Chicago, Louisville See GNTC Students as Finalists on National Stage

“Pictured here during their trip to the 2015 National Phi Beta Lambda Conference in Chicago, Illinois are, from left, Georgia Northwestern’s Janice Fowler, Jeremiah Thomas, Heather Shirley, Janeema Ware, Daniel Heiman, Manuel Montelongo, Cody Godwin, Rhys Turner, Marcos Diaz, and Geovani Ramirez.”

“Pictured here during their trip to the 2015 National Phi Beta Lambda Conference in Chicago, Illinois are, from left, Georgia Northwestern’s Janice Fowler, Jeremiah Thomas, Heather Shirley, Janeema Ware, Daniel Heiman, Manuel Montelongo, Cody Godwin, Rhys Turner, Marcos Diaz, and Geovani Ramirez.”

 

(Chicago, IL) – The best and the brightest from Georgia Northwestern Technical College competed on the national stage in two cities this past week. Bobcats took their talents to the Phi Beta Lambda professional skills competition in Chicago, Illinois and the SkillsUSA professional skills competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

The top performance on the week came by way of marketing student Heather Shirley. The Lindale, Georgia resident was among the nation’s 10 best collegiate students in the Marketing Concepts category at the 2015 Phi Beta Lambda competition in Chicago. In the end, the Windy City would see Shirley make waves as she took home fifth in the nation in the marketing specialization.

“Heather is a great student. She’s one of those students where you find yourself saying, ‘I wish I had a hundred Heathers in the program,” said Mark Upton, Director of GNTC’s Marketing program. “She’s pleasant and takes a leadership role in just everything we do. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s a mother, a student, working a job, and took the time to take what she’s learned to Chicago and show what she’s made of.”

The 38-year-old marketing student says the experience in Chicago was surreal. “Going in to the ceremony, I felt like I had done really well in the competition,” said Shirley. “It was very exciting hearing my name called among the finalists. I’m just thankful to have the opportunity to learn from my marketing instructor. Mr. Upton is great. He makes his lectures interesting and keeps the class engaged.”

Shirley, as well as Daniel Heiman of the Walker County Campus (Economic Analysis), Irvan Santos and Gerardo Rameriz of the Whitfield Murray Campus (Network Design), Cody Godwin of the Floyd County Campus (Cyber Security), Jeremiah Thomas of the Whitfield Murray Campus (Contemporary Sports and Sports Management and Marketing), Marcos Diaz of the Whitfield Murray Campus (International Business), Rhys Turner of the Walker County Campus (Organizational Behavior and Leadership) Janice Fowler and Janeema Ware of the Whitfield Murray Campus (Human Resource Management), and Manuel Montelongo of the Whitfield Murray Campus (Computer Applications) placed high enough on the state level this past spring to compete nationally.

“We’ve been very competitive on the national stage for several years with this competition,” said GNTC PBL advisor Dione Waddington. Waddington and fellow PBL advisor Patty Hart also attending the week-long conference and competition. The last GNTC’er to win top honors in the nation was Dalton, Georgia’s Mario Trejo. In 2013, Trejo and other collegiate finalists traveled to Nashville, Tennessee where he would win top honors in the Justice Administration category.

PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. The annual event allows students to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

In Louisville, Kentucky, GNTC’s SkillsUSA contingency performed on the national stage. Austin Hill of the Walker County Campus (Automotive Service), Ashtin Pope of the Walker County Campus (Technical Drafting), and Dillon Worley of the Floyd County Campus (Welding) were named as finalists nationally after placing at the state level this past spring. Announcements on individual winners will be made later this week.

SkillsUSA consists of students, teachers and industry representatives working towards a properly skilled workforce. “SkillsUSA helps teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America),” states the SkillsUSA website, SkillsUSA.org.

Approximately 14,500 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. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. 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.

Good Monday morning, Cats Country! Stay tuned today to learn who placed nationally in the Phi Beta Lambda competition in Chicago, Illinois! Congrats to all our finalists in the SkillsUSA and Phi Beta Lambda competitions this past week!

Gubernatorial mission increases international educational opportunities

(From left to Right) Chris Carr, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Laura Laganá, Director, Centro Paula Souza (CPS); Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia; and Marcio Franca, Vice Governor of São Paulo.

(From left to Right) Chris Carr, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Laura Laganá, Director, Centro Paula Souza (CPS); Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia; and Marcio Franca, Vice Governor of São Paulo.

College students in Georgia and Brazil will soon be able to take advantage of additional reciprocal educational and training opportunities, thanks to an agreement between the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and São Paulo’s technical education system, Centro Paula Souza (CPS). A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed in Brazil by TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and CPS Director Laura Laganá during an economic development mission led by Gov. Nathan Deal.

“International companies in Georgia look to our technical colleges every day to provide the skilled workforce they need to stay competitive,” said Commissioner Corbin. “This agreement with São Paulo’s technical system is not only key to expanding TCSG’s global outreach, it is an outstanding educational opportunity for students in both Georgia and Brazil. It encourages joint educational and economic development activities, exchange of staff and students and the exchange of visiting scholars to conduct research and professional development.”

“TCSG and CPS Colleges of Technology, through this partnership, have a myriad of opportunities for mutual cooperation on the field of professional higher education, which will effectively contribute to the development of both states,” said CPS Director Laura Laganá.

The MOU provides a formal pathway for TCSG and CPS students to engage in internships, language training, short-term cultural exchange trips for staff members and students, joint student projects and traditional semester exchanges. In addition, the agreement facilitates increased cooperation between the educational agencies and local and regional chambers of commerce, municipal and provincial or state governmental agencies, hospitals, local and regional businesses, and manufacturing and industrial enterprises.

These cross-border educational opportunities will benefit students and faculty and provide world-class workforce training and management development for industries and other organizations, both in Georgia and in São Paulo. The MOU will be administered in Georgia by TCSG’s International Center for Technical Education, which collaborates with countries and colleges to develop and improve their technical workforce through higher education partnerships and the sharing of people, programs and best practices. The office works closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the University System of Georgia, and TCSG’s own Quick Start customized workforce training program.

Georgia has had representation in Brazil for more than two decades. More than 12,000 Georgians are employed by 40 Brazilian-owned businesses. Gov. Deal is leading a delegation of state and local business leaders on an economic development mission in Brazil to establish new business relationships, strengthen existing ties and promote Georgia as an excellent tourism destination and quality source for products and services. The Georgia delegation represents some of Georgia’s greatest economic development assets in business, education, tourism, trade and workforce.

Another international education initiative is taking place between GNTC, Savannah Technical College, and TCSG partner school; Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland. The three colleges are joining forces to offer Georgia culinary arts students a unique opportunity to participate in a culinary arts summer school next year.

Ireland has emerged as a premier European culinary center and is home to an ever increasing “specialty food” sector. WIT is the leading provider of culinary education in Ireland. Highly experienced faculty and professionals from across the food industry will direct practical and theoretical sessions and lead field trips to sites of culinary, cultural, and social significance.

“Growing up in my hometown, there was a travel agency with a large marquee that stated ‘See the world before you Leave it,’” said Chef Greg Paulson, director of the Culinary Arts program at GNTC. “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.

 

About Centro Paula Souza

CPS is an agency of the State of São Paulo, linked to the Department of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation. The agency manages 218 state technical high schools and 64 Colleges of Technology, which serve over 283,000 students in middle-level technical courses and technology majors.

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 23 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers, serving more than 140,000 students each year and providing customized training for regional, national and international businesses and industries. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions.

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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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ginger Mathis stops for a picture in front of the framework of the college’s newest campus set to open in Catoosa County, Georgia in Fall 2016.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ginger Mathis stops for a picture in front of the framework of the college’s newest campus set to open in Catoosa County, Georgia in Fall 2016.”


“A view from the skies over the future site of the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College shows just how much growth is taking place near the Highway 151 and Holcomb Road intersection of Ringgold, Georgia.”

“A view from the skies over the future site of the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College shows just how much growth is taking place near the Highway 151 and Holcomb Road intersection of Ringgold, Georgia.”

Expecting To Open Doors Fall 2016

(Ringgold, Georgia) – “Catoosa.”

It’s a Cherokee word meaning, “between two hills.” It’s only fitting that from amongst the massive mounds of dirt visible this year along Catoosa County’s Highway 151 would arise the next step in the future of its growth.

Six months into the building phase of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest campus, progress is easy to see. After clearing and leveling ton after ton of ground on the site of the future Catoosa County Campus of GNTC, workers are beginning to piece together the framework of the 12-million dollar facility.

The 60,000-square foot construction is expected to open its doors to students in Fall 2016, just over a year away. Among the 14 programs currently slated to be taught in training future members of the Northwest Georgia workforce are Mechatronics, Electronics, Business Management, Health Care Specialties, Computer Information Systems, and Logistics.

With nearly 70,000 residents, Catoosa County, Georgia will be the home of GNTC’s sixth campus in Northwest Georgia. Commercial properties are already seeing construction underway in adjacent properties.

“The county is working on the campus road from Highway 151 and it is nearing completion,” said GNTC Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ginger Mathis. “Retail development is going up in front of the new campus site this summer. The growth is right in front of our eyes and we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity the campus brings to the county.”

Sitting on 35 acres, the Catoosa County Campus has ample room for additional buildings in the near future. “I think this will help equip our workforce, not just for current needs, but future needs,” said Catoosa County Manager Mike Helton during the campus groundbreaking of the campus. “The college graduates will help us with future growth patterns and types of businesses we’d like to attract to our area. Workforce preparedness is a big draw for business.”

Mathis says community leaders are very excited about the debut of Georgia’s first state college in Catoosa County. “Comments have been very positive and we have witnessed excitement regarding the long-awaited campus,” said Mathis. “The property will allow for serious future growth of the campus in Catoosa County in the years to come. The potential outcome for the county, the college, and most of all, the people of the county is unlimited.”

With the unveiling of this new campus, college and county officials are hopeful that the economy will feel the impact for years to come. “We will be training local students for local careers,” said Mathis. “Plus, with the growth of industry and the advanced skill sets companies here at home need our workers to master, there are a lot of possibilities when it comes to the next decade at Georgia Northwestern in Catoosa County.”

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, adult education, and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC currently 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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