$250,000 grant to help provide job training

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WorkSource Three Rivers has been awarded a grant of $250,000 to provide job training for high demand job sectors in our area.

The High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) is funded by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and its purpose is to identify career occupations that are needed by area employers, develop training credentials, and to provide a career pathway for citizens to find jobs in high demand sectors, according to Three Rivers Regional Commission Governmental Services Division Director Robert Hiett.

The leading job sectors for the WorkSource Three Rivers region are manufacturing, logistics, and health care occupations, said Hiett. The WorkSource Three Rivers service region includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson counties.

The Three Rivers Workforce Development Board (TRWDB) provides oversight for the WorkSource Three Rivers job training program, and the TRWDB submitted a $250,000 HDCI grant application in March of 2017, Hiett said. The Workforce Development Board will begin HDCI activities to support the manufacturing sector, and establish High Demand Career Initiative support for the logistics and healthcare industries.

Several area manufacturers such as KIA, Mando America Corporation, Powertech America, Jordan Forest Products, American Woodmark, 1888 Mills, Tencate, JAC Products, and Universal Pasteurization and Cold Storage supported the TRWDB’s HDCI grant, he said. Several chambers of commerce, development authorities, educational institutions, private businesses, and local and state government entities also provided local support for the TRWDB’s grant application.

“Our plan is to procure a consultant to assist in the development of a region wide manufacturing sector partnership,” said Hiett. “During this process we intend to build a strong network of area manufacturers that are interested in aligning high demand occupations and career training certifications, and to create an implementation plan to produce more skilled workers for the manufacturing employers in our region”.

Hiett said, “The Three Rivers WorkSource Board is composed of business, labor, education and economic development representatives with oversight from elected leaders from across the region. We are working together to create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of an ever changing economy.”

This, according to Kay Pippin, Chairman of the Chief Local Elected Leaders and Mayor of Jackson, “requires strategic investments and better training programs which must be coordinated and aligned with employer needs.”

The TRWDB intends to coordinate, not duplicate, efforts that other organizations are undertaking to serve school age youth, and to use the HDCI planning effort to build a talent pipeline of working age adults.

“We want to work with our college and career academies, post secondary institutions, and other key partners so that we can add to the collective effort to provide high quality training options for our adult workforce” said Hiett.

Citizens who need job training, job search assistance, or other job related help can contact WorkSource Three Rivers staff by calling 770-229-9799, or by visiting the Three Rivers Regional Commission website at www.threeriversrc.com.


Griffin Daily News Staff Report May 24, 2017