TTC Shelbyville Machine Tool Technology Program Named 2010 ATEA Outstanding Technical Program
The Machine Tool Technology Program at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville has been named the American Technical Education Association’s (ATEA) Outstanding Technical Program for 2010. Accepting the award on April 8, 2010 at the 47th National Conference on Technical Education in Indianapolis, Indiana, was Master/Lead Instructor Kenneth Potts.
TTC Shelbyville’s Machine Tool Technology program was the first National Institute of Metal Working Society (NIMS) certified program in Tennessee at the postsecondary level. The program also added an additional option for students in Fall 2008 in Tool and Die, which includes injection molding to address the training needs of the workforce for local industries. Over the last five years, this program has been the deciding factor in bringing to new industries to the area. A local Chamber of Commerce recently made the Machine Tool Technology program the highlight of a recruitment visit by two companies. Lead Instructor Kenneth Potts was also among six finalist nominated for the ATEA Outstanding Technical Teacher Award for 2010.