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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.

Helping Transition NW Georgia’s Students To College and Careers

HS Students with Challenges Visit
Transition Fair at Georgia Northwestern

 

Man in garage points over the heads of students watching to point out a portion of the facilities he speaking about. Two students are out of focus and in the foreground.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Automotive Technology Program Director Troy Peco gives a tour of his program’s facilities on the Walker County Campus during the 2018 GNTC Transition Fair November 2.”
Instructor in button down shirt is on the left speaking with a student in a hooded sweatshirt. They are in a college classroom with a video board on the wall behind them.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Dean of Business and Industrial Technologies Dr. Michael Fennell speaks with one of the students touring the Drafting Technology facility at the college’s Walker County Campus during the 2018 GNTC Transition Fair on the Walker County Campus November 2.”
An instructor in a coat and button down shirt speaks to several students seen in the foreground. They are all standing in a welding lab with a metal roll-up bay door behind them.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Welding and Joining Technologies Program Director Jeremiah Cooper speaks with students attending the 2018 GNTC Transition Fair on the Walker County Campus November 2.”
An instructor is handing out literature detailing a college program. Students are seated in the foreground waiting patiently for the materials to be handed out.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Early Childhood Care and Education Program Director Susan Kendrick hands out information to students attending the 2018 GNTC Transition Fair on the Walker County Campus November 2.”


(Northwest Georgia)
– More than 200 high school students took part in the annual Georgia Northwestern Technical College Transition Fair November 2. The event is specially designed each year to specifically serve students in helping them move from their high school years to adulthood.

 

Transition Fair attendees toured the college campus to get a first-hand look at many of the programs offered by GNTC. More than a dozen programs within the college’s Business Technology, Health Technology, Industrial Technology, Nursing and Allied Health Technology, and Public Service Technology divisions were on display.

Students, parents, teachers, and administrators from Chattooga, Dade County, Heritage, LaFayette, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Ridgeland, Ringgold, and Trion High School made the trip to GNTC’s Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia for the fair. This year’s event was organized and sponsored by the Catoosa County and Walker County Parent Mentors, Michal Jones, and Sharon Aalfs.

 

“This is an essential tool for high school students as they prepare each day for everyday life, as well as adulthood,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Student Life Coordinator Dione Waddington. “The fair is a very comprehensive way to get these students and their parents all of the information they’ll need to be successful once their high school years are behind them.”

 

GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia will be hosting a Transition Fair Friday, November 9, as well. GNTC has six campuses across Northwest Georgia. Students attend classes on the Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Murray Campuses throughout the year.

 

Among the vendors who spoke with those attending the November 2 event were the Epilepsy Foundation, Georgia Advocacy Office, LifeLine, Inc., Walker County Fire Explorers, Benefits Navigator, Care Source, Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, ARC Driving School, Kaleidoscope, LearningRX, Wells Fargo Bank, Signal Centers, Inc., Cherokee Regional Library, Parent-To-Parent of Georgia, GCA Centre for Adult Autism, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency-Roosevelt Warm Springs, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency-Assistive Work Technology, Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Center, Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities, as well as representatives from Dalton State College, and Kennesaw State College.

 

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.

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GNTC Alum Welder Sets Sights On Russia, One of Six Finalists in International Competition

Man in black buttoned down GNTC shirt is wearing a ball cap and standing outside of a welding station.
GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown is one of six finalists competing in the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials. Three finalists will be chosen to go to the next stage and the winner will go on to compete internationally with welders from around the world.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown is one of six finalists selected for the American Welding Society (AWS) U.S. Invitational Weld Trials – part of a four stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the 2019 WorldSkills Completion.

 

The AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials will take place Dec. 3-9 at Robotics Technology Park in Huntsville, Ala. Three finalists will be chosen at the Weld Trials to go to the next stage to compete to become the U.S. representative at the international welding competition.

 

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected on Feb. 17 from the top three finalists at the AWS TeamUSA Finals. The winner will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the nation against the best WorldSkills welders from other countries.

 

The WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019, in Kazan, Russia.

 

“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC pushed me to be the best welder I can be and has always helped me as much as they can along the way,” said Fincher.

 

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in the four-stage competition that will decide the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and have competed at the National Level for SkillsUSA.

 

This is second time Fincher has made the top six. In 2016, he was one of six finalists for the 2017 WorldSkills Competition.

 

“This is the result of Ryan practicing sometimes for 12 to 16 hours a day, six to seven days a week” said Matt Hayden, GNTC Welding Instructor.

 

Fincher and the other five finalists will be working in the American Welding Society’s exhibition booth at FABTECH 2018, Nov. 3-9, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta as part of their preparation for the U.S. Invitational Weld Trials.

 

“FABTECH is America’s largest metalworking show,” said Hayden.

 

In July, Fincher won the bronze medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing, China. Fincher was selected to be the American representative at the competition in China by the AWS. There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition.

 

Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four part Team USA Welder Selection competition.

 

“I was nervous, but it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Fincher. “It was a very eye opening experience how the people in China treat their guests. They have a lot of hospitality.”

 

As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017 and became the college’s first ever national champion. Fincher graduated from GNTC in 2017.

 

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, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Returning GNTC Students Prepare For Spring… NEXT WEEK!

GNTC’s Horticulture program is holding a small Fall Plant Sale through Oct.12

Man in short sleeved polo shirt and khakis lifts try of flowers from a table inside a nursery greenhouse.
David Warren, director of Horticulture at GNTC, inspects the pansies that are on sale through Friday, Oct. 19. Behind Warren are the poinsettias that will be ready for sale closer to the Christmas holiday.

 

The Horticulture program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is holding a small Fall Plant Sale at the greenhouses and Building L located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome through Friday, Oct. 12.

 

The sale hours are from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays the sale takes place all day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Fall plants being sold include flowering kale, pansies and mums. The flowering kale cost $2 each and the pansies cost $11 for a flat of 36 plants. There mums are available at $5 each.

 

The sale will continue until Oct. 12 or until the plants are sold out.

 

The kale and pansies are located in the main Horticulture greenhouses and the mums are located in a fenced area across from Building L. Buyers should stop by Building L first, said David Warren, director of GNTC’s Horticulture program.

 

Purchases may be made with cash or check and credit cards are not accepted.

 

Warren says that before the year is over the Horticulture program plans to have a poinsettia sale around Christmas.

 

“The poinsettias should be ready probably the week after thanksgiving,” said Warren.

 

All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Horticulture program at GNTC. The sale is a way for GNTC to contribute to the community that also gives Horticulture students real-world experience.

 

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.

Welcome Week 2018 Part One! See You On The FCC, GCC, and PCC!

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Welcome Week Part One kicks off this week!
FCC – Tuesday, GCC – Wednesday, PCC – Thursday


PLUS… Make sure you take part in our SNAP & WIN contest on your campus!
It is a Selfie Challenge that you can take part in on our Snapchat page! Our page is GNTC1 at Snapchat. Or, just scan the Snapcode posted here. (All clues published at 10 a.m. each day of the contest.)

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Have a great Welcome Week 2018! CCC, WCC, and WMC… see you next week for your Welcome Week Celebration!

SIghts from the ICD 2018 at GNTC

Enjoy some of the sights from GNTC’s Industrial Career Day 2018 held on September 7 at the Floyd County Campus!

GNTC Alum Ryan Fincher wins Bronze Medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing

Ryan Fincher (r) in China
Ryan Fincher (right) of Cedartown poses for a picture with his interpreter after winning the bronze medal in in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown won the bronze medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing, China.

 

The competition took place July 22-31. Fincher was selected to be the American representative at the competition in China by the American Welding Society (AWS). There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition.

 

“I was nervous, but it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Fincher. “It was a very eye opening experience how the people in China treat their guests. They have a lot of hospitality.”

 

Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four part Team USA Welder Selection competition that decides which SkillsUSA welder will represent the U.S. in the international WorldSkills Competition that takes place every two years.

 

Fincher said that the international trip helped him learn some tips and techniques that he thinks will make him a better welder.

 

“Everything was metric at the competition in China,” said Fincher. “U.S. welders measure wire feed speed in inches per minute, there it was millimeters per minute, so I was having to convert all of my work from standard to metric.”

 

As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017 and became the college’s first ever national champion. Fincher graduated from GNTC in 2017.

 

“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC helped prepare me not only for these competitions, but also for the real world,” said Fincher.

 

Fincher was also a top six finalist for American Welding Society’s U.S. Invitational Weld Trials in 2017. The Weld Trials are part of the American Welding Society’s process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder, who will be the U.S. representative in the international WorldSkills Competition against the best welders from around the globe.

 

The next WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019, in Kazan, Russia.

 

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in a four-stage competition that will decide the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and have competed at the national level for SkillsUSA.

 

The first stage of the Team USA Welder Selection competition begins with the AWS U.S. Invitational Pre-Trials. Contestants are given a set of WorldSkills welding projects to complete in their home states. The projects are then sent to the AWS Skills committee that will choose the top six for the next stage.

 

The top six pre-trial finalists then compete for the top three positions at the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials.

 

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists at the AWS TeamUSA Finals and will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the U.S. at the WorldSkills Competition.

 

Participants must be active SkillsUSA members who are enrolled in, or have graduated, from a welding program and must be younger than 23 during the year of the WorldSkills Competition.

 

Fincher is the only top six finalist from 2017 that will still be under 23 when the 2019 WorldSkills Competition takes place, which is why he was selected by the AWS for the competition in China. Fincher is currently competing in the pre-trials to select the 2019 SkillsUSA World Team Welder and the top six finalists will be announced on Oct. 15. The competition to select the top three finalists will take place Dec. 3-9.

 

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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