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Bass Pro Shops Announces Quick Start Training Initiative

Seated left to right are Jackie Rohosky, Assistant Commissioner, Economic Development Programs for the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, Bruce Beasley, Bass Pro Shops Vice President, and Dr. Melton Palmer, Jr., President of Central Georgia Technical College.

From left to right are: Burt Bethea, Quick Start; Ernie Reed, General Manager of the Macon Bass Pro Distribution Center; Charles Bishop, Bibb County Commissioner; Alan Freeman, State Representative; Debra Lyons, 8th Congressional District Representative for the State Board of Technical and Adult Education; Rob Morton, Member of CGTC Board of Directors; Bill Wiley, Member of CGTC Board of Trustees; Tom Sands, Member of CGTC Board of Trustees; Royce Hopkins, Department of Labor. Seated left to right: Jackie Rohosky, Bruce Beasley, and Dr. Palmer.

Bruce Beasley, Jackie Rohosky, Dr. Palmer, Ernie Reed

Bass Pro Shops has announced a training partnership with Central Georgia Technical College and Georgia Quick Start in support of their new Macon distribution center. The distribution center will be located at the intersection of I-75 and Bass Road and is in the final stages of construction. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Bass Pro Shops has 32 retail locations across America and Canada that attract over 75 million people annually.

The new state-of-the-art distribution facility will service Bass Pro Shops stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. Beginning in February, Bass Pro Shops anticipates hiring 175 associates to support the new distribution center.

Quick Start is Georgia's premier economic development program, administered through the Department of Technical and Adult Education. The Quick Start program is an economic incentive program that provides employee training, at no cost, for qualified companies moving into the state and qualified existing companies that are expanding their work force. The training agreement is based on Bass Pro's commitment to provide new jobs for Georgians in the Bibb County area. Starting in February, Bass Pro Shops will being the hiring process and ultimately be staffed with approximately 175 associates. During this time period, more than 515,000 students have benefited from Quick Start services in a wide variety of more than 4,600 expansion and relocation projects.

The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a Project Study that was conducted at the Bass Pro Shops Headquarters and Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo. Quick Start will be designing and developing training material, as well as providing instructors, for the classes.

The training program involves three distinct partners: Bass Pro Shops, Central Georgia Technical College, and Georgia Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of this program. The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Central Georgia Technical College will be available to assist Bass Pro Shops with ongoing training programs.

Submitted by Rhonda Koplin
December 8, 2005


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