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Chattahoochee Tech Students Excel at Xcel Strategies North Georgia Welding Competition in Paulding County

(Acworth, Ga. – March 10, 2020) Chattahoochee Technical College welding students excelled at the North Georgia Welding Competition sponsored by Xcel Strategies in Paulding County, placing first and second in the team project challenge, and placing first in the individual challenge. The competition was held Saturday, March 7, at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport.
The first-place team consisted of Chattahoochee Tech students Darrell Galloway, Davis Johnson, Tommy Mills, and Spencer Vinson. The second-place team consisted of Riley Cagle, Justin Johnson, Sam Stevenson, and Buddy Wolfe. A team from West Georgia Technical College placed third. Winning the individual competition was Chattahoochee Tech student Sarah Macedo. State Rep. Martin Momtahan delivered remarks at the awards presentation ceremony and recognized Chattahoochee Tech welding instructor Jim Thomas for his outstanding efforts with the students.
Included among the local industries supporting this event were BLD Roll-Off Containers, Holston Gases, Lane Mechanical, Lincoln Electric, L & N Supply Company, Rado Mechanical Group, and Sidney Lee Welding Supply. Also featured at this event was the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) mobile welding lab.
Xcel Strategies Inc. is a mentoring network that founder and CEO Jay Thompson began eight years ago in Savannah. The Xcel Strategies 2020 welding competitions are family-friendly, community outreach events designed to highlight the value of welding and other essential trades, while also raising money for a local charity. “Xcel exists to fuel young men with purpose and passion to reach the fullness of their potential through a network of wise, seasoned, and trained mentors,” said Thompson.

Chattahoochee Tech welding students winning the Xcel Strategies North Georgia Welding Competition held recently in Paulding County. Also attached are three photos. Photo captions are provided below. Photo One First Place TeamPhoto One: The first-place team consisted of, l-r, Darrell Galloway, Spencer Vinson, Tommy Mills, and Davis Johnson. Also shown is Xcel Strategies founder and CEO Jay Thompson, holding the microphone. Photo Two Jim Thomas MomtahanPhoto Two: State Rep. Martin Momtahan attended the event with his young son, and delivered remarks during the awards presentation. Rep. Momtahan and his son are shown here with Chattahoochee Tech welding instructor Jim Thomas. mobile welding lab3Photo Three: The Technical College System of Georgia mobile welding lab also was featured at this event.

For more information, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu.

About Chattahoochee Technical College:
Chattahoochee Technical College awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in more than 50 programs of study for students to become highly skilled professionals in some of the nation’s fastest-growing, high-demand career fields. A Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Chattahoochee Tech is the largest technical college in the state with eight campus locations serving the counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens. The college also offers customized workforce training, continuing education classes, and adult education programs that include free GED preparation classes. More information is available at www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu.