Twins graduate from Aviation Maintenance program

August 6, 2020

Side-by-side, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) graduates Cade and Carter Shelton carefully disassembled the blades of a turbine engine at GNTC’s Aviation Training Center located at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome.

The identical twins worked together holding tools, moving parts and poked fun at one another as they practiced on one of the several pieces of aircraft equipment housed at the facility. 

“We are usually split up into teams of two to four,” Cade said. “It’s pretty funny though, even when our instructors assign us at random we usually end up in the same group.”

The Cedartown twins are now certified through the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct airplane repairs and also received Aviation Maintenance Technician-Power Plant certifications, which will allow them to work in power plants if they choose. Instead of stopping here, the two brothers will be taking the last class necessary for an associate degree this fall.

”They are really good students,” said Jon Byrd, director of Aviation Maintenance Technology at GNTC. “I told them when they started they better not switch uniforms on me, since that’s how I know them apart.”

Cade (left) and Carter Shelton carefully disassembled the blades of a turbine engine at GNTC’s Aviation Training Center. The identical twins are now graduates of GNTC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program and are fully certified through the FAA to work on aircraft of all sizes.
Cade (left) and Carter Shelton carefully disassembled the blades of a turbine engine at GNTC’s Aviation Training Center. The identical twins are now graduates of GNTC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program and are fully certified through the FAA to work on aircraft of all sizes.

Both Cade and Carter came to GNTC for their love of airplanes and one day hope to work on commercial and corporate aircraft. The program has been challenging but worth it, Carter said.

“We want to make sure we represent our program in the best way possible,” said Carter. “I enjoy the skills I have learned in this program.”

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AVMT) program prepares a graduate for employment in repairing and maintaining aircraft. The combined airframe and power plant curriculum, mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot and repair aircraft components and systems. Satisfactory completion of all AVMT program courses entitles students to participate in FAA airframe and power plant examinations and certifications.

The 2020 Spring and Summer Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus.

Listed are graduates that are participating in GNTC’s 2020 Spring and Summer Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony showing (from left to right) the graduate’s name and program of study. This list does not include students that have graduated, but are not participating in the ceremony, or students that registered for the ceremony after the commencement program was printed:

Associate of Applied Science

  • Yakelin R. Alvarado, Medical Assisting
  • Amber L. Barnes, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Monica L. Burton, Criminal Justice
  • Abigayle M. Bynum, Business Management
  • Makayla B. Cervantes, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Caroline D. Daniels, Medical Assisting
  • Clair M. Davey, Culinary Arts
  • Tequila R. East, Business Management
  • Tatiana Renee Edwards, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Linda Elizabeth Gomez, Business Management
  • Miranda N. James, Respiratory Care
  • Stephany King, Business Management
  • Megan R. Kinsey, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Brittany Lynn Kirk, Marketing Management
  • Michaylia Lorindia Long, Business Technology
  • Matthew D. Lynch, Business Management
  • Deidra Mathis, Respiratory Care
  • Alyssa LeAnn McCollum, Business Management
  • Priscilla L. McConnell, Business Management
  • Amy M. McKinnie, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Myriam E. Moreno, Business Management
  • Gabriel Ochoa, (Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Stephanie Ortiz Martinez, Social Work Assistant
  • Kelly Marie Powell, Respiratory Care
  • Debra R. Roberson, Respiratory Care
  • Rebecca P. Saye, Networking Specialist
  • Juana Segura, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Vikramjit Singh, Marketing Management
  • Brittany N. Smith, Medical Assisting
  • Miriam Lizet Soria Cortez, Medical Assisting
  • Ryan Sullivan, Construction Management
  • Michael Tyler Vinson White, Networking Specialist
  • Colton Wilson, Web Site Design/Development

Associate of Science in Nursing

  • Fabiola Escutia Cornejo                
  • Jessica Johnson                                 
  • Crystal Renee Mills                                         
  • Maci Pickens     


  • Kelley D. Abercrombie, Medical Assisting
  • Suni A. Allen, Medical Assisting
  • Tracy M. Anderson, Medical Assisting
  • Austin Blaine Ball, Auto Collision Repair
  • Yamirka Marie Cabrera Perez, Culinary Arts
  • Melissa Faith Clackum, Lactation Consultant
  • Lynleigh A. Cosper, Medical Assisting
  • Sonia S. Crawford, Business Healthcare Technology
  • Deshia Dew, Dental Assisting
  • Johana Gomez Bahena, Practical Nursing
  • Bennie B. Gorham, Electrical Systems Technology
  • Hannah Michelle Green, Cosmetology
  • Stephanie A. Henry, Cosmetology
  • Monique Lashone Hines, Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Brookelynn Paige Hinson, Dental Assisting
  • Shanese Johnson, Cosmetology
  • Priya M. Jones, Medical Assisting
  • Keegan E. Justice, Medical Assisting
  • Elizabeth A. Keef, Business Technology
  • Guadalupe Lopez, Cosmetology
  • Breanna Luke, Business Technology
  • Jasmine L. Mcgill, Cosmetology
  • Christian A. Moore, Medical Assisting
  • June M. Noble, Business Healthcare Technology
  • Samantha Arlene Patterson, Cosmetology
  • Jessica A. Peinado Cruz, Medical Assisting
  • Katelyn Leeann Rickman, Cosmetology
  • Courtney Lee Ritter, Medical Assisting
  • Alexandria Denise Robertson, Cosmetology
  • Liliana R. Segura, Medical Assisting
  • Abbe L. Stoner, Cosmetology
  • Candace Sullivan, Medical Assisting
  • Kesha Dawn Tapp, Medical Assisting
  • Laura Teater, Practical Nursing
  • Michelene A. Thurman, Medical Assisting
  • Daniel Velasquez, Auto Collision Repair
  • Tamara Tyun Wofford, Culinary Arts
  • Felicia G. Wynn, Business Healthcare Technology

Technical Certificate of Credit

  • Ashleigh Faith Boatner, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Amber Nicole Conner, Early Child Care and Education Basics
  • Kaitlyn A. Hensley, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Saul Miguel Martinez, Criminal Justice Specialist
  • Jaimison Lynn McClain, Administrative Support Assistant
  • Charity Michelle Pogue, School Age and Youth Care
  • Allison H. Streetman, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Felica R. Watson, Cosmetology for Licensure
  • Breanna J. Young, Health Care Assistant


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, 12,454 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,730 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 4,724 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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