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Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit Puts Eyes On NW Georgia’s Future

Lieutenant Governor, NW Georgia Leaders Discuss Preparing Workforce, Growing Business

 

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“Leading the way in a session on leadership in industry during day two of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit are, from left, Jeff Lorberbaum, Chairman and CEO of Mohawk Industries; Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle; and Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO of Shaw Industries Group, Incorporated.”

 

(Calhoun, Georgia) – Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle is spending his second of two days in Northwest Georgia at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus. With several hundred of Northwest Georgia’s industry and education leaders joining in, Cagle is helping lead the conversation on the region’s future in the Ninth Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Business and Education Summit.

Key decision makers in economic development, community partnerships, and leadership in the region are actively taking part in getting a first-hand look at the current state of Northwest Georgia’s ability to train the future workforce and sustain and grow Georgia business in the future. Cagle, as well as the executives leading area industries, are looking for ways to keep Georgia’s workforce market-ready to handle the ever-changing needs of the economy.

Monday, day one of the summit, was a field day of sorts. Morning tours were led through plants at Shaw Industries in Ringgold, Mohawk Industries in Dalton, and Anheuser-Busch in Cartersville.

 

 

Summit participants spent the afternoon at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Calhoun. Business and economic leaders discussed the state’s growth and the impact on the communities, the power of apprenticeship programs that international companies in Georgia are utilizing, and the benefit of community relationships in the classroom, as well as innovation and a new way of thinking in teaching the future workforce.

Tuesday, day two of the summit, focused on innovative leadership both in the workplace and the classroom. Leaders of the area’s top industries, as well as the Technical College System of Georgia, GNTC, and the region’s college and career academies, spoke about what’s being done today to help improve Georgia’s 21st century workforce tomorrow.

All six of Northwest Georgia’s College and Career Academies, as well as GNTC, donated time and resources to help make the summit possible. For more information about GNTC, you can call 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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 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.

400K Project to Train Chemical Lab Technicians in North Georgia

GNTC Bulking Up New Chemical Technology Program In Northwest Georgia

 

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(Dalton, Georgia) – A $333,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), coupled with a $142,000 budget from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), is the fuel behind a new program geared towards training brand new chemical lab technicians for the industries of Northwest Georgia.

 

Brent Lance, Director of the Chemical Technology Laboratory Technician program at GNTC, is excited about the possibilities of the new growth. “This will allow us to train students in these new careers with the latest technology currently available to local manufacturing industries,” said Lance. “This grant submitted by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, along with the college’s contribution, will help purchase industry-standard equipment. The best tools for the best students. Now, our employers here in our region will be sure they are getting ready-to-work graduates.”

 

Thanks in part to the grant, the latest in chemical analysis instrumentation will be available in the “Chem Tech” lab on the Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College by December. “We want the latest technology offers in place when spring semester begins,” added Lance. “The equipment and the training our students will have access to are not usually available at the technical or community college level in our region.”

 

The program is currently offered on the Whitfield Murray Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Dalton, Georgia. “I’ll be discussing with my advisory committee, which is made up of local industry officials, on possibilities of expanding the program to help both the companies and the future workers of our area,” said Lance. The changes are intended to enhance student learning and provide specialized training in the field of chemical analysis and chemical processing.

 

First developed to train chemical laboratory technicians to work in Northwest Georgia industries, the Chemical Technology Laboratory Technician program leads to a 29-credit hour technical certificate. “The program provides detailed training in chemical safety, lab work, and instrumentation,” said Lance. “It’s a well-planned program which is also flexible enough to adjust to specific needs of employers in the region as the need arises.”

 

Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College is November 30. Returning student registration is currently taking place through the end of the week (October 10-14). “This program can help us place ready-to-work graduates in careers in the area’s automotive manufacturing giants, as well as other corporations who rely on the work of chemical technicians for long-term success,” added Lance.

 

For more information on the Chemical Technology Laboratory Technician program, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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.

Leaving A Legacy: Arming The Future Of Industrial Technology

Tommy Wilson Scholarship To Help Buy Tools For GNTC Industrial Students

 

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College Athletic Coordinator David Stephenson, left, presents Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel with the fund’s first check.”

 

(Northwest Georgia) – A successful life and career in a tech field in the Tennessee Valley inspires the family of Tommy Wilson to give back in a way that would have made him proud. An initial gift from Wilson’s family will be the foundation of the Tommy Wilson Tool Scholarship Fund benefitting Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Industrial Technology students.

 

Wilson, after working 35 years with Eureka Foundry in Chattanooga, Tennessee, retired at the beginning of 2016. Just 10 weeks later, he passed away. Wilson’s nephew just happens to be David Stephenson, GNTC’s Athletic Coordinator. In Wilson’s name, Stephenson presented a check to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation on September 29. GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel accepted the gift on behalf of the Foundation at the Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia.

 

“Uncle Tommy graduated from the old Kirkman Technical High School in Chattanooga,” said Stephenson. “It led him to a great career with Eureka (Foundry). He worked in drafting and architecture design in regards to industrial systems technology. He would want to give back to those just starting their new careers in the same area of work.”

 

Wilson, with no children of his own, would often tell others that Stephenson was his son. “He was my ‘cool’ uncle,” added Stephenson. “I believe this scholarship would be a great way to honor his life of working successfully in a technical career. He was very helpful to others within his field. Just seems fitting to do this in his name.”

 

His alma mater, Kirkman Technical High School, was located in Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. The high school closed its doors forever in 1991. It was located on a piece of land affectionately known as “Hawk Hill.” If you look high atop Hawk Hill these days, you’ll find yourself watching the Chattanooga Lookouts play minor league baseball on their home turf, AT&T Field.

 

“With Kirkman long gone, the family just felt giving to the college’s industrial technology programs may be the perfect way to continue his legacy,” said Stephenson. “After speaking with the instructors, it wasn’t the tuition funds that the students were having the toughest time coming up with. It was tougher for the students to get the money to buy the tools to help them start their careers.” Wilson’s family is starting the fund in cooperation with the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation with a promised commitment of at least $500 dollars every year.

 

“We try to encourage private contributions in order to build and maintain outstanding academic and support programs at the college,” said Gamel. “Donations to the Foundation support areas of institutional need including scholarships to deserving students, equipment purchases, materials for the library, and staff development.” To give to the Tommy Wilson Tool Scholarship Fund, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.764.3810. You may also e-mail the office at jgamel@gntc.edu.

 

For more information on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates 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.

Georgia Northwestern Construction TeamWorks Squad Best In Georgia, Competing Nationally

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“Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s 2016 SkillsUSA TeamWorks members Bo Dooley, left, and Burt Burns look over plans for a phase of their gold medal winning state competition project constructed in Atlanta, Georgia last week. In the background, from left, is Tanner Boyd and Barry Arrington working on the wiring for their entry.”

 

(Atlanta, GA) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students Barry Arrington of Calhoun, Georgia; Tanner Boyd of Armuchee, Georgia; Bo Dooley of Calhoun, Georgia; Burt Burns of Lindale, Georgia; and Evan Brackett of Rome, Georgia of will be headed to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 21-24. The GNTC team took home top honors in the TeamWorks competition at the State of Georgia SkillsUSA Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia March 17-19.

 

“Our team is the first to ever qualify to compete nationally from the state of Georgia,” said GNTC Director of Construction Management Donnie Holmes. “This team had to work together to complete a project from a set of plans that included masonry, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing work. They were so far ahead on their timetable to complete the project that they added on to the plans and still completed the project before the deadline.”

 

Among the things judges graded the GNTC team based on the college’s Gordon County Campus were working within building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the overall efficiency of the team project. The SkillsUSA’s competition website states that, “TeamWorks is not only a SkillsUSA competition, but a way of learning… to help maximize their skills for their future.”

 

The team will represent Georgia Northwestern at the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) competition the week of June 22 in Louisville Kentucky. More than 6,000 (high school and collegiate) students from across the country will compete hands-on in more than a hundred various trade, technical, and leadership fields.

 

“We saw incredible success at the state competition with 15 students earning honors for their respective competition,” said GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Michael Meyer. “This is a great reflection on the college programs which trained them and the kind of pro-active students these men and women have become.”

 

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Also placing on the state level of SkillsUSA were Tanya Person of Trenton, Georgia and Ashley Clark of Calhoun, Georgia (Chapter Display – Bronze), Melisa Fajardo of Dalton, Georgia (Customer Service – Bronze), Jacob Prater of Kingston, Georgia (Electrical Construction Wiring – Silver), Stone Dowling of Chickamauga, Georgia (Information Technology Systems – Silver), Cougar Roberts of Rossville, Georgia (Prepared Speech – Silver), Brandy LeVan of Rock Spring, Georgia (Promotional Bulletin Board – Bronze), Andrew Copeland of LaFayette, Georgia (Welding – Bronze), and Tyler Daubert of Rome, Georgia, Jeremy Duvall of Armuchee, Georgia, and Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Georgia (Welding Fabrication – Silver).

 

GNTC’s Director of Aviation Maintenance Jon Byrd also took part in this year’s event serving as a judge for Georgia’s SkillsUSA Aviation Maintenance competition. For more information, contact 706.764.3588 for the GNTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Michael Meyer. Or, send an e-mail to mmeyer@gntc.edu. Early Registration for summer semester courses is underway March 21-25 for returning GNTC students.

 

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.

Georgia Northwestern’s Shirley Leads State’s Only Nationally-Accredited Machine Tool Program

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.

Machine Tool Gets National Attention

GNTC Accreditation Press Release 2015

Bringing The Latest To Machine Tool Industry, GNTC Hosts Pros

NIMS Helps Georgia Northwestern Machine Tool Program, Students

“NIMS specialist Mike Blizzard, center, shows a project design to Savannah Technical College Machine Tool Technology instructor Jeffrey Friend, left, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Machine Tool Technology instructor Philip Shirley during a NIMS training visit at GNTC earlier this month.”
“NIMS specialist Mike Blizzard, center, shows a project design to Savannah Technical College Machine Tool Technology instructor Jeffrey Friend, left, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College Machine Tool Technology instructor Philip Shirley during a NIMS training visit at GNTC earlier this month.”

(Walker County, Georgia) – National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) advisors visited Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Walker County Campus in Rock Spring, Georgia for a week-long visit with the college’s Machine Tool Technology program.

GNTC Machine Tool Technology instructor Philip Shirley hosted the event which saw specialists from NIMS measuring the knowledge and skill sets of instructor and students alike. NIMS awards credentials which provides a guarantee that instructors and the program are performing at the highest level and have the capacity to train the top new recruits in the field.

NIMS offers 52 metalworking credentials designed to recognize necessary job qualifications from entry-level to master-level openings in the field. In-lab and online examinations lead to certifications and accreditations in the Machine Tool arena. “Each year, we do what we can to ensure the program has exactly what a new student needs to get the training necessary that will land him or her into a good career in the field,” said Shirley.

NIMS specialist Mike Blizzard headed up the July 2015 event in Walker County, Georgia. Instructors Michael Schmidt and Jeffrey Friend from Lanier and Savannah Technical Colleges, respectively, also visited on-site to take part in the process. “We are fortunate enough to be in a program where students are seeing more and more

opportunities each year,” said Shirley. “We just want to know that what we bring them from day one is going to be second to none. So, we do our part.”

For more information on the Machine Tool Technology program at Georgia Northwestern, contact the college at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). You can also e-mail Mr. Shirley at pshirley@gntc.edu. Final registration for fall semester at GNTC is August 3.

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, adult education, and workforce development opportunities. Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC currently 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.

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