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Sharing The Message Of Growth In Northwest Georgia, at GNTC
Contact: Don Foley
Date: August 25, 2009
The region’s fastest growing college is sharing its impact on our businesses and our neighbors this month. Officials from Georgia Northwestern Technical College have shared news regarding new dollars coming into one county immediately, a new campus in the planning stage in another, as well as the overall impact of GNTC on the region as a whole.
On August 13, GNTC Walker County Campus Provost Jeff King spoke at the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Colonnade in Catoosa County. King spoke about the future grown of GNTC in Catoosa County.
The main item of discussion was the future construction of the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern. The campus will be at the corner of Cloud Springs Road and Dietz Road. The 65,000-square foot facility will house multiple programs, including Mechatronics. “This program will train students in the future of automotive manufacturing,” said King.
Then, on August 19, GNTC Associate Vice President of Economic Development, Al Hutchison, was part of a presentation at the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon which showed the impact of the Georgia Work Ready Program of which GNTC is a participant; as well as the success of Chattooga County in this process.
Chattooga County is now the 12th of 139 Georgia counties to become “certified work ready.” “The county was awarded a $10,000 check to help them maintain their work ready assessment numbers,” said Hutchison. “Counties who are deemed to be certified work ready must maintain at least 25 percent of the former goals to keep that annual status.”
According to Hutchison, Certified Work Ready Communities have the skilled workforce that business demands and the educational infrastructure to drive economic growth and prosperity. To earn the designation, counties must demonstrate a commitment to improving public high school graduation rates through a measurable increase and show a specified percentage of the available and current workforce have earned Work Ready Certificates.
Dade County officials just recently submitted their paperwork to work towards becoming a certified work ready community in the state of Georgia. “All of our area counties taking part are truly committed to this effort,” said Hutchison. GNTC President Dr. Craig McDaniel spoke at the Dade County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in Trenton, Georgia on August 21. “This region in particular has a tremendous opportunity with Volkswagen, as well as the Work Ready program,” said Dr. McDaniel.
Enrollment numbers at Northwest Georgia’s largest college are on a record climb. From last Summer to this Summer Quarter, enrollment is up twenty percent. Similar numbers are being anticipated this fall. Deadline to apply for Fall Quarter Classes online or on-campus is September 3. For more information, go to GNTC.edu or call GNTC at 866-983-GNTC.