GNTC Adult Education Program Hosts Launch Ceremony


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Georgia Northwestern Technical College held its GED launch ceremony on Thursday for students graduating from General Education Development.

The ceremony was held at the conference center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to welcome students and families from the nine counties in GNTC’s service area.

The evening began with a welcome word and presentations by Lisa Shaw, GNTC Vice President of Adult Education. Ms. Shaw recognized friends and family at the ceremony.

“It is an honor to celebrate this milestone with you,” Ms. Shaw told the graduates. “This ceremony today is a public recognition of your accomplishment.”

Ms. Shaw thanked the organizations that provided GED scholarships. These organizations include Calhoun-Gordon Council for a Literate Society, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, Chattooga County Literacy Council, Conasauga Drug Court Program, Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation, LaFayette Presbyterian Church, North Georgia EMC, Polk County Rotary Club, Rome-Floyd CCCY , the Rotary Club of Rome, Shaw Industries, Tallatoona CAP, the Randall Fox Foundation and the GNTC Foundation.

Adult Education Career Specialist Regina Casteel paid tribute to GNTC’s EAGLE 2022 delegate Shannon Edwards at the launch ceremony. Each year, GNTC Adult Education Instructors appoint an exceptional student who has shown leadership and worked hard to overcome obstacles in order to achieve their educational and professional goals. These students compete for the GNTC Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award.

Ms. Edwards will represent GNTC at the state’s Dinah Culbreath Wayne EAGLE Leadership Institute 2022. A resident of Calhoun, she is currently enrolled in GNTC and her career goal is to become a medical assistant.

“Shannon came back to school after over 20 years, working 12 hour shifts, and graduated from GED, and just completed her first semester at GNTC as a medical assistant student,” said Mrs. Casteel.

A total of 28 graduates graduated from GED on Thursday evening.

GNTC Adult Education GED program graduates are listed.

Isabelle anne baker
Edouard baker
Zachariah Bennett
Anslee Balls
Katherine rose brewer
Heidi coleman
Shannon michelle edwards
Gabrielle Franklin Fall
Gilley Fall
Frank Starling Hayes Jr. III
Holly Leighann Hogan
Haley jarrell
Elizabeth Angel Long
Arely lopez
Dadthlia E. Manzano
Austin Kade Morris
Tyra myers
René Humberto P. Quintanilla
Brady redwine
José G. Rodriguez
Joseph Salomon Smartt
Alexandre spivey
Ashley thomas
Jenny vaughn
Lisa West
Wheat Sherry Ree

The Adult Education Program provides instruction in adult learning centers throughout its nine-county service area. Areas of education include Georgia High School Equivalency Preparation (GED Test or HiSET Exam), Adult Secondary Education, Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language. The centers have modern computer labs, study materials, resources and professional adult education staff for day and evening programs. Distance learning options are also available.

The courses run year round and are offered free of charge. GNTC is an official GED testing center and site for computerized GED testing in partnership with Pearson VUE, GED Testing Services and the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information, contact the GNTC Office of Adult Education at 706-295-6976.

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