coordinator at GNTC.

 

Students from Adairsville High School, Calhoun High School, Gordon Central High School, Sonoraville High School and others came to the Gordon County Campus to interact with GNTC faculty and staff, and additional representatives from other area colleges, the U. S. Army, community agencies, and personnel from various businesses and healthcare facilities. 

 

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The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWRGC) brought the new Mobile Career Center to the Transition Fair at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

GNTC staff and faculty were also on hand to give tours and provide information about admissions, academic support, adult education, disability services, financial aid, special populations, student affairs, and additional student services.

 

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGRC) brought their new state-of-the-art Mobile Career Center that students were able to use to research postsecondary information and job skills development.

 

There also were representatives and vendors from Cave Spring Center; Dalton State College; Dept. of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities Region 1; Developing Independence, Growth, and Security (DIGS), Inc.; Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired (GACHI); Georgia Highlands College; Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) Assistive Technology and Transition Counselors; GLASS Outreach Center; Goodwill Industries of North Georgia; Highland Rivers Health/Kaleidoscope; Kennesaw State University Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth; Network Day Service Center; NWGRC; Roosevelt Warm Springs; Shepherd Center Benefits Navigator; 2Work Staffing; The U.S. Army; and others.

 

For more information contact Parker at (706) 295-6517 or via email at sparker@gntc.edu

 

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Betty Postelle (left), supported employment specialist at Highlands River Health, speaks with Drake Hunter (right) a senior at Gordon Central High School during the Transition Fair at GNTC.

 

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 Announces 2016 EAGLE Winner

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Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County is the 2016 EAGLE Representative for Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

(Dalton, GA) – Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County has been chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 14-16, 2016 in Atlanta.

 

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

 

“As the winner and GNTC delegate to the statewide Leadership Institute, Brandy Weaver exemplifies the purpose of the Adult Education program,” said Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “Despite difficult circumstances, she has achieved her goal of earning a GED® diploma, is employed, and is an active and enthusiastic volunteer who teaches other parents how to overcome personal loss.”

 

Weaver, a resident of Dalton, attended adult education classes at GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus and was nominated for the EAGLE award by Sherry Burgess. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in September and is currently employed at Compassion House. Weaver plans to continue her education with the goal of becoming a social worker.

 

Two other nominees were named as county representatives and will serve for a year as ambassadors for their adult learning centers in an effort to encourage other adults to take advantage of educational opportunities.

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Alona Faustova of Resaca was a nominee for the EAGLE award and was named the representative for Gordon County.

 

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Hilbeen Akrayee of Rome was a nominee for the EAGLE award and was named the representative for Floyd County.

 

The other nominees and county winners are Hilbeen Akrayee of Rome (Floyd) and Alona Faustova of Resaca (Gordon).

 

“We are so proud of our county winners who competed for the EAGLE award,” said Smith “The instructors had outstanding nominees.”

 

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

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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NW Georgia Standout Passes, Scholarship Named

Hitchcox Leaving Behind Legacy, Services Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helping Educate NW Georgia Adults, Providing Family Care

Literacy Council Assisting Dedicated Students

                                                                      

(Calhoun, Georgia) –With a push to educate more adults in Gordon County, the Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community (CGCLC) is working together with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to help get parents into the GED® classroom.

In working with a Gordon County childcare facility, the CGCLC and GNTC are currently in the baby steps of this childcare opportunity for adult learners. With just a handful of current GED® students taking part, the college’s Adult Education Center at the Gordon County Campus is reaping the rewards.

To be eligible, adult students must meet certain criteria. Among which are using the approved childcare facility, committing to attending the classes for a set period of time each week, and understanding that participation will be monitored by all parties involved. Children six weeks through four years of age are eligible for childcare.

At GNTC’s Adult Learning Center on the Gordon County Campus, they focus on reducing barriers for those who are returning to school. At the center, adult learners refresh reading, writing, and math skills as they re-enter the job market, prepare for the GED® Test, qualify for a job or educational program that requires a high school diploma, learn English as their second language, or just work toward a personal educational goal.

Joni Harbin, Executive Director of Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Community, says, “The child care partnership brings together community resources to promote improved educational levels of children, families, and the workforce of the Calhoun-Gordon communities. This is a community-wide commitment.”

 

The Gordon County Campus Adult Education Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cindy Nelson, instructor, and Stephen Edwards, ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor assist Lead Teacher Melissa Blevins on a day-to-day basis. In addition to offering the official GED® examination on site every Wednesday, as well as ESL classes, the center also offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) courses. For more information, call 706.624.1111.

 

“Working with students at all levels and ages and watching them learn the coursework to completion is incredibly rewarding,” said Blevins. “It’s an extra plus to hear students say we’ve actually helped them on a level they understand.”

Georgia Northwestern’s Adult Education Program offers 20 learning center sites across a nine-county coverage area in Northwest Georgia. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

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