Central Georgia Technical College’s Office of Economic Development Programs works with area employers to ensure a well-trained workforce by providing customized business and industry training and continuing education.
In FY14, CGTC customized 1,158,000 hours of training for a total of 19,467 employees of 249 companies. Another 1,124 students enrolled in continuing education and professional development courses.
A fully staffed Career Services Department is available for job fairs, employee recruitment and dissemination and collection of job applications. Facilities are also available for job interviewing and a full complement of online, written and hands-on skill proficiency assessments.
One of Georgia’s top incentives for job creation is Quick Start, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Quick Start is an internationally acclaimed provider of workforce training solutions for businesses that are creating jobs in our state. Quick Start has consistently ranked No. 1 in the United States for the quality of their workforce training. Quick Start provides customized workforce training, free-of-charge, to qualified companies.
The Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board (MGWIB)/Middle Georgia Consortium is a local association of workforce development agencies, business leaders and other partners in a 10-county area seeking to improve the Middle Georgia labor market. MGWIB gives employers one-stop access to a statewide network as well as workforce development services offered by partnering agencies in the region. Employers can utilize the MGWIB for on-the-job training, where employers are reimbursed a percentage – up to 50 percent – of the trainee’s wages during the training period.
Houston County’s Georgia Department of Labor Career Center offers job market information, access to Internet job search resources, résumé assistance, financial assistance and information about unemployment insurance benefits and disability resources. The Career Center can also connect hired employers to qualified job contenders. Through the Center, employers can advertise job openings on the state’s Job Information System and obtain information about recruitment, including mass recruiting, online and broadcasted job posting, employee references and on-site interviewing.
Houston County is home to the recently announced Georgia Military Academic Training Center. The 32,000 square-foot facility will be used to train and educate veterans, active duty military and their families, to assist in their transition from military life to Georgia’s workforce. The project is a collaborative effort between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia.