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Gwinnett Tech to partner with WIKA on Ga. Work Ready

Gwinnett Technical College will partner with Gwinnett-based WIKA Instrument Corp. as the company implements the Georgia Work Ready Training Plan.

WIKA was recently named a Certified Work Ready facility by Gov. Sonny Perdue and was one of 29 Georgia manufacturing companies awarded $1.4 million in work force training funds.

Work Ready, a joint project between the Governor's Office of Workforce Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is designed to help companies in Georgia improve their productivity and strengthen the state's work force through customized training.

As part of the Technical College System of Georgia, Gwinnett Tech is a key partner in the success of the Work Ready program. Gwinnett Tech works with area employers to implement Georgia Work Ready and is a site for job seekers to complete the free Work Ready assessments.

The Certified Work Ready facilities-in-progress, many of which are already using elements of Georgia Work Ready, are using both Work Ready job profiles and Work Ready assessments as an integral part of their hiring and employee training practices. Funding for the project is provided by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Gwinnett Tech will be partnering with WIKA on the Work Ready program by conducting job profile assessments and advising WIKA on the implementation of those results.

The college has a long-standing training partnership with WIKA through the Georgia Quick Start program and has developed and provided a wide range of technical and leadership training for the company in recent years.

Georgia's Work Ready initiative is based upon a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of business and the available skills of Georgia's work force, the state can more effectively generate the right talent for the right jobs.

Gwinnett Tech is the county's largest provider of corporate training, serving close to 500 companies and over 5,700 employees annually.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.