If you're going
• Anyone interested in attending the Go Build Georgia tour stop at Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 7745 Majors Road, is asked to R.S.V.P. by Wednesday afternoon to Brett Lacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The free meeting, which includes dinner, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
• For more information, visit www.gobuildgeorgia.com.
The public is invited to learn more about a new state program encouraging students to consider jobs in the skilled trade fields.
Catie Campbell, communications manager with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, said representatives from the office will hold a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.
The free meeting will provide information about Go Build Georgia, a program that seeks to encourage more high school students to pursue trade careers, such as plumbers, welders, masons, electricians and civil engineers.
“We’ve been touring around the state since Feb. 9,” Campbell said. “We originally had planned 13 stops, but later decided to add two more at Atlanta Tech and Lanier Tech. This will be the last stop on the tour.”
Campbell said the program is primarily geared toward school counselors and small business owners, but is open to anyone interested in attending, although an R.S.V.P. is requested.
“Counselors are a vital part of this program,” she said. “We’re relying on them to pass the information on to students. They can let those students who are interested in working with their hands that there are a lot of high-paying options out there.”
The Georgia program is the second Go Build initiative in the country.
“It started in Alabama two years ago and we picked up that program and adjusted some things to make it fit here in Georgia,” she said. “A lot of people are hoping this will eventually become a national program.”
According to information on the Go Build Georgia Web site, most employees in the skilled trade fields are older. For every four people who leave the trade, just one new person is supplied by apprenticeship programs to enter.
In addition, the site states, there are some 16,500 skilled trade positions available this year in Georgia, and the average annual salary for such jobs is about $50,000.
Thursday’s presentation will include information about the different trade careers, as well as discussions with business representatives about the importance of such professionals.
“Probably the most exciting part will be a presentation from someone in skilled labor,” Campbell said. “We’ve had between 60 and 100 people at all the other stops and we’re hoping for at least that many at Lanier Tech.
“We want students to understand that they don’t have to necessarily have a four-year degree to have successful, high-paying careers.”