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CVTC and NTC One Step Closer to Becoming Georgia Northwestern Technical College
The Tradition of Excellence In Workforce Education Continues...
Contact: Amber Jordan
Date: March 13, 2009
Coosa Valley (CVTC) and Northwestern Technical College (NTC) are one step closer to becoming Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). The colleges held a joint ceremony unveiling the new Georgia Northwestern Technical College logo to faculty, staff, and area media. The unveiling ceremony marks the beginning of the rollout for branding the Georgia Northwestern Technical College name.
The theme of the ceremony was "The Tradition Continues..."
"This celebration was a way for CVTC and NTC to celebrate both colleges' rich histories in educating our communities and making it known that GNTC will continue that tradition," said Coosa Valley Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel. "The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will not change and workforce development will remain at the forefront of everything we do."
"Uniting two great colleges such as CVTC and NTC gives us a great opportunity to combine the best of both colleges and as a result, we will have an outstanding college," added McDaniel.
Highlights of the ceremony included comments from Vivian Carney, one of CVTC's first instructors and Randall Richardson, one of NTC's first students. A DVD was also shown with history photos from both colleges and ended with the new GNTC logo.
Unveiling the new logo for Georgia Northwestern Technical College, is more evidence that the college is well on track for accomplishing the merger by the state's deadline of July 2009.
"A lot of work has gone into making this merger happen by July 2009," stated McDaniel.
"It has been just over six months since we learned about the merger," added Northwestern Technical College Interim President Jeff King. "We started this process with the understanding that this was a merger and not a takeover. With the great faculty and staff at both colleges, we have accomplished a tremendous amount of work in a short time."
In September 2008, the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted to merge the administrations of 13 of the state's 33 state technical colleges, including a merger between Coosa Valley Technical College and Northwestern Technical College.
McDaniel was named president by TCSG in October 2008. TCSG also named Jeff King, current interim president of Northwestern Technical College, as provost.
Once the merger was announced, the two colleges put together a merger action team to help facilitate the process. One of the first things on the agenda for the college was to submit a substantive change application to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) for combining the two colleges and the services they provide. SACS-COC granted approval for the merger in December 2008.
The next step was determining a new name for the combined colleges. The local board of directors for both colleges voted to approve Georgia Northwestern Technical College as the new name at their December board meetings. Also in December, McDaniel announced the administration team that will lead GNTC.
In February 2009, the colleges held their second joint board meeting to approve a mission statement, board member by-laws, and the academic calendar for GNTC.
A SACS-COC substantive change committee will visit the colleges in April for confirmation of the merger.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College will serve Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, and Walker counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, and Walker counties. Approximately 16,000 people will benefit from GNTC's credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.