New Peach County Workforce Center | News
The Peach County board of commissioners put in a funding request years ago, but the project was put on hold due to budget cuts. Now, construction is underway and the center is slated to be open sometime next year.
"I believe it's a big asset for the people of the community as well as the community itself," said Charles Sims, the Peach county development authority's executive director.
He says the center can help students learn skills for higher paying jobs.
"I believe there's a heavy demand for people who want to get the knowledge necessary to do the new and better jobs that I think are going to be coming to this area over the next 5, 10, 15, 25 years," said Sims.
Commissioner Martin Moseley says Central Georgia Tech will staff and supply the building. He says that will let Peach County students get their training at home instead of driving to the main campus in Macon.
He said, "The last figures I've heard said we had 6 or 700 students that travel to central georgia technical college and we just hope we can cut down on some of that travel, keep them here."
The center should house classes for data processing, metal work and manufacturing and train students for commercial drivers licenses. Both director and commissioner say that it will be the only commercial-driver training between Atlanta and Valdosta.
"We just hope that this facility will just improve the quality of life for our citizens," Commissioner Moseley said.
The new center will be funded by 2 million dollars in SPLOST funds, and a 1 million dollar state grant. It will be off of Ira Hicks Blvd. and James E. Khoury Drive.