Kiana Mata, of Armuchee, won second place in the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) statewide student design contest in the ninth through twelfth grade category.


Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week, established in order to promote awareness of manufacturing and its significance to the state of Georgia, is taking place this week Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.


Mata, a senior at Armuchee High School, received a $300 scholarship check presented by Gov. Nathan Deal at the MAW awards luncheon held on Thursday, April 27. Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products.


The weeklong celebration was established by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Department Economic Development. It focuses on the number and types of jobs manufacturing employs and how vital those jobs are to Georgia’s economy.


Every year, each TCSG college nominates manufacturing businesses to be honored for their contributions to Georgia’s prosperity and their local communities.


Companies are nominated based on three categories; large business (more than 500 employees), medium business (151-500 employees), and small business (150 or fewer employees). Each nominee was measured on its economic impact on Georgia, workforce excellence, and demonstration of corporate responsibility.


This year, GNTC nominated Mohawk Industries for large manufacturer of the year; Racemark and Propex were both nominated by GNTC in the medium business category.


This was the 23rd year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included The Georgia Association of Manufacturers, The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Power, and HA+W | Aprio. Other exhibitors at the luncheon included APICS – The Association for Operations Management, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, the Georgia Department of Labor, the Georgia Employers Association, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, Georgia Trend, Next Generation Manufacturing, and the Technology Association of Georgia Manufacturing Society.


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, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.