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

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 Administator 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.

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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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Hall of Fame Pitcher Phil Niekro Headlines Annual WGTC Baseball Preaseason Banquet; Sponsorships and Limited Number of Tickets are Available
Posted: December 22, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College baseball program and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation welcomes MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro to headline its third-annual “Knights Feast” Meet the Team Banquet on Friday, February 5, 2016.

The event will take place at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton with a reception for general admission ticketholders at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to the WGTC Baseball to cover expenses as it enters its fifth year as an NJCAA Division I program.

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Hall of Fame Pitcher Phil Niekro

A special VIP meet-and-greet reception will be held from 6 until 6:45 p.m. for corporate sponsors guests VIP ticketholders. Those attendees will have an opportunity to meet Niekro and receive his autograph while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.

“We are very excited to welcome Phil Niekro to Carrollton for our annual baseball banquet,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This is an outstanding event which brings our baseball team and their families together for an evening of fellowship. Additionally, it is a critical fundraiser, which will help cover expenses incurred throughout the baseball season. I want to personally thank Mr. Niekro for offering his time to come speak to these young men and I invite the public to join us.

Niekro will give remarks following the dinner along with West Georgia Tech Director of Athletics and head baseball Todd Pratt, who also played major league baseball. Both Niekro and Pratt played for the Atlanta Braves.

Niekro was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 following a 24-year career, which saw him pitch for the Braves, Yankees, Indians and Blue Jays. No pitcher since 1920 has pitched more innings than Niekro’s 5,404. Of the 17,000-plus men who have played major league baseball, only nine have played for more seasons than Niekro.

Famously known for being perhaps the greatest knuckleball pitcher of all time, Niekro pitched a no-hitter against the Padres in 1973. He helped lead the Braves to their only two division titles prior to 1991. His career with the Braves spanned 19 seasons, from 1966-83 and again late in the 1987 season, when the Braves brought him back for one last start to wrap up his career in a Braves uniform.

Niekro pitched in 864 games, with 318 wins and 274 losses. Those 318 wins ranks 16th on the all-time wins list. He recorded 3,342 strikeouts in his 5,404 innings of work and finished with a career ERA of 3.35. Niekro is the last MLB pitcher to have both won and lost 20 or more games in the same season.

“We are very excited to have someone of the caliber of my friend Phil Niekro to headline our baseball preseason dinner,” Pratt said. “I know Phil will deliver remarks that will have a lasting impact, not only on our players but also on the rest of the audience in attendance. We want to invite the community to come out and support our baseball student-athletes and meet one of the best baseball pitchers of all time. We can’t thank Sunset Hills Country Club and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation enough for their support and partnership as we raise much-needed funds for our program.”

A limited number of tickets for the dinner and for the VIP meet and greet are available.

Tickets for only the dinner and program only are priced at $100. Tickets to the dinner and program plus VIP meet and greet access are $150.

Sponsorships are available and they include dinner tickets, VIP tickets and additional publicity at the banquet and throughout the baseball season based upon the level of sponsorship. Sponsorship information can be found at www.wgtcathletics.com/knightsfeast.

“We have a limited number of dinner and VIP tickets available because our banquet is an intimate event made up mostly of our baseball players, their families supporters of the program,” Pratt said. “However, we want to invite to public to come join us f.


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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.

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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.

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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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Hall of Fame Pitcher Phil Niekro Headlines Annual WGTC Baseball Preaseason Banquet; Sponsorships and Limited Number of Tickets are Available
Posted: December 22, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College baseball program and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation welcomes MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro to headline its third-annual “Knights Feast” Meet the Team Banquet on Friday, February 5, 2016.

The event will take place at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton with a reception for general admission ticketholders at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to the WGTC Baseball to cover expenses as it enters its fifth year as an NJCAA Division I program.

Phil Niekro
Hall of Fame Pitcher Phil Niekro

A special VIP meet-and-greet reception will be held from 6 until 6:45 p.m. for corporate sponsors guests VIP ticketholders. Those attendees will have an opportunity to meet Niekro and receive his autograph while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.

“We are very excited to welcome Phil Niekro to Carrollton for our annual baseball banquet,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This is an outstanding event which brings our baseball team and their families together for an evening of fellowship. Additionally, it is a critical fundraiser, which will help cover expenses incurred throughout the baseball season. I want to personally thank Mr. Niekro for offering his time to come speak to these young men and I invite the public to join us.

Niekro will give remarks following the dinner along with West Georgia Tech Director of Athletics and head baseball Todd Pratt, who also played major league baseball. Both Niekro and Pratt played for the Atlanta Braves.

Niekro was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 following a 24-year career, which saw him pitch for the Braves, Yankees, Indians and Blue Jays. No pitcher since 1920 has pitched more innings than Niekro’s 5,404. Of the 17,000-plus men who have played major league baseball, only nine have played for more seasons than Niekro.

Famously known for being perhaps the greatest knuckleball pitcher of all time, Niekro pitched a no-hitter against the Padres in 1973. He helped lead the Braves to their only two division titles prior to 1991. His career with the Braves spanned 19 seasons, from 1966-83 and again late in the 1987 season, when the Braves brought him back for one last start to wrap up his career in a Braves uniform.

Niekro pitched in 864 games, with 318 wins and 274 losses. Those 318 wins ranks 16th on the all-time wins list. He recorded 3,342 strikeouts in his 5,404 innings of work and finished with a career ERA of 3.35. Niekro is the last MLB pitcher to have both won and lost 20 or more games in the same season.

“We are very excited to have someone of the caliber of my friend Phil Niekro to headline our baseball preseason dinner,” Pratt said. “I know Phil will deliver remarks that will have a lasting impact, not only on our players but also on the rest of the audience in attendance. We want to invite the community to come out and support our baseball student-athletes and meet one of the best baseball pitchers of all time. We can’t thank Sunset Hills Country Club and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation enough for their support and partnership as we raise much-needed funds for our program.”

A limited number of tickets for the dinner and for the VIP meet and greet are available.

Tickets for only the dinner and program only are priced at $100. Tickets to the dinner and program plus VIP meet and greet access are $150.

Sponsorships are available and they include dinner tickets, VIP tickets and additional publicity at the banquet and throughout the baseball season based upon the level of sponsorship. Sponsorship information can be found at www.wgtcathletics.com/knightsfeast.

“We have a limited number of dinner and VIP tickets available because our banquet is an intimate event made up mostly of our baseball players, their families supporters of the program,” Pratt said. “However, we want to invite to public to come join us for a fun night featuring one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. We also have corporate partnership opportunities available. I would encourage anyone interested in tickets or a corporate partnership to contact me soon before we sell out.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact coach Pratt at Todd.Pratt@westgatech.edu, or call (770) 537-6049.

Visit www.WGTCAthletics.com for more information on West Georgia Technical College athletics.

 


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WGTC Foundation's Project CARE Brings Holiday Cheer to Local Families
Posted: December 18, 2015

Some local families will have a little more cheer this holiday season, thanks to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s Project CARE initiative. The program is assisting 66 families this holiday season, with $9,300 in funds and over 10,000 cans of food given to those in need.

Project CARE is the community assistance initiative of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation, designed to help WGTC students and employees meet basic needs at holiday time. It consists of both financial assistance and a food drive to help students, faculty and staff who are in need of assistance.

“Through Project CARE, the entire West Georgia Tech family made a tremendous effort to help local families who are struggling. This year we were able to assist more families than ever before and I am proud to report that we had our best year ever with more than 10,000 cans collected. This has been a humbling and gratifying process, and I want to thank everyone who came together to help,” said Kim Learnard, Executive Director of the WGTC Foundation.

Assistance is open to current students and internal employees of West Georgia Technical College. Families applied for Project CARE assistance through West Georgia Tech’s website.

The West Georgia Tech Foundation raises funds for Project CARE throughout the year through employee contributions and fundraisers.

“I’m amazed at the spirit of giving that West Georgia Tech students and internal staff exhibit, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year as well,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “There are many among us who are not as fortunate as we are, and it gives me great pride to see the West Georgia Tech family come together to assist those in need.”

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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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WGTC Shares Priorities with Legislators
Posted: December 18, 2015

West Georgia Technical College welcomed seven members of its state legislative delegation to the College’s Carroll Campus December 1 to share priorities for the coming year. State Senators Mike Dugan and Bill Heath, State Representatives Kevin Cooke, Dusty Hightower, Randy Nix, Lynn Smith and Bob Trammell Jr. heard presentations from WGTC President Steve Daniel and Technical College System of Georgia Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs Travis Johnson. Also in attendance were liaisons from Senator Johnny Isakson’s office and Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s office, and Technical College System of Georgia Chief Operating Officer Phil Smith.

WGTC President Steve Daniel thanked the delegation for their support in obtaining $2.7 million in the current state budget for lab renovations and equipment. The funds are being used to impact instructional programs which serve students in fields identified by the state’s high-demand career initiative. Welding labs across the College’s seven-county service area are being upgraded, and the College is developing a state-of-the-art Precision Manufacturing and Maintenance Lab at its LaGrange Campus. After lunch prepared by WGTC Culinary Arts students and Chef Tricia Vera, Senator Dugan led a discussion with the panel of legislators.

President Daniel said he was very pleased with the participation of so many area legislators and for the work the delegation does to support education in the region. “We know that West Georgia Tech provides opportunities for education and training so many people need to build a better life for themselves and their families,” he said. “We are grateful that our local legislative delegation recognizes that. We’re also appreciative of the partnerships with such prominent and successful businesses and industries who have joined with us to urge support for the TCSG and West Georgia Tech initiatives.”

Legislators

Seven members of West Georgia Technical College’ local legislative delegation attended the College’s Legislative Luncheon December 1 on the Carroll Campus. Seated are Senator Mike Dugan, Representative Dusty Hightower, Representative Lynn Smith and Representative Randy Nix. Standing are WGTC President Steve G. Daniel, Representative Bob Trammell Jr., Representative Kevin Cooke and Senator Bill Heath.

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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UWG, WGTC join hands to improve outreach
Posted: December 11, 2015

A collaboration between the University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College has allowed UWG’s Comprehensive Community Clinic to expand services with a speech clinic on WGTC’s Thomas B. Murphy Campus in Waco.

Every day, students and instructors at UWG’s Comprehensive Community Clinic know they will have an opportunity to help a local child. However, sometimes, basic logistics can get in the way of a child’s progress. Logistics like transportation.

“Some of our children come all the way from Haralson County,” said CCC Director Dr. Laura Smith, “and sometimes their parents don’t have a way to get them here. So we wanted to find a way to remedy that.”

Since 2014, the CCC has been providing services at the University of West Georgia’s Carrollton campus. However, Dr. Smith felt it was time to expand and contacted G.W. Rogers, the Executive Director of Campus Operations at West Georgia Technical College’s Murphy Campus. Rogers was enthusiastic about a partnership to provide space.

“We really wanted to find a way to provide services to children in Haralson County who needed help but didn’t have available transportation to Carrollton,” Rogers said.

UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero, WGTC President Steve G. Daniel, CCC Director Dr. Laura Smith and WGTC Executive Director for Campus Operations G.W. Rogers were joined by clinic staff, chamber of commerce staff and community members at a ribbon cutting to officially open UWG’s speech clinic at the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco.
UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero, WGTC President Steve G. Daniel, CCC Director Dr. Laura Smith and WGTC Executive Director for Campus Operations G.W. Rogers were joined by clinic staff, chamber of commerce staff and community members at a ribbon cutting to officially open UWG’s speech clinic at the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco.

Smith and Rogers saw their idea take shape, and both were in attendance, along with other members of the project, at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to officially announce the opening of the clinic at WGTC’s Murphy Campus in Haralson County.

“This strategic partnership is mutually beneficial as the UWG COE Speech-Language graduate students are gaining authentic, professional experience working with young clients who are at-risk,” Dr. Smith said. “The WGTC campus benefits by providing degree program information and additional services to the families of the clients, and the Haralson County community benefits by receiving local, affordable, high-quality speech and language services.  It is certainly a win-win for all!”

The Murphy Campus Speech Clinic opened in May 2015 and began helping clients under the age of three with speech and language development. Meanwhile, UWG students have a chance to bear witness to the rewards of their work with these children and see its positive effects first hand.

“It is amazing the progress we have seen in the children served at the Murphy Speech Clinic,” said Murphy Clinic Speech Language Pathologist Supervisor Brittany Janowski. “You never know when the breakthrough will happen, but we keep working towards it until one day we see the first smile or hear the first sound, and we all want to jump with joy!”

Students also get the opportunity to problem solve and put the variety of techniques they learn in the classroom into practice.

“Each child requires different techniques and strategies during therapy to reach goals ranging from speech and language to feeding,” Janowski said, “but the common denominator is that each child deserves the best opportunity available. And that's what we're giving them — an opportunity to improve and better connect with the world.”

All parties involved in the collaboration – UWG, WGTC, and the West Georgia Community Foundation – agree the clinic has been a resounding success.

“We are very excited to officially unveil our partnership to provide a home for UWG’s speech clinic in Haralson County,” WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “Our two institutions have a great relationship, which ultimately benefits all of our West Georgia communities. We look forward to continuing these efforts that benefit our region.”

Funding for the clinic was awarded through the Alice Huffard Richards Charitable Foundation to support an onsite and speech language pathology supervisor.  Additionally, the UWG Foundation receives continued funding from the AHR Charitable Foundation for 2016 to support the speech language pathologist supervisor position for one additional year. The clinic is currently open on Monday through Thursday each week. For more information, call the CCC at 678-839-6145.



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Crane Industry Services Centered on Safety™ Training Center and West Georgia Technical College hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Program Showcase
Posted: December 10, 2015

West Georgia Technical College and Crane Industry Services, LLC held a program showcase and open house Dec. 2, 2015 to celebrate their partnership through the College’s Economic Development Division.
The ceremony took place at the Centered on Safety™ Training Center on the Murphy Campus in Waco, which showcased hands-on, job specific training for the crane and rigging industry.
About 40 people, including Georgia State Senator Mike Dugan, attended. Other guests included Angela Royal from the Georgia Department of Labor; Vann Pelt, Vice President of Aubrey Silvey Enterprises, which provided the cranes for the Showcase; representatives from business development group Carroll Tomorrow, Carroll and Haralson County chambers of commerce, as well as contractors, utility companies, and union representatives.
The availability of expanded technical courses comes at a time when construction starts are growing in Georgia, while the labor supply fails to meet to the demand.
“Our entire state is experiencing shortages of skilled laborers. Many were lost to other forms of employment during the Great Recession. But there is also a generation that has lived through a heavy emphasis on attending traditional four-year universities rather than learning a trade. In Georgia, we are working hard to reverse the trend,” Sen. Dugan said. He cited the importance of the State’s Move On When Ready program, but said cooperative efforts between government, institutions and private industry will likely have the biggest impact.
Those thoughts were echoed by WGTC President Steve G. Daniel, who welcomed Crane Industry Services. “It takes employers, educators, and private business working together in order to provide the expertise and types of technical training that the industry seeks,” he said.

Event highlights
The ceremonial ribbon was held by two crane hooks in honor of the Centered on Safety™ Training Center’s purpose to provide crane, rigging and construction craft training. The event included crane operation and rigging demonstrations.
Cliff Dickinson, president of Crane Industry Services, enlisted volunteers from among the guests to demonstrate typical rigging tasks, such as how to turn a load, finding load center of gravity, and proper hand signals. Terry Norris and Gary Lloyd, Crane and Rigging Specialists for Crane Industry Services, demonstrated basic crane operation.
Courses delivered by CIS’s certified instructors are essential to construction, utilities, power generation, manufacturing, and mining and refining.  Courses include Basic and Advanced Rigging; Rigging Inspector; Crane Operator training, certification and qualification for Mobile, Overhead, and Tower Cranes; Crane Inspector; Crane Site Safety Management; and Power Line Safety for Utility Workers. Additional courses are in development. Custom courses and open enrollment options are available.

CIS-WGTC Ribbon Cutting

Attending the Dec. 2, 2015 Program Showcase and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony were (left to right) Daniel Jackson (Carroll Tomorrow), Andy Camp (Carroll Tomorrow), Georgia Sen. Mike Dugan, WGTC President Steve G. Daniel, CIS President Cliff Dickinson, CIS CEO Debbie Dickinson, G.W. Rogers (WGTC), Laura Gammage (WGTC), and Tara Chapman (Haralson Chamber of Commerce).



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West Georgia Tech grad knocks down barriers in pursuit of her passion
Posted: December 7, 2015

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.

Several years ago, recent West Georgia Technical College graduate Rebecca Spivey entered the office of a company owner for an interview.

The owner took a first glance at her and started laughing. “This is awful hard work for a woman,” he said.

Within minutes Spivey convinced the man that she was up to the demands of the job.

Rebecca Spivey has dealt with that scenario for most of her adult life, as a female working in a male-dominated industry.

Rebecca Spivey
Rebecca Spivey

The industry? Air conditioning construction and technology.

The Fayette County native has a passion for working on air conditioners. According to her, she found her passion by accident 17 years ago.

“The day that my first child was born, my husband at the time lost his job,” she said. “I told him that if he would stay home and take care of our baby then I would go out and find some work. So I went to work.”

Spivey’s job search took her to All Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning in her hometown of Fayetteville.

“I was looking for anything, really,” she said. “There was a sign out front that said they were hiring so I walked in and told them I was looking for a job. The owner looked at me and started laughing. He said that this was hard work for a woman and that he wasn’t looking for a secretary.”

“Good,” Spivey said. “I would rather work outside than behind a desk anyway.”

Spivey’s new job was installing air conditioning units in homes that were under construction. She worked long, hard hours, alongside men who were much bigger and stronger than she was.

Those men at first scoffed at the idea that a woman could work alongside them. But in due time, they came to respect her. She could do the work that was required, and then some.

In the middle of the summer, in the oppressing Georgia heat, Spivey found her passion.

“From that point on I have had this devotion for working with air conditioners. I love the fact that you aren’t behind a desk and you are at a new location every day. You meet all kinds of people. And I have worked with some good people that, once they got to know me and found out that I could do the job well, they took me under their wings and taught me so much. I guess I just developed a love for it.”

A few years later the family moved to South Georgia and Spivey found work at Powell’s Refrigeration in Poulan, Ga.

Fast forward to 2011. Spivey, now a single mom, made the decision to move back home. Her father was living in Newnan and offered to let her and the kids stay at his home under one condition: either get a job, or go to college and earn a degree.

Spivey decided to do both.

“The construction industry was hit so hard with the recession, and all of my previous experience in the field was in installation, mostly new homes. Those new homes were not being built,” she said.

A segment of the air conditioning industry that was not affected by the economic downturn was the service and repair side.

Think about it - if your air conditioner quits working in the summertime or your heating unit breaks down in the colder months - you have no choice but to get it working again.

But Spivey had no experience in repairing AC units. She knew how to install a unit, but not repair a broken one.

Spivey enrolled at West Georgia Technical College and enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology program.

The single mother of three also had to make ends meet. She found a job working as a security guard at a local Sony plant 40 hours a week. And she still studied a full course load at West Georgia Tech.

Christopher McFarlin, Program Chair and Instructor of the Air Conditioning Technology program at West Georgia Tech, said that it takes a typical student about two years to earn a diploma in the program.

A student who completes the program earns an Air Conditioning Technology Diploma and four professional certificates: Air Conditioning Electrical Technician, Air Conditioning Repair, Air Conditioning Technician Assistant, and Heat and Air Conditioning Installation Technician.

McFarlin said that in his six years of teaching at West Georgia Tech, Rebecca Spivey is the only female to come through.

“Rebecca is, first of all, a great person,” McFarlin said. “She stood out at first because of the fact that you just don’t see many females come through, if any at all. It didn’t take long for her classmates to take her seriously. She was such an independent student and hardly ever sought out assistance from her peers. I think she developed that personality from her previous years of working in a male-dominated field. But what really stood out to me was how hard she worked. She is one of the most hard-working, independent students to ever come into my classroom.”

Spivey earned her diploma and four professional certificates, graduating from the program in December of last year.

As for her experience as a student at WGTC?

“The instruction was very hands-on,” she said. “I learned so much about the servicing side, which is what I needed in order to continue to work in this field. The instructors were great. They worked with me in a way that I could balance a 40-hour-a-week job, take care of three kids and go to school full-time. Chris McFarlin could not have been a better instructor. He was very helpful with adjusting to my schedule. Sometimes I needed to switch classes and he was supportive. If I had to do it over again I would do it a thousand times.”

Spivey quickly landed a job at Action Electrical & Mechanical Contractors, a company that provides contracting services to the industrial and commercial markets in Atlanta and the Southeast.

Spivey’s territory is the metro Atlanta area. She services air conditioning and heating units, mostly for commercial businesses.

McFarlin believes that Spivey could be one of about a dozen or so female air conditioning technicians in the state.

She resides in Carroll County with her boyfriend of four years, Paul Hoffman, and her three children who range in age from 5 to17.

“Paul has been so supportive while I have taken this journey. I could not have gone back to school and at the same time raise my kids without his help. He is the one that actually pushed me to go back to school and follow my passion,” Spivey said.

So that’s the story of a hard-working, independent, hard-nosed, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer, air conditioning repairwoman, who went back to school to earn her diploma and learn the skills that are in high demand here in Georgia.

A woman working in a male-dominated field, who got laughed in her face at a job interview, who overcame the lack of respect once given to her by earning respect through hard work, who pushed down barriers to follow her dream and her passion, who earned her diploma on schedule while also working a 40-hour-a-week job along with raising three kids, who not once made an excuse when she had every right and reason to do so, who found a way when there seemed to be none.

There are so many stories just like this one at West Georgia Tech.

“West Georgia Tech changed my life,” Spivey said. “There is no way I could get a job like this one without that diploma and the knowledge that I gained while I was there. To all of the people out there that think they don’t have time to go back to school or that it isn’t worth it, my answer to them is that it most certainly is. I have lived it.”

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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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WGTC PBL wins chapter and individual awards at Fall Leadership Conference
Posted: December 2, 2015

West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda students excelled at the 2015 Georgia Career and Leadership Development Conference, held in Atlanta on November 20-22.

West Georgia Tech PBL entered several events, with the Douglas Campus chapter placing first in the Chapter Website, Advertising and Chapter Display competitions. The Douglas Campus chapter placed third in the Chapter Preparation Project.

WGTC’s Carroll Campus chapter placed first in March of Dimes fundraising, raising a total of $881 for the charity. The group raised the money at its fifth-annual community yard sale in October.

West Georgia Tech PBL won several individual awards.

Eric Vaughn from Temple (Carroll Campus chapter) placed second while Takisha Asante from Douglasville (Douglas Campus chapter) placed third in Taxation.

Carrollton resident Tiffany Cochran (Carroll Campus chapter) placed second in Database design.

“West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda has an established tradition of excellence that we can all be proud of,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “I represent our entire College in congratulating them on a job well done at the Georgia Fall Leadership Conference. I am personally very proud of each one of the students and thank the advisors for their dedication and hard work."

WGTC PBL members also participated in training and leadership sessions for incoming officers. The officer sessions provided strategies and techniques to students so that they can be successful in fulfilling their roles as student organization leaders.

The students were accompanied at the conference by WGTC PBL advisors Joey Sanders and Mona Williams.

Williams presented two workshops at the conference on “Kick Starting your Organization.”

“We are very proud of our members for kick starting another successful year with the leadership conference in Atlanta,” Williams said. “We have another outstanding group of students who are leaders at our College and in their communities.”

West Georgia Technical College students who are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team skills, or simply looking for an organization to meet and network with others at local, state, or national levels are encouraged to join Phi Beta Lambda. PBL is not just another student group because it gives members an opportunity to learn, travel, and grow as a business professional.

WGTC PBL members at the 2015 Georgia Career and Leadership Development Conference in Atlanta

WGTC PBL members at the 2015 Georgia Career and Leadership Development Conference in Atlanta.

Back Row (L-R): Luke Folds, Carlos Remice, David Herrington, Cindy Wilson, Eric Vaughn, Regina Adams, Latoya Cotton
Front Row (L-R): WGTC PBL Advisors Joey Sanders and Mona Williams

 For more information on West Georgia Tech’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter, e-mail PBL@westgatech.edu.

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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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WGTC's Jacky Jones named NJCAA D-III National Player of the Week
Posted: November 30, 2015

CARROLLTON, Georgia -- West Georgia Tech’s Jaquline (Jacky) Jones was given the high distinction of being named NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week, for games played from November 16-22. The NJCAA made the official announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

The sophomore forward from Marietta is the second student-athlete in school history to win national player of the week honors. Kadriana Howard, also representing women’s basketball, won the award in January of 2014.

Jacquline "Jacky" Jones

“We are very proud of Jacky for earning player of the week honors on the national level,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “That is quite an accomplishment and I join everyone at West Georgia Tech in congratulating her. Our women’s basketball program has been competitive on the court, but we are especially proud of their efforts in the community and in the classroom.”

“We are proud that Jacky Jones has been recognized on a national level for her efforts on the basketball court,” West Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Todd Pratt said. “Jacky is a perfect example of what it takes to be a student-athlete and represent the Golden Knights. She is a hard worker on and off the court and she has been a leader to her teammates. I’m excited for her and for the entire women’s basketball program.”

Jones also won Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (Region 17) D-III Conference Player of the Week accolades both last week and this week.

“I’m honored that I was even in consideration for this award,” Jones said. “It means so much to me because I have worked really hard to be a better basketball player and teammate. I consider this a team award because I could not have put up those kind of numbers without the help of all of my teammates.”

Jones averaged 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in pair of games against NJCAA Division I competition last week. She also averaged 3.5 steals per game and had 1.5 blocks per game in those two contests.

In a tough loss to Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College last Friday, Jones scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds to go along with two blocks.

She followed that effort with an 18-point, 12-rebound performance in a win over Chattahoochee Technical College on Saturday afternoon.

And on Monday night she pulled down a season high 17 rebounds and scored 8 points in a win at Brenau University’s junior varsity squad.

Jones leads the conference in rebounds with 12.5 rebounds per contest while also leading the conference in offensive rebounds at 5.6 per game.

In each of West Georgia Tech’s eight games so far this season, Jones has recorded ten or more rebounds.

Even more remarkable is the fact that she has put up those eye-catching numbers while averaging just 23.4 minutes per contest.

Jones plays the power forward position on offense. Standing at 5’11, she is one of West Georgia Tech’s tallest players. She is, by far, the team’s most skilled rebounder.

“Rebounding is something that I have always been taught because of my height,” she said. “I move with the ball and just go get it. A lot of it is timing and then you have to really put forth the effort to go get the ball.”

Jones leads the team in steals (3.5 steals per game) and blocks (1.5 blocks per game).

“Jacky has performed at such a high level, not just over the last two weeks but for the entire season,” West Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach Kenny Edwards said. “She is a warrior and I am so proud of her and I am happy that she has been recognized by the national office. Jacky plays with such intensity in every phase of the game and can guard every position on the court defensively, and that is a tremendous help to us with our style of play.”

Jones has helped lead West Georgia Tech to a 5-3 record and five wins in its last six games.

Four of West Georgia Tech’s five wins have come against NJCAA Division I or Division II competition.

“I think the most impressive thing about Jacky and her play on the court is the fact that she has done this while not being 100-percent healthy. I have not played her in as many minutes as I normally would because of that. Once she is in top game-playing shape, I expect even bigger things from her,” Edwards said.

Jones has worked just as hard in the academic arena at West Georgia Tech, as she pursues a degree in criminal justice.

“Coach Edwards pushes us daily to do well in school,” she said. “We have study hall every day and I don’t think a day goes by that he doesn’t bring it up - the fact that we have to work really hard in the classroom and keep our grades up. My professors have been very helpful. They have worked with me on a personal level to help me become a better student. I plan to finish the semester strong in the classroom.”

Jones will attempt to make it nine games in a row with 10 rebounds or more when West Georgia Tech returns to the hardwood a week from Saturday at home against Faulkner University’s junior varsity team.

Tip-time for the contest is at 2 p.m. in Carrollton.

Visit www.WGTCAthletics.com for more information on West Georgia Tech Golden Knights athletics.


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Sones represents West Georgia Tech at UWG sports career expo
Posted: November 24, 2015

West Georgia Technical College External Affairs Coordinator and Sports Information Director Aaron Sones was one of five sports communications and marketing industry leaders to headline the NFL PREP Leadership Series: Sports and Career Expo held at the University of West Georgia on Thursday, November 12.

The Sports and Career Expo was a presentation of the UWG Sport Management Society and the National Football League Player Engagement Department and was a produced by Why Not Sports, Inc. (WNS), in partnership with NFL Player Engagement.

The Expo began with a keynote address from Vince Thompson, CEO of MELT, LLC, a leading sports and entertainment agency.

Sones later joined Atlanta sports personality Sam Crenshaw, an Atlanta sports an Emmy Award-winning journalist who is currently a weekend morning show host on CBS Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game; Russell Clark, Managing Director for the LNL Agency; and Lauren Rupert, Assistant Director of Communications for Georgia Tech Athletics, for a Lunch and Learn Panel on the floor of the UWG Coliseum.

The theme for the Lunch and Learn Panel was, “Communication is Key: Sports Information in the 21st Century.”

“Sitting on a panel with three distinguished colleagues in the sports arena was one of the highlights of my career,” Sones said. “Ben, Lauren and Russell have all achieved great things in their respective careers and to be asked to sit alongside those three was quite an honor. I had a great time interacting with both the panelists and the UWG students in attendance.”

Prior to the panel discussion, Sones led one of eight breakout sessions, where he spoke with UWG students about his personal journey in the sports information and communications industry. He also shared tips for professional development and answered questions on a variety of topics posed by future Sport Management graduates.

“We are pleased that the University of West Georgia and its Sport Management Society invited Aaron to participate in their recent Sports Career Expo,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “Our partnership with the University of West Georgia is so important to us and to our community. I’m particularly excited about the fact that Aaron will be working with future UWG Sport Management graduates with internship roles in the future. Our College is devoted to providing a workforce that is ready to take on the challenges and needs of local business and industry. So this opportunity to have UWG students gain hands-on experience at our athletic events while providing us some much-needed assistance is an effort that is a win-win for all of us.”

Sones said that he plans to hire up to two full-time interns for the Spring Semester to assist him in the areas of publicity, media relations, game operations and marketing for West Georgia Tech Golden Knights Athletics. Obtaining a 40-hour per week internship is a requirement for UWG Sport Management students prior to graduation.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with students from the University of West Georgia who have an interest of pursuing opportunities in the sports arena,” Sones said. “I met with a number of prospective interns and all of them are highly-qualified and met the standards that you are looking for in a potential apprentice. I can say with confidence that UWG has a fantastic Sport Management curriculum with outstanding professors.”

Sones, a graduate of Mississippi State University, has been the Sports Information Director for West Georgia Technical College since early 2011.

He was recently promoted to External Affairs Coordinator for WGTC, where in his new role will handle the College’s public relations efforts and assist with brand development, as well as manage special events associated with West Georgia Tech and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation. Sones will continue to serve as WGTC’s Sports Information Director.

“This partnership between West Georgia Tech and the Sport Management program at the University of West Georgia is vital so that we can maintain the same level of publicity and branding for our athletic programs that we have up to this point, while I pursue our college-wide publicity efforts,” Sones said. “But more importantly, it gives us a chance to provide real-world experience to UWG students who are planning on working in the sports industry. It gives me great satisfaction to know that we can help someone learn and gain valuable insight in this industry prior to entering the workforce.”

West Georgia Tech’s athletics department is comprised of four sports: baseball, men’s basketball, softball and women’s basketball.

In addition to working at West Georgia Technical College, Sones announces local high school football games for Gradick Communications as the play-by-play voice for Kiss 102.7-FM (WCKS).

“I grew up wanting to be a radio play-by-play man for a big college or university,” Sones said. “And when I was at Mississippi State, I pursued that dream. But I also was fortunate to obtain one of the coveted internship jobs with the MSU Athletics Media Relations Department. Over three years I developed a passion for public relations, and at the same time I learned skills that would prove beneficial down the road.”

After eight years in the sports broadcasting industry, Sones heard of an opportunity that was opening up at West Georgia Tech.

“West Georgia Tech was just starting to get athletics going and they created a position for a sports information director,” Sones said. “I decided to pursue the job and was hired, and that has really been a blessing. Now I can work in public relations for, in my opinion, the best technical college in the state while also calling games on Friday nights in the fall. My advice to students who are considering entering a field of work in sports is to diversify your experience as much as possible. Learn as much as you can about every aspect of sports management. Learn how to write well, learn how to handle game operations, make sure you are up to speed on the latest technology in social media, and so on. You never know where your life’s journey will take you.”

Lauren Rupert, Assistant Director of Communications and PR, Georgia Tech |
Russell Clark, Managing Director, LNL Agency | Dr. Markesha Henderson, Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Sport Management, UWG | Sam Crenshaw, Weekend Morning Host on CBS Atlanta’s 92.9 the Game | Aaron Sones, External Affairs Coordinator and Sports Information Director, WGTC

PHOTO (L-R): Lauren Rupert, Assistant Director of Communications and PR, Georgia Tech | Russell Clark, Managing Director, LNL Agency | Dr. Markesha Henderson, Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Sport Management, UWG | Sam Crenshaw, Weekend Morning Host on CBS Atlanta’s 92.9 the Game | Aaron Sones, External Affairs Coordinator and Sports Information Director, WGTC

For more information about West Georgia Tech or WGTC Athletics, visit www.westgatech.edu or www.wgtcathletics.com.

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 High School students get head start on their college careers thanks to West Georgia Technical College and Move On When Ready Initiative
Posted: November 19, 2015

Thanks to the Georgia Department of Education’s new “Move on When Ready” (formerly known as the Dual Enrollment program), hundreds of local high school students are getting a head start on their college careers by attending West Georgia Technical College.

Move on When Ready (MOWR) allows high school students to attend a postsecondary institution, such as West Georgia Tech, and receive high school credit and college credit simultaneously while still in high school.

West Georgia Tech has seen about a 40-percent spike in enrollment from last fall to this fall.

West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel has seen firsthand the surge of students participating in dual enrollment since he took office in July of last year.

“I don’t know if there is a more impactful component of our College than our MOWR program,” Daniel said. “This initiative has changed so many young lives in such a positive way and I am proud that West Georgia Technical College is one of the leaders in this effort. Our collaboration with local school systems and local business / industry partners are helping us to produce graduates that are prepared for the desperately needed careers in our region. The Move on When Ready program is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years and we are preparing for this as a College.”

The recent rise in enrollment numbers can be attributed mostly to Senate Bill 132, which was passed by the Georgia General Assembly last session, according to West Georgia Technical College Provost Dr. Perrin Alford.

“Senate Bill 132 made some adjustments to the previous MOWR law that was passed in 2009, which has led to us seeing our numbers increase significantly,” Alford said. “The new law reduces or eliminates previous barriers that were in place. Students can now dual enroll and not pay a dime in tuition or for books. There are no mandatory fees. It removed all residency requirements and opened up program offerings across the board.”

The bill also expanded the pool of potential students to include high school freshmen and sophomores. Previously, dual enrollment was only available to high school juniors and seniors.

Alford said that West Georgia Tech has 773 high school students dual enrolled at West Georgia Tech this fall and he expects that number to grow to more than 900 for the spring semester.

“There is no question that the recent changes to Move on When Ready have basically opened up the floodgates as far as overall enrollment is concerned. We’ve hired additional staff to accommodate future growth,” Alford said.

West Georgia Tech named Kevin Cain, previous Director of Institutional Advancement for the College, to take over the newly created position of Director of High School Initiatives.

Cain will oversee WGTC’s application of the Move on When Ready program as well as directly interface with local school systems in an effort to serve as a liaison between the College and local high schools. Cain began his new role on September 1 and reports to Alford.

“With the increases in eligibility made possible by Senate Bill 132, we feel it is imperative to get the word out as effectively and as often as we can to make sure all of the high school students in our service area are aware of their options,” Cain said. “This is an incredible opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while in high school, experience the college curriculum and graduate from high school with a jump start on college.”

Assisting Cain in his efforts are West Georgia Tech High School Coordinators Ginny Griffin and Leigh Cunningham.

Griffin and Cunningham serve as the College’s primary recruiters and points-of-contact for local high school guidance counselors and parents.

Griffin’s territory includes Haralson, Douglas and Carroll counties, while Cunningham oversees Troup, Meriwether, Heard and Coweta counties.

Alford and his team all anticipate the total number of dual enrolled students at West Georgia Tech to continue to increase in large numbers over the next few years. With the addition of ninth and tenth grade students, along with the reduction in costs and other barriers previously in place, West Georgia Tech’s dual enrollment numbers could exceed the 1,000 mark by the Fall Semester of 2016.

Every high school in West Georgia Tech’s service area is serviced by one of the two high school coordinators. And every high school student within West Georgia Tech’s seven-county footprint can dual enroll at West Georgia Tech, provided they meet application requirements.

West Georgia Tech has partnered with four college and career academies, all of which are located within the College’s seven-county service area: the thINC Academy in LaGrange, serving the Troup County School System; the College and Career Academy in Carrollton, which serves the Carroll County School System; the Central Educational Center in Newnan, which is affiliated with the Coweta County School System; and the Douglas County College and Career Institute in Douglasville, which is part of the Douglas County School System.

All four college and career academies are located near or even within a West Georgia Technical College campus.

NOTE: SEE STATEMENTS FROM EACH COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMY CEO AT THE END OF THE RELEASE. FEEL FREE TO USE ANY STATEMENT THAT APPLIES TO YOUR COVERAGE AREA.

Students enrolling in Move on When Ready can take classes at either of one of those four college and career academies, one of the five West Georgia Tech campuses or one of two West Georgia Tech instructional sites, which are located in Franklin and Greenville.

Research suggests that students who participate in MOWR are more likely to graduate from college, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

The benefits of Move on When Ready are both measurable and profound, both to the student and to his or her parents.

With college credit already earned upon entering a four-year college or a technical college, a student can earn their degree in less time – which equates into less money being spent on college education.

No one knows that better than Douglasville resident Michelle Berry.

Her son, Brix, went through the MOWR program at West Georgia Tech before enrolling at Auburn University. She said that her family saved over $13,000 in tuition costs at Auburn.

High school students who dual enroll prepare themselves for the rigors of college curriculum, as they attend classes with college students who could be twice their age, in some instances.

“Being in a classroom with older adults was intimidating on the first day,” Brix Berry said. “I had never been in a college setting before. But all of my teachers respected the fact that I was experiencing that environment for the first time. They gave me personal, hands-on experience. By the second and third day in, I was comfortable.”

The first day of college for any student is nerve-racking. Their entire world changes in an instant.

But not for Brix Berry and the hundreds of other students who have passed through the Move on When Ready program.

“Going to West Georgia Tech as a dual enrolled student was the best decision I have ever made. My first day at Auburn wasn’t intimidating at all. I knew exactly what to expect. Even though I was on a campus for the first time with more than 20,000 students, I felt like I was already a sophomore or a junior,” Berry said.

And in a sense, he was. Berry transferred twelve credits from West Georgia Tech to Auburn University. Berry had already satisfied the English 1101 and 1102 courses, as well as the Political Science core requirements.

Another proponent of Move on When Ready is Bremen High School Principal Dr. Tim Huff.

Dr. Huff says that in the 2013-14 school year, Bremen had 19 students participate in MOWR through West Georgia Tech. Last year that number climbed to 48 students and Huff anticipates that number to increase to around 60 this school year.

“Academics at Bremen High School is a top priority,” Huff said. “One area where we did not feel that we were meeting our potential is in accelerated credits. West Georgia Technical College has partnered with us to help us reach our goals. We are excited to see the changes in Move on When Ready and believe we are just scratching the surface of what is to come as our students gain increased access to classes through MOWR.”

One of the Bremen High School graduates who took advantage of Move on When Ready at West Georgia Tech is Alexis Nappi, now a student at Augusta University.

Nappi transferred 39 college credit hours to Augusta University from the MOWR program at West Georgia Tech.

“Dual enrollment was the best decision I ever made during my high school career,” Nappi said. “Starting college with 39 hours gave me a jump-start in my career and prepared me for the challenges of a college setting.”

She also saved her family a significant amount of money in tuition costs, allowing Alexis to pursue a minor in Spanish while taking her Pre-Med classes without exceeding her allotted Hope Scholarship credits.

Nappi’s brother, Dylan, also participated in the MOWR program. He said that he was able to graduate in half of the time that it usually takes because of the credit hours he earned at West Georgia Tech as a high school student.

There are hundreds more stories out there similar to Brix Berry, Alexis Nappi and Dylan Nappi.

High school students are getting a head start on their college careers, saving money in future tuition costs and learning how to work and interact with older adults in a college environment. And many of them are discovering their future career paths, all while still in high school.

And they are doing it at little or no cost to them.

Students or parents interested in learning more about Move on When Ready at West Georgia Tech should contact their school’s guidance counselor, or visit West Georgia Tech’s MOWR website, at www.westgatech.edu/MOWR.

You can also seek information by emailing:
Perrin Alford (perrin.alford@westgatech.edu),
Kevin Cain (kevin.cain@westgatech.edu), or
WGTC High School Coordinators Ginny Griffin and Leigh Cunningham (MOWR@westgatech.edu).

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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.

STATEMENTS FROM COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMY CEOs

thINC Academy in Troup
Kathy Carlisle, CEO

The thINC Academy, serving the Troup County School System, opened its doors in the fall of 2015. Those doors happen to be housed on West Georgia Tech’s LaGrange Campus. thINC Academy CEO Dr. Kathy Carlisle said that Move on When Ready is the perfect path for success for those students who are ready for an accelerated experience in high school.

“West Georgia Tech is well-equipped and ready to assist students with their academic plans to ensure career and college goals are accomplished. I challenge parents and students to explore college options during high school. It is a tremendous advantage for students to graduate from high school having earned a college certificate or credits,” Carlisle said.

Carroll County College and Career Academy in Carroll
Cindy Clanton, CTAE Director

Carrollton’s College and Career Academy Director Cindy Clanton said that the relationship between the Carroll County College and Career Academy and West Georgia Tech is making a significant difference throughout the Carroll County area.

“With the Move on When Ready program, the Carroll County College and Career Academy and West Georgia Technical College are partnering to offer our students multiple avenues to post-secondary education while still in high school. Students may opt to graduate high school early or earn credit towards a technical college certificate, diploma or degree.”

Central Educational Center in Coweta
Mark Whitlock, CEO

Central Educational Center CEO Mark Whitlock said that West Georgia Tech’s Move on
When Ready effort is the most efficient and effective educational system in place today.

“West Georgia Tech and Move on When Ready are the greatest opportunity and value in education,” Whitlock said. “It allows students to convert from high school to college while still in high school. It saves families thousands of dollars and ensures the chance for students to complete college. I feel like this program is going to explode over the next few years as more families and students become aware of the benefits of this program.”

College and Career Institute in Douglas
Mandy Johnson, Director of College and Career Programs

Mandy Johnson, Douglas County’s College and Career Institute Director of College and Career Programs, said that the partnerships between the Academy and other entities within the community, such as West Georgia Technical College, have helped the Academy grow.

“CCI continues to be an integral part of the Douglas County community due to the special partnership between the Douglas County School System, West Georgia Technical College and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. We are in our seventh year and the partnership continues to flourish because of the strong relationships formed at the WGTC Douglas campus.”

 



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WGTC Feature Story - WGTC Dental Assisting students volunteer and obtain hands-on experience in partnership with Coweta Samaritan Clinic
Posted: November 16, 2015

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

Hidden down and around the long corridors of the Central Educational Center building in Newnan – otherwise known as the CEC – is the West Georgia Technical College Dental Assisting wing.

Meander past a few classrooms and labs and you will find a room with several chairs for dental patients and dentists. Basically, it appears to be a dental lab.

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(L-R) Dr. Nancy Carson; Samaritan Clinic patient; Racheal Thomason, WGTC Advanced Dental Assisting student (Carrollton, Ga.)

But this is no ordinary lab.

While the lab does offer hands-on instruction to a wide variety of students, from dual-enrolled high school students to young adults who are attending West Georgia Tech, it serves a much higher purpose.

It is home to the Coweta Samaritan Clinic’s Dental program, which offers free dental care to those who can’t afford it and who meet certain eligibility requirements. The dental care is provided by area dentists who are volunteering their time – with the help of students from the West Georgia Technical College Dental Assisting Program.

West Georgia Tech Dental Assisting students get hands-on experience in the field, and at the same time give back to their local community in an impactful way.

Mark Whitlock, CEO of Central Educational Center, said that it took the collective efforts of several entities within the community to come together and make this happen.

“Along with the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, West Georgia Technical College and its Dental Assisting program, and the Coweta County School System, the CEC has worked to provide a location for the clinic itself, the equipment, and the opportunity for dentists and dental assistants to provide services to patients. It has worked to provide a venue where all of those various partners could get together and collaborate. That is the purpose of the CEC.”

The Coweta Samaritan Clinic (CSC) was created a few years ago, originating from Dr. Kay Crosby’s calling to create a medical home for uninsured and medically underserved adults in Coweta County. After spending twenty years practicing internal medicine, Dr. Crosby left her private practice in 2008 to bring a free clinic to her hometown of Newnan. 

Since then, the clinic has conducted approximately 9,000 patient visits - all free of charge to the patients - in the four years that the clinic has been in operation, according to Coweta Samaritan Clinic’s Executive Director, Lou Graner.

“Virtually all of the clinic’s more than 1,000 patients have dental issues,” Graner said. “The dental clinic is a wonderful example of the power of collaboration. Thanks to the volunteer dentists, CEC and WGTC, clinic patients receive much needed dental care and the WGTC dental assisting students receive valuable experience working alongside dentists who may one day hire them.”

WGTC dental assistant students are just footsteps away from where these volunteer efforts are taking place.

Kimberly Nolan, WGTC Dental Assisting Department Chair, says that the partnership with the Coweta Samaritan Clinic has provided her students much more than hands-on experience with real patients.

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(L-R) Dr. Tom Moynahan, Samaritan Clinic patient; Mary Banach, WGTC Basic Dental Assisting student (Newnan, Ga.)

“My students’ response to the Samaritan Clinic has been a great one,” Nolan said. “They have wanted to come, they want to volunteer and they enjoy the volunteer work because they get to learn. They get to learn from, and interact with, the dentists. The mix of the adult learners with the high school students is a great one. The high school students get to help the adult learners with the technology and the adult learners are able to help the high school students on a maturity level, and everybody is on the same page.”

Valeria Fajardo was a senior at East Coweta High School, and already graduated from the West Georgia Technical College Dental Assisting program, when she began working with the Coweta Samaritan Dental Clinic.

“I thought it would be a great idea to try the Dental Assisting program at West Georgia Tech and I found out that I loved dentistry, so now I am going to go into Dental Hygiene. I still remember the first day that we volunteered at the Samaritan Clinic. I was so nervous – but it was such a rewarding experience. I got to work with local dentists and I had the opportunity to make connections with them. It was amazing helping people in need,” Fajardo said.

Whitlock said that around 15 local dentists volunteer their time throughout the year. He estimates that approximately 100 uninsured or medically underserved patients have come through the doors of the CEC to be seen by volunteer dentists at the WGTC Dental Assisting Lab. The number of overall patient visits to the Coweta Samaritan Dental Clinic is approximately 250 since inception, according to Whitlock.

Local resident Diane Starkey was one of them. Her story is similar to that of many others who have come through those same doors.

“It is a service (dental work) that I had not received in a long time,” Starkey said. “I was laid off from my job and didn’t have any insurance at all – medical or dental. They fixed a tooth that I was having a toothache with and I couldn’t get anybody to help me with. I tried saving money to pay for it.

“I even sold some thing things in my house, trying to get enough money to go. I just couldn’t do it. They took me in, and it’s just been amazing. I don’t know where I would be without them,” Starkey said, her voice trailing off as she broke into tears.

West Georgia Technical College has made it a top priority to work with community and statewide stakeholders to collaborate and generate ready-to-hire skilled workers in areas of need as directed by business and industry.

Since Steve G. Daniel became President of West Georgia Tech in July of last year, workforce development and training has been a hallmark of his leadership.

Daniel said that collaborative efforts such as the one between the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, the Central Educational Center and the West Georgia Technical College Dental Assisting Program, are paramount in WGTC’s efforts to create a better learning environment for tomorrow’s workforce.

“The fact that our students and our dual-enrolled students have an opportunity to get hands-on experience and work with local dentists as part of the program – that makes our program so strong,” Daniel said. “But I’m even more proud of the fact that we could help provide a location for this great effort, and give our students a place where they can give back to the local community and make a difference. That’s what West Georgia Tech is all about.”

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(L-R): Racheal Thomason, WGTC Advanced Dental Assisting student (Carrollton, Ga.); Sarah Dyer, WGTC Advanced Dental Assisting student (Newnan, Ga.)

Dr. Nancy M. Carson is one of the volunteer dentists at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic. She said that the dentists also benefit from the partnership with CEC and West Georgia Tech.

“Not only are we helping the people who can’t afford dentistry, helping to get them to a healthy state, a healthy smile, but we are working with young people in the program who are learning to be dental assistants. So we get to work with them and they are so well trained from the system here and the CEC and West Georgia Tech. They get practical experience working with real patients and in a fairly relaxed atmosphere.”

The hands-on experience that comes with working with dentists and patients is, without question, beneficial to the students in the WGTC Dental Assisting program.

But it’s the fact that they are, at the same time, giving back to the community by helping someone in need, that is the biggest benefit to the students.

Listen to Valeria Fajardo, the East Coweta High School dual-enrollee who was quoted earlier in the story.

“I had one patient who, the whole time, she held my hand. And I felt so – I just felt like I was doing a lot for her. And how that makes me feel, personally – I just can’t put it into words.”

The Coweta Samaritan Clinic, Central Educational Center and West Georgia Tech have created a unique, collaborative effort that is truly making a difference.

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For more information on the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, visit www.CowetaSamaritanClinic.org.

For more information on the Central Educational Center, visit www.CentralEducationCenter.net.

For more information on the Dental Assisting program at West Georgia Technical College, visit www.westgatech.edu/academics/DentalAssisting.

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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WGTC welcomes artist Mick Brandenberger to the WGTC Coweta Campus
Posted: November 11, 2015

West Georgia Technical College welcomes artist Mick Brandenberger to its Coweta Campus in Newnan, where he will open a month-long exhibit with a special presentation on Thursday, November 12, in the Community Room from 7 to 9 p.m.

The exhibit is the inaugural art exhibit on the WGTC Coweta campus and is presented as a partnership between West Georgia Technical College and the Newnan-Coweta Art Association.

West Georgia Tech President Steve G. Daniel said that events such as the one Thursday night play an important role in bringing West Georgia Technical College and its local communities together.

“I think it is very important as a College to engage our local communities in various ways. It’s exciting that we can present opportunities for our students to experience the Arts, and we are delighted to partner with the Newnan-Coweta Art Association for this initiative. We welcome Mick Brandenberger to our campus as the first featured artist of this series," Daniel said.

Brandenberger will present several of his paintings at the Thursday night event. The public is invited to Thursday’s presentation, as well as to view the exhibit during regular business hours through December 16.

"I'm honored that both West Georgia Technical College and the Newnan-Coweta Art Association has chosen me for their inaugural Art Exhibition at the new campus. I'm excited about giving a presentation regarding my curvilinear perspective approach to painting. This presentation will include a historical background concerning the development of linear perspective with pictorial examples of paintings done by famous artists.”

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Local artist Mick Brandenberger opens his month-long art exhibit at the West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus with a presentation on his “curvilinear perspective” method of painting. A full house was in attendance. Brandenberger is the first of what will be several art exhibits at the WGTC Coweta Campus in the coming months, in partnership between West Georgia Technical College and the Newnan-Coweta Art Association. Brandenberger’s art will be on display at the WGTC Coweta Campus through December 16. More information on Mick Brandenberger can be found at www.Brandenbergerfineart.com.

Brandenberger’s pieces are a result of a curvilinear perspective, which he describes as “the fullness or seeing as an act or event of awareness” rather than “seeing things as objects to be faithfully recorded.”

“My curvilinear perspective is based on this approach because it requires an expansion of visual awareness beyond what can be seen within our normal peripheral vision at any instant,” Brandenberger said.

Peter Ludlow, Executive Director for Campus Operations at the West Georgia Tech Coweta campus, said that the Mick Brandenberger exhibit is the first of several more to come as part of the joint effort between the school and the Newnan-Coweta Art Association.

“I wanted to bring our local art community closer and get them more involved with our College. This effort will provide our students with the opportunity to meet individuals that share the love and appreciation for the Arts.”

Ludlow said that the local art community has established a list of interested artists that will keep the initiative going.

“I’m very excited that we have the opportunity to host Mick Brandenberger, as well as other artists in the future on our campus. Thanks to the Newnan-Coweta Art Association -- which brings together all levels and types of artists and provides us a single point of contact to assist us with our art projects -- we anticipate a wide variety of artists to come through our halls in the coming months.”

The West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus is located at 200 Campus Drive in Newnan.

More information on Mick Brandenberger and his work can be found by visiting www.Brandenbergerfineart.com. For more information on the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, visit www.newcaa.com.

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 Hires Senior Director for Advanced Manufacturing
Posted: November 6, 2015

West Georgia Technical College has announced the hiring of Steve Cromer to the position of Senior Director for Advanced Manufacturing.

Steve Cromer

Cromer comes to West Georgia Tech by way of Southern Crescent Technical College, where he was the Dean of Trade and Technology.

“I am privileged to be selected to join the West Georgia Tech team,” Cromer said. “I look forward to advancing relationships with area industries through excellence in technical education of the workforce.”

Cromer will serve as West Georgia Tech’s chief liaison between the College and manufacturing business partners in WGTC’s service area. He will spearhead the collaborative effort to work with those companies to develop workforce education strategies and address any skills gaps.

Cromer will also be the project lead for West Georgia Tech’s advanced manufacturing and precision manufacturing efforts. He will also serve as the conduit between the companies and West Georgia Tech in an effort to develop future training partnerships.

The hiring of Cromer is the latest move in a strategic effort by West Georgia Technical College to work closely with local manufacturing companies to provide training opportunities and produce ready-to-hire graduates that are skilled in areas of need.

“We are proud to announce the addition of Steve Cromer to our family, and I personally am very excited about what lies ahead with this new position,” West Georgia Tech President Steve G. Daniel said. “One of our most important points of emphasis as a College is to provide the skilled workers in areas of need for our local industry partners. Steve will work closely with local industry leaders to ensure that we are maximizing those efforts.”

Cromer began his new role on November 2.

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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Todd Pratt Hired as West Georgia Tech Athletic Director
Posted: November 5, 2015

West Georgia Technical College has selected its head baseball coach, Todd Pratt, to become the school’s new athletic director.

Todd Pratt, WGTC Athletic Director

Pratt was named interim athletic director after the departure of Walter Dunson in July. He officially began his role as the new A.D. on Monday, November 2, and becomes the school’s second athletic director since it started athletics less than a decade ago.

“We are very excited to have someone of the caliber of Todd Pratt to lead our athletic department,” said West Georgia Tech President Steve G. Daniel. “Coach Pratt has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in his tenure as head baseball coach and during his time as interim athletic director. Athletics plays an integral role in the branding of our college. All four of our sports teams are strong and competitive, and all produce quality student-athletes across the board. I am confident that coach Pratt’s leadership will help make us even stronger in the years to come."

Pratt will oversee an athletic department that has four sports - men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball.

The Golden Knights compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), as a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) conference.

Baseball and softball are NJCAA Division-1 programs, while men’s basketball and women’s basketball compete on the Division-III level.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity to lead the athletic department at West Georgia Tech,” Pratt said. “We have great coaches, outstanding student-athletes, and a history of competing with the best junior colleges in the state and across the nation. That will continue under my watch. I want to thank President Daniel and the senior leadership team at West Georgia Tech for entrusting me with the leadership of the Department.”

In addition to his athletic director duties, Pratt will also continue to coach the school’s baseball team.

Pratt was hired in 2011 as the school’s first baseball coach and built the program from a club-level team that first year to its current NJCAA Division-I status.

Pratt coached West Georgia Tech to third-place finishes in the GCAA conference tournament in both 2013 and 2015.

West Georgia Tech’s baseball program has produced 29 transfers to four-year schools in its five years of existence under Pratt’s tutelage. Several other Golden Knights baseball players have transferred to four-year schools academically.

“Wins and championships are great and we will always set our goals high in terms of competition,” Pratt said. “But the thing that I am most proud of is the fact that we are sending so many kids on to four-year schools, where they not only are getting an opportunity to continue to play baseball – but they are, in many cases, getting an education that they might otherwise not be able to obtain. That’s why we are here. And we will continue that mission as an entire department.”

Pratt came to West Georgia Tech following a professional baseball career that spanned more than two decades.

Pratt played in the 1993 and 2000 World Series and was a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.

Pratt has been an active member of the community, donating his time with several charitable organizations.

For more information on West Georgia Tech athletics, visit www.WGTCAthletics.com.

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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Georgia Residents Could Attend West Georgia Tech Tuition-Free Through Georgia's SIWDG Grant
Posted: November 3, 2015

Thanks to the Georgia Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, local residents can attend West Georgia Technical College tuition-free – provided that they are eligible for the HOPE Grant and take courses that teach job skills that are in high demand by business and industry in Georgia.

West Georgia Tech offers 28 diplomas and certificates that are supported by the grant.

The grant is part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s High Demand Career Initiative, which was created by Governor Deal and endorsed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2013.

The High Demand Career Initiative was created to allow state partners involved in training Georgia’s future workforce – such as the Technical College System of Georgia and West Georgia Technical College – to hear directly from the private sector about what specific needs they have from a workforce perspective.

This collaborative effort between business and industry, workforce development and education, has led to all entities gaining a clear picture of what Georgia businesses need from Georgia’s workforce.

West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said that he hopes local residents who are interested in attending any statewide college will consider this opportunity.

“This grant is a great opportunity for everyone - from recent college grads to those who wish to go back to college and start a different career path,” Daniel said. “The affordability and quality of education that we offer is second to none, but we understand that it is still a challenge for many families to afford to go to college. This is a perfect example of what can get done when business and industry, government and education work together and find ways to meet the needs of the Georgia workforce. I would encourage anyone within our service area to look into one of the many programs we offer that fall within the grant, and take advantage of a fully paid tuition.”

Some of the 28 programs offered at West Georgia Tech, which are supported by the grant include: Early Childhood Care and Education, Welding and Joining Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Practical Nursing, Medical Coding, Pharmacy Assistant, Heavy Diesel Service Technology and Surgical Technology.

The majors that West Georgia Tech offers which are covered by the grant are available at one or more of West Georgia Tech’s five campuses and two sites over its seven-country service area.

To be eligible for the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant at West Georgia Tech, students must be fully admitted and be eligible for - or already receiving  -the HOPE grant. Only Georgia residents are eligible. Part-time students are also covered under the grant.

The HOPE grant covers 75 percent of tuition to those who are eligible. The Georgia Workforce Development Grant covers the rest.

Therefore, if a resident within West Georgia Tech’s service area decides to attend WGTC and pursue one of the 28 programs offered under the grant – they will have 100 percent of their tuition paid for.

For the full list of majors covered under the grant and the respective campuses that they are offered at, visit www.westgatech.edu/fa/SIWDG.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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Georgia Driver’s Education Commission Awards Grant to West Georgia Technical College
Posted: November 3, 2015

West Georgia Technical College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $25,190 from the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.

The grant, which runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, will help finance driver’s education locally by providing classes with 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel experience with a trained instructor.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers and we are committed to providing students with the education and experience needed to avoid tragedy” GDEC chairman Harris Blackwood said. “This grant will help West Georgia Technical College equip young drivers in the community to be safer when they get behind the wheel.”

For more information about the driver’s education program, contact Anita Williams by 1.855.209.3640, option #1 or anita.williams@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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West Georgia Tech Unveils New Logo and Brand
Posted: October 30, 2015

West Georgia Technical College made it official at a series of brand reveal events over the past couple of weeks – it has a new look. West Georgia Tech Logo

West Georgia Tech replaced its old multi-colored logo with a new image following nine months of research and development.

The new West Georgia Tech logo reflects the same black and gold color scheme as West Georgia Tech’s athletics logo.

“We are extremely proud of our new logo and brand, and I personally believe it reflects the strong and bold values of our College,” said West Georgia Tech President Steve G. Daniel. “We unveiled it to rave reviews from our internal staff, students and community leaders. I could not be more excited about the finished product.”

Daniel said that after he accepted the position as president of WGTC, one of his first priorities was to improve the visual logo and brand of the College.

“That is something we set out to do when I first got here,” Daniel said. “I think it is very important to have a clear, concise and compelling brand -- and going forward there is no question that because of the hard work of so many people throughout this process, we can now say that we have achieved it.”

According to Daniel, the new WGTC brand will make it easier for students, faculty and staff, employers, business and community partners and other stakeholders to emphasize five key areas: recognition of WGTC in the community; building pride and unity; the creation of additional support and excitement; increasing enrollment; and helping West Georgia Tech stay focused on its mission and vision as an institution.

West Georgia Tech’s rebranding initiative was spearheaded by Kim Learnard, West Georgia Tech’s Executive Director of Institutional Advancement – who, like Daniel, came on board a little more than a year ago.

Learnard and the WGTC steering committee selected Partners Marketing Group out of Atlanta to help with the logo and brand development.

The entire process took nine months, starting in January and culminating in September when the final design was selected.

In the months between, Learnard and her team worked diligently to include in the development phase as many stakeholders of the College as possible.

“In April we distributed surveys to our students, faculty and staff, and community partners -- and the response that we got from all of the groups was tremendous,” Learnard said. “In fact, we had 347 of our internal faculty and staff members return surveys out of about 380 total employees of the College. That tells you that our employees took great pride in this effort.”

Focus group discussions were held in May on each of the five West Georgia Tech campuses. The focus groups included students, faculty and staff, and business and community partners.

In June, Partners Marketing Group took the results of the surveys and focus group discussions and presented the steering committee with six designs for consideration.

“We eliminated four of the designs and zeroed in on two distinctly different designs within five minutes. And we had a consensus within the room that our new logo would come down to one of those two,” Learnard said.

A month later, variations of those two designs were presented to the committee and the group selected the design of choice.

Then variations of color, size, font and style on the final, preferred design were created and discussed. The steering committee then eliminated all but two of those variations.

President Daniel made the final selection.

“Our brand as a College does not start and end with a new logo,” Daniel said. “This is just the beginning. Our brand goes well beyond what you see on billboards or on our stationery or in newspaper ads. It’s how we contribute to our local communities by changing the lives of the people who live here. It’s providing quality, affordable educational and workforce development opportunities throughout the area that we serve. Now we have, in my opinion, a visual image that supports our brand.”

West Georgia Tech conducted an official rollout of the new logo over a three-week period, beginning October 8 with West Georgia Tech faculty and staff.

The school revealed the new logo to students the following week with giveaways on each campus.

The official rollout concluded with a total of five brand reveal events held, one on each main campus, at which members of the local community and West Georgia Tech partners were invited to view the logo for the first time.

“Kim Learnard and her team put in a lot of hard work over the last few weeks to get us ready for the changeover,” Daniel said. “I want to express my thanks to everyone who played a part in this entire process, from filling out the surveys to putting our new logo magnets on their cars.”

It’s a new day at West Georgia Technical College. WGTC’s new brand reflects new partnerships, new programs, start-of-the-art facilities, and faculty and staff that are second to none.

And a new look to go along with it.


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WGTC Baseball Hosts "Trunk or Treat" Event Saturday Afternoon at Central High School in Carrollton
Posted: October 28, 2015

CARROLLTON, Georgia – The West Georgia Technical College baseball program invites the community out to its “trunk or treat” celebration this Saturday, October 31 in Carrollton.

The event will take place from noon until 3 p.m., at the Central-Carroll High School baseball stadium parking lot in Carrollton.

The WGTC Baseball “Trunk or Treat” will include the traditional staple of Halloween candy given out by WGTC baseball players.

Other activities include face painting and a cakewalk.

There will also be free hot dogs and free pumpkins available until supplies last.

All of the activities surrounding the event is free to the public, and is a way for the WGTC baseball program to give something back to the local community, according to West Georgia Tech head baseball coach Todd Pratt.

“We want to invite everyone to come out to what I promise will be a fun, family-oriented and festive afternoon,” Pratt said. “This is our way of saying ‘thanks’ to the local community, and reach out the younger kids with an afternoon of fun that everyone will enjoy. We take great pride in our efforts to give back to our local communities and I’m excited to introduce our team to the public on Saturday.”

Central-Carroll High School is located at 113 Central High Road in Carrollton. To get to the baseball field parking lot, take Sue Alice Lane, which is located next to the high school.

For more information on Saturday’s WGTC Baseball “Trunk or Treat” contact coach Pratt at Todd.Pratt@westgatech.edu.


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Yamaha Donates Robot to West Georgia Tech CEC Site
Posted: October 28, 2015

Local community leaders gathered at the welding lab at the Central Education Center in Newnan on October 21 to celebrate a partnership between West Georgia Technical College and Yamaha, which donated a robot for the CEC’s welding students to use in an instructional setting.

West Georgia Tech and Yamaha have long been community partners - with West Georgia Tech providing the company with ready-to-hire graduates on a yearly basis.

Yamaha’s recent contribution is a “win-win” for both entities, according to West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel.

“One of our main missions at West Georgia Tech is to provide our local communities with a skilled, highly-trained workforce, and partnerships like the ones we have with Yamaha and the CEC are extremely important,” Daniel said. “We appreciate and depend on contributions such as the one that Yamaha provided, so that our students can train on the latest technologies that simulate the highly technical environments seen in industry.”

President Daniel along with Yamaha representatives, members of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber and representatives from Coweta Economic Development, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s office and Piedmont Newnan Hospital were on hand for the official presentation and were given a first glimpse of the robot last Wednesday.

WGTC welding instructor Joe Pennington delivered remarks thanking Yamaha, and the local community partners that were present, for supporting the welding program and its students.

“I want to thank Yamaha and everyone else who has supported us on this momentous occasion – and by joining us as we recognize a milestone in this long-lasting partnership of providing quality young professionals for a very important local industry. We could not do what we do in the classroom without their generous and unwavering support,” Pennington said.

WGTC held a robot-naming contest at the CEC. Clay Godfrey (Newnan, Ga.) and August Exner (Newnan, Ga.) both selected the winning name “Old Yeller,” and were presented with a gift card as a reward for making the winning selection.

CEC is a unique partnership, a “joint venture” among business and industry, the Coweta County School System, and West Georgia Technical

Yamaha makes all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), Side-by-Side vehicles, golf cars and personal watercraft at its 1.3 million-square-foot plant in Newnan.

August Exner; WGTC President Steve G. Daniel; WGTC welding instructor Joe Pennington; Clay Godfrey

West Georgia Tech President Steve Daniel and WGTC welding instructor Joe Pennington congratulate August Exner (Newnan, Ga.) and Clay Godfrey (Newnan, Ga.) for selecting the winning name of “Old Yeller” for a robot donated by Yamaha, which will be used in a classroom setting.
(L-R): August Exner; WGTC President Steve G. Daniel; WGTC welding instructor Joe Pennington; Clay Godfrey


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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VSU, West Georgia Tech Form Pathways Program Partnership
Posted: October 23, 2015

Valdosta State University signed articulation agreements with West Georgia Technical College on Thursday, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education.

The Pathways Program agreement will allow West Georgia Technical College students with an Associate of Applied Science in the articulated programs (see below) to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership, a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, or a Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology in two years or less at Valdosta State University, said Dr. Joseph G. Weaver, director of off-campus programs at VSU.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer three clear, seamless paths for West Georgia Technical College graduates who wish to further their education and pursue a bachelor’s degree at Valdosta State University,” said Dr. Cecil P. Staton, president of VSU. “Higher education has never been more important in Georgia and across the United States. We are seeing a growing demand for citizens who are capable of more sophisticated, critical thinking and who possess problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Our faculty and staff are in the business of nurturing the next generation of thinkers, innovators, communicators, leaders, and more, and we look forward to welcoming our West Georgia friends into our Blazer Nation family for many years to come.”

Valdosta State University is a premier comprehensive university characterized by outstanding instruction, a wide range of student life opportunities, and a close connection to the community. Established in 1906, the institution's mission is to prepare students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning; to expand the boundaries of current knowledge and explore the practical applications of that knowledge through excellence in scholarship and creative endeavors; and to promote the economic, cultural, and educational progress of the community and region through excellence in service outreach. It seeks to accomplish this mission in a dynamic, student-centered learning environment marked by a respect for diverse abilities, backgrounds, and contributions by all members of the university community.

As the third-largest unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Technical College is committed to helping the citizens of Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup counties improve their quality of life, achieve their dreams, and make their communities a better place to live. The open-access institution serves traditional and nontraditional students pursuing everything from personal enrichment to career development to university transfer and offers a wide range of certificate, diploma, and degree programs; continuing education opportunities; corporate training for business and industry; virtual learning programs; and more. It views itself as a model of innovation and excellence in technical education, one that is recognized as an outstanding pathway to rewarding careers, and it strives to meet the changing needs of business and industry by providing a skilled workforce through the delivery of relevant education and training opportunities.

“We are extremely proud to offer this new pathway for our students to continue their education beyond the associate degree level,” WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “Workforce development is our primary mission, and our new articulation agreement with Valdosta State is a great way for our students to keep learning and growing into careers that propel them and all of Georgia forward.”

The Pathways Program centers on the priorities of Complete College Georgia, an initiative developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. It is a collaboration between Valdosta State University and partner institutions like West Georgia Technical College to allow students with approved Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Technology degrees to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years or less. Pathways students can expect 51 or more transferable credit hours to be applied to either of the three articulated programs, Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership, Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, or Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology, all of which are offered completely online.

It is projected that over 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree by 2020. Presently, approximately 42 percent of the state’s young adults, its developing workforce, are prepared to such a level, which means that Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels but also produce an additional estimated 250,000 graduates in upcoming years to remain competitive.

VSU has now signed Pathways Program articulation agreements with 15 Technical College System of Georgia institutions of higher education — Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Southern Regional Technical College in Thomasville, Albany Technical College in Albany, Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville, Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup, Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia and Swainsboro, Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome, and West Georgia Technical College, which has campuses in Carrollton, Douglasville, LaGrange, Newnan and Waco and additional instructional sites in Franklin and Greenville.

On the Web:

http://www.valdosta.edu/welcome.php

http://www.westgatech.edu

Articulated Programs

• Associate of Applied Science degrees in accounting, business administrative technology, business management, criminal justice technology, early childhood care and education, logistics and supply chain management, and marketing management are the articulated programs for West Georgia Technical College students who wish to pursue either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership or a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance at Valdosta State University.

• Associate of Applied Science degrees in accounting, business administrative technology, business management, and marketing management are the articulated programs for West Georgia Technical College students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology at Valdosta State University.

VSU-WGTC Articulation agreement signing
Valdosta State University Interim President Dr. Cecil P. Staton and West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel (seated) signed an articulation agreement allowing WGTC graduates in select programs to maximize transferred credits toward a bachelor’s degree at VSU. Standing are VSU Adult Recruitment Officer Nathan Metzner, WGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Hannon, VSU Director of Off-Campus Programs Dr. Joseph Weaver, WGTC Assistant Vice President for Curriculum Dr. Sindi McGowan and WGTC Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Kristen Douglas.


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Crane Industry Services Partnership
Posted: October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015—West Georgia Technical College and Crane Industry Services, LLC (CIS) announce a partnership through the College’s Economic Development Division to provide a new series of Skills Development Training Courses essential to construction, utilities, power generation, manufacturing, mining and refining.

Custom courses and open enrollment options are available at the new Centered on Safety Training Center™ on the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco, Ga. The partnership between CIS, which provides crane and rigging training nationally and internationally, and WGTC is the result of an initiative to support workforce development needs.

Courses delivered by CIS instructors initially will include Basic and Advanced Rigging; Rigging Inspector; Crane Operator training, certification and qualification for Mobile, Overhead, and Tower Cranes; Crane Inspector; Crane Site Safety Management; and Power Line Safety for Utility Workers. Additional courses are in development.

“Our partnership with WGTC opens opportunities for employers to provide hands on, job specific training for personnel and for students seeking to enter the crane and rigging industry,” CIS CEO Debbie Dickinson said. “We bring accredited programs and certified instructors with on-the-job experience for the purpose of developing skilled craftspeople that America desperately needs to compete in the global economy.”

WGTC President Steve Daniel said the partnership allows the College to offer expanded programs. “The deep industry expertise of Crane Industry Services allows us to offer greatly expanded training in technically challenging program areas. This is a big benefit for area industries who need this training,” Daniel said.

Centered on Safety™ approach to training
After years of watching industries grapple with compliance issues, Crane Industry Services seeks to shift the priorities. “Test prep courses have minimal value when training is not relevant to the knowledge and skill employees need for day-to-day work,” Debbie Dickinson said. In contrast, CIS courses are designed for industry-specific crane and rigging work.

“Training and testing are not one size fits all,” CIS President Cliff Dickinson said. CIS employs NCCER certified master trainers, instructors and examiners who deliver validated and accredited training and certifications. “We provide hands-on training to develop proficiency beyond the baseline needed for certification and qualification,” Cliff Dickinson said.

WGTC Foundation Seeks Equipment Donations
To complement training offered at the Center, the WGTC Foundation is seeking short- or long-term loans or donations of equipment for the Centered on Safety courses. Cranes, aerial work platforms, rigging gear, excavators, welding equipment and other construction equipment are needed.

The WGTC Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(3C) corporation. Donations are tax-deductible. For information on making a donation, contact Foundation Executive Director Kim Learnard at 678.664.0515 or kim.learnard@westgatech.edu.

About CIS and WGTC

Crane Industry Services LLC, based near Atlanta, Ga., was established in 2008 and provides crane operator and rigger training, nationally accredited certifications, equipment inspections, expert witness services and consulting to the lifting industry. CIS is centered on safety and known for creating innovative and affordable solutions for the crane and rigging industry.

The Centered on Safety Training Center is strategically located near Atlanta, which services more than 200 non-stop flights from cities around the United States. Corporate hotel rates are available for nearby accommodations. Nearby points of interests range from hunting, fishing, wineries, theme parks, Talladega Raceway, museums and arts in an area known for hospitality, good weather, great food, music and sights.

To register for classes at the Centered on Safety Training Center (existing WGTC students or corporate clients) should contact Candice Eldredge, candice@craneindustryservices.com or 770-783-9292.

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.

WGTC President Steve G. Daniel and Crane Industry Services CEO Debbie Dickinson sign a cooperative agreement to offer industry training on the College's Thoms B Murphy Campus in Waco.

WGTC President Steve G. Daniel and Crane Industry Services CEO Debbie Dickinson sign a cooperative agreement to offer industry training on the College’s Thomas B. Murphy Campus in Waco. Also in attendance were representatives from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce, Crane Industry Services and West Georgia Technical College.


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Tooling U-SME Recognizes West Georgia Technical College as Model in Manufacturing Education

School is one of five institutions to receive the 2015 Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) Award

(CLEVELAND, Oct. 2, 2015) — In celebration of Manufacturing Day and the significant role of manufacturing in today’s global society, Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing learning and development, is recognizing West Georgia Technical College with its Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) award. The school is one of five colleges receiving this honor, which is given to institutions considered to be outstanding academic models for the advancement of the manufacturing industry.

The schools enhance the professional development of students by creatively using online and hands-on training in a blended learning format to help develop a skilled and qualified future manufacturing workforce.  

“West Georgia Technical College, like our past recipients, exemplifies the spirit of the TUPEC awards,” said Toni Neary, education specialist for Tooling U-SME’s Government and Education Group. “We applaud the instructors and schools that make practical use of technology and state-of-the-art equipment to prepare our future manufacturing workforce. These programs are not just educating, but inspiring the next generation.”

Since 2012, Tooling U-SME has recognized exceptional two-year and technical schools that embrace flexibility, high-quality content and efficiencies in teaching skills that students need to become valuable members of the manufacturing workforce. Students who graduate from these schools are better prepared for manufacturing careers, providing immediate value to the companies that hire them.

2015 TUPEC award recipients:

“We are extremely proud of the TUPEC designation,” WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “We are working to continuously improve the quality of workforce education we deliver to our students. This award shows we are making an impact.”

West Georgia Technical College students have benefited from reduced textbook cost since the school started offering an electronic PDF version of curriculum materials through its Machine Tool program. Not only is this approach more affordable, the flexibility allows students to work on assignments in the classroom or at home.

“We are excited to have Tooling U as a partner. WGTC incorporates Tooling U in a majority of the Machine Tool curriculum,” said Tim White, Machine Tool Technology Program Chair & Instructor, West Georgia Technical College. Tooling U has benefited students by providing affordability and flexibility. Having an electronic PDF version of the course means students realize reduced costs compared to purchasing hard copies. The electronic version allows students to work on assignments both in the classroom, and at home. This is an excellent opportunity for students with busy schedules.

WGTC is honored to have received the Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) designation, and I look forward to continuing our partnership.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that nearly 3.5 million skilled manufacturing workers may be needed to fill the talent pipeline within the next ten years. Unfortunately, two million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to a shortage of workers with the skills necessary to operate in an advanced manufacturing environment. Manufacturing companies can look to community colleges and technical schools for innovative training programs that produce highly skilled candidates for employment in their sector.

For more information about Tooling U-SME, email info@toolingu.com or visit toolingu.com.

About Tooling U-SME
Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturing companies, as well as educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME partners with customers to build high performers who help their companies drive quality, productivity, innovation and employee satisfaction. A division of SME, an organization that connects people to manufacturing solutions, Tooling U-SME can be found at toolingu.com, facebook.com/toolingu or follow @ToolingU on Twitter.

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.


WGTC Names Director of High School Initiatives
Posted: September 4, 2015

As Georgia expands pathways for students to attend college during high school, West Georgia Technical College has named Kevin Cain as Director of High School Initiatives to directly interface with local school systems.

Cain, who has served as Director of Institutional Advancement since 2006, began his new role September 1, reporting to Provost Dr. Perrin Alford and overseeing WGTC’s application of Georgia’s new Move On When Ready program.

Kevin Cain photo
Kevin Cain

“There is no more exciting and dynamic area for education in Georgia today than high school dual enrollment,” WGTC President Steve G. Daniel said. “We recognize the opportunity Move On When Ready offers high school students, and we are putting Kevin in this role to make sure we have the resources in place to serve these students.”

WGTC has about 775 high school students enrolled this Fall Semester, up from 559 last fall. Cain said this is just the tip of the iceberg for dual-enrollment.

“Move on When Ready is a really great deal for high school students,” he said. “Most students can now attend WGTC completely free of charge, earning guaranteed college credit that will not count against their HOPE Scholarship later.”

“We’re going to be working hard over the next year to tell this story to school administrators, students and parents,” Cain said. “I believe we are going to see a significant increase in the number of students who are able to take advantage of Move On When Ready in the future.”

In his past work as Director of Institutional Advancement, Cain had a role in building relationships with business and industry through the College’s Foundation. Alford said this will be an asset to the College’s dual enrollment agenda.

“Kevin understands how to build relationships with people across our seven-county service area,” he said. “He’ll be working directly with principals, counselors, parents and students to ensure West Georgia Tech offers exactly what they need.”

Georgia’s new Move On When Ready program corrals several different dual-enrollment options that had been offered to high school students into one cohesive unit. MOWR pays the entire cost of college courses for most students who qualify, including books.

“I encourage high school students and parents to take a look at Move On When Ready,” Cain said. “They can see significant savings in both time and money.”

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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Three WGTC students become the first to complete new Engineering Technology Program

Posted: August 24, 2015

Three West Georgia Technical College students achieved a milestone at summer commencement exercises last Thursday, as they became the first WGTC students to receive the Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Steve Jones (Bremen, Ga.), Tyler Hayes (Carrollton, Ga.) and Federico Parra De Nova (Austell, Ga.) will all transfer to Kennesaw State University’s SPSU Engineering Campus to complete their bachelor’s degree.

West Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State reached an articulation agreement three years ago, allowing West Georgia Tech engineering graduates to transfer to the nearby university to complete their bachelor’s degree. Jones, Hayes and De Nova are the first WGTC students to do so.

“We are certainly proud of all of our summer graduates, including Steve, Tyler and Federico,” West Georgia Tech President Steve G. Daniel said. “Articulation agreements such as the one with Kennesaw State, which allowed these three exemplary students to move on and pursue their bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Technology, are obviously very important and crucial to our mission. I want to express my congratulations to all three for becoming the first students to complete the very difficult work involved in this program, and I wish them the best of luck going forward.”

West Georgia Tech’s Engineering Technology Program is intended to provide the opportunity for students to explore a career in engineering at the professional level. Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology, which qualifies them as engineering technicians with a specialization in mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, or industrial engineering technology.

And because of the articulation agreement reached with Kennesaw State, WGTC graduates can move on to KSU to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Jones, Hayes and De Nova have particularly diverse backgrounds.

Hayes is a traditional student that came to West Georgia Tech after high school. De Nova, a native of Mexico, transferred from a college in Tennessee and chose West Georgia Tech because WGTC accepted all of his previously earned credits.

Jones represents the type of non-traditional student that West Georgia Tech serves so well. The Bremen native was laid off from a job in the construction industry during the economic collapse a few years ago. He was suddenly in search of a job without a degree.

“I was trying to find a job and everyone kept asking if I had a degree,” Jones said. “After some time I made the decision to go back to school and learn a new skill. West Georgia Tech was the perfect place for me to begin the process of starting my professional career over again, and I will be so much better off once I complete my degree.”

Students in the program take four math courses, two physics courses, chemistry, and four engineering courses based on the student’s particular specialization. They also must complete a drafting and a programming course.

“It has been extremely challenging,” Jones said. “But it’s also very rewarding. My instructors have helped me learn to do things that I didn’t think I could ever do.”

One of those instructors is Luis Acevedo, an Engineering Technology instructor for West Georgia Tech. Acevedo said that Jones, Hayes and De Nova will always be remembered for their hard work and commitment.

“They are the trailblazers for the program,” Acevedo said. “They have done everything that needs to be done to succeed and I know they will do well at KSU. I can’t tell you how proud I am of them and of the other students in the program that have made this commitment.”

Acevedo said more than 75 students are currently in the Engineering Technology Program.

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.

Engeneering Technology Graduates
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WGTC Board of Directors Chairman Tommy Britt; WGTC Engineering Technology graduate Steve Jones; WGTC President Steve G. Daniel

 

 


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WGTC Drafting Technology Program Receives ADDA Certification

Posted: August 14, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College Drafting Technology diploma curriculum has been certified by the American Design Drafting Association for a fourth-consecutive year, according to ADDA International.

West Georgia Tech is currently the only technical college in the state that holds that certification.

Linda Sullivan is the Dean of the WGTC School of Trade and Technology, and Jerry Gray is the Drafting Program Chair for West Georgia Tech.

“Linda and Jerry worked hard to achieve the recertification, which is a very important accomplishment for the Drafting Technology program,” said West Georgia Tech Vice President for Academic Affairs Pat Hannon. “I’m proud of the fact that we can offer our students in this program a curriculum that exceeds industry standards. We produce highly-skilled graduates that are ready to enter the workforce and make a positive impact.”

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) is an international non-profit, professional membership and educational organization that started in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1948.

Curriculum Certification is a specialized copyrighted program certification process developed over 30 years ago by ADDA to assist educational facilities and vocational training institutions to align their educational process to meet or exceed industry standards.

The process for certification is a self-study composed of a 26-step review of current curriculum based on standards set by ADDA, and is nationally recognized for excellence.

The certification process requires a certification application each year along with a self-study every five years. West Georgia Tech will conduct its self-study requirement after 2016.

Upon graduation, each West Georgia Tech Drafting Technology diploma graduate receives a certificate of completion, a lapel pin and the rights to include their ADDA credential on their resume.

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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WGTC Hires Monica Mills to Lead Softball Program

Posted: August 12, 2015

West Georgia Tech has hired former University of West Georgia catcher Monica Mills to lead its softball program.

Mills replaces Stephanie Herrera and becomes the second head coach in program history.

The Calhoun, Ga. native played collegiately at the University of West Georgia, where she started as a catcher in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Injuries plagued her junior and senior years.

Monica Mills
Monica Mills, PHOTO courtesy WGTC SID

Mills played in 104 games with 96 starts for the Wolves and drove in 34 runs. Her most games played came in her freshman year, where she started and played in all 47 games for UWG, hitting two home runs and driving in 15 runs. She had four home runs and a grand slam in her career at West Georgia.

Mills prepped at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun.

The former catcher plans to instil a “small-ball” approach in her first head-coaching job.

“We will put emphasis on playing what you would call small ball,” Mills said. “We want to be very aggressive on the bases and manufacture runs. Home runs are great but in this day and age you have to be able to hit line drives and score runs in several different ways.”

Mills started her role back in early July.

“I’m very excited and I’m grateful to the administration at West Georgia Tech for giving me this opportunity. I can guarantee that we will compete hard every day and that we will produce an exciting brand of softball for our fans,” Mills said.

West Georgia Tech competes as a Division I member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA).

For more information on West Georgia Tech athletics, visit www.WGTCAthletics.com.


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WGTC Foundation Fundraiser Tops $35,000; Carroll EMC receives Spirit of Giving Award

Posted: August 12, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation raised more than $35,000 at this year’s Black Tie & Boots event. Held Saturday, August 8th at the WGTC Murphy campus, this was the Foundation’s 14th annual dinner and country music concert fundraiser.  All funds raised support student scholarships.

According to Kim Learnard, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, the Foundation has created scholarships in more programs and improved access to scholarship applications for students. She pointed out that the Foundation awarded more scholarships and scholarship dollars for the fall semester than it had in any one calendar year previously.

Tim Martin receives Spirit of Giving Award on behalf of Carroll EMC

Carroll EMC Tim Martin receives Spirit of Giving Award on behalf of Carroll EMC (Photo credit: Tim McClain)

 

“We could not do it without the support of our business and community partners,” Learnard said. “This year’s Black Tie and Boots was a huge success and I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the event.”

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation awarded its annual Spirit of Giving Award to Carroll EMC at the event. The Spirit of Giving Award recognizes outstanding commitment and generosity to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation and to technical education throughout the West Georgia region.

“Carroll EMC is a steadfast partner and long-time friend of West Georgia Tech,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “They serve as a true example of a community member that supports students who want to make a better life for themselves and their families.”

Carroll EMC has made significant financial and community investments over a period of many years. These efforts have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct support of student scholarships at West Georgia Tech. For more than a decade Carroll EMC has invested in technical education through a scholarship endowment, which has enabled dozens of students to complete their education. Carroll EMC is also a perennial sponsor of WGTC Foundation events, providing additional support, which has a direct impact on current and future students.

A past recipient of a West Georgia Technical College Foundation scholarship, student Deanna Webb gave remarks to the crowd of 350 guests prior to the concert.

“I’m so thankful for West Georgia Technical College and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation for giving me the opportunity to go back to school and further my education. Without the support of the Foundation and its partners, this would not be possible. To everyone that has contributed their time and made financial contributions to the WGTC Foundation, I want to sincerely thank you. Your support does make a difference,” Webb said.

Tracey Lawrence in concert at WGTC Foundation's 14th Black Tie & Boots concert.  Photo courtesy of WGTC.

Tracy Lawrence (Photo credit: WGTC)

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.


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WGTC Board of Directors Announces New Leadership

Posted: August 12, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors selected its new leadership team at last week’s Board meeting.

Tommy Britt of Troup County replaces Bill Hightower of Haralson County as Chairman of the Board. Aaron Mabon of Meriwether County replaces Tommy Britt as Chair-Elect.

(L-R) Tommy Britt, Bill Hightower, WGTC President Steve G. Daniel

(L-R) Tommy Britt, Bill Hightower, WGTC President Steve G. Daniel

 

Tommy Britt is the Vice President of Human Resources for West Georgia Health, where he oversees several operations, including the Community Service Clinic, education services, employee health, employee safety and human resources.  The Thomaston, Ga. native earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from LaGrange College and received his Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University.

Aaron Mabon is a financial advisor for Ellis & Ellis Investment Management, LLC. Mabon earned his bachelor’s degree in finance at Mercer University and resides in Greenville, Ga.

“We greatly appreciate Bill Hightower’s service this past year as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and for his leadership and vision in moving the college forward on behalf of our students,” said West Georgia Tech President Steve G. Daniel. “We are looking forward to working with Tommy Britt and Aaron Mabon in their leadership capacities in the coming year. Our Board of Directors play an important role through their guidance and leadership for our College and we thank each member of the Board for their service as we continue to advance the mission of our Institution."

Britt and Mabon will serve in their respective leadership roles for one year. The Board of Directors consists of two members each from Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup Counties.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the second largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


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Black Tie & Boots Tickets Sold Out

Posted: August 4, 2015

CARROLLTON, Georgia -- If you have not secured your ticket for the most anticipated concert event in West Georgia, you are out of luck. West Georgia Technical College announced that tickets to see Tracy Lawrence at the August 8th Black Tie & Boots concert are sold out.

“We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their support of our Foundation, our College and our students,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel.

Tracy Lawrence is headlining the 14th anniversary concert. Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music, with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard top 10 charts with 18 number one singles, selling over 13 million albums.

The multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of country music for two decades, recently celebrating 20 years in music. Few country artists have known the kind of success that Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the country music genre.

Black Tie & Boots is the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Held at the WGTC Murphy campus, the concert includes a buffet dinner with a reception starting at 6 p.m. and the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer, and a walk on the red carpet.

Despite the celebrity entertainment, Black Tie & Boots is not all about red carpets and country super stars. Proceeds from the event go toward student scholarships.

“The community embraces this event like no other,” said Daniel. “Black Tie & Boots is highly anticipated every year and we are proud to contribute to the fabric of our community.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


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West Georgia Tech Practical Nursing Program Graduates 39 at Pinning Ceremony in Newnan

Posted: July 30, 2015

CARROLLTON, Georgia – West Georgia Technical College held a Pinning Ceremony for its Practical Nursing Program graduating class of 2015 on July 23 in Coweta County.

2015 Practical Nursing Graduates
WGTC Practical Nursing Program graduating class of 2015

The ceremony was held at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium in historic downtown Newnan.

The Practical Nursing Program at WGTC is taught on three campuses: the Murphy campus in Waco, the Coweta campus in Newnan and the LaGrange campus in LaGrange.

The three campuses together totaled 39 graduates who received their pins on Thursday.

Featured graduate speakers from each campus were Kimberly Veon (LaGrange), Taylor O’Barr (Murphy) and Kimberly Moore (Coweta).

Merry Heath, Director of Inpatient Services at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, delivered commencement remarks.

"On behalf of everyone at West Georgia Technical College, congratulations to the 2015 graduating class of the WGTC Practical Nursing Program,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve Daniel said. “The demand for qualified and highly skilled graduates in the healthcare industry is strong, especially in our service area. I salute our students and faculty who put in long hours over the course of the entire program, and wish our graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors."

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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WGTC PBL Earns Accolades at National Conference

Posted: July 9, 2015

West Georgia Technical College students brought back 11 national top-10 finishes, including two first-place awards, at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference and Competition in Chicago.

“West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda has created a tradition of excellence that we are proud to be a part of,” said President Dr. Steve G. Daniel. "I congratulate them on a job well done and we are proud of their accomplishments."

PBL National Group Photo 2015
 

WGTC students and advisors at the 2015 Phi Beta Lambda National Conference and Competition

 

Students from Carroll, Douglas and LaGrange campuses students placed in the areas of Business Ethics, Future Business Educator, Accounting Analysis & Decision Making, Integrated Marketing Campaign, Financial Analysis & Decision Making, Macroeconomics, Cost Accounting, Public Speaking, Local Annual Business Report, Parliamentary Procedure, and Project Management.

Douglas students Nadine McGowan and Emaceo Moses received the President Award for the Career and Membership Achievement Program while Douglas student Candace Grace received the Who's Who in PBL award and was named the PBL Southern Region Vice President. LaGrange student Anita Cooper received the Executive Award for the Career and Membership Achievement Program and was the recipient of the Institute for Leaders and National Leadership Conference Scholarship.

The West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda chapters also came away with awards. The Douglas chapter received the Outstanding Chapter Award and the Chapter Challenge Award. Both the Carroll and Douglas chapters received Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit and placed third for the March of Dimes Fundraising.

“Despite many obstacles and challenges, from hotel and shuttle cancelations and rescheduling, we had a successful PBL National Conference,” said Joey Sanders, Accounting instructor and PBL adviser. “This year’s theme was ‘Step Up To The Challenge’ and West Georgia Technical College advisors and students did just that.”

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 third largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.


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NPC Area Employer Committee supports West Georgia Technical College

Posted: July 2, 2015

It was a banner day at the West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus, as the Newnan Peachtree City (NPC) Area Employer Committee granted the college $2,000 for Adult Education, and another $1,000 to support WGTC students in need, on June 24.

Carole Ann Fields, District Manager of Career Services for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers and Chair of the NPC Area Employer Committee, presented the checks to President Steve G. Daniel.

“The NPC Employer Committee is the bridge between employers and the community. We love to do things like this because it directly benefits job-seekers, employers, and the entire community,” explained Ms. Fields.

The NPC Area Employer Committee partners with the Georgia Department of Labor and local communities to assist employers, especially their Human Resource departments. The local committee is made up of private employers, Georgia Department of Labor representatives, and supporting agencies such as CLICK, all for the purpose of promoting hiring and employment.

The NPC Area Employer Committee raises funds by hosting seminars and providing training for local companies. Events held throughout the year are employer-related, such as leadership training, soft skills, supervisor training, employment law, and more. The next seminar will be held in October, featuring W. Jonathan Martin, II, a Macon attorney with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, and an expert in employment and employment-related litigation.

“We are fortunate to have partners like the Employer Committee who recognize the pivotal role technical education plays in employment, and who support the college and especially our Adult Education programs,” remarked West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel.

Funds raised are returned to different organizations in the community. Some of the funds donated to WGTC will be used to help start a GED program at the Thomas Crossroads Goodwill Career Center. The WGTC Adult Education program will establish a physical presence between Newnan and Peachtree City, so GED students will have fewer transportation challenges. Because employers want their workers to have a high school diploma or equivalent, having a GED is a tremendous boost toward job opportunities.

Front row, (l to r): Becky Cochran (Treasurer, Newnan-Peachtree City Area Employer Committee), Sarah Horton (Director of Employment Services, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers), Carole Ann Fields (Chair, Employer Committee), Alexis Brooks (Vice Chair Employer Committee), Steve Daniel (President, West Georgia Technical College).
Back row, (l to r): Peter Ludlow (WGTC Executive Director of Campus Operations), Creighton Kelly (WGTC Director of Instruction), Jeff Phillips (CEC Board Chair), Lee Whetstone (Newnan-Peachtree City Area Employer Committee Board Member), Tricia Llewellyn (Vice President of Mission Services, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers), and Fred Huntington (Newnan-Peachtree City Area Employer Committee Board Member).

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 third largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.


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Tickets Available for Black Tie & Boots

Posted: July 2, 2015

Tickets are now available for the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s most anticipated fundraising event, Black Tie & Boots. Due to the confirmed number of corporate sponsorships, the number of tickets available to the public is very limited.

This year’s concert will be headlined by country superstar Tracy Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his hits “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” His recent albums include Headlights, Taillights, and Radios, and Greatest Hits: Evolution. Past country artists who have performed at the annual concerts include Gary Allan, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry and last year’s performer Wynonna & the Big Noise.

While Black Tie & Boots is known for bringing the latest country stars to West Georgia, its impact on the community goes deeper than entertainment. All of the proceeds raised from the concert support scholarships for students.

“The West Georgia Technical College Foundation is an essential part of our College,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “It is because of the Foundation and its support that we are able to make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff and in our communities.”

The concert includes a buffet dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer, and a walk on the red carpet. Corporate sponsorships which include concert tickets and admission to a ‘meet and greet’ reception with Tracy Lawrence are available for purchase now.

Tickets are on sale to the public at $125 per person or $950 per table of eight. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card through the West Georgia Technical College Foundation website, www.wgtcfoundation.com or contact Kevin Cain at kevin.cain@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 third largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.


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WGTC Inducts 17 New Honor Society Members
Posted: June 24, 2015

West Georgia Technical College recognized 17 students for their academic excellence as they were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society June 17 at the Callaway Conference Center on the east campus in LaGrange.

2015 NTHS Inductees

2015 National Technical Honor Society Inductees

Of the 32 students who received membership into the National Technical Honor Society, 17 participated in the induction ceremony. The ceremony included the “lighting of the candles,” representing the attributes of knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. The ceremony also included pinning of inductees and ended with the National Technical Honor Society pledge. Guest speakers included WGTC Provost Perrin Alford and LaGrange Director of Instruction Anita Carter. Assisting in the ceremony were NTHS state officers WGTC LaGrange Campus student Anita Cooper and Ahmad Johnson from Atlanta Technical College along with NTHS State Membership Director and Local Co-Advisor Annie Pool and Business Administrative Technology faculty member and Local NTHS Co-Advisor Shirlee Ausman.

“I am very proud of the students and encourage them to take advantage of the leadership and scholarship opportunities that NTHS offers,” said Ausman.

To be considered for membership in the National Technical Honor Society, students must have a 3.66 GPA and must be enrolled in a diploma, degree or degree core certificate program. Additional requirements include having a 2 or better in Work Ethics, involvement in school, church, or community organizations, the completion of 15 semester credit hours, and a nomination by an instructor or advisor.

Upon graduation, members of the National Technical Honor Society receive three letters of recommendation from the national office to take with them on job interviews. Members have access to the National Technical Honor Society Online Career Center to aid in finding employment. Members also have $135,000 in scholarship opportunities as well, some of which are in conjunction with other student organizations at West Georgia Technical College.

This year Brandon Bambic, a 2015 graduate of WGTC’s Radiologic Technology Program received a $1,000 Jon H. Poteat scholarship from NTHS.

“We are proud of the academic excellence these students have shown,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “I am proud of every one of them and congratulate them on their success.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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Over 200 Graduates Take Part in WGTC Spring Commencement
Posted: June 24, 2015

More than 200 graduates were recognized for completion of an associate degree or technical diploma at West Georgia Technical College’s spring commencement exercises June 4 on the College’s Thomas B. Murphy Campus.

“We are proud of each and every one of our graduates. I challenge them to continue reaching for their dreams and achieving their goals,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “Our doors are always open for lifelong learning opportunities.”

The commencement address was delivered by Daniel Jackson, President and CEO of Carroll Tomorrow and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and a nine-year veteran of the West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors. Jackson, who resides in Carrollton, joined Carroll Tomorrow — a public-private partnership focusing on economic and community development — at its inception in 2001 and took his current role leading both organizations in 2008.

Jackson has a wide array of leadership positions including the state board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development and the Executive Committee for the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He serves as Chairman of the Tanner Medical Center Board of Directors and serves on the Carroll County College and Career Academy Board of Directors which he chaired the last two years. His nine years of service on the West Georgia Technical College’s Board of Directors end this month.

Of the over 200 graduates, over half graduated with a cumulative GPA 3.5 or higher. West Georgia Technical College will hold its next commencement ceremony on August 20 at the Murphy Campus. The keynote speaker will be Catherine Gordon, Director of St. Margaret’s Community Outreach in Carrollton.

Daniel Jackson delivers Spring 2015 Commencement address

Speaker Daniel Jackson addresses graduates at West Georgia Technical College’s spring commencement exercises June 4. Over half of the graduates had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

 

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC to Hold Welding Open House in Franklin
Posted: June 11, 2015

West Georgia Technical College will hold an open house to showcase the Welding program at the Franklin instructional site on June 23 and June 25.

Welding

The open house will serve to showcase the state-of-the-art Welding lab, publicize the Welding program offered at the Franklin site and to welcome potential students. Prospective students will be able to take the entrance exam on site and the first seven people to apply each day of the open house will have their application fee waived. Workforce Investment Act representatives will be on hand to assist those who may qualify for additional financial aid.

“I want Franklin/Heard County residents to see the opportunity in attending classes in their community,” said Linda Sullivan, Dean of the School of Trade and Technology. “The job market for welding is wide open. The pay is great.”

Current and prospective students who receive the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant Award. To qualify for the SIWDG award, a student must be fully admitted to West Georgia Technical College, enrolled in Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education, Practical Nursing or Welding, receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term.

“It’s important that we are able to show the community all of the opportunities that we have to offer,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “We are proud to be the premier higher education partner in Heard County.”

The open houses will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. For more information about the open houses or programs offered, contact the Franklin site at 706-948-0250 or Linda Sullivan at linda.sullivan@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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Awards Cords to Dual Enrolled Franklin Graduates
Posted: June 9, 2015

West Georgia Technical College Move On When Ready-MOWR students at the College’s Franklin Site were awarded cords to wear at their graduation from Heard County High School. The cords are a way for those students to be recognized for completing college courses while still in high school.

“We congratulate these graduates on their achievement,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This accomplishment is a reflection of the dedication we as a College give to our students and I commend them on their hard work.”

Move On When Ready-MOWR offers the opportunity for high school students to take college courses. The credits students earn at West Georgia Technical College also count towards their high school graduation requirements. This school year, West Georgia Technical College Franklin Site had students complete college certificates in Welding, Cosmetology, and Nurse Aide. Some students also completed degree level core classes through the ACCEL program.

“West Georgia Technical College is very proud of the accomplishments of these students who have taken an extra step to get ahead in their college and career choices,” said Leigh Cunningham, West Georgia Technical College High School Coordinator.

West Georgia Technical College will continue to offer Move On When Ready-MOWR core classes, Nurse Aide, Welding, and Cosmetology at the Franklin Site. If students are interesting in registering for any of these programs, they can contact Cunningham at 770-755-7825 or at leigh.cunningham@westgatech.edu.

Franklin Site students receive Dual Enrollment cords

WGTC Dual Enrolled graduates from left to right: Taylor Brazeal, Cierra Burgess, Stephanie Warren, Ford Carden, Skylar Israel, and Kala Wilkie proudly show their cords and certificates.

 

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Foundation Receives Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant
Posted: June 3, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has received a $8,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to support the establishment of classes for students who are in need of basic literacy services. This is the fourth Dollar General grant that the West Georgia Technical College Foundation has received in the last five years.

“We are very thankful for Dollar General’s support of our adult education and literacy programs,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “Our adult literacy and GED preparation classes empower our students to change their lives through education.”

“Partners like Dollar General help us to leverage our resources and serve even more students,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education. “We’re proud and honored to be selected as grant recipients. These awards make a big impact on our communities.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Foundation Awards Board of Directors Scholarships
Posted: May 29, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation awarded 21 high school students with Board of Directors scholarships.

The Board of Director’s scholarships are funded by the West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors. They are awarded every year to a graduating senior from each high school in the seven county service area who will be attending West Georgia Technical College. The guidance counselors at each high school select the recipient of the scholarship.

The following students were the recipients of the 2015 WGTC Board of Directors scholarship: Erik Lovvorn, Bowdon High School; Karina Sanchez, Carrollton High School; David McClure, Mt. Zion High School; Daijae Matthews, Temple High School; Brittany Person, Villa Rica High School; Alexandria Wright, East Coweta High School; Jozue Sanon, Newnan High School; Kevin Cofield, Northgate High School; Claire Estes, Alexander High School; Sabrina Mason, Chapel Hill High School; Sheniqua Houston, Douglas County High School; Toana Riklon-Bunny, Lithia Springs High School; Marlene Magana, New Manchester High School; Alizabeth O'Neal, Bremen High School; Savannah Brooks, Haralson County High School; Samantha Arnold, Troup High School; A'Malik J. Hopson, LaGrange High School; Maegan Cantrell, Callaway High School; Sierra Wingate, Manchester High School; Jnisha Williams, Greenville High School; and Victoria Pounds, Heard County High School.

“We are proud to be able to invest in the education of our students. These students have bright futures ahead of them and I highly commend the Board of Directors for investing in our students,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “We are fortunate to have a very engaged board, and they provide great examples of leadership for our students.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.

AlexanderWGTC Executive Director of Instruction Paige Saylors presents Claire Estes, Alexander High School graduate with the Board of Director’s scholarship BremenWGTC Board of Directors Chairman Bill Hightower presents Alizabeth O'Neal, Bremen High School graduate with the Board of Director’s scholarship
CallawayWGTC Board of Directors member Tommy Britt presents Maegan Cantrell, Callaway High School graduate with the Board of Director’s scholarship CarrolltonWGTC Board of Directors member Daniel Jackson presents Karina Sanchez, Carrollton High School graduate with the Board of Director’s scholarship
East CowetaWGTC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Kim Learnard presents Alexandria Wright, East Coweta High School graduate with the Board of Director’s scholarship Heard CountyWGTC Board of Directors member Morris Long presents Victoria Pounds, Heard County High School graduate with the Board of Director’s scholarship
NorthgateWGTC Board of Directors member Michael Robertson presents Kevin Cofield, Northgate High School graduate with the Board of Director’s scholarship  


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WGTC Nursing Student Attends National Convention
Posted: May 27, 2015

Lisa Mohr, a West Georgia Technical College nursing student and a member of the West Georgia Technical College Association of Nursing Students traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to the National Student Nurses convention with members of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS).

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WGTC nursing student Lisa Mohr attends the National Student Nurses convention

“We strive to see our students excel academically and professionally,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “We are tremendously proud of Ms. Mohr’s accomplishments, and she represented the College very well.”

Mohr represented WGTC and GANS as a delegate in the House of Delegates during the legislative events at the national convention. This enabled her to vote on resolutions that were presented at the national level. She was also able to vote on the incoming Board for the NSNA. She attended numerous educational sessions and student events, including participation in a nationwide community service initiative.

“She is an exceptional leader and was most deserving of this experience!” said Maquissa Thomas, WGTC Associate Degree Nursing Instructor.

The convention also featured an Exhibit Hall that was available for students to speak with representatives of various nursing programs across the country, including representatives from boards of nursing such as the BCEN (Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing), and the NLN (National League for Nursing), and various other representatives of the healthcare industry.

“The NSNA convention provides amazing opportunities to network with other nursing students across the country,” said Mohr. “I gained a vast array of knowledge from the convention that will help me in the pursuit of furthering my education by being able to speak with college representatives and veterans of the nursing profession.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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Tracy Lawrence to Perform at 2015 Black Tie & Boots
Posted: May 14, 2015

It’s time to break out your tuxedos and cowboy boots for West Georgia Technical College’s most anticipated fundraiser, Black Tie & Boots, with Tracy Lawrence as this year’s performer at the August 8th concert.

Tracy Lawrence

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

Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard top 10 charts with 18 number one singles, selling over 13 million albums.

The multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of Country music for two decades, recently celebrating 20 years in music. Few country artists have known the kind of success that Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the country music genre.

The concert includes a buffet dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer, and a walk on the red carpet. Corporate sponsorships which include concert tickets and admission to a ‘meet and greet’ reception with Tracey Lawrence are available for purchase now. A limited number of individual and group tickets will go on sale July 1 at $125 per person or $950 per table. Visit www.wgtcfoundation.com for details.

“We are humbled and honored by the tremendous support from our business sponsors and from the community every year,” said Kim Learnard, Executive Director of the WGTC Foundation. “This year’s event promises to be our best ever. Our goal is to raise $50,000 and I think we’ll get there.”

Though Black Tie & Boots has become one of the most highly anticipated events in West Georgia, its purpose remains the same. All of the proceeds raised from the concert goes toward scholarships for students.

“We are extremely excited to have Tracy Lawrence as this year’s performer,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This concert is not just a fun event we throw every year but also a chance to focus on the success of our students with the support of the community.”

For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Kim Learnard at kim.learnard@westgatech.edu or 678-664-0515.

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Wins Business Member of the Year Award
Posted: May 7, 2015

West Georgia Technical College received the 2014 Business Member of the Year Award from the Meriwether Chamber of Commerce.

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WGTC LaGrange Campus Executive Director of Campus Operations Leigh Newman accepts the Business Member of the Year Award from Executive Director of the Meriwether Chamber of Commerce Carolyn McKinley and Jean McCoy

“We try to pick a business who is of course active in the Chamber and has done a lot to promote and improve the community,” said Carolyn McKinley, Executive Director of the Meriwether Chamber of Commerce. “West Georgia Technical College has done so much this past year to partner with us in our Partners in Education initiative to increase Move On When Ready-MOWR, initiating and promoting the ACCEL classes for our students and work closely with the schools and the community to bring about better alignment between their work and that of the community.”

Leaders from West Georgia Technical College are actively engaged in the Meriwether Chamber Partners in Education team which is a local team that addresses educational and workforce development needs. It is through the collaboration of members of this team that the Move On When Ready-MOWR programs have expanded at the WGTC Greenville site. In addition, more support is being made available to students to ensure their eligibility for participation and that a greater degree of connectivity between school and college leaders and the employment community has developed.

In addition to their participation in the Partners in Education team, the College has also had a strong presence on the Meriwether Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as supporting the community’s development by serving as a platinum level sponsor for the Meriwether Chamber.

“Our Greenville site has not only impacted the economic development of Meriwether County, it has also impacted the lives of our students,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “We are proud to have partnered with the Meriwether Chamber of Commerce and we are extremely honored by this award.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Honors Student-Athletes at Awards Dinner; Inducts Four into Inaugural Hall of Fame
Posted: May 6, 2015

West Georgia Technical College held its first-ever athletics awards dinner last Thursday and honored several WGTC student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom and on the playing fields and basketball courts.

School officials also inducted four members into the West Georgia Technical College Athletics Hall of Fame.

LaQuita Rogers (women’s basketball), Blair Byrom (softball), Randazzero Chaney (men’s basketball) and Cody Skinner (baseball) make up the inaugural class of the hall of fame.

“This was a great night for our student-athletes and we wanted to put something together to honor the players and coaches for their hard work and for the accomplishments that they have earned on and off the field,” said West Georgia Tech Athletics Director Walter Dunson. “In a short time we have established a reputation of building winners in the field of play and in the classroom - and that is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff. I could not be prouder of our current group of athletes and I’m also appreciative of those that have come and gone in the previous six years that we have had athletics. It was quite an honor to induct our first group of hall of fame inductees. The hall of fame is the highest honor outside of graduation that an athlete can receive here at West Georgia Tech.”

West Georgia Tech had a banner year in 2014-15, with both men’s and women’s basketball competing for conference championships and baseball currently playing in the conference tournament for the second time in program history after qualifying as one of the top-6 teams in the conference.

The women’s basketball team was ranked as high as No. 6 in the country before falling in the District G championship game – one step away from advancing to the eight-team National Championship Tournament for a second-straight season.

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WGTC baseball team accepts overall team GPA trophy

But more impressively – and more importantly – this crop of Golden Knights excelled in the classroom, achieving the highest cumulative GPA since West Georgia Tech began athletics competition six years ago, in 2011.

West Georgia Tech’s baseball team won the award for highest team GPA, with its 28-man roster producing a 3.09 team cumulative GPA.

West Georgia Tech women’s basketball sophomore Mahogany Harris (Tallapoosa / Haralson County) brought home the trophy for highest individual GPA, with a 3.87.

Mahogany Harris (Tallapoosa/Haralson County) accepts individual highest GPA award (3.87).
Mahogany Harris (Tallapoosa/Haralson County) accepts individual highest GPA award (3.87).

Out of 74 student-athletes, 34 have GPAs of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. That is 46 percent of the student-athletes that don the Black and Gold.

Academic awards were handed out to 14 West Georgia Tech student-athletes for achieving GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

Those honored were: Jhalyn Feaster, Mahogany Harris and Brittany Pierce (women’s basketball); Allison Acker, Whitnee Moore and Savannah Snapp (softball); Brandon Bone, Joshua Eidson, Drew Flatford, Brandon Harbin, Anthony Perez, Zachary Sims, Corey Fehribach and Andrew Short (baseball).

“I could not be prouder of the hard work that our student-athletes have done in the classroom and in athletics competition,” said West Georgia Tech president Steve Daniel. “We are proud to be a destination for so many that can come here and further their athletic careers while they earn a quality education that will prepare them for whatever future they pursue. They have all represented West Georgia Technical College in a way that brings us great pride and I salute and send best wishes to each and every one of them.”

Georgia Tech football assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum served as the keynote speaker and gave an impassioned speech to the student-athletes about the importance of hard work and maintaining a positive attitude in all walks of life.

“Your resume is being built every day as you get up and go to school and go to practice, and as you interact with society,” McCollum said during his remarks. “I’m so impressed that nearly 50-percent of you have 3.0 GPAs or higher. You don’t see that in a lot of places, to be honest with you. To have that here - after starting the athletics program six years ago - is an amazing accomplishment. That is a testament to a lot of hard work put in by you and the support staff and coaches of this program.”

The night concluded with the induction of the inaugural class of the West Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.

LaQuita Rogers played for the inaugural WGTC women’s basketball team in 2010-11 and helped the Golden Knights to its first win over an NJCAA Division 1 program, Southern Union. Rogers averaged 16.7 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals per game. Rogers was named conference player of the year and was selected to the all-conference team and all-tournament team. Rogers was the first female student-athlete to earn a scholarship to a four-year university when she signed with Point University. She is now a teacher at Community Action for Improvement in Carrollton.

Blair Byrom played softball for the Golden Knights during its inaugural club season in 2012-13. She was a team captain and led the club team to a conference championship with a 17-1 record. Byrom had an ERA of 2.34 and also excelled at the plate, with an on-base percentage of .579. Byrom led West Georgia Tech to the National Club Softball Association World Series, where the Golden Knights finished fourth. Today Byrom is a teacher at Noah’s Ark Christian Academy in Hiram.

Randazzero Chaney was a standout men’s basketball player for the Golden Knights from 2011-13. Chaney was also a team captain. In 2011-12, Chaney led West Georgia Tech to the conference regular season championship, the GCAA conference tournament championship and into the NJCAA District 20 playoffs. The next season - his sophomore year - Chaney led the Golden Knights to a second-consecutive conference tournament championship and into the championship game of the Region 20 playoffs – one win away from the National Championship Tournament. Chaney is the WGTC men’s basketball all-time leader in points scored, steals and wins. Today Chaney is working at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.

Cody Skinner played in the inaugural season for West Georgia Tech’s baseball program, which started as a club team in 2012. Skinner was known for his leadership on and off the field, earning him team MVP honors. As West Georgia Tech’s ace starting pitcher, Skinner was second in the nation in strikeouts. Skinner was West Georgia Tech’s first male student-athlete to sign a scholarship with a four-year university, when he signed with the University of West Georgia. Skinner had a sterling career at UWG, serving in the starting rotation for three years. Skinner currently is a physical education teacher, assistant baseball coach and head softball coach at Villa Rica High School.


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WGTC Instructor Recognized as a Finalist for Rick Perkins Award
Posted: May 1, 2015

Dr. David Wortham, Biology instructor at West Georgia Technical College, was named as one of nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2015 Instructor of the Year.

David Wortham
WGTC 2015 Rick Perkins Finalist Dr. David Wortham

The top instructors from each of the state’s 23 technical colleges and the technical division at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia compete annually for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. Wortham and the other finalists and eventual state award winner were recognized during a banquet honoring the system’s top instructors and best students held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta on April 23.

“We congratulate David on his commitment to technical education and to West Georgia Technical College,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “He represented the College well, and we are extremely proud of him.”

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 at West Georgia Technical College who received the award prior to his untimely death.

Judging for the Rick Perkins Award starts at each college and then continues on to the regional and state level, where the finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges representing business, industry and higher education in Georgia. The selection criteria include teaching experience and innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong commitment to the technical education mission of the TCSG.

In April, a panel of judges in Atlanta interviews the finalists and picks the TCSG instructor of the year. The winner earns the highest marks for benchmarks including teaching experience, innovation in the classroom, leadership and civic involvement. Lanier Technical College Motorsports Vehicle Technology instructor Christian Tetzlaff was named the 2015 Rick Perkins Award winner.

Wortham, along with WGTC 2015 GOAL winner Ashley Wilson was honored at a reception on the LaGrange Campus April 29.

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC PBL Excels in State Conference
Posted: April 28, 2015

West Georgia Technical College Carroll, Douglas and LaGrange Campus Phi Beta Lambda students excelled at the 2015 State Leadership Conference held recently in Atlanta. The WGTC students demonstrated their knowledge, professionalism, and leadership potential. Of the 37 students who competed, 33 students placed and 26 students qualified to attend the national competition in Chicago. In total, the students brought home 49 awards in 31 different events.

“West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda has created a tradition of excellence that we are proud to be a part of,” said President Steve G. Daniel. "I congratulate them on a job well done and we applaud their accomplishments."

Individual students received special recognition including Candace Grace, Emaceo Moses, and Cody Ziegler who each received the “Who’s Who in PBL” award. Cindy Wilson received the Mel Evans Scholarship. Candace Grace was re-elected for another term as state officer, and Hudson Powell was elected to the state officer team. Regina Adams, Nicole Banks, Tiffany Cochran, and Cindy Wilson received the Outstanding PBL Member Award.

Local PBL chapter advisers also had opportunities for competition and leadership. In Professional Division competitive events, Ginger Dennis placed second in both Business Calculations and Business Etiquette, and third in Global Awareness. Joey Sanders placed first in Business Etiquette and third in Business Calculations. Dennis and Mona Williams received the 5-year Service Award. Dennis also received the Director’s Award for outstanding volunteer service to Georgia PBL.

Beyond individual competitions, students participated in chapter events. The Douglas chapter, which won Chapter of the Year, reached the Platinum level, and the Carroll chapter reached the Bronze level in Georgia PBL’s Awards of Merit program.

In other chapter awards, all three WGTC chapters were recognized for their March of Dimes donations: LaGrange won first in Division III, with Douglas receiving third and Carroll receiving first in Division IV. Statewide, Carroll chapter took first place and Douglas chapter took third in March of Dimes giving.

Additionally, the Carroll chapter was first in Battle of the Chapters (PBL knowledge), with Douglas placing third. The Douglas chapter also earned third in Division IV for Interaction with FBLA. Carroll received second place in Division IV for overall and percentage membership increase. Carroll also won first place statewide for corporate donations.

“All of the advisers are very proud of our students!” said Williams. “We went to shine and we did!”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC is State Leader in GED Completion
Posted: April 22, 2015

Since January of this year, the West Georgia Technical College Adult Education program has led the state in GED completers. In January 2014, the GED test was updated to include more critical thinking and higher math skills, to better reflect the knowledge and skills of graduating high school seniors. Since that time, the number of GED completers nationwide has dropped dramatically. The number of GED completers in Georgia Adult Education programs is down by 78 percent. WGTC leads the state with 113 students earning GED’s since July 1st.

“This test has presented everyone with a big learning curve – students and teachers alike. We have focused on preparing students to be successful on the new test,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education. “There’s a lot of fear around this new test. We want people to know that it’s doable – they can pass it. But they’ll probably need a little help and we can provide that. Every day we’re helping students pass this test and get on with the business of improving their lives.”

Once they’re on the road to passing the test, the WGTC Adult Education Transition Specialist, April Monroe, will help them take the next step toward enrollment into college or employment.

“We work closely with graduates to help them achieve their goals beyond just earning the GED,” said Monroe. “The GED is the stepping stone to bigger opportunities for our graduates. College is completely within reach of any GED graduate. There’s a great deal of financial assistance to pay for tuition and books, and we even waive the application fee for our Adult Ed students who earn a GED and then apply to WGTC.”

“The fact that the West Georgia Technical College Adult Education program is number one among state-approved Adult Education programs is a testament to our program,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “As a College, we are dedicated to ensuring our students achieve their academic and career goals.”

Classes are free and available throughout the College’s seven-county service area and open to individuals 16 years of age and up. For more information on getting into GED classes, please call toll-free 1-855-500-GEDS OR go to http://www.westgatech.edu/adulted/index.htm.

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Nursing Students Hold Career Advancement Event
Posted: April 3, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College Association of Nursing Students hosted a Career Advancement Day in March on the Coweta Campus. The event started with the idea of bringing information about continuing education to nursing students at West Georgia Technical College.

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WGTC nursing students speak with various university representatives at the Career Advancement Day

“Given that there are dozens upon dozens of options out there to obtain further education, more so with the addition of online programs, we wanted to bring assistance to our nursing students,” said Lisa Mohr, West Georgia Technical College Association of Nursing Students President. “This event gave nursing students the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives of various schools across Georgia as well as those that offer online programs.”

Many West Georgia Tech Nursing graduates decide to further their education, working toward a Bachelor’s Degree. The universities represented were Chamberlain College, Thomas University, Grand Canyon University, Western Governor's University, Columbus State University, Brenau University, University of West Georgia, and DeVry University. Students were able to ask questions regarding the schools programs for continued nursing education.

“The turnout was great and the event is especially important to our College as we work toward establishing articulation plans with university programs,” said Cecilia Owens, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

The West Georgia Technical College Association of Nursing Students plans to host future Career Advancement Day events on a bi-annual basis, in the spring and fall semesters. Future events will be rotated among the LaGrange, Murphy, and Coweta campuses. The next event will occur in the fall of 2015 on the LaGrange Campus and the spring of 2016 on the Murphy Campus.

“We are fortunate to have students that are great examples of leadership and academic excellence,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This event is an invaluable learning experience for our students and will help impact their professional lives.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Holds Kappa Beta Delta Induction Ceremony
Posted: March 31, 2015

West Georgia Technical College held its first induction of Kappa Beta Delta, an honor society for Associate Degree business major students associated with Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) on March 25. Of the 11 students inducted, seven attended the ceremony held on the Murphy Campus.

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WGTC 2015 Kappa Beta Delta inductees and advisers (front row) School of Business & Public Services Dean Babs Russell, Heather Morrison, Kenesha Moore, Aneshia Harris, Leah Burch, Accounting Instructor Gina McFarlin (back row) Accounting Instructor Joey Sanders, Joshua Quantock, Sheila McElroy, Valelia Papatu

“I could not be more proud of the level of academic excellence our students continue to display,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “Their dedication to their education will serve them well in their future endeavors. We commend them on their achievements.”

Kappa Beta Delta was established in 1997 by the ACBSP as a national honor society to recognize students in accredited associate degree granting institutions for their high academic achievement in business programs. The West Georgia Technical College chapter of Kappa Beta Delta is the only active chapter in Georgia.

As members of Kappa Beta Delta, students are eligible for lifetime recognition, networking opportunities and scholarships. To be eligible for membership, students must rank in the upper 20 percent of students pursuing business degrees at the time of invitation to membership, have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit, of which six are in business subjects toward the degree program and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This year, all of the inductees hold a minimum grade point average of 3.8.

“We are extremely proud of each one of these students’ accomplishments,” said Babs Russell, West Georgia Technical College School of Business & Public Services Dean. “The level of expertise they bring to their fields is outstanding!”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Celebrates the Fifth Annual Art Exhibit
Posted: March 24, 2015

West Georgia Technical College opened its fifth annual traveling Art Exhibit at the Douglas Campus March 18. The exhibit highlights creative West Georgia Technical College students, faculty, and staff members.

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WGTC 2015 1st Place Showcase Winner Tracie Davidson with her painting “Green Tree Frogs” WGTC 2015 Showcase Winner Tanisha Williams with her painting “Kiss in the Rain”

“The talent and creativity shown by our students, faculty and staff here at the College is exceptional,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This exhibit is a testament to the versatility of both our students and staff.”

Out of the 138 submissions received, there were 17 Showcase Winners and 11 Merit Award winners including 25 students, three faculty and staff members. Submissions were accepted from current students, recent graduates, current and retired faculty and staff, members of West Georgia Technical College’s many boards and advisory committees. Student winners received cash awards as well as recognition at the receptions held at each campus.

“The students’ creativity is always amazing,” said English Instructor, Dr. Judy Jackson. “Our college family looks forward to seeing the art work each spring as we display the Showcase and Merit Award pieces on each of our campuses for one week. This is another way in which our College recognizes student talent.”

While some winners, like Tracie Davidson, have had extensive art experience, some winners like Tanisha Williams, are just beginning.

Davidson, a radiography student on the Douglas Campus, received first place for her painting entitled “Green Tree Frogs” but considers herself more of a drawer than painter.

“I’ve been drawing since I was wee person,” said Davidson. “My mother was an artist. It was sort of a natural thing to do.”

Williams, a dental hygiene student on the Douglas Campus, was a Showcase winner for her painting entitled “Kiss in the Rain” which was the second painting she ever painted.

“I’m a very beginner. I went on a family outing to Dip ‘N Dab and I started painting from there,” said Williams. “I’m going to put my artwork in every exhibit now!”

The art exhibit will travel to the Murphy Campus March 23-27 before going to the LaGrange Campus April 6-10. The exhibit will then travel to the Carroll Campus April 13-17 before concluding at the Coweta Campus April 20-24.

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Nursing Student Receives Scholarship Award
Posted: March 20, 2015

West Georgia Technical College Registered Nursing student Sharonne Isaac was the recipient of the Georgia Association for Nursing Education Scholarship award. Isaac received the Lucy Willard Scholarship, which is given to an Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree nursing student.

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WGTC Registered Nursing student Sharonne Isaac 2015 Lucy Willard Scholarship recipient

We commend Sharonne on her accolade and to her academic success at West Georgia Technical College,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This is a tremendous achievement and we are extremely proud of her.”

The Georgia Association for Nursing Education, Inc. provides all nursing educators in the state of Georgia with opportunities to influence and improve nursing education, impact practice and improve health care for the citizens of Georgia, promote nursing research, and collaborate with other health care disciplines and organizations. Isaac was chosen among more than a dozen applications from nursing students at different schools all over Georgia including several major universities.

“For her to receive this award, it has put our college name and program as a top contender school where mostly university nursing programs are represented,” said Christina D. Brazier, ADN Instructor. “She represents our school by showing we are producing well educated students that will be well qualified for the job market.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited program in nursing, a resident of Georgia, have verifiable financial need, a GPA of at least 2.5 on 4.0 scale, have completed one year of study, and provide two letters of reference which indicate leadership, scholarship and potential for success in the practice of nursing. Isaac received excellent recommendation letters and as a wife and mother of three who quit her job to focus on school, she greatly benefits from the added financial support.

“This scholarship has helped to lift a burden. Mentally, it has given me a boost as I feel like I have what it takes to be a great nurse!” said Isaac who attends the Murphy Campus. “I was the only one chosen. If that doesn't build one's confidence, I don't know what can!”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


WGTC Students Win Big at PBL District Competition
Posted: March 18, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College chapters of Phi Beta Lambda hosted and competed in the North District PBL Competition at the Murphy Campus February 20. A number of WGTC faculty, staff, alumni and community business leaders volunteered their time to serve as event judges and administrators while over 122 students and advisers from across North Georgia participated in the conference.

“With the hard work from the West Georgia Technical College PBL officers, North District went smoothly and everyone had a great time,” said PBL adviser Mona Williams.

In total, West Georgia Technical College students brought home 56 awards in 34 categories. The West Georgia Technical College chapters won 21 first-place awards, 17 second-place awards, 10 third-place awards, six fourth-place awards and two fifth-place awards. The Carroll Campus chapter also placed fourth in the Battle of the Chapters.

The West Georgia Technical College chapters of PBL placed in the categories of Accounting A&D, Accounting Principles, Business Communication, Business Decision Making, Business Ethics, Business Law, Computer Applications, Client Service, Contemporary Sports Issues, Cost Accounting, Entrepreneurship Concepts, Future Business Executive, Help Desk, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Impromptu Speaking, International Business, Job Interview, Justice Administration, Macroeconomics, Management Concepts, Marketing A & D, Marketing Concepts, Microeconomics, Networking Concepts, Organizational Behavior & Leadership, Personal Finance, Public Speaking, Sales Presentation, Sports Management and Marketing, Retail Management, and Word Processing.

“West Georgia Technical College students continue to excel competitively and academically,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “I’m proud of them all and congratulate them on a job well done.”

“We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said Williams. “It is nice to see our students continue to put their knowledge to work.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Offers Tuesday Campus Tours
Posted: March 9, 2015

West Georgia Technical College is now offering Tour the Tech on Tuesdays, also referred to as T3, starting Tuesday March 17. The monthly event will allow the public to explore the many opportunities West Georgia Technical College has to offer.

“West Georgia Technical College strives to make education accessible to as many students as possible,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “These campus tours will allow the community to see firsthand, all of the programs and opportunities we have to offer.”

At the monthly T3 events, West Georgia Technical College Enrollment Center staff will provide information about the available academic programs of study, the student application process, and financial aid opportunities. Additionally, those who attend will enjoy a tour of the campus.

“Our expectation is that attendees will receive the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding their college enrollment plan,” said Mary Aderhold, WGTC Admissions Director. “This includes selecting a program of study for their career path and a financial plan for their educational expenses.”

Tour the Tech on Tuesday is available the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Upcoming dates include March 17 and April 21. No registration is required to attend; simply show up to any one of the five main campus locations in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, or Troup County. For more information, email admissions@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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Coweta Culinary Partners with Meals on Wheels of Coweta
Posted: March 5, 2015

The Culinary Arts department of the West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus has partnered with Meals on Wheels of Coweta County. The partnership will help support seniors in Coweta County by donating food left over from West Georgia Technical College Coweta Culinary events.

Culinary Arts Students and Chef Tricia Vera partnering with Meals on Wheels of Coweta
WGTC culinary arts instructor Chef Tricia Vera (far right) along with her students

“Our students and faculty continue to show their hard work and dedication in and out of the classroom,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “I am proud of their commitment to our College and to our community.”

The partnership came about when Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Central Education Center, introduced WGTC culinary arts instructor Chef Tricia Vera to Lizabeth Andrew, the President of Meals on Wheels of Coweta. After speaking with Andrew and seeing the need, Vera decided to help out.

The students help to package and deliver the food to Meals on Wheels of Coweta. Students in the culinary arts program and the student organization of BACON on the Coweta Campus are able to volunteer.

“The Meals on Wheels of Coweta and the Culinary Arts Coweta Campus are a perfect partnership,” said Vera. “The need in our community is sometimes more than it should be and people cannot imagine. We believe no one should be forgotten and if we can help then we will.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Students Awarded at NTHS Conference
Posted: February 12, 2015

Yvonne Waddle
WGTC Murphy Campus student Yvonne Waddle placed in Job Interview and Extemporaneous Speech

Five West Georgia Technical College students competed in the National Technical Honor Society Winter Conference at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Georgia February 6 and 7.

The conference hosted about 100 students and advisers from across the state. Students participated in competitions such as job interview, extemporaneous speech, prepared speech, and chapter display. Students and advisers also attended leadership presentations during the conference.

Joanne Garza

WGTC LaGrange Campus student Joanne Garza placed in Job Interview and Extemporaneous Speech

Murphy Campus student Yvonne Waddle and LaGrange Campus student Joanne Garza earned second place in job interview and extemporaneous speech. LaGrange Campus student Anita Cooper received the NTHS Citizenship Award. Cooper was also chosen to serve as state officer for NTHS for the coming year. Douglas Campus student Ann Bolen and LaGrange Campus student Sara Roberts also competed at the conference.

Anita Cooper

WGTC LaGrange Campus student Anita Cooper received the NTHS Citizenship Award

“Our students maintain the tradition of excellence in academic and competitive settings,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. "I'm proud of them all and congratulate them on a job well done."

West Georgia Technical College Program Assistant and NTHS State Adviser Annie Pool along with Business Administrative Technology instructor and NTHS Local Advisor Shirlee Ausman accompanied the five student competitors. Student Life Program Assistant Cassie Hughes and Automotive Technology Instructor Seth Massey also attended.

“I was very proud of all of our students,” said Ausman. “The conference was a success and will positively impact WGTC NTHS chapters by inspiring additional students to work hard to become members of NTHS and serve at the state and local levels.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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The THINC Academy at WGTC Breaks Ground
Posted: February 9, 2015

The THINC Academy at West Georgia Technical College broke ground February 5. Construction has begun on the THINC Academy which will be housed on the LaGrange Campus with the current student center to serve as the future mechatronics Lab.

“This is an exciting day for education at West Georgia Technical College and in Troup County,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This is a time to celebrate, not only for the THINC Academy, but also for new opportunities and the investment of this community on the LaGrange Campus.”

THINC Academy Breaks Ground
  Cole Pugh, Superintendent of Troup County School System, Kathy Carlisle, CEO of the THINC Academy and Perrin Alford, WGTC Provost hammered the first nails in the THINC Academy groundbreaking  

The THINC Academy is the Troup County College and Career Academy. The concept was born out of the Workforce Development Committee of the Troup County Center for Strategic Planning. The THINC Academy is a charter school that offers Troup County high school students an opportunity to take academic and technical courses, some at the college level. Initially, 11th and 12th graders will attend before programs are expanded to 9th and 10th graders within the first five years.

“This is a great day for us and marks a new day for students in Troup County,” said Kathy Carlisle, CEO of the THINC Academy. “For so long we could only picture this and now we are seeing this happening. It’s a very exciting project.”

The academy will offer several career pathways including health science, mechatronics, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, energy and business and marketing. About 500 students are anticipated to begin classes at the THINC Academy this August.

The THINC Academy is not the only College and Career Academy located at a West Georgia Technical College campus. The Douglas Campus is home to the Douglas County College & Career Institute, the Carroll Campus houses the Carroll County College & Career Academy and the former Coweta Campus is home to the Central Educational Center.

“Today is about the idea turning into a reality,” said John Asbell, Chairman of THINC Academy Board of Directors. “It’s just the beginning and we are very excited.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Participates in Fourth Annual Beast Feast
Posted: February 9, 2015

West Georgia Technical College participated in the fourth annual Beast Feast held at Midway Church in Villa Rica February 5.

The Beast Feast serves as a way to bring people to church that normally would not attend while also raising awareness of the West Georgia Technical College’s Move On When Ready-MOWR program and Adult Education program. Over 1,200 people attended this year’s sold out event.

This year’s event featured former Atlanta Braves pitcher and Hall of Famer John Smoltz as the keynote speaker. The event would not be complete without the wild game dinner. This year’s menu contained a variety of wild game, including deer, elk, frog legs, and wild hog.

John Smoltz speaks at Fourth Annual Beast Feast

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher and Hall of Famer, John Smoltz, was the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Beast Feast featuring WGTC.

“Midway Church is excited to continue offering events like Beast Feast, with special guests like John Smoltz for our community, while at the same time benefiting West Georgia Technical College, a true pillar organization in the West Georgia region,” said TJ Kelley, Administrative Director of Midway Church. “However, our greatest excitement comes from the opportunity to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an audience that might not otherwise hear about Him.” As in past years, the West Georgia Technical College Foundation will receive a portion of benefits. Proceeds of the Beast Feast will be used for GED scholarships. The funds will be used to help offset the cost of the GED test for students.

“We are honored to be a part of this year’s Beast Feast,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “We are grateful for Midway Church and the community for their continued support of our Move On When Ready-MOWR and Adult Education programs.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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Rogers awarded by Greater Haralson Chamber
Posted: February 5, 2015

West Georgia Technical College’s G.W. Rogers was honored by the Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce January 31 at its Annual Meeting. Outgoing Chamber Chairman Ann Crim chose Rogers – Executive Director of Campus Operations for the Murphy Campus – as recipient of the 2014 Chairman’s Award.

GW Rogers
G.W. Rogers was awarded the 2014 Chairman’s Award by the Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce.

“It is a great honor to be chosen for this award,” Rogers said. “It is easy to answer the call to serve when the call comes from Ann Crim. She has done an outstanding job as chairman.”

Each year the outgoing chairman of the Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce presents the Chairman’s Award for dedication to the Chamber and commitment to the community.

“The recipient of this award is someone exhibiting outstanding devotion to our community and dedication to service,” Chairman Ann Crim said. “G.W. Rogers certainly exemplifies these characteristics. Having known him for many years, I can truly say he has set the standard we should all hope to achieve.”

Rogers has worked at West Georgia Technical College since 2003 and has been senior administrator for the Murphy Campus since 2008.

“I am proud of the way our employees work to enrich each of our communities,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “I congratulate G.W. for this recognition, and his commitment to community partnerships throughout our region. Our College remains focused on collaboration with industries, school systems, governments, community organizations and other colleges and universities to make West Georgia a better place.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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SPECIAL OFFER HELPS ADULTS PREPARE FOR THE GED TEST
Posted: January 23, 2015

From January 26th – February 28th, the GED Testing Service will be offering the GED Ready practice tests for $1 each, a savings of $5 per practice test.   The GED Ready test is the official practice test of the GED program and provides potential test-takers a chance to find out if they are ready to pass, or still need to work on key skills.

“The promotion is a great opportunity for individuals out in the community who are wondering where they stand and if they’ve got the skills they need to pass the GED test,” says Jackie Lowe, West Georgia Technical College Adult Education Program Manager.  “If you take it and pass, then register and come to one of WGTC’s GED testing centers and get that credential!”

For those who fail to get a passing mark on the GED Ready test, Lowe encourages them to enroll in an Adult Education class through WGTC.  “Classes are free and we have flexible schedules.  We take students where they are at and help them move toward their goals.  We also offer GED testing scholarships for students who qualify.”

To access the GED Ready promotion, test-takers should log in to the MyGED website at GED.com.  To find out about the next WGTC Adult Education class registration in your area go to: http://www.westgatech.edu/adulted/index.htm

“It’s important that we assist individuals in achieving their GED,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “Adult Education is one of the most important programs we offer here at West Georgia Technical College, and these practice tests will help those seeking a GED to assess their readiness level.  We hope this encourages more students to come forward so that they can attain this credential and reach their career goals.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC Announces 2015 GOAL and Rick Perkins Winners
Posted: January 21, 2015

 

Ashley Wilson
2015 WGTC GOAL winner Ashley Wilson
West Georgia Technical College named Ashley Wilson, a Radiologic Technology student on the LaGrange Campus, as its 2015 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner and LaGrange Campus Biology Instructor Dr. David Wortham as its Rick Perkins Award winner January 15 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 Wilson and Wortham will go on to compete against other winners in the regional competition February 23-25 in Macon. They will then compete in the statewide competition April 22-23 in Atlanta.

2015 WGTC Rick Perkins Award winner Dr. David Wortham with WGTC President Steve G. Daniel and WGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Hannon  

“These winners embody our core values and we congratulate their victories,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “I know that they will represent the College well in the upcoming competitions.”

Wilson, who enrolled on the LaGrange Campus in 2011, was nominated by Radiologic Technology Department Chair and instructor Wanda Barbee. After graduation, Wilson plans to become licensed as a radiographer and re-enroll at West Georgia Technical College to obtain a certificate in mammography.

“It’s such an incredible honor to be chosen as the GOAL winner,” said Wilson. “I’ve always wanted to participate in such a leadership role.”

Wortham was one of five instructor nominees from across the College to compete before a panel of local leaders. He teaches in the Sciences program in the General Education department at the LaGrange Campus and has been with West Georgia Technical College since 2011.

“I’m proud to be part of a system that is helping to put Georgia back to work,” said Wortham. “I hope that I can enlighten and encourage students to pursue higher education and to pursue their dreams.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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Gammage Joins WGTC as Vice President of Economic Development
Posted: January 12, 2015

After spending the last 10 years as the Technical College of Georgia’s Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs, Laura Boalch Gammage today joined the senior leadership team at West Georgia Technical College as Vice President of Economic Development.

Laura Boalch Gammage
Laura Boalch Gammage

Along with her experience as the TCSG’s chief legislative liaison, Gammage – a Haralson County native – also spent two years as Assistant Commissioner of Administrative Services and five years as Budget Director for the TCSG, which oversees Georgia’s 23 technical colleges, adult literacy programs and Georgia Quick Start.

As Vice President of Economic Development at WGTC, Gammage will have oversight of the College’s corporate training and community education departments. She will be the College’s primary liaison with existing businesses and industries and its primary contact to help area economic development professionals recruit new industry. Her vast experience working with the Georgia General Assembly and other government officials to rally support for the TCSG makes her an ideal fit for WGTC, President Steve G. Daniel said.

“Laura makes a great addition to our team. She has such a valuable network of connections and such an impressive track record of work at our system office,” Daniel said. “We know she will be a great asset as we work to move our College forward.”

Gammage graduated from the University of West Georgia in 1991. After three years in private industry, she joined the legislative budget office as an analyst. The 20 years since were spent in state government, primarily at TCSG.

“This is an exciting time at West Georgia Technical College, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about joining President Daniel and his team,” Gammage said. “Economically, West Georgia Tech is in the heart of the Southeastern U.S. automotive corridor. There has been great growth with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and its suppliers, but other exciting activity is taking place as well. As an industry, healthcare is expanding across our service area, and industrial maintenance jobs are extremely important to existing industry. I see the potential for much growth through existing industries and new industries. West Georgia Tech will be ready to help them with the right training for the skilled employees they need.”

In addition to her duties as legislative liaison, Gammage also managed the TCSG Facilities Management Division.

“Laura has tremendous knowledge of our system and all its available resources,” Daniel said. “I have no doubt that her experience inside TCSG and her relationships outside TCSG will be great assets.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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WGTC PBL Chapter Works Toward Chapter Challenge
Posted: January 8, 2015

The West Georgia Technical College Douglas Campus Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is working toward the Chapter Challenge.

The Chapter Challenge consists of three events, Super Sweeps, Non-Stop November and Action Awareness. Super Sweeps requires chapters to complete 10 tasks focused on recruitment and retention, Non-Stop November requires chapters to complete 10 tasks focused on March of Dimes and American Enterprise Day and Action Awareness is focused on increasing FBLA awareness.

“West Georgia Technical College fully supports enriching community involvement by our students, faculty and staff,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “We hope that everyone will continue to come out and support these wonderful organizations and their efforts.”

For the Super Sweeps component, the Douglas chapter set up a recruitment booth, recorded a 30-second recruiting video, passed out brochures, and recruited five new members. During the Non-Stop November component, they hosted a Dodge Ball tournament, had two business people as guest speakers for American Enterprise Day and wore purple to promote Prematurity Awareness Day. They are now working on Action Awareness.

All members of chapters that complete all three of the Chapter Challenge components who attend the National Leadership Conference will receive pins. Chapters will also receive a certificate of recognition at the conference for their participation. The conference will take place June 24–27 in Chicago.

“We have great leadership from our officers and this challenge is a great way to acknowledge their leadership skills,” said PBL adviser Mona Williams. “We are proud of all that they do and all that this chapter accomplishes.”

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 third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.



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