Georgia Northwestern Tech launches new website, mobile app, and virtual tour
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) officially launched a newly redesigned website, mobile app, and virtual tour to provide users with an enriched online experience and a more enhanced way to connect with the college.
The website went live on Monday, Feb. 20, and has a cleaner, simpler look to give users a more intuitive navigation. The new interface makes it easier for individuals to navigate the site to find key resources such as different programs of study, financial aid, and student services.
It features a mobilefriendly, responsive web design, that allows web pages to be viewed in response to the size of the mobile device or computer that is being used to access GNTC’s website.
“In addition to a new, fresh look, our redesigned website places an emphasis on providing a more userfriendly experience by streamlining menus and simplifying our site navigation,” said Amber Jordan, director of marketing and public relations at GNTC. “Prospective students can find information on admissions and financial aid, while current students can access all the resources they need during their educational career at GNTC.”
The front page spotlights upcoming events and recent GNTC news. Banners and six call-out boxes on the primary webpage brings focused attention to important content such as academic plans, student success stories, and the Foundation.
The layout of the of the new website includes drop down menus, which are consistent on top level pages, that directs visitors to key admissions features, academics, student resources, community initiatives, and information about GNTC. The website footer is also consistent throughout the site and contains links to GNTC’s social media channels, virtual tour, and various policies.
GNTC also has launched a new mobile app named MyGNTC that gives students an
a husband, father and grandfather. But serving as a leader in his community was important to him he says.
What are Johnson’s views on government now that’s he’s on the inside?
“I’ve learned how complicated and slow it can be and why. There are many levels of regulation and paperwork to get things done. Some of them reach all the way to the federal level. Even just getting an answer to a citizen’s question can mean calling multiple people and waiting for phone calls to be returned.”
But Johnson says he also has more confidence in Catoosa County government now that he’s part of it. “We have a good group of commissioners who I believe really want what’s best for the county. We don’t always agree on things, but we all take our responsibilities very seriously and we’re all willing to explain things to citizens.”
Johnson says one thing an official must learn is how to disagree and be disagreed with without getting upset or defensive. “I try to call every commissioner from time to time just to see how they’re doing, keep in touch, keep lines of communication open.
“We also have great employees in the county. They really work hard. A lot of them do more than one job, which helps the county save money.” One example of that, says Johnson, is the recently refurbished county website. “That could have cost us thousands of dollars, but we had two employees – our economic development coordinator, Katie Sponberger, and our former IT director, Rick Nelson – who knew how to do it and were willing to put a lot of work into it.”
One thing that’s changed since Johnson was elected is the relationship between commissioners and department heads. The practice of meeting and talking with those who manage departments is now encouraged.
“I try to visit around to all the county departments and get to know people and what their jobs are like,” says Johnson. “I think they deserve to know their commissioners and we should care about knowing them.”
Johnson is especially passionate about citizens getting involved with their government. “I’d like to see more people coming to meetings, serving on boards, letting us know what they think. If an issue is important to you, you’re free to address the commissioners at the meetings. Or you can just share general thoughts – whatever you want us to hear. We try to be open and responsive.”
Citizens can speak for five minutes each at commission meetings. They don’t need to sign up in advance – they need only show up and raise a hand when it’s time for citizen comments. There is no restriction on how many meetings a citizen can speak at and no approval needed by any official.
“We try to be as open and responsive as possible,” says Johnson. “We can’t accommodate every wish for a lot of reasons, including regulations that tie our hands, but we can explain why. Sometimes when we can deal with an issue, it just takes a lot more time than people think it should. Unfortunately, government has too many layers to get things done as fast as private industry can.”
A common example of the slow march of government, says Johnson, has to do with road maintenance. “There’s a system to how it’s done. Roads are rated based on inspections, and they’re maintained based on available funds. But people should contact us if they feel there’s a problem and we’ll have someone go out and look at it. If it’s a real serious problem, we have some leeway to deal with it – just not quite as much as people think we do. We can’t solve every problem instantly, but we can try.
“I can assure people that in this county it’s not about who you know. We try to run an open and honest government that’s fair to everyone.”
Johnson says he constantly works to become a better representative of the people. A current area he’s working on is improving his response to emails. “This is a part-time job, and I still have my regular fulltime job, so sometimes it’s a challenge to keep up, but I try to answer all my calls and emails. I want to hear from people and I want them to know they can trust me to serve them.”
GNTC’s new website went live Monday, Feb. 20, and features a cleaner design that provides users with a more intuitive navigation.
A new app named MyGNTC allows students to manage their financial aid, grades, important notifications, registration, and courses with a mobile device.