Moultrie has many partners in the workforce training space. The first and most obvious would be the Colquitt County public school system and our area colleges and universities. These organizations are responsible for preparing thousands of students to enter the workforce each and every year. In addition to these, there are a couple of other resources that deserve special mention in this section.
When it comes to workforce training, Southern Regional Technical College is where the rubber meets the road. From IT professionals to HVAC techs, Southern Regional gets students of all ages ready to go to work. And it isn’t just 2-year associate’s degrees. In fact, the vast majority of students that attend Southern Regional are there for continuing education. Sometimes it’s for further certification in their current field, and sometimes it’s to change career paths altogether.
Workforce training in Georgia is provided through several initiatives, but the state’s signature program is Georgia Quick Start, a free program customized for companies in numerous industries. The oldest program of its kind in the U.S., Quick Start has updated the skill sets of nearly 1 million employees at 6,200 companies.
Quick Start helps companies maintain a competitive advantage by preparing workers for skill sets needed tomorrow as well as today. Some key facts:
A Quick Start training regimen is shaped specifically for the skills that a company is looking to develop in its employees
Training is conducted in classrooms, mobile labs or onsite at the company
Quick Start is provided at no charge by the Technical College System of Georgia
The program is versatile: Quick Start has prepared workers to assemble intricate aircraft components, grow bacteria for vaccines, manufacture plastic and metal products and field inquiries from customers, by phone or online
Area Development magazine ranks Quick Start no. 1 in the country, and “The CBS Evening News” profiled the program in late 2011. Watch ▶
Quick Start was also key to helping Kia Motors develop its manufacturing facility in West Point, Ga. According to former Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey:
“Our people went over to Korea to see how [Kia] runs a manufacturing plant. Then we replicated that, set up an onsite training center, sorted through 30,000 applications, found the best, and trained more than 1,000 people. On the first day, the company opened at 100 percent efficiency.”