Georgia Northwestern’s Drafting Student To Compete Nationally

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting Technology instructor Thomas Williams, left, stands with his gold-medal winning drafting student Matt Bradford. Williams and Bradford will represent Georgia in the National SkillsUSA Competition this June.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting Technology instructor Thomas Williams, left, stands with his gold-medal winning drafting student Matt Bradford. Williams and Bradford will represent Georgia in the National SkillsUSA Competition this June.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College Drafting student Matt Bradford will represent the state of Georgia in the National SkillsUSA Competition in Missouri this June. 

The 24-year-old Ringgold resident took home top honors in Technical Drafting at the state-wide SkillsUSA competition March 13-15 in Atlanta.  Mr. Bradford, a Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School graduate, is pursuing a Drafting Technology degree at Georgia Northwestern’s Walker County Campus.

Mr. Bradford and his instructor, Thomas Williams, will travel to Kansas City, Mo. on June 22 to take part in a national week-long competition. The gold medal winner in every category from the state SkillsUSA event qualifies to represent Georgia at nationals. 

Other students from Georgia Northwestern earning honors in Atlanta were Ramon Meza, Automotive Technology (Silver); Cody Dobbs, Welding (Silver); Andrew Miles, Electrical Construction Wiring (Bronze); Daniel Heiman, Mercella Hooper, Cynthia Mills, and Norval Henderson, Team Entrepreneurship (Silver).

Others competing included Zach Breeden (CNC Milling), Jonathan Funderburk (CNC Turning), Michael Landrum (Precision Machining), Wesley Long (CNC Milling), Michael O’Bear (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration), Dan Rumphol (Precision Machining), and Georgia Vitale (Technical Drafting). 

SkillsUSA, formerly known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, is a partnership of students, teachers and industry which help prepare students for their careers.


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