Hundreds Walk Across Stage, Whitfield County’s Morgan Speaks
(Northwest Georgia) – Approximately 2,000 people bundled up for freezing temperatures as they headed to Whitfield County, Georgia to honor more than 200 Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduates who walked the stage at the college’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony at the Dalton Convention Center Tuesday.
GNTC’s 2018 GOAL (Georgia’s Occupational Award of Leadership) Award winner, Macey Morgan, gave the graduating class their commencement speech. The Whitfield County, Georgia resident represented the college in the GOAL competition this past spring in Atlanta, Georgia.
GNTC holds two graduations each year. A spring graduation each May in Rome, Georgia and a fall graduation each December in Dalton, Georgia. GNTC President Pete McDonald, along with GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips, served as presenters of the ceremony.
Many programs made headlines this graduation with perfect performances by their entire graduating class. Among those were Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiologic Technology. Of the 14 of those graduating from Radiologic Technology, 13 of those have completed their registries. The final student is slated to take the exam this Saturday. As for Radiologic Technology, all 26 graduating students successfully passed their credentialing exams.
All graduates participating in the ceremony were recognized for their academic achievements and presented with their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Listed are graduates which took part in the commencement exercise for the Fall 2018 graduation ceremony. This list does not include eligible students who did not participate in graduation.
|Associate of Applied Science|
|David Aguilar||Construction Management|
|Itzel Bautista Lopez||Adult Echocardiography|
|Melissa N. Betterton||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Tina M. Blalock||Vascular|
|Christian A. Bregante||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Alisha A. Broome||Surgical Technology|
|Haylee Burris||Health Information Management Technology|
|Rosa Yenis Cabrera||Business Management|
|Patricia Laine Clark||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Misti Dawn Clark||Business Management|
|Courtney B. Compton||Medical Assisting|
|Haleigh Rose Morgan Condra||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Emily Connell||Social Work Assistant|
|Christen J. Cordell||Criminal Justice Technology|
|Jennifer L. Cowart||Business Management|
|Madison Victoria Crawford||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Dudley S. Davis||Electronics Technology|
|Cassidy A. Davis||Radiologic Technology|
|Ricardo Ulises Dominguez||Business Management|
|Sarah Dorsey||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Sprite Dyer||Networking Specialist|
|Jessica Anne Ellis||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Normayda L. Escalante||Medical Assisting|
|Yony M. Escalante||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Anna Esquivel||Business Management|
|Robert B. Evans||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Kim L. Fosdick||Adult Echocardiography|
|Adriana Garcia||Criminal Justice Technology|
|Courtney R. Georgiefski||Accounting|
|Kimberly I. Glover||Business Management|
|Jesanyelis Gonzalez||Business Management|
|Yecely Gonzalez||Business Management|
|Jennifer L. Goodman||Health Information Management Technology|
|Hannah J. Goss||Adult Echocardiography|
|Adrian Gutierrez||Business Management|
|Alexis Jovonni Guyton||Vascular|
|Ashley N. Harden||Business Management|
|William A. Harper||Vascular|
|Caitlyn N. Harris||Vascular|
|Renay Michelle Harris||Social Work Assistant|
|Valencia R. Henderson||Radiologic Technology|
|Valina P. Hopson||Radiologic Technology|
|Matthew D. Howard||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Kadie Hendrix Johnston||Radiologic Technology|
|Zachary Wane Taylor Jones||Computer Support Specialist|
|Cynthia Denise Kirk||Accounting|
|Catherine E. Lankford||Radiologic Technology|
|Dana K. Manis||Business Management|
|Nicole L. Mansfield||Health Information Management Technology|
|Tristian A. Martin||Social Work Assistant|
|Michael Nickolas Martin||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Norma Martinez||Business Management|
|Deloris Jill McBee||Social Work Assistant|
|Bailey S. Milone||Adult Echocardiography|
|Jennifer E. Mora||Business Management|
|Josie T. Nunn||Vascular|
|Trever B. Oliver||Business Management|
|Jacqaline Cruz Orozco||Medical Assisting|
|Pedro M. Ortiz||Automotive Technology|
|Neyda R. Paiz||Business Management|
|Derrick Ray Parker||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Jesse Lee Parsons||Business Technology|
|Jennyfer R. Paucay||Surgical Technology|
|Collin Anthony Payne||Automotive Technology|
|William A. Peters||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Ashley E. Phipps||Adult Echocardiography|
|Marvin James Pointer||Construction Management|
|Leslie R. Renfro||Radiologic Technology|
|Rodrigo Reyes-Cruz||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Stephanie A. Rittenhouse||Radiologic Technology|
|Ronald Harrison Roach||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Tyler L. Rowland||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Lauren Nicole Runion||Social Work Assistant|
|Wesley J. Saunders||Industrial Systems Technology|
|James Wayne Shearin||Culinary Arts|
|Alan N. Shepherd||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Kayla Renae Sinyard||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|James T. Spraggins||Construction Management|
|Abbigail G. Tate||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Rosha C. Taylor||Social Work Assistant|
|Elizabeth S. Tidwell||Health Information Management Technology|
|Donald Howard Tinnan||Culinary Arts|
|Joseph Edwin Turner||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Luis Valdes||Automotive Technology|
|Luz Maria Vigil||Business Management|
|Abbie L. Waits||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Kayla C. Wallace||Diagnostic Medical Sonography|
|Jason Andrew Warren||Logistics and Supply Chain Management|
|Angela Watson||Radiologic Technology|
|Chloe Watts||Marketing Management|
|Regina N. Watts||Vascular|
|Amanda Nicole Yoder||Health Information Management Technology|
Keyli D. Ajanel-Perez
|Ashton L. Avery||Surgical Technology|
|William P. Ayres||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Ciara P. Baker||Cosmetology|
|Ashley N. Benge||Surgical Technology|
|Rashonda Lee Bryant||Practical Nursing|
|Emily Kay Butler||Practical Nursing|
|Giovanni Carlos||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Michaela G. Clarke||Culinary Arts|
|Latoya Denise Cofield||Practical Nursing|
|Charles E. Crowe||Criminal Justice Technology|
|Amparo Cruz Cornejo||Medical Assisting|
|Margie Jean Deering||Business Management|
|Selena H. Dupree||Cosmetology|
|Allison Danielle Edgeworth||Medical Assisting|
|Tracy M. Elkins||Cosmetology|
|Shanna Danyel Ely||Medical Assisting|
|McKenzie Symone Floyd||Cosmetology|
|Sarah LeeAnn Gallegos||Practical Nursing|
|Noemi C. Garcia||Cosmetology|
|Maegan Alicia Gibson||Medical Assisting|
|Meghan Nicole Godfrey||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Clarence Gore||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Shayna D. Green||Medical Assisting|
|Keymonica N. Hall||Lactation Consultant|
|Misty Dawn Hawkins||Medical Assisting|
|Thomas Lee Hayes||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Kimberly Hayes||Medical Assisting|
|Lucas S. Heard||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Robert C. Hodge||Electrical Control Systems|
|Michael Ivester||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Amber C. James||Practical Nursing|
|Sonia L. Jernigan||Cosmetology|
|Luis Joaquin-Gomez||Air Conditioning Technology|
|Phelicia T. Johnson||Medical Assisting|
|Tomeika L. Johnson||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|Teyannah Taiisha Johnson||Practical Nursing|
|Grace Wangui Kariuki||Practical Nursing|
|Sheena R. Lamar||Business Management|
|Anzie Cox McCoy||Practical Nursing|
|Regina A. McKin||Medical Assisting|
|Kalee Amanda Meadows||Surgical Technology|
|Eris Jane Merritt Moonstar||Lactation Consultant|
|Joshua D. Moyer||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Khanh Nguyen||Medical Assisting|
|Jessica P. Pack||Medical Assisting|
|Sonny Apag Padayao||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Christon Nicole Peden||EMS Professions|
|Angie A. Pizano||Medical Assisting|
|David Michael Powell||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Sharon A. Ragland||Business Management|
|Alejandro L. Ramirez||Medical Assisting|
|Omar G. Rangel||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Harmony Nicole Rose Ray||Surgical Technology|
|Jesus Reyes||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Autumn Cheyenne Ridley||Cosmetology|
|Kylea B. Riley||Practical Nursing|
|Cole A. Ryan||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Loretta Didena Scott||Medical Assisting|
|Brooke A. Silvers||Medical Assisting|
|Aiseh Smith||Business Management|
|Nicole A. Smith||Business Management|
|Chelsea M. Stanfield||Practical Nursing|
|John A. Tanturri||Industrial Systems Technology|
|Lanesha Gilena Teague||Practical Nursing|
|Autumn Taylor Tomlinson||Cosmetology|
|Cierra B. Turner||Practical Nursing|
|Samantha Orsha Upshaw||Surgical Technology|
|Bonnita E. VanNuys||Medical Assisting|
|Shameka M. Ware||Cosmetology|
|Cody Alan West||Aviation Maintenance Technology|
|Bathshebia Willis||Dental Assisting|
|Charmisse Wood||Practical Nursing|
|Myra E. Wyatt||Medical Assisting|
|Michael A. York||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Technical Certificate of Credit|
|Dyane Mary Alvarado||Medical Front Office Assistant|
|Justin C. Bouy||Aviation Maintenance Technician|
|Taylor Brooke Cato||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Virginia D. Chambers||Phlebotomy Technician|
|Rhaghan Kelsey Dennis||Early Child Care and Education Basics|
|Valeria Fraire||Human Resource Management Specialist|
|Priscilla Henderson||Child Development Specialist|
|Mary Land||Early Child Care and Education Basics|
|Lesly Elizabeth Miranda||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Jordan L. Moore||Emergency Medical Technician|
|Keetra L. Murphy||Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician|
|Allen B. Newport||Aviation Maintenance Technician|
|Mackinzie C. Parrott||Health Care Assistant|
|Meagan R. Ray||Early Childhood Care and Education Basics|
|Jennifer Reyes||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Brittany Danielle Roberts||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Cierra J. Ross||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Tamarsha Watkins||Cosmetology for Licensure|
|Jalessa Young||PC Repair and Network Technician|
GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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 a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 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.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus and 2017 SkillsUSA welding national champion Ryan Fincher has added an additional accomplishment to his long list of achievements in Welding and Joining Technology.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, he was selected as one of three finalists to become the U.S. representative in an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world. The announcement was made at an awards program hosted by the American Welding Society (AWS) at Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner, Ala.
“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC helped prepare me not only for these competitions, but also for the real world,” said Fincher.
A resident of Cedartown, Fincher has been competing in the American Welding Society (AWS) U.S. Invitational Weld Trials for the past several months. The competition is a four-stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia.
By advancing to the final three, Fincher enters the final stage of the competition to select the American representative. The WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019.
“Ryan is the first person in the State of Georgia to make it to the final three in this competition,” said Matt Hayden, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology at GNTC.
Hayden is also an instructor of Metals and Welding at Cedartown High School and has been coaching Fincher since he was high a school student.
Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in the four-stage competition that will decide the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and have competed at the National Level for SkillsUSA. In 2016, Fincher was a top six finalist in the AWS WorldSkills Pre-Trials.
The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists during the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals, Feb. 16-23, at Alabama Robotics Technology Park. The winner will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the nation against the best WorldSkills welders from other countries.
Fincher already has experience in international welding competitions. In July, he was selected by the AWS to be the American representative in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing and won the bronze medal.
Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four-part Team USA Welder Selection competition. There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition in Beijing.
“I was amazed at the quality and level that the other welders at the competition in China were operating at and it has given me a goal to try to be better than what I have seen them accomplish,” said Fincher.
Fincher is currently working as a part-time lab assistant in the Welding and Joining program at GNTC and is also practicing and preparing full-time for the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals. Fincher is practicing at GNTC’s welding labs and the welding labs at Cedartown High School.
“Since the beginning of August, Ryan quit working full-time and has been practicing full-time for this competition,” said Hayden.
As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017 and became the college’s first ever national champion. Fincher graduated from GNTC in 2017.
“These competitions have pushed me to always find better ways and more efficient ways to be a better welder and strive for perfection each time I step into the booth,” said Fincher.
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 a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us atwww.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.
State agencies across Georgia, including all Georgia Northwestern Technical College campuses, will be opening at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11 due to potentially dangerous road conditions across the Peach State.
GNTC’s Fall 2018 Graduation Ceremony is still scheduled to begin Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia. If any changes to graduation are made, we will alert you on all GNTC Social Media, as well as GNTC.edu.
If you were scheduled for any final examinations that would take place in part or entirely before 10 a.m. Tuesday, be sure to reach out to your advisor about the very latest in any scheduling changes that may be pending.
Stay tuned to GNTC’s Social Media and GNTC.edu for the very latest on the situation.
ALL campuses are scheduled to be open for a normal operating schedule on Monday, December 10.