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TeamWorks at GNTC Making State, National Headlines

Take a look at this time-lapse courtesy of the Construction Management program!
It’s a quick look at what the nationally-recognized GNTC TeamWorks squad is getting a reputation for doing so well on the state and national level these past two years.
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GNTC Qualifies 17 For National Skills Competition


SkillsUSA Team Hoping For Shot At Becoming “Nation’s Best”


(Atlanta, GA)
– After placing just one team in the 2016 National SkillsUSA competition last June, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has made huge strides in one year’s time. After grabbing eight gold medals this past weekend at the Georgia SkillsUSA competition and conference in Atlanta, Georgia, GNTC has 17 students who have now qualified for a chance at being called “The Nation’s Best” in their trades.

In all, GNTC entered 41 contestants in 25 different professional skills categories at the statewide competition. The Georgia SkillsUSA event was held at the Georgia International Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Once all the medals were awarded, 17 GNTC students qualified to participate in the 2017 National SkillsUSA competition June 19-23. “This gives our students a chance to show everyone they have what it takes to be the nation’s best at what they do,” said GNTC Construction Management Director Donny Holmes. “I know our TeamWorks entry is bringing a lot of experience to the contest this time around.”

GNTC’s construction-savvy squad will be leading the way to Louisville, Kentucky, site of the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Barry Arrington (Calhoun, Georgia) and Bo Dooley (Resaca, Georgia), both members of the 2016 National bronze-medal winning TeamWorks line-up, will join newcomers Shawn Clark (Calhoun, Georgia) and Noah Wilson (Fairmount, Georgia) to the stage this time around. But, it wasn’t just the TeamWorks group earning a spot at the national competition hosted by the Nationals Leadership and Skills Conference in the Bluegrass State.

Also qualifying to compete nationally in SkillsUSA is the Chapter Display team of Melisa Fajardo (Dalton, Georgia), Kate Hendricks (Rock Spring, Georgia), and Brandy LeVan (Rock Spring, Georgia); Cabinetmaking entry Branton Bailey (Resaca, Georgia); Information Service Technology entry Stone Dowling (LaFayette, Georgia); the Career Pathways Industrial team of Beck Maxwell (Euharlee, Georgia), Melvin Mitchell (Cartersville, Georgia), and Dusty Powell (Aragon, Georgia); Electrical Construction Wiring entry Eric Vargas (Rome, Georgia); Welding entry Ryan Fincher (Cedartown, Georgia); and the Welding Fabrication team of Isaiah Jackson (Dalton, Georgia), Jacob Hargrove (Ringgoold, Georgia), and Daniel Lopez (Dalton, Georgia).

Winning silver medals were Cosmetology entry Ashley Davenport (Rome, Georgia) and Industrial Motor Controls entry Chris Ballew (Buchanan, Georgia). Medical Math entry Kelsey Mann (Rome, Georgia), Medical Terminology entry Lindsey Thomas (Rome, Georgia), Customer Service entry Kelsey Stanley (Dalton, Georgia), and Automotive Service Technology entry Philip English (Flintstone, Georgia) all earned a bronze medal. All entrants earning top honors in each category on the state level also earned a spot in the national competition.

SkillsUSA is a national, non-profit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers, educators, and industry leaders. SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual SkillsUSA National Championship, nearly 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

As a chapter of SkillsUSA, the GNTC organization became the first-ever to receive top honors in the “Quality Chapter” and “Chapter of Distinction” categories in the same year. Also, GNTC’s Levan was elected to assume a state position on the Georgia Post-Secondary State Officer Action Team for the 2017-2018 academic year. LeVan will represent GNTC at SkillsUSA events in several states, as well as Washington, D.C.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA program, you can call the college at 866-983-4682. For information online, visit the college at, 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.


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Dental Assisting Grad Wins Scholarship


Kasey Southerlin, a graduate of the Polk County Campus Dental Assisting Program, received a Dental Assisting scholarship from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on March 25.
Kasey was pampered with a complimentary hotel room, complete with breakfast and a parking pass. She was recognized in front of Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants from all over the state. Way to go Kasey! We are so proud of you!

GNTC’s Spring Plant Sale Extended to Four Days, April 18-21

(Rome, GA) – The Spring Plant Sale at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), an annual event that celebrates spring and the end of the cold weather, is extended to four days this year and will take place April 18-21.

Dixie Floyd of Cedartown
Dixie Floyd of Cedartown inspects plants that will be sold at GNTC’s Spring Plant Sale April 18-21.
David Warren (c) Dixie Floyd (l) Chase Bohannon (r)
David Warren (center), director of Horticulture at GNTC, goes over plant identification with Dixie Floyd (left) of Cedartown and Chase Bohannon (right) of Calhoun.
Chase Bohannon (l) Jeffrey King (c)Jessica Wakefield (r)
Chase Bohannon (left) of Calhoun, Jeffrey King (center) of Rome, and Jessica Wakefield (right) of Rome prepare the plants for GNTC’s Spring Plant Sale.
Horticulture class
GNTC’s Spring Plant Sale is sponsored by the Horticulture program (from right to left) Jessica Wakefield, Jeffrey King, David Warren, Dixie Floyd, Tyler Baker, and Chase Bohannon.

On Tuesday, April 18, the sale will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then from Wednesday, April 19, to Thursday, April 20, the sale will last all day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last day of the sale will be a half-day on Friday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The sale, hosted by GNTC’s Horticulture program, was extended from two days in previous years to provide customers with additional time to make a selection. The first three days the sale will be open until 6 p.m. to give more people a chance to come by after work.


“We have a lot more plants this year and we have grown it all ourselves from seed or cuttings,” said David Warren, director of Horticulture at GNTC. “We have changed from last year in that we have more of a production greenhouse this year.”


Items being sold include a large selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, blooming plants, and potted geraniums. The vegetables will include tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, eggplants, and more.


“We will have various varieties of all the plants,” said Warren. “There are probably five or six different varieties of petunias, three or four different kinds of marigolds, and four or five kinds of tomatoes.”


The sale will take place at the greenhouses located across from GNTC’s Floyd County Campus, next to the Woodlee Building. All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the Horticulture program at GNTC. Purchases may be made with cash or check.


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.

SkillsUSA Team Headed To The A-T-L!


This weekend in Atlanta… Georgia’s SkillsUSA Conference and Competition!
Good luck to our students and all of the high schools in our area with teams competing!

Want To Drop? Laugh About A Tough Situation

Thinking about dropping a class? View the video link below for a slightly humorous scenario about dropping classes!

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Future Heroes Scholarship Program

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The Future Heroes Scholarship Program has been established by Owen Security Solutions to provide scholarships to the children of first responders to attend the college of their choice. The $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in North Georgia who has demonstrated scholastic achievement, civic engagement, and leadership in his or her community. The deadline for submitting your application is March 23, 2017. Program details along with the application can be found at

“Every community in North Georgia witnesses the bravery of police officers, firefighters and other first responders. They work every day to keep us safe. This scholarship is another way we can recognize their daily selfless actions by helping their children achieve a more secure future through advanced education”, said company President Justin Owen. “Recognizing first responders and their families is very important to us”, he explained. “We established our Protect Our Local Heroes Program which provides all active police offices, firemen and EMTs with a Free Security System or a year monitoring service. This scholarship gives us a chance to do something more and focus on the children of first responders.”

The Owen Security’s Future Heroes Scholarship Program is open to high school students who live in North Georgia. All Georgia high school students, 15 or older, whose parent is a first responder are eligible to participate in a security industry scholarship program sponsored by the Electronic Security Association (ESA). An active member of the Georgia ESA chapter, Owen Security endorses ESA’s awards given to children of first responders through its national Youth Scholarship Program. The 2015 ESA Youth Scholarship Program will award a $7,500 scholarship to the first-place winner, and $2,500 to the second-place winner selected from applicants across the country. The Georgia chapter offers a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Georgia student. Details can be found here:

Please submit your applications by email,, or to April Chastain at Owen Security Solutions, 209 South Wall Street, Calhoun, GA 30701. Please do not hesitate to contact April if you have any questions. She can be reached at 706-629-7398 Ext 114 or 706-263-5791. Thank you for your interest in the Future Heroes Scholarship.

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