VISION 2020, Emanuel County recognized as GPP Marquee Community
by Halei Lamb | April 13, 2016 1:39 pm
Mike Beatty, Chief Executive Officer and President of Great Promise Partnership (GPP), announced Emanuel County’s success in achieving Marquee Status with the State of Georgia. “Marquee status is accomplished by the creation of a partnership within a community between our political, business, educational and community leaders – the four cornerstones of GPP’s success, pledging support and cooperation to help young people become productive citizens and participate in the American Dream”, stated Beatty at the April meeting of the Emanuel County Board of Education meeting Monday night where the announcement and presentation were made.
“We at GPP and the State of Georgia are very proud of what Emanuel County has accomplished in the past 16 months since VISION 2020 was created,” Beatty went on to say. VISION 2020, the joint educational initiative between the Emanuel County School System, the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce and Joint Development Authority and our existing industries, got underway in 2015. A curriculum of study was designed to give job specific skills training to potential employees. This training started as early as the 10th grade and allowed a high school student to graduate with a high school diploma as well as have certification within a specific skill set if the student desires.
“There are now 30 students participating in VISION 2020 at seven different partner facilities. Crider Foods, Nordson, Advanced Metal Components, American Steel Products, HotSet America, R and F Marketing, Southeastern Technical College, East Georgia State College, and the Mill Creek Foundation are supporting and/or have students working in the program,” stated Ken Warnock, Chief Executive Officer of the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce and Joint Development Authority. While working various hours, these students also receive one-on-one mentoring from industry partner employees as well as soft skill training periodically to help them improve themselves both on the job and life. “We, as community partners, are committed to these young people and will continue to support their individual efforts in obtaining a high school diploma while working to improve their lives and the lives of those around them,” Warnock added.
Of these 30 students, nine are on track to graduate this May with their high school diploma. Once the student graduates and they have the potential and desire to further their education in their chosen vocation or career path, they may choose to obtain a certificate, diploma or degree from Southeastern Technical College; or an associate degree from East Georgia State College; or a bachelor’s degree from East Georgia State College or Georgia Southern University. The main objective is to “plug” our “trained” young people into the work force as quickly as possible, as they become ready and qualified to be productive in their chosen path.
VISION 2020 is combining the Georgia Work Ready Program, the Governor’s Workforce Initiative, the Georgia Quickstart Program and Great Promise Partnership programs and refining these skill sets to our local industry’s specific job requirements. This gives our community a strategic advantage when working to recruit new industry or expanding our existing industry’s workforce through its economic development efforts.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), along with key partners, launched the pilot program in January 2012 called Great Promise Partnership (GPP), Inc. As a 501(c)(3), GPP became affiliated with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Workforce Division (formerly the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development) on August 1, 2013. The program works with youth that are at risk of not graduating from high school, with the promise that if they will continue their education, we will support their efforts and help them prepare for further education, military service or the workforce after graduation.
(BACK L-R) COMMISSIONER DESSE E. DAVIS, SUPERINTENDENT DR. KEVIN JUDY, BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRMAN FRANK ELLIS, WARNOCK, SOUTHEASTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE PRESIDENT LARRY CALHOUN, AND ADVANCED METAL COMPANY PRESIDENT DOUG BROWN
(FRONT L-R) WORKED BASED LEARNING COORDINATOR CHERIE HOOKS, R & F MARKETING PLANT MANAGER MANDY REED, VISION 2020 STUDENT FAITH WALK, GPP REGIONAL COORDINATOR HILDA SMITH AND BEATTY