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Standing Tall In The Kitchen: A Military Vet’s Story

Georgia Northwestern’s Sedric Floyd and His New Dreams 
 
 
Culinary students in white uniform using mixing bowls in a kitchen.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd of Rome, Georgia adds ingredients to a special muffin recipe he prepared during class at the Woodlee Building on the college’s Floyd County Campus.”

 
(Northwest Georgia)  It was in a ditch in Cartersville, Georgia eight years ago this month when the life of Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd would unexpectedly change forever. 
 
It was just after midnight when the United States Air Force veteran was headed for work at Shaw Industries Plant 15. Another vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with Floyd’s motorcycle knocking him unconscious and launching his body more than 90 feet through the air.  
 
After sliding another 40 feet on the ground and into a nearby ditchFloyd would regain consciousness and find part of his left leg lying next to his head. “I could see it,” recalled Floyd. “It just destroyed the left side of my body. The crash completely damaged my nerves on that side.” He would spend the next three weeks in a coma. 
 
“When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a BMX bike rider,” said a smiling Floyd. “I loved doing all the tricks. I especially liked doing the ‘vert’ stuff, like doing the stunts in the air. I loved it.” But after a youth filled with dreams and eight years of military experience that took him around the world, the Northwest Georgia military vet who served as an Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) mechanic would now have to rebuild his life… and build a new career. 
 
On the night of July 28, 2010, Floyd would be rushed to Atlanta Medical Center. In the months to follow, he would spend time at Emory University Hospital for his wound care, and then another stay at Atlanta Medical Center for rehabilitation. After the disastrous events of that summer, Floyd would finally be able to return home just before Thanksgiving. However, he’d quickly learn that the accident was just part of the battle. 
 
After the wreck and all the rehab, I had PTSD and physical pain to deal with,” said Floyd. “I had to sit in the bariatric chamber at Redmond for months. Three hours a day, four or five days a week, for about two months. It was a process which put my body under high oxygenated pressure to help heal my wounds. At that point, I was just sort of out in the world. I mean, dealing with the loss of a limb. I really felt like I was just hanging on.” 
 
But, Floyd always was able to put on a strong front. A man with strong faith, the 37-year-old says he felt like he knew God had a plan for him. “My friends would always seem proud of me because I wouldn’t get torn up about stuff in life,” said Floyd. “I tried to just keep a smile on my face and make it through. But, my friend, Russell, seemed to know I needed something more.” 
Two culinary students preparing for day in the cooking lab. Both are wearing white uniforms and looking down at countertops.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd of Rome, Georgia reads over recipe information. In the background is Wilson’s friend and classmate, Russell Steele.”


Russell Steele of Rome, Georgia is one of Sedric’s close friends. So close, they are now both enrolled in the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts program. “He’s just so good with food,” said Steele. “I knew that something like this program would be perfect for him.” 
 
Last summer, during a visit to Floyd’s Rome, Georgia home, Steele convinced Floyd to apply to Georgia Northwestern. “It had been a long time since I had been in school,” said the Rome High School Class of 1999 graduate. “I went straight into the military out of high school. Going to college was a big step.” After doing exceptionally well in his collegiate placement testing, Floyd joined his friend and enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. 
 
GNTC Culinary Arts instructor Chef Kasey Cromer knew from day one that Floyd would be successful. “Success in the dictionary is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose,” said Cromer. “This is exactly why Sedric will do well in the culinary field. When he does something, new or familiar, he goes at it with a sense of purpose. He has such a great attitude about it. He lets nothing get in his way. 
 
However, one of the first obstacles for Floyd didn’t come by way of a ladle or a butcher’s knife. “When I first came to class, I came standing up. I was wearing my prosthetic leg,” said Floyd. “However, due to problems with how the prosthetics attach to my particular kind of amputation, it can become incredibly painful to use. That’s when I’ll use the chair.” 
 
Worried about how it would impact him in the classroom, he spoke with the instructors about having to use his chair in the classroom. “Chef Greg (Paulson) and Chef Kasey (Cromer) told me to do whatever it takes to make sure I was in class,” said Floyd. “They said they’d work with me and help me succeed. They just kept telling me that I was doing great. That meant a lot.” 
 
Much like his years of multiple military deployments with the United States Air Force, the Culinary Arts training from Georgia Northwestern has taken Floyd around the world. Learning all about the foods, the recipes, and their preparations from many cultures has inspired Floyd in looking for his career path. 
 
“We recently visited with the people at CalyRoad Creamery in Sandy Springs, Georgia,” said Floyd. “We made our own fresh mozzarella cheese and I really enjoyed that. And, when I got home that day, I made a homemade lasagna with the cheese.”  
Close-up shot of lasagna on formal place setting. Bottle of wine with half-full glass behind the plate.
“After a field trip to a creamery, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd of Rome, Georgia was inspired to make this Italian creation with homemade mozzarella cheese.”
Floyd has many ideas for what he wants to do in the culinary world. The menu and the theme is still up in the air, but he is sure he wants to start his own chain of food trucks. “I’m thinking my trucks will offer customers my recipes of BBQ fused with French or Italian Cuisine,” said Floyd. “I have so many ideas right now. I’m still trying to find myself in what I want to specialize in. Another idea I was considering was an upscale breakfast. Something you would get from at a five-star restaurant, but from a food truck. 
 
Chef Cromer said Floyd also has extra things about him that will make him very special working in the culinary arts. “Things seem to click for him so dexterously, like tasting food to adjust for seasoning, knowing that it may need more or less of something even though that is what a recipe calls for,” said Kromer. “He also is great with his hands. He can fix just about anything. To be able to fix a dish machine, or a mixer, or work on some plumbing issue, he will be the full package when it comes to this business.” 
 
When working with things such as pouring, mixing, and other kitchen procedures requiring use of his left hand, he has some help from a special device. “It’s a glove that forces my hand into an open position,” said Floyd. “The nerve damage from the crash doesn’t allow me to open my fingers together to grab. But, I can close my hand.” The neuropathy Floyd deals with each day can be painful, but you would never know just by looking at him. 
Photo of a white wedding cake with red art and trim work. Photo is taken in a dark room.
“The design and baking of wedding cakes have been among Georgia Northwestern Technical College Culinary Arts student Sedric Floyd’s favorite things to learn. One of Sedric’s creations is shown in this photo taken in the Woodlee Building on the Floyd County Campus.”
He works through the pain without complaint and he’s always in a pleasant mood” said Cromer. “He really impacts the rest of the class in a positive way. It’s really encouraging. It even makes me want to do better and better in my work each day.” Floyd currently lives in Rome, Georgia. He is currently engaged to his fiancéeCarmaneke Crawford. He has three children, Jelisa (16), DaMetrius (14), and Madysin (11).  
 
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Culinary Arts 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. 
 
GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus). 
 
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution. 

Law Enforcement Grads Honored At GNTC

Police Chief Speaks On Social Media, Serving Today

 

Graduates standing on stage with their instructor.
“The graduating class of the July 2018 Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Shown, from left, are Mason Woodard, Matthew Wilson, Justin Watson, Isreal Smith, Joshua Morse, Jonathan Martin, Hunter Densmore, Dustin Bruce, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger.”

 

(Calhoun, GA) – “People see the troubling things involving law enforcement on social media these days and it affects all police officers,” said Tony Pyle, Chief of the Calhoun, Georgia Police Department, during a keynote speech to the latest graduating class of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy. “As the next generation of law enforcement, you can play a part in changing that.”

As one of Chief Pyle’s first duties on the job, appointed to the position on July 1, he spoke to the eight new graduates from GNTC’s program designed to train those who wish to pursue careers in criminal justice. “Today is a very different time to be a police officer,” said Pyle. “It’s a very difficult time. It’s a very difficult job today. These graduates could have chosen anything to take at this college. They chose to be police officers.”

Graduates receiving honors at GNTC’s July 2018 Basic Law Enforcement Academy Graduation were Dustin Bruce (Ringgold, GA), Hunter Densmore (Calhoun, GA), Jonathan Martin (Summerville, GA), Joshua Morse (Calhoun, GA), Isreal Smith (Calhoun, GA), Justin Watson (Calhoun, GA), Matthew Wilson (Trion, GA), and Mason Woodard (Calhoun, GA). In addition to family and friends attending the ceremony, regional police chiefs, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officials came to offer their support of the new class.

“If you ever forget your mission, just look on the side of your patrol car and read what it says,” said Pyle. “To protect and to serve.”  Pyle began his career in law enforcement in 1988 handling college security at Rome, Georgia’s Berry College. Two years later, he joined the Calhoun, Georgia Police Department. During his time on the force, he would serve as a patrol officer, as a Detective Sergeant and Commander of the Drug Task Force, and as a Detective, Lieutenant, and Captain within in the Criminal Investigation Division before becoming Chief.

 

Student standing on stage with his award, beside his instructor.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduate Justin Watson, left, receiving his ‘Top Gun’ award for excellence in marksmanship from Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director Jim Pledger.”

 

This class of new law enforcement specialists is the 20th graduating class under GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger. Joshua Morris was named the program’s “Honor Graduate” for earning the highest grade point average in his class. Justin Watson was given the program’s “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship. Both Morris and Watson are former members of the United States Marine Corps. Graduate Dustin Bruce served as a Ranger in the United States Army.

 

Student standing on stage with his award, beside his instructor.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduate Joshua Morris, left, receiving his ‘Honor Graduate’ award for the highest grade point average in his graduating class from Georgia Northwestern Technical College Program Director Jim Pledger.”

 

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, 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.

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Fall 2018 Admissions Deadline: July 30

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Georgia Northwestern’s Eagle Soars To Bronze At Nationals

Taylor Eagle near competition display installing equipment into framing.
“Chattooga County, Georgia native Taylor Eagle grabbed Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s best finish in the National SkillsUSA Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky this past week. Eagle’s third place finish the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category led the way for the Bobcat team which found the Top 10 in seven different professional skills categories.”

 

SkillsUSA Team Earns Seven Top 10 Finishes in Louisville

(Louisville, KY) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Taylor Eagle of Chattooga County, Georgia hit the medal stand at the SkillsUSA National Competition this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Eagle took home the bronze medal in the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category at the organization’s National Leadership and Skills Conference held annually in the Bluegrass State.

Also placing in the Top 10 at SkillsUSA were Logan Thomas of Gordon County, Marvin Pointer of Polk County, George Soto of Whitfield County, and Noah Ranels of Gordon County. The team finished in fifth place for their work in the TeamWorks category. Beck Maxwell of Bartow County, Derek Walck of Floyd County, and Jake Woodall of Floyd County brought home sixth place in the Engineering Technology-Design category.

GNTC individual national qualifiers who finished in the Top 10 of their respective categories were Chris Roberson of Floyd County in Sheet Metal (6th), Patricia Escutia of Floyd County in Medical Assisting (6th), Brandon Battles of Chattooga County in Electrical Systems Technology (10th), and Jacob Hargrove of Catoosa County in Welding (10th).

One year ago, GNTC’s Ryan Fincher became the college’s first-ever gold medalist in the national championship. The Cedartown, Georgia native took home the moniker, “The Nation’s Best,” in the competition’s welding category. Fincher would later become a finalist in the U.S. Invitational Weld Trials, a qualifier for the 2017 WorldSkills Welding Competition Team which competes for a world championship in the trade.

Now, in its 54th year, the SkillsUSA National Competition saw more than 6,000 high school and collegiate qualifiers compete in front of nearly 1,500 judges in more than 100 categories ranging from Advertising Design to Welding and everything in between. SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators across the nation.
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA organization, 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.

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Team DeSoto Finishes The Great Race 2018

Four students standing in front of vintage car in a parking lot filled with other vintage cars and onlookers.
GNTC’s Team DeSoto completed The Great Race on Sunday, July 1, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The team competed in the X-Cup division of the race. We didn’t win the X-Cup, but we did cross the finish line in a 1955 DeSoto Fireflite, restored by GNTC’s Automotive Technology program, that was able to travel 2400 miles from Buffalo N.Y. to Halifax. The team experienced a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable journey competing in The Great Race and GNTC is very proud of each member of Team DeSoto. Four GNTC Automotive Technology students participated in the race.

NW Georgia Pros Place At Nationals, Top 10 Finishes

Thirteen students standing in lobby in front of organization's award backdrop. A few of those in the photo are holding their awards.
“Thirteen Georgia Northwestern Technical College Bobcats competed nationally at the Phi Beta Lambda Pro Career Competition at the organization’s National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this week. Shown here on Awards Night Tuesday are, front row from left, are Marvin Tomas Gaspar, Byron Campos Gomez, Jesse Gonzalez, Sprite Dyer, Kimberly Glover, Kelly Cook, and Bradley Ramirez. Shown in the back row, from left, are Thomas Scott, Bryan Tapia, Alejandro Cruz, Carlos Miranda, Cynthia Kirk, and Allie Long.”

 

GNTC Career Standouts Shine at Phi Beta Lambda Championships

(Baltimore, MD) – Byron Campos Gomez of Calhoun, Georgia led the way for the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Bobcats as they found the awards stage four different times Tuesday night in Baltimore, Maryland. Gomez’ sixth-place finish at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Competition highlighted the night for GNTC at the career expertise showcase.

Facing the best qualifiers from universities and colleges from across the country, Gomez finished sixth in the “Social Media Challenge” category. Gomez would return to the stage in the team category, “Integrated Marketing Campaign.” Gomez, along with Thomas Scott of Adairsville, Georgia and Kelly Cook of Rome, Georgia, took home an eighth-place finish.

Scott and Cook would each take home a top 10 national finish in two individual competitions. Cook placed ninth in the “Small Business Management Plan” category, while Scott came in 10th in the “Entrepreneurship Concepts” category.

Bradley Ramirez of Dalton, Georgia and Carlos Miranda of Ringgold, Georgia earned a Top 15 finish in the “Human Resource Management” category. GNTC qualified 13 total students for the national competition; qualifying 30 total students over the past three years.

Bobcats who also competed in nationals this week were Alejandro Cruz-Gutierrez of Chatsworth, Georgia; Jesanyelis Gonzalez of Dalton, Georgia; Bryan Tapia of Rome, Georgia; Marvin Tomas Gaspar of Rome, Georgia;  Sprite Dyer of LaFayette, Georgia; Cynthia Kirk of Rockmart, Georgia; Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia; and Kimberly Glover of Rocky Face, Georgia.

Advisors for the award-winning PBL squad are GNTC’s Dione Waddington, Patty Hart, and Mark Upton. 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 76th anniversary of the professional skills organizations.

The national competition takes place during PBL’s National Leadership Conference every year. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda 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.

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

SkillsUSA Nationals Headlines NW Georgia’s Best

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2018 SkillsUSA Georgia Welding Gold Medalist Jacob Hargrove of Catoosa County, Georgia is competing in Louisville, Kentucky this week for a national title in his field. Hargrove and 16 other national qualifiers from GNTC are in Louisville ready to compete at this hour.

 

Georgia Northwestern Takes 17 To Louisville To Compete For Titles


(Northwest Georgia) – Seventeen Georgia Northwestern Technical College students will put their skills to the test against the best in the nation this week. GNTC’s SkillsUSA Team is competing in the National SkillsUSA competition held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky through Friday. More than 16,000 students, instructors, and business recruiters and partners are in attendance this week.
To qualify for the national team, GNTC competitors grabbed gold in 10 total categories on the state level earlier this year, besting last year’s mark of eight total golds for the college. With some of the categories being team competitions, GNTC saw 17 students qualify for the chance to be the best in the nation at the state competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Bobcats SkillsUSA team brought home 10 state gold medals in these categories: Brandy LeVan (Catoosa County, GA), Prepared Speech; Chris Roberson (Floyd County, GA), Sheet Metal; Jacob Hargrove (Catoosa County, GA), Welding; Tristin Bethune (Walker County, GA), Automotive Service Technology; Taylor Eagle (Chattooga County, GA), Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance; Brandon Battles (Chattooga County, GA), Industrial Motor Controls; Patricia Escutia (Polk County, GA), Medical Assisting; Stephen Bottoms (Floyd County, GA), Nathan Rittweger (Bartow County, GA), and Tucker Tumlin (Floyd County, GA), Welding Fabrication Team; Marvin Pointer (Polk County, GA), Noah Ranels (Gordon County, GA), Logan Thomas (Gordon County, GA), and George Soto (Whitfield County, GA), TeamWorks; and Beck Maxwell (Bartow County, GA), Jake Woodall (Floyd County, GA), and Derek Walck (Floyd County, GA), Engineering Technology/Design.

 

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA 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.
GNTC offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC’s Culinary Arts Program Offering International Dinners

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Faith Smith of Calhoun prepares traditional Irish Cuisine for a special “Taste of Ireland” reception and dinner held at GNTC in March.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Culinary Arts program is inviting the community to attend special international summer dinners at the Woodley Culinary Arts facility located across from the Floyd County Campus in Rome in late June and early July.

 

The dinner’s inclusive menu price will range between $18 and $22. The pre-fixed menu for each dinner will include choices of appetizers, soups or salads, entrées, and desserts at a set price.

 

The Culinary Arts program is only covering the cost of the groceries purchased to prepare the dinners with the set price. Only cash or personal checks will be accepted.

 

Dinners will be served at three different seating times 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Each seating will be a minimum of 24 patrons and maximum of 30 patrons. All guests should arrive 5-10 minutes before their seating time.

 

Reservations are required and guests will be seated by the Maître d’ upon arrival. To make reservations, contact Chef Greg Paulson at (706) 295-6880.

 

Each dinner will be developed, planned, prepared, and supervised by Culinary Arts students. The dinners will be served by tableside service staff and are not buffets.

 

The dinners will be served on select Tuesday evenings. The following dates and selected cuisine for the upcoming dinners are:

 

  • Tuesday, June 19, French Cuisine

 

  • Tuesday, June 26, Spanish Cuisine

 

  • Tuesday, July 3, Mediterranean Cuisine

 

Menus for each dinner will be posted on www.gntc.edu under “Upcoming Events” closer to the service dates.

 

For reservations or more information, contact Chef Greg Paulson, director of GNTC’s Culinary Arts program, at 706-295-6880.

 

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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. The Student Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844-348-7659 or via online chat at https://helpcenter.gntc.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Walker County High Schoolers Prep For College Life Students, Families Visit GNTC, Walker Launch

(Northwest Georgia) – Walker County Schools and Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) hosted dozens of Northwest Georgia families for a Launch Academy Open House on GNTC’s Walker County Campus Tuesday. Launch Academy is a partnership between GNTC, Walker County Schools, and area business partners to develop a local career academy.

 

Picture shows staffers behind a desk standing and speaking with the mother of a family visiting the open house.
“Jessica Nguyen with Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s High School Initiatives department speaks with one of the families that attended the Launch Academy Open House on May 29 at GNTC’s Walker County Campus.”

 

“I was really struck by the excitement of the students participating and their families,” said Walker County Schools Coordinator of Innovation Matt Harris in regards to the open house. “The parents were obviously extremely proud and the kids were excited to get started.” GNTC and the school system will hold a ribbon-cutting for the Launch Academy on GNTC’s Walker County Campus in August.

Approximately 50 juniors from LaFayette and Ridgeland High Schools will help open the doors on the Launch Academy when the Fall 2018 semester begins at GNTC. Students will be able to take technical courses at Georgia Northwestern four days a week while enrolled in the Launch Academy. Then, on Fridays, special speakers will meet with academy students and instruct them on various soft skills and employability topics. GNTC classrooms in Building 500 on the Walker County Campus are being donated to use for the academy.

“We are just excited about this partnership,” said GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips. “It’s not only the schools and the companies that are thrilled about the project, it’s the first students and their families. They had a lot of great questions at the open house and really appear to be looking forward to the fall.” Students and their families in attendance at the Launch Academy Open House got to tour different program facilities, as well as speak with the advisors who would be teaching most of the college courses available to them.

 

College employee walks up a two-story staircase with family of six following behind him.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips, far right, gives a quick tour to one of the families that attended the Launch Academy Open House on May 29 at GNTC’s Walker County Campus.”

 

By graduation, students who complete their education at the Launch Academy will have earned not only a high school diploma, but a collegiate technical certificate, diploma, and/or associate’s degree. After the pilot year of the program, Walker County Schools are estimating they will be able to enroll 200 students each year after this from the student body population of Ridgeland and LaFayette High Schools.

A main goal of the Launch Academy is to raise the employment rate of students graduating from the Walker County School System. Corporate partners such as CHI Memorial Hospital, Roper Corporation, and Shaw Industries are investing into the program in hopes of this kind of success. “This, we think, is going to create that one piece we need to connect our kids and move them into jobs, into business and industry,” said Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines to the Walker County Chamber of Commerce at their membership luncheon in April.

Beyond the high school curriculum they will be taking while enrolled in the Launch Academy, students who qualify may choose from a GNTC collegiate program, as well. Welding and Joining Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Computer Networking, Automotive Technology, Health Care, and Air Conditioning Technology are the main programs students will be considering. However, Launch Academy students may take part in any program at GNTC in which they are eligible to enroll.

While GNTC instructors will be instructing the collegiate programs to the Launch Academy students, school system employees will provide instruction on GNTC’s Walker County Campus towards such courses as Economics, Civics, and English. The Georgia Department of Education will cover the expense of tuition towards dual enrollment courses. Walker County Schools are anticipating covering the costs for supplies. Some of the supplies will also be covered, in part, by the Launch Academy’s business partners.
GNTC offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

 
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. The Student Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 844-348-7659 or via online chat at https://helpcenter.gntc.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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