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GNTC holds a Public Safety Training Exercise on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun

(Calhoun, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) department of safety and security and Gordon County first responders, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders reported to Building 300 on the Gordon County Campus for a simulated active shooter scenario on Oct. 10.

 

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Kenneth Carson, of the Calhoun Police Department, was one of the first responders to the “active shooter” during the Public Safety Training Exercise.

 

The exercise served as training for local police and emergency responders to test the response capacity and coordination between GNTC and public safety agencies in the Calhoun area.

 

In the drill, three cars were lit on fire as part of the training and scenario. This was meant to simulate a disgruntled person coming to the college and creating a diversion. The “active shooter” then went into Building 300 and began causing “casualties.” There were two “active shooters” in the exercise.

 

The initial call to emergency responders was for the vehicle fire, so the fire department showed up prior to law enforcement. While the firefighters were tending “casualties” and putting out the fire, one of the “active shooters” came back outside and began opening gunfire on emergency personnel. The “active shooter” then re-entered the building to cause additional casualties and law enforcement responded to the scene.

 

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Three cars were lit on fire as part of the Public Safety Training Exercise held on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. This was meant to simulate a disgruntled person coming to the college and creating a diversion. While firefighters were tending “casualties” and putting out the fire, the “active shooter” began opening gunfire on emergency personnel.

 

“It’s important to train for the worst,” said Detective Seth Densmore of the Calhoun Police Department. “The timeframe in the response is crucial because the longer it takes for someone to contact us and let us know that this is happening, the more casualties we are going to have, so the key is the speed.”

 

Participating agencies included the Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun Fire Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Gordon Hospital and EMS, and Gordon County 911.

 

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One of the “active shooters” opens fire on first responders during the Public Safety Training Exercise on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

Since time is of the essence with any kind of mass casualty, training like this is important since it involves different emergency agencies working together to identify better ways to communicate and respond.

 

“It is imperative that the men and women who make the decisions for their prospective department have a unified command in these situations,” said Densmore.

 

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Terry Mobbs, of Gordon EMS, was one of the emergency medical responders during the Public Safety Training Exercise on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus.

 

GNTC staff, students, and faculty volunteered as “victims” for the drill and went through make up to have fake bullet wounds applied to them prior to the drill. They also were assigned different roles to play for the drill, such as one “victim” that had a heart attack after the shooting began and another “victim” acted hysterical and problematic with the first responders when they arrived.

 

“I think as far as safety goes everybody did really well,” said Tom Bojo, dean of academic affairs at GNTC. ”That’s always goal number one when you do these type of drills.”

 

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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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.

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College Celebrates Industrial Career Day on the Floyd County Campus

(Rome, Georgia) – Regional high school students and members of the community had a chance to speak with representatives of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) industrial programs, employers, and former GNTC students about the benefits of learning a skilled trade during Industrial Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 21.

 

The day, a first for GNTC, was held to expose students to the many possibilities for future employment in the skilled workforce.

 

“Skilled trades are needed the world over.” said Scott Carter, director of Electrical Systems Technology at GNTC. “If you reach out and become a contractor you can do really well and the possibilities are endless.”

 

Approximately 400 people, including high school students from Calhoun High School, Cedartown High School, Christian Heritage High School, Chattooga High School, Dalton High School, Floyd County College and Career Academy, Rockmart High School, Rome High School, Rome Transitional Academy, and Trion High School attended the event.

 

 

The activities took place at Industrial Alley on GNTC’s Floyd County Campus. The alley is located adjacent to Buildings B, C, D and F which contain a majority of the college’s industrial programs. This provided a centralized location with access to most of the industrial labs on the Rome campus. Additional GNTC Industrial programs, that are not located adjacent to Industrial Alley, set up booths with activities and demonstrations relevant to their programs.

 

Industrial program directors were on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There were demonstrations, simulators, and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC. Local employers and former students also spoke with participants about the benefits of learning a skilled trade.

 

Some of the industrial activities included a small car show hosted by the Auto Collision program, a Dynamometer (DYNO) demonstration with a hot rod presented by the Automotive Technology program, a hammer and nail competition by the Construction Management program, a welding simulator provided by the Welding and Joining Technology program, demonstrations by the Cosmetology program, and the Machine Tool Technology program provided a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) demonstration.

 

The machine that GNTC’s SkillsUSA Career Pathways team created, that won the gold medal at the SkillsUSA Georgia competition and the bronze medal at the national SkillsUSA competition, was demonstrated at the labs for the Industrial Systems Technology and Instrumentation and Controls programs.

 

Featured GNTC industrial programs included Air Conditioning Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Construction Management, Cosmetology, Electrical Systems Technology, Horticulture, Industrial Systems Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding and Joining Technology.

 

As part of the day’s activities, one of the qualifying rounds for the 2017 IDEAL National Championship took place in the electrical lab. The competition was a way to showcase the skills of electrical professionals, students, and apprentices. Winners with the fastest times from each of the 63 territories holding qualifying events are awarded tool kits and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship. The national competition will be held Nov. 10-11 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida and over $500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

 

Industrial Career Day was sponsored by Georgia Northwestern, City Electric Supply, Cahaba Sales Group, and the 2017 IDEAL National Championship.

 

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.

A New Arm Of Criminal Justice Takes Flight At GNTC

Georgia Northwestern’s Criminal Justice Program Leads The Charge

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Criminal Justice Director Tony Adams teaching a course within his program on the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia. This year, learning about the use and operation of remote-controlled drones has become a part of the curriculum.”

 


(Northwest Georgia) – With the state of law enforcement and the issues around everyone’s safety these days, one of the more welcome options on the horizon for many officers will be the use of drones. “Simply put, drones will have the ability to save lives.”

That’s the belief of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Criminal Justice Technology Director Tony Adams. After more than 13 years with Georgia’s State Board of Pardons and Paroles since 1989, and now with 15 years under his belt with GNTC, Adams says these unmanned and compact remote-controlled vehicles are helping change the way many departments are getting their jobs done.

GNTC has purchased two new DJI-series Phantom drones for the program’s use. The goal is to make these students flight-ready when it comes to the use of unmanned flight vehicles in the law enforcement arena. “As more and more departments deploy drones they continue to prove their value,” added Adams. “They provide incredible situational awareness to emergency services teams. Police officers, fire fighters, and SWAT teams across the country use drones for search and rescue, crime scene investigation, accident investigation, criminal pursuit, forest fire tracking, and damage assessment. Drones are not just toys or flying cameras.”

Students enrolled in Adams’ program on the college’s Walker County Campus will soon get the chance to have hands-on experience at flying and operating the Criminal Justice Technology program drones. “Everyone is really excited about it in the classroom,” said Adams. “We’ve been troubleshooting problems on the set-up of the drones and we are ready to get them in the air for flight and study.”

As of late, drones have been used by authorities to assess situations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in the Southeastern United States. From tracking weather to handling traffic situations, drones are allowing authorities across Florida, Texas, and other areas impacted by the most recent hurricanes, to have eyes on areas they would not usually be able to access easily.

The next term available for application into the Criminal Justice Technology program will be the spring semester at GNTC. Classes begin this January on all six campuses, as well as online. For more information about the program, visit the college at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Catoosa County Campus is one of six campuses the college offers in Northwest Georgia. The others are located in Floyd County, Gordon County, Polk County, Walker County, and Whitfield County, Georgia. 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.

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Arrrrrrrrr, Bobcats! Spring Fling Ahoy!

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“It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day” online. But, shiver me timbers,
it’s Spring Fling week on ye CCC, GCC, and, WCC!

Be ready to walk the plank for all kinds of treasure and fun.

Even my cousin “Lil’ Shredder” from England posted this video to join in the fun.

Anchors aweigh, Cats Country and enjoy ‘yer Tuesday!

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