The Youth Success Academy at GNTC Offers
Paid Work Experience Program on the Floyd County Campus, Orientation March 21-22
(Northwest Georgia) – The Youth Success Academy (YSA) on the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is offering a “Work Experience Opportunities” program for individuals between the ages of 18 and 24.
The program places participants in a paid, 40 hour a week job. Slots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Orientation for the program will be held on March 21-22. Participants will work at a business for up to four months with the YSA paying their wages.
The YSA helps out-of-school youth get their GED, start college with many expenses covered, and begin their path to a successful career. It also offers many specialized services that will help students advance to further career training and find employment.
Some of the training and workshops that students can take advantage of include leadership skills, communication skills, fundamental work ethics, preparing a resume, career exploration and counseling, teamwork skills, and emphasizing productivity.
The Youth Success Academy is located on the Floyd and Walker County Campuses of GNTC. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about the “Work Experience Opportunities,” contact the Floyd County Campus YSA at (706) 295-6940.
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.
GNTC’s Machine Tool Gets Support
To Help Build Program, Enroll Students
(Walker County, Georgia) – The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Machine Tool Technology program received a big boost this week. The Gene Haas Scholarship was awarded to the program in the amount of $20,000.
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Second Fair At GNTC’s Floyd County Campus November 13
(Walker County, Georgia) – More than 200 high school juniors and seniors from across Northwest Georgia, as well as many of their parents, counselors, and teachers, were on hand Thursday for the 2015 Transition Fair at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) on the college’s Walker County Campus.
The fair is organized by the Catoosa and Walker County Parent Mentors to help students with special needs, as well as their families and support groups, to prepare for life after high school. In addition to the 200-plus high schoolers, more than 100 teachers, parents, vendors, and school administrators were on hand to share information and answer questions.
Georgia Northwestern administrators spoke with the students on a wide-variety of topics ranging from how to apply for financial aid to programs available on campus and online through the college.
Upperclassmen from Chattooga, Dade County, Gordon Lee, Heritage, LaFayette, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Ridgeland, Ringgold, and Trion High Schools toured the Walker County, Georgia campus for most of the morning. Students personally toured the Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Machine Tool, Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Welding programs during their visit. Other programs set-up booths for the students to explore.
Vendors were able to share materials and answer questions on real-life scenarios awaiting the students after high school. From how to enroll in college, to finding the right one, to getting employment, to becoming a successful member of society, the fair helps the students learn what they need to know to take the next step in their lives.
GNTC will host another Transition Fair on the college’s Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia on November 13. For more information on Transition Fairs, you can contact Sheila Parker with Georgia Northwestern’s Disability Services office at 706.295.6517. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
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.
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Hitchcox Leaving Behind Legacy, Services Announced
(Walker County, Georgia) – Born and bred in the South, Robert Hitchcox lived by example in helping his neighbors. And now, after losing a two-month battle with a deadly illness Tuesday night, Hitchcox will be leaving a void. One that may be too big for any one person to fill.
The long-time Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) board member’s name will now sit atop the newest scholarship at the Northwest Georgia-based institution. Donations are already being accepted for the Robert Hitchcox Memorial Scholarship. With his wife of 43 years, Diane, by his side, Hitchcox passed away this week after spending eight weeks in Chattanooga’s Memorial Hospital.
GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel, who helps head the GNTC Foundation Board of Directors, wasted no time putting focus on a gift that would truly capture the man. With his nearly 20 years of service on the college’s foundation board of trustees, as well as the college’s board of directors, a scholarship was almost a given for Hitchcox.
Among its duties, the GNTC Foundation helps provide students with needed supplies, programs with needed equipment, and high school seniors with needed scholarships. Robert helped bring in the support and funding for these ventures every year.
“He was truly an institution,” said Gamel in a Wednesday morning interview. “The love and time he gave to this entire region is an amazing example for the future. How he lived was very selfless. We want his name to continue to be connected with that spirit of giving.” With more than forty years with the Chattanooga (TN) Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Hitchcox made his job center on the success of this area he called home almost his entire life.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Robert’s family moved to Northwest Georgia when he was three years old. A graduate of Chattanooga Valley High School in 1969, Hitchcox would later graduate from Chattanooga’s McKenzie College. In his Business Development Manager slot at Coca-Cola, Hitchcox would reach out and serve his community in numerous ways over the decades.
Hitchcox, 64, would serve in Board of Director roles with Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation, Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce, Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Hutcheson Medical Center Foundation, and the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.
Among the awards Hitchcox earned over the years were the Catoosa County Citizen of the Year (1994), Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year (2001), and the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (2007). Hitchcox was a fan of the Atlanta Braves, NASCAR, and golf. Hitchcox lived every day in the words of one bible verse. Romans 8:28 which reads, “For we know that all things work together for good, for them that love God, for them who are the called, according to his purpose.” Hitchcox had been a member of Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia for more than 21 years.
With more than five decades of professional experience in this region, Hitchcox became a bit of a staple in the business world of the Tennessee Valley and Northwest Georgia. However, the one thing that most will remember him for wasn’t his business prowess. It was his passion for the Christmas season.
“I start growing my beard for my role as Santa early each year,” said Hitchcox in a former interview. “People get a true joy during the Christmas season and I simply enjoy playing a part in all of that.” Although he would admit from time-to-time during the heat of the southern summers that his North Pole-esque beard could get a bit uncomfortable in the stifling heat, every year, Hitchcox would grow in his beard once again to give those who believe in Christmas the real deal every time.
Robert and his wife, Diane, were married for 43 years. Beyond his wife and extended family, Hitchcox is survived by his sons, Bryan Hitchcox of Chickamauga, Georgia and Jeremy Hitchcox of Rossville, Georgia, and his grandchildren, Dylan and Olivia Hitchcox.
Visitation for Hitchcox will be held Thursday and Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, at Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Hitchcox will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday at 2 p.m.
If you would like to give to the Robert Hitchcox Memorial Scholarship, send your donations to the GNTC Foundation, Attn: Jason Gamel/Connie Potts, 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, Georgia, 30739.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC 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.
WINTER WEATHER UPDATE:
WALKER and WHITFIELD COUNTY CAMPUSES are closing for the rest of the day, Wednesday, February 18. Floyd, Gordon, and Polk will begin classes at 10 a.m. Please use your best judgement in driving to your campus if you have classes today. (If your class is at Floyd, Gordon, or Polk County Campus, and it is scheduled to begin before 10 a.m., it is cancelled. Otherwise, it is on, as usual, at your campus.)
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