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Georgia Northwestern’s Eagle Soars To Bronze At Nationals

Chattooga County, Georgia native Taylor Eagle grabbed Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s best finish in the National SkillsUSA Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky this past week. Eagle’s third place finish the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category led the way for the Bobcat team which found the Top 10 in seven different professional skills categories.”


SkillsUSA Team Earns Seven

Top 10 Finishes in Louisville

(Louisville, KY) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Taylor Eagle of Chattooga County, Georgia hit the medal stand at the SkillsUSA National Competition this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Eagle took home the bronze medal in the Residential Systems and Installation Maintenance category at the organization’s National Leadership and Skills Conference held annually in the Bluegrass State.

Also placing in the Top 10 at SkillsUSA were Logan Thomas of Gordon County, Marvin Pointer of Polk County, George Soto of Whitfield County, and Noah Ranels of Gordon County. The team finished in fifth place for their work in the TeamWorks category. Beck Maxwell of Bartow County, Derek Walck of Floyd County, and Jake Woodall of Floyd County brought home sixth place in the Engineering Technology-Design category.

GNTC individual national qualifiers who finished in the Top 10 of their respective categories were Chris Roberson of Floyd County in Sheet Metal (6th), Patricia Escutia of Floyd County in Medical Assisting (6th), Brandon Battles of Chattooga County in Electrical Systems Technology (10th), and Jacob Hargrove of Catoosa County in Welding (10th).

One year ago, GNTC’s Ryan Fincher became the college’s first-ever gold medalist in the national championship. The Cedartown, Georgia native took home the moniker, “The Nation’s Best,” in the competition’s welding category. Fincher would later become a finalist in the U.S. Invitational Weld Trials, a qualifier for the 2017 WorldSkills Welding Competition Team which competes for a world championship in the trade.

Now, in its 54th year, the SkillsUSA National Competition saw more than 6,000 high school and collegiate qualifiers compete in front of nearly 1,500 judges 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.
For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s SkillsUSA organization, you can call 866-983-4682. For information online, visit the college at, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).
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.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.