ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — A local technical college has a multi-million dollar solution in progress to help address the shortage in skilled labor.
Community leaders and elected officials toured Atlanta Technical College on Wednesday, learning about plans for the college’s new Center for Transportation and Logistics. The state-of-the-art training center will help fill the big demand for skilled labor workers. “We are acutely aware of the need for prepared employees in high demand and essential fields,” said ATC President Dr. Victoria Seals. “We’re making sure that our students and their families are having an immediate impact in their global and national communities,” she added. “We are a logistics hub, not just for Atlanta, not just for the Metro area, not just for the state, not just for the Southeast, but for the entire country and the globe,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.READ MORE: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Received Funding For A High Visibility Enforcement Initiative
Students will get training in logistics, supply chain, warehousing and commercial truck driving. The program will also address the dire need for cybersecurity and healthcare workers caused by the pandemic. “We would love for you to experience every single classroom, every lab that we have,” said Dan Brown, who was recently selected as Instructor of the Year.
The state funded just over $3 million of the project, and officials have launched the Wheels of Equity Campaign to raise additional funds. They’ve also partnered with Delta Airlines, Home Depot and other businesses.“We challenge ourselves to expand our vision and to set our goals high. We look forward to transforming lives for generations to come,” Seals said. “We know that Atlanta Technical College is transforming the lives of our students and changing the economic landscape that we serve,” said Local Board of Directors Chair Dr. Eloisa Klementich.READ MORE: Polk County School Cafeteria Worker Arrested for Murdering Boyfriend
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she plans to ask city council to allocate an additional $2 million for the program. Once all the funding is there, they hope to enroll 500 students during the first year.
The college boasts a 99% job placement rate and a $200 million regional economic impact.MORE NEWS: Man Taken Into Custody After Barricading Himself Inside His Home
*Note: The story we aired incorrectly indicated there is a shortage of skilled labor jobs. This article was corrected to indicate there is a shortage of skilled labor workers.