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  • Go Build Georgia Launches High School Teams Project

    The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development is announcing the establishment of the Go Build Georgia High School Teams project. This project is a component of the Go Build Georgia initiative launched January 2012. Go Build Georgia is a skilled labor recruitment initiative spearheaded by Governor Nathan Deal and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

    Go Build Georgia High School Teams are individual high school groups made up of educators, counselors and leaders with in the manufacturing, industrial construction, energy, telecommunications and transportation industries with the goal of promoting career paths in the skilled trades by hosting skilled trade career days, industry site visits and access to skilled trade workforce development materials. This project is a grassroots effort to educate Georgia’s students on the options they have after completing high school.

    “The High School Teams project is our next step in solving the skills-gap in Georgia,” said Tricia Pridemore, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. “The goal is to bring educators and business leaders to together in this conversation with Georgia’s youth as they consider college and training options.”

    GOWD has received 109 individual high school commitments which is 65 percent of this school year’s goal of 168 high schools. The current commitments are spread across 55 counties in Georgia.

    “Go Build Georgia is a promising solution to the skills gap facing our state, and the partnership demonstrated in moving toward a more skilled workforce will create value for all involved,” said Robert Avossa, Superintendent of Fulton County Schools. “This push for quality employment options is very much aligned with the Fulton County Schools mission of educating responsible, productive citizens, and we are proud to have our students involved at the outset of the Go Build Georgia initiative.”

    “Patrick Morgan is one of our highest achieving students at White County High School.  He is active in the CTAE program and won the state wiring and electrical competition last year,” said John Osborne, Principal of White County High School. “We are encouraged by this project and look forward to working with the state in promoting this critical initiative. Our doors are open to thoughts, ideas and collaboration.”

    For more information on Go Build Georgia High School teams contact the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development at 404-463-5030.