Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Machine Tool Technology program on the Floyd County Campus was presented with a $7,500 grant by the Gene Haas Foundation to be used for student scholarships.


“The funds will provide additional financial support benefitting both the college and the students of the Northwest Georgia region,” said Bart Jenkins, director of the Machine Tool Technology program at GNTC. “I also foresee purchasing student toolboxes, including tools needed for the program, for the students to use while enrolled in the Machine Tool Technology program.”


The scholarships will be given to students that plan to enroll, or are currently enrolled, in a machining-based program at GNTC. The criteria for receiving a Gene Haas scholarship will be determined by the program instructor or a committee that includes the instructor. The grant cannot be used to purchase equipment, machines, or simulators.


“Since the funds will be used for direct school costs including tuition, mandatory fees, and books it will make the program more affordable to students that really need the support,” said Jenkins.


Haas specialist David Aycock says that the Gene Haas Foundation created the scholarship to address the demand for qualified machinists.


“There is a consistent need in the industry for people that have these advanced skills,” said Aycock. “Students coming out of the program will have a job for life.”


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.