Atlanta Technical College Joins Partners in Launching Center for Workforce Innovation
“We are introducing a new model to support our students throughout their educational journey,” said Dr. Seals. “It is safe to say we’re entering a new era of academic opportunity for those who pursue their education through the Center for Workforce Innovation. Our students deserve every opportunity for economic mobility, and we know that can only occur through a viable and rewarding career pathway. We are confident these additional resources will enhance our ability to transform lives through the power of technical education.”
At the launch celebration, Dr. Seals, Mayor Bottoms, and Commissioner Arthur spoke to the potential impact the CWI will have on the college, city, and state. Students representing each program track were also present to sign the CWI pledge, signaling their commitment to utilize all of the CWI resources throughout the duration of their studies at ATC.
“This is about providing an opportunity for education and training for our students and our community members so that they really can change the world,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Equity is essentially making sure people have the tools and opportunity to succeed. That is why I’m so grateful to Atlanta Technical College, they work tirelessly to make sure all of our communities are represented and have an opportunity to succeed. There is no other city in this nation, where the business community really digs in and becomes a part of the fabric of our community in the way that it happens in Atlanta.”
Initial funding for the CWI was provided by inaugural sponsor companies Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, SunTrust, Intercontinental Exchange, and Georgia Power, with additional support from McKinsey & Co. and other Atlanta-based institutions. The CWI’s five partnering corporations collectively invested an initial $2 million to pilot three career tracks including aircraft technical skills, information technology, and skilled trades such as carpentry and electrical construction and maintenance.
“When we collaborate to provide more educational opportunities for those in the community, what we are doing is developing a workforce,” said Commissioner Arthur. “More importantly, we are developing a sustainable workforce because we are working directly with industry to understand their needs. Delta, Home Depot, Georgia Power, SunTrust, and Intercontinental Exchange are partners in this initiative and they all see the critical role that Atlanta Technical College plays in developing their future workforce.”
The $2 million investment supports high-quality instructors, a tuition balance forgiveness program, and wraparound services, including transportation vouchers. Year Up Atlanta has also partnered to ensure students obtain meaningful outcomes. In addition, WorkSource Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s workforce development agency, will provide tuition assistance of up to $10,000 to qualified students, and all students will be eligible for additional dollars through the HOPE Career Grant.
“Like Dr. Seals, members of the Atlanta Committee for Progress wholeheartedly believe that every student deserves the opportunity for economic mobility,” said Shan Cooper, Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress. “As industry and civic leaders, we know we have a responsibility to join in the work towards this goal and are committed to doing so. As a result, we are grateful to be partnered with Dr. Seals and the Atlanta Technical College faculty and staff. They are indeed the workforce development experts and we look forward to supporting their innovations and welcoming their graduates to our industry teams.”
For more information on the Center for Workforce Innovation, please visit: https://atlantatech.edu/centerforworkforceinnovation/
For more information on the ATC, please visit: https://atlantatech.edu/.
Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America’s Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. In 2017, Atlanta Technical College celebrated 50 years of serving the City of Atlanta along with Fulton and Clayton Counties. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit www.atlantatech.edu.