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Georgia ranked first in workforce training

September 27, 2007

Bainbridge-- Already a well-established maker of windows and doors, TRACO has sites in several states. 

But the company was looking to satisfy some key requirements when they chose Bainbridge Georgia for their newest location.  "Quality and committment levels.  And Georgia Quick Start has been paramount in that area. They were a key factor in our decision to come here," says TRACO's Human Resources Manager Jim Hall.

The idea behind Quick Start is to support economic development in Georgia by helping train employees for both new and expanding businesses.  Director of Business and Industry Services at Bainbridge College, Gean Hendrix says the Quick Start program can help any industry.  "We do a training needs analysis to see exactly what training needs to be for that industry or new line they may be adding. Its customized to the needs of the company," Hendrix explains.  Hall adds, "They will train any employees in any industry, depending on their needs. They have the expertise."

The program does training for both pre and post employment but the help doesn't stop there.  Hendrix says, "When Quick Start backs off, the college will assume the role of other training that might be needed."

And since so much of Georgia's new industry is drawn to the Atlanta area, Bainbridge College is a vital part of the program for Southwest Georgia.  "We're a rural agricultural area of the state so its always good to have new industries come here," says Hendrix.  "There's been a number of plant closings in the area and layoffs, and we're looking forward to being strong community citizens," says Hall.

Meanwhile Quick Start will continue to equip the local workforce and hope industries will make Georgia their number one choice.  This is the 6th year Georgia has been ranked 1st or 2nd.

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