The first of these grants, the NW Georgia Advanced Manufacturing Work Ready sustaining grant, will continue to focus on increasing high school graduation rates, increasing the numbers of individuals achieving a Georgia Work Ready Certificate as well as increasing the percentage of 'Gold' level WRC's attained, adding to the documented Career Pathways used by high schools and post secondary institutions for career guidance, supporting industry workforce needs, and continuing to support the achievement of Certified Work Ready Community status by our participating counties. This $200,000 sustaining grant will run through the end of 2011.
The second grant, awarded under the Georgia Work Ready Region Industry Network (GWRRIN), will focus on the development and delivery of training programs to participating manufacturers' incumbent workforces. The mission of the GWRRIN is to promote and support the productivity and competitiveness of Georgia's strategic industries through comprehensive workforce development strategies and a connected network of regional partnerships. As part of the state's workforce development strategy, there is a component that works with industry to continue to develop the current workforce.
The Georgia Work Ready Region’s efforts have and will be to provide a vehicle to implement this state-wide current workforce training strategy in our area. These grants will not only sustain activities started under 'Auto Alley', but will expand the region from thirteen counties to seventeen counties, and will expand the participating industry base to include advanced process manufacturers who serve markets other than automotive. Participating counties in these two grants will include: Carroll, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer and Fannin.