All Students In GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Training Class Find Employment Upon Graduating

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Back row (from left to right) Robert T. White, Joshua  W. VanDyke, Tisha M. Owens, James D. Holland, and Robin W. Graham. Front Row (from left to right) James T. Davis, Matthew F. Cowan, Matthew B. Byars, and Marcus J. Alford
Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Back row (from left to right) Robert T. White, Joshua W. VanDyke, Tisha M. Owens, James D. Holland, and Robin W. Graham. Front Row (from left to right) James T. Davis, Matthew F. Cowan, Matthew B. Byars, and Marcus J. Alford

On July 3, friends and family gathered at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Gordon County Campus to honor the students graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and now, less than two months later, every graduate of that training class is working in law enforcement.

“One-hundred percent of our graduates finding employment this quickly is a sign that we are producing quality officers,” said Tom Bojo, Gordon County Campus manager at GNTC. “Local police chiefs and sheriffs are now depending on our graduates to fill their vacancies as quickly and professionally as possible.

The graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are employed with police departments, sheriff offices, and in security. Some of the graduates had already secured employment before they crossed the stage in July.

“I am pleased that our students are taking their education and training seriously and are being sought after both locally and outside the GNTC service area,” said Jim Pledger, director of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC.

The Basic Law Enforcement certificate program provides students with the necessary skills, standards, and knowledge in order to become qualified, proficiently trained, ethical and competent peace officers in criminal justice careers. Successful completion of the program will make the student eligible to be certified as a Georgia Peace Officer.

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Marcus J. Alford, Matthew B. Byars, Matthew F. Cowan, James T. Davis, Robin W. Graham, James D. Holland, Tisha M. Owens, Joshua W. VanDyke, and Robert T. White.


1.2 Million Childhood Education Dollars To Northwest Georgia

The next generation of Northwest Georgia students and Georgia Northwestern Technical College will benefit from a 1.2 million dollar gift headed their way. The State of Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning has awarded the Early Education Empowerment Zone initiative grant to benefit the children of Catoosa, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, and Whitfield counties. The announcement ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Student Graduates From Fort Hays State University

Koral Marie Harper, of Soddy Daisy, was one of 337 graduates of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Ks., in the summer term.  Ms. Harper earned an Associate of General Studies with an emphasis in general business.  Fort Hays State, one of six state universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system, announces only verified graduates. The process of verifying that ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed Multiple Times On Cleveland Avenue Early Thursday Morning

A woman was stabbed multiple times early Thursday morning. At approximately 3 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2104 Cleveland Ave. for a stabbing. Officers located a black female in the roadway suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS for her injuries and is in stable condition. Investigators have not been able to ... (click for more)

City Council Taking Applications From Those Interested In Serving On City IDB

The City Council is taking applications from those interested in serving on the city industrial Development Board (IDB).   There are four vacancies on the board that has been in the news for its controversial approval and re-approval of $9 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for developers of Aetna Mountain. Resumes are due by Sept. 29.   ... (click for more)

Walking Among Memories, The USS LST-325

I have walked among the head stones at Flanders Fields and have seen the entrenchment of soldiers with only bayonet tips sticking out of the earth. Later I traveled to Normandy where I stood on the sand and made scuff marks with my shoes on Omaha Beach and climbed the hill to the magnificent American Cemetery there. I again walked among the many, many tomb stones so neatly and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Troubling Jameis Winston

One of the greatest things about the American legal system is that each and every crime is judged on its own merits. Just because Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were each arrested for domestic abuse earlier this week, each National Football League football hero will be given an independent hearing and trial, if need be, ... (click for more)