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.
September Work-Based Learning Spotlight:
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio is a local business, independently owned and operated by Valerie Howell for the past 30+ years. Ms. Howell is and has been a member of our community and a graduate of Lithia Springs High School. She is an active member of our business and education community.
Mrs. Howell recently started a Teen Focus Group involving students from local high schools. These students meet monthly during the school year participating in creative marketing activities and learning about entrepreneurial concepts and practices. This has provided a great educational experience for the students and for the Merle Norman store.
Your business can become eligible for a 7.5% discount on your Worker’s Compensation Insurance Program Premiums. This is possible through DRUGS DON’T WORK, an affiliate program of the Georgia Chamber and The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Inc. For more information, contact Janice Johnson at 770.942.5022.
Go Build Douglas is a sub-committee of the Existing Industry and Workforce committee and a subset of the Go Build Georgia program. Go Build Georgia’s goal is to educate students and the workforce at-large about the program and drive them to the Go Build Georgia website where they can learn about opportunities in the skilled trades.
Go Build Douglas has awarded scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in post-secondary education in the area of STEAM² (Science – Technology – Engineering – Advanced Manufacturing – Mathematics).
Douglas County was recognized in 2011 as a Certified Work Ready Community. The Georgia Work Ready Initiative was launched in August 2006 by former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Chamber to improve job training and enhance the employability of Georgia’s workforce and to encourage future economic growth for Georgia. The Certified Work Ready program helps assure a potential employer that the workforce in a community is qualified, educated, and certified in Douglas County.
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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.”