Media release: 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 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. 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.
Georgia Highlands College will be hosting a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier exhibit on the Floyd campus in the Lakeview Building Art Gallery on Wednesday and Thursday with presentations and information sessions given between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The display is open to the public. The Student Veterans of America Club is sponsoring the visit and members of the Rome Exchange Club have volunteered to present and hold information sessions. The exhibit belongs to the Exchange Club of Rome and was constructed entirely in Rome by The Phillip Burkhalter Builders. Local Rome artist Chuck Schmult created the artwork, both the sculpturing and painting, to make it appear as marble. The replica is 50 percent the size of the real one in every respect.
Floyd County Board of Education called meeting Thursday at 7 a.m. in the superintendent’s office. On the agenda: A few personnel changes to approve and an update regarding the Armuchee High School gym project.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 120-plus Georgia students to serve on his 2018-2019 Student Advisory Council. Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students. Meetings of the Student Advisory Council will be held Oct. 10, Nov. 28, Feb. 5 and May 13 for middle school students and Oct. 11, Nov. 29, Feb. 6 and May 14 for high school students.
2018-2019 Student Advisory Council – Middle School
|Addison||Payne||8||Northwest Georgia||Bartow County|
|Brett||Lance||8||Northwest Georgia||Bartow County|
2018-2019 Student Advisory Council – High School
|Abby Matthews||11||Northwest Georgia||Woodland High School||Bartow County|
|Brady Jacobs||12||Northwest Georgia||Coosa High School||Floyd County|