The Dart Foundation has given a $130,000 grant to Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC). The grant was announced during GPTC’s annual Manufacturers Luncheon and will be used for programmable logic controller equipment. The equipment will be located the school’s new Advanced Manufacturing Center, which opened late last year.

In a press release Lisa Phillips, committee lead of the Dart Foundation, said “We are committed to providing impactful grants that will strengthen and improve the quality of life in our community,”

“We are ecstatic to partner with the Dart Foundation to upgrade our facilities to Industry 4.0 standards,” said Dr. Anthony Neal, vice president of institutional advancement and the executive director of the GPTC foundation. “This grant will allow Georgia Piedmont Tech to recruit students with a keen interest in manufacturing, as well as meet the growing demand by area employers to hire workers who understand how to operate programs and machinery allowing mass customization, creating an opportunity for businesses to cut costs and save money.”

Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, said the lab meeting the Industry 4.0 standards will positively impact the students at GPTC as the school is in the process of recruiting the second group of German Apprenticeship students.

“By upgrading GPTC’s center to Industry 4.0 standards, we are able to offer these apprentices and our other students the only training program in the state that addresses this kind of ‘smart device’ training,” Simama said.