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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.

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.

College Hosts High School Appreciation Event

(Calhoun, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC)  recently held a High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program at the Conference Center on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

The program was intended to show gratitude to the faculty and staff from area high schools. More than 70 high school counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools within GNTC’s nine county service area took part in the luncheon.

During the program, information was provided about various high school initiatives, dual enrollment courses, and key partnerships in GNTC’s service area.

The program began with a welcome from Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC. Phillips said that all of the high school partners are very critical to the success of the various communities in the Northwest Georgia region.

Ginger Mathis, associate vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC, discussed the Catoosa County Campus, which is currently under construction and will be GNTC’s sixth campus when it opens. The programs that will be housed at the campus will include Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electronics, Logistics, Mechatronics, Industrial Systems, and Paramedic Technology. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new campus is scheduled for September 9 at 11 a.m.

Financial aid was the next topic of discussion for the program. Executive Director Stephen Andersen, said that the financial aid team at GNTC is always available to help students navigate the financial aid process and overcome any road blocks to student success.

Carol Abrams, director of High School Initiatives, discussed GNTC’s dual enrollment programs that provide students with the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school.

For the third consecutive year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

While dual enrollment has been possible in the State of Georgia since 2009, major changes were made in July of 2015 with the introduction of the Move On When Ready (MOWR) dual enrollment program that expanded opportunities for students.

The new MOWR dual enrollment program streamlines the various existing dual enrollment options, such as ACCEL, Joint Enrollment, etc., into one program with one funding source. This makes it easier for students and parents to navigate and take advantage of the available options to enroll in college courses while still in high school.

Other speakers at the luncheon were David Stephenson, athletics coordinator at GNTC; and Jason Gamel, director of Institutional Advancement 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.

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More than 70 high school counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools within GNTC’s nine county service area took part in the High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

GNTC is the Top Technical College in Georgia for Dual Enrollment Students for the Third Straight Year

(Rome, GA) – For the third consecutive year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” Report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

The report shows that GNTC had 1,767 dual enrollment students, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College was the second highest with 1,426 students, and Southern Regional Technical College was third with 1,355 students.

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Greg Smith (left), instructor of Robotics and Engineering at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy (FCSCCA), teaches Camron Roubieu (right), of Coosa High School, how to operate an industry-grade robot. Robotics and Engineering is a dual enrollment program between FCSCCA and Georgia Northwestern that gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in High School. Students may also use the credits earned towards an industry certificate or associate degree.

 

“We have an outstanding High School Initiatives team who, while very small in proportion to the number of students served, is able to serve our area high school and home school students,” said Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC.

 

Dual enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. While dual enrollment has been possible in the State of Georgia since 2009, major changes were made in July of 2015 with the introduction of the Move On When Ready (MOWR) dual enrollment program that expanded opportunities for students.

 

The new MOWR dual enrollment program streamlines the various existing dual enrollment options, such as ACCEL, HOPE Grant, etc., into one program with one funding source. This makes it easier for students and parents to navigate and take advantage of the available options to enroll in college courses while still in high school. MOWR also includes provisions to help remove some of the financial barriers that may prevent some students from participating in dual enrollment.

 

“The Move On When Ready legislation passed last year has paved the way for students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity at little to no cost to the parents,” said Phillips.

 

Many MOWR courses also offer students the opportunity to earn an industry certificate. This gives students the option of either entering the workforce upon graduation from high school or continuing their education at a TCSG or University System of Georgia college. Either way, they begin their selected career path with a head start.

 

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 to Offer Accelerated GED® Classes In Chattooga, Murray, Polk, and Whitfield Counties

The Adult Education Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering an Accelerated Program in Chattooga, Murray, Polk, and Whitfield counties as part of the Literacy to Workforce Initiative (LWI).

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The spring semester begins Jan. 4, 2016. Daytime classes will be held in Chattooga, Polk, and Whitfield counties and an additional evening class will be offered in Polk County.  Saturday classes will be held in Murray County. Participants have the opportunity to earn their GED® diploma in as little as six months and students also may earn their GeogiaBEST certificate as part of the program.

 

To be eligible for the program, students must be 16 years old or over and have a score of 6.0 or above on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Adults over the age of 22 who meet Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility may be able to receive financial support.

 

A collaboration between the Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Adult Education and the Georgia Office of Workforce Development, the Literacy to Workforce Initiative focuses on 10 counties in Georgia where 28% or more of the adult population does not have a high school or GED® diploma.

 

GNTC serves four of the counties identified in the 10 county area: Chattooga, Murray, Polk and Whitfield. The initiative fosters a partnership between GNTC’s Adult Education Program and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Workforce Development Agency to provide key services to students who are seeking a GED® diploma and employment.

 

For more information, contact participating GNTC Adult Learning Centers at:

 

  • Chattooga County (Summerville): 706-857-0771
  • Murray County (Chatsworth): 706-695-4641
  • Polk County (Rockmart): 770-684-7521
  • Whitfield County (Dalton): 706-272-2909

 

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 Service®, 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.

 

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.

Ahead Of His Time: Dalton Teen Dual Enrolls His Way To Dual Graduations

“18-year-old Jonathan Cochran stops for a quick picture in front of Building A on the Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Cochran graduated from Southeast Whitfield High School this past spring. He is scheduled to earn his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice next month.”
“18-year-old Jonathan Cochran stops for a quick picture in front of Building A on the Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Cochran graduated from Southeast Whitfield High School this past spring. He is scheduled to earn his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice next month.”

(Dalton, Georgia) – For someone who doesn’t have much time for himself, 18-year-old Jonathan Cochran is definitely ahead of schedule for your average teenager.

In an age which many are experiencing their adult life for the first time, perhaps taking a first job or signing up for a few college courses, Cochran is just over a month away from earning his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Of course, that’s a fine accomplishment for a young adult. However, coupled with the fact he just graduated from high school six months ago, it’s downright incredible!

Born on Valentine’s Day in 1997, this Northwest Georgia native first fell in love with the idea of being a physical therapist. “I heard it was a career choice that would pay well,” said Cochran. “However, as I got older, I learned quickly it’s not always about the money. I want a career that I will love and have a true passion for.”

So, to get a jump start on life, Cochran enrolled in dual enrollment courses at Southeast Whitfield High School during his junior and senior years. He would earn credit towards his high school diploma and his Associate Degree from Georgia Northwestern, simultaneously. “I’ve even completed my internship already through the Dalton State (GA) Public Safety Office,” said Cochran.

The son of a mechanic and a property manager in Northwest Georgia, Cochran graduated from the ranks of the Raiders at Southeast Whitfield on May 26. Now a Bobcat, he’ll graduate from Georgia Northwestern Technical College on December 10.

“I wanted to be in law enforcement for a very long time,” mentioned Cochran. In the heart of high school football country, Cochran was asked about his extracurricular activities as he made his decision to do dual-enrollment with Georgia Northwestern. “I’ve done nearly 100 hours of ride-along shifts with local law enforcement agencies, if that counts as extracurricular.” Cochran also served as a member of C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) Academy Team 10.

Now an employee at Dollar General in Dalton, Georgia and a firefighter explorer with the Dalton Fire Department, this future criminal justice pro has big plans. “I intend to work in cyber security for a federal law enforcement agency,” added Cochran. Following his second walk across a graduation stage in six months, he plans on attending Kennesaw State University or Dalton State University for a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science.

Cochran’s parents, David and Meredith, and three brothers, Caleb, Nick, and Chris, all currently live in Dalton, Georgia.

Approximately 14,500 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. 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.

Touring The College

Several classes of Gordon Lee High School 10th graders visited the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College this afternoon. Students are seen here during quick stops in the Machine Tool and Automotive Technology program labs. Have a great weekend to all of our high school students across Northwest Georgia!
#gocats #catscountry

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Summer Saturdays at GNTC!

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Dive Into Your GED This Summer!
“Jump In” and find out about the “Saturday Accelerated Program” at GNTC!
Just take a few hours on Saturdays this summer and get ready for your GED! It all starts June 6.
For more information, contact participating GNTC Adult Learning Centers at:
• Chattooga County (Summerville): 706-857-077
• Murray County (Chatsworth): 706-695-4641
• Polk County (Rockmart): 770-684-7521
• Whitfield County (Dalton): 706-272-2909

GNTC to Offer Saturday GED® Classes In Chattooga, Murray, Polk, and Whitfield Counties

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The Adult Education Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering a new Saturday Accelerated Program in Chattooga, Murray, Polk, and Whitfield counties as part of the Literacy to Workforce Initiative (LWI).

Classes begin June 6 and will meet on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants have the opportunity to earn their GED® diploma in as little as six months and students also may earn their GeogiaBEST certificate as part of the program.

To be eligible for the program, students must be 16 years old or over and have a score of 6.9 or above on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Adults over the age of 18 who meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligibility may be able to receive financial support.

A collaboration between the Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Adult Education and the Georgia Office of Workforce Development, the Literacy to Workforce Initiative focuses on 10 counties in Georgia where 28% or more of the adult population does not have a high school or GED® diploma.

GNTC serves four of the counties identified in the 10 county area: Chattooga, Murray, Polk and Whitfield. The initiative fosters a partnership between GNTC’s Adult Education Program and the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission Workforce Investment Agency to provide key services to students who are seeking a GED® diploma and employment.

For more information, contact participating GNTC Adult Learning Centers at:

  • Chattooga County (Summerville): 706-857-0771
  • Murray County (Chatsworth): 706-695-4641
  • Polk County (Rockmart): 770-684-7521
  • Whitfield County (Dalton): 706-272-2909

The Adult Education program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College served 3,245 students and graduated 699 students with a GED® diploma in Fiscal Year 2014. 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 Service®, 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.

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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