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GNTC and TCSG Partners Pull Together to Provide Aid for Residents of South Georgia That Were Affected by Storms


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Helping South Georgia Storm Victims! Read the story for full details on how you can help right here in Cats Country!


(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is putting together a multi-campus effort and joining other colleges in the Technical College of Georgia (TCSG) system to provide aid to residents of the South Georgia region that were affected by the recent storm and flooding damage.


Albany Technical College, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, and Southern Regional Technical College will pick up donations from six other colleges in the TCSG system that are spread throughout the state. All other schools in the TCSG system will be able to coordinate their donation efforts with one of the six designated colleges that is closest to their location. GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome is one of the six designated pickup locations.


Georgia Northwestern’s Floyd County Campus will accept donations until Thursday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. All other GNTC campuses will need donations by Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the main lobby of any of the six campuses of Georgia Northwestern.


Items that are being requested from the GNTC region are:


  • Snack items (packaged small or individually is preferred)
  • Gatorade
  • Juices
  • Sodas
  • Work gloves
  • Blankets and other bedding items
  • Towels
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Cleaning supplies, such as bleach
  • Non-perishable food items (#10 cans – dried beans, rice, pasta, etc.)
  • Toys (small for all ages)


Bottled water and personal hygiene items are not being accepted at this time.


The address for the six campuses of GNTC that are accepting donations are:


  • Catoosa County Campus

6450 Alabama Highway

Ringgold, Georgia 30736


  • Floyd County Campus

One Maurice Culberson Drive

Rome, Georgia 30161


  • Gordon County Campus

1151 Hwy. 53 Spur

Calhoun, Georgia 30701


  • Polk County Campus

466 Brock Road

Rockmart, Georgia 30153


  • Walker County Campus

265 Bicentennial Trail

Rock Spring, Georgia 30739


  • Whitfield Murray Campus

2310 Maddox Chapel Road

Dalton, GA  30721


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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Cats, Lady Cats Lose On Road, Start Tornado Fundraising

(Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern’s Lady Cats find themselves in an unusual position going into the final week of the NJCAA regular season. The NJCAA’s Region XVII defending champions must win their region finale Saturday in Rossville (GA) versus Middle Georgia Tech to earn regular season co-champion honors with West Georgia Tech.

The Lady Cats (11-10, 4-1) are a half-game behind West Georgia Tech after losing their road match-up with the Lady Golden Knights (10-16, 5-1) this past Friday night in LaGrange, Georgia, 78-69.

Freshmen Alyssa Nichelson (Canton, GA) and Odessa Person (Lineville, AL) led the way for the Lady Cats. Nichelson dropped in 14 points and pulled down a dozen boards in the effort. Person only managed six points, but did find ways to clean the road glass for staggering 21 rebounds as she continues to lead the region in that category. Lady Golden Knight Nicole Marshall led all scorers with 17.

If Georgia Northwestern wins their re-match with the Lady Titans from Warner-Robbins (GA) Saturday, it would put the Lady Cats in a tie for the lead of NJCAA Region XVII with West Georgia Tech. Given those teams have split their regular season series and have no other loses to compare throughout their region, a coin-toss would be held prior to the post-season tournament which begins February 22 to determine the top-seed in the NJCAA National Qualifier.

The Lady Cats won the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament last season earning Georgia Northwestern its first-ever bid to a national tournament for any intercollegiate athletic event. A first-round loss in 2012 to eventual National Semi-Finalist Montgomery College-Rockville (MD) would leave the Lady Cats hoping for a return trip this March.

On the men’s side of the weekend road trip, the Bobcats went into the break with West Georgia Tech tied at 38-all. However, the Golden Knights would find their way to a 20-point lead late in the game eventually taking the contest, 80-64. The Cats lost the front-side of the set in early January at the R.A.C., 88-73.

Sophomore NJCAA All-Region and All-District First-Teamer Alex Miller (Calhoun, GA) would lead all scorers with 19 points. 47-percent shooting from the field, 57-percent shooting from the foul line, and 22 turnovers would lead to the Bobcats (7-17, 0-7) road loss. West Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-3) would be led by Ryan Jones and Randazzero Chaney as they both added 18 points each on the night.

Although the focus will be winning the post-season tournament while they are on the hardwood, the Bobcats and Lady Cats will also be doing what they can to pitch in to help the tornado victims from the storms which struck Bartow and Gordon County just two weeks ago.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams from Georgia Northwestern field players from towns and high schools right in the middle of the destructive path of the storm. Sophomore standout Emily Cole is a graduate of Adairsville High School in Adairsville, Georgia.

Cole and her family were fortunate and the EF-3 tornado and its 160-mph winds missed their homes. Others in Cole’s life weren’t as fortunate. “I had an old teammate whose house was damaged by the tornado,” said Cole. “Mainly, the destruction of the town was a personal thing to me. I’ve always lived in Adairsville and it felt like my home was destroyed.“

More than 500 structures were damaged or destroyed when the funnel cloud touched down and ripped across the neighboring Northwest Georgia counties. “Everyone was impacted in our town by the tornado,” said Cole. “We are just such a close community. I want people to know that this town has God on their side and that no matter what, He is always going to be there to help us pick up the mess.”

Bobcat players Alex Miller, Tavish Reynolds, and Richard Olsen are all from Calhoun, Georgia. Former teammates and classmates of Reynolds, a graduate of Sonoraville High School, were extremely fortunate. Witnesses say the same tornado that tore Adairsville apart came within striking distance of the Sonoraville High School campus that morning.

For the remaining home games, the Bobcats and Lady Cats will be donating a portion of their proceeds to relief efforts in the towns hardest hit by the storm. For more information on the effort, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to Georgia Northwestern is a member of the NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Tornado Relief Efforts Continue Across Northwest Georgia

(Northwest Georgia) – One week after an F4 Tornado reaching speeds of 200 mph ripped through Ringgold, Georgia, charities across the Tennesse Valley and Northwest Georgia are doing all they can to help out. Georgia Northwestern students, faculty, and staff attempted to do their part on Thursday, May 5.

“It’s such a small, small thing in the face of what everyone is dealing with in our region this week. However, we want to do something to help in anyway,” said Jeff King, provost of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. “We have a proud student body and they have been asking to do anything to help out.”

Working via the social media networks and e-mail links of Georgia Northwestern, the college helped set-up a pair of drives at the LaFayette and Fort Oglethorpe Wal-Marts. People gave hundreds of boxes of cleaning and building supplies, as well as approximately $3,000 in cash to help buy even more supplies. GNTC used a pair of tractor-trailers from their commercial truck driving program to take and hold donations, as well as transport the supplies to collection sites in the region Thursday night.

“We are thankful to be able to do whatever we can do,” said King. “We are all neighbors. The way our students and employees have come together is inspiring. Each day begins and ends we prayer for our families and thankfulness for what we have.”

If you or someone you know needs assistance as a result of the storms, you are encouraged to contact, call 800-621-FEMA, or try their mobile site at

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