Lanier Tech Students Excel at SkillsUSA National Competitions

July 1, 2024

Gainesville, GA Annually, Lanier Technical College’s best and brightest compete in the Georgia Post-Secondary National SkillsUSA Competitions. During the week of June 24, 2024, competitors from around the United States met at the Georgia World Congress Center to compete in many of the high-demand career-based academic programs offered locally by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

Lanier Technical College had seven students place in either the Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal categories. Their names, instructor names, and competitions are as follows:

Gold Medal Award – Career Pathways – Health Sciences:

Students: Dakota Schmidt, Janet Penaloza, Shelby Colbaugh

Instructors: Annette Baker and Lillia Vargas

Silver Medal Award – Esthetics:

Student: Katie Palmieri

Instructor: Jackie Mann

Bronze Medal Award – Robotics and Automation Technology:

Student: Ibrahim Mumanovic and Shane Nicholson

Instructor: Luis Melendez

Bronze Medal Award – Firefighting:

Student: Robby Buice

Instructor: Karen Nowakowski


SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future workforce by developing SkillsUSA Framework skills, including personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member with the opportunity for career success.

About the Technical College System of Georgia
The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its colleges, which work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit


Lanier Technical College has a 100 percent job placement rate five out the past seven years. The College offers 50 programs of study in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service.
Lanier Technical College is a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Lanier Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (
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