John Anderson (right), owner of John Anderson Service Company, Inc., and Donny Holmes (left), director of GNTC’s Residential Energy Efficiency program, put the finishing touches on the installation of a mini-split heat pump system.

John Anderson (right), owner of John Anderson Service Company, Inc., and Donny Holmes (left), director of GNTC’s Residential Energy Efficiency program, put the finishing touches on the installation of a mini-split heat pump system.

(Calhoun, GA) – 

Trane, a global provider of indoor comfort systems and services, recently donated a state of the art mini-split heat pump system to the Residential Energy Efficiency program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).

The Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program trains students in green building techniques that differ from standard building techniques. Students learn not only how to save energy, but also how to build a structure that will last longer, according to Donny Holmes, director of the program.

“The main concept we teach is simply to build with sustainability in mind,” said Holmes.

The Trane system was donated to the program’s EarthCraft Education project. For this project, two houses were built side by side on the Gordon County Campus. One house was built under new green and energy efficient specifications using new materials and techniques with EarthCraft House guidelines. The other house was built under standard building practices and traditional construction typical for most houses in the U.S.

John Anderson, owner of John Anderson Service Company in Calhoun, installed the system and coordinated the donation with Trane.

“Donny asked me to come over and help start off the EarthCraft Education project, so we did the heating and cooling load on both houses,” said Anderson. “I recommended to Donny that we contact Trane and get them to donate this mini-split system since it was suited to the needs of the energy efficient home and I came over and installed it for him.”

Anderson says that the Residential Energy Efficiency program at GNTC, and green building techniques in general, is just good building practices.

“This is just the way things should be done,” said Anderson. “I believe in what we are doing here at GNTC and it’s what I do on a daily basis with my company.”

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 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

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Jason Gamel, director of Institutional Advancement at GNTC, discusses the scholarships that Georgia Northwestern provides for area High School graduates.

Jason Gamel, director of Institutional Advancement at GNTC, discusses the scholarships that Georgia Northwestern provides for area High School graduates.

(Rome, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held a High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program on Tuesday, March 24, at the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun.

The program was intended to show gratitude to the faculty and staff from area High Schools. During the program, information was provided about various high school initiatives, dual enrollment courses, and partnerships in GNTC’s nine county service area.

The keynote speaker for the presentation was Pete McDonald, president of GNTC. McDonald said that all of the High School partners are very critical to the success of the various communities in the Northwest Georgia region.

“I just wanted to emphasize how important you are to us, our effort to provide dual enrollment opportunities, and getting students on their chosen career path,” said McDonald.

Carol Abrams, high school initiatives coordinator, discussed GNTC’s dual enrollment programs that provide students with the opportunity to gain college credit while still in high school.

“In 2010 we had 208 dual enrollment students,” said Abrams. “As of this year we have about 1300 dual enrollment students.”

In 2014 Georgia Northwestern had the largest number of dual enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the 2014 End of Year Enrollment Report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Georgia Northwestern also was the top technical college for dual enrollment students on the 2013 report.

Many dual enrollment courses also offer students the opportunity to earn an industry certificate, so students have the option of either entering the workforce upon graduation from high school or continuing their education. Either way, they begin their selected career path with a head start.

Other speakers at the luncheon were Stuart Phillips, associate vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC; David Stephenson, athletics coordinator at GNTC; and Jason Gamel, director of institutional advancement at GNTC.

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 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

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The GNTC Survivor Competition set for Friday has been postponed. Date expected to be set for the next two-to-three weeks.
Up next: Intramural Soccer begins April 7th, 1:30 pm on the Walker County Campus and
April 9th, 2:30 pm on the Floyd County Campus.
Go Cats!