After registration, job-readiness workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshops will help the returning veterans in networking, interviewing, translating their military skill-sets to the civilian workforce and how to successfully navigate a career expo. The Job Readiness Kickoff will be conducted by the Special Workforce Assistance Team, an initiative started by Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. SWAT team members are specialized employees of the GDOL who are trained in workforce readiness.
The Job Readiness Kickoff has been specifically designed to coincide with the Paychecks for Patriots event, also being held at CTC, on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paychecks for Patriots is a joint venture between the Georgia Department of Labor, the Technology Association of Georgia, the U.S. Department of Commerce and private employers to bring veterans, guardsmen, reservists and their spouses into Georgia’s workforce upon their return from service or in addition to the services they provide on a part-time basis.
“The goal of the SWAT event and the Paycheck for Patriots Career Expo is a simple one,” Butler said in a press release. “The goal for both of these events is to help those that have volunteered for service in our military to find their place in a civilian workforce.
“Veterans possess skills that employers in Georgia are in need of: leadership, dedication, teamwork and integrity. These men and women have served their country on the battlefields and in logistical capabilities across the planet, and we look forward to having them and their unique skill-sets in the Georgia workforce.”
On Oct. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., CTC will host a career summit titled “Bridging the Gap: Custom Solutions for Success.”
“Georgians in this area are facing a problem when it comes to jobs,” Specialist for Public Relations Rebecca Long said in a press release. “Companies cannot find the qualified workers. While the problem is not unique to Georgia or this region, it is a serious concern to the industries that are already here and those thinking about opening new facilities.”
Shane Evans, associate dean of technical and business studies, said CTC offers programs that have an emphasis on theory and execution with the end goal of placing students in careers, helping to combat unemployment in Georgia.
“What the employers are telling us is that many years ago you could have bachelor’s degree or associates degree and get a job. Today they want you to have that, but they also want you to do a particular skill; having just a general degree doesn’t necessarily get you into the front door of an employer,” Evans said. “They’re wanting someone with a skill, whether it’s accounting, whether it’s welding, diesel/automotive, electrical/industrial — somebody who can basically go into a job with some training ... and has the background and knowledge ...”
There is no cost for the event, but pre-registration is encouraged. Open to business and industry leaders, students and job seekers, the event will provide an opportunity for networking and presentations, panel discussions and a chance to ask questions.
“Bridging the Gap will address the evolving education model and what is being done to strengthen our businesses, as well as the workforce for the future,” CTC Technical Programs Coordinator Raushanah Butler said in a press release. “One of our main focal points is being placed on our upcoming programs that have been created to provide custom and traditional training for the businesses in our communities.”
In addition to certificates, diplomas and degrees, CTC offers non-credit courses which provide short-term, focused training for personal and professional improvement, Long said. Chattahoochee Technical College’s Economic Development division supports existing business and industry, entrepreneurs and new companies coming to the area in several ways.
“We offer contract training services to businesses and industries in our service area,” Long said. “Contract training can be provided on virtually any topic. The client company needs to ensure that existing employees upgrade their skills to keep pace with a rapidly changing environment.
“This training is customized in content, teaching methodology, training schedule and delivery location based on the needs of the company. Common training topics include safety, leadership, management and supervisory development, industrial maintenance and technology, customer service and quality systems.”
For more information on the summit, contact Raushanah Butler, Raushanah.Butler@ChattahoocheeTech.edu, or 770-529-2369. To register for Bridging the Gap, visit http://www.chattahoocheetech.edu/business-industry/.