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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.

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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.

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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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High School Freshmen Facing College Choices At Younger Age

Focus on Careers and Education in Catoosa County, Georgia

(Northwest Georgia) – College recruits don’t always drive their cars to campuses they want to visit. In Catoosa County, Georgia, one group of future talent, not old enough drive, traveled by school bus to tour Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) as part of the Catoosa County School System’s Career Exploration program.

“Business owner Jonathan Connell speaks with students from Ringgold High Schools’ Career Exploration program during a visit to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.”

The brand new program, geared towards high school freshman, is in its pilot year at Ringgold High School. More than two dozen ninth-graders from the program took a first-hand look at GNTC January 23. In addition, if the school system’s plan continues to grow, these underclassmen won’t be the last looking so far into the future, so early in their high school careers.

“In Catoosa County Public Schools, we believe we have a responsibility to help students prepare for college and career,” said Catoosa County Schools Communications Specialist Marissa Brower. “It’s more than just walking across a stage to receive a high school diploma these days. It’s about what happens tomorrow. So, we need to do our part today to make sure students are prepared to continue their post-secondary education or credentialed to enter a career.”

GNTC specialists spoke with the students about their collegiate future during their visit with the region’s largest college. Students learned about recruitment, dual enrollment, and future career possibilities available through a GNTC education. The students also took a tour of some of the GNTC Catoosa County Campus facilities during their visit.

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Electronics Technology Instructor Cody Brewer speaks with students from Ringgold High Schools’ Career Exploration program touring GNTC’s Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.”

“This will be the cornerstone for how we market our College and Career Academy to students,” added Brower. “Students in the From HERE to CAREER exploration class take the YouScience aptitude and interest assessment to identify careers that are a good fit. The pilot will be refined, and this will be a required class for all 9th graders in the fall.” The Catoosa County School system currently works with GNTC through Dual Enrollment. Also, the system will open a College and Career Academy in August 2022. It would be built upon nearly five acres of land donated by the county to the school system in 2018.

“Young people need to begin thinking about professional options earlier in their academic careers,” said GNTC Associate Vice President of Special Projects Dr. Ginger Mathis. “Every student has special skills and abilities that would serve them well in specific fields. This Career Exploration program is a valuable tool that will allow Catoosa County students, at a younger age than usual, to begin considering their strengths and matching them to a potential path in the future. It will also help parents and families to look at things such as dual enrollment which would allow students to get college credit at no cost.”

Local entrepreneur Jonathan Connell spoke with the students and administrators before their tours to share his story about coming from Northwest Georgia and finding a career path that not only suited him, but also made him very successful along the way. “I learned to live on half of my paycheck at a very young age,” Connell told the students. “Doing that, I was able to save enough money to begin my own business and begin my own future.” Connell is a Dade County, Georgia native and United States Marine Corps veteran who has owned multiple businesses throughout the past two decades. After selling most of them, he is currently the owner of MedSTAT Medical Supply Company; Xenon Group, LLC, Real Estate; and JTalks LLC which provides training, education, and motivational speaking services.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.

GNTC Closed Tuesday

Shredder will be watching the skies over Northwest Georgia all day long.

Attention: All campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will be closed Tuesday, January 29, following the directive from Governor Brian Kemp that all state offices will be closed. All day and evening classes, events and activities are canceled. A decision regarding delays or closures for Wednesday will be made Tuesday afternoon. Shredder will be watching the skies throughout the day!

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Georgia Northwestern Honors Fall 2018 Graduates

Hundreds Walk Across Stage, Whitfield County’s Morgan Speaks

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“Walker County, Georgia native Haleigh Condra receives her award in Early Childhood Care and Education from Georgia Northwestern Technical College President Pete McDonald.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – Approximately 2,000 people bundled up for freezing temperatures as they headed to Whitfield County, Georgia to honor more than 200 Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduates who walked the stage at the college’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony at the Dalton Convention Center Tuesday.

 

GNTC’s 2018 GOAL (Georgia’s Occupational Award of Leadership) Award winner, Macey Morgan, gave the graduating class their commencement speech. The Whitfield County, Georgia resident represented the college in the GOAL competition this past spring in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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“Whitfield County, Georgia resident Macey Morgan spoke to GNTC’s Fall 2018 graduating class at the Dalton Convention Center Tuesday. Morgan was the college’s 2018 GOAL Award Winner and represented the college in Atlanta during a statewide competition this past spring.”

 

GNTC holds two graduations each year. A spring graduation each May in Rome, Georgia and a fall graduation each December in Dalton, Georgia. GNTC President Pete McDonald, along with GNTC Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips, served as presenters of the ceremony.

 

Many programs made headlines this graduation with perfect performances by their entire graduating class. Among those were Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Radiologic Technology. Of the 14 of those graduating from Radiologic Technology, 13 of those have completed their registries. The final student is slated to take the exam this Saturday. As for Radiologic Technology, all 26 graduating students successfully passed their credentialing exams.

 

All graduates participating in the ceremony were recognized for their academic achievements and presented with their associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Listed are graduates which took part in the commencement exercise for the Fall 2018 graduation ceremony. This list does not include eligible students who did not participate in graduation.

 

Associate of Applied Science
David Aguilar Construction Management
Itzel Bautista Lopez Adult Echocardiography
Melissa N. Betterton Early Childhood Care and Education
Tina M. Blalock Vascular
Christian A. Bregante Aviation Maintenance Technology
Alisha A. Broome Surgical Technology
Haylee Burris Health Information Management Technology
Rosa Yenis Cabrera Business Management
Patricia Laine Clark Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Misti Dawn Clark Business Management
Courtney B. Compton Medical Assisting
Haleigh Rose Morgan Condra Early Childhood Care and Education
Emily Connell Social Work Assistant
Christen J. Cordell Criminal Justice Technology
Jennifer L. Cowart Business Management
Madison Victoria Crawford Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Dudley S. Davis Electronics Technology
Cassidy A. Davis Radiologic Technology
Ricardo Ulises Dominguez Business Management
Sarah Dorsey Early Childhood Care and Education
Sprite Dyer Networking Specialist
Jessica Anne Ellis Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Normayda L. Escalante Medical Assisting
Yony M. Escalante Industrial Systems Technology
Anna Esquivel Business Management
Robert B. Evans Early Childhood Care and Education
Kim L. Fosdick Adult Echocardiography
Adriana Garcia Criminal Justice Technology
Courtney R. Georgiefski Accounting
Kimberly I. Glover Business Management
Jesanyelis Gonzalez Business Management
Yecely Gonzalez Business Management
Jennifer L. Goodman Health Information Management Technology
Hannah J. Goss Adult Echocardiography
Adrian Gutierrez Business Management
Alexis Jovonni Guyton Vascular
Ashley N. Harden Business Management
William A. Harper Vascular
Caitlyn N. Harris Vascular
Renay Michelle Harris Social Work Assistant
Valencia R. Henderson Radiologic Technology
Valina P. Hopson Radiologic Technology
Matthew D. Howard Aviation Maintenance Technology
Kadie Hendrix Johnston Radiologic Technology
Zachary Wane Taylor Jones Computer Support Specialist
Cynthia Denise Kirk Accounting
Catherine E. Lankford Radiologic Technology
Dana K. Manis Business Management
Nicole L. Mansfield Health Information Management Technology
Tristian A. Martin Social Work Assistant
Michael Nickolas Martin Aviation Maintenance Technology
Norma Martinez Business Management
Deloris Jill McBee Social Work Assistant
Bailey S. Milone Adult Echocardiography
Jennifer E. Mora Business Management
Josie T. Nunn Vascular
Trever B. Oliver Business Management
Jacqaline Cruz Orozco Medical Assisting
Pedro M. Ortiz Automotive Technology
Neyda R. Paiz Business Management
Derrick Ray Parker Industrial Systems Technology
Jesse Lee Parsons Business Technology
Jennyfer R. Paucay Surgical Technology
Collin Anthony Payne Automotive Technology
William A. Peters Industrial Systems Technology
Ashley E. Phipps Adult Echocardiography
Marvin James Pointer Construction Management
Leslie R. Renfro Radiologic Technology
Rodrigo Reyes-Cruz Industrial Systems Technology
Stephanie A. Rittenhouse Radiologic Technology
Ronald Harrison Roach Industrial Systems Technology
Tyler L. Rowland Industrial Systems Technology
Lauren Nicole Runion Social Work Assistant
Wesley J. Saunders Industrial Systems Technology
James Wayne Shearin Culinary Arts
Alan N. Shepherd Aviation Maintenance Technology
Kayla Renae Sinyard Diagnostic Medical Sonography
James T. Spraggins Construction Management
Abbigail G. Tate Early Childhood Care and Education
Rosha C. Taylor Social Work Assistant
Elizabeth S. Tidwell Health Information Management Technology
Donald Howard Tinnan Culinary Arts
Joseph Edwin Turner Aviation Maintenance Technology
Luis Valdes Automotive Technology
Victoria Velazquez Accounting
Luz Maria Vigil Business Management
Abbie L. Waits Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Kayla C. Wallace Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Jason Andrew Warren Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Angela Watson Radiologic Technology
Chloe Watts Marketing Management
Regina N. Watts Vascular
Amanda Nicole Yoder Health Information Management Technology
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Practical Nursing
Yesenia Aldana Cosmetology
Ashton L.  Avery Surgical Technology
William P. Ayres Welding and Joining Technology
Ciara P. Baker Cosmetology
Tanya Beckom Cosmetology
Ashley N. Benge Surgical Technology
Genotee Blake Cosmetology
Rashonda Lee Bryant Practical Nursing
Emily Kay Butler Practical Nursing
Giovanni Carlos Welding and Joining Technology
Michaela G. Clarke Culinary Arts
Latoya Denise Cofield Practical Nursing
Charles E. Crowe Criminal Justice Technology
Amparo Cruz Cornejo Medical Assisting
Margie Jean Deering Business Management
Selena H. Dupree Cosmetology
Allison Danielle Edgeworth Medical Assisting
Tracy M. Elkins Cosmetology
Shanna Danyel Ely Medical Assisting
McKenzie Symone Floyd Cosmetology
Sarah LeeAnn Gallegos Practical Nursing
Haydee Garcia Cosmetology
Noemi C. Garcia Cosmetology
Maegan Alicia Gibson Medical Assisting
Meghan Nicole Godfrey Welding and Joining Technology
Clarence Gore Aviation Maintenance Technology
Shayna D. Green Medical Assisting
Keymonica N. Hall Lactation Consultant
Misty Dawn Hawkins Medical Assisting
Thomas Lee Hayes Welding and Joining Technology
Kimberly Hayes Medical Assisting
Lucas S. Heard Welding and Joining Technology
Robert C. Hodge Electrical Control Systems
Michael Ivester Industrial Systems Technology
Amber C. James Practical Nursing
Sonia L. Jernigan Cosmetology
Luis Joaquin-Gomez Air Conditioning Technology
Phelicia T. Johnson Medical Assisting
Tomeika L. Johnson Early Childhood Care and Education
Teyannah Taiisha Johnson Practical Nursing
Grace Wangui Kariuki Practical Nursing
Sheena R. Lamar Business Management
Anzie Cox McCoy Practical Nursing
Regina A. McKin Medical Assisting
Kalee Amanda Meadows Surgical Technology
Eris Jane Merritt Moonstar Lactation Consultant
Joshua D. Moyer Welding and Joining Technology
Khanh Nguyen Medical Assisting
Jessica P. Pack Medical Assisting
Sonny Apag Padayao Aviation Maintenance Technology
Christon Nicole Peden EMS Professions
Angie A. Pizano Medical Assisting
David Michael Powell Welding and Joining Technology
Amber Quillen Cosmetology
Sharon A. Ragland Business Management
Alejandro L. Ramirez Medical Assisting
Omar G. Rangel Welding and Joining Technology
Harmony Nicole Rose Ray Surgical Technology
Jesus Reyes Welding and Joining Technology
Autumn Cheyenne Ridley Cosmetology
Kylea B. Riley Practical Nursing
Cole A. Ryan Welding and Joining Technology
Loretta Didena Scott Medical Assisting
Brooke A. Silvers Medical Assisting
Aiseh Smith Business Management
Nicole A. Smith Business Management
Chelsea M. Stanfield Practical Nursing
John A. Tanturri Industrial Systems Technology
Lanesha Gilena Teague Practical Nursing
Autumn Taylor Tomlinson Cosmetology
Cierra B. Turner Practical Nursing
Samantha Orsha Upshaw Surgical Technology
Bonnita E. VanNuys Medical Assisting
Shameka M. Ware Cosmetology
Cody Alan West Aviation Maintenance Technology
Bathshebia Willis Dental Assisting
Charmisse Wood Practical Nursing
Myra E. Wyatt Medical Assisting
Michael A. York Welding and Joining Technology
Technical Certificate of Credit
Dyane Mary Alvarado Medical Front Office Assistant
Justin C. Bouy Aviation Maintenance Technician
Taylor Brooke Cato Cosmetology for Licensure
Virginia D. Chambers Phlebotomy Technician
Rhaghan Kelsey Dennis Early Child Care and Education Basics
Valeria Fraire Human Resource Management Specialist
Priscilla Henderson Child Development Specialist
Mary Land Early Child Care and Education Basics
Lesly Elizabeth Miranda Cosmetology for Licensure
Jordan L. Moore Emergency Medical Technician
Keetra L. Murphy Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician
Allen B. Newport Aviation Maintenance Technician
Mackinzie C. Parrott Health Care Assistant
Meagan R. Ray Early Childhood Care and Education Basics
Jennifer Reyes Cosmetology for Licensure
Brittany Danielle Roberts Cosmetology for Licensure
Cierra J. Ross Cosmetology for Licensure
Tamarsha Watkins Cosmetology for Licensure
Jalessa Young PC Repair and Network Technician

 

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“One soon-to-be Georgia Northwestern Technical College graduate shares a moment via FaceTime with loved ones unable to attend Tuesday’s ceremony at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.”

 

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.

Campuses Open Tuesday at 10 a.m., Graduation Still On Schedule

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State agencies across Georgia, including all Georgia Northwestern Technical College campuses, will be opening at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11 due to potentially dangerous road conditions across the Peach State.
GNTC’s Fall 2018 Graduation Ceremony is still scheduled to begin Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia. If any changes to graduation are made, we will alert you on all GNTC Social Media, as well as GNTC.edu.

If you were scheduled for any final examinations that would take place in part or entirely before 10 a.m. Tuesday, be sure to reach out to your advisor about the very latest in any scheduling changes that may be pending.

Stay tuned to GNTC’s Social Media and GNTC.edu for the very latest on the situation.

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