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TCSG Commissioner Corbin Visits GNTC’s Floyd County Campus, Site of Future Catoosa County Campus

(Northwest Georgia) – Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), visited and toured the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) on Monday, Aug. 24, to get a first-hand look at how the college conducts its day-to-day academic routine, dual enrollment offerings, and business and industry partnerships.

Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Chief Academic Officer for the TCSG, and Travis Johnson the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Facilities and External Affairs at the TCSG, accompanied Commissioner Corbin on the tour of the Rome campus.

Pete McDonald, President of GNTC, greeted Commissioner Corbin and began the day’s activities by introducing members of his executive leadership team, providing an overview of GNTC, and sharing some statistics and program videos.

Bart Jenkins (right), Director of GNTC’s Machine Tool Technology, program shows TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) some of the equipment that students in the program operate for hands-on experience with industry-standard machinery.
Bart Jenkins (right), Director of GNTC’s Machine Tool Technology, program shows TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) some of the equipment that students in the program operate for hands-on experience with industry-standard machinery.

After the presentation, McDonald led Commissioner Corbin and her colleagues on a campus tour which included the facilities for Welding and Joining Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, and Industrial Systems Technology. During the tour, Commissioner Corbin was able to interact with students and instructors to solicit feedback about their college experiences and classroom instructional needs.

Dusty Powell of Rockmart (right) shows a class project to TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) in the Instrumentation and Controls lab at GNTC.
Dusty Powell of Rockmart (right) shows a class project to TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) in the Instrumentation and Controls lab at GNTC.

Following the tour, the group reconvened to the president’s boardroom for a discussion with business executives which included an overview of the Biz Builders program; an economic development initiative between GNTC and the City of Cedartown. This program prepares small business owners and local entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to open and operate a business in Cedartown.

The TCSG executive team was also able to tour the Robotics and Engineering facilities at the Floyd County College and Career Academy during their visit to GNTC. The lab is part of a dual enrollment program between the two schools. Pictured are (from left to right) GNTC President Pete McDonald; TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin; Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Chief Academic Officer for the TCSG; and Travis Johnson the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Facilities and External Affairs at the TCSG.
The TCSG executive team was also able to tour the Robotics and Engineering facilities at the Floyd County College and Career Academy during their visit to GNTC. The lab is part of a dual enrollment program between the two schools. Pictured are (from left to right) GNTC President Pete McDonald; TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin; Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Chief Academic Officer for the TCSG; and Travis Johnson the newly appointed Assistant Commissioner of Facilities and External Affairs at the TCSG.

McDonald then led Commissioner Corbin and her colleagues across the street to the Floyd County College and Career Academy to show the robotics lab that is part of the dual enrollment program in Robotics and Engineering. Dual enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school. For the past two years, GNTC has had the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the 2013 and 2014 End of Year Enrollment Report issued by the TCSG.

The group then proceeded to GNTC’s Woodlee Building, an early 20th century dwelling that was renovated and updated to include a teaching kitchen and refined serving area for the Culinary Arts program. Chef Greg Paulson and his students prepared lunch for the TGSG guests, President McDonald and his executive team, and various members of GNTC’s Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees.

After Lunch, President McDonald and the TCSG group traveled to Ringgold to preview GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus currently under construction. The campus is anticipated to be ready for occupancy by mid-year 2016 and will be GNTC’s sixth campus in the northwest Georgia region.

Commissioner Corbin began her term as the new Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia in January. She was previously the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. Prior to that she served as the Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where she worked in a variety of roles.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Georgia Northwestern Give Free Sneak Peek To Prospects

GNTC hosting multi-campus open house

“Tours like this one visit the campuses of Georgia Northwestern throughout the year by appointment. No appointment is necessary to take part in the college’s July 14 Open House being held on all five campuses. This tour stopped in the Automotive Technology Department for a visit with former Technical College System of Georgia Instructor of the Year Troy Peco.”
“Tours like this one visit the campuses of Georgia Northwestern throughout the year by appointment. No appointment is necessary to take part in the college’s July 14 Open House being held on all five campuses. This tour stopped in the Automotive Technology Department for a visit with former Technical College System of Georgia Instructor of the Year Troy Peco.”

(Northwest Georgia) – One of the state of Georgia’s largest colleges will be giving a free sneak peek to prospects on July 14. Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is opening the doors to all five of its college campuses for an Open House for the public at large.

Home to more than 200 programs and approximately 6,000 students once the 2015 Fall Semester kicks-off, GNTC wants to make sure to give everyone a look at just what the college will offer beginning next term. For more than half of a century, GNTC has trained students for careers in high demand not only here in Northwest Georgia, but across the country.

College administrators will be holding two different Open House sessions on each campus on July 14. The first will begin at 1 p.m. The second will take place at 6 p.m. Informational sessions and tours will be held for anyone who wishes to take part. The college’s campuses are located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties.

Specialists will be on held to help anyone in need of help with financial aid, the admissions process, or simply just getting some advice on what programs will be best suited for them. For more information, feel free to contact our toll-free number at 866-983-GNTC (4682). You can also visit the college online at www.GNTC.edu.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Peco, GNTC Hosts Oakwood Christian

Students from Oakwood Christian Academy in Chickamauga, Georgia toured the Walker County Campus this morning. Among all of the programs and facilities they visited was the lab of Automotive Technology Director Troy Peco, the 2013 Instructor of the Year in the Technical College System of Georgia.

Oakwood at Automotive

First Lady of Georgia Tours GNTC, Listens To Students

Get-To-Work Educational Programs Highlighted

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 (Whitfield County, Georgia) – The First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal spent Wednesday morning touring the Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College which is currently housed in the Whitfield County Career Academy.

 

The tour was part of a luncheon event held by the Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership covering the progress of education in the region.  GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus Manager Tom Bojo was among the leaders on hand to welcome Mrs. Deal.

 

More than 100 business, education, and community leaders attended the event at the Whitfield County-based campus. Also in attendance was Georgia’s State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge, State Board of Education representative, Larry Winter, and Archway Partnership Education Committee member, Brian Cooksey who presented seven education initiatives their group is focusing on.

 

Representing Georgia Northwestern on a student panel answering questions from area leaders were Tamarah Holsomback and Nathali Duran; an ACCEL program and Dual Enrollment student, respectively. The focus of the event was getting Northwest Georgia ready for careers available in the 21st century.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people a year benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making Georgia Northwestern the largest college in the state of Georgia.

 

Among the topics being focused on in the initiatives were nutrition and lifestyle, Pre-K opportunities, accessible technology, seamless transition between high schools and Georgia Northwestern Technical College and other area colleges, and career readiness is prep beginning in fifth grade.

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