Twenty-four 2018 high school graduates participated in the two week “Career Ready Training Program” sponsored by West Georgia Technical College, Douglas County School System, Douglas County Economic Development Authority, and Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. The program targeted high school seniors who were looking to enter the workforce in Douglas County and provided industry recognized training to meet the demands of Douglas County employers. The program commenced in April 11, 2018 by taking 127 high school seniors on industry tours as a part of Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week. The participants were introduced to the training program as part of the industry tours. To participate in the training program, participants submitted an application, written essay, letter of recommendation, and academic transcript. The training program instructors were members of West Georgia Technical College’s Corporate Training team: Dr. Tedra White, Mr. Don Rhine and Mr. EB Smith. The training courses were employability skills and communication, technical skills, and workplace safety. Additionally, Ms. Olivia Howard of Bank of the Ozarks provided instruction in financial literacy and the Human Resources team of Gordon Food Service provided instruction in HR Basics. The program had thirty-one applicants with twenty-seven accepted and twenty-four completed the program.
The training program partnered with the following Douglas County employers: Medline Industries, Gordon Food Service, Seasons 4, SAF (Southern Aluminum Fabrication), Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority and Craigwire Products. The employers assisted with the development of the training program and interviewed the twenty-four graduates for open positions in Douglas County.
For more information at the Career Ready Training Program, please contact Breezy Straton at firstname.lastname@example.org.