RHS students visit GNTC 2014

Students line up for event at Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Students from the Health Occupations and Business and Computer Science classes at Rockmart High School now have a better understanding of a career in these fields.

These individuals hope to work in a medical environment, but do not want to be directly involved in health care for patients as a doctor or nurse.  

They were among those that took part in an event entitled “Is Business In Your Future?” which was planned for them at the Polk campus of Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), Rockmart.

The idea for the program was sparked when Janet Dover and Suzy Wood, RHS teachers, inquired if GNTC could plan an event for seniors that would provide a glimpse into the college experience.

More than 40 students took part in two classes and received an overview about the admission process and financial aid. One class detailed the process for setting up   and operating a successful business. The other class was designed for those interested in working in a medical office or doing medical coding, billing and insurance.

GNTC Instructors were Barbara Pharr, who teaches Business Administrative Technology at the GNTC Polk campus, Gina Stephens, medical billing and coding at Floyd campus, and Mark Upton, Marketing, Floyd campus. Tom Bojo, Dean of Academic Affairs was also present.

“Some students are interested in the medical field as a career,” said Stephens. “There are many opportunities for those who do not wish to be directly involved in patient care.”

Janet Dover, Business and Information Technology at Rockmart High School, said the partnership with GNTC allowed students the opportunity to explore career areas on the clerical/business side of healthcare such as accounting, advertising, healthcare administration, insurance, web design, and administrative assistant. 

“I am interested in the medical field,” said Brook Jannotte, RHS student. “I think this is a great option for us to learn more about what is involved.”

RHS students attending the event included Abbegail Wilson, Baylee Williams, Whitney Frasier, Haley Stamey, Kersey Locklear, Cheyen-ne McClure, Raven Wilkerson, Eyzondrianna Gibbons, 

Stephanie Leisey, Hailey Paschal, Alykisha Middlebrooks, Zyria Overton, Autumn Hughes, Shundria Weaver, Andrea Fincher, Caitlin Crete, Breanna Congjo, Katlin McCrary, 

Allyson Gault, Brook Jannotte, Darby Mauldin, Aalejah Diamond, Clara Delgado, Katie Guzman, Alexis West, Kalesha Printup, Deja Chambers, Haleigh Deems, Daedria Davis, Raven Hayes, Sarah Clark, Mikejah Hayes and Lacie Tomlin. 

The event with RHS students was a huge success, according to April Welch, student affairs at GNTC.

She said many of those attending described their experience as “awesome” and “the entire day was so much fun.”