GNTC Hosts Two SkillsUSA State Competitions

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) recently hosted two SkillsUSA Georgia contests on the Floyd County Campus. A practice dress rehearsal also was held for area students competing in the Electrical Construction Wiring contest that will be part of the SkillsUSA state competition.

The 2018 SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference takes place March 22-24 in Atlanta. Winners from the two state contests held at GNTC will be announced during the SkillsUSA Georgia awards ceremony on Saturday, March 24.

The Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance contest and the Engineering Technology/Design contest took place in the Electrical Systems Technology lab and classroom at GNTC. The two contests are part of the SkillsUSA state competition and GNTC students competed in both contests.

Beck Maxwell (left), Jake Woodall (center), and Derek Walck (right) presented a PLC-based candy machine they constructed for the Engineering Technology/Design SkillsUSA Georgia competition. All three students are pursuing degrees in GNTC’s Instrumentation and Controls program. Maxwell was part of a SkillsUSA team last year that won the gold medal in the SkillsUSA statewide competition and the bronze medal in the SkillsUSA national competition.
Beck Maxwell (left), Jake Woodall (center), and Derek Walck (right) presented a PLC-based candy machine they constructed for the Engineering Technology/Design SkillsUSA Georgia competition. All three students are pursuing degrees in GNTC’s Instrumentation and Controls program. Maxwell was part of a SkillsUSA team last year that won the gold medal in the SkillsUSA statewide competition and the bronze medal in the SkillsUSA national competition.

“It’s kind of groundbreaking for us to be competing in the Residential Systems competition,” said Scottie Carter, director of Electrical Systems Technology at GNTC. “We have never done that before.”

Taylor Eagle, a student in GNTC’s Electrical Systems Technology program, competed in the Skills USA Georgia Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance contest.

Beck Maxwell, Jake Woodall, and Derek Walck presented a PLC-based candy machine they constructed for the Engineering Technology/Design SkillsUSA Georgia competition. All three students are pursuing degrees in GNTC’s Instrumentation and Controls program.

Maxwell was part of a SkillsUSA team last year that won the gold medal in the SkillsUSA statewide competition and the bronze medal in the SkillsUSA national competition.

The Engineering Technology/Design contest is a new competition category for SkillsUSA Georgia.

“I’m excited to be able to add more contests for students to showcase their skills,” said Missy Mclain, advisor for SkillsUSA at GNTC.

The state competitions and practice sessions held at GNTC were sponsored by The Home Depot, City Electric Supply, and Greenlee tools. Judges for the competitions were from City Electric Supply, Rayburn Electric, Berry College, and Southern Company.

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.

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