Graduates from ManufactuReady program now ready for career in manufacturing

Press Release from Dessa Morris of Development Authority of Walton County

Graduates: Front row, from left, Cassandra Tyson, Elizabeth DeBroux, Kristina Williams, Shardaie Howard, back row, from left, Shantae Hunter, Christopher Collins, Jeremy Hicks, Doris Minor, Jeremy Holloman, Auston Casey, and Gary Bradley. Contributed photo

Monroe, Georgia – June 27, 2018 – The Athens Technical College Walton County Campus cohort celebrated completion of the ManufactuREADY program with a ceremony held in Monroe on Friday morning. Eleven participants completed the intense, six-week program designed to prepare unemployed individuals for success in the rewarding field of manufacturing. The curriculum is rigorous, including six certifications as well as training and instructions in areas identified by local industrial partners.

Taught through the Economic Development Services Division at Athens Technical College, the educational program was developed to help individuals gain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain full-time employment. Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) through the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, the program is offered on a rolling basis at the Athens, Greensboro and Walton campuses of Athens Technical College. ManufactuREADY is geared toward unemployed individuals with little or no manufacturing experience who wish to re-enter the workforce with new and in-demand skills. The program fee and all required materials are covered for those who meet eligibility requirements.

The eleven graduates received more than two dozen offers of employment at area companies. Several have accepted jobs; others are still interviewing. ManufactuREADY returns to the Athens Technical College Walton Campus on August 20th. For more information about the program, please visit or contact program recruiter Kelsie Walker at 770.842.2494.


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