“David Aycock, left, presents Georgia Northwestern Technical College Machine Tool Technology Director Phil Shirley with a Gene Haas Scholarship award for $20,000. Aycock works for Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions as a Georgia field representative.”


GNTC’s Machine Tool Gets Support
of Haas in Building Program, Enrolling Students


(Walker County, Georgia) – The Georgia Northwestern Technical College Machine Tool Technology program received a big boost this week. The Gene Haas Scholarship was awarded to the program in the amount of $20,000.


On behalf of the scholarship foundation, David Aycock, one of two state of Georgia sales representatives for Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions, presented the check to Shirley. They held a presentation in the GNTC Machine Tool Technology lab on the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia this past Tuesday. Jeffreys is the regional sales office for Haas Automation, Incorporated; the nation’s premier manufacturer of CNC machine tools.


According to the Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship website, the award is intended to, in part,“…help ease the financial burden of qualified students who are interested in machine operation and maintenance coursework.” The award can also be used to help provide necessary equipment for students within the program. Helping fund those expenses can also relieve the student of any additional expense and/or fees to enroll in the program.

“The gift will go to the GNTC Foundation,” said Shirley. “From there, the (GNTC) Foundation will help us with this gift in making sure that we find the most suitable ways to help our students in any way we can,” said Shirley. To date, the Gene Haas Foundation has donated more than $38 million to more than 1,200 charitable organizations and schools.


Shirley’s Machine Tool Technology program made headlines just a few months ago when it set a milestone for the Peach State. This past summer, GNTC became Georgia’s first college to have a NIMS-accredited program. NIMS, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, awarded Shirley and GNTC the honor. An extensive two-day on-site evaluation of everything, from his curriculum to the knowledge of his students, was administered to see if the program deserved such honors.


With more than 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 Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Machine Tool program, call 866-983-4682. Anyone can e-mail the program director, Philip Shirley, at, as well.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.