Education: Closer look at what Floyd ($3.2 million), Rome ($1.26 million) school will do with literacy grand funds. Free Chick-fil-A for educators on Tuesday. GNTC celebrates GED graduates. Update on former Shorter VP Dr. Bert Epting.

Education: Closer look at what Floyd ($3.2 million), Rome ($1.26 million) school will do with literacy grand funds. Free Chick-fil-A for educators on Tuesday. GNTC celebrates GED graduates. Update on former Shorter VP Dr. Bert Epting.


Thirty-eight Georgia school districts have been awarded $61.6 million in Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia grants by the Georgia Department of Education. The goal is to improve student literacy learning.

Floyd County: The state Board of Education has awarded Floyd County Schools $ 3,228,551 for three years. The purpose of the grant is to improve student foundational literacy learning as well as content and disciplinary literacy; increase professional capacity among teachers (pre-service and in-service) and other school staff; improve instructional quality (preschool to grade 12) and increase community participation with literacy-related activities; school climate; and systemic policies at the state level. The grant application was released on Nov. 17. Teams of teachers and administrators at all Floyd schools immediately began working on literacy plans for the grant application. Floyd County’s application was one of 451 representing 65 districts received by the Georgia Department of Education. These funds will go to further the system focus and “Commitment to Literacy.”

  •  John Parker, Floyd County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academics Officer, joins us at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss the grant and what it means to the count students.

Rome City Schools: Rome will receive $1.265 million, which will be used for instructional resources and professional development in regards to literacy over the next two years.

From Chick-fil-A Dwarf House: “Teachers and educators, mark your calendar. As a thank you, we invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 8, for a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich with a valid ID from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Valid ID required, must be present to redeem.

William Nichols (right), GNTC’s 2018 EAGLE Delegate, stands with Pete McDonaldl (left), president of GNTC. Nichols was the featured speaker for the ceremony.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College held its GED Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 3, for students who have earned their General Educational Development diplomas. The ceremony was held at the Conference Center on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus in Calhoun to accommodate students and families from all nine counties of GNTC’s service area. The evening began with a welcome and introductions by Kerri Hosmer, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. Hosmer congratulated the graduates and thanked the organizations that provided GED® scholarships.

Those 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, Endless Opportunities, LaFayette Presbyterian Church, North Georgia EMC, Polk County Rotary Club, Rome-Floyd CCCY, Rome Rotary Club, Shaw Industries, Tallatoona CAP, United Way, and WMC Rotary Club.

Pete McDonald, president of GNTC, thanked the friends and families of graduates that were in the audience: “It’s a long road for some and it always takes tenacity, studying, and showing up for class. I also want to recognize all the family members and friends here this evening, students need support to achieve their goals.”

William Nichols, GNTC’s 2018 EAGLE Delegate, delivered the keynote address. Nichols is a member of the National Adult Education Honor Society and was chosen as one of eight finalists for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia. “Once I earned my GED diploma, it opened up many doors for me,” said Nichols. “Right there on that table is your diploma that is a key that is going to open up doors for you.”

Former Shorter Vice President for University Advancement, J. Bert Epting, Ph.D., has been named the new Vice President for Athletics at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. Epting worked at Shorter University from 2012-2015 before joining the staff of Anderson University as Associate Vice President for Development. He takes over in Athletics on May 7. Details

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