The Appalachian Regional Commission recently announced approval of a grant in the amount of $310,550 to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide residents in Northwest Georgia with advanced technical training repairing and maintaining die press equipment.


In addition to ARC fund, state sources will provide an additional $133,093 bringing the total project funding to $443,643.


The funding will make it possible for GNTC to upgrade industrial lab facilities and provide industry standard equipment for the Die Maintenance Technician technical certificate of credit. The program was developed by GNTC, along with business and industry professionals, to train students with the skills necessary to obtain jobs in the advanced manufacturing and automotive manufacturing industries.


The program will be taught at GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome and will serve students throughout the Northwest Georgia region.


The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. For more information visit the web site


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, 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.