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Career Exploration 2019 Recap


United Way of Northwest Georgia recently hosted the Career Exploration on Friday, November 15th.

We were able to partner with Georgia Northwestern Technical College to teach 600+ Dalton Public School 5th grade students about potential career options.


Students were greeted by United Way Board Member, Jeff Browne- Browne, Draper and Land; Amanda Burt- United Way President; Jennifer Phinney- DPS Director of School Support; and Heidi Popham- GNTC President.

They were able to hear from local members of our community about their occupations in Communications, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Logistics, Machine Tools, Diesel, or Welding.


This is United Way’s 3rd Career Exploration.

The idea was birthed by United Way Women’s Leadership Council co-chair, Dixie Kinard.

After being asked several years ago to speak to 5th grade students at Dug Gap Elementary School, Dixie saw the need to introduce the next generation of workers to different career options early in their education. 




This event falls in line with United Way’s strategic guideline for education to get kids career and life ready by the time they graduate.

The event also aligns with GA Department of Education’s BRIDGE (Building Resourceful Individuals to Develop Georgia’s Economy) Act, to create an atmosphere motivating students to see the relevance of education to their dreams and future plans.


One of the teachers who was present at the event commented, “Young people need to see college before they get to high school in order to believe they can be a part of the college experience. This event targets the age group that needs an introduction to college opportunities.”

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible, and thank you Dalton Public Schools and Georgia Northwestern Technical College

for choosing to partner with United Way and make a difference in our community! 



David Aft              Northwest Georgia Community Foundation

Kip Allen                                              Shaw Industries Group

Norma Barragan                  United Way of Northwest Georgia

Wayne Bell                                                   Dorsett Industries

Tony Benavides                              Marketing Alliance Group

Kenneth Bennett                                  Material Handling Inc.

Rob Bradham             Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce

Bill Brueckner*                                    Shaw Industries Group

Tom Bundros                                                     Dalton Utilities

Jeff Burr                                                Clan Cameron Cinema

Carl Campbell      Dalton Whitfield Joint Development Authority

Dan Cole                                                    Mohawk Industries

Brian Cooksey                                      Shaw Industries Group

Savannah Coquerille           United Way of Northwest Georgia

Jack Dana                                    Perpetual Machine Company

Hope D'Angelo                    United Way of Northwest Georgia

Jennifer Dean                                         Shaw Industries Group

Lisa Defore                                 Hamilton Health Care System

Cathy Ferguson                            Hamilton Health Care System

John Forrester*                            Hamilton Health Care System

Jason Gamel                Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Sal Gonzales               Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Judean Guinn                                Hamilton Health Care System

Brian Haynes                                               Shaw Transportation

Jonathan Hays                Textile Rubber and Chemical Company

Wayne Henderson          Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Ronnie Huggins            Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Kate Kranzlein                        United Way of Northwest Georgia

Bryan Macon                                                     Dorsett Industries

Lt. Juan Martinez                     Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office

Deana Mathis*                                          Shaw Industries Group 

Merinda McGill                                                Engineered Floors

Austin Mitchell                                                        Enviro Guard

Ivette Moncus                                 Georgia Department of Labor

Danny Morgan                                 Perpetual Machine Company

Judge Cindy Morris                   Whitfield County Superior Court

Summer Mosteller                    United Way of Northwest Georgia

Seth Owen                                      Hamilton Health Care System

Gabriel Perez                                              Material Handling Inc.

Micah Riggle*                                                 Mohawk Industries

Carolyn Roan                            Coldwell Banker – Kinard Realty

Steve Roan                       The Americas for Rizzy Home Textiles

Amy Ross                                 United Way of Northwest Georgia

Arely Sanchez                           United Way of Northwest Georgia

Joe Shelton                                                      Mohawk Industries

Phil Shirley                   Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Scott Spears                   Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Dr. Lee Strauss    Hamilton Physician Group – Gastroenterology

Chris Swilling                                                  Machine Craft Inc.

Georgina Valderrama     Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Dean Warrick                                            Shaw Industries Group

Judge Rod Weaver                 Whitfield County Magistrate Court

Missy Wright                                             Shaw Industries Group

Joe Young*                                                       Engineered Floors

Margaret Zeisig                        United Way of Northwest Georgia


*United Way of Northwest Georgia Board Member