Lieutenant Governor, NW Georgia Leaders Discuss Preparing Workforce, Growing Business
(Calhoun, Georgia) – Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle is spending his second of two days in Northwest Georgia at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus. With several hundred of Northwest Georgia’s industry and education leaders joining in, Cagle is helping lead the conversation on the region’s future in the Ninth Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Business and Education Summit.
Key decision makers in economic development, community partnerships, and leadership in the region are actively taking part in getting a first-hand look at the current state of Northwest Georgia’s ability to train the future workforce and sustain and grow Georgia business in the future. Cagle, as well as the executives leading area industries, are looking for ways to keep Georgia’s workforce market-ready to handle the ever-changing needs of the economy.
Monday, day one of the summit, was a field day of sorts. Morning tours were led through plants at Shaw Industries in Ringgold, Mohawk Industries in Dalton, and Anheuser-Busch in Cartersville.
Summit participants spent the afternoon at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Calhoun. Business and economic leaders discussed the state’s growth and the impact on the communities, the power of apprenticeship programs that international companies in Georgia are utilizing, and the benefit of community relationships in the classroom, as well as innovation and a new way of thinking in teaching the future workforce.
Tuesday, day two of the summit, focused on innovative leadership both in the workplace and the classroom. Leaders of the area’s top industries, as well as the Technical College System of Georgia, GNTC, and the region’s college and career academies, spoke about what’s being done today to help improve Georgia’s 21st century workforce tomorrow.
All six of Northwest Georgia’s College and Career Academies, as well as GNTC, donated time and resources to help make the summit possible. For more information about GNTC, you can call 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.
Manufacturing scholarships available for new high school graduates entering Technical College System of Georgia
New Money For New Grads In Georgia In 2016
ATLANTA – Georgia manufacturers are hiring, and Georgia students wishing to pursue careers in the industry can now apply for scholarships aimed at building the manufacturing workforce in the state. The Manufacturers Education Foundation, in partnership with American Made Movie and American Town LLC and the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation, is funding $20,000 in scholarships this fall to students who enroll in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
Formerly awarded only to college students who have completed 15 hours in a manufacturing program, scholarships are now also available to recent high school graduates pursuing a career in manufacturing. Scholarships apply to program areas including automated manufacturing technology, engineering technology, electronics technology, industrial systems technology, industrial maintenance, electrical maintenance and mechatronics.
“There is no greater need by manufacturers across our state than access to a pool of talent prepared to begin a career in manufacturing,” said Roy Bowen, president of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers. “To grow that pipeline of talent, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and its member companies must make students, parents, teachers and counselors more aware of the rich career opportunities in manufacturing, and the support for continued education after beginning work.”
“Manufacturing is critically important to Georgia’s economy, and this scholarship will help students receive the high degree of training now needed to work in manufacturing,” said Lauren Pugh, Executive Director of the TCSG Foundation. “We appreciate the partnership that is making this scholarship possible.”
Information about the scholarships are available by contacting the TCSG Foundation office at 404-327-6918 or visiting https://tcsg.edu/tcsg_foundation_scholarships.php.
The mission of the TCSG Foundation is to support the Technical College System of Georgia through marketing, advocacy and fundraising to benefit college students, programs and faculty.
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