(Marietta, Ga. – April 11, 2013) Chattahoochee Technical College President Ron Newcomb, board members and vice presidents of the college hosted Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and Assistant Commissioner Fred Aiken to the college’s Marietta Campus Tuesday. The group sat down to a discussion before a tour of the largest of the college’s eight campuses.
Focusing on the state’s needs to fill the skills gap between industry needs and the skills of the available workforce, as well as continuing the development of a well trained workforce in critical areas to attract and sustain business and industry, Butler and Newcomb discussed the challenges from both the education and employment sides of the equation. The skills gap, which continues to be a core message of Gov. Nathan Deal, stems primarily from retiring baby boomers and increasing demands for skilled labor.
“You’re not sitting in a state without jobs,” Butler said. “But we must provide education and training for those interested in these jobs and incentivize people to go into these high demand careers.”
Newcomb echoed Butler’s statements about providing access to affordable, quality education for the community’s current and future workforce, as well as recruiting students for these high demand careers. He also detailed some of the current recruitment efforts for these areas, including a Georgia Jobs Now video produced by Chattahoochee Technical College staff that was recently honored with a Telly Award.
“We can create all the infrastructure and tax incentives to bring industries to this area, but in order to expand or attract businesses we’ve also got to have a trained workforce,” Newcomb said. “That’s what technical colleges like Chattahoochee Tech offer.”