Georgia Workforce


In the midst of the economic recession, finding employment for many has been difficult for many Americans, especially young adults (ages 16-24). Today, many businesses seek highly skilled candidates for their job positions. In order to keep up with these demands, many states have created school-to-work initiatives and programs that have incorporate academic curriculum with workforce training.
The State of Georgia has been a trailblazer in the incorporation of classroom learning and vocational training. Not only has the state provided workforce training, but also they have established ready-to-work programs, BRIDGE programs, and even inmate transition initiatives. Governor of the State of Georgia Sonny Perdue spearheaded the workforce reform movement by creating The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development in August of 2006. Its mission is to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce and drive future economic growth for the state.
The framework of Georgia’s workforce programs will be an inspiration for the State of Mississippi to develop a more effective workforce initiatives; especially targeting School-to-Work programs for young adults. Although the State of Mississippi has implemented school-to-work programs and initiatives, there is room for many improvements that can be instilled. Mississippi has a dire need to catch up with the higher-populated states regarding the digital age because much of the equipment that assists instructors with the workforce curriculum is computer and/or online based.

This assessment is intended to convince the State of Mississippi to create school-to-work as well as ready-to-work initiatives. The two states’ programs will be compared and contrasted to show the differences and what needs to be improved. It will highlight the overall concept of the state of Georgia’s STW initiatives. If allowed to establish an initiative for the State of Mississippi, it will be modeled after the...