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Industrial Career Day 2018 Wrap-Up!

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.

The Grainger Foundation Supports Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation

“With a rainy day at the construction site of the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Ringgold, Georgia, local Grainger Branch Manager Jay Still met GNTC representatives indoors for the presentation. Inside the recently-opened Zaxby’s restaurant, directly in front of the future campus, Still, second from the right, presents the check to GNTC Electronics Technology instructor Cody Brewer. Shown in the picture, from left, are GNTC Director of Institutional Advancement Jason Gamel, GNTC Industrial Systems Technology instructor Matt Sosebee, Still, and Brewer.”Grainger 2015-3a

 

 

GNTC Gets Boost For Industrial Tech Programs
(Catoosa County, Georgia) – The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $10,000 to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation (GNTC) in support of its industrial programs at the Catoosa County Campus in Ringgold, Georgia.
“This grant will be used to help support the college’s Industrial Technology programs that we will offer at the campus,” said Jason Gamel, GNTC Director of College Development. “Through this program, and others like it, we support the growth of local businesses by helping to fill the talent pipeline in our community. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”
Construction of the college’s sixth campus is underway and is expected to open in 2016, offering classes for the first time during fall semester.

Among the 14 programs currently slated for the campus are mechatronics,
electronics, business management, health care specialties, computer information systems, and logistics. During the past year, GNTC has educated more than 14,000 students through credit and non-credit programs both on-campus and online.
This donation was recommended by Jay Still, Market Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Dalton location. Grainger has been a part of the Dalton business community for more than 20 years as the leading broad line
supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by Georgia Northwestern,” said Still. “We understand the need for GNTC’s mission in Northwest Georgia and
beyond.”
The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.
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, Georgia Northwestern Technical College 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 certificate. For more information on Georgia
Northwestern Technical College, please call 866.983.4682 or visit GNTC.edu.
For further information about Grainger contact Joe Micucci, Grainger Director of Media Relations at Joseph.Micucci@grainger.com
For further information about Georgia Northwestern Technical College contact Jason Gamel, Director of Institutional Advancement at jgamel@gntc.edu

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.

Appalachian Regional Commission Announces Grant for GNTC’s Automotive Technical Training Initiative in Chattooga County

From a 2015 tour of GNTC's Automotive Technology labs

The Appalachian Regional Commission recently announced approval of a grant in the amount of $407,350 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) for the Northwest Georgia Southern Appalachian Automotive Workforce Development Initiative.

Georgia Northwestern has developed a work plan to provide residents of Chattooga County the opportunity for technical training in academic programs (technical certificates of credit) serving the automotive manufacturing industry. The proposed program will be made available to high school students and adult residents in Chattooga County.

“We are excited to receive this funding and look forward to training the citizens of Chattooga County for automated manufacturing careers in the automotive industries across the northwest Georgia region,” said Pete McDonald, president of GNTC.

By purchasing mobile training aids, the college will have the opportunity to offer these programs at the high school sites. The proposed technical certificate will include courses related to programmable controllers and industrial motor controls addressing the high demand for technical skills in the automotive industry.

Following graduation from high school, students may continue their education at GNTC to acquire additional certificate programs or add other credentials by adding academic courses. Additional credentials in the industrial systems program area include diplomas and associate of applied science degrees. In addition to serving high school students, the college serves adult learners at five campuses located across northwest Georgia.

In addition to ARC fund, state sources will provide $102,000 bringing the total project funding to $509,350.

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

Industrial Maintenance Technology

STEM Jobs Magazine Designates GNTC As a Top College in Educating STEM Talent

Ricardo Cruz of Rome is a student in GNTC’s Industrial Systems Technology program.
Ricardo Cruz of Rome is a student in GNTC’s Industrial Systems Technology program.

STEM Jobs magazine, a national publication, recently featured Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) as one of the top schools in preparing students for successful careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in their spring issue.

Georgia Northwestern was one of four colleges highlighted in the Maintenance Technology category of a feature titled “10 Top Entertainment Engineering STEM Jobs by Salary.”

STEM Jobs encourages students to pursue STEM related careers through an engaging media platform and free assessment platform that connects students to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Every issue of STEM Jobs magazine highlights top jobs in key STEM industries along with the best schools that train for these positions. Their proprietary algorithm identifies STEM schools at the institutional and individual occupation level.

GNTC ranked very high in total occupationally-relevant STEM program offerings, in graduating student participation in those programs, and in percentage of minorities graduating having completed majors or minors in STEM occupation-relevant programs.

Other STEM programs offered by Georgia Northwestern include Environmental Horticulture, Lawn Maintenance Specialist, Computer Support Specialist, Microsoft Excel Application Specialist, Microsoft Office Application Professional, Microsoft Word Application Specialist, Data Entry Clerk, Internet Specialist Web Site Developer, Internet Specialist-Web Site Design, Cisco Network Specialist, Linux/UNIX System Administrator, Microsoft Network Administrator, Computer Forensics and Security Specialist, Instrumentation and Controls Technician, Instrumentation and Controls Technician I, Instrumentation and Controls Technician II, Drafting Technology, CAD Operator Mechanical, Electronics Technology, Robotic Technician, CNC Specialist, CNC Technology, and Machine Tool Technology.

STEM Jobs magazine sent digital additions of the spring issue, featuring GNTC, to over 700,000 individuals. They also sent over 200,000 print copies to 15,000 high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges and schools nationwide. To sign up for a free digital subscription, visit the web site STEMjobs.com.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.

GNTC Employee, Michael Fennell, Receives Doctor of Education Degree

Michael L. Fennell, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) assistant dean of Industrial Technology on the Walker County Campus and program director of Drafting Technology, recently received a doctor of education degree from the University of Georgia.

Fennell began his career with GNTC as a drafting technology instructor in 2003. He was promoted to assistant dean of Industrial Technology in 2007 and was also awarded the Rick Perkins Excellence in Teaching Award that year. Fennell was voted by a group of peers to serve as the chair for the Northwest Georgia Area Consortia for drafting programs in 2007 as well.  

Fennell graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor of science degree in Education, where he received the Technology Education Award on Honors Day his junior and senior years. He received his master of education degree in Technology Education from Georgia Southern University. Fennell serves on the Drafting Advisory Board for Ringgold, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Dade County, and Ridgeland High Schools.

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