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Georgia Northwestern Honors First All-American Student-Athlete

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s first NJCAA All-American Matt Woods, center, receives his national honor from Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel, shown left, and Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson.”

Dade’s Matt Woods Receives NJCAA Recognition For Court, Class

 (Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern honors its first collegiate All-American in point guard and pre-nursing student Matt Woods. The National Junior College Athletic Association named Woods to the nationally-recognized team as a result of his performance on and off the court in 2011-12.

                The second-year starter from Dade County, Georgia met with Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel and Bobcat Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson to officially receive the honor. “Matt is an amazing young man who has represented this college, his family, and himself extremely well,” said Dr. McDaniel. “

                Earning a 3.94 grade point average, scoring six points, and dishing out four assists per game, this year’s team captain and starting point guard was an easy choice for the NJCAA honor. “He handled his business well at Georgia Northwestern,” said Stephenson. “His stats were steady on the court. However, it was his ability to stay calm under pressure and still get the job done that was always most impressive.”

                Three years ago, Woods earned another honor. This time, the recognition would be for his service to the country. He served a year-long tour of duty in Iraq. Woods would earn a Combat Action Badge for his heroism in a grenade attack on his patrol. An assailant had just dropped an anti-tank grenade near fellow troops on patrol and quickly ran away. “We could have shot him shortly before, but there was a school behind him so we had to chase him down and pull him out of some nearby huts.”

                Woods will be continuing his academic career by attending the nursing school at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this fall. For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to

Georgia Northwestern Technical College 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. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

$50,000 Donation from AT&T Will Help Low-Income Students Pay GED® Test Fees

Atlanta – Georgia’s adult learners who can’t afford the cost of a GED test are getting some big help from AT&T.

The telecommunications giant has donated $50,000 to the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to create GED testing scholarships for qualified, low-income students. The fund will be administered through the TCSG Office of Adult Education, which manages the state’s GED instruction and testing programs.

Sylvia Russell, the president of AT&T Georgia, presented the check to TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson during the meeting of the TCSG State Board on February 2, 2012. Russell is also a member of the TCSG board, which is responsible for overseeing the policies and procedures for Georgia’s technical colleges and their technical education, adult education and workforce training programs.

“I know first-hand the strong track record of the Technical College System of Georgia and the great work they’re doing to create a strong workforce,” said Russell. “We’re proud to play a role in their efforts to support adult education in our state.”   

Jackson thanked Russell for AT&T’s generosity and the company’s desire to help less-fortunate Georgians use adult education to improve their lives and standing in their communities. “This donation by AT&T could not have come at a more important time,” said Jackson. “The challenging economic conditions and rising costs have forced many of Georgia’s adult learners to put off or even forego taking their GED test, which means that they’re giving up on an opportunity that could lead to a better job and more promising career.  Now, thanks to AT&T, some very deserving adult learners will be able to pay their fees and take the GED test in the coming year.”  


The donation will create an opportunity for almost 800 low-income Georgians to receive a $65 voucher to be used toward the cost of the full GED test. To be considered for the award, the learner must attend a state-approved adult education class and have a minimum score of 500 on each of the five GED practice exams that cover reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics.


Currently, Georgians pay $95 to take the full battery of GED tests. The cost is expected to rise in the spring when a new, computer-based test is deployed in collaboration with the national GED Testing Service in Washington. The TCSG will announce the new fee in the coming months.


There are 1.2 million adults in Georgia who do not have a high school or GED diploma. Last year, the TCSG Office of Adult Education served almost 82,000 Georgians through Adult Basic and Secondary Education and GED instruction and testing programs.


More than 19,000 of those adult learners passed the GED test and earned their GED diploma.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 Statistical Abstract, a person with a high school or GED diploma earns approximately $10,000 more annually than a person without those education credentials.   

Georgia Northwestern Growth Brings Traffic Expansion

Mullis, GNTC Lead Efforts In Handling Record Growth

(Rock Spring, Georgia) – Record growth at Georgia Northwestern Technical College has Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis showcasing one of many road improvements taking place in Northwest Georgia this week. A new turn lane, crosswalks and signage, and traffic signals to help control the flow of traffic in and out of the region’s largest college are now in place in Rock Spring, Georgia.
“We needed this because of the rapidly growing numbers at the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern and for the community which runs behind the college,” said Mullis. “We’ve had several accidents over the years, so safety is the main concern. Plus, the large amounts of traffic trying to access the college on a daily basis really makes this kind of improvement a must.”
Georgia Northwestern has five campuses which service Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield Counties. “This is our largest campus enrollment-wise,” said Dr. Craig McDaniel, President of Georgia Northwestern. “Right now, there is only one way in and one way out of the campus. It was critical to handle this growth.”
GNTC educates 10,000 students every year through on-campus or online class offerings in more than 200 different programs. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, GNTC made a transition to semester terms this fall after more than 45 years of offering courses during quarter terms.
In his 23rd year with the college, GNTC Provost Jeff King has seen a lot of changes at the college. “We are all excited about the growth and the support of the community and our leaders in this expansion,” said King. “Adding these safety measures is just the main step in taking care of our students and our neighbors in this community.” King, along with McDaniel and Mullis, has also been instrumental in plans to open a sixth campus in Catoosa County in the near future.
Mullis, in his sixth two-year term as the state senator representing Georgia’s 53rd district, also serves as the chairman of Georgia’s Senate Transportation Committee. Late in 2010, Mullis along with other Georgia leaders took part in a statewide transportation summit which discussed transportation growth across the Peach State. Among the topics that summit showcased was the latest hopes for a high-speed rail project which would service many regions across Georgia.
Approximately 23,383 people a year benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making Georgia Northwestern the largest college in Northwest Georgia. For more information on the expansion at Georgia Northwestern, call 706-764-3813 for the latest details. Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Fowler and Stitzer Named for Top Honors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Morgan Fowler has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2011 GOAL Winner and Bea Stitzer has been named the college’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

The honors were made during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on March 1, 2011. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce, Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, Polk County Chamber of Commerce, Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Seven Hills Rotary Club.

A criminal justice student, Fowler was nominated by her instructor, Tyler Gayan.  Gayan said that Fowler is a model example of how a student should display their work ethics.

“Morgan is constantly serving as a source of information for other students and is always willing to lend a helping hand,” said Gayan. “Other students see her as a class leader and someone who can be trusted. Younger students often seek her advice for matters both inside and outside the classroom.”

Fowler said she chose technical education because it provides a quick transition from the classroom to the workplace and offers the flexibility that she needed with her busy schedule.

Morgan aspires to be a juvenile probation officer and eventually work for the FBI.

“I chose criminal justice because I wanted to help people but in a different way than a nurse or doctor helps a patient,” stated Fowler. “A juvenile offender usually needs that one special person in their life pushing them in the right direction. If I can be that one person that makes a difference in that child’s life than I know I am doing my job correctly.”

As GNTC’s 2011 GOAL Winner, Fowler will now proceed to regional preliminary judging. If chosen as one of the nine finalists, three from each region, then Fowler will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in May where, for two-days, she will compete with GOAL finalists from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2011 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. The grand prize also includes a new Chevrolet Cruze courtesy of Chevrolet.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s technical colleges as well as the two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.

Other GOAL finalists from GNTC include Janoah Hill, Vascular Technology; Misty Ledford, Early Childhood Care and Education; and Laura Rankin, Radiologic Technology.

GNTC’s 2011 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Bea Stitzer, has been an instructor at Georgia Northwestern for eight years. As the director and coordinator of Early Childhood Care and Education and assistant dean of Public Service Technologies, Stitzer has made her imprint on all areas of GNTC including supervising, advising, and assisting adjunct instructors and students.

“My years of experience in teaching pre-kindergarten through college level classes have helped me develop a wide range of skills that have made me a dynamic teacher,” commented Stitzer. “My classes have been described as creative, stimulating, and just plain fun.”

“In my opinion, Mrs. Stitzer is the perfect model for a teacher in a school where she shines in her area of expertise,” stated Candice Mickler, GNTC student. “She is a highly dedicated professional who knows how to motivate her students to strive for excellence. She has played a major role in helping me choose a career in education.”

Stitzer chose to teach in a technical education setting for many reasons. “It gives me an opportunity to give back to the next generation in a very tangible way,” said Stitzer. “Technical education combines knowledge with practical application, creating a perfect learning environment for future educators. My goal is to inspire students to become lifelong learners and cultivate a passion for teaching.”

“Bea’s enthusiasm in the classroom and care for her students shines and I watch and admire her instructional delivery,” commented Tom Bojo, GNTC dean of Public Service Technologies. “It is quite obvious that she loves her students and her job.”

As GNTC’s 2011 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Stitzer will proceed to regional preliminary judging. If chosen as one of the six finalists, two from each region, Stitzer will compete with finalists from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2011 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Other Rick Perkin’s finalists from GNTC include Susan Stephens, Cosmetology; Paulette Leon, Business Administrative Technologies and Management Supervisory; Susan Kendrick, Early Childhood Care and Education; Doug Cooper, Accounting; and Troy Peco, Automotive Technology.

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death. The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

The last state winners to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College were 2004 Rick Perkin’s winner, Beverly Padgett, and 1993 GOAL winner, Robin Hood Hutson.

GNTC would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees for an exceptional job.

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