NIMS Awards Honor To NW Georgia College

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Machine Tool Technology Program Director Phil Shirley now leads the state of Georgia’s only nationally accredited Machine Tool program. Shirley has led the program on the college’s Walker County Campus for the past eight years.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Machine Tool Technology Program Director Phil Shirley now leads the state of Georgia’s only nationally accredited Machine Tool program. Shirley has led the program on the college’s Walker County Campus for the past eight years.”


(Northwest Georgia) – The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has given accreditation to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Machine Tool Technology Program Director Philip Shirley. Shirley’s program on the Walker County Campus (WCC) is the only one which is nationally-accredited in the state of Georgia.

“In the Machine Tool industry, a NIMS accreditation is the highest benchmark you can achieve as a collegiate program,” said Shirley. “After 18 years of teaching machine tool, my NIMS accreditation finally validates what I do on a national level.”

This year, GNTC became the Peach State’s first college to have a NIMS-accredited program. The organization awarded Shirley and GNTC the honor in August. An extensive two-day on-site evaluation of everything from his curriculum to the knowledge of his students were on display for examination to see if the program deserved such honors.

Highly impressed after the inspection of the program and facilities in Walker County, Georgia, the team inspecting the college gave above-average ratings in Program Features, Devices (Equipment, Tooling, & Measuring), Program Administration, and Program Faculty. Leading by example, Shirley earned all 11 machining credentials by himself. They include Milling Operations, Drill Press, Turning Operations, Grinding, Job Planning, Benchwork, Layout, and several others.

“Students are eager to earn credentials from a nationally recognized organization such as NIMS,” added Shirley. “They are proud to show them on their resume and use them in their portfolio at interviews.”

With his eight years as director of the Machine Tool Technology program at GNTC’s Walker County Campus now under his belt, Shirley first taught Machine Tool Technology at Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia for 10 years (1997-2007). Among the educational awards GNTC’s Shirley has earned in his career are a Diploma in Machine Tool Technology (Chattahoochee Technical College, GA), an Associate of Applied Technology Degree in Machine Tool (Dalton State College, GA), and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management (Bryan College, TN).

Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers courses in Machine Tool Technology throughout the year. The TCSG college offers a diploma in Machine Tool Technology and certificates within the Machine Tool Technology program. Classes are on the schedule for each fall, spring, and summer semester at GNTC.
For more information on the GNTC Machine Tool program, contact the college at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). You can find them on the Internet at GNTC.edu. Also, Georgia Northwestern can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

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.