GNTC Graduates Cop Class

​Graduates of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201701 are (Back row left to right) Jonathan L. DeFoor, Jasn L. Phillips, Samuel H. Clemmons, Franz E. Orozco Avila, Josiah E. Hemm and Billy F. Smith III; (front row left to right) Jeffrey S. Nicholson, Kinsey P. Morin, Kassidy J. Kirby, Alexis D. Stanley and Nigel P. Torres.

Eleven Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) law enforcement students graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training Class last week at an Oct. 31 ceremony at the conference center on the GNTC Gordon County campus.

Friends, family, advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, community leaders and fellow law enforcement officers from across the Northwest Georgia region attended the ceremony in Calhoun to honor the graduates. Jim Pledger, director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, welcomed guests. Keynote speaker was Kenneth Dodd, police chief of the Polk County Police Department.

Dodd reminded graduates that character is a key attribute of being a police officer. "The most important skills in being a cop are honesty, integrity and courage," said Dodd. "That has everything to do with your attitude and how you approach things, so I encourage you to have a positive attitude every day."

​​Billy F. Smith III was the student speaker for the ceremony. He was also presented the "Top Gun" Award for excellence in marksmanship. He is shown at left receiving the Top Gun award from director Jim Pledger.

Jonathan L. DeFoor received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average. He is shown at right, also with director Pledger.

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 certificate in business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC's credit and noncredit programs.

With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at (866) 983-4682. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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