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Community, Former Grads Help GNTC’s Emergency Medical Programs
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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College gets ready to put a brand new Ambulance Simulator into action with students on the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia. GNTC owns a similar trainer and is used on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia. Standing on the back of the latest simulator is GNTC Emergency Medical Services Instructor and Clinical Coordinator Claudio Leyssens.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – More than 750,000 people live in the Northwest Georgia region these days. And today, with the Baby Boomer generation beginning to look for extended health care, as well as a large number of industrial workers tackling hazardous jobs day in and day out here in the Tennessee Valley, the need for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) specialists is greater than ever before.

 
This week alone, there are more than 300 EMS openings across the Peach State. When you crunch the numbers, the need for educational programs such as the one offered at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) becomes a top priority.

 
No one is more aware of that than those who call the region their home. The head of GNTC’s EMS Program, Claudio Leyssens, is one of them. With more than 25 years of experience in Emergency Medical care and instruction, the GNTC Program Director helps educate students enrolled in his certificate and diploma programs. Classes are offered on both the Catoosa County Campus (Ringgold, Georgia) and Floyd County Campus (Rome, Georgia) throughout the year.

 

Two foundations in the Northwest corner of the state have now stepped up to help the EMS program on the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia. The Pierce Foundation out of Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Jewell based in Chickamauga, Georgia lent a helping hand. The two groups helped purchase the majority of the new simulator from Rescue Simulation Products in McKinney, Texas.

 

 

Betts Berry and Richard Jewell, both with the Jewell Foundation, were both enrolled in the same EMS program when they went to college. “It’s powerful to see these local charities invest in what we do at the college,” said Jason Gamel, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Student Recruitment. “Plus, with Betts (Berry) and Richard (Jewell) both having their own experience in training for the EMS field, they really understand just how important this kind of gift is to the program.”

 

 

Leyssens, at the helm of the program on the Catoosa County Campus and Floyd County Campus, was honored earlier this year for his work in education over the past 15 years. Leyssens was named the 2017 Northwest Georgia Region 1 “Mike Miller EMS Educator Of The Year.” The EMS Region 1 in Georgia covers, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties.

 

“The simulator was a true need that we know gives our students an upper hand,” said Leyssens. “Now, students will have real experience working in the small, closed environment of an ambulance. It makes a real difference. It will add a level of realism that cannot be achieved any other way. They’ll be better prepared as they enter the workforce.”

 

Leyssens says the Rescue Simulation Products company which came to install the simulator on the Catoosa County Campus stays very busy these days. “The representatives say they have been sending one installation crew on the road every week for quite a while,” said Leyssens. “But, they said they are now at a point where the demand for these emergency simulation installations is great enough to have two separate crews hitting the road each week. They flew in on a Monday, worked Tuesday through Thursday, then were back on a plane Friday morning.”

 

 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that the number of available EMS careers in the country will grow nearly 25% from 2014-2024. That’s a much faster rate of growth than that of the average occupation in the U.S. More than a quarter of a million people were employed as Emergency Medical Services specialists nationwide in 2016.

 

GNTC offers Emergency Medical Service certificate and diploma programs year round. Plus, the college 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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Held Tuesday, Oct. 31

 

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Graduates of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201701 are: Back row (from left to right) Jonathan L. DeFoor, Jason L. Phillips, Samuel H. Clemmons, Franz E. Orozco Avila, Josiah E. Hemm, and Billy F. Smith III. Front row (from left to right) Jeffrey S. Nicholson, Kinsey P. Morin, Kassidy J. Kirby, Alexis D. Stanley, and Nigel P. Torres.

(Northwest Georgia) – Eleven Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) law enforcement students graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201701 on Tuesday, Oct. 31, during a ceremony held at the conference center on the Gordon County Campus.

 

Friends, family, advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, community leaders, and fellow law enforcement officers from across the Northwest Georgia region also were in attendance at the ceremony in Calhoun to honor the graduates.

 

The proceedings began with Jim Pledger, director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, welcoming guests and introducing current and former staff from the academy.

 

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Kenneth Dodd, police chief of the Polk County Police Department.

 

Dodd began his law enforcement career as a jailer for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. After graduating from the Police Academy at Floyd Junior College (now Georgia Highlands College) in 1992, he became a deputy sheriff.

 

In 1994, Dodd became a patrolman at the Polk County Police Department and worked his way up to police chief in 2008.

 

Dodd reminded the graduates that character is a key attribute of being a police officer.

 

“The most important skills in being a cop are honesty, integrity, and courage,” said Dodd. “That has everything to do with your attitude and how you approach things, so I encourage you to have a positive attitude every day.”

 

Billy F. Smith III was the student speaker for the ceremony.

 

“When we first met, we were different people with different backgrounds all pursuing a career in law enforcement,” said Smith. “We would all rise together and face each challenge as a team.”

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Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, presents the “Top Gun” Award to Billy F. Smith III (left) for excellence in marksmanship. Smith also was the student speaker for the ceremony.

Smith also was presented with the “Top Gun” Award for excellence in marksmanship. Jonathan L. DeFoor received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.

 

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201701 are: Samuel H. Clemmons, Jonathan L. DeFoor, Josiah E. Hemm, Kassidy J. Kirby, Kinsey P. Morin, Jeffrey S. Nicholson, Franz E. Orozco Avila, Jason L. Phillips, Billy F. Smith, III, Alexis D. Stanley, and Nigel P. Torres.

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Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, presents the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award to Jonathan L. DeFoor (left) for having the highest grade point average in Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201701.

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Rome Home Builders Association Awards Scholarships to GNTC Construction Management Students

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Hunter Newton president of RHBA; Sammy Pointer, Marvin’s father; Marvin Pointer, Construction Management student at GNTC; Donny Holmes, director of the Construction Management program; Brandon Payne, Construction Management student at GNTC; and Michelle Beatson, administrative liaison to Institutional Advancement, pose for a picture in the Construction Management lab on the Gordon County Campus of GNTC.

 

(Rome, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students Brandon Payne, of Chatsworth, and Marvin Pointer, of Cedartown, were awarded the Rome Home Builders Association Scholarship at a recent ceremony held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

 

The scholarship rewards academic excellence and provides a financial incentive for students working toward the completion of an associate degree or diploma in a construction-related program at GNTC.

 

“We see a shortage of new people entering the field, so we wanted to do our part to encourage more people to get involved in the construction industry,” said Hunter Newton, president of the Rome Home Builders Association. “Once an individual learns a skilled trade they will never have a problem finding work.”

 

Payne and Pointer are students in the Construction Management program on the Gordon County Campus.

 

“This scholarship is a great opportunity for my students,” said Donny Holmes, director of the Construction Management and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology programs at GNTC. “Marvin was able to buy some tools for a remodeling job and Brandon does some drafting and estimating work and was able to buy some software, so both students have been able to use the scholarship money in their current jobs.”

 

To be eligible for the RHBA Scholarship a student must be enrolled full time, have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and have a work ethics grade of 2 or more. The $500 scholarship is open to GNTC students on the Floyd, Gordon, or Polk County campuses.

 

Chartered in 1956, the Rome Home Builders Association is comprised of local members of the building industry and its affiliates. The Association serves as the voice of the building industry to provide affordable, quality housing and home ownership by supporting our members and the community.

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Make Your Future SPOOK-TACULAR Oct. 23-27!

Dade County’s Cantrell Named GNTC’s Newest Board of Directors Member

Walker County’s White Honored For Service

 

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“Dr. James Cantrell, left, from the Dade County Board of Education poses with Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDaniel after his swearing-in becoming the newest member of the GNTC Board of Directors.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Dr. James Cantrell, Director of School Operations of the Dade County Board of Education, has been selected as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s newest member of its Board of Directors.

 

Cantrell was sworn in at the college’s October 2017 Board of Directors meeting in Rock Spring, Georgia. Cantrell has served in his current director role in education administration for the past five years in Trenton, Georgia. Holding a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Education Leadership and Administration and a Doctoral Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, Cantrell has held administrative roles in Georgia education for the past two decades.

 

From 2001-2006, Cantrell served as both the Director of College and Career Education for the Greene County Board of Education, as well as the Assistant Principal at Greensboro, Georgia’s Greene County High School. Then, from 2007-2010, Cantrell was the director of Pupil Transportation for the Barrow County Board of Education in Winder, Georgia. Cantrell would then go on to serve as the Principal of the Baldwin College & Career Academy in Milledgeville, Georgia from 2010-2012.

 

Georgia Northwestern’s Board serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 16 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area (Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties). State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

 

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“Present for the honor of recognizing Doris White of Walker County, Georgia for her years of service to Georgia Northwestern Technical College are several fellow Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation Board of Trustee members. Pictured, from left, are GNTC Foundation Trustee Damon Raines, Walker County Schools Superintendent; GNTC Foundation Trustee Linda Case, Former Department Head at Hutcheson Medical Center; GNTC Foundation Board Treasurer Carolyn Walker, Walker County Tax Commissioner; GNTC Foundation Secretary Doris White, Walker County Supporter; GNTC Foundation Board Chair Valerie Brown, NW Georgia College & Career Academy; GNTC President Pete McDonald; GNTC Foundation Trustee Jay Still, Grainger Onsite Manager Northwest Georgia; and GNTC Foundation Trustee Sherrie Patterson, Sutter Family Practice.”

 

A former member of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Board of Directors, Doris White of Walker County, Georgia, was honored with an award that same evening. White, a long-time supporter of education in Northwest Georgia, received a service award for her many years of service to the college. Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald presented White with the honor for her service as both a member of the GNTC Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the GNTC Board of Directors.

 

One of White’s latest ventures in the name of the college’s mission helped bring in a donation from a local community foundation. The monetary gift helped the college’s nursing programs purchase a Fidelis LUCINA Simulator. The brand new equipment is a childbirth apparatus that helps student healthcare specialists safely practice various procedures that can occur during the last moments of pregnancy and the first moments of life!
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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 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 and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Technical College System of Georgia extends state’s workforce development ties with Germany

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TCSG Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science

(Atlanta, Georgia) – Leaders of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science (StMBW) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a partnership giving Georgia and German students expanded educational opportunities. TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and Georg Eisenreich, the Bavarian ministry’s State Secretary, signed the MOU in a ceremony held Sept. 26th in Munich.

 

The MOU states each party’s commitment to maximize the educational and training programs offered by vocational and technical colleges in both states to students and teachers. The partnership gives students and apprentices access to international science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in order to maximize career opportunities. The MOU also establishes a framework that partners with companies to promote world-class workforce development, training, apprenticeships and related services.

 

“Signing this MOU expands Georgia’s longstanding relationship with Bavaria and formalizes an educational partnership that benefits students, faculty and partner companies in both states,” said TCSG Commissioner Corbin.

 

“The State of Georgia is an important partner region for the Free State of Bavaria. Great contacts already exist between the states and we wish to continue to strengthen these ties,” said Georg Eisenreich, State Secretary of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, which oversees the comprehensive education of children, youth and adult learners, including the state’s vocational schools and colleges.

 

Among the exchanges enabled by the agreement are internships, apprentice projects and traditional semester exchanges for both students and faculty. Many of these efforts are coordinated with partner companies to expand on their access to a globally skilled workforce.

 

“Georgia and Bavaria have a formal diplomatic, business and educational partnership through our existing Regional Leaders Summit. Today’s MOU signing between Georgia’s technical colleges and the State of Bavaria will allow Georgia companies to access additional highly skilled and globally astute talent to work in their companies,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The Georgia Department of Economic Development applauds agreements like today’s as they add to the workforce development component of Georgia’s economic development efforts.”

 

The signing ceremony is a direct result of Gov. Nathan Deal’s workforce development mission to Germany in June 2016, which included attendance at the Regional Leaders Summit, a strategic alliance of five international regions.  Executives from Bavarian company Grenzebach, with operations in Newnan, Ga., were on hand to witness the signing ceremony, along with representatives from Central Educational Center in Coweta County, Ga., West Georgia Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

 

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

Cats Country Prize Pack Time at GNTC!

Hey, Georgia Northwestern!

It’s time for another Cats Country Prize Pack Giveaway!!!!!!!

HERE WE GO…

***Many languages are spoken by the people who follow Georgia Northwestern on Facebook. With that, here’s your question: “With English being the most listed primary language of our Facebook Fans, what languages are the second, third, and fourth most listed languages by our fans?***

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1.) English

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Leave your answer to this Cats Country Prize Pack Giveaway Contest on the GNTC Facebook Page! Winners will receive an EXCLUSIVE CATS COUNTRY PRIZE PACK!

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