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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!

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GNTC’ers Compete In Atlanta For National Spots


More than three dozen students from all six campuses of GNTC will strap on their helmets and compete at Georgia SkillsUSA next week in Atlanta, Georgia!
Good luck to all of our SkillsUSA competitors!

International Culinary Lunches Kick-Off At GNTC, Chance To Win Prize Pack


—Your chance to win is just a click away! For your chance to win, GO TO THE GNTC FACEBOOK PAGE and ***TAG ANY OF YOUR FRIENDS*** who may be interested in enjoying GNTC’s Culinary Lunch Buffets this spring. A taste of Mexico will begin the GNTC Culinary Program’s International Lunches on Tuesday, March 21!—

Winners of this contest will receive their very own EXCLUSIVE CATS COUNTRY PRIZE PACK!!!

So, enter now for your chance to win!

*Plus, if you want to get a seat for any of the Culinary International Luncheons this spring, make sure to make your reservation ASAP! The Woodlee Culinary Arts Facility fills up fast for these amazing luncheons with an international flavor you won’t soon forget!


Menu for March 21, 2017
Woodlee Culinary Arts Facility
12:30pm MEXICAN CUISINE (Mexico)

-Buffet Menu

Appetizers Corn Tortillas with Fresh Tomato Salsa and Guacamole (Avocado Dip)

Fresh Corn Tamales with Tomato-Chile Sauce Soups Chicken Tortilla Soup

-Entrée Selections

Chicken Mole

Braised Red Snapper Veracruz Style

Pan-Seared Shrimp with Chipotle-Lime Glaze

Shepard-Style Spicy Pork Tacos (Tacos Al Pastor)

Charcoal-Grilled Beef Fajitas

Chicken Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauce

Starch & Vegetables Mexican Rice Frijoles Refritos (Refried-Fried Beans)



GNTC Culinary Is Proud To Present… Your Lunch!


The Culinary Arts Program proudly presents…
…your International Luncheon Buffets!

That’s right! Chef Greg Paulson and his Culinary Arts Program are cordially inviting YOU to be their guest for their International Luncheon Buffets presented on Tuesdays during spring semester 2017!

It all begins March 21 in the Woodlee Culinary Arts Facility on the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

The Menus For Our 2017 International Cuisine Buffets:

Tuesday, March 21 Mexican Cuisine
Tuesday, April 4 Italian Cuisine
Tuesday, April 11 French Cuisine
Tuesday, April 18 German Cuisine
Tuesday, April 25 Greek, Turkey, and Crete Cuisine
Tuesday, May 2 Chinese and Japanese Cuisine
Reservations are REQUIRED!

To book your seat, call Chef Greg Paulson at 706.295.6880 and let him know what day you wish to attend and how many will be in attendance. If you do not make a reservation ahead of time, any available seats will be awarded first come, first serve. The Woodlee Culinary Arts Facility is a memorable setting for these events. But please, know that these events at Woodlee can sell out quickly. So, make your reservations as soon as possible!

*Admission: $6! (Only cash or personal check will be accepted!)
*All guests are asked to arrive between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m. for lunch service.
*Each service begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Remember, the meals are not àla carte, but a planned buffet.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institute.

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