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GNTC Alum Welder Sets Sights On Russia, One of Six Finalists in International Competition

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GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown is one of six finalists competing in the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials. Three finalists will be chosen to go to the next stage and the winner will go on to compete internationally with welders from around the world.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown is one of six finalists selected for the American Welding Society (AWS) U.S. Invitational Weld Trials – part of a four stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the 2019 WorldSkills Completion.

 

The AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials will take place Dec. 3-9 at Robotics Technology Park in Huntsville, Ala. Three finalists will be chosen at the Weld Trials to go to the next stage to compete to become the U.S. representative at the international welding competition.

 

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected on Feb. 17 from the top three finalists at the AWS TeamUSA Finals. The winner will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the nation against the best WorldSkills welders from other countries.

 

The WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019, in Kazan, Russia.

 

“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC pushed me to be the best welder I can be and has always helped me as much as they can along the way,” said Fincher.

 

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.

 

This is second time Fincher has made the top six. In 2016, he was one of six finalists for the 2017 WorldSkills Competition.

 

“This is the result of Ryan practicing sometimes for 12 to 16 hours a day, six to seven days a week” said Matt Hayden, GNTC Welding Instructor.

 

Fincher and the other five finalists will be working in the American Welding Society’s exhibition booth at FABTECH 2018, Nov. 3-9, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta as part of their preparation for the U.S. Invitational Weld Trials.

 

“FABTECH is America’s largest metalworking show,” said Hayden.

 

In July, Fincher won the bronze medal in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing, China. Fincher was selected to be the American representative at the competition in China by the AWS. There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition.

 

Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four part Team USA Welder Selection competition.

 

“I was nervous, but it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Fincher. “It was a very eye opening experience how the people in China treat their guests. They have a lot of hospitality.”

 

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.

 

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, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

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GNTC Instructors Headline International Cybersecurity Month Webinar

Watt, West Join Experts In Month Long Series With Industry Leader

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Computer Information Systems Program Director Dr. Dwight Watt hosted a session during a month-long webinar series for CompTIA, one of the world’s top information technology trade associations.”

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College Computer Information Systems Program Director Dr. Dwight Watt and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Computer Technology Instructor Jill West spoke to information technology specialists around the globe October 11. It was part of the month-long international webinar series, “CyberFest 2018.”
CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, hosted the event. The session hosted by Watt and West was called, “What Is Your Network Built With? Hay, Sticks, or Bricks?” It’s all part of a series helping promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the non-profit National Cybersecurity Alliance first launched the initiative in 2011.
Attendees from the United States, Sweden, India, Thailand, and other nations took part in the two-hour online event. “It was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to people around the world and help them take the next step in information technology,” said Watt. “Sharing what we know with our students in the classroom is an amazing opportunity for us throughout the year. Of course, getting a chance to make an impact on someone on the other side of the planet is also pretty impressive.”

 

The session covered networking and computer technology issues in the home, workplace, and in the classroom. The series also offered a special focus on end-user security, IT project management, infrastructure security, and Cloud security.
Watt is a Doctor of Education (University of Georgia) who holds more than 30 certifications in various areas of information technology expertise, as well as taught courses in the industry on the collegiate level for more than 35 years. He also writes a newspaper column helping users with miscellaneous computer technology issues.

West holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (University of Memphis). She has taught computer technology to all education levels from elementary school through college level coursework. West has also co-authored networking textbooks during her career.

 

CompTIA is one of the world’s premier information technology trade associations. The CyberFest 2018 series is offered through the CompTIA Instructor Network. Learn more about the association at CompTIA.org.

 

Watt teaches CompTIA certification preparation courses at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. For more information on those courses, or any of the areas covered by the college’s programs in Information Technology, visit the GNTC.edu website. Or, you can call Georgia Northwestern at 866.983.4682. GNTC offers courses online, as well as on six different campuses across 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, 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.

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20th Annual GNTC Foundation Golf Tournament Raises More than $22,000 for Students

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The 20th annual GNTC Foundation Golf Tournament was held at the picturesque Barnsley Resort in Adairsville.

 

More than $22,000 was raised to provide funding and financial aid to Georgia Northwestern Technical College students during the 20th annual GNTC Foundation Golf Tournament held at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

 

The tournament was sponsored by Balfour Beatty Construction; Floyd Medical Center; Fox Systems, Inc.; The HON Company; Mohawk Industries, Inc. and Shaw Floors.

 

Teams that participated included: Balfour Beatty Construction; Bank of LaFayette; Coca Cola Enterprises; Dalton Utilities/OptiLink; Flegal Insurance; Floyd Medical Center; The HON Company; Mayer Electric Company, Inc.; Mohawk Industries; Ringgold Telephone Company; Roper Corporation; SCANA Corporation; Shaw Floors; Silver Comet Furniture; State Mutual Insurance Company; Suhner Manufacturing; Team “507”; Toles, Temple & Wright, Inc. – Craig McDaniel; and United Community Bank.

 

The GNTC Foundation Golf Tournament was divided into two flights and prizes were awarded to the first place teams in each flight.

 

1st Flight – 1st Place:

Suhner Manufacturing – Chris Brown, Rickey Williams, Keith Guilford and David Guilford.

 

2nd Flight – 1st Place:

Team “507” – Tom Bojo, Tom Wilson, Heath Hooper and Wes Hooper.

 

Scott Evenson of the SCANA Team won closest to hole on the front nine and Norris Ray of the Coca-Cola Team won closest to hole on the back nine.

 

Cory Tanner of the Floyd Medical Team won “Longest Drive” and Wes Hooper of Team “507” was the winner of the putting contest.

 

Hole Sponsors that contributed $200 each included Louis F. Barton; Bank of LaFayette; Bobbye F. Harris, Foundation Inc.; Chick-Fil-A; Coca Cola Enterprises; Dalton Utilities/OptiLink; Dukes Wings and Seafood; El Pueblito; Flegal Insurance; Georgia Power; Hometown Headlines; HOK; Honeymoon Bakery; Hype, Inc.; Mayer Electric Company, Inc.; Miura; Mohawk Industries; Nesbitt Consulting; OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc.; Parker Systems, LLC/FiberNet; The Rome News-Tribune/Times Journal, Inc.; Rome Braves Professional Baseball; SCANA Corporation; Shelburne Advertising; Silver Comet Furniture; Starr Mathews; State Mutual Insurance; Suhner Manufacturing; Taco House; Terry Simmons Insurance Agency; Toles, Temple & Wright, Inc.; TTA Broadcasting – The Ridge 95.7; United Community Bank; V3 Magazine and WEBS Radio.

 

Additional Support was provided by Bobbye F. Harris Foundation; Chick-Fil-A; City Club Marietta; Coca-Cola Enterprises; Five Star Food Services; Greene’s Jewelers; HOK; Kroger – Rome; LaFayette Golf Course; Meadow Lakes Golf Course; Miura; Ricoh; Ringgold Telephone Company; Rome Braves Professional Baseball; Sam’s Club – West Rome; SEIDA; Stonebridge Golf Club; Southern Flavor; Three Rivers Specialty; Trenton Golf Club; Walmart – East Rome and WKSY SKY TV.

 

Over $3,000 worth of gift in kind donations were provided to help support the tournament.

 

Proceeds raised from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships and financial assistance to GNTC students on all six campuses. The Foundation also assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and providing materials for the library. For additional information about the Foundation, contact Michelle Beatson at 706.802.5850 or via email at mbeatson@gntc.edu.

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

 

Eric Loggins
Eric Loggins was part of the Flegal Insurance team that participated in the 20th Annual GNTC Foundation Golf Tournament held at Barnsley Resort.

Construction Bobcats On The Prowl

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Framing is continuing as we prep for interior and exterior finishes on these lab models. These Bobcats know how to get it done. 

#buildingourfuture#constructionmanagement #fillingtheskillsgap#GNTC — at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

GNTC’s Horticulture program is holding a small Fall Plant Sale through Oct.12

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David Warren, director of Horticulture at GNTC, inspects the pansies that are on sale through Friday, Oct. 19. Behind Warren are the poinsettias that will be ready for sale closer to the Christmas holiday.

 

The Horticulture program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is holding a small Fall Plant Sale at the greenhouses and Building L located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome through Friday, Oct. 12.

 

The sale hours are from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays the sale takes place all day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Fall plants being sold include flowering kale, pansies and mums. The flowering kale cost $2 each and the pansies cost $11 for a flat of 36 plants. There mums are available at $5 each.

 

The sale will continue until Oct. 12 or until the plants are sold out.

 

The kale and pansies are located in the main Horticulture greenhouses and the mums are located in a fenced area across from Building L. Buyers should stop by Building L first, said David Warren, director of GNTC’s Horticulture program.

 

Purchases may be made with cash or check and credit cards are not accepted.

 

Warren says that before the year is over the Horticulture program plans to have a poinsettia sale around Christmas.

 

“The poinsettias should be ready probably the week after thanksgiving,” said Warren.

 

All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Horticulture program at GNTC. The sale is a way for GNTC to contribute to the community that also gives Horticulture students real-world experience.

 

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 at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Coffee With A Cup For CCC

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“Coffee With A Cop” was a huge success in Ringgold, Georgia Wednesday! Our new GNTC Police Chief Chad Cardin, seen left, poses for a selfie with some of the GNTC Catoosa County Campus staff and some Ringgold Police Department reps. The even took place Wednesday morning at the Ringgold, Georgia McDonald’s. It was an opportunity for the public to meet with some of our new police force on the campuses of GNTC. Shown in the photo are, from left, Cardin, Ringgold Police Department Sergeant Elliot Welch,Ringgold Police Department Captain Chris Faulk, GNTC Catoosa County Campus Manager Leigh Ann Pettigrew, and Ringgold Police Department Detective/GNTC Officer Jennifer Jones.

Georgia Northwestern Student Leading The Way For Georgia’s Next Workforce

Matthews Making Strides in Construction Management, Storms Pave Way To Career

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College SkillsUSA Advisor Missy McClain, left, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Julianna Matthews stand outside the offices of U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (GA) during the 2018 SkillsUSA Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D.C.”

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – One of the top representatives of Georgia’s next Workforce is a student of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Construction Management programs. The online educational offering is the only one of its kind in the state. Now, Julianna Matthews is getting training in the management side of construction from GNTC.
As the President of Georgia’s SkillsUSA Post-Secondary chapter, Matthews was invited to attend the SkillsUSA Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D.C. during the week of September 22. Matthews was one of only two collegiate SkillsUSA members nationwide to win a Robert Flint Student Leadership Development Scholarship to help pay for the trip to our nation’s capital.

 

Matthews is neither GNTC’s first winner of the Flint Scholarship, nor is she GNTC’s first state officer to represent Georgia on the national level. GNTC’s Brandy LeVan of Catoosa County, Georgia served as Secretary of the very same Georgia SkillsUSA Post-Secondary chapter in 2017-18.

 

The Leadership Training event taught Matthews everything from the congressional process involved with lawmaking to learning how to make sure the right messages are heard about technical trades and workforce issues on a local, state, and national level. This year-long journey from college to capital began with a 36-year-old woman’s desire to work in carpentry and construction; a desire born out of disaster.

 

It was just over a year ago when the mother of two uncovered her career path after deadly storms turned Southwest Georgia upside down. “Neighborhoods were destroyed, trees fell through roofs, and so many families lost everything,” recalls the Leesburg, Georgia resident. “Certain neighborhoods were so damaged they were unrecognizable after the storms passed. I began working with a contractor at that time. It was that work which really helped me find my passion.

 

Matthews would soon enroll in Albany Technical College in Albany, Georgia. She recently completed her Carpentry diploma at the Technical College System of Georgia school. However, it was this past summer when Matthews would meet GNTC Director of Construction Management Donny Holmes. “He (Holmes) was leading one of our Georgia teams at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky,” said Matthews. “After getting to know more about him, his program, and his dedication to his students, I made the decision to pursue the online Construction Management Associate’s Degree from GNTC.”

 

Matthews and her daughters, Kayla, 17, and Aniyah, 13, are now all excelling in education. Kayla is an academic honors student at Lee County High School and Aniyah’s academic testing scores sit at the top of her class at Lee Middle School East Campus where she also serves in leadership roles. “I’m still researching where the best place to plant roots in Georgia would be,” said Matthews. “I’m not only looking for a dedicated company that will utilize the skill sets and passion I bring to the table, but I’m also looking for a place that the three of us can truly call home.”

 

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.

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