GNTC’s Youth Success Academy graduation held Dec. 7, 2021

December 8, 2021

Close to 20 young adults walked across the stage Tuesday, Dec. 7, to receive their GED® diploma during the Youth Success Academy (YSA) graduation held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Floyd County Campus.

The Youth Success Academy is specifically designed for out-of-school youth that wish to attain a GED® diploma and a technical education. The participants in the program are involved in GED® preparation, job readiness, workshops and leadership activities.

“We are trying to build our youth ages 16-24 to become independent and contributing citizens of our community,” said Erick Hopper, Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act Youth lead instructor.

During the ceremony, Hopper encouraged graduates to continue with their education.

“The diploma is only the first step of the program; our goal is for our students to be able to go beyond the diploma and be successful in all facets of life. To be able to create a life they are proud of, to not only find a job but to find a career they will love,” said Hopper during his motivational speech to the graduates and guests.

YSA graduate Caite Castillo, of Rome, moments after receiving her GED® diploma on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus.
YSA graduate Caite Castillo, of Rome, moments after receiving her GED® diploma on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus.

Listed are the graduates of GNTC’s Youth Success Academy (not all graduates participated in the YSA Graduation Ceremony).

  • Dylan Adams
  • Kelsey Akins
  • Chris Arrington
  • Christian Astin
  • Jesse Barton
  • Aiden Beard
  • Bradee Bentley
  • Caden Bickers
  • Nolan Blackstock
  • Anthony Blalock
  • Samantha Britt
  • Caite Castillo
  • Matthew Church
  • Hunter Dotson
  • Anthony Duvall
  • Stevie Flachbart
  • Owen Fricks
  • Tiffany Herod
  • Hope Habich
  • Elijah Lee
  • Anthony Lombino
  • Virginia Mangrum
  • Crystalynn Newton
  • Madison Otting
  • Morgan Otting
  • Chyanna Pope
  • Allyson Potts
  • Bryson Roark
  • Ja’Codie Roberson
  • Oasis Shelton
  • Chelsey Thompson
  • Peyton Vines
  • Charles Williams
  • Zachary Yates


The Youth Success Academy is sponsored through a partnership with GNTC and Northwest Georgia Regional Commission. For more information, contact the Floyd County Campus YSA at 706-295-6940 and the Walker County Campus YSA at 706-764-3783.

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, 11,820 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,591 students and an additional enrollment of 3,229 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.

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