Georgia Tech, Newton County partners kick off exciting workforce development program
It was a hopeful day in the Newton County Historic Courthouse as around 20 local residents received Georgia Tech certifications to better themselves in careers in logistics, while dozens more prepared to embark on the program Monday, July 10.
More than 100 residents were on hand for an information session of the Logistics Education And Pathways (LEAP) pilot program conducted by Georgia Tech in partnership with Newton County, the city of Covington, Newton County School System and the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.
Upon completion of all or one of the four Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute classes offered — Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations and Customer Service Operations — participants will be better prepared for some of the hundreds of job openings currently in Newton County.
"This program is such a blessing.” said Bianca Carter's mother after attending the information session. “My daughter is turning her life around and this is an amazing opportunity,"
"This is a great educational tool for our residents," said Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes. "That Georgia Tech Professional Education is partnering with the county, city of Covington and our chamber of commerce will be a great help to our citizens as they work to get better qualified for some of the many career opportunities available in Newton County."
During the information session, attendees received information about the online courses and the additional resources offered like supply chain gaming simulations and career advising in the Georgia Tech LEAP pilot program. Participants can also utilize a cohort for the program at the Newton College and Career Academy throughout the fall.
Georgia Tech representatives Carole Bennett, MBA, Director of Program Development and Marketing, and Chuck Easley, LEAP Instructor, provided presentations.
“What you learn in this program is not just what’s going on in a logistics job and how to do things, you will also be able to start questioning “why” you are doing things and the impact you will have in your role in the supply chain,” Bennett said. She continued to share success stories of LEAP program graduates who were hired because they were able to “have that conversation” with prospective employers.
Upon completion of each course, students will receive a Georgia Tech Professional Education Certificate, which is listed on their official Georgia Tech Professional Education transcript. Multiple LEAP course graduates were presented their certificates of completion from Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston, Banes, JPMorgan Chase’s VP of Government and Not-For-Profit Banking Chad Moten, and Bennett.
“Covington is growing rapidly in terms of jobs and investment and it is great to see Georgia Tech noticing that,” Johnston said. As demand for qualified job applicants increase, this certificate will only become more valuable. This is truly a life changing opportunity that is being made available.”
Through the pilot program, sponsored by JPMorgan and Schneider, tuition will be waived for the first 100 participants for up to four courses in the Georgia Tech LEAP program.
“With this program, I think that we are truly helping people better their lives and changing the projection of their entire families,” said Ralph Staffins, President of the Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce.
The Georgia Tech LEAP pilot program is designed to help high school students, entry level job seekers, people changing careers, and U.S. Armed Forces veterans to compete for jobs and successful careers in supply chain management and logistics. To qualify, applicants must be residents from Newton, Rockdale, Walton, Jasper, DeKalb, or Morgan County.
With Georgia being the transportation “super hub” of the Southeast, there is an amazing potential for a career in logistics. According to Fortune Magazine, industries and businesses in logistics will be looking to fill roughly 1.4 million jobs by 2018. The increase in jobs combined with a shortage of qualified candidates means one thing – an exciting opportunity for those willing to meet the requirements.
Applications for the pilot are currently being accepted. To apply, visit www.scl.gatech.edu/leap.