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

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

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

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

Joanne Garza

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

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

Anita Cooper

WGTC LaGrange Campus student Anita Cooper received the NTHS Citizenship Award

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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

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

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

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

John Smoltz speaks at Fourth Annual Beast Feast

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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

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

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

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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

Ashley Wilson
2015 WGTC GOAL winner Ashley Wilson
West Georgia Technical College named Ashley Wilson, a Radiologic Technology student on the LaGrange Campus, as its 2015 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner and LaGrange Campus Biology Instructor Dr. David Wortham as its Rick Perkins Award winner January 15 at a banquet honoring finalists for both awards.

GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia which honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. The Rick Perkins Award is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

Both Wilson and Wortham will go on to compete against other winners in the regional competition February 23-25 in Macon. They will then compete in the statewide competition April 22-23 in Atlanta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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

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

Laura Boalch Gammage
Laura Boalch Gammage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 23 technical colleges.



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