Georgia Power Foundation presented One Sumter with a donation to seed Sumter County’s College & Career Academy.
One Sumter’s focus on the objectives of the Business Action Plan for Workforce Development have yielded great results in terms of strengthening relationships between the business community and the education partners of Sumter County, creating a unique synergy around the singular goal of creating a model workforce in our community. In 2018, we are laying the foundation for that objective by establishing a true partnership between Sumter County Schools, our regional colleges, and most importantly, our area’s employers through the creation of a college and career academy (CCA).
Following a business model approach to education, the purpose or mission of a CCA is to connect students with real jobs in the Americus area, which means employers will have greater access to a highly trained and motivated workforce in their own backyard. Strategically located adjacent to the Sumter County Development Authority’s Industrial Park and across the street from South Georgia Technical College, the new CCA is designed to send a message to business and industry that we are building a stronger workforce to meet their needs sooner.
For information regarding College & Career Academies in the State of Georgia, please clickhere to visit their website.
Building tomorrow’s workforce today requires an investment of time, energy and focus for our entire community—not only from those engaged in the planning process, but from each of our business and industry leaders in the Americus area. As a business leader, it is CRITICAL that we hear your voice as we strive to create the workforce you need both today and in the future!
In the coming weeks, you will receive a Workforce Needs Assessment survey, asking you to share facts about your business, current and future employer needs, and any information you are willing to offer about challenges you face as you seek to grow your business and your company. We want to be your partners in growth, and the more candidly you can respond to the questions asked, the better-skilled workforce we will be able to provide as we launch this new academy in 2018.
To access the Workforce Needs Assessment Survey, please click HERE to begin.
We have hired Seamless Education Associates, Inc. to guide us in these efforts. Any and all responses will remain confidential. Results will only be shared in an aggregate form for the purposes of building out custom curriculum designed explicitly for the businesses and industry partners of Sumter County and our surrounding areas. Please share candidly and thoroughly!
If you would like to be more involved in this effort, we always need your help! We have organized within a strong working committee structure led by Brandi Lunneborg (Phoebe Sumter Medical Center), Barbara Grogan (Sumter County Development Authority), and Kim Christmas (PharmaCentra & Concentra Solutions), who will focus on the following areas respectively: 1) Workforce Needs & Instruction, 2) Partnerships & Operations, and 3) Evaluation & Improvement.
Thank you to each of these incredible businesswomen—and their companies—for allowing us access to their leadership and expertise as we create a new model for workforce development in Sumter County!