Mohawk Apprentice Scholarship Winner To Attend GNTC

Friday, May 6, 2016

Brandon Mutter received the first Mohawk Apprenticeship Scholarship this week and he will attend Georgia Northwestern Technical College.  The scholarship will cover the total cost of his Associate’s Degree in Industrial Systems.

In addition to the scholarship, Mr. Mutter earned a position in Mohawk Industries’ nationally-recognized mechatronics apprenticeship program. 

“It’s exciting, because now I have more of a chance to go to college. I can afford it,” said Mr. Mutter. 

The Mohawk Apprenticeship Scholarship rewards a senior with a high GPA who has completed requisite coursework and received strong recommendations by instructors at the Gordon County College and Career Academy. Recipients must also commit to work as an apprentice at Mohawk while completing studies in Industrial Systems at GNTC. While Mr. Mutter is the first recipient of the scholarship, the program will be extended to other similar schools around the country with which Mohawk has apprenticeship programs. 

“As both the world’s largest flooring manufacturer and Gordon County’s largest employer, we understand the success of our business relies on our ability to attract and sustain a talented team of people who can meet the increasingly high tech demands of our highly competitive industry,” Senior Vice President of Human Resources Phil Brown said. “Just as Mohawk invests in state-of-the art technology and equipment, we are committed to investing in people whose talent and skills drive our growth and success.” 

The apprenticeship scholarship is an extension of Mohawk’s ongoing partnership with Gordon County College and Career Academy. This fall, longtime Mohawk employee and Senior Regional Engineering Instructor Keith Shepherd joined the school’s teaching staff as a mechatronics instructor. The company also promotes employee volunteer opportunities at the school, provides leadership and input through representation on the GCCCA board of directors and sponsors an on-site STEM camp each summer for middle school students to encourage the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

“GCCCA has been an outstanding education partner, which is why we are so excited to provide this opportunity to a 2016 graduate,” Mohawk Director of Technical Training Linda McEntire said. “This strategic partnership was designed to develop qualified potential employees who can apply their skills toward a building a great career right here in Northwest Georgia. By being exposed to these opportunities and receiving real-world training while still in high school, these students are excellent candidates for the high skill, high wage positions we have at Mohawk.” 

Mohawk’s partnership with GCCCA led to both institutions being recognized by Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor as the business and education partners of the year in 2015. Apprenticeship opportunities with the company are expanding throughout the region and beyond, and Mohawk plans to extend additional scholarship opportunities in the future.


Lee Prof’s Play Receives Production

Stacey Isom Campbell’s play, “Laundry at the Coin & Spin,” received an Equity-approved showcase production in New York City as part of the fifth annual Collective:10 Play Festival.  Ms. Campbell’s play, along with four other ten-minute plays, premiered Nov. 1-5 at The Collective: NY.  “Equity means my play meets the criteria to be considered a professional production,” ... (click for more)

Núñez Named School of Music 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Elizabeth Núñez was awarded the 2017 Lee University School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award at a department breakfast during Homecoming earlier this month.  “Not only is Elizabeth an exceptional musician, teacher, and conductor, but she is committed to changing the lives of America’s youth,” said Dr. William Green, dean of Lee’s School of Music. “Her work with the Young ... (click for more)

City Council Votes On 1st Reading To Lower Rain Retention Requirement In South Chickamauga Creek Basin

The City Council on Tuesday voted to lower the requirement for rainwater retention in the South Chickamauga Creek basin. The move from holding the first 1.6 inches to one inch had been requested by the Home Builders Association and the Berke administration. Sandy Kurtz, longtime leader of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, said the resolution was "not yet ready ... (click for more)

Former Pilot Regional Account Specialist Says Former President Mark Hazelwood Approved Of Fraud

When well-known attorney Rusty Hardin on Tuesday asked a former Pilot regional account specialist if she believed that former president Mark Hazelwood knew of a plan to cheat trucking firms he didn't get the answer he expected. Holly Radford told a jury in Chattanooga, "I know he had knowledge of the rebate schemes that were going on. "I had conversations with him about it ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Eve

I don’t know who was the first to do the Famous Pregnant Turkey prank but I’ll bet you a handful of giblets there will be a lot of copycats who try it today. The trick is finding a Cornish hen that is small enough to stuff inside the larger turkey. Then you skillfully pack the bird with some of that sausage-sage dressing and put your Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. When all ... (click for more)