Georgia Northwestern Technical College recently held a High School Appreciation Luncheon and Information Program to show gratitude to the faculty and staff from area high schools for their contribution to GNTC’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) Dual Enrollment Program.

The program took place at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. More than 60 high school counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools in the northwest Georgia region took part in the luncheon.

During the program, information was provided about various high school initiatives, the results of the MOWR Program, and other key partnerships in GNTC’s nine county service area.

Georgia’s Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

For three consecutive years, GNTC has had the largest number of MOWR students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2016” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

The program began with a welcome from Pete McDonald, president of GNTC. McDonald thanked the attendees for their part in GNTC’s success with the MOWR program and discussed other upcoming TCSG initiatives to benefit high school students.

“The State of Georgia is working on an apprenticeship model that is more of a European approach,” said McDonald. “Employers want people with skills and we all need to work together on career pathways for students to succeed.”


Kristi Hart, director of High School Initiatives, discussed some of the highlights from Georgia Northwestern’s MOWR Dual Enrollment Program.


“Our growth is still over 30% from last spring to this spring and we had 3,038 students enrolled in Move On When Ready,” said Hart. “These students have taken 32,880 credit hours.”


Other speakers at the luncheon were David Stephenson, athletic coordinator at GNTC; and Jason Gamel, director of Institutional Advancement at GNTC. The program ended with a special thank you from Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at Georgia Northwestern.


“We truly appreciate the partnerships we have with each school system across our nine counties and we could not do this without you,” said Phillips. “The benefits these students receive is all because of these relationships.”


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.