Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Cel­e­brates In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day on the Floyd County Cam­pus

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Re­gional high school stu­dents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity had a chance to speak with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege’s ( GNTC) in­dus­trial pro­grams, em­ploy­ers, and for­mer GNTC stu­dents about the ben­e­fits of learn­ing a skilled trade dur­ing In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day on Thurs­day, Sept. 21.

The day, a first for GNTC, was held to ex­pose stu­dents to the many pos­si­bil­i­ties for fu­ture em­ploy­ment in the skilled work­force.

“Skilled trades are needed the world over.” said Scott Carter, di­rec­tor of Elec­tri­cal Sys­tems Tech­nol­ogy at GNTC. “If you reach out and be­come a con­trac­tor you can do re­ally well and the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.”

Ap­prox­i­mately 400 peo­ple, in­clud­ing high school stu­dents from Cal­houn High School, Cedar­town High School, Chris­tian Her­itage High School, Chat­tooga High School, Dal­ton High School, Floyd County Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy, Rock­mart High School, Rome High School, Rome Tran­si­tional Acad­emy, and Trion High School at­tended the event.

The ac­tiv­i­ties took place at In­dus­trial Al­ley on GNTC’s Floyd County Cam­pus. The al­ley is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Build­ings B, C, D and F which con­tain a ma­jor­ity of the col­lege’s in­dus­trial pro­grams. This pro­vided a cen­tral­ized lo­ca­tion with ac­cess to most of the in­dus­trial labs on the Rome cam­pus. Ad­di­tional GNTC In­dus­trial pro­grams, that are not lo­cated ad­ja­cent to In­dus­trial Al­ley, set up booths with ac­tiv­i­ties and demon­stra­tions rel­e­vant to their pro­grams.

In­dus­trial pro­gram di­rec­tors were on- hand to dis­cuss their pro­grams and pro­vide tours of their labs. There were demon­stra­tions, sim­u­la­tors, and hand­son learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the in­dus­trial pro­grams of­fered by GNTC. Lo­cal em­ploy­ers and for­mer stu­dents also spoke with par­tic­i­pants about the ben­e­fits of learn­ing a skilled trade.

Some of the in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a small car show hosted by the Auto Col­li­sion pro­gram, a Dy­namome­ter ( DYNO) demon­stra­tion with a hot rod pre­sented by the Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram, a ham­mer and nail com­pe­ti­tion by the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment pro­gram, a weld­ing sim­u­la­tor pro­vided by the Weld­ing and Join­ing Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram, demon­stra­tions by the Cos­me­tol­ogy pro­gram, and the Ma­chine Tool Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram pro­vided a Com­puter Nu­mer­i­cal Con­trol ( CNC) demon­stra­tion.

The ma­chine that GNTC’s Skill­sUSA Ca­reer Path­ways team cre­ated, that won the gold medal at the Skill­sUSA Ge­or­gia com­pe­ti­tion and the bronze medal at the na­tional Skill­sUSA com­pe­ti­tion, was demon­strated at the labs for the In­dus­trial Sys­tems Tech­nol­ogy and In­stru­men­ta­tion and Con­trols pro­grams.

Fea­tured GNTC in­dus­trial pro­grams in­cluded Air Con­di­tion­ing Tech­nol­ogy, Auto Col­li­sion Re­pair, Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy, Avi­a­tion Main­te­nance Tech­nol­ogy , Com­mer­cial Truck Driv­ing, Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment , Cos­me­tol­ogy, Elec­tri­cal Sys­tems Tech­nol­ogy, Hor­ti­cul­ture, In­dus­trial Sys­tems Tech­nol­ogy , In­stru­men­ta­tion and Con­trols, Ma­chine Tool Tech­nol­ogy, and Weld­ing and Join­ing Tech­nol­ogy.

As part of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, one of the qual­i­fy­ing rounds for the 2017 IDEAL Na­tional Cham­pi­onship took place in the elec­tri­cal lab. The com­pe­ti­tion was a way to show­case the skills of elec­tri­cal pro­fes­sion­als, s t udents, and ap­pren­tices. Win­ners with the fastest times from each of the 63 ter­ri­to­ries hold­ing qual­i­fy­ing events are awarded tool kits and the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the 2017 IDEAL Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion will be held Nov. 10- 11 at Dis­ney’s Coron­ado Springs Re­sort in Flor­ida and over $ 500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day was spon­sored by Ge­or­gia North­west­ern, City Elec­tric Sup­ply, Ca­haba Sales Group, and the 2017 IDEAL Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

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, 14,151 peo­ple ben­e­fited from GNTC’s credit and non­credit pro­grams. With an an­nual credit en­roll­ment of 7,956 stu­dents, GNTC is the largest col­lege in North­west Ge­or­gia. GNTC has an ad­di­tional en­roll­ment of 6,195 peo­ple through adult ed­u­ca­tion, con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness and in­dus­try train­ing, and Ge­or­gia Quick Start. For more in­for­ma­tion about GNTC, visit us at GNTC. edu or con­tact a Stu­dent Help Cen­ter on any one of our six cam­pus lo­ca­tions at 866- 983- 4682. GNTC is a unit of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia and an Equal Op­por­tu­nity In­sti­tu­tion.

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTO

Ronald Kowalchuk (left) and Trey “Clarence” Gore (left) were stu­dent vol­un­teers for the Avi­a­tion Main­te­nance Tech­nol­ogy sec­tion of In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day.

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