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Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Visits the THINC Academy at WGTC
Posted: October 30, 2014

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle visited the THINC Academy at West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange on October 28.

Jason Ransbottom, HR Manager of Powertech America; Helen Rice, Chair of the Georgia State Board of Education; Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; Kathy Carlisle, CEO of the THINC Academy; Perrin Alford, WGTC Provost; Rep. Randy Nix, Georgia District 69; John Asbell, Chair of THINC Academy Board
  Jason Ransbottom, HR Manager of Powertech America; Helen Rice, Chair of the Georgia State Board of Education; Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; Kathy Carlisle, CEO of the THINC Academy; Perrin Alford, WGTC Provost; Rep. Randy Nix, Georgia District 69; John Asbell, Chair of THINC Academy Board

Cagle spoke to state and local dignitaries, board members and West Georgia Technical College faculty and staff about the THINC Academy and the importance of College and Career Academies linking public K12 education with colleges as well as local businesses and industries.

“What our focus is with College and Career Academies, is that every student will leave here with a focus and a pathway,” said Cagle. “This is a place where you get to choose.”

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 for Troup County high school students. Initially, 11th and 12th graders will attend before programs are expanded to 9th and 10th graders within the first five years.

“Making education relevant is key for our students,” said Helen Rice, Chair of the Georgia State Board of Education. “This is the future of education.”

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

“We’re really excited about being on West Georgia Technical College’s LaGrange Campus,” said Kathy Carlisle, CEO of the THINC Academy. “We see it as a tremendous opportunity for our students in the dual enrollment program.”

The THINC Academy will be housed on the LaGrange Campus with the current student center to serve as the future mechatronics Lab. 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.

“We are honored to have the Lieutenant Governor support this milestone in technical education,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “We are proud to be an integral partner with the college & career academies in our region. Our College continues to build on this success with the creation of the THINC Academy on our LaGrange campus.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Clinical Lab Technology Program Receives Accreditation Award
Posted: October 28, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Clinical Lab Technology program received the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Accreditation Award. The award continues to accredit the program for seven years until October 31, 2021, which is the maximum accreditation given.

“West Georgia Technical College is continually striving to improve our quality of education and services,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This award is another step toward our commitment to excellence.”

The NAACLS establishes standards that maintain and promote quality in educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences. It also provides recognition for educational programs which meet or exceed these standards. Accreditation is a process of external peer review in which an agency grants public recognition to a program of study or an institution that meets established qualifications and educational standards.

“We appreciate the hard work and effort from our faculty that goes into the accreditation process for all of our programs. Accreditation agencies such as NAACLS, provide an outside validation of the quality that we put into the delivery of all of our programs of study,” said Pat Hannon, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This accreditation helps to ensure that our students have confidence that they will enter their chosen career fields with the knowledge, competency, and skills necessary for them to be successful.”

NAACLS accreditation helps to identify for the public specialized degree and certificate programs, stimulates improvement of educational programs by involving faculty and staff in ongoing self-evaluation, research and planning, promotes a better understanding of the goals of professional education and provides assurance that our student graduates meet required educational standards upon entry into the working profession.

“Our CLT faculty are committed to the clinical laboratory profession, and passionate about teaching. The NAACLS process itself is an excellent opportunity for quality assessment and growth for our faculty and our program,” said Dr. Phyllis Ingham, WGTC Clinical Lab Technology Program Director. “NAACLS and West Georgia Technical College’s Clinical Laboratory Technology program are dedicated to the common goal of quality enhancement of laboratory education. We are excited about the growth of our program and the opportunity to serve our healthcare community.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Prepares for the Holidays with Project CARE
Posted: October 21, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year where West Georgia Technical College comes together to help those in need with Project CARE. Project CARE is the community assistance initiative of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation to help students and employees with their basic needs. The initiative involves both financial assistance and a food pantry to help students, faculty and staff. “The support and compassion at West Georgia Technical College for this initiative is astounding,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “We are fortunate to have such a giving atmosphere when it comes to those in need.”

Assistance is open to current students, faculty and staff of West Georgia Technical College. Families in need can apply for assistance through Project CARE. The Foundation raises funds for Project CARE year-round through employee contributions, special events and other fundraisers.

“Last year we helped dozens of families,” said Kim Learnard, WGTC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “This year, we certainly hope to meet whatever need there is. The spirit behind this effort is impressive.”

In addition to giving assistance to those within the College, the canned goods collected from Project CARE are also given to local community organizations such as Tallapoosa Community Christian Council and Bowdon Area United Christian Ministries, an association of churches in the Bowdon area ministering to families in need in the community for more than 10 years. LaGrange Personal Aid has also received assistance from the Project CARE food pantry in past years.

For more information click here for how to apply or here to make a donation, or contact Alaina Abney at alaina.abney@westgatech.edu. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on November 7, 2014. No late applications will be accepted.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Gets a Blast from the Past for Homecoming 2014
Posted: October 21, 2014

It’s that time of year again! West Georgia Technical College prepares for this year’s Homecoming festivities with a week of events for students, faculty and the community. Homecoming kicks off October 20 and draws to a close October 25. This year’s events center on the theme “Blast from the Past.”

“Homecoming is a tradition at West Georgia Technical College that everyone anticipates,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “It’s a fun-filled time every year and we are thrilled to see what’s in store this year.”

In the past, homecoming at West Georgia Technical College has been known for the campus decoration competition. This year, the festivities will take the students, faculty, and staff on a tour through the decades starting with the 60’s and ending with the 90’s by dressing up each day. Last year’s most requested events like the Aqua Massage and the green screen photos will be returning along with new additions such as a magician and funnel cakes.

“This year we will focus on our basketball teams and Hoops for Hope,” said Alaina Abney, WGTC Manager of Student Life. “It is such an honor to be able to hold Homecoming with such a wonderful cause.”

The West Georgia Technical College Women’s Basketball team will once again be participating in the “Hoops for Hope” Breast Cancer Awareness Classic. The West Georgia Technical College Women’s Basketball team will play against Southern Crescent Technical College, Brewton Parker College and Summer Hill. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton.

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 24 technical colleges.

See the schedule of activities for Homecoming Week.

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WGTC Adult Education Program Receives Award
Posted: October 10, 2014

West Georgia Technical College’s Adult Education division has received recognition for the state’s second-highest percentage increase in GED test-takers last year.

West Georgia Technical College’s Adult Education division has received recognition for the state’s second-highest percentage increase in GED test-takers last year.

Jim Humphries and Celeste Norris, WGTC GED Chief Examiners accepted the award for Growth in GED Test-Takers FY2013-FY2014.

The honor came during the 2014 GED Testing Center Awards Thursday, October 2nd at the annual Technical College System of Georgia Adult Education Fall Conference.

West Georgia Technical College had a 27% increase in the number of GED test-takers during Fiscal 2014, a TCSG report showed.

“We had such growth because our GED testing staff logged many extra hours, opening additional testing sessions during the 2002 GED test series closeout,” said Karen Kirchler, West Georgia Technical College Vice President of Adult Education. “We ran sessions Christmas week and even on New Year’s Eve.”

In addition to awarding those with the largest percentage growth in GED test-takers, awards were also presented for the GED Chief Examiner™ of the year.

“Adult Education is one of the most integral programs we offer here at West Georgia Technical College that has a positive impact not only on our students but also in our communities,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “We are honored by this award and honored to be able to help our students transform their 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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Students Create Art Gallery
Posted: October 10, 2014

West Georgia Technical College students on the Douglas Campus have created the first student art gallery located in the B building outside the campus conference center.

The idea originated with art instructor Kathleen Flowers, whose background includes working at fine art galleries. Flowers realized that her students did not have an area to display their completed work. She also noticed the bare walls and large open space outside of the conference center in the B building.

Art gallery photo 2
Art gallery photo 2

WGTC’s first student art gallery is located in the B building outside the Douglas Campus conference center.

“After observing this space and watching students come and go, I developed the idea to start a student art gallery,” said Flowers. “In addition, I thought that the design and architectural structure of the space was ideal for an art gallery.”

Flowers plans to keep the exhibits going with rotating artwork so that students, faculty and staff can always enjoy an environment bursting with color, design and character. The gallery features two dimensional and three dimensional works from West Georgia Technical College students. All levels of skill, from budding artists to skilled craftsman, are on display.

“Creativity and artistic expression are highly encouraged here at West Georgia Technical College,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “This art gallery shows how well-rounded and talented our students are.”

“I believe the talent of my students should be shared,” said Flowers. “If students could display their art work for others to view on a continuous basis, it would give them a great deal of encouragement to excel in other curriculums or projects.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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Colleges Sign Nursing Agreement
Posted: October 1, 2014

The path to a bachelor’s degree for area nursing students became smoother last week with the signing of an articulation agreement between West Georgia Technical College and LaGrange College.

The agreement makes it simpler for students who earn an associate degree in nursing at WGTC to transfer to LaGrange College and complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree quickly.

“This is a significant step in technical education that will provide more options for nursing students in the West Georgia area,” said WGTC President Steve G. Daniel. “It will allow more opportunities for students to build on the skills they learn here.”

LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander said that students—and area patients—stand to gain from the new arrangement.

“The demand for leaders in health care continues to rise,” he said. “Helping more nurses prepare for leadership roles in the profession benefits them and our entire region.”

The agreement outlines a plan for nurses who earn their associate degree at WGTC to transition into LaGrange College, and not lose unnecessary time or course credit.

“Now a plan exists to identify what general education courses students will need to complete before they enter the BSN program,” said Cecilia Owens, Dean of Health Sciences at WGTC. “Some of those could be taken here or at LaGrange College. The aim is to create an easy transition between the two programs.”

LaGrange College officials plan to offer much of that coursework online and say that once it is completed, the BSN can be finished in two semesters.

“Achieving the bachelor’s degree in one academic year makes this option extremely attractive for nurses who are considering pursuing a specialty or a role in research or leadership,” said Dr. Celia Hay, Chair of the LaGrange College Nursing Department. “Students also will move through the BSN completion program together as a cohort, so there will be a great deal of support built in.”

The first cohort is slated to begin next fall. For more information, students can contact the nursing program at either institution.

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 24 technical colleges.

Georgia’s oldest private institution of higher learning, LaGrange College is consistently ranked among the South’s top colleges and “best values” by U.S. News & World Report. A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange offers 60 areas of study with an emphasis on global engagement and service.

Nursing Articulation Signing between WGTC and LaGrange College

West Georgia Technical College and LaGrange College signed a nursing articulation agreement last week that makes it simpler for students who earn an associate degree in nursing at WGTC to transfer to LaGrange College and complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing. Signing the agreement are, from left, WGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Hannon, WGTC President Steve Daniel, LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander and LaGrange College Provost David Garrison.



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Veteran Officer Named WGTC Police Chief
Posted: October 1, 2014

West Georgia Technical College today named a 34-year law enforcement veteran its new chief of police.

James Perry, WGTC Police Chief
James Perry
WGTC Police Chief

James Perry, one of the longest-serving officers of the Carrollton Police Department, began work today at WGTC, though he won’t be on campus until after two weeks of off-site training. It’s just a few more hours to add to thousands more Perry has accumulated over a long and successful career.

“We are extremely pleased to find someone of James Perry’s caliber to take on this role with West Georgia Technical College. He has many years of exemplary service, along with over 3,600 hours of police academy training and pages of relevant certifications,” President Steve Daniel said. “He will be a great asset to our police force and the College as a whole.”

Perry assumes command of a force of five full-time officers assigned to campuses, a lieutenant and several part-time officers to provide additional coverage. Perry replaces Chief Gary Chasteen – the first-ever chief of police at WGTC – who retired earlier this year.

“I have to say that I’m honored to be chosen for this position,” Perry said. “I really see it as a challenge. It’s a totally different environment than what I’ve ever known. There are five different campuses in seven different counties that I’ll be responsible for.”

West Georgia Technical College has about 6,500 students enrolled this fall across its service area. Perry will report to Dr. Rick Leveille, the College’s Vice President of Administrative Services.

“We had several excellent candidates for the chief’s position,” Leveille said. “Mr. Perry’s experience in law enforcement management and his certifications in everything from SWAT tactics to intelligence, hostage negotiation and incident command were exactly what we were looking for to really take our police force to the next level, especially in regards to training and preparedness.”

Perry most recently served as Detective Lieutenant in the criminal investigations division of the Carrollton Police Department. He previously served as assistant commander of the West Georgia Drug Task Force and sergeant over the Carrollton Police Narcotics Squad.

Perry is active in the law enforcement community, serving as current President of Lodge 35 of the Fraternal Order of Police and is founder and CEO of the Georgia Police and Fire Games.

In addition to numerous law enforcement certifications, Perry has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern University and is a graduate of the Columbus State University Georgia Law Enforcement Professional Management 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 third largest of the state’s 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Hosted First Teen Maze Event
Posted: September 29, 2014

West Georgia Technical College hosted Haralson County’s first Teen Maze event September 17-18 on the Murphy Campus.

Teen Maze is an event at which students have the opportunity to face consequences of randomly selected life-style choices associated with risky youth behaviors in a safe and controlled environment. The maze is set up as an interactive “Game of Life”. Teens navigate through a maze that presents different scenarios and related consequences.

Teenager receives "probation" during Teen Maze event.
A teen gets his “probation sentence” during the Teen Maze event at WGTC’s Murphy Campus.

“West Georgia Technical College strives to enhance opportunities for our students and our communities,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “In supporting this program, we hope that those who attended came away with an increased awareness of life choices along with a renewed focus to achieve their dreams.”

Ninth and tenth grade students from Bremen High School and Haralson County High School had the opportunity to examine the consequences of life’s choices in a hands-on, realistic and educational way. The maze started with a party scene that led to a very realistic drunk driving accident scene. From there, the teens were led in to three groups where they drew a piece of paper that gave them what “choice” they made ranging from drunk driving, texting and driving, and unprotected sex. As they made their way through the maze, they encountered the consequences from these “choices” including jail, probation, pregnancy, STDs, child support and public assistance, graduation, job opportunities, unemployment and death.

Over 175 volunteers helped out over the course of the two day event with over 49 agencies participating including the Haralson County fire and police departments, the Sheriff’s office, Tanner Health System, Haralson County Schools, Bremen city schools, the juvenile court system, probation office, District Attorney office, Department of Labor, AmbuCare, Pregnancy Resource Center, and the WGTC Police, EMS and Cosmetology departments.

“This was the largest event we’ve had in this county that brought so many agencies together,” said G.W. Rogers, WGTC Executive Director of Campus Operations. “It was a good two days and we were proud to have them on our campus. I sure hope it touched a lot of 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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Unveils 2014 VOICES Magazine
Posted: September 29, 2014

West Georgia Technical College revealed its creativity with the unveiling of the 2014 issue of VOICES creative arts magazine. The event, which was held in the community room of the Coweta Campus, showcased the artistic and literary talents of the students, faculty and staff at West Georgia Technical College.

“It’s an exciting part of our college experience to see the creativity of the students and faculty,” said WGTC President Steve G. Daniel. “It’s no easy task and this magazine takes a lot of hours for our editors. I commend everyone’s participation and dedication to this magazine.”

The eleventh issue of VOICES features original poetry, prose and artwork from 20 students and faculty members and is the first creative arts magazine published annually within the Technical College System of Georgia. Of the 111 submissions received, 23 pieces were published.

“When making selections, the editorial committee first looks for work that represents the college well. We try to include work that relates to students’ work and lives as students,” said Kyle Taylor, English instructor and Editor-in-Chief of VOICES. “As for the prize winners, the committee adds an additional examination for quality and excellence. Prize winners have both excellent content and great technique for the genre.”

Certificates were awarded to first, second and third prize poetry, art, photography and prose winners for VOICES. The first and second place original poetry was read by faculty and staff editors, Lauren Lunk and Pam Sanders, while third place poetry winner, Jasmine Cardell, read her winning poem, “Smell the Roses.”

Jasmine Cardell, 3rd place poetry winner for 2014 VOICES
WGTC Douglas Campus accounting student, Jasmine Cardell, was the third place poetry winner for her poem, “Smell the Roses.”

Cardell, a Douglas Campus accounting student, began writing poetry when she was 9 years old but only recently decided to submit her poems to VOICES.

“I was encouraged by family and friends to submit my work,” said Cardell. “After reading through the magazine, I thought my work would be a good fit.”

The literary and art pieces that were on display at the event not only demonstrated the level of talent and creativity at West Georgia Technical College, but also served as a source of inspiration and accomplishment.

“I think VOICES is really great,” said Cardell. “It really brings everyone together. How often are you able to get your work out there without having to jump through a lot of hoops?”

“There is a tremendous sense of pride I see when I speak to our contributors,” Taylor said. “I have had several who have told me that the magazine was their primary motivation for continuing to write or create art. If this is the main impact of the magazine, then I think it has served an excellent purpose.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Offering Free GED Practice Tests
Posted: September 19, 2014

West Georgia Technical College will be offering free official GED practice tests as part of the GED Testing Service “See for Free” campaign. The campaign, which will run from September 22 – October 3rd, will allow potential GED test-takers to determine whether or not they are ready to take the actual test. The GED test is in four parts and the official practice tests cost $6 each, for a total of $24 for all four subtests of the GED.

“This is a great opportunity for people who need the GED credential to find out if they are really ready, before spending $160 to take the whole test,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education. “The practice tests not only tell you if you’re likely to pass the actual test, but they also provide information on weak areas that you might need to work on. That’s where we come in with our free GED classes.”

In order to take advantage of this offer, individuals must take the test at a WGTC Adult Education center. The College has testing times and locations at all campuses throughout the WGTC service area during the two-week window. Testing is available to individuals 16 years and older who lack a standard high school diploma. The tests will take anywhere from an hour to two and a half hours depending on the subject. Testers are asked to create an account at www.myged.com before coming to a test session in order to make for a quicker session.

“It’s important that we are able to show the community what we have to offer,” 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 to prepare our students for a brighter future.”

Classes are available morning, afternoon, and evening in many locations throughout the area. For more information on the free practice test opportunity, or GED prep classes, go to the WGTC website 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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Allied Health Services Building Wins Award
Posted: September 18, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Allied Health Services Building on the newly constructed Coweta Campus received the first place 2014 Build Georgia General Contractor Award. The state chapter of The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (AGC of America) recently recognized R.K. Redding Construction, Inc.’s work on the facility with a first place award in the construction management division.

President Daniel with RK Redding
WGTC President Steve Daniel with Randall Redding, Founder & CEO of R.K. Redding Construction (RKR), in front of the WGTC’s Allied Health Services Building.

“This campus has not only impacted the economic development of Coweta 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 R.K. Redding on the construction of this building and we are extremely honored by this award.”

The building is housed on 38 acres of prime real estate on I-85 donated by Orchard Hills Golf Properties, LLC who along with Newnan Hospital, Inc. made the largest land and cash gifts in the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s history. Newnan Hospital, Inc. presented the West Georgia Technical College Foundation with a $1 million check at the 2011 groundbreaking ceremony. The gift was used exclusively to fund a portion of the cost of construction of an allied health services building, aptly named the “Newnan Hospital, Inc. Allied Health Services Building.”

“The Foundation is honored to have played a part in making it all come together,” said Kim Learnard, West Georgia Technical College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “We saw this as the perfect opportunity to support both the College and the community.”

The 46,300 square foot Allied Health Services Building was the first building constructed on the school’s Coweta Campus in Newnan. In addition to classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories outfitted for health professions, the facility also houses administrative offices and a student library.

Founded in 1991, R.K. Redding Construction, Inc. is a full service, multi-disciplinary construction management and general construction contracting firm headquartered in Bremen, Ga.

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 24 technical colleges.

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University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College Sign Transfer Articulation Agreement
Posted: September 12, 2014

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University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College Sign Transfer Articulation Agreement

Agreement Creates Seamless Transition from General Business to Business Administration Program

 

CARROLLTON, GA – The University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College signed a new articulation agreement that allows both institutions to provide educational opportunities for currently enrolled and potential students. The agreement was signed by Dr. Kyle Marrero, UWG president; Mr. Steve G. Daniel, WGTC president; Mr. Pat Hannon, WGTC vice president for Academic Affairs; and Dr. J. Micheal Crafton, UWG provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

“At UWG, one of our top priorities is forming mutually beneficial strategic partnerships that provide students with new opportunities and expanded access,” said Marrero. “This articulation agreement represents a true commitment to student success on the part of both institutions, and we're proud to be a part of it.”

Daniel wholehearted agreed with his UWG counterpart and said that together they will accomplish great things.

“This is a truly valuable and important agreement for our students,” said Daniel. “It also exemplifies the partnership that we have with the university to make education in Georgia more seamless and to cooperate in building educational and economic opportunity for West Georgia as a region.”

According to the agreement, any WGTC student who completes the Associate of Science in general business will be able to transfer to UWG. Eligible students must be in good standing at WGTC and meet the appropriate admissions requirements to attend UWG. Once admitted, up to 60 hours of pre-determined courses earned at WGTC with a grade of C or above will automatically transfer toward UWG’s bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The transfer articulation agreement aligns with the Complete College Georgia Initiative’s goal of improving retention, progression and graduation among Georgia college students.

“We feel strongly that this new effort will further our efforts toward the goal of Complete College Georgia to increase significantly the number of Georgians with a post-secondary degree,” said Crafton. “We are very proud to work with our partner institution West Georgia Technical College in order to help the students in our area gain greater access to a higher education in general and a bachelor's degree in business in particular.”

“This agreement is a win for our students and our communities,” said Hannon. “We appreciate the relationship we have with UWG and will continue to pursue other opportunities for our students to leverage the knowledge and skills gained at West Georgia Technical College.”

At least one administrative or faculty member will be appointed from each institution to act as a primary point of contact and agent for this agreement. This person will speak for their institution and communicate details and modifications to respective faculty, advisors and others with interest at the individual institutions.

“The Richards College of Business is excited to provide students from West Georgia Technical College the opportunity to continue their education at UWG,” said Dr. Faye McIntyre, dean of the Richards College of Business and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise. “The associate’s degree at WGTC will provide the base of knowledge that should ensure success at the bachelor’s level, and partnerships such as this help build synergy between our institutions that will benefit our students and the state of Georgia.”

For more information about UWG’s business administration program, visit www.westga.edu/business.
For more information about WGTC’s associate degree in general business, visit www.westgatech.edu/academics/business.

UWG and WGTC Presidents sign Articulation Agreement

Cutline: WGTC President Steve Daniel and UWG President Kyle Marrero (seated, left to right) sign an agreement allowing students to transfer an associate degree in general business from WGTC toward UWG’s bachelor’s degree in business administration. Standing, left to right, are WGTC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Curry, WGTC Dean of the School of Business and Public Services Babs Russell, WGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Pat Hannon, WGTC Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Kristen Douglas, UWG Associate Dean of the Richards College of Business Dr. Doug Turner, UWG Provost and Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Micheal Crafton, UWG Dean of the Richards College of Business and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise Dr. Faye McIntyre, Assistant Dean of the Richards College of Business Dr. Diane Williamson.

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The University of West Georgia is the land of opportunity for approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 86 fields of study. The university is known for its innovative approach to scholarly achievement, creative expression, and service to humanity. It is recognized by U.S. News & World Report magazine as the #45 public university in the South. Founded in Carrollton, Ga., in 1906, UWG also offers classes at its Newnan and Douglasville centers and online. For more information, please visit westga.edu.

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 24 technical colleges. For more information, please visit www.westgatech.edu.

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WGTC Adult Education Program Seeks Volunteers as Need Increases
Posted: September 11, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Adult Education program is seeking volunteers. With the number of people lacking a high school diploma continuing to increase, West Georgia Technical College’s Adult Education program is constantly looking for ways to bridge the gap between resources and needs.

“We have a good program and we serve a lot of students, but our resources are limited,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education at West Georgia Technical College. “One of the best ways for a program like ours to increase capacity is through the use of volunteers.”

Volunteering in the adult education classroom can entail a variety of activities, such as working one-to-one with students, tutoring and providing basic skills instruction in reading, math, or writing. Volunteers also support instructors by working with small groups of students, or by helping grade papers or make copies. Sometimes volunteers share their personal expertise, such as a former human resources director running an interview workshop for students. All volunteers receive an orientation and training from a certified Literacy Volunteer Trainer.

Regardless of the activity, the volunteer experience is a rewarding one. As volunteer Rusty Tomlinson said, “The students are here for a purpose; it’s something they want to do. Being here to help them where I can is very fulfilling and gratifying.”

Beyond the sense of fulfillment, volunteering in an Adult Ed program is a great way to have a positive impact on the community.

“It’s difficult to assign a specific value to a GED credential, but we know that persons who earn a GED are going to increase their earnings, are less likely to be unemployed, or incarcerated, or rely on public assistance, and their children are more likely to graduate from high school,” said Kirchler.

WGTC’s Adult Education program runs classes in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether and Troup counties. Some classes are run at WGTC campuses while some are held at community sites. Classes run in the morning, afternoon and evening throughout the week and volunteers are needed at all locations.

“Adult education is a vital program at West Georgia Technical College,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “We strive to make education accessible to as many students as possible and with more volunteers for this program, we will be able to achieve just that.”

WGTC Adult Education is offering a Volunteer Orientation workshop for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. The session will be held Wednesday, September 17 at the Carroll Campus from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Dianne McConnell at 770-755-7855.

WGTC Adult Education Volunteer Orientation Session
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Carroll Campus, Room 212 - 997 South Highway 16, Carrollton, GA 30116

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC to Unveil the 11th Issue of VOICES
Posted: August 28, 2014

West Georgia Technical College will unveil its 11th issue of VOICES creative arts magazine September 18.

VOICES magazine features original poetry, prose and artwork from students, faculty and staff and is the only creative arts magazine published annually within the Technical College System of Georgia.

“The objective of VOICES Magazine is to demonstrate that technical college students, faculty, and staff are just as creative and artistic people as those found at liberal arts institutions,” said Kyle Taylor, WGTC English instructor and VOICES Editor-in-Chief. “The editors of VOICES believe that our students, faculty, and staff deserve the opportunity to showcase that creativity. WGTC is on the cutting edge of this demonstration of creative talent with its support of VOICES.”

The magazine unveiling will feature poetry readings, refreshments, and presentations for prizes in the categories of poetry, prose and art.

“We are excited to see the creativity of our students and faculty,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This magazine is a great opportunity for the College to recognize the artistic and literary endeavors of our students, faculty and staff.”

The unveiling will take place Thursday, September 18 at 4 p.m. in the Community room at the WGTC Coweta Campus at 200 Campus Drive, in Newnan. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact voices@westgatech.edu.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Introduces New Energy Industry Fundamentals Program
Posted: August 13, 2014

West Georgia Technical College is offering a new Energy Industry Fundamentals technical certificate program.

The program will provide students with a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry. Students in the program will also learn about energy generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry.

“West Georgia Technical College and the Central Educational Center in Newnan, have partnered with industry to provide an educational program targeted to meet utility career demands. The Energy Industry Fundamentals Technical Certificate will provide a broad understanding of the utility industry, and technical skills universally in demand by local industries,” said Daniel Halstead, Electronics Instructor. “The program will include coursework and hands on experience with lab equipment. Coweta-Fayette EMC, Newnan Utilities, MEAG Power, and Georgia Power have already signed on to provide students with real world exposure to the various careers available in the utility industries.”

The program includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, how generated power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use, emerging technology, and the connection to careers in the energy industry.

“Technical education continues to be in demand and we are proud to bring this program to the residents of West Georgia,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This new program will prepare our students for great career opportunities in the expanding energy industry.”

Energy Industry Fundamentals courses are offered during the day on the Coweta Campus and the Douglas Campus. For more information about the Energy Industry Fundamentals program, contact Daniel Halstead, Electronics Instructor at 770-755-7849 or at daniel.halstead@westgatech.edu.

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 24 technical colleges.

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Southwire Receives WGTC Foundation Spirit of Giving Award
Posted: August 10, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation awarded its annual Spirit of Giving Award to Southwire Company at the 13th Anniversary Black Tie & Boots Fundraiser August 9. The Spirit of Giving Award recognizes outstanding commitment and generosity to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation and technical education.

“It’s an honor to recognize Southwire for their dedication to the College, the Foundation and our students,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said. “Their unwavering commitment to education makes this award well-deserved.”

West Georgia Technical College and Southwire announced their alliance in 2010 as the Southwire Center for Manufacturing Excellence was created on the college’s Carroll campus. The state-of-the-art center opened March 30, 2011 and serves as a liaison between Southwire and West Georgia Technical College. Southwire has a history of investing in the success of West Georgia Technical College. Those efforts include a $1 million gift that was part of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s inaugural major gifts campaign, Invest in the Next Generation.

The Southwire Center for Manufacturing Excellence is staffed by a full-time faculty member serving as a liaison between Southwire and West Georgia Technical College. The center builds upon the skills possessed by the company’s current manufacturing and maintenance employees, while creating a pool of talent for Southwire and the west Georgia area. Southwire is the seventh recipient of the Spirit of Giving Award.

The Callaway Foundation was last year’s recipient of the Spirit of Giving Award. The West Georgia Technical College Foundation received a $250,000 matching grant from the Callaway Foundation in 2011 for the refurbishment and upgrades to the Callaway Conference Center. After the College matched these funds, total funding of $500,000 was used to make building upgrades which included a new roof, new carpet, repainting and grounds improvement.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Faculty Members Complete 2014 Georgia Master Teacher Experience
Posted: August 7, 2014

Two West Georgia Technical College instructors, Norma Plunkett and Susan Prestridge, represented the College as 40 technical college instructors from across Georgia gathered for the first Georgia Master Teacher Experience June 8-12.

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WGTC instructors Norma Plunkett and Susan Prestridge (second row, second from left) at the first Georgia Master Teacher Experience

The event, held at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville, is designed to bring together teachers from the entire Technical College System of Georgia for an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning and information exchange.

“These instructors are a great example of leadership and show great commitment to education and to West Georgia Technical College,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “They represented the College well, and we are very proud of them.”

The Master Teacher Experience is an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers. Participants gained cross-disciplinary experiences and had the opportunity to teach and learn from academic, healthcare, business, professional and industry instructors. Instructors were exposed to best practices in a multitude of disciplines, bringing fresh solutions to age-old problems faced in unique fields.

“This opportunity was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as an educator,” said Prestridge, a LaGrange Campus Adult Education instructor. “I am so glad that I was able to be part of it.”

“The strength of this experience is in the support that each teacher receives from the other teachers that have gathered from throughout the state. The week-long exchange of ideas and collaboration develops a network that can be taken back to individual colleges to improve teaching and learning,” said Summer Washington, Director of the Georgia Master Teacher Experience. “Seeing the fire return in an instructor who has become weary, or watching an instructor as they realize their worth is an experience that cannot be matched. Georgia was long overdue in joining the many states that offer a Master Teacher Experience and we are proud to have developed the first.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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Wynonna & the Big Noise Concert Almost Sold Out
Posted: August 4, 2014

If you haven’t got the hottest ticket in town, you may be out of luck. Tickets for this year’s Black Tie & Boots concert featuring Wynonna & the Big Noise have almost sold out. The concert will take place Saturday August 9 at the Murphy Campus of West Georgia Technical College.

“The buzz about this year’s concert has been incredible,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “Black Tie & Boots is highly anticipated every year and we are proud to contribute to the fabric of our community.”

Legendary country singer Wynonna & the Big Noise will grace the stage at the Murphy Campus Conference Center in Waco. This year’s concert marks the 13th anniversary of Black Tie & Boots at West Georgia Technical College. Wynonna Judd is known for being one half of the legendary duo The Judds with her mother, Naomi Judd. Her solo career led to a quintuple platinum album, four number one hits, the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards, and being named “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline” by Rolling Stone magazine. Past country artists who have performed at the annual concert include Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Little Big Town and last year’s performer, Montgomery Gentry.

Despite the celebrity entertainment, Black Tie & Boots is known for its community impact. The event is sponsored by the WGTC Foundation, and all proceeds go toward student scholarships.

Tickets are $125 per person or $950 per table of eight. The ticket price includes a seated meal and concert. Attendees are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer, and a walk on the red carpet. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Kevin Cain at kevin.cain@westgatech.edu or at 678.664.0516.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Receives Radiographic Equipment
Posted: July 31, 2014

West Georgia Technical College received a complete radiographic system from the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute to replace older non-energized equipment on the LaGrange Campus.

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WGTC radiography students using the new equipment

Bill Bulloch, the Executive Director of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute, contacted Dr. Pete Snell, Vice President of Economic Development at West Georgia Technical College, about the possibility of donating the radiographic system. The system includes a radiographic table, tube stand and wall unit and will be used for on-campus lab use by the radiography students as they prepare for their clinical experiences. Students will learn to master radiography of phantoms in the laboratory and utilize energized x-ray equipment before they are assigned procedures in a clinical setting.

“We are thankful for the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute’s support of our Radiography program,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “The support from our community is essential to not only the College, but also for our student’s future.”

The equipment was not presently being used at the Institute, but was extremely useful to the WGTC radiography program for teaching purposes. The equipment, which is very similar to equipment used in present clinical settings, was moved to the LaGrange Campus, replacing the older, non-energized unit and is now in use. In addition to the present equipment, students now have more hands-on experience, with two very modern up-to-date labs. Both the LaGrange Campus and the Douglas Campus in Douglasville offer radiography programs.

Wanda Barbee, Radiography Program Director on the LaGrange Campus and Jonneen Miller, Clinical Coordinator for the program, plan to utilize the new equipment extensively as they welcome a new class of radiography students for the fall semester.

“WGTC appreciates so much the donation of the equipment from Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute and what it will mean in the future as students graduate and seek employment locally in the radiographic imaging field,” said Barbee.

“This wonderful gift from Bill Bulloch and Warm Springs Institute is a perfect example of a win-win partnership between West Georgia Technical College and an employer that could hire WGTC graduates,” said Leigh Newman, Associate Provost of the LaGrange Campus. “This generous gift will enable our students to gain the valuable experience required in today’s health care industry.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC to Hold Logistics Summit
Posted: July 29, 2014

The state’s leading expert in logistics will headline the inaugural West Georgia Logistics Summit August 20 at the Burson Center in Carrollton.

The summit is jointly sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce/Carroll Tomorrow and West Georgia Technical College and features a keynote address from Page Siplon, Executive Director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation and the Georgia Center of Innovation for logistics. Siplon is a highly sought-after leader and speaker in the field of Logistics. Industry leaders Steve Hester from Chick-fil-A, Adam Almon from Southwire Company and Kelvin Hall from Walmart.com will also be sharing their best practices.

“It’s an honor and a learning opportunity to host a great group of industry leaders here in our community,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “Logistics is one of the fastest growing areas of the state’s economy and we’re proud to offer our students the skills they need for a brighter future.”

Attendees will see displays from vendors such as FedEx Freight, Go Build Georgia and Randstad as well as the College’s own Commercial Truck Driving, Industrial Systems, Virtual Learning Campus programs. Information on WGTC’s online associate degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management will also be available.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone who is engaged in logistics and supply chain as well as for educators, high school teachers and counselors to learn about the one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Nihal Günay, Associate Provost of the Virtual Learning Campus. “We are appreciative of the presenters for their time and willingness to work the summit into their busy schedules. We are looking forward to dynamic, exciting, and enthusiastic discussions over the coffee and breakfast provided by our culinary arts students.”

The summit will take place at the Burson Center in Carrollton from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and includes breakfast prepared by the WGTC Culinary Arts program. There is no cost to attend. Register free online at http://qrs.ly/f945c7p.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Inducts 31 New Members into NTHS
Posted: July 21, 2014

West Georgia Technical College recognized 31 students for their academic excellence as they were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society July 7 on the LaGrange Campus.

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2014 National Technical Honor Society Inductees

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

Of the 108 students that received membership into the National Technical Honor Society, 31 students participated in the induction ceremony. The induction ceremony included the “lighting of the candles,” a tradition where a candle is lit representing the attributes of knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. The ceremony also included the pinning of inductees and ended with the National Technical Honor Society pledge.

To be considered for membership in the National Technical Honor Society, students must have a 3.66 GPA and 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 the student must be nominated by an instructor or adviser.

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. In addition to this, members also have access to the National Technical Honor Society Online Career Center to aid in finding employment. Members also have $135,000 in scholarship opportunities, some of which are in conjunction with other student organizations at West Georgia Technical College.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Recognized with Top Honors at PBL National Leadership Conference in Nashville
Posted: July 15, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda students and advisers scored 10 national awards – including two first-place finishes – during the National Leadership Conference and Competition June 24–27 in Nashville.

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WGTC students and advisors at the 2014 Phi Beta Lambda National Conference

“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. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

West Georgia Technical College had 10 national winners. Carroll Campus student Susan Blanchard took first place in both Accounting for Professionals and Personal Finance. Carroll Campus students Cathy Robinson and Greg Ashmore received third place in Entrepreneurship Concepts and Retail Management respectively. Douglas Campus students Nicole Banks and Joshua Salmonsen received fourth place for Strategic Analysis & Decision Making. Carroll Campus student Bethany Addison placed fifth for Accounting Principles while Coweta Campus student Michael McElroy placed seventh for Contemporary Sports Issues. Carroll Campus students Hoa Vo and Cathy Robinson placed eighth in Economic Analysis & Decision Making and tenth in Future Business Executive respectively. In addition, WGTC students brought home scholarships totaling $3,545.

West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda chapters and advisers also came away with awards. The Douglas chapter placed seventh in Community Service Project and received the Outstanding Chapter award along with the Lagrange chapter. Carroll Campus advisers Joey Sanders received second place for Accounting & Finance for Business Professionals while Carol Pearson received third place in Business Law in Today's World.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the largest and oldest student business organization. More than 1,800 participants from across the United States and two countries were in attendance for the conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

The conference was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Sanders, Carroll Campus accounting instructor sees the impact the national conference has on the students. “These conferences and awards really do change lives by developing or enhancing their leadership skills and adding important credentials to their résumés.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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Learnard joins WGTC as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Posted: July 15, 2014

Kim Learnard has been named Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at West Georgia Technical College.

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Kim Learnard

“I’m excited that Kim is joining the West Georgia Tech team,” President Steve G. Daniel said. “She has a wonderful background in workforce and community development, along with a proven track record of building stakeholder support and community partnerships in private and public settings.”

Learnard most recently spearheaded the effort to establish a college and career academy in Fayette County, serving as Acting CEO and building stakeholder and community support. She is an electrical engineer, working in a variety of manufacturing environments throughout her 30-year career.

Through the Georgia Quick Start program, Learnard implemented workforce training programs in a variety of manufacturing companies. Her technical instruction has covered subjects from applied math to detailed production processes for companies like Kia, Solo Cup, Owens Corning and General Mills. She holds a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Georgia.

At WGTC, Learnard will be chief liaison with the West Georgia Technical College Foundation and oversee the College’s public relations and marketing efforts.

In her role with the WGTC Foundation, Learnard will serve as the College’s lead fundraiser, while overseeing large events such as the Foundation’s annual Black Tie & Boots concert, this year scheduled for August 9.

“I look forward to building positive partnerships and advancing the role that WGTC plays in the communities we serve,” Learnard said. “It is collaboration among business, government and education that will move our economy forward.”

Foundation President Jim Mottola said he is looking forward to working with Learnard.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Kim’s caliber and ability to help West Georgia Tech build awareness and expand our community partnerships,” he said.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Student Wins SkillsUSA National Award
Posted: July 9, 2014

Cynthia LeMons, a student at West Georgia Technical College, LaGrange campus, was awarded the Gold in Employment Application Process at the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships. The competition was held at H. Roe Bartle Hall, Municipal Auditorium and American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 26, 2014.

The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and material. All contests are run by and judged by industry using industry standards for employment. More than 1,000 industry judges participated this year.

“I didn’t achieve gold. I was just the proxy for my educational institution,” said LeMons. “Together, with the help and advice of my instructors and advisors, and the love and support of my family, my friends, and God, we achieved gold.”

Several dual-enrolled high school students from the service area also represented West Georgia Technical College in the national competition.

“We strive to see our students excel academically and professionally. We are proud of these students and their accomplishments – representing our college at Nationals,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “We are tremendously proud of Ms. LeMons’ accomplishments, and she represented the College very well.”

All winners receive medallions and frequently receive tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. More than 6,000 students from every state and three territories competed in 99 contests in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations this year. In order to qualify for the national competition, the students competed in local and state contests. The state gold medal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships. A short video about the National Leadership and Skills Conference is available online at http://tinyurl.com/cs4bbh4.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC VP Graduates from Executive Leadership Academy
Posted: July 3, 2014

A group of technical college executives from throughout Georgia have been honored as graduates of the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Executive Leadership Academy.

Dr. Kristen Douglas, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness at West Georgia Technical College, was among the 27 academy graduates who were congratulated by TSCG Commissioner Ron Jackson during a recent ceremony in Savannah.

“The TCSG Executive Leadership Academy is entirely focused on developing the next great leaders for Georgia’s technical colleges,” said Commissioner Ron Jackson. “The academy’s programs provide our rising executives with unique opportunities to increase their knowledge of the TCSG while also obtaining valuable leadership experience."

Participation in the academy is highly selective and by invitation only.

“West Georgia Technical College is very pleased that Dr. Kristen Douglas has completed the TCSG Executive Leadership Academy and the Technical College System of Georgia is dedicated to the development of our staff to provide excellent leadership for the colleges,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “The ELA program is conducted annually over a period of months and includes training in the areas of academic excellence, student affairs, administrative operations, economic development, and adult education.”

The academy is designed to acquaint participants with the leadership and managerial responsibilities of TCSG executives. While the program is specifically geared to the policies and procedures of the TCSG, the curriculum is sufficiently broad in scope to have application to public two-year colleges in any state and includes topics ranging from ethics and operations to institutional effectiveness, accreditation, strategic planning, legal issues, and much more.

“The Executive Leadership Academy has been a wonderful professional experience for me, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent WGTC,” said Douglas. “I enjoyed learning more about the Technical College System of Georgia and the positive impact that we are having in workforce development across the state.”

As Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Douglas is responsible for institutional planning, strategic planning, evaluation, research, curriculum development, and information technology for West Georgia Technical College. Dr. Douglas has 15 years of experience in higher education in many different areas; institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, grant management, institutional research, information technology, adult education, student services, instruction, and campus administration. She has served at WGTC in the capacity of Director of Adult Education, Campus Manager, and Vice President of Student Affairs. She has earned her masters and doctorate from the University of Georgia in Adult Education. Dr. Douglas is the college’s accreditation liaison for the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. She has given presentations at several conferences including the League for Innovation Conference and at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) annual meeting.

“The greatest benefit was developing a network of colleagues from across the system that will now become lifelong professional resources,” said Douglas.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Black Tie & Boots Has Limited Number of Tickets on Sale
Posted: July 3, 2014

If you’ve been wanting to see Wynonna perform, you’ve still got a chance. The West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s most anticipated fundraising event, Black Tie & Boots, has a limited number of tickets available. The concert will be August 9 at the Murphy Campus at 7 p.m. Due to the confirmed number of corporate sponsorships, the number of tickets on sale to the public is very limited.

Legendary country singer Wynonna & the Big Noise, will grace the stage at the Murphy Campus Conference Center at this year’s concert marking the 13th anniversary of Black Tie & Boots at West Georgia Technical College. Wynonna is known for being one half of the legendary duo The Judds with her mother Naomi Judd. Her solo career led to a quintuple platinum album, four number one hits, the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards and being named “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline” by Rolling Stone. Past country artists who have performed at the annual concert include Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Little Big Town and last year’s performer, Montgomery Gentry.

While Black Tie & Boots is known for bringing the latest country stars to West Georgia, its impact on the community goes deeper than entertainment. Proceeds from the event this year go toward student scholarships.

“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.”

Tickets go on sale to the public on July 1 at $125 per person or $950 per table. The ticket price includes a seated meal and concert. Attendees are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer, and a walk on the red carpet. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Kevin Cain at kevin.cain@westgatech.edu or at 678.664.0516.

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 24 technical colleges.

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Quick Start helps Hyundai DYMOS bring jobs to Georgia
Posted: July 3, 2014

[West Point, Ga.] – Hyundai DYMOS LLC is joining West Georgia’s growing, high-tech automotive industry, creating 350 jobs at a new facility in West Point, Ga.

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Pictured from left: Steve Daniel, president, West Georgia Technical College; Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner for economic development programs and head of Quick Start; John Gick, Hyundai DYMOS Georgia plant manager; and John Kim, president, Hyundai DYMOS Georgia

Representatives from Quick Start, Hyundai DYMOS and West Georgia Technical College formalized their relationship as three distinct partners in a training program with a signing ceremony held Thursday, June 26, at Quick Start’s LaGrange facility.

“Georgia was recently named the most competitive state in the nation by Site Selection magazine and the No. 1 place for business in the nation by CNBC,” said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner for economic development programs and head of Quick Start. “The continuing growth of Georgia’s automotive industry with investment in the state from global leaders like Hyundai DYMOS is one reason why. We’re honored to help Hyundai DYMOS bring these new jobs to Georgia.”

Founded in 1994 in South Korea, Hyundai DYMOS manufactures manual transmissions, axles and seats for automobiles. In West Point, the company will be building seats for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.

Quick Start is developing job-specific training based on company-specific technology and visited a Hyundai DYMOS manufacturing facility that utilizes the same technology as the Georgia facility to document processes that will be replicated in Georgia.

“Thanks to Quick Start’s support of Hyundai DYMOS, we will be able to start our Georgia business much more easily,” said John Kim, president of Hyundai DYMOS Georgia.

While the new facility is under construction, Quick Start has designed and built a simulated conveyor system and production line at Quick Start’s LaGrange training facility. Hyundai DYMOS has provided equipment and raw materials so that new employees can begin getting hands-on training on the simulated production line before the plant is completed. Quick Start has designed a comprehensive, customized training program that also includes a company orientation, plant safety, electronic work instructions and leadership skills. West Georgia Technical College, the third partner in the training agreement, will be available to provide ongoing workforce support and services to Hyundai DYMOS.

“West Georgia Technical College is pleased to partner with Quick Start in providing Hyundai DYMOS ongoing workforce development solutions,” said Steve Daniel, West Georgia Technical College president. “We look forward to supporting this partnership by producing skilled graduates and customized training that will deliver a competitive advantage for this region and its businesses.”

About Georgia Quick Start
Quick Start is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than one million Georgia employees through 6,500 projects in a broad range of industries. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaQuickStart.org.

About Hyundai DYMOS
Hyundai DYMOS has satisfied customers’ needs with its quality products, positioning itself as one of the most reliable suppliers of key auto parts. As an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group, Hyundai DYMOS has achieved a high reputation in automotive seating and powertrain systems. Hyundai DYMOS is a global leader of the industry.

About West Georgia Technical College
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 24 technical colleges. - See more at: http://www.westgatech.edu/.

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WGTC Students Attend Orlando Hair Show
Posted: June 19, 2014

Three West Georgia Technical College cosmetology students along with cosmetology instructor Amina Blackmon attended the Premiere Orlando Hair Show May 30-June 2 in Orlando, Fla.

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WGTC cosmetology students Taylor Jordan, Courtney Baxter and Shawanna Harris, along with cosmetology instructor Amina Blackmon at the Premiere Orlando Hair Show.

“West Georgia Technical College is committed to offering the type of fast-paced, hands-on, real world education that people need to be competitive in today’s job market,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “This show is an invaluable learning experience for our students and will help impact their professional lives.”

The Murphy Campus students, Shawanna Harris, Courtney Baxter and Taylor Jordan, were able to attend various classes from educators across the country. The classes ranged from simple hair care, hair color placement to camouflage thinning hair, fantasy make up, interlocking and tape techniques for artificial hair extensions, and smoothing treatments for frizzy hair. The students also had the opportunity to take a class with a celebrity hair stylist from Atlanta.

“I learned that hair can be fun. I also learned to be creative and confident. I can believe and achieve whatever I set out to do,” said Harris. “Hair has to be your passion. The show reignited my passion for hair.”

West Georgia Technical College cosmetology students are no strangers to attending hair shows. They regularly attend the Bronner Brothers Hair Show in Atlanta and the Premiere Birmingham Hair Show in addition to having industry professionals come into the classroom for in-school salon demos. The Premiere Orlando Hair Show was the first show they have attended in Florida.

“I believe attending shows motivates and reignites the passion for their career choice. It is important to stay current and abreast of the latest techniques and trends to better your current and future clientele base,” said Blackmon. “Attending the show allowed the students to see beyond the walls of the classroom and gave them a fresh perspective on their future goals.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Students Win PBL Scholarships
Posted: June 13, 2014

Three West Georgia Technical College students received PBL NLC/IFL Scholarships out of 12 awards given nationwide. West Georgia Technical College students Ann Bolen and Anita Welch from the Douglas Campus along with Anita Cooper from the LaGrange Campus received both the NLC Scholarship and the IFL scholarship.

“West Georgia Technical College strives for our students to continue to excel academically and in the workforce,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

The Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference (NLC)/ Institute for Leaders (IFL) Scholarship is a program funded through the diversion of $1 of each member’s national dues. The purpose of the scholarship is to award outstanding PBL members with scholarships that serve as leadership investments to assist members in attending the NLC or the IFL, which is held in conjunction with the NLC each year. The NLC Scholarship amount will be $400 and the IFL Scholarship will be $115.

To be eligible for a PBL NLC/IFL Scholarship, a student must be on record as having paid local, state, and national dues by April 15 and submit an interactive application and accompanying materials by April 15 to the national center. Applicants must also submit a transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay.

PBL Adviser, Mona Williams, said it was remarkable that out of only 12 scholarships given nationwide, three were West Georgia Technical College students.

“With their guidance, the West Georgia Technical College PBL chapters were able to reach all 2013-2014 goals-Platinum Level, Outstanding Chapter and more,” said Williams. “What a great way to acknowledge their leadership skills!”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Faculty and Students Create Millstone Stand
Posted: June 6, 2014

West Georgia Technical College instructors Jim Biagi and Brandon Parrot along with Welding and Industrial Maintenance students helped to create a millstone stand that will be placed outside the Troup County Archives building corner.

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The millstone and stand created by WGTC faculty and students.

The millstone is of historical significance in that it came from a very early Troup County Mill and factory. The community that grew around the mill was recognized on early Troup County maps and known as the town of “Troup Factory” in Southern Troup County.

“I am impressed with the skill and expertise shown by our students and faculty here at West Georgia Technical College,” said President Steve G. Daniel. “A great deal of time and dedication went into the creation of the millstone stand and I truly commend everyone who helped make it possible.”

When the Troup County Archives asked if West Georgia Technical College could help in the fabrication of a display stand for a large Millstone, Biagi and Parrot began to look into it and came up with a plan. Parrot and his students had the 2,000 pound millstone delivered to the welding shop for measurement. The welding students then designed and fabricated a heavy duty steel stand. The stand came out weighing over 500 pounds, large enough to hold the large millstone on an outdoor display. The Industrial Maintenance students cleaned, prepped and painted the stand with durable weather resistant paint.

The City of LaGrange helped to arrange the moving of the stand and the millstone from the LaGrange Campus to the Troup County Archives building corner where it was placed on a concrete slab poured by Tommy Gresley of Gresley Landscapes. A dedication ceremony for the millstone was held on May 31.

“Since WGTC had helped with several other Archive displays over the years, they contacted me regarding this project as well,” said Biagi, Industrial Mechanical Systems instructor. “Once again West Georgia Technical College has demonstrated its capabilities in ‘getting things done’.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Students Meet With Braves Marketing Executives
Posted: May 27, 2014

While enjoying America’s favorite pastime, the West Georgia Technical College chapter of DECA got the opportunity to meet with the marketing executives of the Atlanta Braves.

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WGTC DECA students with instructor and DECA advisor Bill Sewell at the Atlanta Braves game.

Collegiate DECA is the postsecondary division of DECA, the Distributive Education Clubs of America. It is a student-centered organization whose program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students enrolled in the Marketing Management or Culinary programs. Students participating in DECA are able to compete in various competitions and participate in leadership programs.

“I’m working hard to offer hands on experiences for marketing students at West Georgia Technical College,” said Bill Sewell, marketing instructor and DECA advisor.

The West Georgia Technical College students joined other DECA chapters from around the state to learn about the business of baseball. The students were able to learn about the marketing activities of the Braves franchise as well as hear how the marketing executives got their start in their career.

The West Georgia Technical College DECA chapter regularly takes field trips every semester to see different areas of marketing. They have visited retail stores for visual merchandising, radio stations for broadcasting in addition to participating in community activities. More trips are in the works for the semesters to come.

“West Georgia Technical College fully supports enriching educational opportunities for our students,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “We strive to give our students classroom and hands on experiences that will stay with them throughout their time at the College, their career and beyond.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Students Excel at SkillsUSA State Competition
Posted: May 9, 2014

West Georgia Technical College students brought home one gold medal, five silver medals, and one bronze medal at SkillsUSA state competition in Atlanta March 13-15. More than 500 college students from across the state of Georgia took part in the three-day competition.

Cynthia Lemons Skills Winners
WGTC student Cynthia Lemons won gold in Employment Application and will compete in Nationals in June.

WGTC students Cody Tucker, Joanne Garza and Christopher Ladner after their silver medal win.

“These competitions showcase the academic excellence of our students that we instill in them every day,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “We are proud of them all, and congratulate them on a job well done.”

Cynthia Lemons, who earned a gold medal in Employment Application, will move on to compete on a national level at the 50th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 23-27, in Kansas City, Mo. Cody Tucker, Joanne Garza and Christopher Ladner won silver for Crime Scene Investigation team and were sponsored by Louis Shepard, Criminal Justice Department Chair on the LaGrange Campus. Brittney Madden also won silver for Criminal Justice while James Cody Foster also won silver for his artwork in Welding Sculpture and was sponsored by Brandon Parrott, LaGrange Campus Welding Instructor. Dennis Slade won Bronze for Architectural Drafting and was sponsored by the LaGrange Campus Drafting Program Chair, Jerry Gray.

The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The competitions consist of skilled contests for each program in the technical college system. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.

SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators. Hundreds of American industries have turned to SkillsUSA as the source for employees who exemplify “Champions at Work” in both skills and attitudes. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. At the heart of this mission are SkillsUSA’s core values: integrity, responsibility, citizenship, service and respect.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Students Travel Abroad to China
Posted: May 1, 2014

Twelve West Georgia Technical College students and three instructors traveled abroad to China April 4-12, visiting vocational colleges in Beijing and Shanghai during the weeklong excursion.

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WGTC students and instructors in Shanghai

“A study abroad trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students and faculty,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “Opportunities like these give students lifelong lessons that will be valuable in their personal and professional endeavors for years to come.”

The China trip was West Georgia Technical College’s second study abroad trip. The inaugural trip was taken in April 2013 to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Students who attended the trip have a specific project/assignment within their courses that aligned with study abroad objectives. Following the trip, students will prepare classroom presentations for their courses and community events on their time aboard. Unlike the previous trip, the students had an opportunity to visit two different colleges in different cities. The students also had the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China, a variety of temples and a silk factory.

“Studying abroad, regardless of the length of the program, helps to grow our students personally and academically. I strongly believe and have witnessed during past study abroad trips that study abroad experiences impact lives in ways that cannot be done on college campuses,” said Dr. Nihal Gunay, Associate Provost of Virtual Learning Campus. “Our students are exposed to other cultures, ideas, languages, and academia and describe the trip as ‘once of a lifetime’. They have more appreciation for different cultures and a better understanding of the history and perspectives of the people in that country.”

For Latossica Walker, a Business Administrative Technology student on the Murphy Campus, the trip to China has opened her eyes to other cultures and different ways of life.

“We as Americans can sometimes take life for granted. But people in China live life totally different,” said Walker. “I know that I have learned a lot about their culture and I plan to continue to learn more about China and other countries as well.”

The Technical College System of Georgia developed the Office of Global Initiatives with a goal to build recognition of the TCSG education programs around the world and expand new and existing international student and faculty exchange at the TCSG colleges.

“The Office of Global Initiatives will strengthen the overall mission of the TCSG to create a competitive workforce in Georgia, while also opening avenues for greater awareness in the worldwide education community about the TCSG colleges and the outstanding quality of our faculty and students,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. “Our plan is to forge international partnerships that will enable the TCSG to solidify its goal of becoming a global leader in technical education.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Student Recognized as a Finalist for the TCSG Student of the Year
Posted: April 29, 2014

Cathy Robinson, a West Georgia Technical College student in the marketing management program, was recently honored as one of nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 Student of the Year award.

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TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson with 2014 GOAL Finalist Cathy Robinson

The award is part of the system’s annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program, which recognizes the top students from each of the state’s 24 technical colleges and the technical division at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia.

Robinson was congratulated by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson during a banquet for the system’s best students and instructors at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta on April 24.

“Cathy Robinson excelled in the classroom and is a great role model in her community. I commend her for being an outstanding student and earning the admiration of the entire Technical College System of Georgia. There are more than 150,000 students attending Georgia’s technical colleges, so it’s a remarkable accomplishment for Cathy to be chosen as one of the nine finalists for the student of the year award,” said Jackson.

“We are extremely proud of Cathy and we congratulate her on this accomplishment,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “She represented the College with distinction and she has very bright future ahead of her. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Selection for the GOAL program starts with the selection of the top student at each college. A regional competition follows, where nine students are chosen as finalists to compete for the state GOAL award and earn the honor as Georgia’s technical college student of the year.

In April, the nine finalists are interviewed in Atlanta by a panel of judges from business, industry and higher education. At each step, the students are scored on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, involvement in their local communities, and future aspirations.

The winner of the TCSG Student of the Year award was Luke Teague, a student in the Funeral Service Education program at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro.

The competition for the award is intense because not only is that person named Georgia’s student ambassador for technical education, the winner also gets the keys to a brand-new, fully-loaded Chevrolet, presented by Chevrolet and the local Chevrolet dealers, long-time sponsors of the GOAL program.

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 24 technical colleges.

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Mobile Vet Center Visits WGTC
Posted: April 25, 2014

The Atlanta Mobile Vet Center visited several West Georgia Technical College campuses in April.

Mobile Veterans Center
Mobile Veterans Center

The Atlanta Mobile Vet Center is a 39-foot motor coach authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs in early 2009. It is designed with the ability to bring traditional Vet Center readjustment services to eligible veterans and families. Outreach is geared towards veterans and communities while bringing awareness of Veteran benefits and services. The Atlanta MVC has the capacity for two counselors to provide clinical services to eligible veterans in rural and disaster areas.

“We are proud to help our military students make the transition from military to college life,” said Ruthie Wheeler, WGTC Veterans Affairs Coordinator. “Having the Mobile Clinics is another way we show our veteran students how special they are to our college community.”

This past year, West Georgia Technical College has serviced 452 Veterans and has been named one of the Military Friendly Schools in the top 20% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students. The College offers special funding for veterans and/or spouses from several local counties provided by the Trinka Davis Foundation in addition to helping students with spouse scholarships and tuition Assistance, holding several veteran receptions and a week of honoring veterans with drawings for special prizes among other activities.

“We are proud of the commitment our veteran students have made to our country and our College,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “We are very grateful to the men and women who honorably served our country in the military.”

The Mobile Vet Center visited the Coweta Campus, Franklin site, Carroll Campus and will make its final stop on the Murphy Campus April 29. For more information on Veterans Affairs, contact Ruthie Wheeler at 678-664-0564.

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 24 technical colleges.

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Local Students Honored in Statewide Manufacturing Appreciation Design Contest
Posted: April 22, 2014

Ansley Knight, a tenth grader from Newnan, Ga., and Kalynn Jacobs, a tenth grader from Lithia Springs, Ga., were honored in Atlanta for their artwork supporting Georgia’s manufacturing industry.

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Larry Callahan, CEO, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate; Ansley Knight; Pedro Cherry, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power Larry Callahan, CEO, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate; Kalynn Jacobs; Pedro Cherry, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power

Knight took third place in her division (grades 9-12) of the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest. She received a $100 scholarship check at the MAW Governor’s Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center. Jacobs received an honorable mention in her division (grades 9-12) and received a certificate and a $50 scholarship check.

“These winners are the best and the brightest, and our future depends on them and their understanding of the creative process,” said Larry Callahan, CEO of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, as the awards were being presented.

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5. Local students submitted their design entries to West Georgia Technical College.

“We are proud that these two students are representing our service area,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “Manufacturing is so vital to the state of Georgia and to technical education. We are happy to be a part of Manufacturing Appreciation Week.”

During the ceremonies, Gov. Deal named Georgia’s 2014 Manufacturers of the Year: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah and Brunswick in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in Monroe in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Tucker’s ddFoodSolutions in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).

Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 14-18. This is the 20th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC PBL Has Big Win in State Conference
Posted: April 21, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Carroll, Coweta, Douglas and LaGrange Campus chapters of Phi Beta Lambda attended the 2014 Georgia Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference April 12-13 in Atlanta. More than 300 students attended at the state conference representing 34 Georgia PBL chapters from both two-year and four-year colleges including University of Georgia, Virginia College, Dalton State University and Georgia Regents University.

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WGTC students and advisers at the 2014 Georgia Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference.

“The West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda chapter continues to maintain a tradition of excellence that we are proud to be a part of year after year,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “Students and faculty do an outstanding job of representing WGTC in both the state and national competitions. I am proud of their continued success and congratulate them on a job well done.”

PBL advisers Carol Pearson, Joey Sanders, Karen Carpenter, Mona Williams, Kimball Thornton, Ginger Dennis and Patsy Ogle along with 41 students attended the conference and brought home 63 awards. In competitive events, West Georgia Technical College won a total of 51 individual awards and 12 chapter awards. The College also received 31 awards in non-competitive events. Of the 41 students who represented the WGTC, 24 qualified to advance to national leadership conference and competition in Nashville, Tenn. June 22 - 27.

“As PBL advisers, Ms. Pearson and I are very proud of the success of our students,” said Joey Sanders. “As you can see, they represented WGTC extremely well.”PDF

In addition to the individual competitions, the students participated in chapter events. The Douglas and LaGrange chapters received Platinum Awards of Merit. The Douglas Chapter received first place in Local Annual Business Report and second place in the Community Service Project. The LaGrange Chapter took home three first place awards in March of Dimes Donations, Foundation Donations and FBLA Interaction as well as placing second in Local Annual Business Report and third in Community Service Project and Most Corporate Sponsors. The Carroll Chapter placed second for the March of Dimes Fundraising Award and also took home first and second place in the Writing and Business Communication competition. The Coweta Chapter placed second in Georgia PBL Foundation Donations and fifth in Battle of the Chapters. The chapter advisers were also recognized for their hard work and service. Accounting instructor Joey Sanders received the 5-year Service Award.

Sanders has high hopes for the College’s chapters of PBL when they compete in the national competition.

“Given how well our group performed at State, I have no doubt we will be bringing home multiple national awards.”

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC Theatre Troupe Presents a Dinner Theater Production
Posted: April 9, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe will present “A Knight’s Spring Performance and Feast” April 26 at 7 p.m. on the Murphy Campus.

“It’s an exciting part of our college experience to see the creativity and artistic pursuits of the students,” said WGTC Interim President Pat Hannon. “A great deal of time and dedication goes into putting on a production such as this. I commend everyone who participates.”

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe is a student organization providing creative avenues for students interested in the performing arts, working either backstage or on-stage. The Theatre Troupe is open to all West Georgia Technical College students and provides family-friendly entertainment for both the College community and all of its service areas, with plans for eventual participation in various competitions both statewide and nationally.

Unlike past theatrical performances, this production is a dinner theater and is the first campus-hosted, full-length theatre production. The production features skits written by students of Cheryl Johnson-Herring's Theatre Appreciation class and scenes from well-known plays A Raisin in the Sun, Fences and The Glass Menagerie. The dinner will be prepared and served by the West Georgia Technical College culinary arts department. The menu will include lasagna as well as a vegetarian alternative, salad, Italian bread, and dessert.

“Cheryl and I are particularly excited about this production because it features a series of firsts,” said Jennifer Jiles Davis, WGTC English instructor. “Our first WGTC Theatre Troupe, a cast of truly dedicated, aspiring entertainers, our first dinner theatre, and, most exciting, our first student-written and student-directed pieces.”

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the play will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and are on sale at all campus cashiers.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC 2014 EAGLE Winner Honored at State Banquet
Posted: April 4, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College 2014 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) winner Luralee Jones was honored among Georgia’s 28 EAGLE winners for their exceptional accomplishments and outstanding participation in the state’s adult education program.

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WGTC 2014 EAGLE Winner Luralee Jones.

“Adult education plays a critical role in the overall educational program at West Georgia Technical College. It positively effects our students and communities,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “We are so proud of Luralee. She did a wonderful job representing WGTC at the state level competition. We commend her on this achievement.”

Now in its 21st year, the Technical College System of Georgia’s EAGLE Award acknowledges the outstanding accomplishments of Georgians who enroll in the TCSG’s adult education programs in order to study for and earn their GED® credential. More than 71,000 men and women took part in Georgia’s adult education programs last year, and 15,450 received their GED credential.

Each March, the 28 local EAGLE winners are the guests of a three-day conference in Atlanta that ends with a lunch banquet in their honor. Almost 300 guests applauded the students for overcoming obstacles that once stood in the way of their education and then excelling in the classroom while preparing for their GED credential. The awards were presented by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson and Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education. Jackson praised the students for their achievement and asked them to share their positive message in their hometowns.

“Your success makes you great role models for the 1.2 million adults in Georgia who still do not possess a high school diploma,” Jackson said. “We need you to spread the word to your fellow Georgians that obtaining a GED credential is an important step toward discovering your potential, getting a better job, and improving the future for you, your family and your community.”

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 25 technical colleges.

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WGTC Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society Inducts New Members
Posted: March 31, 2014

West Georgia Technical College inducted 12 students in the Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society on March 26. The student organization is an honor society for the Associate Degree business major students associated with Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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WGTC 2014 Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society Inductees.

“We are proud of the dedication and academic excellence these students have shown,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “Their hard work and perseverance in the classroom is highly commendable. These traits will serve them well in their future endeavors.”

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.

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. As members of Kappa Beta Delta, students are eligible for lifetime recognition, networking opportunities and scholarships.

“Each KBD inductee exhibits excellence in the classroom, and employers recognize such dedication will transfer into successful careers,” said Babs Russell, West Georgia Technical College School of Business and Public Services Dean. “We are extremely proud of each of these students and congratulate them on their success!”

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 25 technical colleges.

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WGTC Hosts Skills USA Competition
Posted: March 27, 2014

West Georgia Technical College hosted the regional Skills USA competition on the Carroll Campus March 14.

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Two competitors at the Skills USA regional machine tools competition held at the Carroll Campus on March 14.

Skills USA is the national organization for students enrolled in classes with vocational trade, industrial, technology and health occupational objectives. West Georgia Technical College’s Skills USA operates under a charter granted by the Georgia Association of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. Skills USA provides students with opportunities to learn and practice leadership and employability skills. They also learn to manage their time, communicate effectively and work as part of a team. Through Skills USA, students can prepare themselves for future education or a full-time career.

“We are proud to be able to host the regional Skills USA competition at West Georgia Technical College,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “Our instructors work tirelessly to impress the value of professional excellence on our students. Being a part of these competitions is a concrete way that we show how much we value not just a task marked off a list, but a job done in an excellent way that garners accolades and rewards for our students and graduates.”

The regional competition was for high school students and included seven high schools from across the state. The participants competed in the areas of machine tool, manual mill and lathe.

“The contest is a great experience for the contestants. It gives them the opportunity to showcase their skills and meet other students as well as my judges that are from local industry in our area,” said Tim White, Machine Tool Technology Program Chair and instructor. “It also lets the College show what we have to offer at the next level if the contestants want to continue their career here at West Georgia Technical College.”

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 25 technical colleges.

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WGTC Offers Logistics on New Virtual Learning Campus
Posted: March 19, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Virtual Learning Campus is introducing a new Logistics and Supply Chain Management Associate of Applied Science degree program.

Logistics encompasses the methods used to transport products to their destination while supply chain management involves the activities associated with getting products from their point of origin to the consumer. According to the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, Georgia’s logistics industry alone will generate 9,500 job openings per year that will need to be filled.

“West Georgia Technical College is committed to providing more educational opportunities and making that education accessible for all of our students,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “This program will provide more options for students to pursue and achieve their educational and career goals.”

Students in the program learn a global perspective of how supply chain management impacts the delivery of goods to the consumer and gain a broad knowledge in the field of purchasing, inventory control, transportation and distribution processes. The program also includes business management, accounting principles, economics of supply and demand and database management skills.

“A company, regardless of size, cannot survive and be successful without the effective logistical systems in today's global economy. A quick and timely delivery of goods in minimum time and cost is the solution to maximize customer satisfaction,” said Nihal Gunay, Virtual Learning Campus Associate Provost. “Studying to become a logistics professional could be the answer to a successful and in- demand career. We are so excited to be able to provide our current and prospective students the opportunity of taking their program completely online at the Virtual learning Campus.”

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program is offered completely online and is eligible for the PELL grant and the HOPE scholarship. For more information about the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program, contact Deloris Easley, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Instructor and Program Chair at 770-947-7323 or at deloris.easley@westgatech.edu. Registration begins April 7.

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 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Adult Education Program Seeks Volunteers
Posted: March 14, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Adult Education program is seeking volunteers. With currently 60,000 adults in the service area that lack a high school diploma or GED credential, the need is great. Each year, more individuals opt out of high school, for a variety of reasons, and face a future of limited opportunity.

“We have a good program and we serve a lot of students, but our resources are limited,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education. “One of the best ways for a program like ours to increase capacity is through the use of volunteers.”

Volunteering in the adult education classroom can entail a variety of activities. Volunteers often work one-to-one with students, tutoring and providing basic skills instruction in reading, math, or writing. They also support instructors by working with small groups of students, or by helping grade papers or make copies. Sometimes volunteers share their personal expertise, which may not be academically related, but can be helpful to students, such as a former human resources director running an interview workshop for students.

Regardless, the volunteer experience is a rewarding one. As volunteer Rusty Tomlinson said, “The students are here for a purpose; it’s something they want to do. Being here to help them where I can is very fulfilling and gratifying.”

WGTC’s Adult Education program runs classes in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard Meriwether and Troup counties. Some classes are run at WGTC campuses and some at community sites. Classes run morning, afternoon and evening throughout the week and volunteers are needed at all locations.

WGTC Adult Education is offering a Volunteer Orientation workshop for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. This is an introductory session that gives volunteers an overview of the West Georgia Technical College Adult Education Program and how volunteers are utilized in the program. Participants will get some insight into working with adult learners as well as learn useful strategies and resources to use when working with individual learners in the classroom.

Two upcoming sessions are planned: One at the Douglasville Campus Thursday, March 27 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and one at the Coweta Campus April 3 from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Dianne McConnell at 770-755-7855.

WGTC Adult Education Volunteer Orientation Session
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Douglas Campus
West Georgia Technical College, 4600 Timber Ridge Rd, Douglasville, GA 30135

WGTC Adult Education Volunteer Orientation Session
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Coweta Campus
West Georgia Technical College, 200 Campus Drive, Newnan, GA 30263

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 25 technical colleges.


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Posted: March 6, 2014

Six members of the West Georgia Technical College Murphy Campus faculty and staff have joined Team Haralson, a subcommittee of the Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter.

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WGTC members of the Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter Penny Santelli, Penny Kenerly, Vickie Brittian, Dallas Moon, Subrena Thompson and Jamie Shell.

“Our faculty and staff continue show their hard work and dedication in and out of the classroom,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “I am proud of their commitment to our College and to our community.”

The Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter covers 13 counties, including Haralson County. The mission of this team is to raise funding in the Haralson County area to help the Red Cross better service the county in the event of disaster, such as inclement weather situation and residents had to seek shelter.

Penny Kenerly, Murphy Campus Director of Instruction, was elected to the Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter board in July 2013. Shortly after, she was asked if she could develop a subcommittee and work as a team to develop a fund raising event and increase awareness of Red Cross in Haralson County. Penny Santelli, Customer Care Center Specialist; Vickie Brittian, Practical Nursing Program Director; Dallas Moon, Instructional Coordinator; Subrena Thompson, Program Specialist and Jamie Shell, Medical Assisting Program Chair became a part of the subcommittee. Kenerly serves as the Chair of the team while Brittian is the Co-Chair.

“Although Team Haralson is not a WGTC team, while sitting on the board I represent my employer, which is West Georgia Technical College,” said Kenerly. “Our mission is not only to bring awareness to Red Cross and disaster relief, but to contribute to the community in a caring way as employees of West Georgia Technical College.”

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 25 technical colleges.


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Posted: March 5, 2014

West Georgia Technical College opened its fourth annual traveling Art Exhibit at the Douglas Campus February 26. The exhibit highlights creative individuals and their work that are part of the West Georgia Technical College community.

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WGTC 2013 Art Exhibit Showcase Award winner Miranda King with her photograph, “Deep Breath.” WGTC 2013 Art Exhibit Showcase Award winner Jonathan Cruz with his drawing, “Slash.”

“It is astounding to see the creativity and talent our students, faculty and staff display each year,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “We are proud to see all of the artistic expression here at the College.”

Out of the 149 submissions received, there 20 were Showcase winners and 10 were Merit Award winners including students, a few faculty and staff members from all five campuses and the new Virtual Learning Campus. Submissions opened online during the Summer Semester and continued through February 7. Each entrant was limited to two pieces. Of the 30 winners, 10 were from the Douglas campus, seven from the Carroll Campus, six from the Coweta Campus, three from the LaGrange Campus, three from the Virtual Learning Campus and one from the Murphy Campus.

The artwork was judged by West Georgia area artists who are not affiliated with the College. Certificates were presented to all Showcase and Merit Award winners, with cash awards presented to the student Showcase winners. This year, the judges named a first, second, and third place winner from the entire group of winners. Douglas Campus students Karen Clark and Kiley Linares won first and second place respectively and Virtual Learning Campus student Olivia Russell won third.

“The College-wide Art Exhibit provides another opportunity for our students to be recognized for outstanding work and creativity,” said English instructor Dr. Judy Jackson.

Inspiration for art can come from unlikely places but for two Showcase winners, it came from family. Miranda King, a Coweta and LaGrange nursing student, received a showcase award for her photograph entitled “Deep Breath.” King has been doing photography for seven years and started when she began taking pictures of her cosmetology clients and her two daughters.

“I was taking my oldest daughter’s senior portraits in Myrtle Beach,” said King on her winning artwork. “My youngest daughter wouldn’t let me leave her out.”

Jonathan Cruz, a computer support student on the Douglas Campus, received a Showcase award for his drawing entitled “Slash.”

“My brother gave me the motivation to draw,” said Cruz. “I started drawing when I was five years old. My brother started drawing and I wanted to do it too.”

The traveling art exhibit will conclude March 26 with a reception at the LaGrange Campus atrium at 3:30 p.m.

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 25 technical colleges.


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Posted: February 26, 2014

Through the efforts of Villa Rica State Farm Agent Amy Brown, the West Georgia Technical College Foundation received a 2002 Mazda Protégé for the Carroll Campus Automotive Technology program February 25.The vehicle will be used by Automotive Technology students to learn the necessary skills to prepare for an automotive service and repair career.

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(Left to right) Tim Adkins, Salvage Monitor for State Farm; Kevin Cain, WGTC Director of Institutional Advancement; Amy Brown, State Farm agent; Pat Hannon, WGTC Interim President; Doug Robertson, Automotive Technology instructor; Linda Sullivan, WGTC Dean of School of Trade & Technology

“We are thankful for State Farm’s support of our Automotive Technology program,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “The support from our community is essential to not only the College, but also for our student’s future.”

The vehicle was previously insured by State Farm and was stolen and recovered. There was no damage to the exterior of the car and the interior and engine are still in working condition for students to train on. The car will be used as a training tool for diagnostics, troubleshooting and repair procedures.

“The car will be used as live, hands on, training tool for our automotive students,” said Automotive Technology instructor, Doug Robertson. “This is the best form of training for the automotive students to use in our lab sessions.”

“We are pleased to assist the students of the automotive program at West Georgia Technical College with a relevant vehicle for training,” said Brown. “WGTC is a wonderful asset to our community and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide applicable practice as their students prepare for the local workforce.”

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 25 technical colleges.


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Posted: February 25, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College’s premier fundraiser of the West Georgia area, Black Tie & Boots, heads into its 13th year on August 9 with Wynonna & the Big Noise as this year’s performer.

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The legendary country singer will now join the ranks of other country music stars that have graced the Murphy Campus including Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Little Big Town and last year’s performer Montgomery Gentry.

As one half of legendary duo The Judds with her mother Naomi Judd, the mother daughter group provides one of the most fascinating stories in country music history. Rising to superstardom in the early '80s on the strength of chart toppers like “Mama He's Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days),” The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade picking up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards and selling more than 20 million albums along the way.

In 1992, her solo debut album “Wynonna” went quintuple platinum, spawning four number one hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time. In 1994, Wynonna received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards and Rolling Stone called her "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."

“We are immensely excited to have Wynonna as this year’s performer,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “This concert has become a staple event in the West Georgia community and we are thankful for the continued support.”

Black Tie & Boots is one of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s premier fundraising events of the year. The proceeds go toward student scholarships, program improvements, facility upgrades and faculty development.

The concert includes a seated meal at 7 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 Wynonna & the Big Noise 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.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, 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, 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 25 technical colleges.


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Posted: February 21, 2014

The Alice Huffard Richards Charitable Fund, a donor-directed fund of The Community Foundation of West Georgia, has allocated $20,000 to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation for student scholarships for students seeking a certificate in Early Child Development.

“We are proud to be able to invest in the education of our students,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “This scholarship will enable our students to excel in both the classroom and in the workforce.”

The AHR Charitable Fund’s scholarship support an interest in helping more early child development centers in Carroll, Haralson and Heard Counties achieve a Quality Rating under the new state guidelines. To that end, the fund has made the scholarships available during the 2014 school year. According to the AHR Charitable Fund, as more local child development centers are able to hire and retain highly qualified staff and secure their Quality Rating, more local youngsters can benefit from consistently high quality preparation in their early years to ensure ongoing success in school and throughout life.

“With this scholarship, we’re working to help more local centers achieve their Quality Rating so more of our local youngsters receive top quality early education benefits, right from the start,” said Patience Allan-Glick, Program Manager for the Alice Huffard Richards Charitable Fund. “Research shows us that the up- front investment in children’s early years brings huge results in academic performance, social adjustment and lifelong achievement.”

Scholarship applicants must be residents of either Carroll, Haralson or Heard Counties, committed to securing a certificate in Early Child Development in 2014 and working at present or planning to work soon in early child development in West Georgia.

“The scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for those wanting to enter the childcare field to get the formal training required by the state,” said Karen Freeman, Early Childhood Care and Education Program Chair and Instructor. “It is also a blessing for the communities served by this scholarship to have more quality trained staff available to work with their children. The early years are the most important years and everyone benefits when our children are well taken care of.”

For information about Georgia Quality Rating for Early Child Development, visit decal.ga.gov.

For an application for The 2014 AHR Fund Early Child Development Scholarship, visit www.westgatech.edu/fa/scholarships.htm or call 770-537-5740.

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 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Makes Changes to Academic Calendar
Posted: February 18, 2014

Due to the recent closings for winter weather, West Georgia Technical College has elected to change the Spring Semester calendar by adding two additional class dates on Thursday, March 13 and Thursday, May 1.

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WGTC Murphy Campus during the recent winter weather.

The change will eliminate the in-service day on March 13 for faculty and staff as well as eliminate one exam day in May. The remaining exam day for the semester is still scheduled for Monday, May 5.

“I regret that this may cause some inconvenience to our faculty, staff and students, but it is unavoidable given the number of days that we have missed due to the weather this month,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “I appreciate everyone’s help and support as we do what is best for our students in these situations.”

The rest of the calendar will remain intact with Spring Break taking place from March 31 to April 4. April 7 begins open registration for the summer and fall semesters with late registration taking place May 15.

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 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Foundation Receives Gift From Yancey Bros. Co.
Posted: February 7, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation received $3,350 from Yancey Bros. Co. in support of the Heavy Diesel Equipment Technology program at the College’s Carroll Campus.

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WGTC Institutional Advancement Director Kevin Cain (left center) along with Carroll Campus faculty, staff and students, accepts a check from Yancey Bros. Co. corporate training manager Jim Larson (right center).

“We are grateful to be partners with Yancey Bros.,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “Their continued support has been vital to this program.”

Yancey Bros. Co. is the nation’s oldest Caterpillar dealer and one of the oldest operating companies in Georgia. Headquartered in Austell, Yancey Bros. Co. has 41 locations in Georgia. The company was also instrumental in establishing the Heavy Diesel Equipment Technology program at West Georgia Technical College.

“We are very happy with our relationship with West Georgia Technical College. We have always felt like a partner,” said Jim Larson, corporate training manager for Yancey Bros. Co. “It is because of the faculty and staff that this partnership has been such a success.”

Over the past 10 years, Yancey Bros. Co. has employed over 100 West Georgia Technical College graduates in the areas of international truck dealership, heavy equipment, power generation, forestry, and Bluebird bus distribution.

“Everything we sell has a diesel engine and this program prepares students to work with our equipment,” said Larson. “That is what makes this program so important to us.”

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 25 technical colleges.


return to top WEST GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE WITHDRAWS FOOTBALL PLANS
Posted: February 4, 2014

CARROLLTON, Georgia -- West Georgia Technical College announced today it is withdrawing a proposal to add football as a competitive sport.

Interim President Pat Hannon said the program has been under review and it has become evident that the College could not continue to sustain the requirements for the program as well as the associated long-term costs.

“After careful consideration, West Georgia Technical College has chosen to withdraw a request that was made to the Technical College System of Georgia to approve football as an additional athletic program for the Golden Knights,” Hannon said.

The College is in contact with current students who have been practicing football and those who have planned to play this year, as well as their family members who wish to discuss the decision.

“We realize that student athletes have been working hard to prepare for football games,” Hannon said. “We also know that their college education comes first. We will do everything we can to help them continue to be successful as students as they prepare for their chosen career path.”

Hannon said other sports at the College – baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball – would not be affected. All four sports are competing successfully in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Golden Knights men's basketball team has won two-straight Region 17 titles, and the women's basketball team is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation. Baseball is on the rise, having finished third in the Region 17 Tournament last season in just its second year as a NJCAA Division 1 program. Softball finished fourth in the nation last year as a club team and will open play this week as an NJCAA Division 1 program for the first time.

“We are proud of the success of our existing athletic teams,” Hannon said. “Our choice not to pursue football at this time does not affect our commitment to our other teams, coaches and players.”


return to top WGTC Announces 2014 GOAL and Rick Perkins Winners
Posted: January 21, 2014

West Georgia Technical College has announced its Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner Cathy Robinson and its Rick Perkins Award winner Mathematics Instructor Dee Coulter.

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WGTC 2014 Rick Perkins Award winner Dee Coulter with 2014 GOAL winner Cathy Robinson

“We are extremely proud of our winners and we congratulate them on this accomplishment,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. ““I know that they will represent the College with distinction in the upcoming competitions.”

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.

Robinson and Coulter will go on to compete against other winners in the regional competition February 18, 2013 at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon. The statewide competition is April 23-24 in Atlanta.

Robinson, who attends the Carroll Campus, was nominated by accounting instructor Joey Sanders. She is currently working towards a marketing management degree and plans to pursue a career in marketing for a nonprofit.

“Cathy is a great representative for West Georgia Technical College,” said Sanders. “It is quite an honor to not only have her in the classroom but also to work with her during this process.”

“I am overwhelmed and honored,” said Robinson on her win. “I was nominated with some awesome students and the experience has been fabulous!”

Coulter was one of six instructors nominated from across the College to compete before a panel of local leaders. With over 40 years of teaching experience, Coulter has taught math at West Georgia Technical College for the past 12 years at the LaGrange Campus. She also serves as the department chair for learning support.

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 25 technical colleges.


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Posted: January 3, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe will present their annual production “The School for Scandal” January 17-18 at the Joshua R. Mabry Center for the Arts at Carrollton High School.

“It’s an exciting part of our college experience to see the creativity and artistic pursuits of the students,” said WGTC Interim President Pat Hannon. “A great deal of time and dedication goes into putting on a production such as this. I commend everyone who participates.”

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe is a student organization providing creative avenues for students interested in the performing arts, working either backstage or on stage. The Theatre Troupe is open to full and part time West Georgia Technical College students and provides family-friendly entertainment for both the College community and all of its service areas, with plans for eventual participation in various competitions both statewide and nationally.

“We are expecting this to be a great performance,” said Cheryl Johnson-Herring, adjunct instructor and theatre director. “I truly believe this is just the beginning of many productions here at West Georgia Technical College and a great partnership with Carrollton High School. It is my hope that our troupe will be mounting and performing many more quality productions here in the future.”

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe has been performing since the fall of 2012. The production of “The School for Scandal” casts 11 students in a period piece and a comedy of manners.

The show will start at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18. Tickets will be sold at the box office beginning an hour before show time. Ticket prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Concessions will be sold during intermission.

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 25 technical colleges.



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