12 On Your Side: Augusta Tech pulls in companies, helps locals train for jobs

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, March 26, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- More than 200 employers sent their workers to Augusta Tech for training last year. The newest company that will utilize the campus to train workers will be Starbucks.

Starbucks plans to build a manufacturing plant in Augusta with construction starting as early as next month.

"When companies come to Augusta, the number one thing they look at is the workforce," said Lisa Palmer, vice president of Economic Development at Augusta Tech.

Starbucks falls behind other companies like Plant Vogtle, T-Mobile and ADP who are using or have used the school to train or recruit employees.

Palmer says it's too early to know what kind of training Starbucks will require for employees. She says part of the training could come from Starbucks itself and another part from instructors at the school. They are still in discussion of course requirements.

Augusta Tech has four campuses in the CSRA. The school works with employers looking to fill open spots. It also offers a variety of courses from culinary arts and policy academy to beauty and welding schools.

Palmer recommends anyone interested in getting on with a big-named company to first decided on career path and then talk to a career adviser at Augusta Tech. The adviser can help students decided on a two-year degree, diploma or certification that will best meet the needs of a potential employer.

Many of the new companies work with the Georgia Department of Labor to recruit employees. Check with your local office for openings.

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