CTC forms partnership with Papa John’s, Quick Start

Chattahoochee Technical College has taken another step to help the local workforce.

The college announced a partnership with Papa John’s Inc. and Quick Start last month during a training agreement signing ceremony at the pizza company’s new 110,000-square-foot quality control center in Cherokee County.

In the partnership, Papa John’s will hire roughly 110 employees in the Cobb/Cherokee/Bartow area to fill jobs at its new center, and Quick Start, a Technical College System of Georgia program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified businesses in the state, will be designing and developing training material and providing instructors for the training classes.

“Quick Start is proud to be a part of the growth and success of Papa John’s,” said Jackie Rohosky, TCSG’s assistant commissioner of economic development programs, in a press release. “This is a prime example of the exemplary partnerships that have continually made Georgia the best state for doing business.”

Chattahoochee Tech will provide the site for the training, which should begin in April, and be available to help Papa John’s with ongoing training programs.  

“The training will be provided at the college’s North Metro campus, which is conveniently located less than a mile from the new Papa John’s facility,” said Rex Bishop, CTC’s vice president of economic development. “After the new hires complete the Quick Start training program, Chattahoochee Tech’s Center for Corporate and Professional Education will be on hand to provide additional training as needed.”

The partnership will enable the CCPE to “continue its mission of workforce and economic development by assisting these employees in developing necessary skills to further their career goals,” Bishop said.

“Training programs are designed to build up skill sets within a company, and by doing so, the company will see increased employee retention and a boost in productivity,” he said. “Training will center around production processes and quality control as well as industrial maintenance.”

“For businesses to be successful, they must recruit a workforce that possesses the required skills, knowledge and training to stay competitive,” CTC President Dr. Ron Newcomb said in the release. “This partnership will enable all of those involved to continue to bring jobs to the area and contribute to economic growth.”

Papa John’s new center in Acworth is a dough-mixing facility and a distribution center for the Southeastern region. The fresh, hand-tossed pizza dough will be made in the production area of the facility and delivered to seven different states. Besides the dough that’s produced, fresh toppings and ingredients will be delivered daily.

A delivery presence in Georgia for years, Papa John’s has more than 5,000 locations in 44 countries around the world.

Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 600,000 employees through 5,100 projects in a variety of industries.

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