As manufacturing companies continue to face the challenges of an aging workforce, educators across the state are encouraging students to pursue careers in this growing industry. A leading global manufacturer, Textron Specialized Vehicles and Richmond County Schools are tackling these issues head on.
Textron Specialized Vehicles, manufacturer of golf carts, utility vehicles, and personal transportation vehicles, recently partnered with Richmond County Schools to offer a cooperative education program for students interested in manufacturing careers.
The Reaching Potential through Manufacturing (RPM) program combines classroom instruction and a four-hour shift at Textron’s Augusta facilities.
The program offers at-risk students at all Richmond County High Schools a second chance to earn a High School diploma, wages and learn valuable work experience that can be used throughout the course of their careers.
RPM is scheduled to begin this August with an inaugural class of 75 students.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Feb. 18 that Textron will open a new manufacturing facility in Augusta to supplement its existing headquarters and industrial operations. This expansion will create up to 400 jobs and represents a capital investment of more than $40 million in the local community.
Learn more about this partnership.