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GNTC holds Special Reception to Celebrate Success in SkillsUSA and Phi Beta Lambda Competitions

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Ashley Davenport will compete in the Cosmetology contest in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

(Calhoun, Georgia)A special reception was held recently at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to honor and congratulate students that participated in SkillsUSA and Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda statewide competitions in 2017 and are eligible to compete at the national level this summer.

 

The program was held at the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun and also recognized faculty and staff that provide support and mentorship for SkillsUSA and Phi Beta Lambda.

 

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 23-25. 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 improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical, and professional skills training,” said Heidi Popham, executive vice president of Institutional Effectiveness at GNTC. 

 

The national SkillsUSA competition will take place, June 19-24, in Louisville, Kentucky. GNTC students that will compete in the national competition are: Branton Bailey (Cabinetmaking); Beck Maxwell, Melvin Mitchell, and Dusty Powell (Career Pathways Industrial); Melisa Fajardo, Kate Hendricks, and Brandy LeVan (Chapter Display); Ashley Davenport (Cosmetology); Eric Vargas (Electrical Construction Wiring); Stone Dowling (Information Service Technology); Barry Arrington, Bo Dooley, Shawn Clark, and Noah Wilson (Teamworks); Ryan Fincher (Welding); and Daniel Lopez, Isaiah Jackson, and Jacob Hargrove (Welding Fabrication).

 

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. The PBL National Awards program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

 

Georgia Northwestern students attended the state PBL conference in Atlanta, April 7-9, and received 19 state awards. All entries at the state competition that placed first or second in performance events, as well as all entries that placed first, second, or third in written events, are eligible for competition at the National Leadership Conference this summer.

 

Students that will compete in the 2017 National Leadership Conference, June 22-28, in Anaheim, California are: Ronal Bueso and Jonathan Herrera (Business Sustainability, Team Event); Selena Spivey (Computer Animation); Elisabeth Harp and Amanda Teeters (Desktop Publishing, Team Event); Miguel Ramirez (Management Concepts); Nicholas Post, Cage Gary, and Brett Notabartolo (Management Analysis and Decision Making, Team Event); Cage Gary and Brett Notabartolo (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, Team Event); Elisabeth Harp (Networking Concepts); Allie Long (Organizational Leadership); and Corey Carlile (Small Business Management Plan).

 

Miguel Ramirez was also named GNTC’s 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for 2017 and Corey Carlile was the 2016 GOAL winner at GNTC.

 

Additional Medalists from the statewide SkillsUSA competition include Chris Ballew, Kelsey Mann, Lindsey Thomas, Kelsey Stanley, and Philip English. Other students that placed in the top five of the State PBL conference include Melisa Fajardo, Meagan Casker, Jalen Hamilton, and Cynthia Kirk.

 

There also was a special recognition for GNTC faculty and staff and others that provide mentorship and support to students that participate in SkillsUSA and PBL.

 

The Chapter Excellence Program honors chapter achievement relative to SkillsUSA’s framework of developing personal, workplace, and technical skills. GNTC faculty that were recognized as a Chapter of Distinction included: Susan Bowman, Joe Burrage, Scott Carter, Jeremiah Cooper, Wayne Henderson, Logan Hendricks, Donny Holmes, Troy Peco, Susan Stephens, Jennifer Stephenson, Sharon Vaughn, and Anna Williams.

 

Rocky Spurlock and Dwight Watt provided additional guidance to students in the SkillsUSA competition. Jeremiah Cooper was also named GNTC’s Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for 2017.

 

The President’s Service Award, which included a letter from the president of the U.S., was given to individuals, families, and groups who have volunteered their time to SkillsUSA and document the hours served. With over 800 hours documented, the following recipients were recognized: Melisa Fajardo, Elisabeth Harp, Kate Hendricks, Brandy LeVan, Logan Hendricks, Selena Spivey, and Amanda Teeters.

 

Susan Bowman and Missy McLain served as GNTC’s primary SkillsUSA advisors.

 

GNTC faculty that helped prepare students in their field of study for the Phi Beta Lambda competition include: Graceful Beam, Beverly Fritts, Leyner Argueta, Mark Upton, Doug Cooper, Gerald McFry, and Ron Vick.

 

PBL advisors that meet, assist, and travel with students include: Brittny Burns, Patty Hart, Rhys Turner, Mark Upton, and Dione Waddington.

 

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.

A Cosmetology Summer: First Times

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GNTC Cosmetology Students Host a Spa Day for Women From the Floyd Training Center and Highland Rivers Outreach

(Rome, GA) – Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Cosmetology program on the Floyd County Campus hosted a special Valentine’s Spa Day for women from the Floyd Training Center and Highland Rivers Outreach that volunteer regularly for Angle Express, Inc.

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Students from GNTC’s Cosmetology program on the Floyd County Campus hosted a special Valentine’s Spa Day for women from the Floyd Training Center and Highland Rivers Outreach.

The students provided free haircuts, hair styling, makeup services, and full service manicures and pedicures.

 

“Our students have shown a great passion for helping others and thrive on the experience of giving back,” said Anna Williams, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC.

 

In addition to the services, clients also were provided with a special Valentine’s gift bags that were donated by volunteers from the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

 

“As the instructors of the Cosmetology program, we hope that giving back to our community will inspire the students to continue to volunteer their time and talents when they are licensed and working in a salon,” said Williams.

 

According to Susan Stephens, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC, community service projects have become an ongoing part of GNTC’s Cosmetology program.

 

“Last year we hosted a Valentine’s Spa Day for residents of the Hospitality House for Women in Rome,” said Stephens. “Our students also volunteered their time and talent to the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter in Rome during Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.”

 

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The GNTC Cosmetology students and instructors that participated in the special Valentine’s Spa Day are: back row (from left to right) Susan Stephens, Barbara Wilson, Robert Kimmel, and Barbara Gould. Middle row (from left to right) Jill McGill, Sheliah Hogg, Nikki Allred, Jada Rosser, Kamaria Peavy, Ashley Hatcher, and Katie Bishop. Front row (From left to right) Azaria Hunt, Cayden Litesey, Chelsey Peterson, Isela Moraga, Jessica Tant, Makayla Martin, Brittany Sofia Valle-Dominguez, Kathline Leeks, and Anna Williams (not pictured: Ashton Lord and Cyrstal Odgers).

Angel Express, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, all volunteer, tax-exempt corporation serving the communities in and around Rome, Ga.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s 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.

Owning The Stage: It’s All About Family

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Georgia Northwestern soon-to-be grad stealing the stage at Miss Georgia, Graduation 

(Dalton, Georgia) – When 21-year-old Dala Hufstetler walks across the stage at the Dalton Convention Center tonight, she’ll have slightly more experience than her more than 250 other counterparts. Just three weeks ago, she took the stage in McDonough, Georgia as a contestant in the 2017 Miss Georgia pageant.

 

Hufstetler, a 2014 graduate of Georgia’s Northwest Whitfield High School, will be receiving her Cosmetology diploma from Georgia Northwestern Technical College in tonight’s ceremony. However, in the pageant arena, she was competing for the very first time at this level. Her debut performance in the Miss USA pageant circuit left shockwaves that laid the groundwork for her future. A third runner-up finish out of 69 finalists statewide has the newest addition to the runway excited.

 

“It’s a lot like a big family,” said Hufstetler when asked about the atmosphere at the pageant. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, like with my classmates at the college, you quickly feel a connection and try to help one another.”

 

As the only person in her family to venture into pageant work, Dala says this has been a learning experience. “My parents are very excited. However, we are all learning about it together,” said Hufstettler. “My mom came with me to Miss Georgia and was by my side in case there was anything I may need. Didn’t know what that may be, but she wanted to be there for me.” Her parents, Scott and Kim Hufstetler, work in administration for Shaw Industries in Dalton, Georgia.

 

Dala punches the clock at Retreat Salon and Spa in Dalton, Georgia. “My job is something I’m so proud of,” said Hufstetler. “And since my hours are not your usual nine-to-five hours, it allows me the opportunity to schedule training for pageant work.” Several modeling opportunities have presented themselves to Hufstettler as a result of the pageant. However, she says she’s not ready to sign her name on any dotted line yet. There’s plenty of work to do back at home. “I actually have been contacted from people wanting their hair done by me because they followed the pageant and learned that I work in Cosmetology.”

 

Just one year ago, Hufstetler took part in the local Northwest Georgia Regional Fair pageant in Calhoun, Georgia. Although she finished first runner-up, her pageant life was about to begin. A call from one of the judges shortly after the contest turned out to be just the first of many steps in the 2017 Miss Georgia pageant process.

“We had a dinner together in which I simply asked her why she felt I’d be good at this, at doing pageants,” said Hufstetler. “She shared with me why she felt so strong about it. And, after hearing what would be at stake, I really felt like I could do it. Because you truly have to have thick skin and be able to accept criticism to do this well. Because of my family and my faith, though, I’m very confident in who I am and know the opinions of others will never change me.”

 

Much of 2016 was spent training for the November pageant. “Between school, work, and preparing for Miss Georgia, my schedule was full,” said Hufstetler. “But, it was an awesome blessing. Plus, I liked that the pageant work pulled me out of my comfort zone. Being able to see where my life may take me next has been very exciting! With this pageant being my first like this, I plan on doing much better in 2017.”

 

The winner of Miss Georgia goes on to represent the Peach State in the Miss U.S.A. pageant the following spring. “There are two pageants coming up that my coach is going to enter me in. If I win at those, they would pay for my way to Miss Georgia next year,” said Hufstetler excitedly. The winner of Miss U.S.A. then represents the country in the Miss Universe pageant. “They want you to be strong enough and confident enough to be picked apart. It’s all about being honest with yourself and being okay with whatever those truths are.”

 

So many times in Hufstetler’s life, truth has been the only thing she could lean on. From the age of one, Hufstetler lived with her grandmother. “My biological parents truly had some rough times they were dealing when I was an infant,” said Hufstetler. “But, I guess things just change from time to time and I just try to live the life in front of me.”

 

Dala was raised by her grandmother until 2008. As her grandmother’s health began to fail, it would be extended family that would step in and make Dala one of their own. “When I was 15, my parents adopted me.” happily said Hufstetler. “That’s when I started going to Mt. Rachel Baptist Church in Dalton. As I started to get a feel of what that was like, it began to mold me into who I am.”

 

A three-week long mission trip to Senegal in 2011 was something that really made her begin to see what would be important in her life. “The people I got to meet and reach out to in Africa actually did more for me than I ever did for them in those few weeks,” said Hufstetler. “We prepared for several months to take the trip. But, from the moment we got there and began to share in the ways we could, it was more life-changing for me than I could’ve imagined.”

 

One young school-age girl named, “Nani,” left one of the biggest impressions on Hufstetler. “This little girl, living in a place where no one had much in the way of clothing or food, really connected with me,” added Hufstetler. “By the end of our trip she had learned how to say ‘I love you’ in English. She also shared a hand sign she liked with me. It meant, ‘friends’.”

 

By the time Dala returned to the states, her outlook on life had changed tremendously. “Going to Senegal was eye-opening for me,” said Hufstettler. “But, honestly, I felt more of a culture shock when I returned from being in Africa. Just walking through the first U.S. airport, for example. Seeing the countless restaurants and stores just in our wing of the airport was true culture shock.”

 

And now, just a few years later, that compassion and life experience has Hufstetler beginning a career in Cosmetology and pursuing a new dream of winning Miss Georgia 2018 and beyond. “Dala is just a good kind soul, she really is,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Cosmetology Director Tammy Livingstone. “She was very talented in our program and had a ton of drive. A big part of what we do is learning to relate to the needs of people. Well, obviously she has that down already.”

 

Beyond her sisters on the pageant circuit and the cosmetology field, Dala has one older brother, Cody, who currently attends the University of Georgia at Athens, and two younger twin sisters, Taylor and Tori, who are attending Dalton State College.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Cosmetology program, you can call 866-983-4682. For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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.

FCC Cosmetology Orientation Thursday!

Interested in finding out more about what Cosmetology has to offer you and your future?

Well, come by the GNTC Cosmetology during Early Registration week (March 21-25). Stop by the Cosmetology lab in B121 on the Floyd County Campus (FCC) on Thursday, March 24 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Or, give them a call at 706.295.6604 or 706.295.6208.

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GNTC Cosmetology Students Host a Spa Day For the Hospitality House for Women in Rome

(Rome, GA) – Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Cosmetology program on the Floyd County Campus hosted a special Valentine’s Spa Day for the residents of the Hospitality House for Women in Rome last week.

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The GNTC Cosmetology students and instructors that participated in the special Valentine’s Spa Day for the residents of the Hospitality House for Women are: Back Row (from left to right) Instructor Anna Williams, Amelia Marks, Gabby Boyd, Christine Daniel, Nakesha Hayes, Marisa Sanchez, and Instructor Susan Stephens. Middle Row (from left to right) Allison Roebuck and Doralee Burnes. Front Row (from left to right) Aubri Gazaway, Priscilla Martin, and Katie Ramey.

The students provided free haircuts, hair styling, makeup services, and full service manicures and pedicures.

“Our students have shown a great passion for helping others and thrive on the experience of giving back,” said Anna Williams, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC.

In addition to the services, clients also were provided with a special Valentine’s gift that consisted of various beauty products.

“As the instructors of the Cosmetology program, we hope that giving back to our community will inspire the students to continue to volunteer their time and talents when they are licensed and working in a salon,” said Williams.

Participating students included: Gabby Boyd, Doralee Burnes, Christine Daniel, Aubri Gazaway, Nakesha Hayes, Amelia Marks, Priscilla Martin, Katie Ramey, Allison Roebuck, and Marisa Sanchez.

This is the second community service project that GNTC’s Floyd County Campus Cosmetology program has taken on this year. During the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday students provided free haircuts to residents of the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter in Rome.

“We are going to make these projects an ongoing part of our program,” said Susan Stephens, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC.

Since 1978, Hospitality House for Women, Inc. has provided services to child and adult survivors of domestic violence in Floyd County. Additionally, advocates provide residential and non-residential support services which empower victims to become safe and self-sufficient.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s 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.

GNTC Cosmetology Students Donate Time and Talent To William S. Davies Homeless Shelter During Holiday

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GNTC Cosmetology student Aubri Gazaway gives a client a haircut at the William s. Davies Homeless Shelter.

 

Students from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Cosmetology program on the Floyd County Campus recently volunteered their time and talent to the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter in Rome.

 

The students provided free haircuts to people in need during Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday as part of an initiative developed by Southern Company to give back to the community.

 

“The students jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this once we heard about it,” said Susan Stephens, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC. “It didn’t matter that it was during a holiday, every one of them showed up.”

 

In addition to the haircuts, clients also were provided with personal hygiene bags with supplies donated by Dr. John Beninato and his staff and Paris Beauty Supply.

 

“One of the best things about the field of Cosmetology is we acquire a talent so we can provide this sort of service to the community,” said Anna Williams, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC.

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The GNTC Cosmetology students that participated in the community service at the William S. Davies Homeless shelter are: Back row (from left to right) Nakesha Hayes, Allison Roebuck, Priscilla Martin, Marisa Sanchez, and Doralee Burnes. Front Row (from left to Right) Amelia Marks, Gabby Boyd, Aubri Gazaway, and Christine Daniel.

Participating students included: Gabby Boyd, Doralee Burnes, Christine Daniels, Aubri Gazaway, Nakesha Hayes, Amelia Marks, Priscilla Martin, Allison Roebuck, and Marisa Sanchez.

 

Katie Bishop, instructor of Cosmetology at GNTC, also led the students alongside Williams and Stephens.

 

According to Stephens, Cosmetology students and instructors plan to make community service an ongoing part of the program.

 

“I think the students left the shelter with more than they came in with,” said Stephens. “It was just a great day all around.”

 

The William S. Davies Homeless Shelter works solely on contributions with no government assistance. For more information about the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter visit the web site http://daviesshelter.com/ or call (706) 622-5622.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s 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.

 

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