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SkillsUSA Showdown Hits GNTC, NW Georgia High Schools Shine

Winners Qualify For State Skills-Based Competition

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“Regional finalists in the 2016 Region 1 District SkillsUSA competition competed in the Carpentry category on January 29. This category, along with more than two dozen others, were hosted on the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”

 

(Walker County, Georgia) – From on-site to online, nearly 400 Northwest Georgia high school standouts took part in the Region 1 District SkillsUSA competition hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) in Walker County, Georgia.

 

More than two dozen a­reas of competition heated up on January 29 on the Rock Spring, Georgia-based campus of GNTC. “These students are locked in and really hoping to advance,” said GNTC’s SkillsUSA Coordinator, Mike Meyer. “We couldn’t be more proud of the level of competition our schools have prepared these students for in the weeks to come.” GNTC also competes each year in the collegiate level of SkillsUSA on the state, and often times, on the national level.

 

From Fort Oglethorpe to Cedartown, as well as up into the Blue Ridge Mountains, competitors took part in timed contests involving quality and skill of the highest level. “All across campus students were vying for spots in the state competition,” said Meyer. “From Early Childhood Education to Drafting to Broadcast Production, we’ve got a great list of winners headed to the state competition after today’s events.”

 

Student qualifiers from across the Peach State will compete on the state level March 17-19. Competitions will be held at Atlanta’s Georgia International Conference Center, Atlanta Technical College, and North Georgia Technical College. Here’s who qualified to compete from Region 1 which comprises most of Northwest Georgia. For most categories, only the top two finishers in a category will move on to the state competition.

 

Advertising Design
1. Azlin Cleveland, Calhoun High School

  1. Georgia Bronson, Dalton High School

 

 

Architectural Drafting

  1. Timothy Hodge, Heritage High School
  2. Chase Morgan, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School

 

Automotive Refinishing Technology

  1. Caleb Pledger, Chattooga High School

 

Automotive Service Technology

  1. Chase Hasty, Northwest Georgia CCA
  2. David Crothers, Cherokee High School

 

Broadcast News Production

  1. Gilmer High School – Karigan Abercrombie, Matthew Fowler, Echo Stover, and Amanda Wheat.
  2. North Murray High School – Levi Anderson, Samantha Brown, Christopher Lawson, and Josh North.

 

Cabinet Making

  1. Josh Puckett, Cedartown High School
  2. Beck Fletcher, Calhoun High School

 

Carpentry

  1. Logan Fincher, Cedartown High School
  2. Jarrod Rollins, Adairsville High School

 

Collision Repair Technology

  1. Dalton Yarbrough, Rockmart High School
  2. Gabe Soto, Gordon Central High School

 

Computer Maintenance Tech

  1. Dane Bush, Cass High School

 

Cosmetology

  1. Kendy Manzano, Adairsville High School
  2. Alvaro Luna, North Murray High School

 

Electrical Construction Wiring

  1. Gabe Smith, Calhoun High School
  2. Andrew Whitfield, Cedartown High School

 

Esthetics

  1. Miriam Madrid, North Murray High School
  2. Leslie Bell, Cass High School

 

Extemporaneous Speaking

  1. Ashley Kissinger, Cherokee High School
  2. Raven Hogue, LaFayette High School

 

First Aid/CPR

  1. Laura-Ashley Tillery, Cedartown High School
  2. Ashley Campbell, Cherokee High School

 

Job Interview

  1. Jacob Engstrom, Gilmer High School
  2. McKinley Blassingame, Murray County High School

 

Job Skills Demonstration “A”

  1. Caitlyn Wynn, Northwest Georgia CCA
  2. Bryan Tapia, Floyd County CCA

 

Job Skills Demonstration Open

  1. Edith Loarca, Cherokee High School
  2. Nicholas Freelin, Calhoun High School

 

Masonry

  1. Rodrigo Morales-Jiminez, Cedartown High School
  2. Jackson Tuck, Adairsville High School

 

Open & Closing Ceremonies

  1. Bartow County College & Career Academy – Cohen Andrews, Meosha Clopton, Madison Healy, Savannah Healy, Steven James, Felicia Miller, and Hannah Shinall.

 

Pin Design

  1. Hannah Raley, Heritage High School
  2. Emanual Arroyo, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School

 

Plumbing

  1. Hamilton Noggle, Adairsville High School
  2. J. Middleton, Chattooga High School

 

Prepared Speech

  1. Emanual Pineda, Dalton High School
  2. Ingrid Brindle, Heritage High School

 

Early Childhood Education

  1. Hunter Stillwell, Gilmer High School
  2. Kaylee Holtzclaw, Murray County High School

 

Quiz Bowl

  1. Heritage High School – Matthew Chen, Bryce Crichfield, Ryan Harris, Isaac Leal, and Henry Tollett.
  2. Dalton High School – Hanna Barry, Romina Mendoza, Elizabeth Ortega, and Mitul Patel.

 

Team Works Region

  1. Adairsville High School – Carter Arrington, Jason Burdette, William Kujaneck, John Reed, and Adam Thomas.
  2. Calhoun High School – Noah Ferguson, James O’Shields, Brett Potts, Shepherd Smith, and Jared Williamson.

 

Team Works State

(Top 10 statewide performance on region level of competition advance to state)

  1. Adairsville High School
  2. Calhoun High School
  3. Cass High School

 

Technical Drafting

  1. Christian Sawyer, Heritage High School
  2. Kaleob Flood, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School

 

Welding

  1. Chase Manning, Cedartown High School
  2. Chase Dotson, Chattooga High School

 

Welding Fabrication (Region Results)

  1. Murray County High School – Dakoda Bishop, Jordan Flood, Sean Keener, and Justin Lowery.
  2. Chattooga High School – Tufton Blanks, John Hunter, C.E. Massey, and Jay Williams.

 

Welding Fabrication (State Results)

Eighth Place in State: Murray County High School

 

 

SkillsUSA is a national organization for high school and college students who enroll in courses that teach them how to excel in technical, skilled, and service and health occupations.

 

For information about Georgia Northwestern Technical College online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their 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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Fun Fact of the Day on this Wednesday, October 22:
Here are three amounts of U.S. Currency that are no longer in print. William McKinley was on the $500 bill, Grover Cleveland was on the $1,000, and James Madison was on the $5,000.

GNTC Fact: Next Wednesday is the last day to drop a class and still receive a “W” for a grade.

Georgia Northwestern Nabs Nine National Competition Spots

National Professional Skills Contest To Be Held In Late June

“Taking part in the statewide competition in Atlanta, Georgia for Georgia Northwestern Technical College last week were Giovanni Carlos, Mario Trejo, Rhys Turner, Desire Famber, Tamra Tucker, Daniel Heian, Marcella Hooper, Tina Zhang, Kenneth Shuman, Cynthia Mills, Marcos Diaz, Sadiron Patton, Ernesto Martinez, Jonathon Hammon, and Lidia Terrazas. Also, taking part were advisors Patty Hart, Dione Hodge, and Mark Upton.”
“Taking part in the statewide competition in Atlanta, Georgia for Georgia Northwestern Technical College last week were Giovanni Carlos, Mario Trejo, Rhys Turner, Desire Famber, Tamra Tucker, Daniel Heian, Marcella Hooper, Tina Zhang, Kenneth Shuman, Cynthia Mills, Marcos Diaz, Sadiron Patton, Ernesto Martinez, Jonathon Hammon, and Lidia Terrazas. Also, taking part were advisors Patty Hart, Dione Hodge, and Mark Upton.”

(Atlanta, GA) – Nine Georgia Northwestern Technical College students will be competing on the national stage in June after a huge showing at the statewide Phi Beta Lambda competition in Atlanta, Georgia’s Westin Atlanta North last week.

Phi Beta Lambda is a professional skills organization in which college students can join to learn more about their areas of professional interest and/or areas of study. Among the various colleges competing at the state-level were the University of Georgia, Reinhardt University, and Dalton State College.

Taking home top honors in Georgia’s state competition were Jonathon Hammond (Help Desk), Whitfield Murray Campus; Marcos Diaz (Statistical Analysis), Whitfield Murray Campus; and Cynthia Mills and Daniel Heian (Small Business Management Plan), Floyd County Campus. All will represent Georgia Northwestern at the National Phi Beta Lambda competition in Nashville, Tennessee on June 24-27 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Also qualifying for the national competition are Sadiron Patton (Floyd County Campus), Kenneth Shuman (Floyd County Campus), Marcella Hooper (Whitfield Murray Campus), Tina Zhang (Whitfield Murray Campus), and Mario Trejo (Whitfield Murray Campus).

In the college’s last showing on the national stage in 2013, Georgia Northwestern students Daniel Groce and Candace Suits from the Whitfield Murray Campus took home seventh place nationally in the Business Ethics category. Georgia Northwestern has qualified students for the national competition every year since 2003. Phi Beta Lambda advisors for Georgia Northwestern are Patty Hart, Dione Hodge, and Mark Upton.

Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

Bobcats Hire College’s First Varsity Golf Coach

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Former GHSA Coach of the Year

(Chickamauga, GA) – A GHSA Golf Coach of the Year winner in Georgia’s prep ranks has accepted the position at Georgia Northwestern as the college’s first-ever head coach for NJCAA Intercollegiate Golf.

After leading Chickamauga, Georgia’s Gordon Lee High School to a third-place state finish this past spring, Jared Willerson has made the decision to make the jump to college for the 2013-14 season. The Chickamauga, Georgia-native is expected to coach both Georgia Northwestern and Gordon Lee’s teams in the upcoming season.

Bobcats Men’s Golf is expected to launch in Spring 2014. However, plans are being made for tournaments as early as this fall. “The first year we will operate as a club sport as we prepare for our first official year in the NJCAA in 2014,” said Willerson. “We are already slated for the Chik-Fil-A Invitational in Rome in which Shorter, Berry, and some of the larger colleges across the southeast will be taking part in this fall.”

So, step two after hiring a top cat to run Georgia Northwestern’s links squad is to recruit. “We already have one signing about to take place out of Catoosa County, Georgia,” said Willerson. “I’m looking for student-athletes who want to go to college, first and foremost. Then, I want a golfer. A true student-athlete that will help this program make a name for itself over the next couple of years.”

The 37-year-old Willerson led his prep squad to five consecutive region crowns in 2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, and ’10. In 2008, the Lady Trojans won the state title and Willerson took home Coach of the Year honors for his efforts. As an assistant coach for the high school’s boys’ team, he helped coach that squad to a team state title this past season.

Willerson attended Cleveland State C.C. in Cleveland, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. The newest Bobcat holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics.

“He’s a perfect fit for what we are going to accomplishment with what will be a competitive intercollegiate golf program,” said Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson. “This was the next step in our long-term plan to strengthen the athletic program at Georgia Northwestern. There is a bunch to do in the coming weeks and months to make sure this is a success. However, I have full confidence in Jared’s (Willerson) ability to make this happen.”

Willerson is married to his wife, Roni. They live in Chickamauga, Georgia with their four children, Hannah, Grace, Will, and Kate.

For more information on Bobcats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813, through BobcatsCountry.com, or by e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern Technical College is the largest college in Northwest Georgia educating more than 10,000 students every year. GNTC offers more than 200 programs on five different campuses and online throughout the year.

Georgia Northwestern Drops Round One Match In NJCAA Region Opener

Bobcats Close Out 2012-13 Campaign, West Georgia Tech Advances

Freshman Bobcat Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) goes high to block a West Georgia Tech shot attempt in round one of the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament Friday night in Warner-Robins, Georgia.
Freshman Bobcat Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) goes high to block a West Georgia Tech shot attempt in round one of the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament Friday night in Warner-Robins, Georgia.
NJCAA Region XVII Bobcat All-American Alex Miller (Calhoun, GA) rejects a West Georgia Tech shot attempt from Alyja Jennings in round one of the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament Friday night in Warner-Robins, Georgia.
NJCAA Region XVII Bobcat All-American Alex Miller (Calhoun, GA) rejects a West Georgia Tech shot attempt from Alyja Jennings in round one of the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament Friday night in Warner-Robins, Georgia.

(Warner-Robins, Georgia) – Post-season play and the JUCO careers for Georgia Northwestern’s Alex Miller, Bud Todd, and Justin Dempsey came to an end in Warner-Robins, Georgia Friday night as the Bobcats fell to West Georgia Tech in round one of the NJCAA Region XVII Post-Season Tournament, 73-33.

Behind the play of sophomore Golden Knights Victor Wynn and Randazerro Chaney, West Georgia Tech advanced to round two and a noon tip-time on Saturday versus host Middle Georgia Tech.

Miller and freshman Richard Olsen, both from Calhoun, Georgia, both led the Bobcats with eight points each in the tournament offering. Red-hot shooting from the Golden Knights in the first half quickly set the tone for the game. West Georgia Tech (15-15, 5-6) would connect on 58-percent of their shots from the field, 50-percent from beyond the three-point line.

Georgia Northwestern (8-19, 0-9) would give up 11 points off of 10 first-half turnovers on the night. Cold-shooting from three-point land would also play a part as the Cats would hit only 17-percent of their outside shots. Overall, the Bobcat shots would not fall from the field as they would only connect on 21-percent of their shots overall.

“I’m very proud of so many components of our team this year,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We are awfully young and have so much to learn as we head into next season. My sophomores are very special to me and I’m going to miss them. They excelled in the classroom and on the court.”

The winner of the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament earns an automatic bid into the district round of the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament which tips-off in two weeks. The site of the district round will be held March 8-9 at the NJCAA Region 10 champion. All NJCAA Region 10 colleges are located in North Carolina.

Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern (73) – Todd 4, Miller 8, Reynolds 5, Ivester 3, Cotton 3, Olsen 8, Johnson, Dempsey, Robinson 2, Jackson.

West Georgia Tech (33) – Victory Wynn 18, Jones 5, Monk 4, Randazerro Chaney 19, Alyja Hennings 11, Walker 6, Perry 6, Moten, Weeks 4.

Halftime Score: 53-20, West Georgia Tech.

Cats Country Hits The Airwaves In The Southeast

State Farm, Georgia Northwestern Team Up On Auto Repair

Insurance Giant Donates Car To State College

“Present at the auto donation to Georgia Northwestern’s Automotive Technology program are, from left, Pam Thompson, State Farm, LaFayette, Georgia; Phil Cagle, State Farm, LaFayette, Georgia; Justin Tomczak, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist, Mike Herndon, State Farm, Rock Spring, Georgia; Troy Peco, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Automotive Technology Director; Ronnie Holden, State Farm, Flintstone, Georgia; Georgia State Representative Jay Neal; Stephanie Snodgrass, Walker County Chamber of Commerce President; and Andy Skates, State Farm Claims Team Manager.”

 

 (Rock Spring, Georgia) – “Turning bad times into good times is sort of what we both do in insurance and automotive technology. It’s a great thing,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Automotive Technology Director Troy Peco after receiving the keys to a 2007 Chevrolet Impala donated to his program by State Farm Insurance.

 

Georgia Northwestern, the state’s fourth-largest technical college, is part of the Technical College System of Georgia which helps train local residents for local careers. “It’s like the college says. It’s your town, your college, and your future. We just wanted to invest in it,” said State Farm Insurance Agent Ronnie Holden.

 

The donation of a hail-damaged car was part of a process between local agents Holden and Mike Herndon and the State Farm’s Claims Department. “Mr. Peco came to us a few months back asking about the possibility of something like this happening. It just felt like the right thing to try to do,” said Holden. “They are training our people for careers. Plus, it’s always good to find a quality auto mechanic. Well, Georgia Northwestern is where they start.”

 

The vehicle was one which State Farm had totaled due to the weather damage it sustained. “That’s not a problem for this kind of donation, though,” said Peco. “Mechanically, the car is in good shape. Plus, being a 2007, it has the technology with which the students need experience. Most of our students will be looking for jobs here at home. That means they could end up working on your car. This is actually more of an investment in the community.”

 

Joining Holden, Herndon, and Peco for the donation on July 19 was Phil Cagle and Pam Thompson from State Farm in LaFayette, Georgia, Georgia State Representative Jay Neal, Walker County Chamber of Commerce President Stephanie Snodgrass, and State Farm officials Andy Skates and Justin Tomczak.

 

The Automotive Technology program at Georgia Northwestern offers degrees, diploma, and certification programs throughout the year. Georgia Northwestern offers more than 200 programs on five campuses, as well as online. More than 10,000 students are educated by the region’s largest college each year. Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

Application deadline for the fall semester at Georgia Northwestern is July 24. Registration deadline is August 9. Classes begin on-campus and online August 20. For more information about this donation or the automotive program, contact Georgia Northwestern at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern Launches Cheerleading, Golf In Season Six

NJCAA Volleyball Tryouts Begin August 1 in Cats Country

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“Now beginning season six of intercollegiate varsity competition at Georgia Northwestern, tryouts begin August 1 for one of the college’s original athletic offerings in Women’s Volleyball. Shown here in the college’s pilot season in 2008 are, from left, Katie White (LaFayette), Carrie Hawkins (Ridgeland), and Melissa Long (Ridgeland).”


(Northwest Georgia) – With five full seasons in the books within Georgia Northwestern’s athletic department, Cats Country claws open two new NJCAA sports beginning this year.

                As of this week, Georgia Northwestern has announced job openings as the search is officially underway for Bobcat golf and cheerleading coaches at the NJCAA Region XVII power. “This is a strong next step as we solidify our place in the NJCAA as not only a committed participant, but a future contender,” said Georgia Northwestern Athletic Director David Stephenson.

                Intercollegiate varsity cheerleading squads will begin this fall at Georgia Northwestern. However, with the Lady Cats basketball program playing out of Rome, Georgia and the Bobcats basketball program playing out of Rossville, Georgia, the college will facilitate two separate cheer squads to be available for both athletic programs. Tryout dates for the first Georgia Northwestern cheer squads have not yet been set.

                Intercollegiate varsity men’s golf will begin competition in spring of 2013. The squad will be housed on the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern. Tryout dates have not yet been determined. “The addition of men’s golf and cheerleading are two logical next steps in building the program,” said Stephenson. “If we continue to do this right and keep these programs growing, we hope to announce the addition of more intercollegiate offerings in the near future.”

                For information as it becomes available on tryout dates, locations, and times on these two new additions to Cats Country Athletics, check out the athletics page at GNTC.edu.

                As for programs already established at Georgia Northwestern, Women’s Volleyball will begin tryouts on August 1 at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex. They’ll be held several days in August with the times to be announced in the near future. The dates are August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16. A final tryout / first day of practice will be held on August 20. Players can attend any of the tryout dates to be considered for this year’s roster.

                Lady Cats Volleyball will open their 2012 campaign with a road trip test to Dayton, Tennessee against Bryan College on August 28. Among the opponents on this year’s 17-date schedule are Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL), Covenant College, and Reinhardt University.

For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Launches Student-Athlete Signing Season

Northwest Georgia – NJCAA’s Georgia Northwestern Bobcat and Lady Cat collegiate varsity basketball programs launched their off-season signing schedule this past week. Among the first two signing their letters of application were Sierra Smith of Armuchee High School in Armuchee, Georgia and Hunter Ivester of Trion High School in Trion, Georgia.

Cats Country adds another signing tomorrow in Cartersville, Georgia. Watch for the latest on this next signing and the many others on the horizon in the next few weeks.

For more information, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.

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