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

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

Tracy Lawrence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WGTC baseball team accepts overall team GPA trophy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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WGTC 2015 Rick Perkins Finalist Dr. David Wortham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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WGTC Registered Nursing student Sharonne Isaac 2015 Lucy Willard Scholarship recipient

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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WGTC Offers Tuesday Campus Tours
Posted: March 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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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