(Georgia Northwestern Technical College media release):
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is proud to announce its partnership with Mohawk Industries through the company’s recent sponsorship of the Industrial Systems Technology program lab on the Whitfield Murray Campus (WMC) in Dalton.
The Mohawk Industrial Systems Lab will give GNTC students hands-on experience with the same equipment used daily by industrial systems technicians and other professionals in the field of advanced manufacturing.
“GNTC graduates have a great foundation and can fit into a lot of jobs we have at our facilities,” said Linda McEntire, director of technical training at Mohawk. “When applicants come from this program, they can go straight into our workforce without a lot of additional training. They can hit the ground running or have a much smaller learning curve for some of our specialized roles.”
The demand for these roles is high, McEntire added. “As Mohawk continues to invest in advancing technology and equipment, skilled multi-craft technicians are needed to handle the different roles and work opportunities offered in our growing industry.”
“These students are so well equipped to come into these jobs and be successful,” said Sherrie Patterson, chair of the GNTC Foundation Trustees.
During the GNTC Foundation’s 2020 Year End Giving Campaign, Mohawk Industries helped contribute to the $90,000 in scholarship funds raised during the campaign. The GNTC Foundation coordinated sponsorship in appreciation of the company’s continued support of the college.
“Mohawk is a great partner of GNTC and employer of our students,” said GNTC President Dr. Heidi Popham. “Our industrial partnerships are fundamental to the workforce development success we see in our communities. We could not have accomplished what we have this past year without our valued partnerships.”
Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer in createing products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Their industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate their brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Mohawk brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Karastan, IVC, Marazzi, Mohawk, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
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, 11,820 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,591 students and an additional enrollment of 3,229 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.