Chattahoochee Tech Launches New Diploma Program

Chattahoochee Technical College’s CNC Technology instructor Jack Dempsey
Chattahoochee Technical College’s CNC Technology instructor Jack Dempsey works on installing new equipment in the program’s lab, located on the North Metro Campus.

Chattahoochee Technical College has rolled out a new diploma program and early registration for the spring semester begins Nov. 4 for new and current students. The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology program will be offered at Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro Campus in Acworth, and leading the class will be Jack Dempsey of Polk County.

Dempsey has 20 years of experience in the machining industry, including manual machining, programming 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-axis CNC machines, planning and quoting, as well as managing and owning his own shop. Through his experience, he has observed trends in the industry and said that the CNC Technology program will provide students with the essentials to succeed in the 21st Century machining industry.

“CNC Technology is the way of the modern machine shop,” Dempsey said. “You have to stay up on the new technology and machining trends to be competitive in the machining industry today.”

CNC machining is a process used in manufacturing that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. CNC technicians are responsible for loading the machine instructions into a computer, setting up the machine and tooling, and then starting the machine. The machine will make the part with minor interaction until it’s time for another part.

“The CNC Technology program will include setup, programming and operation of CNC machining centers and CNC turning centers,” Dempsey said. “There are many available jobs in our service area for CNC technicians, and career opportunities include general manufacturing, fabrication/prototyping and production. Our program will be providing the learning experience with new modern machinery and equipment.”

On their way to becoming CNC technicians, students will learn blueprint reading, layout and math for machining, as well as the basics of machining on manual mills and lathes. The program, which is designed to take 64 weeks to complete, also includes lessons on setting up a CNC machining center, manual programming techniques and basic MasterCam programming (CAD/CAM programming).
“The best part of the experience is that the students will learn how to apply all these skills on the shop floor by programming, setting up and running the machines,” Dempsey said.

For more information about the CNC Technology program, visit

Second Annual 5K for ADay Breaks Last Year’s Record

5K for ADay

The 2nd Annual 5K for ADay was a great success Saturday, Sept. 17 in downtown Canton, with 180 runners and $13,000 raised for student scholarships. About 120 runners participated in the inaugural 5K for ADay, which raised $5,000.

The 5K is part of Reinhardt University’s fundraising efforts for the ADay for Reinhardt program, also known as the Cherokee County Grant Program. Since 1988, it has provided more than $4.8 million to Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University.
“This year’s 5K for ADay was so successful and I want to thank all of the runners, volunteers, sponsors and the ADay for Reinhardt Committee for all of their efforts made in helping this event to thrive,” said Dale Morrissey, director of development and external relations. “We raised $13,000 for Cherokee County students who always are so appreciative of the financial support toward their education.”

In addition to the 5K for ADay, Reinhardt sold blue ribbons for people to hang in their businesses and at their homes showing support for Reinhardt. The $30 apiece ribbons brought in about $900 of the total amount raised, which also will go toward scholarships for Reinhardt University students.

Awards were given for overall and age group categories, and a team trophy was awarded to the organization with the most participants.
The overall male winners were Johan Olarte, Kendal Byrd and Hermon Gebrezyabiher, while the overall female winners were: Torie Williams, Jaleya Mosley and Christine Tejada. The team trophy winner for the most participants was Renasant Bank.

Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Prohibit Ransom Payments to Iran

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) last night voted for and the House passed the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (H.R. 5931). The bill reiterates that U.S. policy is not to pay ransoms and prohibits any cash payments to Iran until the president certifies Iran is not sponsoring terrorism.

“This administration seems to have no boundaries in their willingness to bend over backwards for Iran,” said Rep. Graves. “Most recently, the administration broke long-standing U.S. policy and paid what amounts to a $1.7 billion ransom to Iran for several American hostages. While we’re all glad the hostages were safely returned, paying a ransom only emboldens our enemies to take Americans prisoner and provides Iran – the largest state sponsor of terrorism – nearly two billion dollars in cash. This legislation is now necessary to stop this administration’s dangerous efforts to appease Iran.”