Education: Groundbreaking for new Main Elementary. GNTC holds appreciation luncheon  to celebrate Dual Enrollment successes. Applications sought for Noon Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest. Honors for Berry’s Dairy.

Education: Groundbreaking for new Main Elementary. GNTC holds appreciation luncheon to celebrate Dual Enrollment successes. Applications sought for Noon Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest. Honors for Berry’s Dairy.

The Rome Board of Education breaks ground on new Main Elementary School.

Media release: Rome City Schools celebrated the groundbreaking for a new Main Elementary School construction on Friday afternoon. The new facility is slated to be completed by the fall of 2018. Several community partners were on hand to commemorate the event including RCS board members, Rome City officials, Main High and Elementary alumni, representatives from the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, members of the RCS ESPLOST Committee, the Rome/Floyd Chamber, educators, staff and students. The program also included speakers: Superintendant Louis Byars, Mayor Jamie Doss, Board Chairman Faith Collins and Rev. Carey Ingram. You can watch the progress via the new Main Elementary construction cam.

Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs, speaks at the 2018 High School Appreciation Luncheon. GNTC photo


Media release: 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 Dual Enrollment Program. The program took place at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. Counselors, faculty, and administrators from schools across the northwest Georgia region took part in the luncheon. During the program, information was provided about various high school initiatives, the results of the Dual Enrollment Program, and other key partnerships in GNTC’s nine county service area. Georgia’s 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 four consecutive years, GNTC has had the largest number of Dual Enrollment students out of all of the technical colleges in the state of Georgia according to the “High School Collaborative Enrollment: Academic Year 2017” report issued by the Technical College System of Georgia.  Stuart Phillips, vice president of Student Affairs at GNTC, said that the strong collaboration with each school was essential for Dual Enrollment to succeed. “We have great partnerships with all of our schools and we do have some room to grow,” said Phillips. “We are constantly meeting with various school systems, city and county, to look for innovative ways to grow for the benefit of our students and their families.” Kristi Hart, director of High School Initiatives, discussed some of the highlights from Georgia Northwestern’s Dual Enrollment Program. “We had one high school student graduate with an associate degree this past May,” said Hart. “We also had 30 students who graduated with at least one certificate before they walked across their high school stage.”

Applications are being accepted for the annual Noon Optimist Club Oratorical Contest to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the chapel at Garden Lakes Baptist Church, 2200 Redmond Circle.  The ultimate national winner could receive scholarships totaling $22,000, according to Carol Willis, local Optimist contest chair.

Male and female students compete separately and the competition is open to any student who had not reached their 18th birthday prior to last Oct. 1.  There is no minimum age.

The Noon Optimist Club will host three levels of competition.  The male and female winners selected March 10 will advance to the northwest Georgia area competition April 14, also scheduled for Garden Lakes Baptist Church, and the two winners there will compete at the GateWay District level, comprised of Georgia and a portion of Tennessee.  That contest will be held April 28 at the Marriott Courtyard nearing completion on West Third Street.

Contestants will be required to write with limited assistance a brief speech on the topic, “Where are My Roots of Optimism?” and will be judged on both content and delivery, said  Willis.

The deadline for registering is Friday, March 2.  Complete rules and applications may be obtained by emailing, or by telephone at 706-766-8880.

The Berry College Dairy recently received the 2017 Southeast Quality Milk Initiative Award for Georgia.  Established in 1905, the Berry Dairy is a small scale, student-run operation milking 30 Jersey cows with a rolling herd average of 17,000 pounds of milk. The dairy continues to maintain a registered Jersey herd while providing college students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of a dairy operation. Floyd County’s Ag Extension Agent Keith Mickler nominated the Berry College Dairy. Dairy Supervisor Daniel Payne gives the credit for the award to his student workers.  “I’m beyond honored and humbled to have a team of hardworking, dedicated student workers who definitely made this achievement happen,” Payne said. “From a supervisor’s standpoint, it’s amazing to have a work force that’s eager to learn about dairy cows and the systems of a dairy operation.”  This award is given to dairy producers who place a high priority on producing quality milk. Producers were reviewed on a number of aspects including the measures of milk quality, systems of monitoring udder health, milking routine, protocols for detection and treatment of clinical and subclinical mastitis cases, strategies for overall herd health and animal welfare.

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