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NGTC Economic Development Council moves forward to fill worker pipeline

By Staff
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A recent meeting of the NGTC Economic Development Council.
CLARKESVILLE - Through a series of brainstorming sessions during the last year, the Economic Development Council hosted by North Georgia Technical College is putting plans into place to build a pipeline of workers for the region’s industries.

“We’ve come a long way in the last year, but there is more to do,” said NGTC Vice President of Economic Development Dr. Mark Ivester. “The jobs in manufacturing are here, and they aren’t just jobs – they are careers.”

Bringing together top industry executives and school superintendents throughout North Georgia, problem solving and root-cause analysis has spurred the activities designed to heighten interest in manufacturing careers.

Teachers in the high schools, middle, and even some of the elementary schools have been taking a planning day to tour local manufacturing sites. High school students have taken part in Student Success Academies, work-based programs, and some paid internships.

At the college, a new summer camp called, “Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs,” was held for 12-15 year olds and plans are now underway to create a “Girls in Manufacturing” camp next year. This fall, the college is coordinating a video contest amongst the high schools, paring them with local manufacturers. The completed “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” videos will be available for public popular voting in October.

Also this fall, a new program for Certified Production Technicians will be offered through the NGTC Economic Development Department. Covering four modules including safety, quality, processes, and maintenance awareness, those who complete the program will also receive OSHA 10 certification and the Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

“The Certified Production Technician is a program developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council,” said Ivester. “It is the perfect answer to the request for qualified entry-level production level employees.”

The two-hour session finished with a brain-storming session in which several new ideas were offered for consideration including creating an employment clearing house linking graduates to industrial human resource contacts, developing apprenticeship programs, and creating parent or family night expositions for manufacturing careers.

The NGTC Economic Development Department will host the second annual Industrial Summit on October 22 with special keynote speaker Joe Yarbrough, Chair of TCSG Board of Directors and President of Carpet and Rug Institute. Also at the Summit, awards for the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest will be given.

To register for it, contact 706-754-7716 or

Associated Categories: Business News, Local/State News

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