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GNTC Works With Recruits at FutureFest in Dalton

Welding and Joining Instructor Wayne Henderson speaks with some recruits about his program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College during FutureFest hosted by Dalton Public Schools February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were in attendance from Dalton Public Schools.

Dalton Public Schools hosted their First Annual Future Fest at the Dalton Convention Center February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were on hand to visit with the colleges and companies of Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College brought booths from 10 different areas to be able to share with the recruits from the Dalton Public School system. On display for GNTC were Business Administration Technology, Business Management, Computer Support Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Industrial Systems Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Technology, Social Work Assistant, Welding and Joining Technology, Dual Enrollment, and Recruiting and Admissions.

The students in attendance were mainly from eighth through 12th grade.

Cora Pyles, left, and Niki Hammock with GNTC High School Initiatives took their morning to speak with approximately 3,000 students in attendance from Dalton Public Schools at FutureFest on February 1.

Program Director and Instructor of Web Design and Computer Information Systems Rocky Spurlock speaks with some recruits about his programs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College during FutureFest hosted by Dalton Public Schools February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were in attendance from Dalton Public Schools.

Shorter Classes, Registration Begins Today

Registration is now OPEN for Spring 2019’s “B Term!”Last day to register is February 22.Classes begin March 4.

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Campuses Open Tuesday at 10 a.m., Graduation Still On Schedule

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State agencies across Georgia, including all Georgia Northwestern Technical College campuses, will be opening at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11 due to potentially dangerous road conditions across the Peach State.
GNTC’s Fall 2018 Graduation Ceremony is still scheduled to begin Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia. If any changes to graduation are made, we will alert you on all GNTC Social Media, as well as GNTC.edu.

If you were scheduled for any final examinations that would take place in part or entirely before 10 a.m. Tuesday, be sure to reach out to your advisor about the very latest in any scheduling changes that may be pending.

Stay tuned to GNTC’s Social Media and GNTC.edu for the very latest on the situation.

SkillsUSA Qualifier At GNTC Sends 48 To State

The Best of NW Georgia High School Specialists Headed To Atlanta

 

Two men working with tools and wood in an outside location.
“Carpentry contestants competing in the High School SkillsUSA regional qualifier held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus on November 30.”

 

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Twenty-eight high schools from across Northwest Georgia competed in the SkillsUSA Region 1 Qualifying Competition hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College November 30. Hundreds of competitors represented their schools hoping to qualify for SkillsUSA Georgia being held in Atlanta next March.

 

Contestants placing first or second in their respective categories at the regional event earned a spot in the state competition in 2019. High-school contestants competed in 25 different professional skill categories on the Walker County Campus of GNTC Rock Spring, Georgia.

 

The students who placed at the qualifier are as follows:

Advertising Design

1st Place           Alexandra Almour       Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School

2nd Place          Hannah Alexander       Heritage High School

3rd Place           Stone Nicholson          Gordon Central High School

 

Architectural Drafting

1st Place           Norma Solis                 Gilmer High School

2nd Place          Jakob Liggins               Pepperell High School

3rd Place           Tristan Alverson           Heritage High School

 

Automotive Refinishing                 

1st Place           Hunter Forsyth             Cedartown High School

 

Automotive Service Technology

1st Place           Caleb Batcliff                Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

2nd Place          Andrew Hollis             Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jesse Taff                     Rockmart High School

 

Cabinetmaking

1st Place           Spencer Youngblood Cedartown High School

2nd Place          Dalton Bray                   Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Banks Hathcox             Calhoun High School

 

Carpentry

1st Place           Forrest Todd               Gilmer High School

2nd Place          Emmanual Cornejo       Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jonathan Pearson         Model High School

 

Collision Repair Technology

1st Place           Piper Ramirez               Rockmart High School

2nd Place          Austin Ledbetter          Cherokee High School

3rd Place           Johnny Angle              Cedartown High School

 

Cosmetology

1st Place           Faith Jenkins                 Cass High School

2nd Place          Harmony Shaw            Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jessica Forsyth             Adairsville High School

 

Early Childhood Education

1st Place           Jada McGill                  Model High School

2nd Place          Kaitlin Bostick               Coosa High School

3rd Place           Aspen Burton              Murray County High School

 

Electrical Construction Wiring

1st Place           Cody McNeese           Gordon Central High School

2nd Place          Steven Vargas              Coosa High School

3rd Place           Logan Cundiff              Chattooga High School

 

Esthetics

1st Place           Estefania Segura           Cass High School

2nd Place          Reagan Brown              North Murray High School

3rd Place           Sandra Daniel              Cedartown High School

 

Extemporaneous Speaking

1st Place           Sasha Melbourne         Cherokee High School

2nd Place          Kendell Arnold             Cass High School

3rd Place           Clara Smith                   Gilmer High School

 

First Aid/CPR

1st Place           Emilie Leyssens             Dalton High School

2nd Place          Courtney Burchfield     Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

3rd Place           Ethan Lester                 Cedartown High School

 

Graphic Communications

1st Place           Taylor Harris                 Armuchee High School

 

Job Interview

1st Place           Emma Long                  Pickens High School

2nd Place          Savannah Martin           Cass High School

3rd Place           Lincoln Puryear Murray High School

 

Job Skills Demonstration A

1st Place           Payton Goodson         Rockmart High School

2nd Place          Skyler Nold                  Pickens High School

3rd Place           Luke Crump                 Gilmer High School

 

Job Skills Demonstration Open

1st Place           Joe Huynh                   Dalton High School

2nd Place          Philena Lewis               Woodland High School

3rd Place           Alexander Duncan      LaFayette High School

 

Masonry

1st Place           Kevin Fraire                   Gordon High School

2nd Place          Devon Bishop              Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Seth Reed                    Ringgold High School

 

Pin Design

1st Place           Logan Drake                 Creekview High School

2nd Place          Ellen Tyrell                    Heritage High School

3rd Place           Sisly Mann                    North Murray High School

 

Plumbing

1st Place           Conner Bennett            Adairsville High School

2nd Place          Oliver Nolasco             Rockmart High School

3rd Place           Cole Ray                      Cedartown High School

 

Prepared Speech

1st Place           Emely Perez                 North Murray County High School

2nd Place          Evan Holder                 Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Diane Nave                  LaFayette High School

 

Quiz Bowl    

1st Place           Floyd County College & Career Academy

2nd Place          Cherokee High School

3rd Place           Coosa High School

 

 

 

Technical Drafting

1st Place           Matthew Funderburk   Heritage High School

2nd Place          Zach Garrett                 Pepperell High School

 

T-Shirt Design

1st Place           Lanie Roland                Cherokee High School

2nd Place          Byranna Darnell             Gordon Central High School

3rd Place           Elijah Pehison               Heritage High School

 

Welding

1st Place           Tucker Mobbs             Cedartown High School

2nd Place          Sage Owings               Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Dakota Roper               Coosa High School

 

 

“The competitions went very well this year,” said GNTC SkillsUSA Advisor Missy McClain. “The talent was exceptional this time around and our high schools in Northwest Georgia will be well represented. 2019 should be a very good year for our area.”

 

GNTC is known for its prowess on the national stage of SkillsUSA at the collegiate level. This past summer, GNTC sent 17 national qualifiers to the 2018 SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Seven of those finished in the top 10 in the nation. In 2017, GNTC’s Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia won the national championship in the category.

 

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.

GNTC, Local Law Enforcement Prepare For Emergencies

Active Shooter Drill Held On
Georgia Northwestern’s Catoosa County Campus

 

Four police officers standing at bottom of staircase as they look for suspects. They are going through double doors.
“A team of first responders methodically move through the Catoosa County Campus during an Active Shooter Drill on November 30. From left, Deputy LeeAnn Moody, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Doug Licklider, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department; Detective Jennifer Jones, Ringgold Police Department (GNTC Police); and Nigel Torres, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department.”

Profile of instructor as he smiles, standing in front of taped off room.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger stands by to role-play one of the gunmen used in the November 30 Active Shooter Drill on the college’s Catoosa County Campus.”

Officer stands with back against a wall going up a staircase with her weapon drawn. You can see the outside of the building through a huge window near her.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Police Officer Jennifer Jones covers fellow officers during maneuvers in a staircase on the college’s Catoosa County Campus. Jones is also a detective for the Ringgold (GA) Police Department.”

Three people are dressed in white t-shirts and wearing cosmetic wounds for the active shooter drill.
“Some of the students in GNTC’s Emergency Medical Technician program prep for the drill by role-playing victims. Madison Nelms, sitting, is having an artificial wound applied to her neck by classmate Mike Chavez. Fellow student Phoenix West is helping in the background.”

 

(Catoosa County, Georgia) – A damp and eerie morning in Northwest Georgia set the scene November 30 for an Active Shooter Drill held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). Local and state authorities from multiple departments, as well as more than two dozen students, took part in the live exercise.

 

“Our students got a real opportunity to take part in a hands-on emergency situation right on our campus,” said GNTC Emergency Medical Technician Director Claudio Leyssens.

 

Just after 10 a.m. on the Friday morning, it would only take a pair of gunmen a few seconds to make their way through the campus lobby and up a flight of stairs. As soon as the first shots rang out, the feeling that this was still just a practice drill immediately disappeared. From the parking lot, you could see the gunmen in the windows going from room to room. The feeling of a drill was over.

 

The sounds of weapons discharging their ammunition throughout the Ringgold, Georgia complex quickly sent emergency workers and student participants hurrying to their roles in the emergency drill. Within minutes, the first responders would arrive and begin the search for the gunmen. Although it was just a practice run, it would have been hard to make it feel more real.

 

“This is the age we live in,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Police Training Coordinator Gary McConathy. “These sort of drills are a necessity to help protect us from dangerous events. After the shootings that have made headlines across the country over the past few years, we have to do our part to not only help us be prepared, but to allow our local authorities an opportunity to train in a true-to-life exercise.”

 

First responders would move methodically throughout both floors of the 60,000-square foot facility searching for the suspects. “Those first on the scene have one main goal,” said McConathy. “The goal is to stop a shooter. Those first officers won’t stop to assess injuries. With each additional minute that passes that they have not detained the gunman, that’s one more life that could be on the brink because of it. You have to stop the threat.”

 

Responders from the Catoosa County Fire Department, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Dalton Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services, Puckett Emergency Medical Services, Ringgold Police Department, and the Tunnel Hill Police Department participated in the event. “There were even some of the responders who came on a volunteer basis to take part,” added McConathy. “It just goes to show just how important this kind of thing is.”

 

Although the drill organizers are still breaking down the data from the drill, students on hand had their results immediately. “When the weapons discharged, it grabbed the attention of all of our students,” said Leyssens. “I’ve taken part in several disaster drills. However, this was my first active shooter drill. This drill really helped train emergency responders as well as my students going into the field. I really feel like it has the potential to help keep our campuses safer than others. You just don’t hear about a lot of drills taking place like this at other colleges.”

 

In Calhoun, Georgia in October 2017, GNTC’s Gordon County Campus hosted an Active Shooter Drill. The college’s Floyd County Campus was the site of a similar event in 2014 in Rome, Georgia. In 2011, the Walker County Campus of GNTC also hosted a similar exercise in which authorities across the region responded to the drill at the Rock Spring, Georgia facilities.

 

GNTC offers Basic Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Technician, Criminal Justice, and Crime Scene Investigation programs. For more information on these programs, visit the college at GNTC.edu or by calling 866.983.4682.

 

For more information on the drill, you may contact GNTC Chief of Police Chad Cardin at 706-295-6552. You may also e-mail him at ccardin@gntc.edu. 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.

GNTC Announces Winner of 2019 EAGLE Award

Student wearing floral pattern top with black jackets stands in front of gray wall for portrait.

 

Harley Chastain, of Gordon County, was chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute March 11-13, 2019, at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

 

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

 

A resident of Calhoun, Chastain is currently enrolled in the Lactation Consultant program at GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. Her career goal is to eventually become a midwife.

 

“GNTC’s adult education classes have prepared me for college by giving me the right tool belt of knowledge,” said Chastain. “Within the first week of college I was using a few of the writing skills taught to me in the adult education classes.”

 

Chastain was nominated for the EAGLE award by Melissa Blevins, lead teacher and site manager for Adult Education in Gordon County. Blevins said that she chose to nominate Chastain based on how much she would work with other students.

 

“Harley is dedicated, honest and she really believes in the program,” said Blevins. “She wants other people to earn their GED® diploma and achieve their goal.”

 

Jeffery Allen, of Rome, was selected as first runner up and alternate for GNTC’s EAGLE award. He was nominated by Karen Craven, lead teacher and site manager for Adult Education in Floyd County.

 

“I learn more each day with GNTC’s Adult Education program,” said Allen. “I call it a never ending journey.”

 

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

 

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

 

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.

Thankful For The Bobcat Nation, A Culinary Teaser This Thanksgiving Eve

Screenshot (28)Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Bobcat Nation!
Today, we are thankful for a product of our Culinary Arts program at Georgia Northwestern, Sedric Floyd.
During this holiday break, his mother asked for a hamburger. If you know Sedric, you know he doesn’t usually do simple dishes.
If monitors had smell-o-vision, you’d be enjoying the aroma of a fresh and specially seasoned homemade Turkey Burger with hand-cut baked fries!

From Sedric, Culinary Arts, and all of Georgia Northwestern,
HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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***Give Sedric a follow on Instagram at (@chef_thr33limbs).
Plus, read his inspirational story this week and truly appreciate the things you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

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Hundreds of area high school students attend Transition Fair at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus

Teenagers dressed casually inside a carpeted room with vendors using tables along two of the walls.
Hundreds of area high school students came to the Transition Fair on the Floyd County Campus in Rome.

 

Hundreds of area high school students attended the Floyd County Interagency Transition Fair on Friday, Nov. 9, at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Floyd County Campus in Rome.

 

The event, sponsored by Floyd County Schools, was held for students to learn more about the different academic programs and services the college has to offer and other options for life after high school.

 

Students from Armuchee High School, Coosa High School, Model High School, and Pepperell High school came to the Conference Center in Building H to interact with GNTC faculty and staff. Additional representatives from other area colleges and personnel from various businesses and healthcare facilities were there to offer resources for students transferring from K-12 to work or post-secondary education.

 

GNTC academic program representatives included instructors from Electrical Systems Technology, Computer Information Systems, Horticulture, Industrial Systems Technologies, Medical Assisting and the Youth Success Academy.

 

GNTC staff was also on hand to provide information about admissions, academic support, disability services, student life, and additional student services.

 

There also were representatives and vendors from CareSource; Chattahoochee Technical College; Developing Independent Growth and Security (DIGS), Inc.; Georgia Advocacy Office; Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities; Georgia Highlands College; Project Search; Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation; Highland Rivers Center; Lutheran Services of Georgia; Network Day Services; Parent to Parent; Regions Bank; Shorter University and more.

 

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.

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