Education: GNTC hosts 400 regional high school students for Industrial Career Day on Floyd campus

Education: GNTC hosts 400 regional high school students for Industrial Career Day on Floyd campus

Curt Metz (right) of Lincoln Electric, goes over the welding simulator with Kaleb Brondaway (left) of Rome High School.

Media release: 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 Thursday, Sept. 21.

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

“Skilled trades are needed the world over.” said Scott Carter, director of Electrical Systems Technology at GNTC. “If you reach out and become a contractor you can do really well and the possibilities are endless.”

Approximately 400 people, including high school students from Calhoun High School, Cedartown High School, Christian Heritage High School, Chattooga High School, Dalton High School, Floyd County College and Career Academy, Rockmart High School, Rome High School, Rome Transitional Academy, and Trion High School attended the event.

The activities took place at Industrial Alley on GNTC’s Floyd County Campus. 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.

Some of the industrial activities included a small car show hosted by the Auto Collision program, a Dynamometer (DYNO) demonstration with a hot rod presented by the Automotive Technology program, a hammer and nail competition by the Construction Management program, a welding simulator provided by the Welding and Joining Technology program, demonstrations by the Cosmetology program, and the Machine Tool Technology program provided a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) demonstration.

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