Gwinnett Tech Photography Students Finish Tops in National Competition
Students from Gwinnett Tech's commercial photography program have won top honors in the national SkillsUSA competition in back-to-back years, finishing among the top ten in this summer's competition.
Student Jennifer Kolb placed ninth in the photography category at the National SkillsUSA competition held recently in Kansas City. Last year, Jacqueline Hawthorne received the gold medal in the same category at the national competition.
"The Skills USA Competition was a wonderful learning experience and gave me motivation to strive for even greater excellence," Kolb said. "I felt very honored to have attended the Skills USA Competition through Gwinnett Tech."
"I moved to Atlanta from Florida and looked at many different photography schools and finally found Gwinnett Tech," Kolb said. "I feel that I am so fortunate to have found this college. I have learned so much in the two years that I have been here and can take this knowledge with me for my future. My instructors have willingly given everything that they have to really make me successful."
To advance to the national competition, Kolb first had to go through local and state-wide competitions, which she won earlier this year. She competed against other state winners from across the nation who were judged on their knowledge and competence in their respective field.
This year, more than 5,000 students participated in the National SkillsUSA hands-on competition in 87 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Gwinnett Tech offers associate degree and diploma programs in commercial photography that prepare students for careers in portrait and wedding photography; architectural, fashion, commercial and magazine photography; and print finishing and photographic laboratory work. These programs can be completed in about eight quarters at Gwinnett Tech.
For those interested in a career as a photographic technician, digital imaging artist, presentation specialist, multimedia production artist or interactive multimedia designer, Gwinnett Tech also offers a certificate in digital imaging and new media design that can be completed in just one or two quarters.
For more information on Gwinnett Tech's participation in the SkillsUSA competition or about the many programs offered by Gwinnett Tech, one of the state's largest technical colleges, call 770-962-7580 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu .