GNTC cel­e­brates skilled trades dur­ing In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day

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More than 750 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 Fri­day, Sept. 7.

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

Kayleen McCabe, host of the ca­ble tele­vi­sion pro­gram “Res­cue Ren­o­va­tion,” was the fea­tured guest speaker for In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day. McCabe gave three pre­sen­ta­tions to student groups through­out the day and also hosted an af­ter­noon ses­sion for busi­ness and in­dus­try part­ners and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“Com­ing to a fa­cil­ity like this was beyond fan­tas­tic be­cause it pro­vides a great ed­u­ca­tion in a struc­tured sys­tem,” said McCabe. “It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity be­ing able to cheer on, and get the stu­dents en­thu­si­as­tic, about hav­ing th­ese hands-on op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Stu­dents from Adairsville High School, Cal­houn High School, Cedar­town High School, Chris­tian Her­itage High School, Chat­tooga High School, Coosa High School, Floyd County Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy, Gor­don Cen­tral High School, Mor­ris In­no­va­tive High School, Murray County High School, North­west Ge­or­gia Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy, Rock­mart High School, Rome High School, Sono­rav­ille High School, South­east Whitfield High School, Trion High School, and more at­tended the event.

The ac­tiv­i­ties took place at In­dus­trial Al­ley on GNTC’s Floyd County Cam­pus (FCC). 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 In­dus­trial pro­grams from other GNTC cam­puses, and other lo­ca­tions on the FCC cam­pus, set up booths in the al­ley 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 hands-on 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.

GNTC alum­nus Ryan Fincher of Cedar­town vis­ited the weld­ing lab dur­ing In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day to speak with stu­dents. As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Weld­ing Com­pe­ti­tion at the Skill­sUSA Na­tional Lead­er­ship and Skills Con­fer­ence in 2017 and be­came the col­lege’s first ever na­tional cham­pion. Fincher also re­cently won the bronze medal in the China In­ter­na­tional Weld­ing Com­pe­ti­tion 2018 in Beijing, China.

Some of the in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a small car show hosted by the Auto Col­li­sion pro­gram, a Dy­namome­ter (DYNO) demon­stra­tion pre­sented by the Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram, the 1955 DeSoto Fire­flite used in The Great Race pre­sented by the Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram, a ham­mer and nail com­pe­ti­tion hosted by the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment pro­gram, a bull­dozer sim­u­la­tor pre­sented by the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment pro­gram, a trac­tor-trailer pro­vided by the Com­mer­cial Truck Driv­ing pro­gram, a weld­ing sim­u­la­tor pro­vided by the Weld­ing and Join­ing Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram, and the Pre­ci­sion Ma­chin­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram pro­vided a Com­puter Numer­i­cal Con­trol (CNC) and 3D prin­ter demon­stra­tion.

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, Pre­ci­sion Ma­chin­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing, and Weld­ing and Join­ing Tech­nol­ogy.

In­dus­tries that set up booths and par­tic­i­pated in in­dus­trial Ca­reer Day in­cluded C.W. Matthews, Cleve­land Elec­tric, the In­ter­na­tional Broth­er­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers (IBEW) lo­cal union 613, Fox Sys­tems, Mar­ket­ing Al­liance, and Shaw Floors.

As part of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, one of the qual­i­fy­ing rounds for the 2018 IDEAL Na­tional Cham­pi­onship took place in the elec­tri­cal lab. The com­pe­ti­tion was a way to show­case the skills of elec­tri­cal pro­fes­sion­als, stu­dents, and ap­pren­tices.

Win­ners with the fastest times from each of the ter­ri­to­ries hold­ing qual­i­fy­ing events are awarded tool kits and the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the 2018 IDEAL Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion will be held Dec. 2-3, 2018, at Dis­ney’s Coron­ado Springs Re­sort in Florida and over $600,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

Last year Scott Carter, di­rec­tor of the Elec­tri­cal Sys­tems Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram at GNTC, placed 22nd in the na­tion dur­ing the 2017 IDEAL Na­tional Cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tion.

In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day was spon­sored by Ge­or­gia North­west­ern, City Elec­tric Sup­ply and the 2018 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, 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. 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. Reg­is­ter now as space is limited!

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The weld­ing sim­u­la­tor at­tracted large crowds dur­ing In­dus­trial Ca­reer Day at GNTC.

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