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July 08, 2009
Gwinnett Tech Students Earn Top Honors at National SkillsUSA Competition
GTC Takes Home the Gold in Early Education for 4th Consecutive Year
Gwinnett Technical College students made their mark at the National SkillsUSA Championships in June, earning national medals in preschool teaching and photography. All five GTC students participating at nationals placed among the top twenty in their program category.
The 2009 National SkillsUSA Championships showcase the skills of post-secondary students through hands-on competitions in leadership, health occupations, trades/industry and technical contests. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization that serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
GTC's Kelli Hefton, an early childhood education student from Sugar Hill, earned the gold medal in the Pre-School Teaching Assistant division. This is the fourth consecutive year that a GTC student has earned a gold medal in early education.
Damian AhChing, a commercial photography student from Grayson, won the bronze medal in photography. This is the second time in four years that a GTC student has medaled in photography.
Other Gwinnett Tech students earning national honors included:
- Diedrich Smay, a drafting student from Lawrenceville, placed 4th in architectural drafting.
- Parnell Roberts, a construction student from Stone Mountain, placed 14th in cabinetry.
- Ben Johnson, a construction student from Statham, placed 15th place in carpentry.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to develop a strong workforce for America.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less, including programs in early childhood education, commercial and residential construction, commercial photography and drafting. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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