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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!
Registration is now OPEN for Spring 2019’s “B Term!”Last day to register is February 22.Classes begin March 4.
Hundreds Walk Across Stage, Whitfield County’s Morgan Speaks
(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.
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|
|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|
Keyli D. Ajanel-Perez
|Ashton L. Avery||Surgical Technology|
|William P. Ayres||Welding and Joining Technology|
|Ciara P. Baker||Cosmetology|
|Ashley N. Benge||Surgical Technology|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.