(Rome, Georgia) – The Rome Home Builders Association recently honored Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Construction Management students that won gold medals in the statewide SkillsUSA competition in March and will move on to compete in the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 19-23.


The five students that were recognized won first place in the TeamWorks and Cabinetmaking contests in SkillsUSA Georgia and are currently pursuing their associate degrees in Construction Management.


In the TeamWorks competition, a team of four students are required to build a construction project. The team has to build a little structure and utilize carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical skills that demonstrate their ability to work as a team.


Last year’s TeamWorks squad won the gold medal in the statewide SkillsUSA competition in 2016 and went on to place third in the national competition. It was the first year GNTC competed in the TeamWorks category. Two students from last year’s team returned to compete this year.


“We set the standard last year, so if we didn’t win the gold medal at Atlanta this year it would’ve been disappointing,” said Barry Arrington of Calhoun, GNTC TeamWorks member.


TeamWorks Group Picture
Bo Dooley of Calhoun, GNTC TeamWorks member; Thurmon Morris, president of the Rome Home Builders Association; Barry Arrington of Calhoun, GNTC TeamWorks member; Shawn Clark of Dalton, GNTC TeamWorks member; Donny Holmes, director of GNTC’s Construction Management program and Residential Energy Efficiency Technology program; and Jason Gamel, director of the Foundation at GNTC pose for a picture after the RHBA meeting.


All five students were presented with a check for $100 by the Rome Home Builders Association. Students that were recognized included Barry Arrington, Shawn Clark, Bo Dooley, and Noah Wilson (TeamWorks); and Branton Bailey (Cabinetmaking).


Also announced during the meeting, the RHBA is going to start a scholarship for GNTC students working towards the completion of a degree or diploma in a construction-related program on the Floyd, Gordon, or Polk campuses.


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, 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 or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.