Fifty-two students have received their GED® diplomas through Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Youth Success Academy (YSA).

GNTC hosted two Youth Success Academy graduation ceremonies. Thirty-three students graduated on Thursday, June 1, from the YSA program on GNTC’s Walker County Campus (WCC) in Rock Spring, and 19 students graduated on Tuesday, June 6, from the YSA program on the Floyd County Campus (FCC) in Rome.

Danielle Wells, a Behavioral Health Counselor II with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, was the graduation speaker at the ceremony on the Walker County Campus. Audrey Maxwell was the student speaker at the ceremony on the Floyd County Campus.

McKenzie Alexander, Amber Barker, Dominic Luke Bedwell, Haven Blackmon, Payton Bottomlee, Joshua Bowden Brock, Madison Brown, Seth Carlock, Wynter Carrington, Jacqsen Cockrell, Ava Dawson, Branden Faulhaber, Eli Gibson, Leah Gilreath, Breanna Gordy, Olivia Hitchcox, William Shane Johnson, Emily Jones, Anthony Trenton McKinzie, Amber Victoria Nix, Kyle Oliver, Shelby Oliver, Christian Olson, Jacob Phillips, Bella Rochester, Dawson Sparks, Jeremiah Swafford, Jordan Taylor, Andrew Watkins, Alyssa Whitesell, Zoe Whittemore, Steven Williams and Amber Womble graduated from the Walker County Campus program.

Shania Chavez, Omar Cruz, Naomi Faile, Jacob Grimes, Jerimiah Harris, Jacob Hughes, Johnni Kisor, Kevin Lopez, Audrey Maxwell, Justin Montgomery, Dakota Muir, Nic Nadu, Josh Riordan, Noah Shipp, Bailey Slaton, David Trotter, Kasey Vaughn, Maitlan Wilson and Emma Woodard graduated from the Floyd County Campus program.

YSA, sponsored through a partnership with GNTC and Northwest Georgia Regional Development Center, is specifically designed for out-of-school youth who wish to attain a GED® diploma and a technical education. Students in the program prepare for the GED® exam and participate in job readiness trainings, as well as workshops and leadership activities.

The Youth Success Academy offers several programs including GED® diploma testing. The academy assists adults up to the age of 24 with college expenses, help with college enrollment and assistance in gaining experience in different career fields. For more information, contact the FCC YSA at 706-295-6940 and the WCC YSA at 706-764-3783.  

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 aviation, business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,601 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,071 students and an additional enrollment of 3,530 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.