The United Community Bank (UCB) Foundation is donating $2,500 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC).
While the donation is the UCB Foundation’s first donation to GNTC, the local bank supports the GNTC Foundation each year from its local budget; this donation is being made “to improve the financial health of our community” and may be used as needed to assist students, said UCB northwest Georgia region President Scott Tucker, who also represents Floyd County on GNTC’s Board of Trustees.
“United Community Bank has been a loyal supporter and partner of Georgia Northwestern Technical College,” said Dr. Heidi Popham, GNTC’s president. “We are especially grateful for this gift from the United Community Bank Foundation. This support will benefit students so that they can stay on track and complete their education.”
These types of funds can be used in a variety of ways that meet student needs, such as purchasing textbooks, tools, uniforms and paying tuition, said Lauretta Hannon, executive director of the GNTC Foundation.
“Our technical college’s purpose and mission align with UCB’s desire to make a positive impact on our local community by providing resources that directly benefit students in need,” Tucker said. “We feel that these students will quickly transition into our local workforce and have a positive impact on our community.”
UCB provides business and personal banking solutions, real estate and mortgage lending, and advisory services. UCB has branches throughout Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, including Bartow, Chattooga and Floyd counties in Georgia.
Founded in 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is celebrating 60 years of providing 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, 11,134 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,528 students and an additional enrollment of 2,606 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.