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GNTC’s Ramirez, Cooper Compete On State Level This Week

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Miguel Ramirez of Rome, Georgia is competing in Atlanta this week for the chance to win the Technical College System of Georgia’s top student award. Ramirez, a Business Management student at GNTC, first won the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (G.O.A.L.) honor for the college earlier this year. The win gave Ramirez the opportunity to compete across the state. State finalists will be announced later tonight. The state winner of the 2017 G.O.A.L. program will be announced Wednesday night.

 

FullSizeRGNTC Welding Instructor Jeremiah Cooper is also a finalist for the state’s 2017 Rick Perkins Award. The honor goes to the Technical College System of Georgia’s top instructor. Cooper is competing in Atlanta this week, as well. The state winner of the Perkins Award will also be announced Wednesday night.

Stay tuned to the website and social networks of Georgia Northwestern Technical College for the very latest on Ramirez and Cooper as they represent GNTC in competition against the best and the brightest in the state of Georgia.

 

 

Miguel Ramirez and Jeremiah Cooper Named GNTC’s 2017 GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Winners

Miguel Ramirez, a Business Management student from Rome, was named Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner and Jeremiah Cooper, a Welding and Joining Technology instructor from Ringgold, was selected as the college’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

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Miguel Ramirez, (right) a Business Management student from Rome, was named GNTC’s 2017 GOAL winner and Jeremiah Cooper (left), a Welding and Joining Technology instructor from Ringgold, was selected as the college’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome, and the GNTC Student Leadership Council.
Emily Connell, a resident of Ringgold who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute, was also recognized during the banquet. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

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Emily Connell, a resident of Ringgold who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute

Ramirez, GNTC’s GOAL winner, is a student at the Floyd County Campus and was nominated by his instructor, Gerald McFry, director of the Business Management program.

 

“Miguel always worked hard and excelled at everything he was involved in,” said McFry. “He has never made anything less than an A in every class he has taken.”

 

He was selected from a group of four semi-finalists for his presentation on technical education by a panel of judges representing business, industry, and higher education in the Northwest Georgia region.

 

Members of the GOAL judging panel were Mark Cochran, owner, Cevian Design Lab; Gary Majestic, general manager, Commercial Fluid Power; Nancy Smith, owner, N.L. Smithworks, LLC; Brian Smith, account manager, Logical Systems, Inc.; and Kathy Waters, key account manager, Georgia Power Company.

 

Ramirez is currently an Appliance Performer Instructor at Lowes, Inc., and received the Platinum Performer Award from Lowes in 2016. He has volunteered for the Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16, and for Keep Rivers Alive, 2008-09. He was also member of Kiwanis Club, Polk Youth Leadership, Beta Club, Keep Polk Beautiful, and the National Honor Society.

 

During his junior year in high school, Ramirez had to drop out due to unexpected family events. He obtained his GED© diploma from Georgia Northwestern and went on to attend college at the Floyd County Campus.

 

“The benefits of attending a technical college are one of the reasons I decided to go back to school,” said Ramirez. “Technical college allows people to be prepared to enter the workforce without running up a lot of student debt.”

 

Ramirez has made the President’s List each semester at GNTC and has a 4.0 GPA. He works full time and goes to college full time.

 

“I had economic and personal obstacles that made me put a halt on my dreams of attending college,” said Ramirez. “Thankfully, we have technical colleges that have been designed to turn people’s dream into a reality.”

 

As the 2017 GOAL Winner for Georgia Northwestern, Ramirez will move to the regional competition and if chosen as a regional winner, he will compete at the state level against winners from the other regions of Georgia. He will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner for 2017 and recipient of the GOAL medallion. The 2017 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner will serve as TCSG’s student ambassador during a number of system and college functions throughout the year.

 

As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.

 

Jeremiah Cooper, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology on the Walker County Campus, was selected as GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

 

Cooper was chosen for his outstanding presentation about the value of technical education.

 

“Since my first day as a welding instructor at GNTC, I’ve been convinced that this is what I was put on earth to do,” said Cooper. “I wanted to be able to help people and to witness the evolution of a student in their pursuit of a career.”

 

Cooper has been an instructor at GNTC since 2013. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, he served as a welder and fabricator, Gentry Steel Inc., 2012-13; welder and fabricator, Wilson Fabrication, 2009-12; and as an instructor, Childcare Network, 2009-12.

 

“I’ve been here for 3 years as of January 1st and in that time we have documented over 70 former students working in the industry,” said Cooper. “That’s how we gauge our success as a program.”

 

His qualifications and certifications include: Welding and Joining Technology, diploma; Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Fabrication, certificate; Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Gas Metal Arc Welding, certificate; Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, certificate; National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Welding, certification; NCCER Welding Educator, certification; America Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Structural Steel Welding, certification; and AWS D1.5 Bridge Code Welding, certification.

 

Cooper is a member of SkillsUSA, the Youth Success Academy, Department of Labor, and the American Welding Society.

 

As GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Cooper will compete in the regional competition. If chosen as a regional winner, he will compete at the state level in the competition. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose one instructor to be the 2017 Technical College System of Georgia’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

 

The Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year. The last state winner to represent GNTC was 2013 Rick Perkin’s winner, Troy Peco, director of the Automotive Technology program.

 

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 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.

GNTC Names Semi-Finalists For 2017 GOAL Award

(Northwest Georgia) – Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Waddington, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.

Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (left to right) the student’s name, hometown, program of study, GNTC campus, and nominating instructor:

  • Storm Brunni, Rome, Marketing Management, Floyd County Campus, Mark Upton
  • Philip English, Flintstone, Automotive Technology, Walker County Campus, Troy Peco
  • Vicky McCullough, Rome, Business Technology, Floyd County Campus, Brittny Burns
  • Miguel Ramirez, Rome, Business Management, Floyd County Campus, Gerald McFry

 

 

“The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce,” said Waddington.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.

According to Waddington, a screening committee of administrators at GNTC selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors.

The four semi-finalists will advance to a second round of judging at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce where a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders from the community will interview and evaluate the students and select one to be the college’s 2017 GOAL winner. The student judged most outstanding will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at noon at the Coosa County Club.

The GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon is sponsored by The Seven Hills Rotary Club, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

All college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 21 colleges of TCSG as well as the Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division. Three finalists from the region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2017 statewide GOAL winner.

The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia. They will make many public appearances throughout the year, including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor, and other the TCSG functions.

As the grand prize, a new automobile will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.

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.

Sights from the 2016 State G.O.A.L., Rick Perkins competition in Atlanta, Georgia

GNTC’s Corey Carlile and Brittny Burns Named as Regional Finalists For the 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year Awards

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Corey Carlile (left) Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 GOAL Winner and Brittny Burns (right) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC pose for a picture with Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday. Judges selected both Carlile and Burns as regional finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year awards.


(Atlanta, GA)
– Corey Carlile, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, and Brittny Burns, Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, were both named as regional finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year awards.

 

The finalists were announced during a banquet honoring the system’s most outstanding instructors and students from the state’s 22 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical division, at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 19.

 

The State Goal winner and State Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year will be named at the GOAL and Rick Perkins banquet tonight (April 20). A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner and Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for 2016.

 

The Student of the Year and Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year will both serve as ambassadors of technical education in Georgia and will make many public appearances during a number of system and college functions.

 

As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner. The Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

 

Carlile, a Marketing student from Aragon, is on the President’s List and is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at Georgia Northwestern. She received her high school diploma from Woodland High School in Cartersville, where she served on the yearbook team and as a student mentor for the Peer Facilitator Program.

 

“The faculty at Georgia Northwestern are amazing,” said Carlile. “They are extremely passionate about what they do and very energetic, which rubs off on the students.”

 

Carlile remains very active in the community by performing volunteer work for numerous organizations including: volunteer, American Cancer Society Relay for Life; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament Championship Game; and top sales, Advocates for Children Duck Derby.

 

Brittny Burns, a Business Technology instructor from Kennesaw, has been an instructor at GNTC since 2010. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, she was a student representative for the Office of Development at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va. and a nuclear medicine intern at Sentara Healthcare and Bon Secours Health Systems.

 

“Technical education is essential to our local workforce,” said Burns. “As instructors, we have the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and our community.”

 

A Summa Cum Laude student, Burns received her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from ODU. As an undergraduate student, she served as vice president of the student ambassadors for the Student Government Organization and as director of Campus Outreach and Development of T.R.U.S.T., Inc., a community service organization.

 

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

 

Burns is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and also currently a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. She was an intern for the Business School Alliance for Health Management and is a certified technologist by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

 

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’s Top Cats Address TCSG Reps

(Atlanta, GA) – GNTC’s 2016 G.O.A.L. (top student) winner Corey Carlile, left, and GNTC’s 2016 Rick Perkins (top instructor) winner Brittny Burns addressed representatives from colleges and members of the Technical College System of Georgia during opening orientation for the 2016 G.O.A.L./Rick Perkins competition today. Both are being considered for the State of Georgia’s top student and top instructor awards for 2016.

Both GNTC winners previously competed against the winners from other colleges in their northern region of the Technical College System of Georgia. The top finalists for the state competition will be announced in a ceremony tonight at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gallery: GNTC’s Top Student, Instructor Compete For Slot At State

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Sights from the regional level of the G.O.A.L. (top student) and Rick Perkins (top instructor) Competitions held at Lanier Tech March 1. Seen here are, from left, GNTC Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year Brittny Burns, GNTC Board of Director Jay Henry, and GNTC G.O.A.L. Award Student of the Year Corey Carlile. Henry, Director of Operations Support at Shaw Industries, served as a regional G.O.A.L. Award judge yesterday. Both GNTC winners competed against the winners from other colleges in our region of the Technical College System of Georgia. The top finalists for the state competition will be announced in a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia in April.
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TCSG G.O.A.L. Coordinator Dawn Schmeelk, left, congratulates Corey Carlile for her performance during the regional level of the G.O.A.L. competition held at Lanier Tech March 1.
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TCSG Perkins Award coordinator Dawn Schmeelk, left, congratulates GNTC instructor Brittny Burns for her performance during the regional level of the Rick Perkins competition (for top instructor) held at Lanier Tech March 1.
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Seen here from the regional level of the G.O.A.L. (top student) and Rick Perkins (top instructor) competition are, from left, GNTC Perkins Award Coordinator Beverly Padgett, 2016 GNTC Perkins Award winner Brittny Burns, GNTC Marketing Program Director, Corey Carlile, 2016 GNTC G.O.A.L. award winner, and GNTC G.O.A.L. Coordinator Dione Waddington.

Corey Carlile and Brittny Burns Named GNTC’s 2016 GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Winners

Corey Carlile (r) and Brittny Burns (l)
Corey Carlile (right) Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 GOAL Winner and Brittny Burns (left) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC.

 

(Rome, Georgia) – Corey Carlile, a Marketing student from Aragon, has been named Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner and Brittny Burns, a Business Technology instructor from Kennesaw, was selected as the college’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

 

The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The awards were sponsored and presented by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Seven Hills Rotary Club of Rome, and the GNTC Student Leadership Council.

 

Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County, who was chosen in December to represent Georgia Northwestern at the EAGLE Leadership Institute, was also recognized during the banquet. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

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Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC and Corey Carlile (right), GNTC’s 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner.

Carlile, GNTC’s GOAL winner, is a student at the Floyd County Campus and was nominated by her instructor, Mark Upton, director of the Marketing program. She was selected from a group of four semi-finalists for her presentation on technical education by a panel of judges representing business, industry, and higher education in the Northwest Georgia region.

 

“Corey is a diligent student, personable, a leader, and a mentor to other students in the classroom,” said Upton.

 

Carlile is on the President’s List and is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at Georgia Northwestern. She received her High School diploma from Woodland High School in Cartersville, where she served on the Yearbook team and as a student mentor for the Peer Facilitator program.

 

“The faculty at Georgia Northwestern are amazing,” said Carlile. “They are extremely passionate about what they do and very energetic, which rubs off on the students.”

 

She is currently a Teller II for First Citizens Bank and has served as a receptionist at Walk-in MD, a Teller II for Hamilton State Bank, and as a Teller I for Family Savings Credit Union.

 

Carlile remains very active in the community by performing volunteer work for numerous organizations including: volunteer, American Cancer Society Relay for Life; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament Championship Game; and top sales, Advocates for Children Duck Derby.

 

As the 2016 GOAL Winner for Georgia Northwestern, Carlile will move to the regional competition and if chosen as a regional winner, she will compete at the state level against winners from the other regions of Georgia. She will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner for 2016 and recipient of the GOAL medallion. The 2016 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner will serve as TCSG’s student ambassador during a number of system and college functions throughout the year.

 

As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.

 

Brittny Burns (r) and Pete McDonald (l)
Pete McDonald (left), president of GNTC, and Brittny Burns (right), Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

Brittny Burns, instructor of Business Technology on the Floyd County Campus, was selected as GNTC’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

 

Burns was chosen for her outstanding presentation about the value of technical education.

 

“Technical education is essential to our local workforce,” said Burns. “As instructors we have the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and our community.”

 

Burns has been an instructor at GNTC since 2010. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, she was a student representative for the Office of Development at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va. and a nuclear medicine intern at Sentara Healthcare and Bon Secours Health Systems.

 

A Summa Cum Laude student, Burns received her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from ODU. As an undergraduate student, she served as vice president of the student ambassadors for the Student Government Organization and as director of Campus Outreach and Development of T.R.U.S.T., Inc. a community service organization.

 

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

 

Burns is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and also currently a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. She was an intern for the Business School Alliance for Health Management and is a certified technologist by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

 

As GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Burns will compete in the regional competition. If chosen as a regional winner, she will compete at the state level in the competition. A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose one instructor to be the 2016 Technical College System of Georgia’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

 

The Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year. The last state winner to represent GNTC was 2013 Rick Perkin’s winner, Troy Peco, director of the Automotive Technology program.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s 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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