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Tech College Could Help Displaced Employees

September 6, 2007

Fitzgerald - - Whenever there's a major closing like the one at Shaw Industries, area technical colleges pitch in to help workers get new skills and new jobs. 

Recently, a national magazine named Georgia number one in the country for workforce training. Governor Sonny Perdue says that's primarily a result of a program called Quick Start in which technical colleges partner with industries to prepare employers.

East Central Technical College President Ray Perren hopes his college can come to the aid of Shaw's displaced employees.

"Typically in a situation like this we would work with the dept of labor to establish a career fair which would allow displaced workers to come learn about career opportunities that available to them within this geographic area and also training programs that are available for them to pursue those careers," Dr. Perren says.

He says most of Shaw's employees should qualify for pell grants and Hope grants that would cover 100 percent of their tuition if they decide to attend a state technical college.