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TeamWorks at GNTC Making State, National Headlines

Take a look at this time-lapse courtesy of the Construction Management program!
It’s a quick look at what the nationally-recognized GNTC TeamWorks squad is getting a reputation for doing so well on the state and national level these past two years.
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GNTC’s Stephen Andersen Advocates for Student Aid in Washington D.C.

Stephen Anderson
Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at GNTC.

Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), recently took part in a leadership symposium for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in Washington, D.C.

During his visit, Andersen and other members of the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA) visited Capitol Hill to advocate for student aid and express the need for support of federal student aid.

“We had some key discussions on the importance of affordability and access to financial aid funds for our students in Georgia,” said Andersen, a resident of Rome. “We want to insure that our financial aid programs remain sound and solvent.”

Andersen was accompanied by Rebecca Ethredge, assistant director of Financial Aid at Southeastern Technical College, and Jody Darby, executive director of Student Financial Services at Chattahoochee Technical College. Andersen is the president-elect, Ethredge is the treasurer-elect, and Darby is the electronic services chair of GASFAA.

The group meet with Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Brett Layson senior legislative assistant for Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is the largest postsecondary education association with institutional membership in Washington, D.C., and the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators in all sectors of post-secondary education. NASFAA consist of close to 20,000 student financial assistance professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country.


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.

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!

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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Emily Connell Represents GNTC at the Statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute

EAGLE Winner and GNTC President
Pete McDonald (right) president of GNTC poses for a picture with Emily Connell (left) GNTC’s EAGLE delegate.

(Stone Mountain, GA) – Emily Connell of Catoosa County represented Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute held March 13-15, in Stone Mountain.

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs. A representative was chosen for each of the 22 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia, Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton Public Schools, and Cobb County School District.

Connell, a resident of Ringgold, was nominated for GNTC’s EAGLE award by Lindsay Baker. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in January 2016 and is pursuing an associate degree in Social Work at the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Upon graduation, Connell plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her career goal is to work with veterans.

EAGLE Presentation
Emily Connell (center) receives a trophy for being named GNTC’s EAGLE delegate from TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (right) and Beverly E. Smith (left) TCSG assistant commissioner.

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.


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