A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation
Georgia Northwestern Technical College students Barry Arrington, Tanner Boyd, Bo Dooley, Burt Burns and Evan Brackett will be headed to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The GNTC team took home top honors in the TeamWorks competition at the State of Georgia SkillsUSA Competition held in Atlanta in March. “Our team is the first to ever qualify to compete nationally from the state of Georgia,” said GNTC Director of Construction Management Donnie Holmes. “This team had to work together to complete a project from a set of plans that included masonry, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing work. They were so far ahead on their timetable to complete the project that they added on to the plans and still completed the project before the deadline.” Among the things judges graded the GNTC team based on the college’s Gordon County Campus were working within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project. The team will represent the college at the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Ridgewater College (Minn.) announced that veterinary technology instructor Allen Balay has been recognized as one of the top 40 veterinary technology instructors in the country, according to www.VetTechColleges.com. The VetTechColleges.com blog reports that job growth in the field is expected to grow by about 19 percent by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In light of the growing need, VetTechColleges.com staff compiled a list of the 40 top veterinary technology professors nationwide, based on their current teaching assignment, service outside the school, professional affiliation, and publication. Ridgewater College President Douglas Allen commended Balay for the honor. Vet- Tech.com posted the following about Ridgewater’s honoree: “Allen R. Balay holds his doctorate in veterinary medicine, and is currently a faculty member within the veterinary technology program at Ridgewater College in Minnesota. He has authored an online list of veterinary technology study tips that is available to public, and has acted as a significant campaign donor for the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation.” Balay began teaching veterinary technicians in 1980, with 21 of his 35-plus years of teaching at Ridgewater College as faculty and program director. The first 16 years were parttime while he ran a full-time practice.