From left, Gretchen Corbin, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner; Evan Brackett, GNTC TeamWorks; Barry Arrington, Jr., GNTC TeamWorks; and Joe Yarbrough, Chair of the Technical College System of Georgia Board of Directors.


(Atlanta, GA) – The Technical College System of Georgia’s Board of Directors honored Georgia Northwestern’s SkillsUSA TeamWorks Squad during the board’s meeting in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday. Evan Brackett and Barry Arrington, Jr., two members of the national entry, made the trip to receive the honor on behalf of the team.

This past summer,  a squad of GNTC construction aces made history in Louisville, Kentucky. Barry Arrington of Calhoun, Georgia; Evan Brackett of Rome, Georgia; Burt Burns of Lindale; and Bo Dooley of Calhoun, Georgia became the first group to ever qualify and compete from Georgia in the TeamWorks category of SkillsUSA. Of course, the GNTC unit thought since they were already making the trip to the Bluegrass State, why not make it all a little more historic? So, that’s what they did as the team from the Peach State would take home third place out of 14 states which qualified to compete nationally in the TeamWorks construction category. The SkillsUSA TeamWorks category involves a construction project to be completed. It requires a team of four contestants to work together in reading blue prints and creating an action plan. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry skills are put to use during the project. From ordering the materials to be used to planning the completion of each phase of the job, judges looked closely at each team’s ability to work within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project.