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GNTC Holds Appreciation Luncheon Commemorating Success with Move On When Ready Program

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GNTC held a High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program to show gratitude to the faculty and staff from area high schools within the college’s nine county service area. More than 70 high school counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools in the northwest Georgia region took part in the luncheon.

 

(Calhoun, Georgia)Georgia Northwestern Technical College recently held a High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program to show gratitude to the faculty and staff from area high schools for their contribution to GNTC’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment Program.


The program took place at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. More than 60 high school counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools in the northwest Georgia region took part in the luncheon.

 

During the program, information was provided about various high school initiatives, the results of the MOWR Program, and other key partnerships in GNTC’s nine county service area.

 

Georgia’s Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

 

For three consecutive years, GNTC has had the largest number of MOWR 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 program began with a welcome from Pete McDonald, president of GNTC. McDonald thanked the attendees for their part in GNTC’s success with the MOWR program and discussed other upcoming TCSG initiatives to benefit high school students.

 

“The State of Georgia is working on an apprenticeship model that is more of a European approach,” said McDonald. “Employers want people with skills and we all need to work together on career pathways for students to succeed.”

 

Kristi Hart, director of High School Initiatives, discussed some of the highlights from Georgia Northwestern’s MOWR Dual Enrollment Program.

 

“Our growth is still over 30% from last spring to this spring and we had 3,038 students enrolled in Move On When Ready,” said Hart. “These students have taken 32,880 credit hours.”

 

Other speakers at the luncheon were David Stephenson, athletic coordinator at GNTC; and Jason Gamel, director of Institutional Advancement at GNTC. The program ended with a special thank you from Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at Georgia Northwestern.

 

“We truly appreciate the partnerships we have with each school system across our nine counties and we could not do this without you,” said Phillips. “The benefits these students receive is all because of these relationships.”

 

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.

GNTC Qualifies 11 For National Pro Skills Competition

Calhoun’s Harp, Aragon’s Carlile Makes Repeat Trip For Georgia Northwestern

 

 

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“Members of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Phi Beta Lambda team competing in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend stopped for a picture. In the front row, from left, are Jonathan Herrera, Demonte Parker, Jalen Hamilton, Miguel Ramirez, Cage Gary, Darius Fugh, Brett Notabartolo, Ronal Bueso, Nicholas Post, and Bryan Tapia. Standing, from left, are Cynthia Kirk, Allie Long, Brandy LeVan, Corey Carlile, Amanda Teeters, Selena Spivey, Sprite Dyer, Jennifer Sandoval, Meagan Casker, Melisa Fajardo, and Elisabeth Harp.”

 

(Atlanta, GA) – After qualifying six national qualifiers for the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference (NLC) competition last year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) raised the bar for 2017. After the state PBL competition wrapped up in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend, the Bobcats would find themselves planning 11 trips to nationals in Anaheim, California June 24-27.

GNTC would take home 19 state awards for their business skill knowledge and career-related performances in Atlanta, Georgia. Competitions against the best in the state tested the understanding of career paths which included everything from Accounting to Website Design.

All entries at the state competition which placed first or second in performance events, as well as all entries which placed first, second, or third in written events, qualified for competition at the NLC event in California this summer.

Bobcats qualifying from GNTC’s team for the West Coast trip are Corey Carlile of Aragon, Georgia in Small Business Management Plan (1st); Nicholas Post of LaFayette, Georgia, Cage Gary of Ringgold, Georgia, and Brett Notabartolo of Trion, Georgia in Management Analysis and Decision-Making Team Event (1st); Gary and Notabartolo in Marketing Analysis and Decision-Making (1st); Ronal Bueso of Dalton, Georgia and Jonathan Herrera of Dalton, Georgia in Business Sustainability Team Event (1st); Miguel Ramirez of Rome, Georgia in Management Concepts (1st); Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia in Organizational Leadership (2nd); Selena Spivey of Dalton, Georgia in Computer Animation (2nd); Elisabeth Harp of Calhoun, Georgia and Amanda Teeters of Chickamauga, Georgia for Desktop Publishing Team Event (2nd); and Harp in Networking Concepts (3rd).

Harp and Carlile are making a repeat appearance on the national stage. Both qualified to compete at the national competition in 2016. Harp placed ninth in the nation in Computer Concepts. Three years ago, Dalton, Georgia’s Mario Trejo from GNTC took home the nation’s top spot in the Justice Administration category.

Other categories GNTC placed in at the State PBL Competition were; Hospitality Management Team Event (3rd) by Melisa Fajardo of Dalton, Georgia and Bueso; Business Communications (3rd) by Ramirez; Help Desk (3rd) by Fajardo; Future Business Executive (4th) by Jalen Hamilton of Rome, Georgia; Computer Concepts (4th) by Teeters; Statistical Analysis (4th) by Long; Accounting For Professionals (5th) and Accounting Principles (5th) by Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia; Sales Presentation (5th) by Corey, and Management Concepts (5th) by Meagan Casker of Calhoun, Georgia.

“We had a solid team in Atlanta,” said GNTC PBL Advisor Dione Waddington. “Almost doubling our number of national qualifiers from last year just proves how much this group has grown. We could see multiple winners at nationals.” Also participating from GNTC at the state PBL event were Demonte Parker, Darius Fugh, Sprite Dyer, Bryan Tapia, Jennifer Sandoval, and Brandy LeVan.

PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. Students will participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events at the NLC. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the professional skills organizations.

 
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda professional skills association, you can call the college at 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.

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.

Ramirez, Cooper Take Stage In Atlanta

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The Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Gretchen Corbin, center, poses with GNTC’s 2017 G.O.A.L. (top student) winner Miguel Ramirez, left, and GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins Award (top instructor) winner Jeremiah Cooper.
They are taking part in the statewide competitions in Atlanta, Georgia this week. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
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Dental Assisting Grad Wins Scholarship

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Kasey Southerlin, a graduate of the Polk County Campus Dental Assisting Program, received a Dental Assisting scholarship from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on March 25.
Kasey was pampered with a complimentary hotel room, complete with breakfast and a parking pass. She was recognized in front of Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants from all over the state. Way to go Kasey! We are so proud of you!

GNTC Culinary Is Proud To Present… Your Lunch!

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The Culinary Arts Program proudly presents…
…your International Luncheon Buffets!

That’s right! Chef Greg Paulson and his Culinary Arts Program are cordially inviting YOU to be their guest for their International Luncheon Buffets presented on Tuesdays during spring semester 2017!

It all begins March 21 in the Woodlee Culinary Arts Facility on the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

The Menus For Our 2017 International Cuisine Buffets:

Tuesday, March 21 Mexican Cuisine
Tuesday, April 4 Italian Cuisine
Tuesday, April 11 French Cuisine
Tuesday, April 18 German Cuisine
Tuesday, April 25 Greek, Turkey, and Crete Cuisine
Tuesday, May 2 Chinese and Japanese Cuisine
Reservations are REQUIRED!

To book your seat, call Chef Greg Paulson at 706.295.6880 and let him know what day you wish to attend and how many will be in attendance. If you do not make a reservation ahead of time, any available seats will be awarded first come, first serve. The Woodlee Culinary Arts Facility is a memorable setting for these events. But please, know that these events at Woodlee can sell out quickly. So, make your reservations as soon as possible!

*Admission: $6! (Only cash or personal check will be accepted!)
*All guests are asked to arrive between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m. for lunch service.
*Each service begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Remember, the meals are not àla carte, but a planned buffet.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institute.

Meet GNTC’s 2017 G.O.A.L. Winner, Candidate For Top Student In State

Meet Georgia Northwestern’s 2017 G.O.A.L. winner and candidate for the top student in the Technical College System of Georgia!
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GNTC Instructors Nominated for Rick Perkins Award

(Northwest Georgia) – Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have nominated five of their peer instructors for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.

 

The Rick Perkins Award 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.

 

Listed are the nominees for the 2017 award, including (left to right) instructors name and program.

 

  • Jeremiah Cooper, Welding and Joining Technology
  • Tom Rittweger, General Education, Math
  • Ron Vick, Computer Information Systems
  • Kevan Watkins, General Education, Psychology
  • Dwight Watt, Computer Information Systems

 

 

“We are fortunate at Georgia Northwestern Technical College to have instructors who care so much about the students and the learning process,” said Beverly Padgett, GNTC Rick Perkins Coordinator. “These nominees continuously go beyond what is expected of them to not only meet but to surpass the needs of their students. Commitment is a part of who these instructors are and it is evident in the relationships they have with their students.”

 

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 programs through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

 

A screening committee of administrators at GNTC reviewed each of the nominated instructors and conducted personal interviews with the nominees. From the screening committee interviews, a winner will be chosen to represent the college as GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins winner and move on to the regional competition.

 

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.

Bobcats Back On Campus

Welcome back, Bobcats!
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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.

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