Aljandro Nevarey
Alejandro Nevarez of Rome, a production technician with F&P Georgia and former GNTC student, works on a Motoman industrial robot that is similar to the units donated to Georgia Northwestern.

(Rome, GA) – F&P Georgia, a tier one automotive parts supplier located in Rome, donated three industrial robots to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide students with real-world experience using industry grade equipment.

The three Motoman industrial robotic arms have an estimated value of $50,000 according to Bill Scoggin, assistant dean of Industrial Technologies and instructor of Industrial Systems Technology at GNTC.

“It greatly enhances the student’s educational experience to be able to work with the same equipment that they will be using when they enter the workforce,” said Scoggin. “This will give them hands-on experience in basic programing and integration to Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) systems.”

Approximately 17 graduates from GNTC are currently employed at F&P Georgia.

“Not only is the relationship with F&P Georgia a great partnership because they hire our students, they also always work with us when we want to bring classes in to tour their facilities.” said Scoggin.

The robots will prepare students to become industrial technicians and automated manufacturing technicians and will be used in the labs for GNTC’s Industrial Systems Technology and Robotic Technician programs.

“F&P Georgia has been a leader in promoting technical skills and technical career education in our community,” said Ken Wright, director of Business and Industry Services at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.

As F&P Georgia continues to see positive results from graduates of GNTC’s Industrial Systems Technology program, the company has decided to broaden the relationship with the college to also include the Welding and Joining Technology and Tool and Die Specialist programs.

“We have always strived to advance the technical skills at our facility by using GNTC as a recruiting tool,” said Michael Brown, senior manager of production at F&P Georgia. “By providing them with industry grade equipment it will improve the training of the technicians that we get from there.”

(l to r) Michael Watton, Bill Scoggin, Michael Brown, & Ken Wright
Standing in front of F&P Georgia are (from left to right): Michael Watton, general manager of F&P Georgia; Bill Scoggin, assistant dean of Industrial Technologies and instructor of Industrial Systems Technology at GNTC; Michael Brown, senior manager of production at F&P Georgia; and Ken Wright, director of Business and Industry Services at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s 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.