Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students excelled at the 2023 SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference, March 9-11, in Atlanta. GNTC competed in 14 categories and took home five gold medals and one silver medal.

State gold medal winners will represent GNTC and the State of Georgia in the national contest June 19-23 in Atlanta.

GNTC also won the third place award for largest overall membership (160 members total) and was recognized as a Quality Chapter, Chapter Excellence Program Level 1.

“I am so proud of our students and advisors,” said Missy McLain, SkillsUSA advisor for GNTC. “It is great to see our students attend and excel in their competition events. Each student went into their contest and gave it their all.” 

The students tested their abilities in trade, technical, skilled service and health occupations. GNTC sent three teams to the competition; most GNTC contestants competed in individual events.

According to SkillsUSA, the organization serves more than 331,000 students and instructors annually and has served nearly 14 million annual members since 1965. The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor recognize SkillsUSA as a successful model of employer-driven workforce development.

Twenty-six students represented GNTC at the competition.

Listed below are the gold and silver medalists including the student’s name, competition and county of residence. Team competitions are listed with the competition name first:


  • Jacquelyn Beck, Medical Assisting, Polk
  • Ashley Elliott, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) 3-Axis Milling Programmer, Walker
  • Johncarlos “Paul” Gerrero, Carpentry,Gordon
  • Caden Smith, Industrial Motor Controls, Chattooga
  • TeamWorks (team competition): Alexis Bautista, Whitfield; Christopher Herrera, Whitfield; Garrett Knight, Bartow; and Kevin Mateo, Floyd


  • Landon Stephens, Electrical Construction Wiring, Chattooga

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 aviation, business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,134 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,528 students and an additional enrollment of 2,606 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Instituti