A reception was held recently to honor and congratulate Georgia Northwestern Technical College's 2019 GOAL and EAGLE award winners and students who were medalists at SkillsUSA Georgia.

The program, held at the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun, also recognized faculty and staff that provided support and mentorship for SkillsUSA.

Georgia Northwestern students competed against students from other colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia at the SkillsUSA statewide competition in Atlanta on March 21-23. The competition allowed students to take the skills, knowledge and experience that they have gained in their program of study and apply it to a real-world project based on industry standards.

The national SkillsUSA competition will take place June 24-29 in Louisville, Kentucky. GNTC students locally who were gold medalists in SkillsUSA Georgia were members of TeamWorks (team competition): Ryan Banks of Whitfield County and Joel Paez of Whitfield County.

An additional medalist locally from the statewide SkillsUSA competition was Autumn Donaldson, Medical Assisting, Whitfield County.

GNTC was recognized as a Level 1 Quality Chapter and also received the Gold Chapter of Distinction during the 2019 SkillsUSA Georgia opening ceremony. Susan Bowman and Missy McLain are GNTC's advisers for SkillsUSA.

GNTC faculty that were recognized during the event for their contribution to GNTC's SkillsUSA program included Susan Bowman, Scott Carter, Jeremiah Cooper, Wayne Henderson, Donny Holmes, Tracey Mercado, Troy Peco, Phil Shirley, Jennifer Stephenson and Sharon Vaughan.

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