GNTC stu­dent hon­ored by Amer­i­can Weld­ing So­ci­ety

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From press re­lease GNTC stu­dent Ryan Fincher (cen­ter) of Cedar­town was pre­sented with the Robert J. Con­kling Me­mo­rial Award by Rene’ Engeron (right), chair­man of the At­lanta sec­tion of the Amer­i­can Weld­ing So­ci­ety. Also pic­tured is Joe Bur­rage (left), dir

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege stu­dent Ryan Fincher of Cedar­town was hon­ored by the Amer­i­can Weld­ing So­ci­ety for win­ning the gold medal in the Weld­ing Com­pe­ti­tion at the 2017 Skill­sUSA Na­tional Lead­er­ship and Skills Con­fer­ence held this sum­mer in Louisville, Ky.

Rene’ Engeron, chair­man of the At­lanta sec­tion of AWS, pre­sented Fisher with the Robert J. Con­kling Me­mo­rial Award and a check for $250 on be­half of the AWS Board of Di­rec­tors.

“Skilled trades are in very high de­mand right now and our coun­try was lit­er­ally built on weld­ing,” said Engeron.

The award is ded­i­cated to Robert J. Con­kling who con­trib­uted ex­ten­sively to the de­vel­op­ment of the AWS Weld­ing Show and Con­ven­tion.

“Win­ning the gold medal in Skill­sUSA’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships felt like a huge ac­com­plish­ment,” said Fisher. “It felt pretty awe­some be­ing able to com­pete with some of the best welders in the na­tion and com­ing out on top.”

Fincher also was a top six fi­nal­ist for Amer­i­can Weld­ing So­ci­ety’s U. S. In­vi­ta­tional Weld Tri­als that were held a year ago at Ro­bot­ics Tech­nol­ogy Park in Huntsville, Ala.

Every two years, the AWS invites the top 48 weld­ing com­peti­tors from the Na­tional Skill­sUSA Cham­pi­onships to com­pete in the fourstage com­pe­ti­tion that de­cides the Skill­sUSA World Team Welder. All com­peti­tors were state cham­pi­ons and com­peted at the na­tional level for Skill­sUSA. Fisher was one of the six na­tional finalists that was cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the sec­ond stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

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 or con­tact a Stu­dent Help Cen­ter on any one of our six cam­pus lo­ca­tions at 866-983-4682.

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