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Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony Thursday

GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SPRING 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Date: Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

Location: The Forum River Center, Rome Ga.

 

Ron Satterwhite (l), Lauren Sherwood (c), and Peggy Shiflett (r).
Ron Satterwhite (left), Lauren Sherwood (center), and Peggy Shiflett (right) line up before Processional during last year’s Spring Commencement Ceremony in 2016.

 

Students representing Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) nine county service area will enter for the next stage in life when they cross the stage and turn the tassels during the upcoming 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 18.

 

The ceremony will take place at the Forum River Center in Rome beginning at 7 p.m.

 

After students, administrators, and faculty march into place during Processional, the Pledge of Allegiance will be conducted by Tom Bojo, dean of Academic Affairs at GNTC. Invocation will be led by Mark Upton, director of the Marketing Management program at GNTC.

 

Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, will welcome guests and introduce John Quinlivan, chief executive officer of Redmond Regional Medical Center, as the keynote commencement speaker for the evening.

 

Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, will recognize High Honor and Honor graduates. A special recognition for graduates that are veterans also will be led by Phillips. There will also be a special “participation” recognition for students that were a part of Move On When Ready, Phi Beta Lambda, SkillsUSA, and the Student Government Association.

 

Melinda McCannon vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC will present graduates with associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

 

Listed are graduates that are participating in the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but are not participating in the ceremony:

 

Associate of Applied Science

 

Terry W. Abercrombie, Drafting Technology

Amy B. Abernathy, Respiratory Care

Barry L. Arrington Jr., Construction Management

April Renee Blanton, Early Childhood Care and Education

Stephanie Elizabeth Bonito, Computer Support Specialist

Brittany N. Brickley, Business Technology

Taylor Jordan Brock, Respiratory Care

Jessica Deana Camp, Respiratory Care

Omar Canales, Automotive Technology

Kelvin G. Cano-Armas, Business Management

Candice B. Casteel, Business Management

Jose R. Chavarria, Business Management

Summer L. Childers, Criminal Justice Technology

Ashley Michelle Clark, Accounting

T’Qualla Sunyata Clark, Business Management

Kered D. Cochran, Paramedicine

Jennifer D. Collins, Social Work Assistant

Wendy Michele Cordle, Business Management

Hannah Elyse Corn, Respiratory Care

Dibisais Cornejo Bedolla, Respiratory Care

Kaylyn M. Craig, Business Management

Teri L. Craig, Health Information Management Technology

Joseph L. Crook, Industrial Systems Technology

Elijah J. Cutts, Industrial Systems Technology

Oksana M. Daniel, Horticulture

Michelle L. Dills, Computer, Support Specialist

Ashia S. Edwards-Moreno, Health Information Management Technology

Jessica Lynn Ellington, Respiratory Care

Allison Michelle Elrod, Business Management

Philip G. English, Automotive Technology

Corey Ryan Evans, Neuromuscular Therapist

Peyton Riley Evans, Early Childhood Care and Education

Melisa Fajardo Gonzalez, Business Technology

LaCrista Prince Ferrell, Respiratory Care

James Bradford Fulghum, Business Management

Julio Gonzalez, Industrial Systems Technology

Marlem N. Gonzalez Ramirez, Accounting

Jared A. Gray, Industrial Systems Technology

Misty D. Griggs, Business Management

Elisabeth A. Harp, Computer Support Specialist

Katherine R. Hayes, Business Management

Shirley A. Hayes, Health Information Management Technology

Karen Y. Herrera, Business Management

Kayla A. Hix, Accounting

Melinda D. House, Accounting

Nicole Marie Jones, Health Information Management Technology

Sawyer D. Landers, Construction Management

Audrey Landrum, Health Information Management Technology

Jose G. Leal, Business Management

Darren Letzgus, Business Management

Jonathan M. Lynch, Paramedicine

Heather L. Mayfield, Business Technology

Brian H. Mayton, Electronics Technology

Janna N. McDowell, Respiratory Care

Katherine Melgar, Early Childhood Care and Education

Kenneth J. Murner, Health Information Management Technology

Austin Patrick, Industrial Systems Technology

Dawn B. Phillips, Business Management

Esther V. Polley, Criminal Justice Technology

Jami Lynn Purcell, Paramedicine

Katrina L. Putman, Health Information Management Technology

Ricardo Rosillo, Industrial Systems Technology

Rebekah Brook Ruark, Respiratory Care

Saheed A. Sanusi, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Daniel B. Sequens, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Waseem Sheikh, Electronics Technology

Stacey M. Shipley, Health Information Management Technology

Kerrie Shuburte, Health Information Management Technology

Keshia L. Simpson, Early Childhood Care and Education

Forrest N. Skinner, Instrumentation and Controls Technician

Ervina L. Sudler , Marketing Management

Connie L. Tinney, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Virginia C. White, Horticulture

Matthew J. Willis, Drafting Technology

Tiffany A. Wireman, Early Childhood Care and Education

Debra Gail Wrape, Early Childhood Care and Education

 

Associate of Science in Nursing

 

Beverly J. Anderson

Krysti J. Bouldin

Alexandria N. Bryant

Starla Chandler

Candace Rachelle Clark

Jennifer Nichole Craig

Jennifer F. Davis

Natasha Shree Gazaway

Olivia S. Graff

Brenda A. Grissom

Jennifer Carol Henry

Jessica Y. Holcomb

Christina M. Lyons

Sharon Michelle Martin

Kristen Beth Morgan

Valerie A. Parish

Heather Brooke Pierce

Lisa M. Rae

Allison R. Shaw

Teresa Kaye Smith

Haley Danielle Sterner

Christinea L. Thompson

 

Diploma

 

Dagoberto Acosta, Industrial Systems Technology

Melinda K. Angell, Business Technology

Amber Lashae Bates, Practical Nursing

Alisha A. Broome, Business Technology

Billy John Brown, Welding and Joining Technology

Gregory Broyles, Air Conditioning Technology

Ashley Desiree Childers, Business Technology

Jarrod Wesley Daniel, Air Conditioning Technology

Kristin Paige Daniel, Neuromuscular Therapist

Courtney B. DeFoor, Early Childhood Care and Education

Charles A. Doss III, Air Conditioning Technology

Bradford K. Edgerton, Auto Collision Repair

Whitley D. Love Evans, Practical Nursing

Dimas J. Guevara, Air Conditioning Technology

Robert A. Holt, Paramedicine

Hayden Housley, Welding and Joining Technology

Tony R. Ingram Jr., Air Conditioning Technology

Ashley G. Jackson, Paramedicine

Tonya R. Kilgore, Business Technology

Michael S. King, Welding and Joining Technology

Kevin Ray Mason, Business Management

Thomas D. Mayweather, Air Conditioning Technology

Deloris J. McBee, Social Work Assistant

Jennifer L. McDonald, Business Technology

Robert James Neal, Business Management

Maranda K. Parker, Business Technology

Enrique M. Sebastian   Air Conditioning Technology

Mary Elizabeth Steadman, Neuromuscular Therapist

Elizabeth C. Suits, Business Management

Jamie L. Turner, Business Technology

Lacey J. Vick, Business Technology

Celestia A. Waits, Business Management

 

Technical Certificate of Credit

 

Arisah A. Argueta, Human Resource Management Specialist

Brandy N. Banks, Medical Front Office Assistant

Dustie L. Bridges, Health Care Assistant

Erica J. Brown, Medical Front Office Assistant

Teresa G. Campbell, Medical Coding

Christopher Chambers, Child Development Specialist

Aakayla Raquel Dudley, Shampoo Technician

Destiny F. Hipps, Phlebotomy Technician

Leigh Anne Little, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Heather M. Marsh, Supervisor/Manager Specialist

Cassie Jill McGill, Hair Designer

Vanesha A. Ryals, Shampoo Technician

Samantha Seagraves, Medical Coding

Thomas Eric Sisemore, Addictions Specialist

Chelsea Anderson Smith, Hair Designer

Adreian Bianca Steele, Patient Care Assistant

Melissa Swinney, Medical Coding

Hannah J. Taylor, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Caitlin M. Westerfield, Medical Coding

Tiffani K. Whatley, Shampoo Technician

 

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.

Planning To Graduate This Spring? CALL US NOW

If you haven’t applied for graduation this spring and are looking forward to getting your certificate, diploma, or degree, contact GNTC Graduation Specialist Marilyn Grandstaff at 706.764.3512 or mgrandstaff@gntc.edu IMMEDIATELY!
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Georgia Northwestern Hosts Graduation In Dalton

 

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“The more than 250 Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduates who participated in the December graduation held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia stopped for plenty of pictures before, during, and after their graduation commencement ceremony.”

 

More than 250 walk the stage in Dalton, Georgia in GNTC’s Fall Commencement


(Dalton, Georgia)
– A cool and foggy Thursday night in Northwest Georgia set the scene outside the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia December 8. More than 250 students walked the stage at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Fall Commencement Ceremony.
With approximately 1,500 in attendance for the college’s second of two graduations in 2016, GNTC President Pete McDonald, his administration, and keynote speaker Jay Henry helped put the focus on the students and their accomplishments leading up to their big night. Henry, a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, serves as the Vice Chair of the GNTC Board of Directors. Henry has been the Director of Enterprise Innovation and Operations Support at Shaw Industries in Dalton, Georgia since 2007.

 

All graduates participating in the ceremony were recognized for their academic achievements and presented with their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Below are the graduates, in order by the honors they received, who walked the stage at the December ceremony.

 

 

Associate of Applied Science OF APPLIED ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCESCIENCE

Brandy L. Adams Early Childhood Care and Education
Marissa L. Allen Health Information Management Technology
Shanon L. Baldi Adult Echocardiography
Samantha E. Barker Surgical Technology
Skky Monique Barrett Medical Assisting
Nolverto V. Barrios Business Technology
Nicholas A. Beaver Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Miranda Kathleen Bevins Vascular
Tiffanie N. Brown Drafting Technology
Emily J. Brumbelow Business Management
Punky L. Buckner Health Information Management Technology
Arely Calzada-Rivera Criminal Justice
Rosmery Adilene Campos Business Technology
Jessica N. Cannon Radiologic Technology
Kathy Chadwick Business Management
Stacy C. Chamlee Social Work Assistant
Evalinda Dunning Clark Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Tara M. Clark Medical Assisting
Traci R. Cochran Business Management
Matt Conaway Radiologic Technology
Hallie Crete Radiologic Technology
Raquel Cruz Radiologic Technology
Cynthia M. Daniel Health Information Management Technology
Patricia A. Davis Business Technology
Brittany J. Dutton Pharmacy Technology
Curtis Lamar Edwards Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Holly A. Emory Radiologic Technology
Hollie R. Evans Business Management
Earlene D. Evans-Steward Medical Assisting
Jessie Michaela Farr Vascular
Marvin Feagans Pharmacy Technology
Janice N. Fowler Business Management
Austin J. Gallegos Radiologic Technology
Stephanie Garcia Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Patricia N. Goble Health Information Management Technology
John C. Gravitt Accounting
Justin M. Gray Computer Support Specialist
Brittany Leigh Griggs Vascular
Tiffaney Dionne Guice Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Jose R. Guzman Industrial Systems Technology
Amanda Paige Hammersley Business Management
Terrance Braynard Herrington Fire Science Technology
Candyss R. Highfield Early Childhood Care and Education
Tiffany D. Hill Pharmacy Technology
Marlon Anthony Hines Vascular
Rachel Leigh Hokanson Vascular
Sarah Arlene Hoke Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Tawana S. Howard Early Childhood Care and Education
Letitia D. Hudson Business Management
Kendra Hughes Web Site Design/Development
Heather A. Hutcheson Business Technology
Mabel Ibuoffor Health Information Management Technology
Cheyenne Michelle Johnson Marketing Management
Kristopher Daniel Kammerdiener Health Information Management Technology
Emily L. Kaylor Adult Echocardiography
Melissa Ann Keena Surgical Technology
Angerleak Kile Criminal Justice
Gregory Alexandru King Networking Specialist
Savannah K. Lambert Accounting
Ashlyn R. Landes Criminal Justice
Tiffani S. Leatherwood Early Childhood Care and Education
Leland Taylor Ledford Instrumentation and Controls Technician
Joe Edward Lowdermilk Adult Echocardiography
Clarence W. McCormick Criminal Justice
Stephanie McCoy Health Information Management Technology
April L. McDonald Surgical Technology
Jessica Mcgill Marketing Management
Melissa Mendez Marketing Management
Chelsea L. Millwood Criminal Justice
Brittney Leigh Mingus Computer Support Specialist
Chelsie Lynn Mize Vascular
Erica Molina Servin Business Management
Manuel D. Montelongo Computer Support Specialist
KaBriesha K. Montgomery Medical Assisting
Arethia Michelle Mooney Business Management
Kely M. Morales Business Management
Heather Morgan Early Childhood Care and Education
Maryam W. Mwangi Health Information Management Technology
Haley L. Nelson Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Kala Ann Nix Medical Assisting
Beth Ann Owens Health Information Management Technology
Brooke A. Parker Adult Echocardiography
Catalina A. Pension Medical Assisting
Angela Traci Perkins Computer Support Specialist
Belinda Sue Pettis Radiologic Technology
Darren Jeffery Pierce Criminal Justice
Haley A. Pilgrim Radiologic Technology
Tracy Ann Queen Early Childhood Care and Education
Hollie M. Richardson Surgical Technology
Marilyn Carrera Richir Business Management
Micah J. Rodriguez Criminal Justice
Charla Paulette Scoggins Business Technology
Halli Elizabeth Selman Surgical Technology
Talya S. Smith Business Management
Taylor A. Smith Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Charles H. Spinks Business Management
Heather Renae Stephens Adult Echocardiography
Lisa Faye Stewart Health Information Management Technology
Corey Strayhorn Electronics Technology
Mary A. Swinney Business Management
Joey L. Thomason Industrial Systems Technology
Kristopher A. Vaughn Business Management
Justin Adam Weaver Computer Support Specialist
Catherine L. White Marketing Management
Allison Whitley Business Management
Candice L. Wilson Surgical Technology
Jermaine Wright Instrumentation and Controls Technician

 

 

 

Diploma

Amber N. Adams Practical Nursing
Makita N. Adams Practical Nursing
Caitlin E. Allen Surgical Technology
Vicente AnguianoPalmerin Automotive Technology
Hayden T. Arp EMS Professions
Amy M. Baker Practical Nursing
Stephanie L. Barfield Dental Assisting
Jennifer Leigh Barnes Cosmetology
Rebecca L. Baxter Practical Nursing
Heather Bennett Cosmetology
April Blackwell Practical Nursing
Briana R. Bogardus Practical Nursing
Angela M. Brannon Medical Assisting
Tamia L. Brown Medical Assisting
Rebecca Juanita Burgess Cosmetology
Summer Burrage Cosmetology
Connie Elaine Butts Medical Assisting
Faviola M. Camey Cosmetology
Ama B. Cline Dental Assisting
Marla E. Cooper Cosmetology
Stephanie Cox Surgical Technology
Corey James Deaton Machine Tool Technology
Sortoya Tiesh Driver EMS Professions
Terris M. Dunaway Dental Assisting
Elizabeth M. Earwood Cosmetology
Alexis Evans Dental Assisting
Whitney N. Flynn Practical Nursing
Misty Fowler Cosmetology
Whitney G. Frasier Cosmetology
Ciera H. Fricks Surgical Technology
Steve Gamble Welding and Joining Technology
Mary Grace Garrison Cosmetology
William N. Gilbert Industrial Systems Technology
Teresa Gonzalez Dental Assisting
Savannah Lee M. Gray Cosmetology
Janel N. Greathouse Medical Assisting
Whitney Jade Green Cosmetology
Tiffiney S. Gregoire Practical Nursing
Ann R. Groce Pharmacy Technology
Serafin Guevara Industrial Systems Technology
Lauren Nicole Hale Pharmacy Technology
Juanita Marie Hall Dental Assisting
James A. Harness Criminal Justice
Genderson E. Hernandez Electrical Systems Technology
Elisabet Hernandez-Estrada Medical Assisting
Sheliah Y. Hogg Early Childhood Care and Education
Marilyn Holiday Business Management
Dala N. Hufstetler Cosmetology
Tony R. Ingram Jr. Air Conditioning Technology
Amanda L. Jacobs Medical Assisting
Lacey M. Jennings Dental Assisting
Dennis B. Jones Jr. Cosmetology
Shelby D. Keef Practical Nursing
Cecily S. Kinney Marketing Management
Ashley Brooke Kinsey Medical Assisting
Eileen Kung’u Practical Nursing
Shannon Marie Lee Practical Nursing
Tunika Lemons Practical Nursing
Jerrica L. Littlejohn Practical Nursing
Marilon M. Loftin Surgical Technology
Jonathan Tyler Lucas Welding and Joining Technology
Amelia Darlene Marks Cosmetology
Candice Lynn Mason Practical Nursing
Lorie Maynard Cosmetology
Misti Marie McDaniel Practical Nursing
Raegan A. Middleton Practical Nursing
Sierra T. Minter Medical Assisting
Sean D. Morrison Welding and Joining Technology
Samantha M. Morrow Practical Nursing
Amanda R. Nichols Practical Nursing
Jessica Shea Nichols Practical Nursing
Amber N. O’Bryant Practical Nursing
Lakicia L. Orr Cosmetology
Jorge A. Palacios-Torres Air Conditioning Technology
Jessica A. Park Practical Nursing
Erica Denise Penson Practical Nursing
Harley Taylor Podskoc Practical Nursing
James Dale Powell CNC Technology
Katie Ramey Cosmetology
Yuritsi I. Ramirez Criminal Justice
Barbara J. Ramirez Guerrero Health Information Coding
William Z. Ramsey Surgical Technology
Adam A. Richardson Computer Support Specialist
Kristi M. Ruff Dental Assisting
Blake A. Rush Automotive Technology
Rebekah Russell EMS Professions
Ned T. Sanders Pharmacy Technology
Julie Ilean Sargent Dental Assisting
Elizabeth K. Shelby Surgical Technology
Bryan J. Shirley Electrical Systems Technology
Deaven Lynn Shuler Practical Nursing
Keshundia Sharde Slocum Practical Nursing
Haley Smith Cosmetology
Jennifer Ann Smith Practical Nursing
Peyton S. Smith Dental Assisting
Sonya L. Smith Business Technology
Jamie Stewart Practical Nursing
Melissa D. Stone Practical Nursing
Ashley G. Stuard Practical Nursing
Joshua L. Suggs Welding and Joining Technology
Belinda Lee Thomas Early Childhood Care and Education
Valarie Thomas Practical Nursing
Stephanie Nicole Thompson Practical Nursing
Caylee E. Tolbert Medical Assisting
Jonathan Thomas Waid Welding and Joining Technology
Brittany N. Weldon Practical Nursing
Vanessa Rosales West Practical Nursing
Stephen D. Wheelus Welding and Joining Technology
Anna R. Wright Dental Assisting
Kristen Wright Practical Nursing
Samantha Young Cosmetology

 

 

 

 

Technical Certificate of Credit

 

Sarah Allen Medical Front Office Assistant
Caroline Elizabeth Bratton Health Care Assistant
Hallie N. Campbell Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Jennie Lynn Chambers Medical Front Office Assistant
Macaylan Charles Phlebotomy Technician
Meredith Cleghorn Infant/Toddler Child Care Specialist
Michelle Drummond Gregory Human Resource Management Specialist
Jalen J. Hamilton Entrepreneurship
Jennifer L. Hinds Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Jessica Lorene Holland Phlebotomy Technician
Brandy Jean LeVan PC Repair and Network Technician
Mary G. Mashburn Medical Front Office Assistant
Sharon Worley Maxwell Medical Coding
Katy R. Motley Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Bryant L. Park lll Supervisor/Manager Specialist
Christie Ann Pope Phlebotomy Technician
Tamara Tieann Poss Phlebotomy Technician
Kristy Michelle Prince Addictions Specialist
Chiara L. Robinson Child Development Specialist
Tiffany N. Romine Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Amy M. Scott Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Christopher Semratedu Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder
Melissa A. Skinner Technical Specialist
Aiseh Smith Human Resource Management Specialist
Daniela Valdez Jurado Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Kaylie A. Vaughn Phlebotomy Technician
MaKayla S. Wilson Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

 

 

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, call 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Graduation at Georgia Northwestern – December 2016

Images from the 12-8-16 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Graduation!
at Dalton Convention Center.

Owning The Stage: It’s All About Family

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Georgia Northwestern soon-to-be grad stealing the stage at Miss Georgia, Graduation 

(Dalton, Georgia) – When 21-year-old Dala Hufstetler walks across the stage at the Dalton Convention Center tonight, she’ll have slightly more experience than her more than 250 other counterparts. Just three weeks ago, she took the stage in McDonough, Georgia as a contestant in the 2017 Miss Georgia pageant.

 

Hufstetler, a 2014 graduate of Georgia’s Northwest Whitfield High School, will be receiving her Cosmetology diploma from Georgia Northwestern Technical College in tonight’s ceremony. However, in the pageant arena, she was competing for the very first time at this level. Her debut performance in the Miss USA pageant circuit left shockwaves that laid the groundwork for her future. A third runner-up finish out of 69 finalists statewide has the newest addition to the runway excited.

 

“It’s a lot like a big family,” said Hufstetler when asked about the atmosphere at the pageant. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, like with my classmates at the college, you quickly feel a connection and try to help one another.”

 

As the only person in her family to venture into pageant work, Dala says this has been a learning experience. “My parents are very excited. However, we are all learning about it together,” said Hufstettler. “My mom came with me to Miss Georgia and was by my side in case there was anything I may need. Didn’t know what that may be, but she wanted to be there for me.” Her parents, Scott and Kim Hufstetler, work in administration for Shaw Industries in Dalton, Georgia.

 

Dala punches the clock at Retreat Salon and Spa in Dalton, Georgia. “My job is something I’m so proud of,” said Hufstetler. “And since my hours are not your usual nine-to-five hours, it allows me the opportunity to schedule training for pageant work.” Several modeling opportunities have presented themselves to Hufstettler as a result of the pageant. However, she says she’s not ready to sign her name on any dotted line yet. There’s plenty of work to do back at home. “I actually have been contacted from people wanting their hair done by me because they followed the pageant and learned that I work in Cosmetology.”

 

Just one year ago, Hufstetler took part in the local Northwest Georgia Regional Fair pageant in Calhoun, Georgia. Although she finished first runner-up, her pageant life was about to begin. A call from one of the judges shortly after the contest turned out to be just the first of many steps in the 2017 Miss Georgia pageant process.

“We had a dinner together in which I simply asked her why she felt I’d be good at this, at doing pageants,” said Hufstetler. “She shared with me why she felt so strong about it. And, after hearing what would be at stake, I really felt like I could do it. Because you truly have to have thick skin and be able to accept criticism to do this well. Because of my family and my faith, though, I’m very confident in who I am and know the opinions of others will never change me.”

 

Much of 2016 was spent training for the November pageant. “Between school, work, and preparing for Miss Georgia, my schedule was full,” said Hufstetler. “But, it was an awesome blessing. Plus, I liked that the pageant work pulled me out of my comfort zone. Being able to see where my life may take me next has been very exciting! With this pageant being my first like this, I plan on doing much better in 2017.”

 

The winner of Miss Georgia goes on to represent the Peach State in the Miss U.S.A. pageant the following spring. “There are two pageants coming up that my coach is going to enter me in. If I win at those, they would pay for my way to Miss Georgia next year,” said Hufstetler excitedly. The winner of Miss U.S.A. then represents the country in the Miss Universe pageant. “They want you to be strong enough and confident enough to be picked apart. It’s all about being honest with yourself and being okay with whatever those truths are.”

 

So many times in Hufstetler’s life, truth has been the only thing she could lean on. From the age of one, Hufstetler lived with her grandmother. “My biological parents truly had some rough times they were dealing when I was an infant,” said Hufstetler. “But, I guess things just change from time to time and I just try to live the life in front of me.”

 

Dala was raised by her grandmother until 2008. As her grandmother’s health began to fail, it would be extended family that would step in and make Dala one of their own. “When I was 15, my parents adopted me.” happily said Hufstetler. “That’s when I started going to Mt. Rachel Baptist Church in Dalton. As I started to get a feel of what that was like, it began to mold me into who I am.”

 

A three-week long mission trip to Senegal in 2011 was something that really made her begin to see what would be important in her life. “The people I got to meet and reach out to in Africa actually did more for me than I ever did for them in those few weeks,” said Hufstetler. “We prepared for several months to take the trip. But, from the moment we got there and began to share in the ways we could, it was more life-changing for me than I could’ve imagined.”

 

One young school-age girl named, “Nani,” left one of the biggest impressions on Hufstetler. “This little girl, living in a place where no one had much in the way of clothing or food, really connected with me,” added Hufstetler. “By the end of our trip she had learned how to say ‘I love you’ in English. She also shared a hand sign she liked with me. It meant, ‘friends’.”

 

By the time Dala returned to the states, her outlook on life had changed tremendously. “Going to Senegal was eye-opening for me,” said Hufstettler. “But, honestly, I felt more of a culture shock when I returned from being in Africa. Just walking through the first U.S. airport, for example. Seeing the countless restaurants and stores just in our wing of the airport was true culture shock.”

 

And now, just a few years later, that compassion and life experience has Hufstetler beginning a career in Cosmetology and pursuing a new dream of winning Miss Georgia 2018 and beyond. “Dala is just a good kind soul, she really is,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Cosmetology Director Tammy Livingstone. “She was very talented in our program and had a ton of drive. A big part of what we do is learning to relate to the needs of people. Well, obviously she has that down already.”

 

Beyond her sisters on the pageant circuit and the cosmetology field, Dala has one older brother, Cody, who currently attends the University of Georgia at Athens, and two younger twin sisters, Taylor and Tori, who are attending Dalton State College.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Cosmetology 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.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Why Wear Caps And Gowns

Why do graduates where their “caps” and “gowns” at graduation commencement? See how these two graduation staples got their starts!
Graduation for GNTC is this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the
Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
Congratulations to all of our graduates!

GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Held Thursday, July 15

 

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Graduates of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601 are: Back row (from left to right) Laura F. Williamson, Matthew T. Touhy, Philip M. Parker, and Charles K. Humphrey. Front Row (from left to right) Thomas S. Gray, Caleb A. Chambers, Preston L. Barfield, and Ashley L. Bailey.

 

(Calhoun, GA) – Friends, family, and the community gathered at the Conference Center located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor students graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601 on Thursday, July 15.

 

During the ceremony, eight law enforcement officers were recognized in front of a standing room only crowd. Advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, community leaders, and fellow law enforcement officers from the Northwest Georgia region and beyond also were in attendance at the ceremony.

 

The proceedings began with Jim Pledger, director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, welcoming guests and introducing current and former staff from the academy.

 

“Everyone that teaches here has a lot of experience and we pass that along to our students,” said Pledger.

 

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Sheriff Mitch Ralston of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Ralston became Sheriff in 2009 and his law enforcement career spans over 27 years. He served on the Georgia State Patrol for 18 years which included serving on the SWAT team, DUI taskforce, and a number of other different assignments.

 

He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association, National Constitutional Officers’ Association, Young Farmers Association, Red Carpet Cattlemen’s Association, Coosawattee Masonic Lodge #306 F&AM, and Yaarab Shriners.

 

Ralston reminded the graduates that the image they portray is a very important component of law enforcement.

 

“Your integrity is your career,” said Ralston. “The way you conduct yourself on and off duty is a reflection of your department.”

 

Laura F. Williamson was the student speaker for the ceremony.

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Laura F. Williamson, student speaker for the graduation ceremony of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601, presents Jim Pledger, director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, with a plaque from the class.

Caleb A. Chambers was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship and Preston L. Barnfield received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.

 

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201501 are: Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601 are Ashley L. Bailey, Preston L. Barfield, Caleb A. Chambers, Thomas S. Gray, Charles K. Humphrey, Philip M. Parker, Matthew T. Touhy, and Laura F. Williamson.

 

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 is Calling On All GED® Graduates

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is requesting that all graduates of the General Educational Development® program that have graduated from, or will graduate from, the program before May 12, 2016 that want to attend the upcoming graduation ceremony to make plans as soon as possible with the Office of Adult Education.

The ceremony will take place at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

To take part in the ceremony, please contact Carla Hyde at cahyde@gntc.edu or (706) 295-6976.

If anyone knows someone who has graduated from the GED® program that wants to attend the graduation ceremony, please have that person contact Carla as soon as they can.

“Save the Date” cards have been sent to all GED® graduates and information on signing up to attend the ceremony is available at all learning centers and the testing sites.

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.

Big Week In Cats Country

Final Registration For Spring – Tuesday
Finals – Wednesday & Thursday
Graduation – Thursday

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