Gov. Nathan Deal and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) recognize the Savannah Chatham County Public School System as one of six school districts across the state for having 100% of their high schools organized with a Go Build Georgia High School Team. As part of Gov. Deal’s Competitiveness Initiative, Go Build Georgia was launched through GOWD in January 2012.
“Go Build Georgia High School Teams educate young people on the opportunities in the skilled trades to help companies create and maintain a strong workforce for years to come,” Deal said. “I am proud of the educators in these areas for their commitment to Georgia’s youth and the economic vitality of our state.”
To target the next generation of our workforce early on, Go Build Georgia began its High School Teams program in October 2012. The teams create an environment for educators, counselors and business leaders to act as a resource for students, promoting the opportunities available in key-growth sectors including: manufacturing, industrial construction, energy, telecommunications and transportation industries.
“We are committed to the development of those quality initiatives that enhance access to industry, real-world work experiences, and career development. In today’s increasingly competitive global workforce, it is critical that students have access to programs that align with our college and career readiness goals,” said Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr., Ed. D., Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Governor, and we are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our dedicated staff and faculty who are committed to the success of all students.”
A few of these highly skilled and well-paying career options include positions such as welders, pipe fitters, truck drivers, electricians, plumbers, industrial maintenance, civil engineers and in ground utility contractors. The Go Build Georgia High School Teams will share data and informational resources with students and parents.
“I want to congratulate these schools for reaching 100% Go Build Georgia High School Team participation and educating those that will be integral in closing the skilled labor gap,” said Blake Ashbee, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. “GO Build Georgia High School Teams act as a bridge, linking students, parents and the business community together to create unlimited opportunities for Georgia’s students and industries.”