Albany -- Georgia's Technical Colleges say education and training is the key to the state's economic development, and they are guiding their students toward the jobs of the future.
Mike Vollmer, The Commissioner of Georgia's Department of Technical and Adult Education, says that jobs in the Peach State have changed dramatically in the last 25 years. Then seventh percent of Georgia's jobs required few skills or training. But today Vollmer says 85 percent of new jobs require a degree or some form of advanced training, and that is what industry is looking for.
Vollmer said "The number one thing companies are looking for when they relocate or expand their business, is the workforce there. Without a trained workforce they are not going to come to our state, our region, our cities. "
Vollmer said Georgia's Technical Colleges will encourage students to train in health care, transportation, logistics, energy, environment, or homeland security fields, because that is where the jobs of the future are.