ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical College is adding a new program that should help people find jobs at some of the area's biggest industries.
The goal of the new Industrial Operations Technician program is to attract more students to Albany and to help them find jobs here as soon as they graduate.
Instructor Steve Eidson said it will allow students to jump right in at places like Proctor and Gamble and Mars.
"It will provide them with the basic skills they would need to go into any of these places and immediately have an understanding of what is happening and how they might be able to fit into that situation," said Eidson.
The president of the Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Justin Strickland, believes this program will help provide the community with a skilled labor force.
"It gives us another tool in our tool box to be able to recruit new industry," said Strickland.
The program is a technical certificate but with a few credits they can go on to get an associates.
"Depending upon the program that they wanted to go into they could transfer that into the operations management program, the industrial systems program or the logistics program," said Eidson.
It's all part of a greater initiative to get students to stay.
"Being the first technical college in the state to have this program is definitely an attracting factor for students to come to our area," said Strickland.
Businesses and recruiters are happy they are working to attract students with these programs.
"This is going to create better workers. It is going to give them the software skills and the technical skills they need to go into the workforce. It actually gives them a leg up on the competition on their peers," said Brewer Turley, Southern Point Staffing PR coordinator.
The biggest thing they said is not only teaching the students about the skills, but instilling a greater work ethic.
This particular program is a two semester program.
To apply, applicants will need to go for an ACCUPLACER test.
The admissions said the earlier you apply the better.