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Gold Rush! GNTC Students Take Top Honors at 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia Competition, Lock In On Nationals

Four men in khaki work clothes in front a black back drop and wearing medals
For the fourth year in a row, GNTC won the gold medal in the TeamWorks competition at the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia competition. (From left to right) Gabriel Lopez, Ryan Banks, Joel Paez and Jesse Flanagan.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students had an outstanding performance at the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference, March 21-23, in Atlanta. GNTC competed in 15 categories and took home 13 medals; five gold, six silver and two bronze.

Highlights from SkillsUSA Georgia include winning the gold and silver medal in Practical Nursing, GNTC’s 2019 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner receiving the gold medal in Automotive Service Technology, the TeamWorks team winning the gold medal for the fourth consecutive year and more.

“Our students worked very hard to showcase their talents in the competitions at SkillsUSA Georgia,” said Missy Mclain, SkillsUSA advisor for GNTC.  “We are so very proud of the success of our students and how well they represented GNTC.”

Two women in blue scrubs in front of a black backdrop and wearing medals.
Kimberlee Hall (right) won the gold medal in Practical Nursing and Brittany Square (left) won the silver medal in Practical Nursing at the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia competition.

Listed below are gold, silver and bronze medalists including the student’s name, competition and county of residence. Team competitions are listed with the competition name first:

Listed below are gold, silver and bronze medalists including the student’s name, competition and county of residence. Team competitions are listed with the competition name first:

Gold Medal

Cole Allen, Internet of Things and Smart Home, Chattooga County.

Norberto Castaneda, Industrial Motor Controls, Floyd County.

Kimberlee Hall, Practical Nursing, Gordon County.

Brandon Neighbors, Automotive Service Technology, Catoosa County.

TeamWorks (team competition): Ryan Banks, Whitfield County; Jesse Flanagan, Polk County; Gabriel Lopez, Bartow County; and Joel Paez, Whitfield County.

Man in blue shirt with red lanyard sits at laptop computer with a car in the background.
Brandon Neighbors, GNTC’s 2019 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, won the gold medal in the Automotive Service Technology competition at SKillsUSA Georgia.


Silver Medal

Josh Barlow, Medical Terminology, Floyd County.

Autumn Donaldson, Medical Assisting, Whitfield County.

Julianna Matthews, Extemporaneous Speaking, Lee County.

Chris Roberson, HVACR, Polk County.

Brittany Square, Practical Nursing, Henry County.

Welding Fabrication (team competition): Dakota Green, Gordon County; Timothy Myers, Catoosa County; and Luke Shehee, Catoosa County.

Man in orange shirt, red lanyard, and white worksite helmet stands at a metal console.
Norberto Castaneda won the gold medal in the Industrial Motor Controls competition at SKillsUSA Georgia.


Bronze Medal

Ethan Mitchell, Electrical Construction Wiring, Gordon County

Colby Wyatt, CNC Technology, Chattooga County.

The award ceremony was led by Julianna Matthews, this year’s president of SkillsUSA Georgia. Matthews is a Construction Management major at GNTC and earned a silver medal in the Extemporaneous Speaking competition.

“I want to thank my advisors and other individuals that believed in me,” said Matthews. “I would not have the opportunity to see myself as I do now if it wasn’t for them and SkillsUSA.”

During the opening ceremony for SkillsUSA Georgia, a special recognition was held for GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher, the 2019 SkillsUSA World Team Welder. Fincher was selected to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. The best welders from around the world will take part in the elite international competition.

GNTC was recognized as a Level 1 Quality Chapter and also received the Gold Chapter of Distinction during the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia opening ceremony.

Gold medalists will advance to the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Ky. The national competition will be held the week of June 24.

Man in jacket holds a trophy in front of a lightly-colored backdrop.
During the opening ceremony for SkillsUSA Georgia a special recognition was held for GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher, the 2019 SkillsUSA World Team Welder. Fincher was selected to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. The best welders from around the world will take part in the elite international competition.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) 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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Competes at SkillsUSA

An overhead view at the Georgia International Convention Center as SkillsUSA gets underway. Good luck to all of our GNTC competitors today! Keep an eye on the page this weekend for updates.

GNTC’s Horticulture program presents the Spring Plant Sale going on April 8-11.

Items being sold will include a large selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, blooming plants, and potted geraniums. Vegetables include tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, eggplants, and more. Purchases may be made with cash or check.

Sale held at the horticulture greenhouses located on Woodlee Hill, across from Georgia Northwestern’s Floyd County Campus on Cedar Avenue, Rome, GA

GNTC Headlines NW Georgia’s Focus on Higher Education

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Showcases
Georgia Northwestern, Dalton State

(Dalton, Georgia) – Business and political leaders from Dalton, Georgia, as well as all across the Northwest Georgia region were on hand for the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce’s “Good Morning Dalton: Higher Education” event Tuesday morning at the Dalton Convention Center.

Students and administration from both Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and Dalton State College shared their stories of success and growth with those in attendance. For GNTC, Social Work Assistant program student Pamela Tallent, Business Management alumnus Adrian Gutierrez, and College President Pete McDonald took the stage. All three spoke on the impact the college has had, as well as the growth it has seen in just the past few years.

Two men in suits standing behind a podium in front of a projection screen.
“President and CEO of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Board Member Joe Yarbrough, left, speaks on behalf of Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald. Yarbrough spoke in regards to McDonald’s pending retirement and his lifetime of dedication to higher education in Northwest Georgia.”


“GNTC has a role to play of putting people into the workplace,” said McDonald. “That is our job. Our job is to train the workforce. We need to do that as quickly as possible and inexpensively as possible.” Tallent, a current student, and Gutierrez, a graduate of GNTC, both commented on the efficiency and affordability of higher education at GNTC.

Gutierrez spoke of his life that begin in the United States as an undocumented worker. However, he wanted to change all of that beginning with plenty of help from a proper education. “I was born and raised in Mexico with very little expectation of success,” said Gutierrez. “Basically, I had no education in the beginning and went to work at the age of nine years old.”

Man in suit stands behind a podium and speaks to a crowd.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Business Management alumnus Adrian Gutierrez speaks to the crowd at the 2019 Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce event called, “Good Morning Dalton: Higher Education.” Gutierrez was part of several speakers from both GNTC and Dalton State College to take the stage to speak about the impact higher education had on their lives in Northwest Georgia.”

After coming to the states, Gutierrez would eventually move on to learn to speak English, earn his GED®, and then a college education from GNTC. Gutierrez is now taking classes at Dalton State College to further his education and career.

Tallent spoke about her home life and the demands it had on her and how it would impact her own success. “After being out of school for more than 16 years, I have truly learned so much from the Social Work Assistant program. I will definitely pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work next. GNTC set me up for long-term financial gain, job stability, career satisfaction, and success outside of the workplace.”

Woman standing behind podium and speaks to a crowd.
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Social Work Assistant Program student Pamela Tallent speaks to the crowd at the 2019 Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce event called, “Good Morning Dalton: Higher Education.” Tallent was part of several speakers from both GNTC and Dalton State College to take the stage to speak about the impact higher education had in their lives in Northwest Georgia.”


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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Contractor License Renewal

Professional Certification & License Renewal

Licensing Renewal Classes are offered in Spring and Fall.

Georgia Contractor License Renewal Continuing Education

Georgia Contractor License renewal requires continuing education each year starting with 2012 renewal cycle. Residential Basic requires at least three hours each year and Residential Light Commercial requires at least six hours each year. Completion of the first evening (Monday) satisfies the requirement for Residential Basic and completion of both evenings (Monday-Tuesday) satisfies the requirement for Residential Light Commercial. Certificate documents completion. Class meets from 6pm until 9pm.

Campus Day Date Cost
Floyd D115 James Martin Monday Monday/Tuesday April 15 April 15-16 $49 Residential Basic $99 Light Commercial
Walker Howard Gibson Monday Monday/Tuesday April 8 April 8-9 $49 Residential Basic $99 Light Commercial
Chattooga County Civic Center Eddie Willingham Monday Monday/Tuesday April 22 April 22-23 $49 Residential Basic $99 Light Commercial

Electrical License Renewal Continuing Education

This class meets the four-hour continuing education requirement for electrical contractors in the state of Georgia. The focus of the class will be on topics that are of interest to electrical contractors seeking to maintain certification in Georgia. Participants should bring a copy of the National Code Book to the seminar. Participants receive a certificate to document completion of the course. Class meets on Thursday from 6pm until 10pm.

Campus Day Date Cost
Floyd H101C        Joe Rob Norton Thursday May 30 $69
Walker                 Joe Rob Norton Thursday May 23 $69

Heating & Air Conditioning License Renewal Continuing Education

This class meets the four-hour continuing education requirement for conditioned air contractors in the state of Georgia. The focus of the class will be topics that apply specifically to HVAC professionals. Participants receive a certificate to document completion of the course. Class meets on Thursday from 6pm until 10pm.

Campus Day Date Cost
Floyd H101C            Joe Rob Norton Thursday April 25 $69
Walker        Aaron Adams Thursday April 18 $69
Whitfield    Aaron Adams Thursday May 16 $69

Plumbing License Renewal Continuing Education

This class meets the four-hour continuing education requirement for plumbing contractors in the state of Georgia. Participants should bring a copy of the National Code Book to the seminar. Participants receive a certificate to document completion of the course. Class meets on Thursday from 6pm until 10pm.

Campus Day Date Cost
Floyd H101C            James Martin Thursday April 11 $69
Walker        Terry Hayes Thursday April 25 $69

SkillsUSA at GNTC Ready To Perform at State, Nationals

GNTC’s Award-Winning SkillsUSA program will be on display at the state level next week in Atlanta, Georgia in an attempt to qualify students for the National SkillsUSA Competition this summer!
Keep an eye on all of GNTC’s social media and GNTC.edu for the very latest from the competition next week.

(Shown below are just a few of the awards earned by the Industrial Technology division of GNTC in the past couple of years.)

Returning Students and Free Money

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GNTC is pleased to announce a new way to apply for Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation Scholarships.AwardSpring will facilitate and streamline your scholarship application process. All returning GNTC students who have completed one semester of study are encouraged to apply.


Apply now for summer term GNTC Foundation scholarships at AwardSpring:https://gntc.awardspring.com/

For questions contact Michelle Beatsonmbeatson@gntc.edu

You may also visit http://www.gntc.edu/community/foundation/scholarships/for more details!

GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an EOI.

Harley Chastain, winner of the 2019 EAGLE Award at GNTC, selected as finalist for the State Eagle Award

Three women standing directly in front of a white backdrop with blue logos for the Technical College System of Georgia. Woman in the middle of the three women shown is holding a plaque.
“Harley Chastain (c) Kerri Hosmer (r) Lisa Shaw (l) Harley Chastain (center) was chosen as a regional finalist for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia. Also pictured is Kerri Hosmer (right), vice president of Adult Education at GNTC, and Lisa Shaw (left), data and testing manager for Adult Education at GNTC.”

Harley Chastain, winner of the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) EAGLE Award for 2019, was chosen as a regional finalist for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia.

The statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute is currently underway at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel. The winner will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 13. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

A resident of Calhoun, Chastain is currently enrolled in the Lactation Consultant program on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. Her career goal is to eventually become a midwife.

“GNTC’s adult education classes have prepared me for college by giving me the right tool belt of knowledge,” said Chastain. “Within the first week of college I was using a few of the writing skills taught to me in the adult education classes.”

Chastain was nominated for the EAGLE award by Melissa Blevins, lead teacher and site manager for Adult Education in Gordon County. Blevins said that she chose to nominate Chastain based on how much she would work with other students.

“Harley is dedicated, honest and she really believes in the program,” said Blevins. “She wants other people to earn their GED® diploma and achieve their goal.”

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

The Technical College System of Georgia through its Office of Adult Education sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Deadline For Graduation Application This Friday!


Deadline to apply for Spring 2019 Graduation is THIS FRIDAY!
E-mail to graduation@gntc.edu this week to make sure you have applied.
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