July Chamber Luncheon catches up with Industry Appreciation Awards
Dr. Ron Newcomb, president Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) addressed Paulding business leaders last week at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, held at the New Season Church in Hiram, which was followed by the presentation of this year’s Industry Appreciation Awards.
Dr. Newcomb along with CTC's Executive Director Missy Cusack provided an update on the school’s growth and the impact that the pandemic has had on the college and its mission.
Newcomb noted that “this too will pass” and stressed that the mission of the college remains unchanged and that that is to prepare students for the workforce.
Newcomb gave a nod last week to Paulding’s legislators for their efforts to limit budget cuts leveled at education at this year’s General Assembly, as well.
CTC is the largest technical college in the state with eight campus locations serving the counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens. CTC awards more than 70 certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in 45 programs of study through traditional classroom courses as well as online training. The economic impact prior to the pandemic on the six-county region has been estimated at $100 million.
CTC’s student population tends to be divided between about a third in health-related fields, another third in core programs and another third in business and tech programs including media production and interior design.
Students have come to the Paulding campus from several neighboring counties for the nursing program and it’s expected that an aviation academy will serve to draw students from all over the state. The academy is to be established at Paulding’s NW Atlanta Airport. Georgia will join Texas, California, and Florida in supplying the growing demand for aviation mechanics as Baby Boomers begin to retire and leave the workforce. CTC also provides the community with other learning opportunities, including customized workforce training, adult literacy, and continuing education programs.
Industry Appreciation Awards
Honorees for 2020 included the Service Industry of the Year Award to E Dennis Air Conditioning and Heating, located in Dallas, the company was established in 1993.
Top Flight Aerostructures was awarded Industry of the Year.
Top Flight, established in 2005, is an aerospace manufacturing and repair company that specializes in the manufacture of aerospace composites and adhesively bonded components of military aircraft structures. Top Flight operates a 40,000 square foot production facility in Dallas.
Industry Appreciation Awards 1. 2020 Service Industry of the Year Award went to E Dennis Air Conditioning and Heating, located in Dallas, and established in 1993. Chamber Chairman Greg Perry (left) and E Dennis team. (Photo: R. Grant)2. Top Flight Aerostructures was awarded Industry of the Year. Chamber Chairman Greg Perry and Top Flight team. (Photo: R. Grant)3. Dr. Ron Newcomb, president Chattahoochee Technical College spoke at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, held last week at New Season Church in Hiram. (Photo: R. Grant)