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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 2016 SkillsUSA TeamWorks members Bo Dooley, left, and Burt Burns look over plans for a phase of their gold medal winning state competition project constructed in Atlanta, Georgia last week. In the background, from left, is Tanner Boyd and Barry Arrington working on the wiring for their entry.”


(Atlanta, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students Barry Arrington of Calhoun, Georgia; Tanner Boyd of Armuchee, Georgia; Bo Dooley of Calhoun, Georgia; Burt Burns of Lindale, Georgia; and Evan Brackett of Rome, Georgia of will be headed to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 21-24. The GNTC team took home top honors in the TeamWorks competition at the State of Georgia SkillsUSA Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia March 17-19.


“Our team is the first to ever qualify to compete nationally from the state of Georgia,” said GNTC Director of Construction Management Donnie Holmes. “This team had to work together to complete a project from a set of plans that included masonry, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing work. They were so far ahead on their timetable to complete the project that they added on to the plans and still completed the project before the deadline.”


Among the things judges graded the GNTC team based on the college’s Gordon County Campus were working within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project. The SkillsUSA’s competition website states that, “TeamWorks is not only a SkillsUSA competition, but a way of learning… to help maximize their skills for their future.”


The team will represent Georgia Northwestern at the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) competition the week of June 22 in Louisville Kentucky. More than 6,000 (high school and collegiate) students from across the country will compete hands-on in more than a hundred various trade, technical, and leadership fields.


“We saw incredible success at the state competition with 15 students earning honors for their respective competition,” said GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Michael Meyer. “This is a great reflection on the college programs which trained them and the kind of pro-active students these men and women have become.”


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Also placing on the state level of SkillsUSA were Tanya Person of Trenton, Georgia and Ashley Clark of Calhoun, Georgia (Chapter Display – Bronze), Melisa Fajardo of Dalton, Georgia (Customer Service – Bronze), Jacob Prater of Kingston, Georgia (Electrical Construction Wiring – Silver), Stone Dowling of Chickamauga, Georgia (Information Technology Systems – Silver), Cougar Roberts of Rossville, Georgia (Prepared Speech – Silver), Brandy LeVan of Rock Spring, Georgia (Promotional Bulletin Board – Bronze), Andrew Copeland of LaFayette, Georgia (Welding – Bronze), and Tyler Daubert of Rome, Georgia, Jeremy Duvall of Armuchee, Georgia, and Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia (Welding Fabrication – Silver).


GNTC’s Director of Aviation Maintenance Jon Byrd also took part in this year’s event serving as a judge for Georgia’s SkillsUSA Aviation Maintenance competition. For more information, contact 706.764.3588 for the GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Michael Meyer. Or, send an e-mail to Early Registration for summer semester courses is underway March 21-25 for returning GNTC students.


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.