Work Force Training

Work Force Training Programs

Albany-Dougherty: Work Ready Community

Georgia Work Ready was created with the goal of improving the job training and marketability of Georgia’s work force and driving future economic growth for the state by working to ensure that companies can more reliably match the right people with the right jobs. Work Ready is based on a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of business and the available skills of Georgia’s workforce, the state can more effectively generate the right talent for the right jobs. Dougherty County was one of the pilot communities for the Work Ready initiative and one of the first to earn the Work Ready designation.

Albany-Dougherty: Entrepreneur-Friendly Community

Georgia’s “Entrepreneur Friendly” Initiative assists Georgia counties in cultivating business environments that develop and encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses by building entrepreneur and small business strategies into a community’s overall growth strategy. Albany-Dougherty County was one of the first communities to earn this designation.

Albany Technical College

Albany Technical College, a public post-secondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia, provides technical education and training support for the evolving work force development needs of Southwest Georgia. To accomplish this mission, the college utilizes traditional and distance learning methods. Through internships, clinicals and real on-the-job training opportunities, students are more than prepared to enter the work force. The college’s Center for Business Solutions also offers contract training and continuing education programs to area industries and small businesses.

Darton State College

Darton State College participates in the State of Georgia’s ‘Go Back. Move Ahead.’ initiative. Through ‘Go Back. Move Ahead.’ Georgia’s public colleges, universities and technical colleges are making it easier for students to return to college and earn their credentials by offering a simpler enrollment process, easier ways to transfer earned credits, more flexible course options and personal academic advisors. Providing the flexibility for employees to return to school and earn a degree is good for the State of Georgia, good for employees and for business. The college’s Office of Military and Adult Education offers a hands on approach to assisting students to continue or complete their education. For more information, contact or 229.317.6538.

Turner Job Corps

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. There are 120 Job Corps centers in the United States, and, with more than 1,000 enrolled students, the Albany location is the fourth largest in the nation. Instruction focuses on work-based learning in 18 trades. The curriculum is divided into four parts: orientation, career preparation, career development and career transition. A parenting program is operated on campus with leadership from Even Start and Dougherty County Health Department.