GPTC cuts rib­bon to wel­come new Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­ter

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - Dar­ryl Welch dwelch@cov­news.com

With lo­cal dig­ni­taries and elected of­fi­cials on hand Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Com­mis­sioner Gretchen Corbin of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia and Dr. Jabari Si­mama, pres­i­dent of Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, cut the rib­bon on the col­lege’s new $1 mil­lion Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­ter at GPTC’s Al­covy Road cam­pus.

The cen­ter in­cludes train­ing labs for elec­tron­ics, in­dus­trial wiring and mo­tor con­trols, me­chan­i­cal train­ing, and au­to­ma­tion and process con­trol. The col­lege said grad­u­ates from this pro­gram can re­ceive a va­ri­ety of cre­den­tials in­clud­ing con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates, tech­ni­cal cer­tifi­cates of credit, diplo­mas and de­grees.

Si­mama said the new cen­ter de­liv­ers on a prom­ise.

“To­day we’re here to say we are de­liv­er­ing on a prom­ise. The Com­mis­sioner and I came out over a year ago and we promised the busi­ness com­mu­nity that we were go­ing to trans­form man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties here. This mil­lion dol­lar com­mit­ment rep­re­sents a prom­ise kept,” he said.

“We’re train­ing the work­force for the global econ­omy right here in New­ton County,” Si­mama said. “And this cen­ter is a big part of it.

Corbin said the mis­sion of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia is sim­ple.

“Work­force de­vel­op­ment,” she said. “Mak­ing sure we are lis­ten­ing to our em­ploy­ers to un­der­stand their needs so we are pro­vid­ing the cur­ricu­lum, the equip­ment and the in­cred­i­bly in­tel­li­gent in­struc­tors that our stu­dents will need to be suc­cess­ful in the work­forces of Ge­or­gia’s com­pa­nies.

Speak­ing about New­ton County Corbin said, “We have an in­cred­i­ble in­dus­try base here. If it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure we are pro­vid­ing first class, con­tin­u­ously trained tal­ent for these in­cred­i­ble work­forces in these in­cred­i­ble com­pa­nies, we will do it.”

Ralph Staffins, pres­i­dent of the Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Coun- ty Cham­ber of Com­merce, praised the part­ner­ship that made the cen­ter a real­ity.

”Every great project starts with part­ner­ship, com­pro­mise and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. That is what hap­pened here,” he said. “I am so proud to have worked with great friends like Com­mis­sioner Corbin, Pres­i­dent Si­mama and the lo­cal plant man­agers to bring this dream to real­ity.

“Our mis­sion at the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton Cham­ber and Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment is to lead the na­tion in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. This lab helps us as a com­mu­nity to reach this am­bi­tious goal be­cause we all know how im­por­tant work­force is to at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing com­pa­nies of all sizes.”

Dar­ryl Welch | The Cov­ing­ton News

Dr. Jabari Si­mama, pres­i­dent of Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, cuts the rib­bon on the col­lege’s new Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­ter.

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