“Shown in the front row, from left, are Rhonda Beasley, Roper Corporation Human Resources Manager; Scott Brown, Roper Corporation President; C. Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President; Dr. Heidi Popham, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Executive Vice President. Shown in second row, from left, are Dr. Michael Fennell, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Dean of Academic Affairs; Scott Lee Reece, Roper Corporation Organizational Development Leader; Dr. Mindy McCannon, Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President of Academic Affairs; Alan Lyles, Roper Corporation Maintenance Team Leader for Assembly; Steve Patterson, Roper Corporation Manufacturing Engineering Manager for Fabrication Finishing and Facilities; Mike Signiski, Roper Corporation Manufacturing Engineering Manager for Assembly; Sarah Harrison, Georgia WorkSmart Regional Apprenticeship Coordinator; and Rodney Lewis, Roper Corporation Maintenance Business Leader.”

(Walker County, Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College and the Roper Corporation, a division of General Electric, officially entered into an agreement Friday afternoon to launch a “Registered Apprenticeship” program.

Through coordination with Georgia WorkSmart, the state’s apprenticeship program, both GNTC and Roper will begin training apprentices in the Mechatronics program.

What is Apprenticeship in Georgia? The website defines it as, “…a work-based training method that combines formal instruction with on-site, occupation-related training. Apprentices typically work 30-40 hours per week and receive classroom training through part-time attendance at technical colleges, universities or approved training providers. Using the apprentice model can help businesses grow their own talent and build a motivated and qualified workforce. Employers use apprentice programs to recruit and train new employees and to upskill their current workforce.”

Stay tuned for the full story next week on this new partnership between one of the region’s largest employers and the region’s largest college.