One man in a dark suit and one woman in white nursing gear standing in front of a flag and a two-tone brown walls. The man is giving the woman a commemorative gift.
Kimberlee Hall (right) of Gordon County was presented with a tote bag by Stuart Phillips (left), interim president of GNTC, during GNTC’s Student Recognition Reception. Hall won the gold medal in Practical Nursing at SkillsUSA Georgia and will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition.

A special reception was held recently to honor and congratulate Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 2019 GOAL and EAGLE award winners and students who were medalists at SkillsUSA Georgia.

The program, held at the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun, also recognized faculty and staff that provided support and mentorship for SkillsUSA.

Brandon Neighbors, GNTC’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for 2019, and Harley Chastain, winner of GNTC’s EAGLE Award for 2019, were both recognized during the program. Neighbors and Chastain were regional finalists in the state GOAL and EAGLE competitions.

“Participating in the GOAL process helped me to become a better public speaker and has improved my leadership skills,” said Neighbors.

Georgia Northwestern students competed against students from other colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia at the SkillsUSA statewide competition in Atlanta on March 21-23. The competition allowed students to take the skills, knowledge and experience that they have gained in their program of study and apply it to a real-world project based on industry standards.

“SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce,” said Heidi Popham, executive vice president of GNTC.

Highlights from SkillsUSA Georgia included GNTC winning the gold and silver medal in Practical Nursing, GNTC’s 2019 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner receiving the gold medal in Automotive Service Technology, the TeamWorks team winning the gold medal for the fourth consecutive year and more.

The national SkillsUSA competition will take place, June 24-29, in Louisville, Kentucky. GNTC students that were gold medalists in SkillsUSA Georgia were: Cole Allen, Internet of Things and Smart Home, Chattooga County; Norberto Castaneda, Industrial Motor Controls, Floyd County; Kimberlee Hall, Practical Nursing, Gordon County; Brandon Neighbors, Automotive Service Technology, Catoosa County; and TeamWorks (team competition) Ryan Banks of Whitfield County, Jesse Flanagan of Polk County, Gabriel Lopez of Bartow County, and Joel Paez of Whitfield County.

Additional Medalists from the statewide SkillsUSA competition include: Josh Barlow, Medical Terminology, Floyd County; Autumn Donaldson, Medical Assisting, Whitfield County; Julianna Matthews, Extemporaneous Speaking, Lee County; Chris Roberson, HVACR, Polk County; Brittany Square, Practical Nursing, Henry County; Welding Fabrication (team competition) Dakota Green of Gordon County, Timothy Myers of Catoosa County, and Luke Shehee of Catoosa County; Ethan Mitchell, Electrical Construction Wiring, Gordon County; and Colby Wyatt, CNC Technology, Chattooga County.

GNTC was recognized as a Level 1 Quality Chapter and also received the Gold Chapter of Distinction during the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia opening ceremony. Susan Bowman and Missy McLain are GNTC’s advisors for SkillsUSA.

GNTC faculty that were recognized during the event for their contribution to GNTC’s SkillsUSA program included Susan Bowman, Scott Carter, Jeremiah Cooper, Wayne Henderson, Donny Holmes, Tracey Mercado, Troy Peco, Phil Shirley, Jennifer Stephenson

and Sharon Vaughan.

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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.