Ann Lear, Business and Industry Specialist, and Clay Teague, Director of Continuing Education, are among eight Technical College System of Georgia professionals to earn Certified Economic Developer Trainer status this month after completing a rigorous program of specialized training. Joining an elite group of more than 100 CEDTs statewide, Lear and Teague will utilize this training to help attract new companies to middle Georgia while helping existing manufacturing and service industries develop a skilled workforce.
According to Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the purpose of the CEDT program is to ensure that the training services provided to Georgia’s business and industry by the state’s technical colleges and the Quick Start team are consistently top-notch. “Workforce training is more critical than ever in today’s business environment, as levels of technology and automation, as well as economic pressures, increase,” Jackson said. “We are proud of these graduates and how tremendously they assist the TCSG and Quick Start in training Georgia’s workforce.”
Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner for the TCSG’s economic development programs, operates the CEDT program and leads Georgia Quick Start, the state’s premier economic development training incentive. “These graduates each spent hundreds of hours sharpening their knowledge and skills to better recruit new businesses to their communities,” she said. “They also strengthened their abilities to create training that will increase work performance and business results.”
All vice presidents of economic development in the Technical College System of Georgia are required to earn CEDT status, as are selected staff members in the colleges’ economic development divisions and key Quick Start team members. During their 18 months in the CEDT program, participants attend a series of in-depth, hands-on training sessions and participate in four company site visits to analyze operations. They also complete self-study courses and four independent projects. The projects include developing an economic development profile for their community and completing a process analysis of a manufacturing company.
Selected projects are evaluated and graded by Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Partnership with this globally recognized business and management training organization assures consistent and professional evaluation of each CEDT participant’s project.