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New Industrial Operations Technician Program LaunchesALBANY, GA – Albany Technical College’s Center for Business Solutions (CBS) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (EDC) and the Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, announced the launch of a new technical certificate of credit aimed at providing students with the skills necessary to create a more competitive workforce to meet employers’ needs. The new program, Industrial Operations Technician, is the first of its kind of Georgia. Students enrolled in the new program will be exposed to a variety of manufacturing principles, including Lean Six Sigma, operations management, industrial mechanics and interpersonal skills. “We have an opportunity to provide the industry in our community with world class technicians,” said Dr. Anthony O. Parker, Albany Technical College President. “Courses from the Industrial Operations certificate are embedded in associate of applied science degrees in Operations Management, Logistics, and Industrial Systems Technology and provides graduates with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at seven of Georgia’s finest universities.” “Albany Technical College, through the Center for Business Solutions, continues to look for ways to enhance the workforce in our region and the new Industrial Operations Technician program does just that by targeting the specific needs of the manufacturing community in Albany and Dougherty County,” said Matt Trice, Vice President of the Center for Business Solutions at Albany Technical College. “Ongoing dialogue between our technical colleges and local businesses is critical to developing programs that fulfill the needs of both students and industry,” said Matt Arthur, Deputy Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “Programs like this are the reason we have technical colleges in Georgia – to educate students in fields for which they have a passion while enabling them to become a productive member of the state’s workforce.” The certificate of credit was developed in collaboration with members of the Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable, a CEO-level forum of major manufacturers and distribution centers in Albany-Dougherty County. The roundtable, an initiative of the Albany-Dougherty EDC, includes Albany Green Energy, Coats & Clark’s craft manufacturing facility, Coats & Clark’s North American Distribution Center, Marine Depot Maintenance Command at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Mars Chocolate North America, MillerCoors, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, SASCO Chemical Group and Tara Foods. The new program aligns the needs of Albany-Dougherty County’s industries with the training opportunities available, thereby further strengthening the local and regional labor force and making it more attractive to prospective and existing industries. “A skilled labor force is critical for employers. This program was developed by our industries to meet our work force needs,” said Werhner Washington, co-chair of the Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable and plant manager of Albany’s Procter & Gamble plant. “As industries, we’re appreciative of the partnership with Albany Technical College and the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission in making this program a reality.” “The Albany-Dougherty EDC takes great pride in having strong relationships with our community’s existing industries. We connect industry leaders to each other and to the resources they need to be more competitive,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty EDC, which focuses on recruitment and retention of industry for Albany-Dougherty County. In further support, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission has funded a scholarship through Albany Technical College for the Industrial Operations Technician program. The new program has been approved by the Albany Technical College Board and the Technical College System of Georgia. The announcement was followed with a career fair featuring member industries of the Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, where students were offered the opportunity to enroll in the program.
###About Albany Technical College A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to www.albanytech.edu or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlbanyTech or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlbanyTech. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting www.youtube.com/albanytech1 . About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and the Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission facilitates job creation and business investment through the recruitment, retention and expansion of existing industry for Albany-Dougherty County. The Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable provides a forum for local industry leaders to network, discuss challenges, collaborate on initiatives, and share best practices in an effort to sustain and improve the local economic and social benefits of maintaining and attracting new business in the Albany-Dougherty area. About the Technical College System of Georgia The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.