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GNTC Celebrates Apprenticeship Week!

More than 500,000 apprentices are currently training in more than 1,000 occupations nationwide. The HON Company, Mohawk Industries, and the Roper Corporation are among the companies taking part in Georgia’s Apprenticeship Program.

GNTC celebrates National Apprenticeship Week November 13-19!

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GNTC Bookstores Sale

GNTC is the Top Technical College in Georgia for Dual Enrollment Students for the Fourth Straight Year

(Northwest Georgia) – For the fourth consecutive year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2017” Report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
The report shows that GNTC had 2,153 dual enrollment students, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College was the second highest with 1,878 students, and Coastal Pines Technical College was third with 1,806 students.

 

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Miette Craig, of Rossville, earned her associate degree in Business Management from GNTC in spring 2017 before she received her high school diploma through dual enrollment.

Dual enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. This program offers students a preview of college, credits earned towards a degree before they graduate high school, and even helps with the financial cost of a college education.

 

“The Dual Enrollment Program is another avenue for high school students to greater career opportunities and a more educated workforce in Georgia,” said Kristi Hart, director of High School Initiatives at GNTC.

 

Many dual enrollment courses also offer students the opportunity to earn an industry certificate. This gives students the option of either entering the workforce upon graduation from high school or continuing their education at a TCSG or University System of Georgia college. Either way, they begin their selected career path with a head start.

 

“I view the success of Dual Enrollment at GNTC to be attributed to so many factors but two stand out the most: first is our partner high schools and the second is the faculty, staff, and High School Initiatives personnel at GNTC,” said Hart. “We all work together to make sure every high school student has what’s needed to meet and exceed his or her potential.”

 

For more information about the dual enrollment options offered by the Technical College System of Georgia, visit the website https://doublethecredit.org/.

 

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.

 

Training For Emergencies In Northwest Georgia

Community, Former Grads Help GNTC’s Emergency Medical Programs
Purchase State-Of-The-Art Simulator

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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.

GNTC Taking Applications For Spring 2018, Deadline November 30

Deadline to apply for Spring 2018 – NOVEMBER 30!

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Happy Halloween From BOO-Cats Country!

Happy Halloween from the GNTC “BOO-Cats” on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern! Here’s a quick look at some of our costumes that took to the stage this Halloween for the college’s Halloween Costume Contest.

Violence In The Home, Reaching Out In NW Georgia

Georgia Northwestern, Family Crisis Center
Observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

(Northwest Georgia) – In the last 12 months alone, nearly eight million days of work were lost due to a dangerous and deadly outbreak close to the home.

That’s the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs!

This is just one of many statistics that makes Domestic Violence Awareness a priority. Each October, this home-grown system of abuse is put front and center in the U.S. It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Georgia Northwestern helped give it a voice on Wednesday. A specialist in the field spoke to several dozen GNTC students, faculty, and staff on the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia Wednesday.

Here in Northwest Georgia, The Family Crisis Center of LaFayette, Georgia provides men, women, and children with services to protect themselves and their loved ones when they face a domestic violence situation. “So many don’t even know they are in an abusive relationship,” said Family Crisis Center representative Becky Daniel.

 

Family Crisis Center of LaFayette, Georgia stops to speak with GNTC'ers during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Family Crisis Center (FCC) staffer Becky Daniel speaks with several dozen Georgia Northwestern Technical College students, faculty, and staff Wednesday about what the FCC has to offer. This was part of GNTC’s push to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness month this October.”

 

Researchers of domestic violence will tell you that the tell-tale signs are there. “Victims may believe they can handle it, though. Often, they feel that others just misunderstand the situation and that they are the only ones who can handle it and be able to help the other person,” added Daniel. “What often happens, though, is that person will isolate their partner from their friends and their family. Then, when you decide it’s time to do something, you may do nothing because you aren’t sure what you are able to do.”

Four in five cases of domestic violence are against women. In half of the homes in which spousal abuse has taken place, children are also victims of abuse. “For those who aren’t sure they should report abuse, often, the factor that helps them make a decision to seek help is that the victim has children living in the same home,” said Daniel.

Each year, the Family Crisis Center fields more than 2,000 calls on its 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week hotline. The center helps victims do everything from file restraining orders to housing, clothing, and feeding those now without a home due to domestic violence. If you would like to learn more about domestic violence or speak with the Family Crisis Center, you can call the center at 706.375.7630. You may also call toll-free at 800.334.2836.

Throughout the year, GNTC offers students, faculty, and staff free counseling on many topics both on and off-campus. For more information about the college, visit them at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682 (GNTC). Spring Semester classes begin this January on all six campuses, as well as online.

Currently, GNTC offers more than 200 programs to nearly 6,000 students on-campus and online. GNTC has offered programs across the region for more than 50 years. 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 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.

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.

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