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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.

A New World: The Education of Nikita Kovalevskiy

Revolution Begins At Home For GNTC Student, Kazakhstan native

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“Nikita Kovalevskiy poses for a picture at home while working on homework from his program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.”


(Northwest Georgia)
– Nikita Kovalevskiy is half a planet away from his homeland, Kazakhstan. The world’s largest landlocked nation is home to more than 17 million people. That’s about 16,930,000 more people than where he now calls home: Walker County, Georgia. What’s more amazing is how this Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student ended up in the United States.

Today, “Nikita’s” homeland is under the microscope for everything from controversial religious laws to human rights violations. But since leaving the old Soviet republic, Nikita has spent the past eight years in a new land, more than 10,000 miles away from Auliekol, Kazakhstan, his birthplace.  Major changes may be on the way in the old country, but this 26-year-old Industrial Electrician student at GNTC is making his own changes towards a better life right here in the Peach State.

For the past seven years, Nikita has worked for Shaw Industries Plant 67 in LaFayette, Georgia. Currently, Nikita is a machine operator for the flooring giant. And now, with several years under his belt with Shaw, he hopes to go after his next career within his plant. “I decided to enroll at the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold,” said Nikita. “They have an Industrial Electrician certificate I want to earn. It will help me have a chance to advance. Whatever it takes to make things better, that’s what I’m going to do.”

The Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern opened its doors to students officially for the Fall 2016 semester. The Ringgold, Georgia site is the college’s sixth campus in operation in Northwest Georgia. The other campuses are located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield County, Georgia.

Industrial Systems Technology instructor Matthew Sosebee teaches the coursework for Nikita and all of those attending the Catoosa County Campus for work within the Industrial Systems Technology program. “Mr. Sosebee is a pretty good teacher,” said Nikita. “He is really good at explaining what we need to learn. If there is anything you don’t know about the material, he is really helpful and makes sure you understand.”

Understanding one another is what Nikita can vouch for, first-hand. “When we first met in Kazakhstan, I was trying to teach her Russian,” said Nikita of his California-native wife. “She was there working with the Peace Corps when we first met. I was just 19 at the time. But, we became good friends and got to know each other.”

In 2009, he made the decision to pack his things and head to a new place. One that would ultimately give him a new lease on life. It would be in LaFayette, Georgia that Nikita and Chelsea would become husband and wife. The two would begin their young family in 2013 when their son, Nikolai, was born. Then, their daughter, Anna, came along two years later.

Nikita was still a toddler himself when Kazakhstan declared its independence from the now disbanded Soviet Union. As a youngster who grew up just a couple of hours from Russia, Nikita and his friends had plenty of dreams.

“I remember wanting to play professional basketball when I grew up,” said Nikita. “Your dreams change as you get older. I’m looking forward to what’s next after I finish college. But, I do miss some things from back home from time to time.”

Among the things he misses, Nikita says one of his mother’s recipes is near the top of the list. Among the dishes he listed was his mother’s Shashlik. The closest relative to it on the American Menu is a Shish Kebab; a skewer of grilled lamb, pork, or beef. Nikita still speaks with his family back home a couple of times each week.

Not so long ago, this 20-something father of two had once hoped for an opportunity just like the one he has in front of him today. One that would allow him to make his mark in the world.

 

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“Nikita Kovalevskiy’s young family posing for a picture in Walker County, Georgia. Shown here are Nikita and his wife, Chelsea, and their children Anna and Nikolai.”

 

From one young Peace Corps worker learning the language of her future husband, to an industrial technology instructor making sure a student from overseas is prepared better than ever for his future, Nikita Kovalevksiy and his family truly “understand” what it takes to make a dream come true.

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Industrial Systems Technology program, you can call 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 (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.

Job Growth Leads To New Program at GNTC

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“Grace Beam, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, ins tructs her students during a lecture at the college’s Catoosa County Campus. The Catoosa County Campus first opened its doors this past August.”

 

GNTC Helping Local Industry With Logistics Program                     


(Ringgold, Georgia)
– Getting from “Point A to Point B” in the 21st century is not as simple as it may appear. With technological advances and a more skilled workforce becoming the norm, mapping out a day in the life of a business is tougher than ever. However, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest campus has launched a program that will help companies across our region make the task easier than ever.

 

Grace Beam’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management program at the Catoosa County Campus of GNTC has its first students ever taking first semester coursework that will make things easier for the worker, the company, and the consumer. “Organizing the production and delivery of a company’s goods and services is where we come in,” said Beam. “Getting product from supplier to consumer is our main focus. And, in today’s marketplace, jobs in this arena are opening up around the world.”

 

With the demand of today’s customers locked in on almost instantaneous results, salaries are looking good for well-trained logisticians and supply chain managers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), with positions in almost every industry on the planet, an experienced logistician earns an annual median income of $74,000. “Even the bottom of that scale has logisticians making more than $40,000 a year,” added Beam. “Being able to successfully get the right things, to the right place, at the right time is a very valuable skill set in today’s workplace.”

 

From being a specialist in business-to-consumer supply to being in charge of the entire process, supply chain managers really lay out the plan on how to best get business done on a day-to-day basis. “They handle planning, purchasing, production, customer service, transportation of all raw goods and finished products, and so much more,” said Beam. “These jobs, as well as logisticians, are quickly becoming positions that companies across Georgia are looking for.”

 

According to the BLS, the average salary of an experienced supply chain manager ranges between $90,000 and $120,000. The salary figures are as of September 2016. Logistic service providers (LSP) are seeing that need in the Peach State. More than 11,000 LSP’s are now in place in Georgia alone.
Industry leaders are preparing for the rising need of skilled workforce to handle this level of business. Georgia has the nation’s fastest growing port in Savannah, the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta with Hartsfield International, and a rail and highway system that sees more volume of goods being transported than anywhere else in the United States. “Business is moving through this region 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” added Beam. “We are training these men and women to do business in the way companies want their business done. Basically, they are learning to keep the customer satisfied and help their business grow. They go hand-in-hand for the specialist we are training for tomorrow’s jobs.”

 

Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College is November 30. For more information on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program, you can contact GNTC at 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 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.

GNTC Launches Logistics & Supply Chain Management

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