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Georgia Northwestern Commencement Exercises In Dalton

What: Georgia Northwestern Technical College Fall 2017 Graduation Ceremony  
Where: Dalton Convention Center Dalton, Georgia 
When: Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. 
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Georgia Northwestern Technical College holds two commencement exercises every year. A fall graduation is held every December in Dalton, Georgia. A spring graduation is held every May in Rome, Georgia.

 
(Northwest Georgia) – More than 250 graduates from across Northwest Georgia will be walking the stage at the Dalton Convention Center December 12 as they graduate from Georgia Northwestern Technical College. 
 
GNTC’s 2017 GOAL (Georgia’s Occupational Award of Leadership) Award winner, Miguel Ramirez, will be giving the graduating class their commencement speech. The Whitfield County resident represented the college in the GOAL competition this past spring in Atlanta, Georgia. 
 
An estimated 1,500 family members and friends are anticipated to be in attendance at the college’s commencement exercises. GNTC holds two ceremonies each year. A spring graduation each May in Rome, Georgia and a fall graduation each December in Dalton, Georgia. 
 
All graduates participating in the ceremony will be recognized for their academic achievements and presented with their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. GNTC offers more than 200 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 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

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.

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.

 

Kenneth Carson
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.

 

Terry Mobbs
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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