Taking Center Stage at Business and Education Competition

GNTC sends 10 to PBL National Competition.
GNTC sends 10 to PBL National Competition.

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College is sending 10 of its top students to compete against the nation’s largest colleges and universities in the National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this week.

More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students will showcase their talents as future business leaders and compete for an opportunity to win nearly $80,000 in cash prizes. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Qualifying for the national round of PBL from Georgia Northwestern are Jonathan Hammond and Ernesto Martinez (Help Desk), Marcella Hooper (Future Business Educator), Mario Trejo (Justice Administration), Marcos Diaz (Statistical Analysis), Sairon Patton and Kenneth Shuman (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making), Kenneth Shuman (Small Business Management Plan), Cynthia Mills and Daniel Heiman (Small Business Management Plan), and Tina Zhang (Accounting Principles).

The qualifiers placed in the state level of the PBL conference this past spring earning them bids into the national competition. The GNTC group leaves for the Music City Tuesday morning. GNTC PBL advisors Patty Hart, Dione Hodge and Mark Upton will lead the students into three-days of competition which conclude with an awards ceremony Friday night.

PBL, along with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest and oldest student business organization in the nation. The annual event allows to students to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.