GNTC reloads for Skill­sUSA ti­tle run

Skill­sUSA Na­tional Stage Be­com­ing Com­mon Place for North­west GA col­lege

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Skill­sUSA Na­tional Stage Be­com­ing Com­mon Place for North­west GA col­lege

Af­ter tak­ing home a bronze medal and mul­ti­ple Top-10 fin­ishes in the Skill­sUSA Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in Louisville, Ken­tucky last sum­mer, Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (GNTC) has an en­tirely new team of col­le­giate spe­cial­ists with their eyes on a cham­pi­onship.

“We’ve had re­ally good show­ings on the state and na­tional level of Skill­sUSA over the years,” said GNTC Skill­sUSA Co­or­di­na­tor Missy McClain. “The 2019 team re­ally feels like it can per­form just as well, if not bet­ter. We may be look­ing at a very suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tion sea­son.”

Chat­tooga County, Ge­or­gia na­tive Tay­lor Ea­gle placed third in the na­tion last sum­mer at the Na­tional Lead­er­ship and Skills Con­fer­ence, site of the Skill­sUSA Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. Ea­gle com­peted in the Res­i­den­tial Sys­tems and In­stal­la­tion Main­te­nance cat­e­gory.

In 2017, Cedar­town, Ge­or­gia na­tive Ryan Fincher be­came Ge­or­gia North­west­ern’s firstever na­tional cham­pion in Skill­sUSA. Fincher took home top hon­ors in the weld­ing cat­e­gory.

Just one week ago, Fincher com­peted in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Huntsville, Alabama that earned his spot as the Skill­sUSA World Team Welder. The team will com­pete in the WorldSkills Com­pe­ti­tion tak­ing place in Kazan, Rus­sia the week of Au­gust 22. Fincher was also a two-time high school state cham­pion in the same cat­e­gory at Cedar­town High School.

Mem­bers qual­i­fy­ing for the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Skill­sUSA team, which will be com­pet­ing for na­tional spots at the Ge­or­gia Skill­sUSA Com­pe­ti­tion March 21-22 in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, in­cludes sev­eral from Polk County again. Among those are Jesse Flana­gan for the Team­works (con­struc­tion) group, and Jes­sica Fincher for Med­i­cal Math. Sur­round­ing coun­ties pro­vided a num­ber of Skill­sUSA con­tes­tants from North­west Ge­or­gia as well.

For those who place high enough to qual­ify, they will earn spots on the Na­tion­als Skill­sUSA Team rep­re­sent­ing the state of Ge­or­gia. Now, in its 55th year, the Skill­sUSA Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion will once again take place in Louisville, Ken­tucky dur­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Lead­er­ship and Skills Con­fer­ence, June 24-28.

Con­tes­tants on the state and na­tional stage of Skill­sUSA com­pete in more than 100 cat­e­gories rang­ing from Ad­ver­tis­ing De­sign to Weld­ing and every­thing in be­tween. Skill­sUSA is a na­tional, non­profit stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion that has de­vel­oped more than 10 mil­lion work­ers through ac­tive part­ner­ships be­tween em­ploy­ers and ed­u­ca­tors across the na­tion.

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