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Georgia Power and GNTC hold Graduation Ceremony for Apprenticeship Program

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(Back row, from left to right) Aaron Bryan, Eric Hester, Eric Boatner, Nick Wade, Kenneth Whitehead, Jeff Pace, Steve Bailey, Tony Maxwell, Tyler Price, Ben Stroupe, and Elisha Starley. (Middle row, from left to right) Jerry Rowland Jr., Jathan Turner, Greg Banks, Zach Heaton, Josh Moates, Josh Freeman, Michael Newton, and Johnny Howze (Scherer Plant Manager). (Front row sitting, from left to right) Justin Clemons, Rodney Betsill, Barry Franklin, John Rowland, Chris McAlister, and David Wright. (Not pictured) Kevin Kittle.
(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Power and Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) held a recent graduation ceremony on GNTC’s Floyd County Campus for the 2016-17 class of the Georgia Power Apprenticeship Program.
 
The Apprenticeship Program began with Georgia Power taking a look at their workforce and realizing that many of their experienced mechanics and electricians would be retiring at the same time.
 
To address the upcoming skills gap, Georgia Power met with representatives from GNTC to build a curriculum that would utilize the college’s resources to prepare apprentices to qualify for the journeymen level of employment in a much faster time-frame of training.
 
“We have found over the years, since the program began, the journeymen we have now in our plants are really up to speed and knowledgeable,” said Suellen Waddell, technical training supervisor at Georgia Power. “They have such a great jump start and foundation and they make some of our best journeymen.”
 
The program is a two-year curriculum for apprentice mechanics and apprentice electricians that involves classroom training and hands-on instruction in GNTC’s industrial labs. Apprentices also have to pass Georgia Power validated tests as part of the training.
 
Apprentice electricians worked with Motor Controls, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), industrial wiring, conduit pulls and other electrical components in GNTC’s industrial and electrical labs. Apprentice mechanics received hands-on training in GNTC’s Welding and Joining Technology and Machine Tool Technology facilities to learn lathe operations, welding, pipe bending and cutting, and other mechanical career-related skills.
 
“It’s very advantageous to the apprentices because I think they get a lot out of it and it gives Georgia Power high quality employees,” said Dick Tanner, director of Instrumentation and Controls at GNTC.
 
Upon completion of the program, electrical apprentices earn the Electrical Maintenance Technician certificate and mechanical apprentices earn the Mechanical Maintenance Technician certificate from GNTC.
 
There was a total of 25 graduates – 15 Electrical Maintenance Technicians and 10 Mechanical Maintenance Technicians in the 2016-17 class.
 
The Georgia Power Apprentice Program began to take shape in 2001 and the first graduates completed the program in 2004.
 
“The success of this program is directly related to the true partnership between Georgia Power and Georgia Northwestern Technical College,” said Waddell.
 
Graduates from Georgia Power’s Apprenticeship Program for 2016-17 were Steve Bailey, Greg Banks, Rodney Betsill, Eric Boatner, Aaron Bryan, Justin Clemons, Barry Franklin, Josh Freeman, Zach Heaton, Eric Hester, Kevin Kittle, Tony Maxwell, Chris McAlister, Josh Moates, Michael Newton, Jeff Pace, Tyler Price, John Rowland, Jerry Rowland Jr., Elisha Starley, Ben Stroupe, Jathan Turner, Nick Wade, Kenneth Whitehead, and David Wright.
 
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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Georgia Northwestern’s Harp, Spivey Place In Phi Beta Lambda Skills Competition In California

GNTC’s Bueso, Herrera Also Place At National Event

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s National Phi Beta Lambda competition team competed June 24-27 in Anaheim, California. Pictured, from left, are GNTC Phi Beta Lambda Advisor Brittny Burns, Jonathan Herrera, Cage Gary, Selena Spivey, Ronal Bueso, Amanda Teeters, Nicholas Post, Allie Long, Elisabeth Harp, Corey Carlile, Brett Notabartolo, Miguel Ramirez, GNTC Phi Beta Lambda Advisor Dione Waddington, and GNTC Phi Beta Lambda Advisor Patty Hart.”

 

 

(Northwest Georgia) – For the second straight year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Elisabeth Harp has been named one of the best in the nation in her field.

 

After placing third in Georgia in Networking Concepts at the state level of the Phi Beta Lambda Skills Competition this past spring, the Calhoun, Georgia native placed eighth nationally in the category this summer at the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda National Competition in Anaheim, California.

 

In 2016, Harp placed eighth in the Computer Concepts category at the national competition held in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, she and 10 of her fellow national qualifiers from Georgia Northwestern would make the trek to California to show off their skills.
However, Harp was not the only two-time qualifier from GNTC. Corey Carlile of Aragon, Georgia also qualified to compete on the national level each of the last two years. Georgia’s 2017 state champ in the Small Business Management Plan category competed in Anaheim and Atlanta, respectively, the past two years. Carlile was also named the college’s G.O.A.L. Student of the Year in 2016.

 

Two other entries from GNTC placed in Anaheim. Selena Spivey of Dalton, Georgia placed eighth in the nation in Computer Animation. Also, the team of Ronal Bueso and Jonathan Herrera, both from Dalton, Georgia, earned a Top-15 finish in the Business Sustainability category. Four years ago, Dalton, Georgia’s Mario Trejo earned the college’s first national title at the PBL Competition taking home top honors in the Justice Administration category.

 

After qualifying only six students for the national event last year, GNTC advisors Dione Waddington, Patty Hart, and Brittny Burns guided 11 students to qualify for this year’s trip to the West Coast to compete against the best. The University of Florida, the University of Alabama, the University of Maryland, the University of Utah, the University of Nebraska, Duquense Universtiy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and many others from across the United States qualified along with Georgia Northwestern to compete at this year’s event. As a state, Georgia qualified 79 students for the competition.

 

Other members of the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda competition team were Cage Gary of Ringgold, Georgia; Amanda Teeters of Chickamauga, Georgia; Nicholas Post of LaFayette, Georgia; Allie Long of Ringgold, Georgia; Brett Notabartolo of Trion, Georgia; and Miguel Ramirez of Rome, Georgia. Ramirez was GNTC’s 2017 G.O.A.L. Student of the Year award winner.

 

More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Southern California for this year’s event. The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference showcased participants from across the United States. As well as participating in more than 60 business and business-related competitive events, participants attended a week-long conference to enhance their business skills and expand their networks.

 

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

College’s First Male Grads To Make Their Way Into Medical Assisting

GNTC’s Smith Recognizes First Two Male Grads In Her Program

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“Erin Inman of Rome, Georgia, right, alongside Timothy “Zan” Thompson of Trion, Georgia, middle, stands with Assistant Dean of Health Technologies, Martha Smith. Also, an instructor of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Medical Assistant Program for more than a decade, Smith says Inman and Thompson are the first male students she’s ever had in the female-dominated major.”

 

(Walker County, Georgia)    Teaching Medical Assisting at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) since 2001, Martha Smith has never seen a man graduate from her program on the college’s Walker County Campus. That is until now.

44-year-old Erin Inman of Rome, Georgia and 23-year-old Timothy “Zan” Thompson of Trion, Georgia paved the way for a new trend. “I worked in healthcare for a long time,” said Smith, Assistant Dean of Health Technologies at Georgia Northwestern. “Erin and Zan are the first two men I’ve ever seen come along and successfully make their way through the program.”

Inman served a Medical Assistant internship with Floyd Family Care in Rome. Thompson interned with the Redmond Wellness Center at Roper Industries in LaFayette, Georgia. Both locations were interested in hiring them beyond their internships through Georgia Northwestern. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Medical Assisting field is expected to increase its number of new positions by 23% over the next eight years. Medical Assistants serve in healthcare and administrator capacities for medical offices and facilities. They will often perform multiple clinical duties, as well as manage various administrative projects on a given shift.

GNTC’s Medical Assisting program is offered on the Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia and the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia. The college offers a Medical Assisting Diploma and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting. GNTC offers Medical Assisting and more than 200 other programs online and on-campus. Campuses are located in Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), Rock Spring (Walker County Campus), and Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus).

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Industrial Leader Helping College, Industry Grow In N. GA.

HAAS, Jeffreys Manufacturing Donate $17,500 To Georgia Northwestern

 

 

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“Visiting Densmore Machine in Whitfield County, Georgia to recognize the gift to Georgia Northwestern Technical College were industry and local leaders from across Northwest Georgia. Shown in the front row, from left, are Rob Bradham, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce; Johnathon Densmore, Chief Operating Officer of Densmore Machine; David Aycock, Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions; John Densmore, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Densmore Machine, and Carl Campbell, Vice President of Economic Development of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. In the back row, from left, are Chuck Payne, Georgia State Senator District 54; Carl Roberts, Tooling Supplier and Engineer for Alternatives for Industry; Jimmy Densmore, Chief Financial Officer and Operations Manager of Densmore Machine; Phil Shirley, Machine Tool Technology Director at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Jason Gamel, Director of Institutional Advancement at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”

 

 

(Dalton, Georgia)  With graduates of Georgia Northwestern Technical College manning the machines at Densmore Machine in Dalton, Georgia on a daily basis, it’s easy to see where donations to the region’s largest college actually go in the end. Industry and local leaders stopped in at Densmore Machine on July 17 to celebrate a special gift from an industry leader.

After committing $20,000 to Phil Shirley’s Machine Tool Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in 2016, Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions has presented the college with the Gene Haas Scholarship award for the second straight year. This time, the industrial machining giant donated $17,500 to the college’s program, benefitting the college’s program and the workforce it’s training.

The Gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship is awarded to institutions which teach Machine Tool Technology and similar areas of study. The primary goal of the award is to help ease the financial burden of qualified students, allowing them to successfully complete their education and earn employment within their expertise.

“It’s all about the workers,” said Jimmy Densmore, Densmore Machine Operations Manager. “We have one man working the HAAS equipment right now that is a recent graduate of Georgia Northwestern. I’m also a graduate of Georgia Northwestern. The Machine Tool program at the college is a lot like our business. We need to be able to prepare for work that needs to be done or we go out of business.”

Densmore graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Drafting Technology program. “I realized that working in my family’s business, I could use that drafting education to help us grow,” said Densmore. “I could draw up parts companies were ordering in 3-D. Then, I could have the machines make the parts to order.”

Two decades after first opening its doors, Densmore Machine would take a new direction. Starting out in a modest 4,500-square-foot building in the Dawnville Community of Whitfield County, this family-owned business made a decision. The economic collapse of the housing industry nearly a decade ago pushed companies across the country, including Densmore, to look at things with a whole new perspective.

“We learned we would have to be able to do a lot of things for a lot of companies to survive,” said Densmore. “It would require new equipment to do jobs we never had to do before. Jobs which required machines we never had to purchase before. We’ve been buying machines from HAAS ever since as the workload demands it. Of course, a change like that requires trained staff. We know GNTC’s Machine Tool program works closely with HAAS. It’s really kind of a partnership.”

A company that thrives today on the coming together of companies, a college, and a workforce, was little more than an idea just 33 years ago. One born in the mind of Densmore’s Grandfather, John Densmore, Sr. Shortly before the current Operations Manager was born, his grandfather made the decision to go into business for himself. With all the money he could gather, Densmore, Sr. hit the road to Detroit, Michigan to a closed down auto plant. It was there he would purchase the North Georgia company’s first two pieces of equipment.

Today, three generations of Densmore machinists later, the company has grown from its original rural machine shop in the outskirts of Dalton, Georgia to a 12,500-square foot facility right on Interstate 75 in South Whitfield County. Georgia Northwestern offers campuses in Dalton (Whitfield Murray Campus), Ringgold (Catoosa County Campus), Rome (Floyd County Campus), Calhoun (Gordon County Campus), Rockmart (Polk County Campus), and Rock Spring (Walker County Campus.)

GNTC offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. 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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on GNTC’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Southwest Airlines Donates Turbofan Engine to GNTC

Aviation gift from Southwest to GNTC
Drew Ware (left) of Cave Spring and Lawrence Peters (right) of Austell work on the CFM56-3B1 high-bypass turbofan engine that was donated to GNTC by Southwest Airlines.

 

(Rome, GA) – Southwest Airlines recently donated a CFM56-3B1 high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine worth approximately $100,000 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Aviation Training Center to provide students with advanced training in troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining industry-grade aviation equipment.

The donation of the turbofan engine will further GNTC’s ability to prepare students for a career in the fields of Aviation Maintenance Technology or Avionics Maintenance Technology.

 

“This is our first turbofan engine, a majority of our planes have reciprocating or piston engines,” said Jon Byrd, director of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at GNTC. “There are so many different systems that we teach that are on this one engine so we can show students how it all goes together instead of, what we have had up until now, was individual components.”

 

The Aviation Training Center is located at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome about 10 miles from the Floyd County Campus of GNTC.

 

According to Byrd, having this turbofan engine will also help to better prepare students to work for the major airlines upon graduation.

 

“All of the major airliners have planes with high-bypass turbofan engines on them,” said Byrd. “So this particular engine, which happens to be a pretty popular model, is used on many different airplanes.”

 

The Aviation Training Center is approximately 30,744 square feet with five classrooms and eight labs for Aviation Maintenance Technology and Avionics Maintenance Technology. The Center includes a large airframe lab, powerplant lab, five additional Federal Aviation Administration Curriculum labs, and a technical library/reference lab.

 

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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at GNTC.edu or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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