(Northwest Georgia) – Faculty and students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) recently gave a presentation about GNTC’s Construction Management program and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program to the Rome Home Builders Association.
The presentation highlighted the different ways the two programs contribute to the construction workforce in the Northwest Georgia region and how the programs prepare students in framing, roofing, management, electrical, and other aspects of homebuilding.
Jomandi Fisher, a Construction Management major from Rome, began the presentation by explaining how courses in GNTC’s Residential Energy Efficiency program taught him to recognize the benefits of incorporating energy efficiency techniques during the construction of a house or building.
“Growing up with my Grandmother, we had high utility bills and we never knew where it came from,” said Fisher. “So it became an interest of mine to learn about how structures contain holes in the building envelope throughout the house. Now when I do seal up homes, and look for ways to make them more energy efficient, I know exactly where to go.”
The Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program trains students in green building techniques that differ from standard building techniques. Students learn not only how to save energy, but also how to build a structure that will last longer.
Tanner Boyd of Armuchee said that the quality of product was something that was really emphasized in class at GNTC.
“Finding good material that lasts a long time is one thing that they really strived for us to learn,” said Boyd. “You don’t want your product 10 years down the road to look like it is already falling down – you want it to last.”
Donny Holmes, director of GNTC’s Construction Management program and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program, discussed how a team from the Construction Management program competed nationally in SkillsUSA. The team won the gold medal in the SkillsUSA statewide competition and went on to win third place nationally.
“We competed in the ‘TeamWorks’ category, which is carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical, and they have to build a little structure and follow a set of plans within a two-day window,” said Holmes. “Now we are hungry to go back next year and get the gold medal in the national competition.”
At the end of the presentation Thurmon Morris, president of the RHBA presented Holmes with a donation of $250 for the program.
The Construction Management program at GNTC puts trained and skilled workers out to the construction industry so we have more qualified people,” said Morris. “These workers will be on our construction sites in a safe and constructive way.”
Chartered in 1956, the Rome Home Builders Association is comprised of local members of the building industry and its affiliates. The Association serves as the voice of the building industry to provide affordable, quality housing and home ownership by supporting our members and the community.
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.