GNTC earns 2024-25 Military Friendly® Gold designation

April 1, 2024

Georgia Northwestern Technical College announced today that it has earned the 2024-25 Military Friendly® School Gold designation.

GNTC improved on its Silver designation earned in 2023-24 by ascending to the Gold status for 2024-25. The gold designation means GNTC is rated within 10% of the 10th-ranked organization for the category of small community college.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2024-25 survey with 537 earning special awards for going above the standard. The 2024-25 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“We are thrilled to be named as a Military Friendly® School again this year,” said Josh Hickman, GNTC Student Life specialist. “The fact that we went from Silver last year to Gold this year shows the dedication of GNTC’s leadership, faculty and staff to providing our military students and veteran populations the best experience, resources and services. I am proud to be a part of GNTC and this process.”

Legare Price, dean of Student Success, said GNTC is honored to receive a Military Friendly® Gold designation for 2024-25 and to serve individuals who have served this nation and the families who support them.

“Over the past year, GNTC has served over 240 military students, including service members, veterans, spouses and dependents, making up approximately 3% of our student population.” Price said. “At GNTC, our military students not only receive a quality education that prepares them for the workforce, but we also offer military benefits that include dedicated staff and support services, federal financial aid benefits, credit for military training, specialized student policies and more.”

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages Institutions to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard,” said Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.

For more information about GNTC’s student veteran programs, visit veteran services or financial aid for veterans.

About GNTC

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 aviation, business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,601 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,071 students and an additional enrollment of 3,530 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

About Military Friendly® Schools

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. 

About Viqtory

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity.


For further information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Josh Hickman, Student Life specialist


Military Friendly® Schools

Kayla Lopez, senior director of Military Partnerships