Throughout 2014 & 2015, the HDCI team learned a great deal about the workforce needs of the private sector in Georgia. Business owners expressed their need for trained and reliable workers that are ready to hit the ground running and contribute to business growth. Since the start of this initiative, many strides have been made to begin addressing the needs uncovered thus far. Below you will find a few of the successes that have resulted from HDCI
Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Expansion- SIWDG Provides HOPE Grant Recipients, who are pursuing training in certain in-demand fields, with additional funding to cover the cost of their education. As a result of the feedback received from employers through HDCI, the program has been expanded to include the following additional fields: film set design, computer programming, precision manufacturing, certified engineering assistant, and industrial maintenance.
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Announcement of computer programming to satisfy core requirements in high school- As a result of HDCI, Governor Deal proposed that the state Board of Education amend state policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements in the areas of: math, science and foreign language in high schools. Governor Deal also asked the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to accept these computer programing courses as part of their admission process.
University System of Georgia (USG) & Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) FinTech Industry- To meet the needs of the FinTech industry – the University System of Georgia in partnership with TCSG are in the process of building a baseline for a series of courses to be able to provide a trained workforce. The American Transaction Processing Coalition (ATPC) has been part of this conversation since July 2014 with Vice Chancellor for Economic Development Mark Lytle with the University System of Georgia. Mark and his team have been meeting and interviewing ATPC member companies over the last year. USG is looking at programs that meet the needs of the industry, that are affordable and accessible online.
University System of Georgia (USG) Cyber Security Initiative- The USG Cyber Security initiative was created in late 2014 with a mission of providing recommendations on how the USG can develop and deliver more cyber security-capable graduates. The committee members from seven of the USG institutions with cyber security education capabilities prepared their recommendations for a comprehensive USG plan. Topics under consideration include: creating new degree programs, revising certain existing degree programs, inter-institutional standardization and collaborations, prior learning assessments and creation of courses delivered by our Professional and Continuing Education programs providing graduates with certifications to meet specific industry skills needs. This will all be combined with distance learning technologies and a fully integrated approach with industry and our USG career service organizations at each institution.
Georgia Film Academy- The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia joined forces to launch the Georgia Film Academy to support the film and television industry and meet its workforce needs. The courses, which are being offered through our University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia partners, provide students with extensive hands-on experience. Students have an opportunity to network, build resumes and learn to market themselves in order to become integrated into the film industry as entry-level workers.
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Georgia WorkSmart- In October of 2015, Governor Deal launched Georgia WorkSmart. Managed by GDEcD’s Workforce division, this is the state’s work-based learning initiative offering companies a menu of employment training options, tailored to their specific workforce needs.
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