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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.

Coery Carlile (r) and Pete McDonald (l)

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.

GNTC’s Top Instructors

Congratulations to five very special GNTC instructors who have qualified as finalists for the 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year award at GNTC.

The instructors are:
Gail Bell – Gen. Ed., English
Zenia Bratton – Respiratory Care
Brittny Burns – Business Technology
Philip Shirley – Machine Tool Technology
Kevan Watkins – Gen. Ed., Psychology

The winner will be announced on February 2 during a ceremony at the Seven Hills Rotary Luncheon in Rome, Georgia. The college’s G.O.A.L. award winner for top student will also be presented at the ceremony.

GNTC In Run For State Titles In Atlanta This Week

Congrats to GNTC student and 2015 college GOAL winner, Alice Towe, left, and GNTC instructor and 2015 Perkins Award winner at GNTC, Allison Patnode on their run for the state title in their respective categories. The competitions come to a close this week in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch the social channels of GNTC and GNTC.edu for the very latest on developments from the competitions.

Alice Towe (right) Georgia Northwestern’s 2015 GOAL Winner and Allison Patnode (left) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC.
Alice Towe (right) Georgia Northwestern’s 2015 GOAL Winner and Allison Patnode (left) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC.

Towe and Patnode Named GNTC’s 2015 GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Winners

(Rome, Georgia) – Alice Towe has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2015 GOAL Winner and Allison Patnode has been named the college’s 2015 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

Alice Towe (right) Georgia Northwestern’s 2015 GOAL Winner and Allison Patnode (left) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC.
Alice Towe (right) Georgia Northwestern’s 2015 GOAL Winner and Allison Patnode (left) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC.

The winners were named during the Seven Hills Rotary Club meeting at Coosa Country Club on Tuesday, February 3. 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.

Christian Harrington of Walker County, who was chosen in December to represent GNTC at the EAGLE Leadership Institute, was also recognized during the meeting. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Towe, GNTC’s GOAL winner, is a Horticulture student at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus and was nominated by her instructor, Shannen Ferry. 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 Northwest Georgia.

“Alice is not only smart, carrying a GPA of 3.94, but she is also practical, service-oriented, fun, and engaging,” said Ferry. “Her work in Horticulture consumes most of her time when she is not in class.”

Towe received her GED from Georgia Northwestern and is a horticulture work study student, a floral design intern for Bussey’s Florist and Gifts, and a garden sales associate for Home Depot. She has served as a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and as editor of Old Red Kimono Literary Magazine at Georgia Highlands College.

Towe remains very active in the community by performing volunteer work for numerous organizations including the Road to Recovery Program, American Cancer Society; project manager, Clock Tower Hill Garden Renovation in Rome; volunteer, GNTC Plant Sale; member of the Student Government, Georgia Highlands College; volunteer, Thanksgiving Love Feast; volunteer, Rome Humane Society; and parade judge, Rome Humane Society.

“Technical education offers quality, affordable, and convenient education that not only prepares students for the future, but also provides real-world job skills through hands-on training,” said Towe. “Opportunities, including work study; internship; and community projects gives students a foundation on which to build, as well as a direction in which to aim.”

As the 2015 GOAL Winner for Georgia Northwestern, Towe will move to the regional competition and if she is 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’s) GOAL winner for 2015 and recipient of the GOAL medallion. The 2015 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 Chevrolet will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.

Allison Patnode, instructor of Dental Assisting on the Gordon County Campus, was selected as GNTC’s 2015 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year.

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

“I chose to teach at Georgia Northwestern Technical College to give others an opportunity to learn a skill that they can take into the workforce and provide themselves with a future that no one can take away,” said Patnode.

Patnode has been an instructor at GNTC since 2001. Prior to joining GNTC, she was a dental assistant for Hortman Carney Dental and a gymnastics instructor for Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority.

Patnode received a diploma in Dental Assisting and an Associate’s of Applied Science in Health from Coosa Valley Technical College in 2007, where she was named most outstanding Dental Assisting student. She received Magna Cum Laude honors when she earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Reinhart University in 2013. Patnode is certified as a dental assistant, an expanded functions dental assistant, and in dental radiography. She is also a contributor to the Floyd County Baptist Association Free Dental Clinic.

As GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, Patnode 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 2015 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 winners to represent GNTC were 2013 Rick Perkin’s winner, Troy Peco; 2004 Rick Perkin’s winner, Beverly Padgett; and 1993 GOAL winner, Robin Hood Hutson.

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 16,000 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.

Towe, Patnode To Represent GNTC On Regional Level

Congratulations to Alice Towe (GOAL) and Allison Patnode (Perkins) for winning the 2015 top student and instructor awards for Georgia Northwestern Technical College, respectively. The announcements were made at a ceremony at the February Rotarian meeting in Rome, Georgia at the Coosa Country Club today. Both will now take part on the regional level. Good luck to both of our big winners!!!

GNTC Instructors Nominated For Perkins Award

Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have nominated 9 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 2015 award, including (left to right) instructors name and program.

Graceful Beam, Business Management.
Gail Bell, General Education, English.
Melissa Blevins, Adult Education.
Beverly Fritts, Practical Nursing.
Michael Meyer, Air Conditioning Technology.
Allison Patnode, Dental Assisting.
Donna Pierce, Adult Education.
Dwight Watt, Networking Specialist.
Kevan Watkins, General Education, Psychology.

“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 2015 Rick Perkins winner and move on to the regional competition.

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 16,000 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’s Top Instructors Take Headlines

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Peco, Holmes make news in Atlanta, Georgia this week during Rick Perkins (Instructor of the Year) ceremony. Troy Peco is the reigning instructor of the year. Donny Holmes is one of the final nine contestants for this year’s honor. Peco is the Automotive Technology Director at GNTC. Holmes is the Construction Management Director at GNTC.

Troy Peco, GNTC Instructor and TCSG Instructor of the Year

Speaks to the House and Senate at Georgia’s Capitol

Georgia Northwestern Automotive Technology Director Troy Peco speaking to House
Georgia Northwestern Automotive Technology Director Troy Peco speaking to House

(Atlanta, GA) – Troy Peco, director of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Automotive Technology program recently addressed both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly as part of an invitation resolution for being named the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Instructor of the Year.

Peco began the day by speaking to the House of Representatives about the value of a technical education.

“Since working at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, I have learned the true power of technical education and have learned that TCSG helps so many people in the state,” said Peco. “The skilled workforce that TCSG provides to business and industry allows us to be a player in the global market.”

Peco was joined on stage by Ron Jackson, Commissioner of TCSG; Pete McDonald, President of GNTC; State Representatives from districts in GNTC’s service area; his wife Kim; and son’s Alex and Anthony.

After speaking to the House of Representatives, Peco went across the hall of the Capitol Building to address members of the Senate and discuss the technical college’s role in economic development.

“In my seven years living in the state, I have seen companies like KIA, Baxter, and Caterpillar move their corporate and manufacturing facilities to this state,” said Peco. “One thing I know for sure is whether it is a nurse, an electronics technician, or an automotive technician, a TCSG graduate plays a pivotal role in making Georgia great.”

Peco received a standing ovation from Members of the Senate after his closing remarks.

“I am true believer in how technical education can take a returning veteran like me, a person that has been recently laid off, or a young high school graduate and provide them with an affordable education that can give them a career with no limits.” said Peco. “Supporting the Technical College System of Georgia and its students is a wise investment for the people of Georgia and its future.”

Prior to the Legislative Sessions, the Foundation at GNTC sponsored a breakfast in the Capitol Building so members of the House and Senate could meet Peco and speak with Pete McDonald, President of GNTC.

Some of the members of the Georgia General Assembly that attended the breakfast included Sen. Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton), Rep. Bruce Broadrick (R-Dalton), Rep. John Deffenbaugh (R-Lookout Mountain), Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome), Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee), Rep. John Meadows (R-Calhoun), Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), and Rep. Steve Tarvin (R-Chickamauga).

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 16,000 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.

GNTC’s Peco Donates His State Top Teacher Prize To School

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GNTC To Start “Team With Troy” Automotive Scholarship Program

(Rock Spring, GA) – Just one week after winning the honor of the State of Georgia’s top technical college instructor, Troy Peco turned a local reception Thursday into a brand new scholarship possibility for Northwest Georgia students.

The Technical College System of Georgia named Peco the Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year last Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of his prize package, Peco received a $1,000 award.

With the summer approaching, that could help fund a vacation, pay for tires on the family car, or do some work around his North Georgia home. However, Peco decided to practice what he preaches.

“He always talks about how important it is to give back to the community. Troy felt this was the perfect opportunity to give back to our students,” said Georgia Northwestern Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel. Peco announced Thursday to more than 100 faculty, staff, and friends at the reception that he would be donating the $1,000 prize to start the “Team With Troy” Automotive Technology Scholarship Program available only at Georgia Northwestern. The gift will be available through the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation.

Peco has served as the college’s Automotive Technology Director on the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern since 2006. “We have some really great young men and women come through this program,” said Peco. “But, for one reason or another, they have a hard time paying for some of the tools they need to succeed in the program. I wanted to help them change all of that.”

Before the accolades and praises were handed down this past week, Peco was already finding ways to have an impact on the community. His past eight years of training and graduating students ready to perform successfully in automotive technology has left a real influence in the region.

Steven Hanshaw has been with Dalton’s Brooker Chevrolet since 2003. The Georgia dealership’s Service Manager says he was not surprised by Troy’s decision. “He’s the right man in the right job at the right time,” said Hanshaw. “His training and this scholarship benefits the community. It benefits the consumer, too. Better training means better efficiency which means better service at a better price.”

Hanshaw, a 1977 graduate of the same college, has returned the favor himself by bringing in Georgia Northwestern graduates to work in the Brooker Ford service department. “The students Troy sends are extremely qualified,” said Hanshaw. “They are flat out interested in the automobile, in general. Troy has been great for these young students. The fact to remember with all of this is that his work with our students in the area is going to add up to real relief when it comes to fixing their cars and trucks. That applies to the bill they pay for repair and the quality of repair they are getting. Everyone benefits.”

Anyone interested in contributing to the “Team With Troy” Tools Scholarship Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College can contact GNTC Office of Institutional Advancement Director Jason Gamel by e-mailing to jgamel@gntc.edu or calling 706-764-3810.

Judging for the Rick Perkins Award begins at the 25 Technical College System of Georgia Colleges and a Board of Regents college with a technical division. Next, a regional competition narrows the field to nine finalists. Judges choose the top instructor based on criteria that include teaching experience, use of innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong devotion to the technical education mission of the TCSG.

For the next year, Peco will serve as the TCSG ambassador for technical education instruction. He will make numerous appearances around Georgia and speak about the many education opportunities offered by the technical college system. He will also be honored by the Georgia General Assembly and receive a personal commendation from the Governor.

Last year, instructors at the 25 TCSG colleges educated and trained more than 170,000 students.

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