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Two HS Students Earn Associate Degrees and the TCSG Instructor of the Year Speaks at GNTC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony

Elizabeth Carpenter (right) of Rome High School earned an associate degree in Business Management and Dakota Finster (left) of Chattooga High School earned his associate degree in GNTC’s Social Work Assistant program.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students donned their caps and gowns as family and friends gathered at the Forum River Center in Rome for GNTC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 9. The college awarded graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates during the ceremony and recognized students from GNTC’s nine-county service area.

Highlights from the ceremony included two dual enrollment high school students earning an associate degree from GNTC before their high school graduation and a commencement speech by GNTC instructor Leyner Argueta, the 2019 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

Elizabeth Carpenter of Rome High School earned an associate degree in Business Management and Dakota Finster of Chattooga High School earned his associate degree in GNTC’s Social Work Assistant program.

Carpenter plans to continue her education at Georgia Southern University and pursue a major in Marketing. She says that already having an associate degree gives her a great head start.

“This will definitely benefit me, look great on my resume and will help me be above where I need to be when I get into my career field,” said Carpenter.

Finster was the first student in Chattooga County Schools’ history to earn an associate degree before receiving his high school diploma. He plans to continue his education at Faulkner University.

GNTC graduates celebrate stand up and celebrate during GNTC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony.

After students, administrators and faculty marched into place during Processional, the Pledge of Allegiance was conducted by Jay Pickern, instructor of Business Management at GNTC. Invocation was led by Mark Upton, director of Marketing Management at GNTC.

Stuart Phillips, interim president of GNTC, began the evening’s proceedings by welcoming everyone and congratulating the graduates. He encouraged the graduating class to continue their education.

“Do not let this be the end of your journey,” said Phillips. “Whether you move forward to studying at another college, or you just need additional training for your career, never stop learning.”

Leyner Argueta, the 2019 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), was the keynote commencement speaker for the evening.

Leyner Argueta, the 2019 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), as the keynote commencement speaker for the evening.

“We all have struggles, we all have challenges and you being here is a perfect example of what victory looks like. I know that some of you have struggled to get to this place and for many of you tonight is a dream come true,” said Argueta. “I share with you that same passion and it is a dream for me to be able to address this graduating class.”

Michael Fennell, dean of Business and Industrial Technologies at GNTC, recognized High Honor graduates, who have a 4.0 grade point average, and Honor graduates, who have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

A special recognition for graduates that are veterans, Phi Beta Lambda members, SkillsUSA members, Student Government Association members and dual enrollment high school students was also led by Fennell.

Jocelyn Betsabe Cisneros earned a certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Basics.


Elizabeth Anderson, vice president of Academic Affairs at GNTC, presented graduates with associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Listed are graduates that participated in the 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but did not participate in the ceremony, or students that registered for the ceremony after the commencement program was printed:

Associate of Applied Science        

Rosa I. Aguilar, Business Technology

Crystal Rose Alday, Cybersecurity

Kelli B. Arthur, Early Childhood Care and Education

Jasmine L. Askew, Respiratory Care

Kyleigh L. Ballard, Respiratory Care

Skky Monique Barrett, Respiratory Care

Tony Alexander Barrios, Accounting

Kimberlyn Bates, Business Technology

Christa F. Beall, Respiratory Care

Lindsay A. Bearden, Business Technology

Misty Blasengame, Early Childhood Care and Education

Barbara G. Booker, Business Management

Samantha A. Bragg, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

McKenzie C. Brown, Early Childhood Care and Education

Jessica Callahan, Business Technology

Jenifer C. Camacho, Early Childhood Care and Education

Aleasha G. Cannon, Business Management

Corey L. Carlile, Marketing Management

Elizabeth Grace Carpenter, Business Management

Jennifer Ines Cervantes, Business Technology

Maegan L. Cheatwood, Respiratory Care

Summer M. Cole, Early Childhood Care and Education

Shannon M. Cooper, Business Management

Jacob Cordell, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Carmen Davis, Respiratory Care

Kayla Reece Davis-Anderson, Early Childhood Care and Education

Sherrie Dean, Early Childhood Care and Education

Grace Dunnaway, Criminal Justice Technology

William M. Elsberry, Cybersecurity

Robert B. Evans, Early Childhood Care and Education

Dakota R. Finster, Social Work Assistant

Elizabeth T. Gooch, Early Childhood Care and Education

Janell Herrera, Early Childhood Care and Education

Clarissa M. Jimenez, Business Management

Cheyenne B. Johnson, Business Management

Andrea Marie Jordan, Computer Support Specialist

Kristina Marie Keith, Business Management

Maciej F. Kozlowski, Networking Specialist

Julie P. Langford, Respiratory Care

Brandy Jean LeVan, Computer Support Specialist

Courtni Lomenick, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Allie M. Long, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Ashley M. Long, Business Management

Jasmaine Lovelace, Respiratory Care

Haley L. Mann, Business Management

Kimberly C. Marbutt, Business Management

Teresa K. Marshall, Early Childhood Care and Education

Jose L. Martinez, Electronics Technology

Marlena Mondragon, Early Childhood Care and Education

Hannah N. Nesbitt, Culinary Arts

Jordan Bartley Newton, Industrial Systems Technology

Mary Ann Owens, Business Management

Maritza Perez, Early Childhood Care and Education

Christopher M. Pope, Marketing Management

Nya M. Powell, Business Technology

Jonathan D. Privett, Networking Specialist

Isabell Rincon, Business Management

Dallas W. Roberts, Business Management

Ashley M. Rosser, Business Management

Thomas Scott, Marketing Management

April Dawn Scruggs, Respiratory Care

Jayla Shenee Shropshire, Business Management

Michael C. Siefert, Networking Specialist

Emily M. Smith, Business Management

Charlina B. Smithers, Social Work Assistant

Myra Rutledge Stone, Business Management

Jarod Streetman, Early Childhood Care and Education

Hannah J. Taylor, Early Childhood Care and Education

Rebecca A. Thomas, Criminal Justice Technology

Alexandra R. Trotter, Respiratory Care

Matthew Vaughn, Culinary Arts

Olivia Rachel Venable, Business Management

Mariah S. Wallace, Early Childhood Care and Education

Amanda Randale Watson, Web Site Design/Development

Karah Ryan Witt, Accounting

Holly L. Wright, Business Management

Amanda L. York, Early Childhood Care and Education

Jose C. Zamora, Automotive Technology

John David Zapp, Automotive Technology

Associate of Science in Nursing     

Neva Caroline Ayer, Nursing

Santana Nicole Baker, Nursing

Kayla Denise Brown, Nursing

Blakely Campbell Burgess, Nursing

Leigha Hayes Byars, Nursing

Stephanie N. Gagliardi, Nursing

Krista Marie Hammontree, Nursing

Teresa Land, Nursing

Tina Renee Minter, Nursing

Amy Moriah Moore, Nursing

Amy B. Neighbors, Nursing

James D. Rewis, Nursing

Ashley S. Wilburn, Nursing

Diploma

Jose Alvarado, Industrial Systems Technology

Dana L. Brannon, Early Childhood Care and Education

Tevin M. Brown, Business Technology

John H. Bunch, Air Conditioning Technology

Norberto Castaneda Vazquez, Electrical Systems Technology

Daniel J. Davis, Automotive Technology

Larissa J. Douthit, Social Work Assistant

Catherine R. Edwards, Criminal Justice Technology

Malik S. Gleaves, Air Conditioning Technology

Jaweah L. Hamilton, Early Childhood Care and Education

Haley Johnson, Business Technology

John C. King, Computer Support Specialist

David Lebaron, Auto Collision Repair

Abner J. Magana, Electrical Systems Technology

Latorya F. Manning, Business Management

Erika Y. Perez, Early Childhood Care and Education

Brittany N. Thrasher, Marketing Management

Tamara Villasenor, Business Management

Felicia D. Waldon, Criminal Justice Technology

Hilliard A. Williams, Welding and Joining Technology

Technical Certificate of Credit        

Ella Butler Bennett, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Jocelyn Betsabe Cisneros, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Thomas Ray Cox, Phlebotomy Technician

Cinthia Guadalupe Dominguez Andrade, Human Resource Management Specialist

Paul L. Flurry, Commercial Truck Driving

Macy P. Forrister, Medical Front Office Assistant

Melanie Brooke Fowler, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Anna Davis George, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Drema N. Hall, Phlebotomy Technician

Holli R. Hendrix, Medical Coding

Aemy M. Lopez-Vicente, Project SUCCESS Manufacturing Specialist

Kaelyn E. Madden, Phlebotomy Technician

Jocelyn Medina, Project SUCCESS Manufacturing Specialist

Mackinzie C. Parrott, Health Care Assistant

Adrianna Nicole Resendez, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Abigail L. Sisk, Medical Coding

Kristen Ann Skramstad, Health Care Assistant

Jessica Smith, Phlebotomy Technician

Emily Anne Thompson            , Phlebotomy Technician

Ashley Adriana Vasquez, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Monika Yoana Vasquez-Lopez, Project SUCCESS Manufacturing Specialist

Vanessa Vega, Medical Front Office Assistant

Anna White, Phlebotomy Technician

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, 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.

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Gold Rush! GNTC Students Take Top Honors at 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia Competition, Lock In On Nationals

Four men in khaki work clothes in front a black back drop and wearing medals
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.”

Two women in blue scrubs in front of a black backdrop and wearing medals.
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.

Man in blue shirt with red lanyard sits at laptop computer with a car in the background.
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.

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SkillsUSA National Stage Becoming Common Place for Northwest GA College

(Northwest Georgia) – After taking home a bronze medal and multiple Top-10 finishes in the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky last summer, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has an entirely new team of collegiate specialists with their eyes on a championship.

“We’ve had really good showings on the state and national level of SkillsUSA over the years,” said GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Missy McClain. “The 2019 team really feels like it can perform just as well, if not better. We may be looking at a very successful competition season.”

Chattooga County, Georgia native Taylor Eagle placed third in the nation last summer at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, site of the SkillsUSA National Championship. Eagle competed in the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category.

“Taylor Eagle was a GNTC Bronze Medalist from the 2018 national championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The Chattooga County native competed in the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category.”

In 2017, Cedartown, Georgia native Ryan Fincher became Georgia Northwestern’s first-ever national champion in SkillsUSA. Fincher took home top honors in the welding category. Just one week ago, Fincher competed in a national competition in Huntsville, Alabama that earned his spot as the SkillsUSA World Team Welder. The team will compete in the WorldSkills Competition taking place in Kazan, Russia the week of August 22. Fincher was also a two-time high school (Cedartown HS, GA) state champion in the same category.

Members qualifying for the Georgia Northwestern SkillsUSA team, which will be competing for national spots at the Georgia SkillsUSA Competition March 21-22 in Atlanta, Georgia, are as follows:

Teamworks (Construction)

Jesse Flanagan – Polk County

Joel Paez – Whitfield County

Gabriel Lopez – Bartow County

Ryan Banks – Whitfield County

Welding Fabrication

Dakota Green – Gordon County

Luke Shehee – Catoosa County

Timothy Myers – Catoosa County

Welding

Jack Atwood III – Catoosa County

Automotive Service Technology

Brandon Neighbors – Catoosa County

Electrical Construction Wiring

Ethan Mitchell – Gordon County

Industrial Motor Controls

Norberto Castaneda – Floyd County


Practical Nursing

Brittany Square – Henry County

Kimberlee Hall – Gordon County

Kami Griswold – Bartow County

Medical Assisting

Ashley Hopper – Floyd County

Autumn Donaldson – Whitfield County

Internet of Things & Smart Home

Cole Allen – Chattooga County

Extemporaneous Speaking

Julianna Matthews – Lee County

Job Interview

Amy Waters – Chattooga County

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration

Chris Roberson – Floyd County

CNC Milling Specialist

Joshua Wyatt – Chattooga County

Medical Terminology

Josh Barlow – Floyd County

Vanessa Colgrove – Chattooga County

Latrina Travis – Cobb County

Medical Math

Chelsea Price – Chattooga County

Jessica Fincher – Polk County

Kyara Massey – Floyd County

Jasmine Poindexter – Cobb County

For those who place high enough to qualify, they will earn spots on the Nationals SkillsUSA Team representing the state of Georgia. Now, in its 55th year, the SkillsUSA National Competition will once again take place in Louisville, Kentucky during the association’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 24-28.


Contestants on the state and national stage of SkillsUSA compete 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, 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. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Students from Whitfield County Schools involved in Georgia High School Tech are touring the Walker County Campus of GNTC this morning. Here is one part of the group stopping by the Automotive Technology Program lab. Former Technical College System of Georgia Instructor of the Year Mr. Troy Peco takes a break from a class on transmissions to speak with the tour.

Take a look at a quick clip from a part of their tour right now!

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GNTC Works With Recruits at FutureFest in Dalton

Welding and Joining Instructor Wayne Henderson speaks with some recruits about his program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College during FutureFest hosted by Dalton Public Schools February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were in attendance from Dalton Public Schools.

Dalton Public Schools hosted their First Annual Future Fest at the Dalton Convention Center February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were on hand to visit with the colleges and companies of Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College brought booths from 10 different areas to be able to share with the recruits from the Dalton Public School system. On display for GNTC were Business Administration Technology, Business Management, Computer Support Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Industrial Systems Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Technology, Social Work Assistant, Welding and Joining Technology, Dual Enrollment, and Recruiting and Admissions.

The students in attendance were mainly from eighth through 12th grade.

Cora Pyles, left, and Niki Hammock with GNTC High School Initiatives took their morning to speak with approximately 3,000 students in attendance from Dalton Public Schools at FutureFest on February 1.

Program Director and Instructor of Web Design and Computer Information Systems Rocky Spurlock speaks with some recruits about his programs at Georgia Northwestern Technical College during FutureFest hosted by Dalton Public Schools February 1. Approximately 3,000 students were in attendance from Dalton Public Schools.

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