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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.

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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.

Machining Manufacturer Awards Georgia Northwestern With 20K In Scholarship, Program Funding

 

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“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
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(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 pshirley@gntc.edu, 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.

F&P Georgia and Georgia Northwestern Trains Workforce with Jr. Tech Pool Program

(Rome, Georgia) – F&P Georgia, a tier one automotive parts supplier located in Rome, is working with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide its workforce with an increased set of skills and potential for better career advancement within the company.

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A new internal program called “Jr. Tech Pool” gives F&P Georgia employees the opportunity to advance their career and education. In order for an employee to be in the Jr. Tech Pool they must be enrolled in, or have already completed, the Industrial Systems Technology diploma program at GNTC.

 

“We have always strived to advance the technical skills at our facility by using GNTC as a recruiting tool,” said Michael Brown, kaizen group manager at F&P Georgia. “This has resulted in advancement greater than anticipated, including a variety of valuable skills and resources.”

 

Employees that are part of the Jr. Tech Pool program work as associates with F&P Georgia, take courses at GNTC, and work beside technicians to receive hands-on experience. Once a Jr. Tech position becomes available, F&P Georgia selects an associate from the Jr. Tech Pool to fill the position.

 

“Sixty-one percent of our current production technicians and kaizen engineers were developed internally in partnership with GNTC,” said Brown.

 

Approximately 17 graduates from GNTC are currently employed at F&P Georgia. Some were already employed and began taking courses at GNTC, while others were GNTC students that were directly recruited by F&P Georgia.

 

“F&P Georgia’s involvement in our community to fill the pipeline for their future workforce is only one of the initiatives that has allowed this company to expand five times and continue a path of solid and stable growth,” 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 GNTC graduates, the company has decided to broaden the internal development program from welding and assembly departments to expand into facilities, stamping, and tool and die maintenance.

 

“It’s a great partnership for everybody,” say Bill Scoggin, assistant dean of Industrial Technologies and instructor of Industrial Systems Technology at GNTC. “We have more students entering our program and they get better trained employees.”

 

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.

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