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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.

Man in orange shirt, red lanyard, and white worksite helmet stands at a metal console.
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.

Man in jacket holds a trophy in front of a lightly-colored backdrop.
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 alum Ryan Fincher Selected as One of Three Finalists for an International Welding Competition in Russia

Man in blue and yellow jacket is wearing welding gear and preparing to work on a project in a welding station.
GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown was selected as one of three finalists to become the U.S. representative in an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus and 2017 SkillsUSA welding national champion Ryan Fincher has added an additional accomplishment to his long list of achievements in Welding and Joining Technology.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, he was selected as one of three finalists to become the U.S. representative in an elite international competition against the best welders from around the world. The announcement was made at an awards program hosted by the American Welding Society (AWS) at Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner, Ala.

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

A resident of Cedartown, Fincher has been competing in the American Welding Society (AWS) U.S. Invitational Weld Trials for the past several months. The competition is a four-stage process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder to represent the nation at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia.

By advancing to the final three, Fincher enters the final stage of the competition to select the American representative. The WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019.

“Ryan is the first person in the State of Georgia to make it to the final three in this competition,” said Matt Hayden, instructor of Welding and Joining Technology at GNTC.

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

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in the four-stage competition that will decide the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and have competed at the National Level for SkillsUSA. In 2016, Fincher was a top six finalist in the AWS WorldSkills Pre-Trials.

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists during the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals, Feb. 16-23, at Alabama Robotics Technology Park. The winner will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the nation against the best WorldSkills welders from other countries.

Fincher already has experience in international welding competitions. In July, 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.

Fincher’s trip to China was part of his preparation to compete in the four-part Team USA Welder Selection competition. There were representatives from China, Mongolia, Korea, Russia, Australia, and other countries at the competition in Beijing.

“I was amazed at the quality and level that the other welders at the competition in China were operating at and it has given me a goal to try to be better than what I have seen them accomplish,” said Fincher.

Fincher is currently working as a part-time lab assistant in the Welding and Joining program at GNTC and is also practicing and preparing full-time for the AWS/SkillsUSA TeamUSA Finals. Fincher is practicing at GNTC’s welding labs and the welding labs at Cedartown High School.

“Since the beginning of August, Ryan quit working full-time and has been practicing full-time for this competition,” said Hayden.

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.

“These competitions have pushed me to always find better ways and more efficient ways to be a better welder and strive for perfection each time I step into the booth,” said Fincher.

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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us atwww.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

SkillsUSA Qualifier At GNTC Sends 48 To State

The Best of NW Georgia High School Specialists Headed To Atlanta

 

Two men working with tools and wood in an outside location.
“Carpentry contestants competing in the High School SkillsUSA regional qualifier held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Walker County Campus on November 30.”

 

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Twenty-eight high schools from across Northwest Georgia competed in the SkillsUSA Region 1 Qualifying Competition hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College November 30. Hundreds of competitors represented their schools hoping to qualify for SkillsUSA Georgia being held in Atlanta next March.

 

Contestants placing first or second in their respective categories at the regional event earned a spot in the state competition in 2019. High-school contestants competed in 25 different professional skill categories on the Walker County Campus of GNTC Rock Spring, Georgia.

 

The students who placed at the qualifier are as follows:

Advertising Design

1st Place           Alexandra Almour       Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe High School

2nd Place          Hannah Alexander       Heritage High School

3rd Place           Stone Nicholson          Gordon Central High School

 

Architectural Drafting

1st Place           Norma Solis                 Gilmer High School

2nd Place          Jakob Liggins               Pepperell High School

3rd Place           Tristan Alverson           Heritage High School

 

Automotive Refinishing                 

1st Place           Hunter Forsyth             Cedartown High School

 

Automotive Service Technology

1st Place           Caleb Batcliff                Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

2nd Place          Andrew Hollis             Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jesse Taff                     Rockmart High School

 

Cabinetmaking

1st Place           Spencer Youngblood Cedartown High School

2nd Place          Dalton Bray                   Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Banks Hathcox             Calhoun High School

 

Carpentry

1st Place           Forrest Todd               Gilmer High School

2nd Place          Emmanual Cornejo       Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jonathan Pearson         Model High School

 

Collision Repair Technology

1st Place           Piper Ramirez               Rockmart High School

2nd Place          Austin Ledbetter          Cherokee High School

3rd Place           Johnny Angle              Cedartown High School

 

Cosmetology

1st Place           Faith Jenkins                 Cass High School

2nd Place          Harmony Shaw            Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Jessica Forsyth             Adairsville High School

 

Early Childhood Education

1st Place           Jada McGill                  Model High School

2nd Place          Kaitlin Bostick               Coosa High School

3rd Place           Aspen Burton              Murray County High School

 

Electrical Construction Wiring

1st Place           Cody McNeese           Gordon Central High School

2nd Place          Steven Vargas              Coosa High School

3rd Place           Logan Cundiff              Chattooga High School

 

Esthetics

1st Place           Estefania Segura           Cass High School

2nd Place          Reagan Brown              North Murray High School

3rd Place           Sandra Daniel              Cedartown High School

 

Extemporaneous Speaking

1st Place           Sasha Melbourne         Cherokee High School

2nd Place          Kendell Arnold             Cass High School

3rd Place           Clara Smith                   Gilmer High School

 

First Aid/CPR

1st Place           Emilie Leyssens             Dalton High School

2nd Place          Courtney Burchfield     Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy

3rd Place           Ethan Lester                 Cedartown High School

 

Graphic Communications

1st Place           Taylor Harris                 Armuchee High School

 

Job Interview

1st Place           Emma Long                  Pickens High School

2nd Place          Savannah Martin           Cass High School

3rd Place           Lincoln Puryear Murray High School

 

Job Skills Demonstration A

1st Place           Payton Goodson         Rockmart High School

2nd Place          Skyler Nold                  Pickens High School

3rd Place           Luke Crump                 Gilmer High School

 

Job Skills Demonstration Open

1st Place           Joe Huynh                   Dalton High School

2nd Place          Philena Lewis               Woodland High School

3rd Place           Alexander Duncan      LaFayette High School

 

Masonry

1st Place           Kevin Fraire                   Gordon High School

2nd Place          Devon Bishop              Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Seth Reed                    Ringgold High School

 

Pin Design

1st Place           Logan Drake                 Creekview High School

2nd Place          Ellen Tyrell                    Heritage High School

3rd Place           Sisly Mann                    North Murray High School

 

Plumbing

1st Place           Conner Bennett            Adairsville High School

2nd Place          Oliver Nolasco             Rockmart High School

3rd Place           Cole Ray                      Cedartown High School

 

Prepared Speech

1st Place           Emely Perez                 North Murray County High School

2nd Place          Evan Holder                 Cedartown High School

3rd Place           Diane Nave                  LaFayette High School

 

Quiz Bowl    

1st Place           Floyd County College & Career Academy

2nd Place          Cherokee High School

3rd Place           Coosa High School

 

 

 

Technical Drafting

1st Place           Matthew Funderburk   Heritage High School

2nd Place          Zach Garrett                 Pepperell High School

 

T-Shirt Design

1st Place           Lanie Roland                Cherokee High School

2nd Place          Byranna Darnell             Gordon Central High School

3rd Place           Elijah Pehison               Heritage High School

 

Welding

1st Place           Tucker Mobbs             Cedartown High School

2nd Place          Sage Owings               Chattooga High School

3rd Place           Dakota Roper               Coosa High School

 

 

“The competitions went very well this year,” said GNTC SkillsUSA Advisor Missy McClain. “The talent was exceptional this time around and our high schools in Northwest Georgia will be well represented. 2019 should be a very good year for our area.”

 

GNTC is known for its prowess on the national stage of SkillsUSA at the collegiate level. This past summer, GNTC sent 17 national qualifiers to the 2018 SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Seven of those finished in the top 10 in the nation. In 2017, GNTC’s Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia won the national championship in the category.

 

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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Georgia Northwestern Student Leading The Way For Georgia’s Next Workforce

Matthews Making Strides in Construction Management, Storms Pave Way To Career

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College SkillsUSA Advisor Missy McClain, left, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Julianna Matthews stand outside the offices of U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (GA) during the 2018 SkillsUSA Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D.C.”

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – One of the top representatives of Georgia’s next Workforce is a student of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Construction Management programs. The online educational offering is the only one of its kind in the state. Now, Julianna Matthews is getting training in the management side of construction from GNTC.
As the President of Georgia’s SkillsUSA Post-Secondary chapter, Matthews was invited to attend the SkillsUSA Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D.C. during the week of September 22. Matthews was one of only two collegiate SkillsUSA members nationwide to win a Robert Flint Student Leadership Development Scholarship to help pay for the trip to our nation’s capital.

 

Matthews is neither GNTC’s first winner of the Flint Scholarship, nor is she GNTC’s first state officer to represent Georgia on the national level. GNTC’s Brandy LeVan of Catoosa County, Georgia served as Secretary of the very same Georgia SkillsUSA Post-Secondary chapter in 2017-18.

 

The Leadership Training event taught Matthews everything from the congressional process involved with lawmaking to learning how to make sure the right messages are heard about technical trades and workforce issues on a local, state, and national level. This year-long journey from college to capital began with a 36-year-old woman’s desire to work in carpentry and construction; a desire born out of disaster.

 

It was just over a year ago when the mother of two uncovered her career path after deadly storms turned Southwest Georgia upside down. “Neighborhoods were destroyed, trees fell through roofs, and so many families lost everything,” recalls the Leesburg, Georgia resident. “Certain neighborhoods were so damaged they were unrecognizable after the storms passed. I began working with a contractor at that time. It was that work which really helped me find my passion.

 

Matthews would soon enroll in Albany Technical College in Albany, Georgia. She recently completed her Carpentry diploma at the Technical College System of Georgia school. However, it was this past summer when Matthews would meet GNTC Director of Construction Management Donny Holmes. “He (Holmes) was leading one of our Georgia teams at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky,” said Matthews. “After getting to know more about him, his program, and his dedication to his students, I made the decision to pursue the online Construction Management Associate’s Degree from GNTC.”

 

Matthews and her daughters, Kayla, 17, and Aniyah, 13, are now all excelling in education. Kayla is an academic honors student at Lee County High School and Aniyah’s academic testing scores sit at the top of her class at Lee Middle School East Campus where she also serves in leadership roles. “I’m still researching where the best place to plant roots in Georgia would be,” said Matthews. “I’m not only looking for a dedicated company that will utilize the skill sets and passion I bring to the table, but I’m also looking for a place that the three of us can truly call home.”

 

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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

GNTC’s Matthews In Washington, Wins Leadership Development Scholarship

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SkillsUSA Georgia Post-Secondary State President Julianna Matthews from GeorgiaNTC received the Robert Flint Student Leadership Development Scholarship at the Washington Leadership Training Institute this week! She is a student in the Online Construction Management Program at GNTC.
Congratulations, Juilanna! Thanks for doing a great job representing us!
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GNTC Alum Ryan Fincher invited to Welding Competition in Beijing, China

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown was selected by the American Welding Society (AWS) to attend the China International Welding Competition 2018 in Beijing.

 

Man standing in front of welding bays inside a building. He is wearing black baseball cap with plaid shirt and jeans. He is wearing a gold medal around his neck.
Ryan Fincher of Cedartown poses for a picture with the gold medal he won at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017. Fincher is GNTC’s first ever SkillsUSA national champion.

 

Fincher’s trip to China will be part of his preparation to compete in the four part Team USA Welder Selection competition that decides which SkillsUSA welder will represent the U.S. in the international WorldSkills Welding competition that takes place every two years.

 

Fincher was selected to be the American representative at the competition in China by the AWS. He will leave for China on July 22 and will return to the U.S. on July 31. The American Welding Society will cover all of his expenses.

 

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.

 

“Winning the gold medal in SkillsUSA’s National Championships felt like a huge accomplishment,” said Fincher. “It felt pretty awesome being able to compete with some of the best welders in the nation and coming out on top.”

 

Man in blue jacket with gold sleeves and wearing a welding mask is posing for a picture of himself holding a welding torch.
GNTC alumnus Ryan Fincher of Cedartown works on a project in the Welding lab on GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome.

 

Fincher was also a top six finalist for American Welding Society’s U.S. Invitational Weld Trials in 2017. The Weld Trials are part of the American Welding Society’s process to select the SkillsUSA World Team Welder; the U.S. representative in the international welding competition against the best WorldSkills welders from around the globe.

 

“It felt pretty awesome when I found out I made the top six,” said Fincher. “Like I had accomplished something really big.”

 

The next WorldSkills Competition will take place Aug. 22-27, 2019, in Kazan, Russia.

 

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 welding competitors from the National SkillsUSA Championships to compete in a four-stage competition that will decide the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. All competitors were state champions and have competed at the national level for SkillsUSA. Fincher was one of the six national finalists that was chosen to participate in the second stage of the competition.

 

Fincher is the only U.S. competitor that competed in the top six in 2017 that is going to compete in the Team USA Welder Selection competition again. This is why he was invited to China, according to Matt Hayden, instructor of Metals and Welding at Cedartown High School and instructor of Welding and Joining Technology at GNTC.

 

“Ryan is not just a great student and great welder, he is a great young man,” said Hayden “All of the success that he has had is the result of his work ethic and I fully expect him to be very successful in life in everything he does.”

 

Hayden also serves on the education committee and competition committee for the American Welding Society.

 

The competition in Beijing that Fincher is attending is being held as part of the process to select China’s World Team Welder. Fincher will be taking part in the competition in China as practice for the four stage Team USA Welder Selection competition. Ray Connolly the chief welding expert for the U.S. will accompany Fincher to Beijing. Connolly won a gold medal at the WorldSkills Championship in Montreal, Canada in 1999.

 

“At our top six and top three competitions we always invite different countries to bring some of their best competitors over to build relationships with those countries,” said Hayden. “So that is what China is doing in return and this will be more practice for Ryan for the Team USA Welder Selection competition.”

 

“This is also the first time we have sent someone to China for this,” continued Hayden.

 

The first stage Team USA Welder Selection competition begins with the AWS U.S. Invitational Pre-Trials. Contestants are given a set of WorldSkills Competition projects to complete in their home states. The projects are scored by the AWS Skills committee and the students that submit the top six projects are invited to participate in the next stage.

 

The top six pre-trial finalists then compete for the top three positions at the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials. The top six and top three compete along with other competitors invited from other countries.

 

“It builds relationships with those countries and the competitors get to know each other fairly well,” said Hayden. “At our last top six completion China sent their top two competitors and we have also had competitors from Australia, England, Canada, and Russia. So we always have other countries participate in the U.S. competitions.”

 

The SkillsUSA World Team Welder will be selected from the top three finalists at the AWS TeamUSA Finals and will receive a $40,000 scholarship in addition to representing the U.S. in the WorldSkills Welding Competition.

 

Participants must be active SkillsUSA members who are enrolled in, or have graduated, from a welding program and must be younger than 23 during the year of the WorldSkills Welding Competition.

 

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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 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.

Georgia Northwestern’s Eagle Soars To Bronze At Nationals

Taylor Eagle near competition display installing equipment into framing.
“Chattooga County, Georgia native Taylor Eagle grabbed Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s best finish in the National SkillsUSA Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky this past week. Eagle’s third place finish the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category led the way for the Bobcat team which found the Top 10 in seven different professional skills categories.”

 

SkillsUSA Team Earns Seven Top 10 Finishes in Louisville

(Louisville, KY) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Taylor Eagle of Chattooga County, Georgia hit the medal stand at the SkillsUSA National Competition this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Eagle took home the bronze medal in the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category at the organization’s National Leadership and Skills Conference held annually in the Bluegrass State.

Also placing in the Top 10 at SkillsUSA were Logan Thomas of Gordon County, Marvin Pointer of Polk County, George Soto of Whitfield County, and Noah Ranels of Gordon County. The team finished in fifth place for their work in the TeamWorks category. Beck Maxwell of Bartow County, Derek Walck of Floyd County, and Jake Woodall of Floyd County brought home sixth place in the Engineering Technology-Design category.

GNTC individual national qualifiers who finished in the Top 10 of their respective categories were Chris Roberson of Floyd County in Sheet Metal (6th), Patricia Escutia of Floyd County in Medical Assisting (6th), Brandon Battles of Chattooga County in Electrical Systems Technology (10th), and Jacob Hargrove of Catoosa County in Welding (10th).

One year ago, GNTC’s Ryan Fincher became the college’s first-ever gold medalist in the national championship. The Cedartown, Georgia native took home the moniker, “The Nation’s Best,” in the competition’s welding category. Fincher would later become a finalist in the U.S. Invitational Weld Trials, a qualifier for the 2017 WorldSkills Welding Competition Team which competes for a world championship in the trade.

Now, in its 54th year, the SkillsUSA National Competition saw more than 6,000 high school and collegiate qualifiers compete in front of nearly 1,500 judges in more than 100 categories ranging from Advertising Design to Welding and everything in between. SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators across the nation.
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA organization, 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.

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

SkillsUSA Nationals Headlines NW Georgia’s Best

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2018 SkillsUSA Georgia Welding Gold Medalist Jacob Hargrove of Catoosa County, Georgia is competing in Louisville, Kentucky this week for a national title in his field. Hargrove and 16 other national qualifiers from GNTC are in Louisville ready to compete at this hour.

 

Georgia Northwestern Takes 17 To Louisville To Compete For Titles


(Northwest Georgia) – Seventeen Georgia Northwestern Technical College students will put their skills to the test against the best in the nation this week. GNTC’s SkillsUSA Team is competing in the National SkillsUSA competition held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky through Friday. More than 16,000 students, instructors, and business recruiters and partners are in attendance this week.
To qualify for the national team, GNTC competitors grabbed gold in 10 total categories on the state level earlier this year, besting last year’s mark of eight total golds for the college. With some of the categories being team competitions, GNTC saw 17 students qualify for the chance to be the best in the nation at the state competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Bobcats SkillsUSA team brought home 10 state gold medals in these categories: Brandy LeVan (Catoosa County, GA), Prepared Speech; Chris Roberson (Floyd County, GA), Sheet Metal; Jacob Hargrove (Catoosa County, GA), Welding; Tristin Bethune (Walker County, GA), Automotive Service Technology; Taylor Eagle (Chattooga County, GA), Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance; Brandon Battles (Chattooga County, GA), Industrial Motor Controls; Patricia Escutia (Polk County, GA), Medical Assisting; Stephen Bottoms (Floyd County, GA), Nathan Rittweger (Bartow County, GA), and Tucker Tumlin (Floyd County, GA), Welding Fabrication Team; Marvin Pointer (Polk County, GA), Noah Ranels (Gordon County, GA), Logan Thomas (Gordon County, GA), and George Soto (Whitfield County, GA), TeamWorks; and Beck Maxwell (Bartow County, GA), Jake Woodall (Floyd County, GA), and Derek Walck (Floyd County, GA), Engineering Technology/Design.

 

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA 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.
GNTC offers more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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, 16,402 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,750 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 8,652 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.

WRCB Highlighting Welding at Georgia Northwestern

WRCB (NBC) is visiting the Walker County Campus at this hour to check out the Welding and Joining Technology program. WRCB’s John Martin is getting footage of some of what GNTC Welding and Technology Instructor Jeremiah Cooper is working on with some of the students this morning. Mr. Cooper is the 2018 GNTC Perkins Instructor of the Year.

GNTC is home to the 2018 SkillsUSA Georgia Welding Gold Medalist Jacob Hargrove of Catoosa County, Georgia.

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