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GNTC Instructors Nominated for Rick Perkins Award

(Northwest Georgia) – Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have nominated five of their peer instructors for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.

 

The Rick Perkins Award honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

 

Listed are the nominees for the 2017 award, including (left to right) instructors name and program.

 

  • Jeremiah Cooper, Welding and Joining Technology
  • Tom Rittweger, General Education, Math
  • Ron Vick, Computer Information Systems
  • Kevan Watkins, General Education, Psychology
  • Dwight Watt, Computer Information Systems

 

 

“We are fortunate at Georgia Northwestern Technical College to have instructors who care so much about the students and the learning process,” said Beverly Padgett, GNTC Rick Perkins Coordinator. “These nominees continuously go beyond what is expected of them to not only meet but to surpass the needs of their students. Commitment is a part of who these instructors are and it is evident in the relationships they have with their students.”

 

Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.

 

The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award programs through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

 

A screening committee of administrators at GNTC reviewed each of the nominated instructors and conducted personal interviews with the nominees. From the screening committee interviews, a winner will be chosen to represent the college as GNTC’s 2017 Rick Perkins winner and move on to the regional competition.

 

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.

College, Students To Honor Horticulture Instructor

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Tree Dedication To Honor Shannen Ferry

 

(Rome, Georgia) – Just a little more than a year ago, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Horticulture Director Shannen Ferry was helping pave the way for the future. She helped one of her students, Alice Towe, win the college’s 2015 G.O.A.L. award for top student. Towe then represented the college on the state level, as well.

 

Always known for helping her students plant seeds for their own future, Ferry now leaves behind that legacy after cancer took her life this past August. Now, her students, co-workers, friends, and family will help honor her tradition of preparing for what is yet to come with a special ceremony on GNTC’s Floyd County Campus.

 

On November 10, a tree dedication will be held outside of the GNTC Horticulture facility across from the Rome, Georgia campus. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Contributions are also being accepted to the Shannen Ferry Memorial Horticulture Scholarship Fund established in her honor. Gifts towards the fund may be delivered to GNTC Foundation, One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161.

 

Ferry was a nationally-known horticulture expert who worked in the greenhouse industry, as well as spending most of her adult life teaching her specialty. Before GNTC, Ferry was a horticulture professor at the State University of New York at Alfred. She also served as a horticulture specialist with Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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.

Creamsicles Freeze Competition, Win Title

Congratulations to the Creamsicles on their

2016 Intramural Co-Ed Softball Championship.

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Leaving A Legacy: Arming The Future Of Industrial Technology

Tommy Wilson Scholarship To Help Buy Tools For GNTC Industrial Students

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletic Coordinator David Stephenson, left, presents Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel with the fund’s first check.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – A successful life and career in a tech field in the Tennessee Valley inspires the family of Tommy Wilson to give back in a way that would have made him proud. An initial gift from Wilson’s family will be the foundation of the Tommy Wilson Tool Scholarship Fund benefitting Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Industrial Technology students.

 

Wilson, after working 35 years with Eureka Foundry in Chattanooga, Tennessee, retired at the beginning of 2016. Just 10 weeks later, he passed away. Wilson’s nephew just happens to be David Stephenson, GNTC’s Athletic Coordinator. In Wilson’s name, Stephenson presented a check to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation on September 29. GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel accepted the gift on behalf of the Foundation at the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia.

 

“Uncle Tommy graduated from the old Kirkman Technical High School in Chattanooga,” said Stephenson. “It led him to a great career with Eureka (Foundry). He worked in drafting and architecture design in regards to industrial systems technology. He would want to give back to those just starting their new careers in the same area of work.”

 

Wilson, with no children of his own, would often tell others that Stephenson was his son. “He was my ‘cool’ uncle,” added Stephenson. “I believe this scholarship would be a great way to honor his life of working successfully in a technical career. He was very helpful to others within his field. Just seems fitting to do this in his name.”

 

His alma mater, Kirkman Technical High School, was located in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. The high school closed its doors forever in 1991. It was located on a piece of land affectionately known as “Hawk Hill.” If you look high atop Hawk Hill these days, you’ll find yourself watching the Chattanooga Lookouts play minor league baseball on their home turf, AT&T Field.

 

“With Kirkman long gone, the family just felt giving to the college’s industrial technology programs may be the perfect way to continue his legacy,” said Stephenson. “After speaking with the instructors, it wasn’t the tuition funds that the students were having the toughest time coming up with. It was tougher for the students to get the money to buy the tools to help them start their careers.” Wilson’s family is starting the fund in cooperation with the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation with a promised commitment of at least $500 dollars every year.

 

“We try to encourage private contributions in order to build and maintain outstanding academic and support programs at the college,” said Gamel. “Donations to the Foundation support areas of institutional need including scholarships to deserving students, equipment purchases, materials for the library, and staff development.” To give to the Tommy Wilson Tool Scholarship Fund, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.764.3810. You may also e-mail the office at jgamel@gntc.edu.

 

For more information on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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.

GNTC Culinary Students Travel to Ireland to Learn Irish Cooking Techniques

Kilkenny Castle.jpgChef Greg Paulson, and his wife Beth, stand in front of Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny, Ireland, with the culinary students that participated in the “Irish Food and Cuisine” course.

Back row (from left to right) Billy Morgan, Hazel Dutton, Kasey Cromer, Earnest Simpson, and Kerry Klemm.

Front row (from left to right) Greg Paulson, Beth Paulson, Katie Lambert, Toni Gaulding, Stephanie Walraven, Trey Sutton, and Ross Wood.

(Northwest Georgia / Ireland) – Chef Greg Paulson, director of Culinary Arts at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), has always brought international cooking techniques to his kitchen-lab to teach students the various cooking methods used in other countries.

This summer, he exposed students to Irish cuisine by bringing them to Ireland.

“Going outside the country and learning from the Irish chefs, their cuisine, and some of the fresh ingredients, was just phenomenal to the students,” said Paulson.

The ten-day course “Irish Food and Culture,” was taught at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Waterford, Ireland, just outside of Dublin. Ten students took part in the chance-of-a-lifetime course which also included field trips to various markets, restaurants, butcheries, fromage (cheese) shops, famous landmarks, castles, and beaches.

Georgia Northwestern was the first college in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to take part in the international agreement between the Waterford Institute of Technology and the TCSG.

According to Paulson, one of the primary reasons GNTC was chosen was because TCSG officials were impressed by the culinary lunches that the Culinary Arts program offers to the public, which feature international cuisine.

“Dr. Ian Bond, executive director of the International Center at TCSG, was very impressed with our ‘Fundamentals of Restaurant Operations’ course,” said Paulson. “As part of this course the students create the menu, prepare the food, serve it to the public, and interact with the customers.”

Culinary student Trey Sutton of Adairsville said that the agriculturally-driven aspects of the food and culture of Ireland were what he liked the best.

“They have what’s called 100 percent traceability where every piece of meat, fish, or dairy product can be traced all the way back to the farmer,” said Sutton. “There are tracing numbers for everything that is served in the restaurants. You are not going to find better ingredients.”

“It is very normal for a restaurant in Ireland to have a special where they picked the vegetables that morning,” continued Sutton.

According to Ross Wood of Cave Spring, the all-natural aspects of Irish cuisine were the most memorable part of the trip for him as well.

“It’s a new world over there and everything is just so vastly different from what you already know, nothing is processed or anything,” said Wood. “If you buy a carton of milk you look on the back of it and see the name of the farmer who cultivated it and where his farm is – they just pay a lot more attention to the finer details.”

Toni Gaulding of Rome said that the best part of the trip for her was working side-by-side with the Irish chefs.

“They didn’t make us feel like we were out of place or anything,” said Gaulding. “It was intimidating for someone like me. I’m a homemaker, so it’s a little scary, but they took that fear away and I think that was what impressed me the most.”

The Culinary Arts program is taught in the Woodlee Building on the Floyd County Campus of GNTC. The building is an early 20th century dwelling that has been renovated and updated to include a first-class teaching kitchen, commercial-grade equipment, and a refined serving area.

Paulson says that he is entertaining the thought of doing a nine-day course in France and Germany in the future and hopefully making international experiences an ongoing part of the program.

“Growing up in my hometown, there was a travel agency with a large marquee that stated ‘see the world before you leave it,’” said Paulson. “That was a very impressionable declaration for me and I have genuinely always guided my career path based on that statement.”

“Because of that, I implore all of my students to travel and discover the vast culinary experiences, both regional and international,” he continued.

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.

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Training To Enforce The Law: Basic Law Enforcement Academy

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The GNTC Law Enforcement Academy is now accepting applications for the February 2017 class!
If interested, contact the Law Enforcement Academy’s main office at 706-378-1728. You may also e-mail to dmcclellan@gntc.edu. Seats are limited!!!
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Currently: Exclusively at the brand new Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia!

Cats Country Giveaways THIS WEEK!

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It’s time for the one and only CATS COUNTRY PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!
 
Do you want to win an EXCLUSIVE prize pack from Georgia Northwestern? Snap a quick pic of you and your friends on campus and post it on our GNTC Facebook Page! Be sure to tag your friends in the shot. A winner will be picked THIS WEEK!
 
Good luck and GO CATS!
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