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GNTC and the Southern Company Celebrate the Success of the Georgia Power Technical Education Center

Pictured left to right: Clay Bell, Serenity Provenson, Danielle Jolly, and Neal Gilreath

On Tuesday, July 31, an event was held for guests to receive an update and overview of the Georgia Power Technical Education Center, located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Polk County Campus.


Executives from the Southern Company and Georgia Power, as well as special guests including the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Ron Jackson, Southern Company Executive Vice President and Chief Production Officer Doug Jones, TCSG Assistant Commissioner Freida Hill, and Southern Company Senior Vice President and Senior Production Officer John Pemberton attended the event. Guests were taken on a tour of the center where they were able to see the programs and training that take place at the state of the art facility.


The Georgia Power Technical Education Center was launched in January of 2009 as a collaborative effort between GNTC, Georgia Power, the Southern Company, and more than two dozen vendors.  According to Southern Company officials, the primary purpose of the center is to provide classroom and hands-on instruction for technical and craft employees at Southern Company’s electric generating plants.


One highlight that guests at the update and overview event heard about was the success of the Instrumentation and Controls Academy located at the center.  The Instrumentation and Controls Academy is a program designed to provide high-level training for instrumentation and controls (I&C) professionals for potential employment in the I&C industry.  The academy prepares students for careers in instrumentation and controls, a field in which industry professionals are in high demand.


The academy teaches students to perform basic maintenance functions such as trouble shooting, repair, installation and maintenance of instruments, control devices, and electronic equipment through a combination of theory and hands-on training. These devices are found in any manufacturing environment – including power generation plants – and are critical to system safety, productivity, reliability, and environmental compliance.


“The Instrumentation and Controls Academy curriculum sets up the I&C technicians for modern technology,” said Rick Conti, maintenance superintendent at Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle.  “The academy sets a solid foundation for I&C techs to go right into nuclear I&C training.”


After satisfying a rigid set of requirements throughout the academy, graduates of the program are eligible for potential job opportunities with Southern Company affiliates and other companies within the I&C field.  


“One of the reasons Southern Company continues to succeed is the quality of our people”, said Stephanie Swindle, maintenance manager at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen.  “It is instrumental to have a program such as the I&C Academy that supplies well-trained employees for our next round of hires.”


According to Dick Tanner, program director and instructor of the Instrumentation and Controls Academy at GNTC, the academy has worked exactly the way it was intended.  The first group of students to enter the academy in fall 2010 completed the program on July 18.   Out of the six graduates from the academy, four have accepted positions with the Southern Company.  Clay Bell, Neal Gilreath, and Serenity Provenson have been hired as Instrumentation and Controls Technicians at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen in Bartow County.  Danielle Jolly has been hired with the Southern Company to work at Plant Vogtle, in Burke County. 


Swindle added, “I was personally impressed with the quality and knowledge of the candidates that I interviewed from the I&C Academy.  It was obvious that they had appropriate training to step into a position with Georgia Power and quickly add value.”


“In today’s industrial environment, any and all exposure to the instruments, devices, and processes makes that graduate a more valuable asset to any industry,” stated Tanner. “Georgia Power has seen the benefit of their vision through this first group of graduates from the Academy.”


For more information about the Instrumentation and Controls Academy at GNTC, please visit or call 770-684-5696.

Bobcats Close Out Season At Emory, Prep For Tournament Run

Georgia Northwestern Bobcats Have To Make Run To Earn Bid

 (Oxford, Georgia) – Less than two weeks away from a shot to make history, the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats wrapped up their regular season on the road in Oxford, Georgia Friday.

Injuries and illness left the Bobcat roster depleted in the season closer as they faced Emory-Oxford, the NJCAA Region XVII’s pre-season number one. The home team opened fire from three-point range and never let off the trigger shooting a jaw-dropping 73-percent (11-of-14) from beyond the arc in a 99-45 loss for the Cats.

Reserve center Andre Towns (Dalton) was out for the contest with a stomach virus. Starting center Bud Todd (Trion) severely sprained his ankle in the second half.

The Bobcats were noticeably impacted on the scoreboard putting up 18 fewer points than their season-average of 63 points each outing. “We have a lot of healing to do and a lot of mental preparation before the region,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We are down to an eight-man roster for this thing. We have no choice but to be at the absolute top of our game. And, be able to do it for forty full minutes.”

Eagles guard Alex Ordu is among the region leaders in scoring with 14 points per game. However, Georgia Northwestern (4-19, 0-8) held the 5-foot-10 Lithonia, Georgia native to just nine points on the night. With the absence of Todd and Towns at the center spot for the Cats, it would be Emory sophomore Evan Dunwoodie who would make up for Ordu’s scoring drought. The 6-foot-5 sophomore would battle down low for a game-high 23 points.

Justin Dempsey (Ruleville, MS) would lead the GNTC road effort with 13 points. The 6-foot-3 freshman swing man for Stephenson has seen his role increase as the season has went on. Long-range specialist sophomore Ben Patton (Dade) would drop in a dozen. Freshman Alex Miller (Gordon Central) would contribute 11 in the regular season finale. Sophomore point guard Matt Woods and Todd would both swat three shots each.

What Georgia Northwestern would have to do to earn an automatic bid in the NJCAA Post-Season Tournament is not unprecedented in our area. This year actually marks the ten year anniversary of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School earning a bid into the GHSA Post-Season. In February 2002, the Warrior boy’s squad, entering their region tournament with a below-par 6-19 mark, would make a historic run earning them a spot in the GHSA State Tournament.

Friday, March 2 will serve as a play-in game for Georgia Northwestern at the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament. The tournament win receives a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament and would move on to district play in North Carolina. The Bobcats play-in game opponent is Southern Crescent Tech from Griffin, Georgia. The Tigers beat the Cats at The RAC at home by three in overtime during the regular season. The Cats would fall by four at Southern Crescent late in the season.

“This is a game we can win and that’s how we need to look at it. One game at a time,” said Stephenson. The NJCAA Regional Tournament takes place March 2 – 4 at Emory-Oxford College. For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to


Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern (51) – Alex Miller 11, Pratt, Woods 2, Ben Patton 12, Bud Todd 12, Towns DNP, Hill, Jr. 5, Dempsey 13.

Emory-Oxford (99) – Ordu 9, Evan Dunwoodie 23, Lee 9, Stephen Simmons 11, Zachary Lynn 15, Bassell 4, Carlson 2, Kevin Tolbert 10, Samuel Kim 10, Woodburn 7.

Halftime: 45-27, Emory-Oxford.


Cats Country To Host Second Annual “PINK” Games

Region XVII Match-Up Versus Southern Crescent

(Rome, TN) – When Southern Crescent Tech rolls into the Winthrop-King Centre in Rome, Georgia Tuesday night, they’ll be battling a pair of Georgia Northwestern hardwood squads in a fight for their first-ever NJCAA Region XVII championships.
However, it will be another fight that all eyes will be on that night.

January 10 is the date for the Second Annual Bobcat “PINK” Games for Georgia Northwestern. The games will be played at Shorter University’s Winthrop-King Centre. The games honoring breast cancer survivors from across Northwest Georgia first were played last season at Floyd County’s Pepperell High School.

“You simply won’t run into anyone anymore who hasn’t had at least one person in their lives impacted by it,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams. “This is something the team, the coaches, and the college completely support. Watching these women on this team show such passion for something as serious as breast cancer is very overwhelming.”

The Lady Cats will wear pink in honor of those who have been impacted by breast cancer. The “PINK” games will tip-off with the men playing first against the visiting Tigers. Bobcat forward Alex Miller will lead the men into region action. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Gordon Central leads the region in shooting from the field connecting at a 54-percent clip.

The Bobcats (6-7, 0-2) narrowly lost their first two region games before Christmas break. “These teams in the region are all very close in skill level and it’s really anyone’s region to claim,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson.

The Lady Cats (1-8, 1-1) are settling down into region play after scheduling a non-region schedule before the break that was among the toughest in the southeast. “We purposely played the best two-year programs in the southeast,” said Williams. “As a result, we have made our team a very tough opponent in this region.”

The Lady Cats won their region opener versus Middle Georgia Tech on December 10 by 13, 59-46. Five days later, they would drop a heartbreaker to West Georgia Tech at home. They’d fall 72-71 in overtime.

“We are asking everyone who is battling breast cancer or has someone close that has been affected by it to come out, wear your pink, and show your support,” said Williams. For more information, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at Georgia Northwestern at 706.764.3813 or at

Georgia Northwestern participates in NJCAA’s Region XVII. GNTC educates over 10,000 students every year and is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Bobcats To Battle For Third In State

Georgia Northwestern Falls In Qualifier


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(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – Despite cleaning the host site Tennessee Temple’s nets for four three-pointers, 23 points in all, Bobcat sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) couldn’t narrow the gap in the end as Georgia Northwestern (0-1) would fall in the TCSGAA semi-final round against West Georgia Tech, 87-81.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the first half as the Bobcats had one final chance to knot things up before the intermission, however, the final shot wouldn’t fall and Georgia Northwestern went into the half down by three, 40-37.

Gainesville, Georgia product Martavious Pittman led all scorers with 24 point on the night to help West Georgia Tech (1-0) advance to the finals of the post-season tournament Saturday. They’ll play top-seed Middle Georgia Tech (1-0) Saturday at 5 p.m. for the TCSGAA title.

Georgia Northwestern freshman sharp-shooter Ben Patton (Dade County) got hot in the second half narrowing the gap to three as he found lightning, striking four of his five long-distance bombs on the night in the last stanza. Sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) tossed in 17 points in the effort.

The Bobcats will face Southern Crescent Tech (0-1) in the state conference’s third-place game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at McGilvray Gymansium on the Tennessee Temple University campus in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The four-year college is serving as the host site for the state conference tournament out of Georgia for the second consecutive year.

On a related game note, Georgia Northwestern’s Lady Bobcat basketball squad will be playing in the TCSGAA title game against West Georgia Tech at the same site Saturday at 3 p.m. This is the inaugural season of Women’s Basketball in the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association.

During a break in play in the qualifying round Friday night, TCSGAA Commissioner David Stephenson award TCSGAA founder and board chair, Dr. Skip Sullivan with an award honoring his years of service to the league. Dr. Sullivan and Stephenson both helped develop the league in the state of Georgia nearly five years ago.

For more information on Bobcat and Lady Cat athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college educating nearly 10,000 students each year.


Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (81) – Kyle Wilson 23, Woods 8, Jesse Moore 17, Bonds 7, Ben Patton 19, Ware 2, Jackson 5.

West Georgia Golden Knights (87) – DeMario McMath 17, Lominy 8, Martavious Pittman 24, Black 7, Hunter, Codi Linton 19, Williams 8, Holland 4.

Halftime Score: 40-37, West Georgia Tech.

The TCSGAA Tournament


Cats play qualifier vs. West Georgia Tech at 5 p.m.

Lady Cats play in TCSGAA Title Game vs. West Georgia Tech on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Men’s Title Game is Saturday at 7 p.m. Men’s 3rd place game is at 5 p.m.

GNTC’s Women Wrap-Up First Season With Win, Two Seed In Post-Season Tourney

 (Griffin, Georgia) – The three-hour trip to Southern Crescent Tech took a dangerous turn on the tip-off Friday night for Georgia Northwestern. The Lady Cats, fighting for a spot in the TCSGAA post-season tournament, lost their starting forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the tip, rolling her ankle on her Lady Tiger counterpart.
Down to six players, Georgia Northwestern rolled to a twenty-point halftime lead. Then, the Lady Cats carried the momentum in the second half as they would wrap up the regular-season ending win, 69-27. Bench player Kelsie Philpot (Rockmart) filled in without missing a beat leading the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the conference win.
The 2010-11 collegiate basketball season is the first season ever for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats. “We couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve learned and the turn-around they’ve accomplished,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams.
Lady Cat point guard Mia Morrow (Rome) dropped in 15 points and dished off 10 assists to be one of three GNTC’ers to rack up a double-double. Jessica Williams (Pepperell) cleaned the nets out for 10 points and pulled down a monstrous 16 rebounds on the night. “She pulled down everything that came off the rim,” said Williams.
The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) have earned a two-seed in the TCSGAA post-season tournament with the win. “This was truly a total team effort,” said Williams. “X-rays Friday night were negative on Kayci (McGee). She’ll see an orthopedic specialist on Monday.” The post-season tournament for the state conference will be held March 4-5 at Tennessee Temple University.
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Illness would take the Bobcats top scorer off the court for Friday night’s game. The flu would keep sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) from suiting up leaving Georgia Northwestern with just six players, as well, in their nightcap against Southern Crescent Tech.

Down four to Southern Crescent at the intermission, then down ten points late in the second half, Georgia Northwestern would have to press to claw their way back into the conference match-up.

An off-target shot in the final seconds would leave Cats’ forward Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) with a chance to force overtime. The freshman post specialist would strike with a buzzer-beating put-back on the missed shot knotting the game up at 70-all at the end of regulation. Bonds would end with 10 points on the night.

Georgia Northwestern (3-14, 0-8) would fall three points short in the tough road conference loss, 83-80. Cats’ Co-Captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) would lead the way with a huge game by way of 21 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. The individual performance everyone was talking about came from freshman Bobcat, Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa). A post player who began the season as a reserve specialist managed to pile up 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. The first-year forward also pulled down eight boards in the road effort.

Freshman outside specialist Ben Patton (Dade County) would score 20 points against the Tigers hitting on 3-of-12 three point attempts in the loss. Fellow freshman guard Treas Jackson (Heritage-Catoosa) popped in a dozen points in the effort.

Georgia Northwestern plays its last regular-season home game at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, on Tuesday against Hiwassee College. The Bobcats lost the road side of this two-game set before the Christmas break, 122-105. GNTC wraps up the regular season on February 19 with a road game to Emory-Oxford College. The Eagles used a 16-0 run in the second-half of the first meeting to help drop the Cats, 85-53, just two weeks ago.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with more than 6,700 students across four campuses and online.
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***Women’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (69) – Day 5, Mia Morrow 15, Ashley Crosby 15, Kelsie Philpot 21, Jessica Williams 10, Watts 3.

Southern Crescent Lady Tigers (27) – Powell 4, French, Rousea 2, Sands 6, Genia Parker 15, Jones.

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***Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (83) – Jesse Moore 21, Treas Jackson 11, Woods 3, Ty Bonds 10, Ben Patton 20, Steven Ware 17.

Southern Crescent Tigers (86) – R. Bird 14, D. Gilbert 16, LeBlanc 2, C. High 20, R. Hardy 14, V. Woods 13, Thomas 5.

Halftime Score: 31-27, Southern Crescent.

Lady Cats Make History For Georgia Northwestern

Lady Cats Roll In First Victory
Cedartown’s McGee Drops Double-Double 

(Rome, Georgia) – After dropping the first four games of their inaugural season, the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats found the win column in a big way on Saturday dropping conference rival Southern Crescent Tech, 74-47, for their first regular season win.

5-foot-10 Sonoraville alum Miranda McDaniel led the charge into GNTC’s first regular season win cleaning the nets for 16 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Making just as an impressive of statement was Cedartown’s Kayci McGee who rang up a double-double in the win. The 5-foot-10 forward dropped in 14 points and cleaned the glass for a bakers’ dozen. Fellow Lady Cat Lindsay Watts (Murray County) also scored 14, as well as adding four boards and three assists.

“This is something we can build on,” said Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams after the win. “It’s a positive experience and will help us roll into the heart of our schedule.” They’ll need all the momentum they can get as they host Chattahoochee Tech at home on Friday night; a team which hung a hundred points on the Lady Cats (1-4, 1-4) the last time around.

Southern Crescent Lady Tiger Genai Parker led her road team with 22 points in the loss. One stat that still causes a problem for Georgia Northwestern comes at the free throw line. Going 10-of-24 from the charity stripe Saturday put them at 42% accuracy from the foul line. However, Southern Crescent didn’t fare much better connecting on only half of their attempts (8-of-16).

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Just up the road in Rossville, Georgia on Saturday night, the Southern Crescent Tigers battled it out with the Bobcats in their home den, the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.). Despite only being down three at the half, Georgia Northwestern’s men could get no closer than seven points late in the contest as the Bobcats dropped their second straight falling at home, 88-81.

Midway through the second half the Cats trailed by 10 when sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) took to the air for what appeared to be a momentum changer when he corralled an errant Georgia Northwestern shot and rattled off a thunderous dunk for two of his 17 points on the night. However, Georgia Northwestern (2-6, 0-3) would drop their second straight as they are now left with only two days to prepare for non-conference opponent, Tennessee Temple.

Sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) and freshman Cat Ben Patton (Dade County) both led the Cats Country scoring attack with 18 a pop. Wilson did it on a decent night from the field, coupled with 6-of-7 free throw shooting. Patten, GNTC’s apparent sniper from behind the arc, connected on five three-pointers in the first half before Southern Crescent’s defense found a way to cool his hot hand. Freshman point guard Patrick Printup (Adairsville) added 17 to the effort, gained in part by his perfect performance from the foul line going 8-of-8 on the night.

Next up for Georgia Northwestern is a fundraiser for North Georgia as they play a select team from the Roper Corporation in Walker County, Georgia in a charity game for the Stocking Full Of Love Toy Drive which helps give presents to the kids of families in need. Game time is 3 p.m. Sunday at LaFayette High School in LaFayette, Georgia.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with more than 6,700 students across four campuses and online.

Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (74) – Day, Miranda McDaniel 16, Allmon 6, Crosby 9, Brock 2, Philpot 3, Lindsay Watts 14, Kayci McGee 14, Jessica Williams 10.

Southern Crescent Lady Tigers (47) – Driver, Scott 3, K.T. Rouseau 11, Sands 6, Genai Parker 22, Jones, French 5, Thomas.

Halftime Score – 37-24, Georgia Northwestern

Georgia Northwestern (81) – Kyle Wilson 18, Hughley 5, Jesse Moore 17, Ben Patton 18, Patrick Printup 17, Jackson, Woods 2, Bonds 2, Davenport 2.

Southern Crescent (88) – Byrd 10, High 24, Hardy 9, Howell 22, Thomas 6, Gilbert 1, Minnigan 6, Woods 10, Jackson. ((No first names registered))

Halftime score:  47-44, Southern Crescent

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