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The Gordon County College and Career Academy Hosts 4th Annual Academy Awards
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Monday, May 14, 2018
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On Thursday, May 10, the Gordon County College and Career Academy hosted its annual awards banquet, honoring students and business partners who have made a significant impact on workforce development in the Gordon County community.

During the ceremony, Elyse Davis, from Georgia Power, was named Industry Professional of the Year, an award given to an individual who represents the mission of the College and Career Academy Network both in the community and around the state. Dr. Amy Parker, CEO of the Gordon County College and Career Academy presented the award, “[Elyse] has been actively involved in the Gordon County College and Career Academy, serving on our Board of Directors- most recently as vice chair, and volunteering her time to deliver training to faculty and staff on economic development. She has also been involved at the state level, ensuring all communities have access to the most accurate data when making decisions about workforce development. She is committed to the mission and vision of the Gordon County College and Career Academy, and has actively looked for ways to help develop and grow our programs.” In addition to Industry Professional of the Year, the Academy also recognizes annually a company that supports its workforce education efforts. Receiving this honor for 2017-18 was Georgia Power, who has been instrumental in helping local industries define what their work force needs will be, and in turn helping the Gordon County College and Career Academy meet the needs of industry to help fill existing skills gaps. Georgia Power was also one of several industry partners to provide monetary support to the Academy throughout the year. Accepting the award on behalf of Georgia Power from GCCCA Board member, Chrissy Bryant from Royal Tai, was Mr. Cam Parker, Georgia Power area manager.


The Educational Service Award is an award to recognize an individual who is dedicated to the mission and vision of the Gordon County College and Career Academy. Many people from around the state, region and community have a vested interest in the success of the Gordon County College and Career Academy. LaTina Wilkins of Mohawk Industries has been dedicated to the success of the Gordon County College and Career Academy for a number of years. She has served as a guest speaker on several occasions to inform students about the importance of 21st Century soft skills, leadership and manufacturing. Additionally, this year she donated her time to help over 75 College and Career Academy students enrolled in mechatronics and industrial maintenance receive the OSHA 10-Hour certification. She also arranged for these students to be recognized at the Mohawk Safety Conference held this spring at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The award was presented to Wilkins by GCCCA Board of Directors’ member, Phil Brown, VP of Human Resources at Mohawk Industries.

In addition to the awards given to business partners, students were recognized for their accomplishments in workforce education. Jonathan Allison was named Academy Student of the Year. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated exceptional success at the Gordon County College and Career Academy. Academy Coordinator, Steffan Larson, presented this award, “[Jonathan Allison] has proven he can collaborate with others, understands the values of work ethic and attitude, can communicate effectively with peers, teachers and stakeholders, has been placed in leadership positions within the classroom, and has been successful in three different pathways at the College and Career Academy throughout his high school career.”

The evening also included awards for class performance, scholarships, and employee of the year. Following are the recipients of these awards:

Academy Employee of the Year, presented by Dr. Amy Parker- Betty Kelley

Class Awards:

Information Technology, presented by Rasmus Jensen- Lillian Hogan and Bryson Miller

Industrial Maintenance, presented by Rasmus Jensen- Jonathan Allison

Mechatronics, presented by Keith Shepherd- Yoser Arteaga

Graphic Design, presented by Jeff Richardson- Justin Tyler Cook

Marketing, presented by Jeff Richardson- Elijah Wright

Engineering Drafting and Design, presented by Sheila Johnson- Kalias Bailey

Scholarship Awards:

Georgia Northwestern Foundation Scholarship, presented by Tom Bojo, in the amount of $250 to Bryson Miller

GCCCA Ratner Foundation Award, presented by Damon Walker, in the amount of $500 to Yoser Arteaga

GCCCA Board of Directors Scholarship, presented by Randall Fox, in the amount of $500 to Jonathan Morris

Georgia Power Scholarship, presented by Cam Parker, in the amount of $500 to Sarah Smith

3rd Annual Mohawk Apprenticeship Scholarship, presented by Linda McEntire, for two years tuition and fees to GNTC and a paid apprenticeship to Ryan Redd.

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