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GNTC’s Fincher Wins National Gold In Louisville, Two Teams Grab Bronze

Ryan Fincher
2017 SkillsUSA National Collegiate Welding Champion GNTC’s Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia.

(Louisville, Kentucky) – Cedartown, Georgia’s Ryan Fincher became Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s first-ever national champion at the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky tonight.

Fincher took home top honors in the competition’s Welding category this week at the National Skills and Leadership Conference in the Bluegrass State.

Placing nationally for GNTC were Bobcat teams in the Chapter Display and Career Pathways categories. Taking home the bronze from the Chapter Display team for GNTC were Brandy LeVan (Rock Spring, Georgia), Melisa Fajardo (Dalton, Georgia), and Kate Hendricks (Rock Spring, Georgia.)

Also grabbing a third place finish at nationals was GNTC’s Career Pathways team. Beck Maxwell (Euharlee, Georgia), Melvin Mitchell (Cartersville, Georgia), and Dusty Powell (Aragon, Georgia) make up the bronze medal entry from GNTC.

Congratulations to all of our nationally-recognized winners from the 2017 SkillsUSA Competition. More than 16,000 people from across America took part in the competition on either the collegiate or high school level this week.

 

 

Next Week Is HUGE For Fall 2017 At GNTC!

 

GNTC to Host Move On When Ready New Student Orientations at all Six Campuses

GNTC Robotics
Greg Smith (left), instructor of Robotics and Engineering at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy (FCSCCA), teaches Camron Roubieu (right), of Coosa High School, how to operate an industry-grade robot. Robotics and Engineering is a Move On When Ready program between FCSCCA and Georgia Northwestern that gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Students may also use the credits earned towards an industry certificate or associate degree.

(Floyd County, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) will hold face-to-face orientations in July for high school students participating in the Move On When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment Program.

 

The MOWR orientations will last approximately 1-2 hours and are only for high school students who are enrolled in the MOWR program at Georgia Northwestern. These sessions are separate from the orientations for new GNTC students.

 

Attending a Move On When Ready orientation session is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Registration is required prior to taking part in a MOWR orientation.

 

Georgia’s Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

 

Any student in an eligible Georgia high school or home study program who has achieved required scores on the college placement exam, are eligible to take part in the MOWR program.

 

Placement tests for the MOWR program are provided at area high schools. Students that haven’t taken the placement exam can contact their high school counselor or a member of GNTC’s High School Initiatives staff.

 

All college coursework taken through the MOWR program is covered with MOWR funding. Students are not required to pay for tuition, college fees, or textbooks. The only fees students may be responsible for are course-specific fees determined by the college.

 

For three consecutive years, GNTC has had the largest number of MOWR students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

 

“Our growth is still over 30% from last spring to this spring and we had 3,038 students enrolled in Move On When Ready,” said Kristi Hart, director of High School Initiatives at GNTC. “These students have taken 32,880 credit hours.”

 

Many MOWR 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.

 

Listed are the MOWR new student orientations showing (from left to right) the campus, location, date, and time of sessions.

 

  • Catoosa County Campus, Ringgold, July 11 at 5 p.m.
  • Floyd County Campus, Rome, July 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Gordon County Campus, Calhoun, July 13 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Whitfield Murray Campus, Dalton, July 11 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Walker County Campus, Rock Spring, July 12 at 1 p.m.

 

To register online, go to https://ganorthwestern.webex.com, click on event calendar tab, and choose one of the MOWR orientations listed. For best results, use a computer, instead of a smartphone or tablet, to register online.

 

GNTC’s High School Initiatives staff may be contacted via email at mowr@gntc.edu, or by phone at 706.295.6865 or 706.272.2963.

 

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.

Returning Students Register NEXT WEEK!

Early Registration for FALL 2017 begins NEXT WEEK!

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STEMulating Camp For Catoosa Middle Schoolers

Camp STEMulate in Catoosa County, Georgia
Roper Corporation Manager Don Gregg serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Camp STEMulate “Egg Drop” project. Catoosa County Middle Schoolers were given a short amount of time and limited supplies to design a way to protect a nuclear device from being damaged as a result of a free fall. (In this exercise, the nuclear device was an egg and the free fall was a drop of approximately 12 feet.)

 

 

(Ringgold, Georgia) – Nearly 60 campers from Heritage, Lakeview, and Ringgold Middle Schools are spending the week at the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to take part in Camp STEMulate.

In cooperation with Mohawk Industries, North Georgia E.M.C., Roper Corporation, Shaw Industries, and GNTC, Catoosa County School students are getting first-hand, high-tech experience through this STEM camp. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program was first developed nearly a decade ago as a national project to help drive students towards excelling in these areas of study.

Among the areas students are receiving state-of-the-art training are Coding, Electronics, Rapid Prototyping, and Design. From learning how to design their own race cars to experiencing the manufacturing processes behind the flooring industry in Northwest Georgia, these young men and women are learning about many of the careers waiting for them in the region. More importantly, they are learning what it will take to excel in those careers.

The Youth Scholar Program administered in part by the Floyd County Schools on the Floyd County Campus of GNTC is also underway this week. The camps being held in Northwest Georgia are available in large part due to economic development efforts by the organizations, companies, and schools of the area. It is an effort to help grow the industries currently in the region, as well as companies set to call our area “home” in the future.

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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Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing Camp Honors Middle Schoolers

Companies, Colleges Combine To Expose Future To Technology Training, Opportunities In NW Georgia

Race Car Design at NW Georgia's DEM Camp!
“Campers line up to watch one of the many heats of car races June 8 after closing ceremonies in Dalton, Georgia. The cars were designed by campers during the week-long Designing, Engineering, and Manufacturing (DEM) Camp hosted on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Dalton State College, and the Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy.”

 

(Whitfield County, Georgia) – Northwest Georgia middle school students spent a week on the campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), Dalton State College (DSC), and the Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy to attend the Eighth Annual Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing (DEM) Camp.

Counting first-timers and return campers, the DEM camp hosted 135 middle school technology enthusiasts June 5-9. With the help of college instructors and former campers from area high schools, these young men and women were exposed to areas of expertise such as: Rapid Prototyping, Electronic Circuit Boards, Laser Design with 3-D Imagery, Programming Industrial Robots, and Flooring Design.

The DEM camp also took campers on tours of area manufacturers. Students saw the technology and training they had been exposed to this week being put to work at several Northwest Georgia corporations. Thanks in part to sponsors of the event, the camp is free to students on a first-come basis.

Sponsors of the annual camp include GNTC; Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy; DSC; Dalton Public Schools; Whitfield County Schools; Shaw Industries; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray, & Whitfield Counties; Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce; J+J Flooring Group; Georgia Power; ArrowStar, LLC; Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority; Grainger; IVC US, Inc.; Engineered Floors, LLC; Lyle Industries, Inc.; Lowe’s; North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation; The Carpet and Rug Institute; Inc.; Dalton Utilities; and Brown Ox Ventures, Inc.

This week, GNTC will help host two similar camps in Northwest Georgia. Camp STEMulate on the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia and the Young Scholars Program (YSP) will be held on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia. The YSP focuses on STEM activities throughout the week, as well.

The original STEM program was designed by the Department of Education to help make American students among the world’s best educated when it comes to the academic areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The camps being held in Northwest Georgia are available in large part due to economic development efforts by the organizations, companies, and schools of the area. It is an effort to help grow the industries currently in the region, as well as companies headed to the Peach State in the future.

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.

Two Weeks To Early Registration For Fall 2017!

Early Registration for FALL 2017 begins TWO WEEKS from today!
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Georgia Northwestern Awards Scholarships to 31 NW Georgia High Schools Grads

GNTC Assisting In Nine Different Counties

 

Megan Hardin
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel awards the 2017 GNTC Foundation Scholarship to Chattooga High School graduate Megan Hardin at a May awards banquet in Summerville, Georgia.”

 

 


(Northwest Georgia) – The Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation is giving scholarship awards to one deserving student at each of its 31 high schools in the college’s nine-county Northwest Georgia service area.

High school administrators and GNTC Foundation Trustees have been busy during these last few weeks. Every scholarship winner is receiving a $250 award to help pay for the expenses of the first year of college.

From GNTC employees donating to the foundation on all six of its campuses, to fundraising events in our communities throughout the year, the GNTC Foundation works hard to raise the funding for these scholarships.

The winners of the 2017 GNTC Foundation Scholarships are Casandra Moore, Armuchee HS; Christopher Parker, Calhoun HS; John Zapp, Calhoun College and Career Academy; Chase Manning, Cedartown HS; Megan Hardin, Chattooga HS; Keely Valdiva, Coahulla Creek HS; Landis Yarbrough, Coosa HS; Whitney Craig, Dade County HS; Jose Villeda, Dalton HS; Erik Fitz, Floyd College and Career Academy; Martin Pineda, Gordon Central HS; Robin Reyes, Gordon County College and Career Academy; Amber Wallin, Gordon Lee HS; Cole Ryan, Heritage HS; Timothy Chamlee, Lafayette HS; Morgan Schaefer, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe HS; Montana Wheeler, Model HS; Jordan Green, Murray County HS; Jacquelyn Reyes, Morris Innovative HS; Adriana Robertson, North Murray HS; Sierra Casteel, Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy; Samuel Weaver, Northwest Whitfield HS; Taineisha Brown, Pepperell HS; Guadalupe Adame, Phoenix HS; Braden Peace, Polk County College and Career Academy; Ashton Pritchett, Ridgeland HS; Karen Gray, Ringgold HS; Megan Bentley, Rockmart HS; Nyshaia Whatley, Rome HS; Thaley Jackson, Sonoraville HS; Cristian Antillon, Southeast Whitfield HS; and Jordan Floyd, Trion HS.

“We are truly honored to be welcomed into each of our high schools. It’s a humbling opportunity to be allowed to help recognize our latest high school graduates on their accomplishments,” said GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel. “We were blessed with a surprise donation this year. An anonymous donor asked to set up an alumni scholarship at one of our high schools that would award 11 graduates for their hard work and commitment to go to college. We’d love to partner with others about doing the same at their Alma Mater.”

Alumni Scholarship Winners
“The first-ever recipients of the Chattooga Alumni Scholarships are shown here shortly after being recognized at a May awards banquet in Summerville, Georgia. Shown, from left, are Jason Gamel, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Institutional Advancement, and scholarship winners Meghan Campbell, Billy Young, Alexis Ashworth, Katlyn Sutton, Jonathan Rape, Bradyn Elsberry, Talea Covington, Joshua Wyatt, Sydney Smith, and Ashlee Brumit. Not shown is scholarship winner Joshua York.”

The anonymous donor of this new annual gift was a graduate of Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia. This is a gift that is scheduled to continue every year to this person’s Alma Mater. This gift allowed the GNTC Foundation to award $250 Chattooga Alumni Scholarships to the following Class of 2017 graduates: Alexis Ashworth, Ashlee Brumit, Meaghan Campbell, Talea Covington, Bradyn Elsberry, Jonathan Rape, Sydney Smith, Katlyn Sutton, Joshua Wyatt, Joshua York, and Billy Young.

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation helps fund academic and support programs at the college throughout the year. Their efforts have helped thousands of Northwest Georgia students attend college. Currently serving as Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation Trustees are Phil Brown, Gordon County; Valerie Brown, Whitfield County; Mary Carpenter, Catoosa County; Jay LeGrande, Polk County; Sherrie Patterson, Murray County; Jay Still, Whitfield County; Carolyn Walker, Walker County; Doris White, Walker County; and Jason Winters, Chattooga County.
GNTC has campuses in Catoosa, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties in Georgia. GNTC directly serves the residents in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties in Georgia.

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.

 

Rome Home Builders Association Honors GNTC Construction Management Students

(Rome, Georgia) – The Rome Home Builders Association recently honored Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Construction Management students that won gold medals in the statewide SkillsUSA competition in March and will move on to compete in the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 19-23.

 

The five students that were recognized won first place in the TeamWorks and Cabinetmaking contests in SkillsUSA Georgia and are currently pursuing their associate degrees in Construction Management.

 

In the TeamWorks competition, a team of four students are required to build a construction project. The team has to build a little structure and utilize carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical skills that demonstrate their ability to work as a team.

 

Last year’s TeamWorks squad won the gold medal in the statewide SkillsUSA competition in 2016 and went on to place third in the national competition. It was the first year GNTC competed in the TeamWorks category. Two students from last year’s team returned to compete this year.

 

“We set the standard last year, so if we didn’t win the gold medal at Atlanta this year it would’ve been disappointing,” said Barry Arrington of Calhoun, GNTC TeamWorks member.

 

TeamWorks Group Picture
Bo Dooley of Calhoun, GNTC TeamWorks member; Thurmon Morris, president of the Rome Home Builders Association; Barry Arrington of Calhoun, GNTC TeamWorks member; Shawn Clark of Dalton, GNTC TeamWorks member; Donny Holmes, director of GNTC’s Construction Management program and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program; and Jason Gamel, director of the Foundation at GNTC pose for a picture after the RHBA meeting.

 

All five students were presented with a check for $100 by the Rome Home Builders Association. Students that were recognized included Barry Arrington, Shawn Clark, Bo Dooley, and Noah Wilson (TeamWorks); and Branton Bailey (Cabinetmaking).

 

Also announced during the meeting, the RHBA is going to start a scholarship for GNTC students working towards the completion of a degree or diploma in a construction-related program on the Floyd, Gordon, or Polk 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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