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The Governor’s Workforce Development Town Hall Series on Soft Skills in Education


The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development will host The Governor’s Workforce Development Town Hall on Soft Skills in Education series of 31 public town hall meetings allows Georgians, most importantly our students, parents, business leaders, and Georgia’s professional educators, to be a part of the establishment of a statewide certification in soft skills such as punctuality, ability to learn, appropriate business attire, and ability to work as a team for Georgia’s schools.

Governor Deal signed House Bill 186 into law on May 13, 2011. This important legislation authorizes The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to establish certification in soft skills such as punctuality, ability to learn, appropriate business attire, and ability to work as a team.

This certification will complement the current assessment system utilized in Georgia to assess knowledge in applied math, reading for information, and locating information. Upon graduation, student would have both a diploma and certification in soft skills and work readiness.

These meetings will unite Georgia as we work to establish an effective set of soft skills to ensure that our emerging workforce is prepared to achieve success in the workplace.

Executive Director Melvin Everson of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development will host the panel on stage to engage with the public on this important initiative.

Panel members will include: representatives from the Department of Education, The host Technical College, The Georgia Department of Labor, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia PTA, The local Chamber of Commerce, local business owners, the local Superintendent   of Schools, The local School Board Chair, the local Mayor, the chair of the County Commission, the state Senator, and the state Representative.

“The number one priority of my Administration is to create jobs for Georgia.  These important Town Halls will establish a synergy for our great educational system to partner with our business community to prepare Georgia students to enter the workforce with those vital social skills necessary in the 21st Century workplace,” said Governor Deal.

All Town Halls begin at 6:30pm and each will last 1.5 hours. The format will include a welcome by our host, an orientation presentation by Director Melvin Everson and a presentation by the Department of Education on the importance of soft skills. Following the presentation Director Everson will moderate questions and comments from the audience for the panel.

Each session will be videotaped and hosted on The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development social media sites. You will be provided the links to host meetings on your social media sites.

DATES and LOCATIONS:
August 8 at Wiregrass Technical College in Valdosta (Lowndes County)

August 10 at Albany Technical College in Albany (Dougherty County)

August 11 at DeKalb Technical College in Clarkston (DeKalb County)

August 15 at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta (Cobb County)

August 17 at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville (Habersham County)

August 18 at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood (Hall County)

August 22 at Savannah Technical College in Savannah (Chatham County)

August 23 at Altamaha Technical College in Jesup (Wayne County)

August 25 at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper (Pickens County)

August 30 at Camden County High School in Kingsland (Camden County)

September 6 at Athens Technical College in Athens (Clarke County)

September 13 at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro (Bulloch County)

September 15 at West Georgia Technical College/Central Educational Center in Newnan (Coweta County)

September 19 at Augusta Technical College in Augusta (Richmond County)

September 20 at West Georgia Technical College in Waco (Haralson County)

September 22 at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia (Toombs County)

September 26 at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville (Thomas County)

September 29 at Columbus Technical College in Columbus (Muscogee County)

October 3 at South Georgia Technical College in Americus (Sumter County)

October 4 at Moultrie Technical College in Moultrie (Colquitt County)

October 6 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome (Floyd County)

October 11 at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins (Houston County)

October 13 at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Sandersville (Washington County)

October 17 at Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross (Ware County)

October 18 at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin (Laurens County)

October 20 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County)

October 27 at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta (Fulton County)

November 1 at Bainbridge College in Bainbridge (Decatur County)

November 10 at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin (Spalding County)

November 15 in Troup County – exact location to be announced

November 17 at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon (Bibb County)

 

 

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