New GNTC program receives $10,000 donation

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation was recently presented with a donation of $10,000 from The Grainger Foundation to be used for books, simulators, supplies, and fees for the new Diesel Equipment Technology program on the Whitfield Murray County Campus.

“Once again the community is showing their dedication to technical education by investing in possible future employees,” Michelle Beatson, Foundation Administrator at GNTC said.

The Diesel Equipment Technology program teaches students the valuable skill of working on tractor-trailer trucks in a high demand employment market, said Beatson. After completing the Diesel Equipment Technology program, students will be able to inspect and repair buses, trucks or any other kind of diesel engine.

“As the program and lab came together, our partners and vendors of the program saw the college’s dedication and passion for education,” Salvador Arreguin Gonzalez, Diesel Equipment Technology program director and instructor said. “Grainger has dedicated a lot of time and effort to process orders for our school and now they want our students to have a chance to further their education.”

Michelle Beatson (from left), Foundation Administrator at GNTC, stands with Jay Still, Manager, Onsite Services Manager at Grainger and GNTC Foundation Trustee, GNTC President Heidi Popham and Gregory Faro, Branch Network Manager at Grainger after he presented the Diesel Equipment Technology program with a $10,000 donation.
Michelle Beatson (from left), Foundation Administrator at GNTC, stands with Jay Still, Manager, Onsite Services Manager at Grainger and GNTC Foundation Trustee, GNTC President Heidi Popham and Gregory Faro, Branch Network Manager at Grainger after he presented the Diesel Equipment Technology program with a $10,000 donation.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, and was founded in 1949.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) 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, 12,785 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,499 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,286 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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