Georgia Named Number One In U.S. For Workforce Training

Students at Columbus Technical College are working hard, trying to prepare themselves for a job.

But being in Georgia, that shouldn't be a problem because of the state's Quick Start program.

"The combination of quick start and the technical colleges in the state of Georgia is a wonderful combination that many other states don't have," says Columbs Tech's Vice President of Econmic Development, Kathy Gilgore.

An amenity that many students and business take advantage of.

Quick Start delivers training in classrooms, mobile labs or sometimes right on the plant floor.

"Quick Start comes in to create new industries that are coming to town and the technical colleges come in and continue this training," added Gilgore.

Governor Sonny Perdue says "Quick Start has proven itself time and again that it is one of Georgia's best assets for economic development."

"We are able to not just have training, but meet the needs of the businesses with their scenarios, their situations and this is something many other institutions don't offer," added Gilgore.

Local businesses utilize the states training program.

Vice President of Economic Development, Kathy Kilgore says, the program serves the students as well as the businesses.

"We really do try to meet the needs of the businesses. If they want a class tonight and we can offer it, we're going to offer it," added Gilgore.