Workforce and Education
The Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with our local schools to develop our “Students in Business Program.” This unique career training program will enhance the educational experience of students participating in the Career, Technical, Agriculture Education programs in our schools.
Why are we doing this?
Every day we hear about the struggles local employers have finding qualified workers. The goal of this program is to create a stronger workforce by exposing students to real-life work conditions and opportunities.
Select students from the various programs will spend two days visiting businesses related to their field of study. The program is very structured and will give students insight into:
- Career paths available
- Skills needed
- Educational requirements for a future in their field of study
- The variety of jobs/professions in various businesses
- Salary expectations
- Job market opportunities now and in the future
- Real-life work conditions in today’s industry and manufacturing facilities
- What professionals think they can do to prepare themselves
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring or participating in this program, please contact Heath Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
UGA SBDC Re-Launches Signature SBDC StartSmart™ Program in Virtual Format
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, has re-launched the SBDC StartSmart™ Program in a virtual, live learning format. The educational program, paired with expert consulting from SBDC professionals, is designed to assist those who are planning a business or have been in business for less than two years.
StartSmart™ will be held in a series of live virtual sessions that will facilitate discussion, class engagement and mastery of content. The course includes access to online business planning software and specially-trained UGA SBDC consultants. Over the course of the program, participants will:
- Evaluate and refine business concept
- Research markets and competition
- Develop a financial forecast to improve chances of success
- Create a thorough, practical business plan
- Acquire marketing strategies and information on acquiring capital from banks and investors
- Stay on track with continued engagement from SBDC consultants
The UGA SBDC Macon Office will host StartSmart™ for the Central Georgia region starting May 4. StartSmart™ takes place in a series of eight virtual learning modules – conducted live with SBDC Macon consultants – twice a week for four weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, & 27).
“If you recently started a small business, the SBDC StartSmart™ Program can help you develop your plans and move forward, gain knowledge of critical business fundamentals and build a framework for a successful business operation,” said SBDC Macon Area Director Lisa Rackley. “We are excited to modify this signature program to a virtual format and still maintain a live, interactive experience that will facilitate engagement among participants.”
Please be advised seating is limited and participants MUST complete an application to be considered for the SBDC StartSmart™ Program. The cost of the program is $99 per participant. No applications will be accepted after class max has been reached.
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of Georgia. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the SBDC at 478-757-3609 or write: Trudy Lawrence, UGA SBDC 4875 Riverside Drive, Suite 202 Macon, GA 31210.
2021 Summer Youth Works Sponsored by GovStrive
"Empowering Our Youth While Investing in Our Community"
Summer Youth Works, sponsored by GovStrive is starting its second year. Along with GovStrive, Summer Youth Works is a strategic partnership between the business community, the City of Dublin, Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Laurens County Board of Education and Dublin City Schools to help provide summer employment for youth ages 16 to 18.
The program runs from June through July and provides gainful opportunities for local youth, connecting them with potential employers, and providing positive role models and structured activities.
Registration for the 2021 Program has closed. To view the graduation for students that were selected for job placement for Summer 2021, Click Here.
If you are a business interested in partnering with the program for 2021, please use the following Link to register to participate:
If you are a student interested in participating in the upcoming program 2021, please use the following link to register to participate:
Laurens Youth Leadership
Laurens Youth Leadership - Mock Interviews February 2, 2021
The key to Georgia’s economic prosperity is a reliable and consistent workforce. Therefore, one of the Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) fundamental goals is to equip Georgia’s future workforce with the skills they need to succeed in the global marketplace. As such, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler developed GeorgiaBEST (Business Employability Skills Training) for citizens across the state. GeorgiaBEST focuses on the employability skills needed in the workplace as identified by Georgia businesses. The program was developed in 2011 and piloted in 20 high schools in 2012. The number of participating high schools grew exponentially, middle schools were added in 2013, and Adult Education/GED programs came on board in 2014. In 2016, Commissioner Butler decided to take the program to the next level. Based on employer feedback, GeorgiaBEST has now expanded to a three-pronged approach: GeorgiaBEST@School, GeorgiaBEST@Work, and GeorgiaBEST@Home. GeorgiaBEST is presented in a train-the-trainer format that empowers teachers, training managers, facilitators, parents, and others to teach employability skills to their students, employees, participants, or children. Those who become part of the GeorgiaBEST community have exclusive access to GeorgiaBEST training manuals, videos, lesson plans, and additional teaching materials and resources. (READ MORE)
DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO GET STARTED:
- This is the link to register for GeorgiaBEST@School: https://ung.view.usg.edu/shared/GeorgiaBEST/GeorgiaBEST@SchoolRegistration.html
- Once you complete the form and hit the SUBMIT button you will receive an email notification providing you the link to the portal containing the curriculum, your username, and your initial password. UNG will process the registrations at least three times a week.
- Once your registration has been processed, you will receive a second email, indicating you have been enrolled, along with additional guidance on how to reset your password.
- Bookmark the link that takes you directly to the portal. Here it is again in case you need it: https://ung.view.usg.edu
- LOGIN to the website with your username and password.
- Click on GeorgiaBEST@School (under the image on the left) to enter the site.
- Once you are in, you will see a Welcome Message on the right and on the Content Browser index of linked folders on the left.