One of Douglas County’s most valuable assets is its strong industry base, and success in economic development lies substantially in a trained, skilled workforce. The goal of the Chamber’s Existing Industry & Workforce Committee is to help develop a trained and skilled workforce through efforts in education, training, and professional development.
Programs initiated by the Existing Industry and Workforce Committee include:
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal program that was signed into law in July 2014, and went into effect in Georgia in July 2015. WIOA is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, low-income adults and youth to ultimately help Georgia businesses meet the needs of today and the future. The Governor has appointed the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) to administer WIOA funds and designated Workforce Division staff to SWDB, assisting in the regulation of WIOA funds which are administered throughout 19 Local Workforce Development Areas across the state, including Douglas County.
The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program is designed to provide experiences and activities that support a school to career transition. This simply means that students are allowed to work off campus in the business community in order to learn more about a chosen career. Once a student has met all requirements of WBL, the WBL Coordinator will determine the correct WBL placement for the student. The students will earn one unit of credit for each completed WBL course.
November Work-Based Learning Spotlight:
The Dwarf Grill located in Hapeville, Georgia was the first Chick-fil-A restaurant and was opened in 1946 by Mr. Truett Cathy. Mr. Cathy founded the Chick-fil-A company believing that it was imperative to give back to the community. A quote found on the Chick-fil-A website: “Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else – our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.” We have learned that the owners of the local Chick-fil-a restaurants believe in Mr. Cathy’s vision as the owners are always willing to serve our schools and students in any way needed. Representatives from each restaurant serve in many capacities; they serve as classroom guest speakers, presenter at WBL parent/student orientation, mock interview day interviewers, job shadow day hosts, and employ and mentor numerous Douglas County School System students.
Pictured: Sandy Gamble, Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A (Thornton Road). Sandy presented a lesson on acquiring and keeping a job to the parents and students at the WBL Parent Orientation in August, 2017.
The Work-Based Learning Coordinators of the Douglas County School System are very appreciative of the partnership with Chick-fil-A and look forward to working with them for many years to come. Thank you to Chick-fil-A for making a positive impact in the development of the next generation’s work force.
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“Understanding the importance of soft skills among the future work force, the Douglas County Chamber jumped on board with GeorgiaBEST, the soft skills certification course developed by the Georgia Department of Labor, and being implemented in 21 school systems across the state this year – including Douglas County schools. The Chamber agreed to host a Mock Marathon Interview Day for the students participating in GeorgiaBEST, providing an invaluable experience for the students, as well as the business community.”