From a 2015 tour of GNTC's Automotive Technology labs

The Appalachian Regional Commission recently announced approval of a grant in the amount of $407,350 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) for the Northwest Georgia Southern Appalachian Automotive Workforce Development Initiative.

Georgia Northwestern has developed a work plan to provide residents of Chattooga County the opportunity for technical training in academic programs (technical certificates of credit) serving the automotive manufacturing industry. The proposed program will be made available to high school students and adult residents in Chattooga County.

“We are excited to receive this funding and look forward to training the citizens of Chattooga County for automated manufacturing careers in the automotive industries across the northwest Georgia region,” said Pete McDonald, president of GNTC.

By purchasing mobile training aids, the college will have the opportunity to offer these programs at the high school sites. The proposed technical certificate will include courses related to programmable controllers and industrial motor controls addressing the high demand for technical skills in the automotive industry.

Following graduation from high school, students may continue their education at GNTC to acquire additional certificate programs or add other credentials by adding academic courses. Additional credentials in the industrial systems program area include diplomas and associate of applied science degrees. In addition to serving high school students, the college serves adult learners at five campuses located across northwest Georgia.

In addition to ARC fund, state sources will provide $102,000 bringing the total project funding to $509,350.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities. Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC. This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.