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Welding World Tour: GNTC Alum Heading To Europe, Preparing For Championships


SkillsUSA World Team Welder Ryan Fincher will travel to Germany to prepare for competition in Russia

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GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown poses for a picture with the trophy awarded to him at a special presentation during the opening ceremony for SkillsUSA Georgia in March. Fincher was recognized for being selected as the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the county at the WorldSkills Welding Competition in Kazan, Russia.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus and SkillsUSA World Team Welder Ryan Fincher will be traveling to Germany as part of his preparation to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Welding Competition in Russia.

Fincher will take part in “Specialized Competitor Training for WorldSkills Kazan 2019,” from April 29 to May 3 in Eisenberg, Germany. He will train with other WorldSkills welders who are representatives of their home countries.

The training, sponsored by Lincoln Electric, will simulate the upcoming WorldSkills Welding Competition in Kazan, Russia. The elite international competition will take place Aug. 22-27.

According to Fincher, the training in Germany is meant to not only help the international welding competitors get prepared for the WorldSkills Welding Competition, it will also be a chance for the welders to get to know one another before they go to Russia.

“All of the WorldSkills competitors that I have met so far have been really great people,” said Fincher, a resident of Cedartown. “The most interesting thing has been that different countries use different methods to get the same end product.”

Fincher was chosen to be the U.S. representative at an awards program hosted by the American Welding Society (AWS) in February.

As the SkillsUSA World Team Welder, Fincher will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the nation against the best WorldSkills welders from other countries.

“Ryan is the first person in the State of Georgia to become the SkillsUSA World Team Welder,” said Matt Hayden, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology at GNTC.

Hayden is also an instructor of Metals and Welding at Cedartown High School/Polk County College and Career Academy and has been coaching Fincher since he was high a school student.

Fincher is currently working as a part-time lab assistant in the Welding and Joining program at GNTC and has been practicing and preparing full-time for the international competition. Fincher practices at GNTC’s welding labs and the welding labs at the Polk County College and Career Academy.

As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017 and became the college’s first ever national champion. Fincher graduated from GNTC in 2017.

“The Welding and Joining Technology program at GNTC helped prepare me not only for these competitions, but also for the real world,” said Fincher.

Fincher already has experience in international welding competitions. This past summer, he was selected by the AWS to be the American representative in the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing and won the bronze medal. There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition in Beijing.

He will return to China for additional WorldSkills training. Fincher and other WorldSkills welders will travel to Gansu, China on May 27 to prepare for the competition in Russia.

“I will also go to a three week training session in St. Louis and spend a month in Utah preparing for WorldSkills,” said Fincher. “Life has been very exciting for the past year to say the least.”

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 www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Gold Rush! GNTC Students Take Top Honors at 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia Competition, Lock In On Nationals

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For the fourth year in a row, GNTC won the gold medal in the TeamWorks competition at the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia competition. (From left to right) Gabriel Lopez, Ryan Banks, Joel Paez and Jesse Flanagan.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students had an outstanding performance at the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference, March 21-23, in Atlanta. GNTC competed in 15 categories and took home 13 medals; five gold, six silver and two bronze.

Highlights from SkillsUSA Georgia include 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.

“Our students worked very hard to showcase their talents in the competitions at SkillsUSA Georgia,” said Missy Mclain, SkillsUSA advisor for GNTC.  “We are so very proud of the success of our students and how well they represented GNTC.”

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Kimberlee Hall (right) won the gold medal in Practical Nursing and Brittany Square (left) won the silver medal in Practical Nursing at the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia competition.

Listed below are gold, silver and bronze medalists including the student’s name, competition and county of residence. Team competitions are listed with the competition name first:

Listed below are gold, silver and bronze medalists including the student’s name, competition and county of residence. Team competitions are listed with the competition name first:

Gold Medal

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.

TeamWorks (team competition): Ryan Banks, Whitfield County; Jesse Flanagan, Polk County; Gabriel Lopez, Bartow County; and Joel Paez, Whitfield County.

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Brandon Neighbors, GNTC’s 2019 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, won the gold medal in the Automotive Service Technology competition at SKillsUSA Georgia.


Silver Medal

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, Gordon County; Timothy Myers, Catoosa County; and Luke Shehee, Catoosa County.

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Norberto Castaneda won the gold medal in the Industrial Motor Controls competition at SKillsUSA Georgia.


Bronze Medal

Ethan Mitchell, Electrical Construction Wiring, Gordon County

Colby Wyatt, CNC Technology, Chattooga County.

The award ceremony was led by Julianna Matthews, this year’s president of SkillsUSA Georgia. Matthews is a Construction Management major at GNTC and earned a silver medal in the Extemporaneous Speaking competition.

“I want to thank my advisors and other individuals that believed in me,” said Matthews. “I would not have the opportunity to see myself as I do now if it wasn’t for them and SkillsUSA.”

During the opening ceremony for SkillsUSA Georgia, a special recognition was held for GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher, the 2019 SkillsUSA World Team Welder. Fincher was selected to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. The best welders from around the world will take part in the elite international competition.

GNTC was recognized as a Level 1 Quality Chapter and also received the Gold Chapter of Distinction during the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia opening ceremony.

Gold medalists will advance to the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Ky. The national competition will be held the week of June 24.

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During the opening ceremony for SkillsUSA Georgia a special recognition was held for GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher, the 2019 SkillsUSA World Team Welder. Fincher was selected to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. The best welders from around the world will take part in the elite international competition.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) 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 www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC Headlines NW Georgia’s Focus on Higher Education

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Showcases
Georgia Northwestern, Dalton State

(Dalton, Georgia) – Business and political leaders from Dalton, Georgia, as well as all across the Northwest Georgia region were on hand for the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce’s “Good Morning Dalton: Higher Education” event Tuesday morning at the Dalton Convention Center.

Students and administration from both Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and Dalton State College shared their stories of success and growth with those in attendance. For GNTC, Social Work Assistant program student Pamela Tallent, Business Management alumnus Adrian Gutierrez, and College President Pete McDonald took the stage. All three spoke on the impact the college has had, as well as the growth it has seen in just the past few years.

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“President and CEO of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Board Member Joe Yarbrough, left, speaks on behalf of Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald. Yarbrough spoke in regards to McDonald’s pending retirement and his lifetime of dedication to higher education in Northwest Georgia.”


“GNTC has a role to play of putting people into the workplace,” said McDonald. “That is our job. Our job is to train the workforce. We need to do that as quickly as possible and inexpensively as possible.” Tallent, a current student, and Gutierrez, a graduate of GNTC, both commented on the efficiency and affordability of higher education at GNTC.

Gutierrez spoke of his life that begin in the United States as an undocumented worker. However, he wanted to change all of that beginning with plenty of help from a proper education. “I was born and raised in Mexico with very little expectation of success,” said Gutierrez. “Basically, I had no education in the beginning and went to work at the age of nine years old.”

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College Business Management alumnus Adrian Gutierrez speaks to the crowd at the 2019 Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce event called, “Good Morning Dalton: Higher Education.” Gutierrez was part of several speakers from both GNTC and Dalton State College to take the stage to speak about the impact higher education had on their lives in Northwest Georgia.”

After coming to the states, Gutierrez would eventually move on to learn to speak English, earn his GED®, and then a college education from GNTC. Gutierrez is now taking classes at Dalton State College to further his education and career.

Tallent spoke about her home life and the demands it had on her and how it would impact her own success. “After being out of school for more than 16 years, I have truly learned so much from the Social Work Assistant program. I will definitely pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work next. GNTC set me up for long-term financial gain, job stability, career satisfaction, and success outside of the workplace.”

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Social Work Assistant Program student Pamela Tallent speaks to the crowd at the 2019 Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce event called, “Good Morning Dalton: Higher Education.” Tallent was part of several speakers from both GNTC and Dalton State College to take the stage to speak about the impact higher education had in their lives in Northwest Georgia.”


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 www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an EOI.

GNTC and Norfolk Southern, Partnering In Safety

Many thanks to our Georgia Division for their recent $2,000 contribution to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC). The college plans on using the funds for a start-up campus police department. We are proud to help assist in making this project a reality. Pictured left to right: Chad Cardin (Campus Police Chief), Neil Palmer (director of transportation services – NS), Gary McConathy (Campus Police Lieutenant/Training Coordinator), and Dee Pearson (special agent in charge – NS Police)

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