This article appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Georgia's Cities newspaper.
Georgia has been named the number one state to do business four years in a row. As Georgia’s economy grows, the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) strives to ensure a steady flow of qualified workers for our existing and new employers within Georgia.
With 22 colleges and 85 campuses throughout the state and with the primary mission of workforce development, TCSG is the trusted partner that delivers this skilled talent.
Our system is unique in that the educational programs offered at the individual colleges are aligned to local businesses. Every program at our colleges has a Program Advisory Committee, which consists of local employers, college instructors and other experts in the field. The committee ensures the college’s program aligns with the needs of that industry, and that the program is up-to-date with the latest technical innovations and requirements so as to incorporate the specific curriculum needed. We pride ourselves in the flexibility and responsiveness of our programs to meet the needs of business.
Through the more than 600 programs offered, there is a field of study for everyone in Georgia seeking to learn the skills necessary for employment in today’s economy. And, we are one of the most affordable postsecondary institutions in the Southeast. Our HOPE Career Grant provides free tuition for students enrolled in one of 12 high-demand fields where there are more job openings than workers to fill them. Programs include computer programming, computer technology, health science, industrial maintenance, movie production, and precision manufacturing, among others.
TCSG also provides high school students with tremendous opportunities to get a jump start on their journey after high school. Whether it’s through our dual enrollment program, where students earn college credit while still in high school, or through one of our College and Career Academies throughout the state that focuses on the needs of the high school students and businesses of their specific community, TCSG is helping fast-track meaningful careers for young people.
We offer apprenticeships at our colleges, directly connecting students with employers to receive on-the-job training. Four colleges partner with the German-American Chamber and with industry in the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training to provide apprenticeship opportunities. Fourteen of them are in a partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Labor, providing students with valuable training in industrial systems technology, machine tool technology and electrical systems technology.
Companies across our state work hand-in-hand with our colleges to help train students for specific jobs. Mercedes-Benz partners with Gwinnett Tech for its automotive program, John Deere works with South Georgia Tech on its diesel equipment maintenance program, Gulfstream and Savannah Tech work together in aviation, and Shaw Industries ensures it has a skilled workforce in flooring through Georgia Northwestern Tech.
TCSG also stands by our training with a guarantee. If a graduate is found to be deficient in one or more competencies as defined in the standards for that program, the technical college will retrain the employee at no instructional cost to the employee or the employer.
TCSG is also home to the number one workforce training program in the country seven years in a row—Georgia Quick Start. Quick Start delivers free, customized worker training. Last year, the TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to almost 46,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia.
The Technical College System of Georgia not only provides Georgia’s companies with the talent they need when they need it; our colleges are woven into the fabric of local communities, providing more people with opportunity and the education necessary for success in today’s economy.
To learn more, please visit TCSG.edu