Buzz: Georgia Northwestern awarded $10,000 from Grainger Foundation. GHC enrollment at more than 6,600 students this fall. Kiwanis to celebrate centennial. How to make ‘Tomato Cage Christmas Trees.’

Buzz: Georgia Northwestern awarded $10,000 from Grainger Foundation. GHC enrollment at more than 6,600 students this fall. Kiwanis to celebrate centennial. How to make ‘Tomato Cage Christmas Trees.’

Michelle Beatson (from left), Foundation Administrator at GNTC Foundation stands with Jay Still, Manager, Onsite Services Manager at Grainger and GNTC Foundation Trustee, GNTC President Heidi Popham and Gregory Faro, Branch Network Manager at Grainger after he presented the Diesel Equipment Technology program with a $10,000. donation.

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation was recently presented with a donation of $10,000 from The Grainger Foundation to be used for books, simulators, supplies and fees for the new Diesel Equipment Technology program on the Whitfield Murray County Campus.

“Once again the community is showing their dedication to technical education by investing in possible future employees,” Michelle Beatson, Foundation Administrator at GNTC said.

The Diesel Equipment Technology program teaches students the valuable skill of working on tractor-trailer trucks in a high demand employment market, said Beatson. After completing the Diesel Equipment Technology program, students will be able to inspect and repair buses, trucks or any other kind of diesel engine.

“As the program and lab came together, our partners and vendors of the program saw the college’s dedication and passion for education,” Salvador Arreguin Gonzalez, Diesel Equipment Technology program director and instructor said. “Grainger has dedicated a lot of time and effort to process orders for our school and now they want our students to have a chance to further their education.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, and was founded in 1949.


According to the University System of Georgia’s Fall 2019 Semester Enrollment Report, Georgia Highlandsholds the second highest enrollment for the nine state colleges in Georgia next to Georgia Gwinnett College. GHC had 6,618 students for the fall vs. 12,831 for Gwinnett. Coming in third: Dalton State at 4,964 students.

According to the USG, fall 2019 enrollment in the USG’s 26 colleges and universities had an increase of 1.5 percent over the previous year. This continues a six-year trend of modest increases in student enrollment within USG. This fall also marks the fifth consecutive year of growth to reach an all-time high in the number of students enrolled in USG institutions.

The full enrollment report is available here.


Kiwanis Club of Rome to celebrate 100 years on Dec. 3. A special evening is planned at the Spruill Ballroom of the Krannert Center at Berry College from 7 until 9 p.m. The club is inviting past and current members to stop by for cake, punch and a hot chocolate bar. Reservations are requested by Nov. 24, either by emailing the kiwanisclubofrome@gmail.com or by visiting romekiwanis.org and completing the registration form.


The Floyd County Master Gardeners will present a community workshop on “How to Make Christmas Trees From Tomato Cages.”  The program will be on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon until 2 p.m. at the Floyd County Extension Office, 12 E. Fourth Ave. Suite 107.  Nelle Reagan from WRGA and Keith Mickler, Extension Agent, will show you how you can beautify your home with your very own “Tomato Cage Christmas Tree.” The cost of the workshop is $10 per person.  You must come to the Extension Office to register and pay in advance no later than Thursday, Dec. 5.  You will not be considered registered for the class until the fee has been paid.  The class will be a maximum of 15 people. For more:Floyd County Extension Office, 706-295-6210.
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