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$3.7M grant will help residents find jobs

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) –The workforce needs are changing every day.

"We know there is a focus on green energy," said Dr. Shawn Utley, Vice President of Economic Development for Moultrie Technical College.

Officials at Moultrie Technical College say they want to be on top of what skills are needed to be successful in today's world.

"We want to be the ones that can recruit folks in the community because we have a trained workforce," said Utley.

Sooner or later, all of the industries in will be put in the "Green" category.

"I think even though you may not think of it, all industries are going to be green industries at some point," said Tina Anderson, President of Moultrie Tech.

Moultrie Tech was awarded a $3,753.579 dollar grant for Green Tift, the only grant recipients from Georgia.

"We get to go into an area we would have not normally gotten to go into without this grant the green energy," said Anderson.

The grant will help more than 200 Tift County residents find jobs in energy efficient and renewable energy industries.

"Many of the jobs are available right now. We are in the process of putting together an advisory panel that will help us hone in on the exact jobs we will be doing training for," said Utley.

The program will target three areas of the energy industry, bio fuels, energy efficient assessment, and renewable electrical power.

"Immediately we are going to hire 9 people to administer the grant, from the administration end and on the instructional end," said Utley.

Officials say those nine people will be paid through the grant to help recruit students and create the curriculum.

 "The key is working with the industries for them to tell us what do you need us to train people in and while they may no guarantee a job they will be open to the graduates," said Anderson.

Students will graduate from the program in 18 to 24 months.

Participants will be trained in basic skills, work readiness, and occupation skills training. Officials say they will also use real world work environments to help train the participants.

A shuttle bus system will be established to help transport local residents to and from the Tifton campus.

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