The Electronics Workforce Alliance joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to announce the grand opening of a training facility in Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta, Georgia.
Cardinal Technical Training held a ribbon cutting this afternoon at its 2040 Steve Reynolds Boulevard facility in Norcross, Ga. The lead agency in EWA, Cardinal Technical works in collaboration with Goodwill of North Georgia, Atlanta CareerRise, local employer partners and the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board to create career pathways for the local community. The partnerships work together to provide technical skills training and a talent pool for Gwinnett County, positioning the region as an attractive site for electronics manufacturers.
“The Gwinnett population has been expanding rapidly over the last 20 years,” stated Gwinnett County Commissioner Chairwoman Charlotte Nash. “With the increase in job opportunities in Gwinnett, more people are coming into the county to fill these positions and training in the electronics manufacturing arena is a critical component of that.”
“The EWA is so critical because the northeastern metro Atlanta area, home to nearly half the electronics manufacturing jobs in the state of Georgia, needs job-ready workers in order to continue growing and attracting new positions to the area,” said Cinda Herndon-King, director at Atlanta CareerRise. “We partner with employers to identify the in-demand training, and then we provide it, as well as job readiness and employability skills programs, with the goal of placing graduates in a higher-paying career path with significant growth potential.”
In addition to the growth at its main facility, Cardinal Technical Training will be starting a pilot at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga.
“This program is designed to help at-risk youth explore, get equipped and enter into a stable career path in electronic manufacturing,” says Santa Ho, managing director of Cardinal Technical Training. “This partnership with Meadowcreek High School has been one of the most rewarding programs for EWA because not only does it help build and secure the future of electronic manufacturing in America, it is an investment in the wellbeing of our local kids.”
Through this program, selected students will receive supportive services such as technical solder training, IPC certification, soft skills training, resume and interview coaching.
“New training supports the workforce needs of the fast-growing electronics manufacturing industry in Gwinnett,” said Adam Forrand, director of education and talent development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “It’s another example of our community attracting companies to a place where they can invest and grow.”
For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.