WGTC News Releases & Events

The following articles have been recently released by West Georgia Technical College

  • Haralson County High School Senior Wins Car In LAMP Car Giveaway
  • WGTC Infielder Jacob Olson Drafted By Arizona Diamondbacks
  • WGTC To Host DRONE4STEM Summer Boot Camp And Challenge Event In July
  • Kellie Pickler To Headline 15th Anniversary Black Tie & Boots
  • WGTC'S Cromer Serves On Panel Discussion At GEDA Spring Meeting
  • Tim B. Clower Scholarship Awarded To WGTC Nursing Student
  • Lt. Gov. Cagle Launches Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training Program Based on German Apprenticeship Model
  • West Georgia Tech Phi Beta Lambda Wins Big At State Conference
  • Local UWG Students Donate $2000 To West Georgia Technical College Foundation
  • West Georgia Tech Receives Industry Certified Welding Accreditation
  • West Georgia Tech Introduces Summer Term for High School Students Tuition-free Through Move On When Ready Initiative
  • UWG and WGTC Sign Transfer Articulation Agreement for Nursing Students
  • Brown is State's Top Instructor
  • Kirchler Is National Administrator Of The Year
  • West Georgia Technical College Names New Campus Director For Coweta
  • West Georgia Technical College Receives Grant For Callaway Upgrades
  • West Georgia Tech Adult Education Receives Check From he Carrollton Dawnbreakers Rotary Club For GED Scholarships
  • New Members For WGTC Board
  • West Georgia Tech Celebrates Homecoming Saturday
  • Yancy Bros. Makes $3,500 Donation TO WGTC Foundation
  • WGTC Announces 2016 Goal And Rick Perkins Winners
  • Local Student Discovers His Passion Thanks to West Georgia Tech and the Move on When Ready Initiative
  • Haralson County High School Senior Wins Car In LAMP Car Giveaway
    Posted: June 14, 2016

    Haralson County High School graduate Hanna Leighan Hicks was the winner of this year’s LAMP (Literacy Always Means Progress) car giveaway, donated by James O’Neal Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep, of Bremen. Haralson High School senior students were entered into the drawing if they met one or all of the following criteria: no absences, no tardiness, and no discipline issues. The program is part of LAMP’s Stay in School initiative.

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    (L-R): LAMP representative Walter Hatchet, Haralson County High School Superintendent Jerry Bell, Haralson County High School senior Hanna Leighan Hicks, Haralson County High School Principal Topher Byrnes

     


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    WGTC Infielder Jacob Olson Drafted By Arizona Diamondbacks
    Posted: June 14, 2016

    CARROLLTON, Georgia -- For the first time in school history, the West Georgia Tech baseball team had a player selected in the Major League Baseball Draft as Jacob Olson was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 39th round on Saturday.

    The freshman from Monroe, Ga. was recently named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) All-Region First Team after leading the Golden Knights with a .351 batting average and eight home runs.

    Olson also led the Knights with a .603 slugging percentage while driving in 36 runs.

    Olson led the conference with 20 doubles. His slugging percentage rose to .704 against conference opponents, which also led the league.

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    “I want to congratulate Jacob Olson and his family for the outstanding achievement of being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “I also want to point out that Jacob did well academically while he was here. We wish him well as he pursues his dream of playing baseball and we are grateful to call him a Golden Knight. I also want to express my appreciation to Todd Pratt for the job he has done in building our baseball program into a destination program, where student-athletes have an opportunity to continue their respective playing careers at the next level.” 

    Olson came to West Georgia Tech after a standout high school career at Monroe Area High School and played in 49 of 50 games at the shortstop position for the Black and Gold.

    “All of us at West Georgia Tech are proud of Jacob for his selection in the Major League Baseball Draft,” said Dr. Tonya Whitlock, WGTC Vice President of Student Affairs. “It certainly was a pleasure watching him play while he was here. I applaud him for his leadership and hard work in the classroom and on the baseball field.”

    Olson is also mulling over opportunities to transfer to Power 5 conference schools and other four-year programs. He is expected to make a decision on whether to join the Diamondbacks organization or transfer to a four-year school within the next few days.

    “I’m happy for Jacob because I know from personal experience how exciting it is to get that call,” West Georgia Tech head coach Todd Pratt said. “Jacob came here as a freshman and immediately became one of our leaders on and off the field. We knew we were only going to have him for one year because of his talent level and his tremendous upside. Whether at a four-year college or with the Diamondbacks, I expect him to do well because he has the talent and work ethic that is required.”

    Under the guidance of Pratt, West Georgia Tech has had 28 baseball players transfer to four-year schools in its first four years of existence as an NJCAA program. West Georgia Tech is now part of the fraternity of junior college programs that have had a player selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

    “I told the athletic director on the day that I was hired that one of my expectations for the program was to have a player drafted by Major League Baseball within the first five years,” Pratt said. “We accomplished that. We play in one of the top conferences in the country and we play a tough non-conference schedule. We prepare our student-athletes for the next level, both on and off the field. Yet, we are not even close to where I think we can be in the future as we continue to grow and develop as a program.”

    Visit www.WGTCAthletics.com for more information on West Georgia Tech Golden Knights athletics. Follow us on Twitter (@WGTCAthletics) and Facebook (WGTCAthletics).


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    WGTC To Host DRONE4STEM Summer Boot Camp And Challenge Event In July
    Posted: June 13, 2016

    Through grant funding from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium (GSGC), West Georgia Technical College has partnered with the Aerospace Engineering Department of Georgia Institute of Technology and the Drone Racing Club (DRC) of Atlanta to host the inaugural DRONES4STEM Summer Boot Camp and Challenge Event.

    The camp and event will be held at the West Georgia Tech Carroll Campus in Carrollton the week of July 11-16.

    A total of 24 West Georgia Tech STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students and instructors will participate in the boot camp. They will learn drone basics, including the necessary components that make up drones and how drones are used. Camp participants will then pair up into teams of two and assemble their own micro-sized drone. 

    Before taking to the air, camp participants will learn how to fly the drones via flight simulators and additional testing. 

    The camp concludes with teams training for the DRONE4STEM Challenge Event, held on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the WGTC Carroll Campus in Carrollton.

    At the event, which is open to the public, teams will compete in three challenges and the team with the highest combined score after the challenges will win their own micro sized drone kit.  

    Representatives from the GSGC, the DRC, UWG’s GSGC affiliate team, and the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering Department will be present.

    “This is a great opportunity for our engineering technology students and we are thrilled to partner with the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering Department and the Drone Racing Club of Atlanta,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. "West Georgia Tech continues to form alliances that generate collaborative ideas and solutions for the benefit of our students and local business and industry. I hope everyone will come out on July 16 for the challenge event on our Carroll Campus."

    Drone novices, drone enthusiasts and anyone interested in learning more about drones are invited to attend the DRONE4STEM Challenge Event. Flight simulators and a micro-drone will be available for the public to try.

    For additional information, contact WGTC Engineering Technology Instructor Luis Acevedo at (678) 664-0560 or luis.acevedo@westgatech.edu.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.


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    Kellie Pickler To Headline 15th Anniversary Black Tie & Boots
    Posted: June 7, 2016

    The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has announced that Kellie Pickler will headline its 15th anniversary Black Tie & Boots concert at the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco on August 6.

    Pickler will now join the long and star-studded list of country music performers who have graced the Murphy Campus stage including Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna & the Big Noise and last year’s performer Tracy Lawrence.

    Kellie Pickler has established herself as both one of today's most well known country music artists and one of the nation's favorite television personalities. At the age of 19, she gained fame as a finalist on the fifth season of "American Idol" and has since released four country albums all to critical acclaim, proving she is both a powerful vocalist and an equally strong songwriter.

    Kelly Pickler.

    In 2013, Pickler partnered with dance coach Derek Hough and won the Mirror Ball Trophy on "Dancing with the Stars." Currently, she is the star of the successful CMT docu-comedy series "I Love Kellie Pickler," now shooting its second season.  Kellie is also an avid supporter of the U.S. Military, having completed eight USO Tours.

    “We are humbled and honored by the tremendous support from our business partners and from the community every year,” said Kim Learnard, Executive Director of the WGTC Foundation. “Corporate sponsorships mean direct support to WGTC students in the form of scholarships.”

    The event includes a buffet dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Guests are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer, and a walk on the red carpet. This year’s attire is the event’s traditional ‘black tie optional.’ And, of course, boots.

    Sponsorships, which include concert tickets and admission to a ‘meet and greet’ reception with Kellie Pickler, are now available for purchase. A limited number of individual and group tickets will be made available on July 1 pending availability, according to Learnard.

    “Because of the excitement surrounding the Kellie Pickler concert this year, we anticipate that demand will exceed supply of tickets. Consequently, we will accommodate sponsorships first, and if any tickets remain we will make them available to the general public after July 1,” Learnard said.

    Visit www.WGTCFoundation.com for sponsorship details.

    Though Black Tie & Boots has become one of the most highly anticipated events in West Georgia, its purpose has remained the same. All of the proceeds raised from the event support student scholarships.

    “We are extremely excited to have Kellie Pickler as this year’s performer,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This concert is not just a fun event, but also a chance to focus on the success of our students with the support of the community and our business and industry partners. It’s a great time for everyone.”

    For more information about becoming a corporate partner, contact Alison Rosborough at Alison.Rosborough@westgatech.edu or 678-664-0516.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

    For more information on Kellie Pickler, visit www.KelliePickler.com.

     

     


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    WGTC'S Cromer Serves On Panel Discussion At GEDA Spring Meeting
    Posted: June 6, 2016

    West Georgia Technical College Senior Director for Advanced Manufacturing Steve Cromer participated in a panel discussion at the 2016 Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) Spring Workshop, held May 18-20 in St. Simons, Ga.

    Titled “Georgia’s Automotive Industry: A Snapshot of Success,” the panel session focused on the collaboration between industry and education to meet the needs of the automotive industry by providing and cultivating a robust workforce.

    Joining Cromer on the panel were City of West Point Economic Development Director Meghan Duke, THINC College and Career Academy Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kathy Carlisle and Georgia Automotive Manufacturing Association CEO Rick Walker.

     Over the past few years, business and industry in Georgia has experienced a dramatic “skills gap” in its workforce.

    West Georgia Technical College has enhanced its efforts to collaborate with local industry representatives in an effort to develop solutions that provide the skilled workers needed.

    According to Cromer, new technology has outpaced the current workforce. West Georgia Tech is working with industry leaders to provide opportunities for those workers to attend training on WGTC campuses.

    “We are working with our industry partners to prepare the future workforce with the education and training that meets their standards, and we are developing training programs that will enhance the existing workforce at the same time,” Cromer said. “I personally meet with industry leaders every day to find out what their needs are and to ensure that our curriculum in the classroom and labs produce graduates that are ready to do the job from day one.”

    Cromer said that he fielded several questions from the audience, mostly about West Georgia Tech’s unique approach in its technology and trade programs.

    “We have a bit of a different approach than other institutions might have,” Cromer said. “Our focus is more on lab interaction as opposed to spending the majority of the semester in the classroom environment. In the past, most programs would begin the semester by teaching theory in the classroom and then the remainder of the time would be spent in the labs applying what they learned. Now we teach the basics in the classroom and spend a lot more time in the lab, so the students end up using their critical thinking skills. It’s a more hands-on approach.”

    West Georgia Tech President Steve G. Daniel has made collaboration with business and industry in the school’s seven-county service area a top priority.

    “These collaborative efforts are beneficial to every stakeholder involved,” Daniel said. “Our students are better prepared as they enter the workforce, our local business and industry partners are able to hire individuals who are trained and ready to work, and our communities benefit from an economic development standpoint. It’s a win-win for everyone. West Georgia Tech is, and will continue to be, a leader in workforce development thanks to our relationships with our local business and industry partners.”

    West Georgia Tech created the new position of Senior Director for Advanced Manufacturing last November. Cromer was hired to fill the role, which serves as a conduit between local companies and WGTC to develop workforce education strategies that fill skills gaps and develop future training partnerships.

     

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    Tim B. Clower Scholarship Awarded To WGTC Nursing Student
    Posted: May 24, 2016

    The West Georgia Technical College Foundation and GreyStone Power Corporation recently awarded the Tim B. Clower Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to Elise Christine Njang.

    Njang, a Fairburn, Ga. resident and native of Cameroon, is entering the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at West Georgia Technical College.

    Each year GreyStone Power awards scholarships to exceptionally deserving technical college students in the co-op’s service area. GreyStone Power awarded the Tim B. Clower scholarship out of a field of dozens of applicants.

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    “I want to personally thank Gary Miller and GreyStone Power for their commitment to technical education and for their devoted support of our students at West Georgia Technical College,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “Thanks to community partners such as GreyStone Power and many others, we are better able to fulfill our mission of providing a high-quality education for the citizens of our communities.”

    “As an electric cooperative, one of our core principles is concern for community,” GreyStone Public Relations & Communications Coordinator Ashley Kramer said. “Through Operation Round Up, our members are making a huge impact on people in our community. Together we’re helping students to reach their educational goals and supporting local nonprofits.”

    GreyStone Power is a strong supporter of technical education. The Tim B. Clower Scholarship for $2,500 is awarded annually to one student from West Georgia Technical College and one student from Chattahoochee Technical College. The scholarship is awarded in honor of former GreyStone Power President/CEO Tim Clower and his dedication to technical education.

    “GreyStone and West Georgia Technical College have had a long relationship of support for each other. This goes along with the cooperative guiding principle of support for education. Schools like West Georgia Tech are preparing students for a bright future, and supporting these students is an investment in Georgia’s future,” Kramer said.

    “One of the most gratifying aspects of my job is awarding scholarships to students such as Elise Njang,” said WGTC Foundation Executive Director Kim Learnard. “Elise stood out because of her work ethic and academic accomplishments over the last two years of college, as well as her commitment to helping others.”

    Njang’s story is one of perseverance, grace and unyielding faith. Her life is an illustration of the American Dream.

    Njang came to the United States from her native country of Cameroon to reunite with her husband, who had moved to the U.S. a few years prior.

    She is kind-hearted and grateful, evidenced by a spontaneous emotional outburst with tears of joy during the official scholarship presentation a few days ago on the West Georgia Tech Douglas Campus.

    Surrounded by representatives from the two entities that collaborated to make the scholarship possible, GreyStone Power and the WGTC Foundation, Njang for the first time met those who had given her “the opportunity to help other people.”

    Njang is steadfast in her desire to help others after witnessing widespread disease and even death in her native country.

    “The healthcare in Cameroon is not good,” Njang said. “There aren’t enough doctors and nurses. God led me here so that I can learn how to take care of others, and I will devote the rest of my life to helping those that need medical help. That is my mission.”

    The fact that Njang is entering the School of Nursing at WGTC is a fascinating story. When she arrived on American soil to start a new life, she didn’t know the English language and she didn’t have a high school diploma or GED.

    Cameroon is a bilingual country, with one side speaking French while the other side speaks English. Njang grew up in the part of the country that speaks French.

    Njang learned the English language over time by using the Internet and old fashioned textbooks, she said.

    Once she felt comfortable enough that she could speak and write the language of her new country, she began the work of obtaining a GED. 

    Rather than take a GED preparatory course, the common route taken for those who plan to take the GED test, Njang went in a different direction.

    She taught herself.

    “I used Google to find examples of questions that are on the GED test and worked hard and studied. My biggest fear since I moved here was that I would not pass the GED,” she said.

    Njang passed the test, which was administered at West Georgia Tech. She had little trouble with the math and science sections because her education in Cameroon prepared her. The language arts sections of reading and writing were more problematic.

    “The reading and writing sections were the hardest for me. I was so grateful that I was able to pass it and move on to the next step,” Njang said.

    In the next step of Njang’s educational journey, she had to pass yet another test -- the COMPASS exam, to qualify for entry into WGTC. She devoted an entire semester to just one remedial English course. Otherwise she had no chance of passing the COMPASS.

    Njang passed the COMPASS and took a year of core classes at West Georgia Tech before finishing her Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Nursing from Georgia Military Academy.

    Njang applied to nursing school at various institutions of higher learning. Her number one choice was the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.

    She was accepted.

    “That might have been the happiest day of my life,” she said. “I felt like everything was coming together for me.”

    But Njang could not afford the $24,000 per-semester tuition. She tried to find a way, but couldn’t, so she returned to West Georgia Tech and applied there.

    Njang likened her financial barrier to standing at an open door and peering in and seeing all of these great, wonderful things, only to have that door slam in your face.

    “I cried and cried and cried,” she said. “I was so upset. But I couldn’t see at the time that God had a plan for me and it didn’t involve Emory. Sometimes your plans and God’s plans aren’t the same. I follow Him and I believe that He closed a door only to open a better one for me here.”

    Njang plans to finish her ADN at West Georgia Tech and ultimately complete her education with a master’s degree at a nearby university. While she wants to experience every area of healthcare, she said that her heart is currently leading her to pediatrics.

    “I just want to take what I learn and give back to others, especially children. The little children are the most vulnerable and I feel a calling to help them.

    “I want to thank GreyStone Power and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation for selecting me for this scholarship. I am so grateful to them. I’m so blessed,” Njang said, with tears rolling down her cheeks.

    Elise Njang came to America in pursuit of a better life and an inner calling to help others.

    She did not know the English language. She taught herself in just a few months.

    She overcame her biggest fear by passing the GED on her first attempt. She prepared for the GED using the Internet.

    She pushed down the one impediment that stood in the way of her passing the COMPASS exam by devoting weeks in a remedial English class. She is on her way to mastering the English language.

    She went to college and excelled, so much so that she was accepted into one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the country. Financial barriers thwarted those plans.

    Yet she soldiered on.

    She kept her resolve and her dream alive.

    And today that dream lives on.

    If you have roadblocks or impediments keeping you from following your dream, challenges that seem too difficult to overcome, think of Elise Njang.

    Your dream can live on, too.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

    The West Georgia Technical College Foundation awards scholarships to assist students with tuition, books, fees and supplies. Scholarship recipients are selected after committee review and awards are offered and distributed each semester. For more information on the WGTC Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.wgtcfoundation.com.

    GreyStone Power members who participate in Operation Round Up make the Tim B. Clower Scholarship and other scholarships awarded by GreyStone Power possible. This program is built upon the strength of members who volunteer to round up their electric bills to the next dollar. GreyStone members can sign up to participate in Operation Round Up at www.greystonepower.com.


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    Lt. Gov. Cagle Launches Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training Program Based on German Apprenticeship Model
    Posted: May 19, 2016

    (ATLANTA)- Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle launched the Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) Program, the first of its kind in the United States, today with the Central Educational Center, Coweta County’s College and Career Academy. The program unites the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. with the Technical College System of Georgia and eight Coweta County manufacturing companies. Beginning in the 10th grade, high school students will now have the opportunity to complete their education with a high school diploma, German apprenticeship certificate and an associate degree in Industrial Mechanics through West Georgia Technical College.

    “Today is the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication by numerous stakeholders to ensure our high school students have access to the world renowned German apprenticeship model right in here in Georgia,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “Georgia is the first state to secure these kinds of dynamic workforce development opportunities in the nation and our students will see tremendous benefits from this revolutionary program. We will begin by selecting 11 10th grade students to take part in this world class program and I look forward to expanding this model across the state for years to come.”

    Lt. Gov. Cagle joined representatives from the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc., the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Technical College and the Central Educational Center to sign the memorandum of understanding, formalizing the agreement between all stakeholders to begin the inaugural program, known as GA CATT.

    GA CATT will allow students to begin their apprenticeship in 10th grade with a combination of traditional high school classes, college level manufacturing courses, and apprenticeship modules that will pay $8/hour. By the 12th grade, students will spend 80% of their day learning at the manufacturing site earning $12/hour. The German model has proven effective in securing skilled labor while increasing student motivation by securing a professional career track for students at no additional cost for them or their families.

    The corporations taking part in this pilot program include Grenzebach, E.G.O. North America, Yamaha, Kason, Yokogawa, Winpak, Chromalloy and Groov-Pin. They will work in conjunction with Coweta County School System to ensure the curriculum is relevant to the employment needs facing each company while hosting student apprentices through their work based learning. The Coweta County Development Authority, along with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Georgia Manufacturing Extension Project and Center for Young Worker Safety and Health, will serve GA CATT in an oversight and advisement role as they were essential in bringing the various stakeholders together to make this program a reality for Georgia students.

    The Georgia General Assembly acted in the interest of forward thinking dual enrollment programs with the passage of Senate Bill 2 during the 2015 Legislative Session. Now, local boards of education have the ability to award a high school diploma to students who dual enroll while they fulfill specific high school requirements along with specific college requirements. Coweta County’s Central Educational Center, their College and Career Academy, will be instrumental in this process as they will provide primary support for students interested in the program, manage the apprenticeship modules and track the overall educational status of the enrolled students.    

    GA CATT is projected to accept 11 students as part of the inaugural program this fall. This competitive program currently has 19 students who tested program ready and are now under consideration. Lt. Gov. Cagle is hopeful this model can be incorporated in numerous school districts throughout the state as Georgia continues to better prepare high school students for the evolving and dynamic workforce that awaits them after graduation.

     


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    West Georgia Tech Phi Beta Lambda Wins Big At State Conference
    Posted: May 18, 2016

    West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) students excelled at the 2016 State Leadership Conference, held April 8-10 in Atlanta.

    Of the 33 WGTC students who registered, 26 placed and 20 qualified to attend the PBL National Leadership Conference, which will be held June 24-27 in Atlanta.

    West Georgia Tech students brought home 39 awards in 28 events.

    The WGTC Douglas Chapter reached the Platinum level in Georgia’s Awards of Merit program, placed first in the Local Annual Business Report competition, placed fourth in the Community Service Project competition and finished second in March of Dimes donations and Corporate Sponsors.

    The WGTC Carroll Chapter reached Blue Level status in Georgia’s Awards of Merit program and finished in first place in March of Dimes donations and Corporate Sponsors.

    Cindy Wilson (Douglas Campus) and Eric Vaughn (Carroll Campus) received the “Who’s Who in PBL” award.

    Victoria Williams (Douglas Campus) received the Mel Evans Scholarship and was elected to serve as a state officer.

    West Georgia Tech students Regina Adams (Douglas Campus), Valencia Harper (Douglas Campus) and David Herrington (Carroll Campus) received the Outstanding Chapter Member Award, given to only the top 3 percent of PBL members.

    "I congratulate our Phi Beta Lambda students and advisors for their excellent showing at the state conference,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “Their competitive success is indicative of the commitment to excellence that we strive for every day at West Georgia Tech. I know they will represent us well at the national conference in June. We wish our competitors the best of luck and thank our advisors for their tireless efforts on behalf of our students.”

    West Georgia Tech Douglas Chapter advisor Mona Williams was named Georgia’s “Advisor of the Year.” As State Leadership Consultant on the Georgia PBL Executive Committee, Williams organized the 35 performance events and recruited over 40 judges for the state competition.

    “It’s such an honor to serve not only as a local advisor to our students, but also to represent them on the state level,” Williams said. “We have some of the best and brightest future business leaders at West Georgia Technical College, and it is gratifying to see them excel in their respective competitions. I’m so proud of each and every one of them, and I can’t wait to cheer them on at the national competition.”

    WGTC Carroll Chapter adviser Joey Sanders received third place in Global Awareness, while Carroll Chapter adviser Carol Pearson was honored for her 10 years of service as an adviser. In addition, Pearson, who is the Georgia PBL Foundation president, spearheaded a silent auction that raised over $1,300 for the Foundation.

    “Carol Pearson, Mona Williams and I are very proud of our PBL members and the level of leadership they have displayed throughout the year,” said Sanders. “Our students always perform well in competitive events, and we are honored to bring home such a large number of awards once again. Their high rankings in competitive events against both two-year and four-year colleges serve as a testament not only to our students’ abilities and work ethic, but also to the dedicated faculty who continuously push them to achieve.”

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

    2016 State Competition winners and their respective competitive events are as follows:
    1st Place Winners

    • David Herrington and Cody Ziegler – Accounting Analysis & Decision Making
    • Cody Ziegler – Accounting for Professionals
    • Desiree Healey and Shayde Steadman – Business Decision Making
    • David Herrington – Cost Accounting
    • Eric Vaughn – Economics Analysis & Decision Making
    • Takisha Asante—Financial Analysis & Decision Making
    • Moses Rockhill – Hospitality Management
    • Victoria Williams, Move on When Ready student—Human Resource Management
    • Carlos  Remice—Management Analysis & Decision Making
    • Victoria Williams—Marketing Analysis & Decision Making
    • Wendell Sewell—Project Management
    • Shayde Steadman – Strategic Analysis & Decision Making
    • Sherry  Gomez—Web Site Design

    2nd Place Winners

    • Susan Kerce and Eric Vaughn – Accounting Analysis & Decision Making
    • Candace Grace—Client Service
    • Takisha Asante and Carlos Remice – Economic Analysis & Decision Making
    • Regina Adams and Anita Thompson – Hospitality Management
    • Cheryl  Hampton—Project Management
    • Luke Folds – Retail Management

      “It’s such an honor to serve not only as a local advisor to our students, but also to represent them on the state level,” Williams said. “We have some of the best and brightest future business leaders at West Georgia Technical College, and it is gratifying to see them excel in their respective competitions. I’m so proud of each and every one of them, and I can’t wait to cheer them on at the national competition.”

      WGTC Carroll Chapter adviser Joey Sanders received third place in Global Awareness, while Carroll Chapter adviser Carol Pearson was honored for her 10 years of service as an adviser. In addition, Pearson, who is the Georgia PBL Foundation president, spearheaded a silent auction that raised over $1,300 for the Foundation.

      “Carol Pearson, Mona Williams and I are very proud of our PBL members and the level of leadership they have displayed throughout the year,” said Sanders. “Our students always perform well in competitive events, and we are honored to bring home such a large number of awards once again. Their high rankings in competitive events against both two-year and four-year colleges serve as a testament not only to our students’ abilities and work ethic, but also to the dedicated faculty who continuously push them to achieve.”

      West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

      2016 State Competition winners and their respective competitive events are as follows:
      1st Place Winners

      • David Herrington and Cody Ziegler – Accounting Analysis & Decision Making
      • Cody Ziegler – Accounting for Professionals
      • Desiree Healey and Shayde Steadman – Business Decision Making
      • David Herrington – Cost Accounting
      • Eric Vaughn – Economics Analysis & Decision Making
      • Takisha Asante—Financial Analysis & Decision Making
      • Moses Rockhill – Hospitality Management
      • Victoria Williams, Move on When Ready student—Human Resource Management
      • Carlos  Remice—Management Analysis & Decision Making
      • Victoria Williams—Marketing Analysis & Decision Making
      • Wendell Sewell—Project Management
      • Shayde Steadman – Strategic Analysis & Decision Making
      • Sherry  Gomez—Web Site Design

      2nd Place Winners

      • Susan Kerce and Eric Vaughn – Accounting Analysis & Decision Making
      • Candace Grace—Client Service
      • Takisha Asante and Carlos Remice – Economic Analysis & Decision Making
      • Regina Adams and Anita Thompson – Hospitality Management
      • Cheryl  Hampton—Project Management
      • Luke Folds – Retail Management
      • Susan Kerce – Strategic Analysis & Decision Making

      3rd Place Winners

      • Jodi Hubbard – Business Communication
      • Boyd Stancombe – Cyber Security
      • Mary Savage—Economic Analysis & Decision Making
      • Candace Grace—International Business
      • Johnny Kitchens – Networking Concepts
      • Ginnett Zabala-Perez – Personal Finance
      • Sherry  Gomez—Sales Presentation

      4th Place Winners

      • Tiffany Cochran – Administrative Technology
      • Luke Folds – Business Communication
      • Tiffany Cochran – Computer Applications
      • Johnny Kitchens – Computer Concepts
      • Cindy Wilson—Contemporary Sports Issues
      • Linda Sullivan—International Business
      • Ginnett Zabala-Perez – Job Interview

      5th Place Winners

      • Cheryl  Hampton—Organizational Behavior & Leadership
      • Jodi Hubbard – Personal Finance
      • Jodi Hubbard – Medical Office (Open Event)
      • Wendell Sewell—Retail Management
      • Mark Cisco – Sales Presentation

      Top 10 out of 20 participants

      • Anita Thompson—Impromptu Speaking
      • Moses Rockhill – Job Interview

      Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP)
      Three members completed the Director Level and three completed the Executive Level and the President Level. With the help of our officers and the activities they planned, our members were able to complete their levels in this leadership program.

      CMAP achievements and their respective levels of completion are as follows:

      • Director Level: Valencia Harper, Allison Miller, and Valentina Yefremov
      • Executive Level: Regina Adams, Victoria Williams, and Cindy Wilson
      • President Level: Regina Adams, Victoria Williams, and Cindy Wilson

     


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    Local UWG Students Donate $2000 To West Georgia Technical College Foundation
    Posted: May 18, 2016

    Three University of West Georgia students raised $2,000 and donated the money to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation, earmarked for student scholarships.

    Jonathan Bell (Bowdon), Tiffany Ramroop (Loganville) and Emily Phillippi (Tallapoosa) are all members of the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program (SSBHP) through the UWG Richards College of Business.

    One of the tenets of the program involves giving back to the community, and the three students chose West Georgia Tech students as recipients of their efforts.

    The Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program consists of a select group of aspiring business leaders attending UWG. Only a few high-achieving students from each graduating class are selected to be a part of the program, which is designed in such a way that a student can earn a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, or Real Estate, plus a Masters of Business Administration and a certificate of Sustainability, in only four years.

    The students also get to spend 30 hours per week working alongside Southwire employees, which gives them hands-on experience as they earn their degrees.

    “We can’t thank these students enough for offering such a generous donation to the WGTC Foundation,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “This is just one more example of the collaborative effort between the University of West Georgia, West Georgia Technical College and our community partners such as Southwire, as we all strive to make our communities better. I would like for Jonathan, Tiffany and Emily to know how much we appreciate them for their thoughtful and meaningful contribution, which will benefit students in need.” 

    The funds will be used to help West Georgia Tech students offset financial burdens that might hinder their ability to go to college, according to West Georgia Tech Vice President of Institutional Advancement Kim Learnard.

    “We are so grateful for the generosity that Jonathan, Tiffany and Emily have shown,” Learnard said. “The funds will have a major impact in the lives of local residents who are struggling to make ends meet as they attend WGTC. I am so thankful that they have a vision for how valuable an education can be, but also for how difficult it can be for those who are struggling financially. The WGTC Foundation is committed to doing all that we can to help our students overcome those obstacles. We could not do it without the contributions from our communities such as the generous and unexpected one that we received from these students.”

    Bell, Ramroop and Phillippi raised the funds through fundraising efforts and by contacting various civic clubs and organizations throughout the area.

    “We could not have raised the money without significant buy-in from local community leaders and organizations,” Bell said. “This community is a caring community that wants to help others in any way that they can, and we were fortunate enough to be able to tap into some of those resources. I can’t think of a better recipient of these funds than the West Georgia Technical College Foundation.”

    Bell said that he also wanted to recognize Kelsey Kennedy and Sara Isbell who assisted in the early stages of the fundraising.

    "Emily, Johnny and Tiffany make a great team,” said Southwire Human Resources Director and co-director of the SSBHP Mandy Baeumel. “In their first year, SSBHP students are challenged with a way to give back to their local communities. Because so many students could lack the financial assistance needed to attend college, these young adults decided to give back in a way that would allow individuals to attend West Georgia Technical College with a little less burden than would have otherwise existed. I am incredibly proud of them for their efforts in raising funds to help other students in need, and I know their efforts will go far.”

    Bell said that although the project demanded a lot of time and effort, it was more than worth it when he personally delivered the check to Learnard.

    “When we first got there, Ms. Learnard was very expressive for how thankful she was for how much money we were donating. It was only then that I realized the impact that we were making. It’s a great feeling to see the smiles on the faces of those that were there and to know we are helping make a positive difference in the lives of West Georgia Tech students,” Bell said.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    West Georgia Tech Receives Industry Certified Welding Accreditation
    Posted: May 18, 2016

    West Georgia Technical College’s welding program has earned National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification as an accredited training and education facility.

    The NCCER accreditation means that West Georgia Tech students in the welding program will be training at an official NCCER training and educational facility. Those students will have an opportunity to take the NCCER test, and if they pass will be NCCER certified.

    The NCCER credential is submitted into a national registry that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of a potential hire. Students also receive an industry-recognized card indicating which assessments they have completed.

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    “Earning this accreditation is another example of how West Georgia Technical College is training our future workforce to meet the needs of business and industry,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “Through collaborative efforts, West Georgia Tech and our sister technical colleges in the state are making an impact not only in the lives of students, but in the economy as a whole. I want to thank Zach Fields and CEFGA for their partnership with us as our industry sponsor, as well as Pat Hannon, Linda Sullivan, Brandon Parrott and everyone else who played a role in the NCCER accreditation process."

    “Achieving the NCCER accreditation for our welding program was a priority because it really does have a positive impact when one of our graduates enters the job market with the NCCER certification,” said WGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Hannon. “This accreditation is an outside validation of the high quality and standards that we expect from all of our programs. I want to thank the individuals who spent countless hours over the last three to four years in efforts to achieve this accreditation, as well as the CEFGA and NCCER representatives who worked with us to ensure that we were creating a training facility that meets and exceeds industry standards."

    Earning the NCCER certification gives students an added advantage as they enter or reenter the workforce, according to West Georgia Tech welding instructor Brandon Parrott.

    “Companies who are hiring will often ask if you have the NCCER certification,” Parrott said. “It’s tracked through a registry so potential employers can look in the database and see that you are certified. I’ve even heard of some companies providing up to four dollars per hour raises to those that are NCCER certified.”

    West Georgia Technical College began the NCCER accreditation process around four years ago. Instructors must take a 40-hour course and each potential NCCER training facility goes through a rigorous process of establishing industry standards within the facility with the help of a sponsor from the industry.

    The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) was West Georgia Tech’s industry sponsor throughout the accreditation process. CEFGA representatives worked with West Georgia Tech officials to ensure that the welding lab renovations met industry standards. Upon approval from both CEFGA and NCCER, West Georgia Tech was awarded its NCCER accreditation.

    CEFGA Director of School Relations Mr. Zach Fields presented the official NCCER accreditation to West Georgia Tech administration and faculty on April 22.

    NCCER was created in 1996 with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. With the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, a standardized training and credentialing program was created for the industry. The program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.

    Welding is one of the 70 craft areas, and now West Georgia Tech is an official NCCER accredited training facility.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    West Georgia Tech Introduces Summer Term for High School Students Tuition-free Through Move On When Ready Initiative
    Posted: May 16, 2016

    For the first time, Georgia high school students will have the opportunity to take college core classes over the summer tuition-free through the Move On When Ready initiative.

    The summer courses were available in previous years -- however this is the first year that the summer courses can be taken at no cost to the student, thanks to Senate Bill 132, passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by Governor Deal last year.

    “It is hard to find a program at West Georgia Technical College that is having as big of an impact as our MOWR program,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This initiative has already changed lives, and we are excited about the opportunities as even more students and parents are learning about the cost benefits and time savings that this program allows.”

    More than 1,000 local high school students enrolled in the Move On When Ready program at West Georgia Tech this school year, according to WGTC Director of High School Initiatives Kevin Cain. That number is expected to spike by at least 25 percent, if not more, by next fall.

    Senate Bill 132 made adjustments to a previous high school dual enrollment law, which eliminated financial barriers, removed residency requirements and opened up program offerings across the board, according to West Georgia Technical College Provost Dr. Perrin Alford.

    “Another significant result of Senate Bill 132 is the fact that now high school students who qualify can take three or six core credit hours in a short summer term and won’t pay a dime out of pocket for tuition,” Alford said. “This, obviously, leads to major financial savings for the student in the future, and it cuts into the amount of time it would take for that student to earn their college degree or certificate. You have to take these courses at some point as part of your college core requirements. Here is an opportunity to get them out of the way and at no cost.”

    West Georgia Tech’s Summer Semester, called “Catch the Wave,” runs on a six-week schedule from June 6 until July 21.

    Four college core classes are available for high school students who qualify by the May 13 deadline: English 1101, Math 1111, Psychology 1101 and Speech 1101.

    Not all courses are offered on each campus, so students should ensure that the course they wish to take is available at the student’s preferred location.

    Students who are already in the MOWR program should have a seamless transition into the summer term.
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    For those that aren’t currently enrolled as a MOWR student, there is a five-step process to secure a spot in the program.

    A simple guide can be found at www.westgatech.edu/MOWR/WAVE.pdf.

    The document is located at www.westgatech.edu/MOWR/WAVE.pdf.

    The MOWR enrollment deadline for the summer term is Friday, May 13.

    For those that have additional questions about the “Catch the Wave” summer term, or would like to speak with West Georgia Tech High School Coordinators Ginny Griffin and Leigh Cunningham, email MOWR@westgatech.edu, or call (770) 755-7820.

    Move On When Ready, the formal name for “dual enrollment” allows high school students in grades 9-12 at a participating eligible public or private high school or home school program in Georgia to dual enroll at West Georgia Technical College or other participating technical colleges and universities. Students earn credit for coursework towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary requirements simultaneously.

    Move On When Ready is available in both the Fall Semester and Spring Semester, and now is available for the Summer Semester.

    Senate Bill 132 put funding in place to cover all tuition-related expenses. Move On When Ready students are responsible for equipment costs, uniforms and supply kits, as well as program or course-specific fees such as lab fees, malpractice insurance and insurance fees, depending upon the coursework they take on.

    For the “Catch the Wave” Summer Semester, each class earns the student three credit hours that can be transferred to the student’s postsecondary destination, therefore saving each students thousands of dollars in tuition while pushing the student further along their path towards a college degree.

    And it’s tuition-free. With skyrocketing tuition and the current student debt issues that affect millions of Americans, the Georgia Legislature, Georgia Education leaders, local high schools and colleges such as West Georgia Tech, have collaborated to help local students mitigate those costs while acclimating themselves to a college environment before they step across that stage on the day of their high school graduation.

    Ask Brix Berry. Berry attended West Georgia Tech as a dual-enrolled student prior to enrolling at Auburn University last fall. Berry saved more than $13,000 in tuition at Auburn because he took his core classes at West Georgia Tech while still in high school at Harvester Christian Academy.

    Another student who took advantage of the MOWR program is LaGrange High School senior Bethany Brown. She says she saved more than $14,000 in future tuition after completing 25 hours of college core classes while in high school.

    “Move On When Ready will save me a year of college class work, and more importantly it will save my family nearly $15,000 in tuition since I’ll start my college career basically as a college sophomore,” Brown said. “Thanks to West Georgia Tech and MOWR, I have a head start on my career, I know what the college experience is like and I’ll be able to enter the workforce sooner that I would have otherwise. To anyone out there considering the MOWR program, take advantage of this opportunity. How could you not?”

    Brown plans to attend Gulf Coast State College and pursue a career as a physical therapy assistant.

    Local students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity for West Georgia Tech’s summer term should begin the application process as soon as possible. The deadline for completing the entire application process is Friday, May 13.

    An easy step-by-step guide for the enrollment process can be found at www.westgatech.edu/MOWR/WAVE.pdf

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College Sign Transfer Articulation Agreement for Nursing Students
    Posted: May 16, 2016

    CARROLLTON, GA – West Georgia Technical College students who complete the associate degree in nursing (ADN) can now transfer to the University of West Georgia’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) without losing any course credits thanks to a Transfer Articulation Agreement signed by both institutions.
     
    “Our goal is to continue to work with WGTC to provide pathways for achievement and opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Kyle Marrero, president of the University of West Georgia. “This is yet another of many agreements that we look forward to in the future.”
     
    Through this agreement, a student may transfer 63 hours of credit toward a bachelor of science in nursing at UWG, provided the student has a grade of C or above on the courses to transfer.
     
    “This new articulation agreement is another step forward in the wonderful collaboration between our two institutions,” said Mr. Steve G. Daniel, president of West Georgia Technical College. “It is such a pleasure to work with Dr. Marrero as we continue to increase the access our local citizens have to high-quality postsecondary education right here at home.”
     
    This partnership emphasizes the commitment of UWG and WGTC to facilitate a student’s ability to transfer into a degree that supports the mission and goals of both institutions.
     
    “Our ADN graduates can use this new agreement to transition seamlessly into the BSN program at UWG,” added Mr. Pat Hannon, vice president for academic affairs at West Georgia Technical College. “We are proud to offer this opportunity to our graduates who want to further their education and have greater career options in the nursing field.”
     
    The agreement will be in effect for three years from the date of the signing, at which time, both institutions will review the program. 
     
    For more information about UWG’s bachelor of science in nursing, visit www.westga.edu/nursing. For more information about WGTC’s associate degree in nursing, visit www.westgatech.edu
     


    Signing

    Officials from UWG and WGTC sign the Transfer Articulation Agreement for nursing students. Front (l-r): Dr. Micheal Crafton, provost and vice president for academic affairs, UWG; Dr. Kyle Marrero, president, UWG; Mr. Steve Daniel, president, WGTC; and Mr. Pat Hannon, vice president for academic affairs, WGTC. Standing (l-r): Dr. Kristen Douglas, vice president of institutional effectiveness, WGTC; Tammy McClenny, RN to BSN program director, UWG; and Dr. Jenny Schuessler, dean of the Tanner Health System School of Nursing, UWG.

    The University of West Georgia is the land of opportunity for more than 12,800 undergraduate and graduate students in 85 fields of study. The university is known for its innovative approach to scholarly achievement, creative expression, and service to humanity. It is recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the top public universities in the South.
    Founded in Carrollton, Ga., in 1906, UWG also offers classes at its Newnan and Douglasville centers and online. For more information, please visit www.westga.edu.


    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges. For more information, please visit www.westgatech.edu.

     


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    Dr. Angela Brown is State's Top Instructor
    Posted:April 21, 2016


    Dr. Angela Brown, an Early Childhood Care and Education instructor at West Georgia Technical College, has been named the state’s top technical education instructor. Brown, who teaches at West Georgia Tech’s Coweta Campus, received the 2016 Rick Perkins Award for Technical Instruction in ceremonies conducted by the Technical College System of Georgia April 20 in Atlanta. “The Rick Perkins Award is an incredible honor for Dr. Brown, and we are so proud to say that she is one of us,” WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “West Georgia Tech is committed to providing the very best technical instruction for our students, and Dr. Brown is a great representative of West Georgia Tech and our entire Technical College System of Georgia. She’s not just one of the best. She’s the best.” .

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    The State Rick Perkins Award winner serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. Brown will make many public appearances over the next year including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor and the TCSG State Board, in addition to civic organizations, schools and other groups.

    “I am deeply honored to have been named the 2016 Rick Perkins Award winner,” Brown said. “I will do my best to represent the entire Technical College System of Georgia.”

    Brown’s speech to the 500 guests representing the state’s 22 technical colleges, TCSG staff and statewide partners was a heartrending tribute to the power of technical college to change lives. “The power of a high-quality technical college education impacts not only the students sitting in the seats of those classrooms, but their communities and their families, as well,” she said.

    The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education, a statewide program initiated by the Technical College System of Georgia, honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors at the System’s 22 member institutions. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

    Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the Rick Perkins Award was renamed in memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at Carroll Technical Institute, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

    About the Technical College System of Georgia

    The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. 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. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, 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. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

     


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    Kirchler Is National Administrator of the Year
    Posted:March18.2016


    A West Georgia Technical College administrator has been recognized nationally for her work in adult basic education and GED preparation.

    Karen Kirchler, WGTC Vice President of Adult Education, has been named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Commission on Adult Basic Education, a 13,000-member organization dedicated to advancing adult education and literacy opportunities. .

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    “We are very proud and appreciative of Karen's great work and thrilled that Georgia’s adult learners are the ultimate beneficiaries of her leadership and expertise,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), which oversees adult education in Georgia.

    Kirchler joined WGTC in 2008 after 10 years at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. and has served in her current capacity with WGTC since 2011. She holds a master’s degree in communication from Florida State University. .

    “I’m honored to receive this award and appreciate the recognition,” Kirchler said. “I know that this recognition is due largely to the success of our program as a whole. I am fortunate to work with an excellent team of talented individuals who are passionate about Adult Education.”

    WGTC President Steve G. Daniel praised Kirchler’s leadership.

    “COABE is just discovering what we have known all along – Karen Kirchler is a great administrator, a great leader and a great advocate for students,” Daniel said. “Over the past several years, West Georgia Tech has been recognized at the very top of the class for Adult Education and GED preparation in Georgia. She has a great team and they rise to such high performance standards because of her leadership.”

    Kirchler was nominated for the national honor by TCSG.

     “We were happy to nominate Karen for this national honor,” said Beverly Smith, TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Adult Education. “Karen is a dedicated Adult Education Program Administrator. She is a focused instructional leader whose staff, students and results have excelled because of her guidance.” WGTC is a leader in Adult Education among TCSG colleges. Last year, WGTC was recognized as awarding the most GED diplomas in the system. It also has one of the top passing rates in the state at 95 percent.

    “West Georgia Technical College embraces our students and supports Adult Education wholly,” Kirchler said. “It’s wonderful to work within a system – the Technical College System of Georgia – that holds Adult Education as one of its primary missions and really sees the value in Adult Education for our workforce system and for the economic growth of our state.”

    “Adult Education is extremely important to West Georgia Tech,” Daniel said, “because the GED is the basic credential people need to start on the pathway toward success. We are very proud that Karen is leading the charge in West Georgia and I am truly excited to see her receive this well-deserved national recognition.”

    About the Technical College System of Georgia

    The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. 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. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, 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. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

    About West Georgia Technical College

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    West Georgia Technical College Names New Campus Director
    Posted:March16.2016


    West Georgia Technical College has named Dr. Scott Ross executive director of campus operations for its Coweta Campus in Newnan.

    Ross is an industrial engineer by trade and spent over 18 years in manufacturing before joining Georgia Quick Start as a project training manager. Most recently, Ross has served as the Director of Satellite Centers for Southern Crescent Technical College, a Griffin-based unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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    “Coweta County is a very important area for West Georgia Tech, and I am very glad to have someone of Dr. Ross’s caliber to lead our operations there,” WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “The Coweta Campus is our newest facility and has proven to be essential to workforce development in Coweta County’s vibrant economy. I know Dr. Ross will find new ways to partner and lead throughout the area.”

    WGTC’s Coweta operations include a full-service campus on Turkey Creek Road and additional courses taught at Central Educational Center. During Fall Semester 2016, just over 1,200 total students were enrolled at these sites. The most popular fields of study are healthcare and business, with significant numbers of students seeking the Associate of Science in General Business, Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and the Associate Degree in Nursing.

    “I am thrilled to be on board with West Georgia Technical College because the leadership is excellent and the College is doing many positive things. I am very excited to be working in Coweta County – a great community full of positive energy,” Ross said. “I plan to be very active in working with the awesome community partners in Coweta.”

    Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, an M.B.A. from Mercer University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Northcentral University.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    West Georgia Technical College Receives Grant For Callaway Upgrades
    Posted:March 3, 2016


    West Georgia Technical College will implement over $350,000 in upgrades to its Callaway Conference Center in LaGrange thanks to a grant from the Callaway Foundation, Inc.
    Funding of $353,138 has been awarded by the Callaway Foundation to resurface the main parking area, replace exterior stucco and bring the restroom facilities into ADA compliance. Additionally, two new exterior signs – one with digital capability – will greet visitors at entrances from Whitesville Road and Lukken Industrial Boulevard.

    “We are honored to receive such tremendous support from the Callaway Foundation,” WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “The Callaway Conference Center is the premiere venue for events in LaGrange and Troup County, and these upgrades will ensure it is more useful and more beautiful than ever before. The investment of the Callaway Foundation is making an important difference in the work we do.”

    The 30,000-square-foot Callaway Conference Center welcomes over 11,000 people each year at pinning ceremonies, continuing education classes, corporate training, and other events for West Georgia Technical College, and it offers much needed meeting and event space for a long list of Troup County businesses and organizations. Conference center

    In the last two years alone, businesses such as Interface, Duracell, Hardee’s, Hyundai, Milliken & Company, and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia have held events at the Callaway Conference Center, in addition to community organizations such as the United Way of Troup County, the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, and the Troup County School System.

    “We are pleased to partner with West Georgia Technical College to keep the Callaway Conference Center – a vital community resource – contemporary and convenient,” Callaway Foundation President H. Speer Burdette III said. The Callaway Foundation typically awards grants for one-time capital projects.

    The Callaway Foundation has a long history of support for the Callaway Conference Center, dating back to its construction in 1995. In 2011, the WGTC Foundation received a matching grant from the Callaway Foundation for interior refurbishment and upgrades.

    The WGTC Foundation honored the Callaway Foundation in 2013 with its Spirit of Giving Award for outstanding commitment and generosity.
    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    West Georgia Tech Adult Education Receives Check From The Carrollton Dawnbreakers Rotary Club For GED Scholarships
    Posted:February 12, 2016

    The West Georgia Technical College Adult Education Department has received a $4,000 check from the Carrollton Dawnbreakers Rotary Club, earmarked for GED testing scholarships.

    The funds will cover the full cost of testing for 25 West Georgia Tech GED students.

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    “The impact of this $4,000 goes well beyond the actual dollars involved,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “The GED provides a second chance. It provides access to further education and better jobs. We are grateful to the Carrollton Dawnbreakers Rotary Club for this partnership and support, because it increases our ability to serve more students.”

    Last year, West Georgia Tech was the top producer of GED graduates among the 22 technical colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). WGTC is leading the state again this year, according to WGTC Vice President of Adult Education Karen Kirchler.

    “One of the reasons West Georgia Tech was so successful last year in helping its students achieve GED credentials was because of our ability to provide testing scholarships to so many needy, but capable, students,” Kirchler said. “Support like this from the Carrollton Dawnbreakers Rotary Club can make a difference as to whether or not a student takes the GED test.”

    The number of yearly GED graduates is expected to rise statewide, thanks to a recent change in the GED testing passing score from 150 to 145, which was implemented by the national GED Testing Service. That means more students are expected to obtain a GED credential locally at West Georgia Tech.

    Class registration dates and additional information can be found at www.westgatech.edu/adulted, or by calling WGTC’s local GED information number, 1-855-500-GEDS.

    Classes are offered on all five West Georgia Tech campuses, in LaGrange, Waco, Douglasville, Newnan and Carrollton, as well as several other sites across WGTC’s seven-county service area.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    New members for WGTC Board
    Posted:February 2, 2016

    Two new members were sworn into service on the West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors at its January meeting by Carroll County Magistrate Judge William Brewer.

    Joining the 11-member board are Bill Stone, President and CFO of Systems & Methods, Inc., and Kevin Thieneman, President of Caterpillar Forest Products in LaGrange.

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    The West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors met January 21 at the College's Adamson Square site. Seated are Chair-elect Aaron Mabon, Denise Taylor, Brandon Lovett and Michael Robertson. Standing are Chairman Tommy Britt, Kevin Thieneman, WGTC President Steve Daniel, Morris Long and Bill Stone. Not pictured are Bill Hightower, Mike Lee and Rochelle Robinson

    “We are honored to have these highly respected leaders in our region join the board,” President Steve G. Daniel said. “We look forward to their service in leading our College.”

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    Bill Stone and Kevin Thieneman – new members to the West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors – are sworn in by Carroll County Magistrate Judge William Brewer at the Board’s January meeting. .

    A family-owned and -operated corporation specializing in the development and delivery of information processing solutions for governmental agencies, SMI is based in Carrollton and works with 160 agencies across 18 states. As President and CFO of Systems & Methods, Inc., Stone manages all administrative and financial aspects of the business.

    “I am honored to serve on the WGTC Board of Directors,” Stone said. “Education and specialized training beyond high school are very dear to my heart. West Georgia Tech offers all our citizens in West Georgia the ability to raise their knowledge and skill sets to further their career opportunities. We are blessed in our community to maintain an educational collaborative from primary to secondary to post-secondary levels of education. My goal is to support and encourage the continued growth of West Georgia Tech through great partnerships.” Stone serves on numerous boards including Communities in Schools of Carrollton/Carroll Co., Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Kennesaw State University Family Enterprise Center and the Community Foundation of West Georgia, as chairman. He represents Carroll County on the WGTC board.

    Thieneman has held a variety of leadership posts in 23 years with Caterpillar, including product development, sales and marketing positions. He was based in Asia for 11 years, including assignments in Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong. He serves on the boards of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and the Tropical Forest Foundation.

    “I am honored to join the West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors,” Thieneman said. “The College already has an excellent reputation in our community, and I look forward to working with the rest of the Board and President Daniel to continuing to build on that strong foundation.”

    Thieneman holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Indiana University School of Business and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the Duke University School of Law. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990. He represents Troup County on the WGTC Board.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    West Georiga Tech Celebrates Homecoming Saturday
    Posted: January 28, 2016

    West Georgia Technical College will welcome students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the community to its Homecoming festivities Saturday afternoon at the Oak Mountain Academy Gymnasium in Carrollton.

    The week-long celebration culminates with a much-anticipated women’s basketball game between No. 6 West Georgia Tech and East Georgia State College, an NJCAA Division I program out of Swainsboro, which tips at 2 p.m.

    West Georgia Tech is 16-5, the best start in school history. A win Saturday over East Georgia State would give WGTC a school record tying eighth win against NJCAA D-I programs. WGTC competes in Division III.

    The West Georgia Tech men’s team (9-12, 2-1) will take on Summer Hill Prep starting at 5 p.m., following a brief ceremony between the two games.

     


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    Yancy Bros. Co. Makes $3,500 Donation To WGTC Foundation
    Posted: January 25, 2016

    Yancey Bros. Co. presented a check for $3,500 to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation to support WGTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program at the Carroll Campus heavy diesel service instruction lab last Thursday.

    West Georgia Tech and Yancey Bros. Co. have enjoyed a 12-year partnership, with the company providing WGTC with resources for instructional purposes while hiring approximately 100 West Georgia Tech graduates over that time period.

    The company just hired five WGTC students from West Georgia Tech’s most recent graduating class. They are: Garrett Kenna (Villa Rica, Ga.), Hayden Ingram (Douglasville, Ga.), Shane Myers (Cedartown, Ga.), Warren Turner (LaGrange, Ga.) and Dylan Johnson (LaGrange, Ga.).

    "Partnerships with local business and industry are such a vital part of our mission at West Georgia Technical College,"WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “Yancey Bros. Co. has been one of our more dedicated and consistent partners for over a decade. When the economy went into recession, Yancey Bros. Co. remained committed to hiring our graduates and continued to provide us with resources that are still being used in our instruction labs. This partnership is a shining example of how business and industry can work with our colleges and universities to give students a chance to learn and earn their diploma or certificate and be ready to enter the workforce from day one. I want to express my sincere thanks to Jim Larson, Randy Cone, Chris Snow and the rest of the Yancey Bros. Co. family for their generous donation to our Heavy Diesel Service program, as well as for their commitment to hiring our graduates on an ongoing basis."

    "We could not accomplish what we do as a company without partnerships such as the one with West Georgia Technical College," said Jim Larson, Yancey Bros. Co. Corporate Training Manager, who was on hand for the check presentation. “We hire West Georgia Tech students because we know they will have the knowledge and skills necessary to be a productive employee from day one. This is a perfect case study in the benefits of partnerships between business and industry and education.”

    West Georgia Tech’s Diesel Equipment Technology program provides training in the theory, diagnosis and repair of basic systems on diesel engines and diesel equipment. Successful completion of the program, which takes a year and a half to complete, provides graduates with a Diesel Equipment Technology Diploma as well as a Heavy Diesel Service Technician Certificate. The program just added two additional certificates, the Electrical & Electronic Certificate along with the Diesel Engine Specialist Certificate.

     


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    WGTC Announces 2016 Goal And Rick Perkins Winners
    Posted: January 20, 2016

    West Georgia Technical College named Trent Griffies, a healthcare science student from Newnan, as its 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner and Coweta Campus Early Childhood Care and Education instructor Dr. Angela Brown as its Rick Perkins Award winner January 14 at a banquet honoring finalists for both awards.

    GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, which honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.

    The Rick Perkins Award is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

    Both Griffies and Brown will compete against winners from other Georgia technical colleges in a regional competition in February before participating in the state competition, held in Atlanta in April.

    “I am so proud of Trent Griffies and Dr. Angela Brown for their selection as West Georgia Technical College's representatives in the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award competitions,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “They both embody our core values as a College. On behalf of our students, internal staff and stakeholders, I offer best wishes for their success in the next phase of the competitions. I also want to salute our finalists that represented the best of our student body and faculty. We have great educators and students at West Georgia Tech who work hard each day to advance workforce development in our region. These two individuals represent the very best of these ideals, and I applaud their special recognition throughout this competition.”

    Griffies was nominated by biology instructor Dr. Jeremy Bishop. She was one of 16 initial nominees before being selected as one of four finalists.

    Griffies has already completed the Practical Nursing program at West Georgia Tech and is now pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing, which would prepare her to be a Registered Nurse.

    The other three finalists for the WGTC GOAL award were Eric Vaughn, Cody Ziegler and Danya Moon.

    Brown was nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by Babs Russell, WGTC Dean of the School of Business and Public Services.

    Brown believes that ongoing research is the key to remaining current in her field and has a reputation of working hard to prepare students to become competent and dedicated future childcare teachers.

    Brown was selected out of a field of six WGTC instructors: Accounting Instructor Gina McFarlin, Math Instructor Chad Mathews, Biology Instructor Dr. Jeremy Bishop, Clinical Laboratory Technology Instructor Dr. Phyllis Ingham and Medical Assisting Instructor Jamie Shell.

    First launched in 1971, GOAL focuses on student excellence in technical education by focusing on academic excellence and personal achievement. A panel of judges selects one student as the state GOAL winner, which is announced at the state competition in April. The state’s GOAL winner will serve as an ambassador of technical education in Georgia.

    The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the Rick Perkins Award was renamed in memory and honor of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor of the former West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

     


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    Local Student Discovers His Passion Thanks to West Georgia Tech and the Move on When Ready Initiative
    Posted: January 5, 2016

    NOTE: This is a feature story produced by the West Georgia Technical College public relations department, a division of WGTC Institutional Advancement, and was written by Aaron Sones.

    Coweta County native Cooper Goldbeck earned a Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder certificate from West Georgia Technical College.

    Goldbeck was then selected to serve an apprenticeship with Grenzebach Corporation, a worldwide manufacturing company based out of Germany with facilities all over the world.

    Cooper Goldbeck
    Cooper Goldbeck

    Goldbeck earned a full-time job with Grenzebach after graduation.

    Sounds routine, right?

    Wrong.

    Cooper Goldbeck’s path to Grenzebach was anything but routine.

    It was extraordinary.

    On the day he was hired as a full-time welder at Grenzebach, bringing home a nice paycheck, Cooper Goldbeck was just 17 years old.

    How on earth is that possible?

    Through the Move on When Ready (dual enrollment) program, West Georgia Technical College and local business and industry have come together to form partnerships which are helping individuals like Cooper Goldbeck do what was unthinkable just a few years ago.

    Local high school students such as Goldbeck are earning college credit and high school credit simultaneously while still in high school through the MOWR program.

    Some follow the path that Goldbeck did, by earning certificates in a particular field which gives them the work-ready skills they need to enter the workforce on a much faster track.

    Local business and industry benefit because West Georgia Tech is producing a larger pool of skilled graduates who are ready to enter the workforce.

    Other students in the MOWR program earn college credit that will transfer to another college or university, giving them a head start towards graduation.

    Some students in the program have earned more than 30 hours of college credit by the day of their high school graduation. This saves time -- and money.

    The mother of a recent high school graduate in Troup County said she saved more than $18,000 in tuition costs because her son transferred 12 college credit hours to Auburn.

    Cooper Goldbeck was your average high school student as a sophomore at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg. Like most students at that age, he wasn’t thinking about life after high school. Perhaps he would attend college and figure things out. He did have a passion for cars and considered a career in the automotive industry.

    Goldbeck found his way to the Central Educational Center in Newnan, a joint partnership among business and industry, the Coweta School System and West Georgia Technical College.

    Coweta County high school students have the option of taking courses at the CEC, courses which are designed around the needs and expectations of local business and industry.

    “I ended up spending more time at the CEC than I did at East Coweta,” said Goldbeck. “I liked it there because I learn better when the instruction is hands-on.”

    Goldbeck completed courses such as Robotics, Java Programming, Introduction to Metals and Pre-engineering, all while still in high school.

    At the start of his junior year, some of Goldbeck’s friends at the CEC signed up for an Introduction to Welding course. Wanting to be with his friends, he decided to take the course, too.

    And in the days and weeks that followed, Goldbeck discovered his passion.

    “I ended up falling in love with the concept of welding in that first course that I took,” he said. “Then I found out there was a dual enrollment program for welding and that if I took the right courses and passed them, I could actually earn my certificate by the time I graduated high school.”

    Determined to earn the Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder certificate, Goldbeck enrolled in the MOWR program at West Georgia Tech. He completed the coursework required to earn the certificate at the end of his junior year of high school.

    “It was an awesome experience,” he said. “I had a great teacher who was a young guy that came right out of the field. I know he had to have taken a huge pay cut to get into the classroom and teach students like me. There is a need for a younger workforce in welding because the average age for welders is around 45 to 50, and they are going to all retire soon. He told us that he wanted to get into the classroom because not a lot of people knew about the field and about the fact that you could easily work your way up to a six-figure paycheck over time.”

    There is, and will continue to be, an abundance of jobs in welding.

    That leads us to Grenzebach Corporation, which has a factory in Newnan. The German-based company has plants and factories all over the world. The Newnan site is just one of two in the United States.

    Grenzebach approached Central Educational Center CEO Mark Whitlock and discussed the need for work-ready graduates out of high school.

    “Grenzebach was bringing over interns from Germany for internships and then those interns would go back to Germany to work,” Whitlock said. “Germany has a unique education system in such that they begin their post-secondary education after the ninth grade. So the leadership at the Grenzenbach Corporation here locally felt like it would make more sense to have local students in some of those apprenticeship roles and perhaps be hired once they earn the necessary certificates and graduation requirements. Cooper Goldbeck was their first local welding apprentice.”

    Just prior to the start of his senior year of high school, with the Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder certificate from West Georgia Tech in hand, Goldbeck was selected by Grenzebach to fulfill that coveted first-of-its-kind apprenticeship.

    So as a high school senior, Goldebeck took courses at the CEC until 11:30 a.m. and worked at Grenzebach, and was paid by Grenzebach, every Monday through Thursday afternoon.

    He was paid, while earning high school credit, and also earning college credit toward his certificate requirements.

    “At first I was just a shadow for the head welder,” Goldbeck said. “Later on they gave me an open welding booth and some smaller jobs.”

    Through MOWR, Goldbeck graduated from East Coweta High School with a high school diploma and a Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder Certificate from West Georgia Technical College.

    Goldbeck was hired full time by Grenzebach following his graduation from high school.

    Since he was hired full time he has taken on a larger role.

    “We have assembly lines with welding projects for different companies,” he said. “I’ll get raw material that has been cut into angles along with a mechanical drawing including dimensions. Based on that drawing, I fit the pieces together and weld it together. I’m doing more advanced work than I was as an apprentice.”

    Had Goldbeck not taken the apprenticeship, he would not be where he is today.

    Had Grenzebach not collaborated with the Central Educational Center, he would not be where he is today.

    Had West Georgia Tech not offered the MOWR courses, he would not be where he is today.

    “Without the Move on When Ready program, which gave me the opportunity to earn my certificate at West Georgia Tech while still in high school, I would not have been hired by anyone right now, much less at a company like Grenzebach,” Goldbeck said.

    “Most places will not hire anyone without experience. I obtained that experience not only through the apprenticeship but in the WGTC welding classes as well. Without MOWR, I would have to take at least two years of technical college classes after high school, obtain the certificate while doing so, and then try to find some small shops that were willing to give me the experience that is required to be hired at a place like Grenzebach,” he said.

    Cooper Goldbeck is one of thousands of Georgia high school students that have taken college courses through the Move on When Ready program. But you will have to look hard to find another student that better embodies what the program is all about.

    West Georgia Technical College, local business and industry and local school systems are working together to produce pathways for student success and job placement in an evolving economy.

    Cooper Goldbeck is a shining example of how the program works.

    West Georgia Technical College, through Move on When Ready, is changing lives. One student at a time.

    For more information on the Move on When Ready program, visit www.westgatech.edu/MOWR.

    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.


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