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Fifth Anniversary of Inaugural Perfect Season

Georgia Northwestern Honors Accomplishments Of First Team, Program


            Heading into the weekend, Georgia Northwestern has just eight games left to improve its seeding in the NJCAA Region XVII tournament in March.  However, the Bobcat Men’s Basketball program will be honoring a different number during their game Saturday night. This season marks the fifth anniversary of the birth of the college’s first varsity program back in 2007.
            At halftime of the Bobcat basketball game versus Macon State Saturday, Georgia Northwestern will recognize and honor the members of the first team and its special accomplishment in that inaugural season. Tim McKeever (LFO), Brandon Harris and Nate Smith (LaFayette), Manny Davis (Ridgeland), Anthony Lumpkin (Ringgold), and Casey Day, Matt Hill, Dustin Rosser, and Bud Todd (Trion) made up the final squad for the first men’s roster for the college. This team went a perfect 11-0 for the pilot schedule.
            Many will remember that the college had a second squad in its first year, as well. Both helped set the stage for what is now known as NJCAA’s Region XVII Division III.
            The Cats games with Macon State tips-off at 6:30 p.m. with the tribute taking place at halftime. All GNTC’ers receive free admission with i.d.
            Be sure to come out and show your support of this special event.

Cats’ Stephenson Nearing Milestone; Lady Cats To Hold Info Session

            Northwestern Technical College. And it’s in season five atop the Bobcats staff where GNTC Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson may clinch his 500th career win in 2011-12. Next season will mark his 25th season of coaching basketball.

            Standing at 474 wins, the 44-year-old top cat at Georgia Northwestern will need to record 26 wins next season to hit the 500 win mark. “It’s a great number to think about,” said Stephenson. “However, I’m more impressed with the fact that this will be the five-year anniversary of the birth of our programs. We have come a long way and have worked hard for it. From the explosion of our intramural programs to the level of competition our varsity programs are now experiencing, Georgia Northwestern has become a true college life experience for the student-athlete on all levels.”

            Stephenson coached his first games in the fall of 1987 at Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “I coached elementary and JV squads at the school that year,” recalls Stephenson. “Now, a player who played for me in my second year when I coached varsity high school ball at Tennessee Temple in 1988-89 is now my assistant coach at Georgia Northwestern.” These days, Mark Wiedenbenner serves as Stephenson’s assistant coach for the Bobcats.

            Educating nearly 10,000 students across its four campuses and online over this past year, Georgia Northwestern currently offers men’s and women’s collegiate varsity basketball and women’s collegiate varsity volleyball. The Bobcats and Lady Cats will compete for a chance at regional and national titles this year in NJCAA’s Region XVII.

“This is a huge step,” said Stephenson, who also serves as the college athletic coordinator. “However, it means nothing if we don’t succeed at our first goal at GNTC which is to put people on the path to pursue careers. We only accept ‘student’ athletes into our programs. We realize these students will be working alongside us in the years to come. We want our people, our businesses, and our towns to grow stronger as a result.” All but two of Stephenson’s Bobcats from this past season were named to the All-Academic Team for the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association.


            Friday, June 10 at 11 a.m., the Lady Cats Basketball program will be holding an informational session for anyone who is interested in trying out for the 2011-2012 season. It will take place in the Administration Building on the Walker County Campus. The Lady Cats captured their state conference title in their pilot season of competition this past year.

            “We were blessed with a decent cast of Lady Cats on the floor by seasons’ end last year,” said Lady Cats Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “As we hit season two, we want to do it right. We hope it opens doors for anyone who may be interested. The information session on the (June) 10th is for anyone who has any questions whatsoever and may want to get to know the coaching staff.”

            Official tryouts for men’s and women’s varsity basketball at Georgia Northwestern will take place after the fall semester begins this August. Practices will begin October 1. Lady Cats Volleyball will soon announce its first dates for tryouts and scheduling in the coming weeks. All Cats Country athletic information is available on the website.

              For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Basketball and Lady Bobcats Volleyball programs at Georgia Northwestern, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813. You may also e-mail Don Foley in the Office of Sports Information at For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College, visit their website at




Spring Into Summer As The CATS CAST Roars Into June!

HOPE makes HUGE change for current GNTC’ers



One HUGE change to the new HOPE PROGRAM policies set to impact you this fall! Current students will now have until the end of FALL SEMESTER to complete their program or improve their GPA and still enjoy the current standards. The new policies say you have to maintain a 3.0 GPA to be HOPE eligible. That won’t begin until Spring Semester now!

Georgia Northwestern Qualifies Four For National Professional Competition in Orlando!

Pictured from left to right: Patty Hart, GNTC director of Economic Development; Kellie Garland; Corey Hash; Mary Beth McNeese; Phil Gregory; Melissa White; Johnathan Creamer; Terran Carlisle; Cho Miller; Autumn Brown; Ronald Brown; Ronda Rape, GNTC assistant director of Financial Aid; and Brandy Rhodes, GNTC assistant of Student Affairs. Not Pictured: Jocelyn Ridley.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College students took home honors in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) state competition. The competition was recently held in conjunction with the 2011 Georgia PBL State Leadership Conference at the The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Atlanta, Georgia.

Phi Beta Lambda, a division of Future Business Leaders of America, hosts annual state and national competitions that recognize and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

The Georgia PBL State Leadership Conference showcased students competing in business related leadership events including impromptu speaking, future business executive, job interviewing, public speaking, and sales presentations. Other competition areas covered topics consisting of principles of accounting for professionals, computer applications, business communication, business decision making, financial services, hospitality management, human resource management, and network design.

Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College placing in the competition included:

Johnathan Creamer, Floyd County Campus – 1st Place – Client Service & Public Speaking

Jocelyn Ridley, Walker County Campus- 1st Place – Word Processing

Philip Gregory, Walker County Campus – 1st Place – Web Site Design; 4th Place – Computer Applications

Ronald Brown, Walker County Campus – 2nd Place – Future Business Executive

Autumn Brown, Walker County Campus – 3rd Place – Future Business Executive

Cho Miller, Walker County Campus – 3rd Place – Impromptu Speaking; 4th Place – Public Speaking

Melissa White, Walker County Campus – 3rd Place – Job Interview; 4th Place – Financial Analysis

Terran Carlisle, Walker County Campus – 4th Place – Financial Concepts

Kellie Garland, Walker County Campus – 4th Place – Project Management

Corey Hash, Walker County Campus – 4th Place – Accounting Principles & Accounting Analysis and Decision Making

Four of GNTC’s winners will go on to compete in the PBL National Competition in Orlando, Florida in June including Creamer, Ridley, Gregory, and Ronald Brown.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions:

  1. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
  2. FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
  3. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and
  4. Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.

FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization.

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Georgia Northwestern Prepares For Spring Quarter, Finals

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Deadline to pay all fees for Georgia Northwestern Technical College for the Spring Quarter is one week from today on March 23.  Instructors are also holding finals next week on all four campuses and online. For more information on Sprinq Quarter and finals, be sure to speak with your advisor at your convenience.

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HOPE Stays Same For Spring, Deadline TODAY!

(Rome, GA) – If you are planning on attending any of the four campuses of Georgia Northwestern this Spring Quarter which begins on-campus and online April 4, the deadline to apply and test for admission is today. The best news is that the pending HOPE program changes will not impact the spring term!

Be sure to stop by you for all the information you’ll need.

This is the version of the HOPE bill that has passed by both House and Senate.

Enrollment on the Rise as Georgia Northwestern Technical College Enters Winter Quarter

Enrollment at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) continues to rise as the college enters winter quarter. Reports show the college enrolled 6,367 for winter 2011. This is an increase of 434 students (7.3%) over winter 2010 enrollment of 5,933.

“Our rate of growth is beginning to level off and hopefully it indicates a better job market,” commented Dr. Craig McDaniel, president of GNTC. “As we begin providing programs for the citizens of Whitfield and Murray Counties and later when we open our Catoosa County Campus, I anticipate our enrollment exceeding 8,000 students.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College has approximately 2,356 students enrolled at the Floyd County Campus, 955 at the Gordon County Campus, 318 at the Polk County Campus, and 2,738 at the Walker County Campus.

GNTC has 3,246 students enrolled full time and 3,121 enrolled part time at the college.

The number of GNTC students enrolled in online classes continues to soar as well. With approximately 300 instructor-facilitated online classes being offered, GNTC has 2,045 students enrolled in at least one online class this quarter.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer the programs and courses that the students need,” stated Dr. Mindy McCannon, vice president of Academic Affairs. “I encourage anyone who would like to further their education or get re-trained to come visit us. We are here to help.”

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia. Campuses are located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, and Walker counties with future plans for a campus in Catoosa and Whitfield counties. Approximately 23,000 people currently benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs.

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