CGTC – CGHWA
Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance


Central Georgia Technical College, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, has partnered to create the Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance (CGHWA). The Alliance was created to provide healthcare students with educational enhancements via technological advancements in curriculum delivery to ensure increased academic and professional success and retention.

This technology-based strategy will use various delivery methods so that students have traditional and distance education options for class attendance and support services.

Eligible students receive access to support services which include FREE 24/7 online tutorial service and face-to-face tutoring; ability to attend class anytime, anyplace on any device; recorded lectures for later review; and ongoing support through academic and career advising.

Healthcare courses offered in the BlendFlex format are available online, face to face, telepresence, or via smartphone or tablet. BlendFlex classes are currently available!

To find out more about the Alliance or the BlendFlex model, contact Demetrius Smith, Project Manager, (478) 757-2538 or desmith@centralgatech.edu.


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Frequently asked questions...

What are the eligibility requirements for participation in the BlendFlex classes?

The eligibility requirements for participation in the CGHWA BlendFlex courses are the following.

  1. Student must be a health sciences major.
  2. Student must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Be a TAA-eligible recipient
    2. Be a WIOA-eligible recipient
    3. Be a veteran or dependent of a veteran
    4. Be a unemployed or underemployed (i.e. presently working part time as full time was not available; presently working but pursuing further education to obtain a higher wage position)
    5. Be a resident of a rural county (i.e. residents from all counties in the service delivery area except for Bibb and Houston counties)
    6. Be a displaced homemaker (i.e. A homemaker for at least 5 years, unemployed or under-employed who:
      (1) has been dependent on the income of a relative but is no longer supported by such income, or
      (2) because of divorce, separation or the death or disability of a spouse must prepare for paid employment, or
      (3) has been receiving public assistance.)
    7. Be a single parent, including single pregnant women
    8. Be academically disadvantaged (i.e. GED Recipient)
    9. Be economically disadvantaged (i.e. Pell Grant Recipients)
    10. Be an individual with limited English proficiency

What is the BlendFlex model?

BlendFlex model is a form of blended learning which provides an integrated, flexible instructional approach through the combining of different instructional modalities and methods of instructional delivery including asynchronous and synchronous. Students can take classes face to face, web enhanced, hybrid, online or via video conferencing. If a student needs to change the mode of instruction for any reason, all they have to do is inform their instructor and continue completing assignments. This is a great tool for students who work varying shifts or may have child care issues. A student must complete the outlined assignments in the syllabus by the due dates. This completion and submission of assignments is utilized as a way to track attendance and ensure a student is grasping the knowledge for successful completion of the class.

How can I be advised and registered for the BlendFlex classes?

All academic advisors have the ability to approve a student's enrollment in the BlendFlex courses if the student meets the requirements for participation. For additional information, the Health Science Success Coach is Anne Sartain, who can be reached at 478-218-3266 or via email at asartain@centralgatech.edu

Is there priority registration for upcoming BlendFlex classes?

Each semester the Health Sciences Success Coach or a designee will visit the BlendFlex classes to inform students of the upcoming BlendFlex class offerings as well as provide information on how to obtain priority registration for the next set of BlendFlex classes.

Are the BlendFlex classes offered every semester?

The BlendFlex classes are offered every semester. Also, additional health science classes are added each semester. See the list of BlendFlex classes available presently and those proposed for future semesters.

What services are provided to BlendFlex participants?

BlendFlex participants are provided access to:

  1. SMARTHINKING, a FREE 24/7 online tutorial service
  2. Face to Face Tutorial Services in the Academic Success Centers
  3. Flexibility to attend class anytime, anyplace and on any device (i.e. via laptop, smart phone, tablet from home, work or anywhere that internet access is available.)
  4. All classes are recorded for later review
  5. On-going support for career advancement via CGTC Career Services and Business and Industry Partners.

What wrap-around services are available for BlendFlex participants?

CGHWA will provide wrap-around services, which are services that provide constructive relationships and support networks for students with college services and community/industry partners. These services are provided to participants by networking them with graduates from their programs, professionals who are working in their chosen field and business/industry partners via classroom presentations, seminars, and other collaborations in conjunction with Career Services. Students can obtain face to face tutoring in the Academic Success Centers or via FREE Smarthinking, 24/7/365 online tutorial service. Students can schedule an appointment to meet with the Health Sciences Student Success Coach and their academic advisors for on-going academic and professional advisement. Students have access to the Office of Special Populations to connect them to personal counseling and support services (i.e. family counseling, mental health counseling, and etc.). Students can also meet with employers who are scheduled for visits in the Community & Industry Partners Office in the Career Services Office.

Will the CGHWA provide job placement assistance?

The CGHWA in collaboration with the CGTC Career Services and our area Business and Industry Partners will be providing on-going career advancement seminars, job fairs and information pertaining to potential job opportunities during enrollment and upon program completion.

What is the Career Services "Community and Industry Partners" office?

The Career Services "Community and Industry Partners" Office is a space allocated in the Career Services office for area business and industry partners to utilize to provide mock interviews, resume writing and critique sessions, discuss potential job opportunities at their respective businesses, and work with students to enhance their soft skills development.

How do I obtain technical support for my BlendFlex courses?

1. Students may call the IT HelpDesk at 478-757-3519 and place a verbal HelpDesk Request.
2. Students may log into the Student Portal, click on Resources, and submit a HelpDesk Ticket with a written explanation of the assistance needed.

How do I obtain technical assistance for Telepresence video conferencing issues at my satellite location?

Students should go to the nearest office at their site location and the CGTC staff will report the issue to the Technology department.

How do I obtain technical assistance with Jabber?

Students are to contact their instructor, who will provide them with information on who to contact for assistance.

How do I access the 24/7 Free Tutorial Service?

Students can access the Smarthinking 24/7 Tutorial Service from inside the class in Blackboard or through the Student Portal under Resources.

What are the eligibility requirements for participation in the BlendFlex classes?

The eligibility requirements for participation in the CGHWA BlendFlex courses are the following.

  1. Student must be a health sciences major.
  2. Student must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Be a TAA-eligible recipient
    2. Be a WIOA-eligible recipient
    3. Be a veteran or dependent of a veteran
    4. Be a unemployed or underemployed (i.e. presently working part time as full time was not available; presently working but pursuing further education to obtain a higher wage position)
    5. Be a resident of a rural county (i.e. residents from all counties in the service delivery area except for Bibb and Houston counties)
    6. Be a displaced homemaker (i.e. A homemaker for at least 5 years, unemployed or under-employed who:
      (1) has been dependent on the income of a relative but is no longer supported by such income, or
      (2) because of divorce, separation or the death or disability of a spouse must prepare for paid employment, or
      (3) has been receiving public assistance.)
    7. Be a single parent, including single pregnant women
    8. Be academically disadvantaged (i.e. GED Recipient)
    9. Be economically disadvantaged (i.e. Pell Grant Recipients)
    10. Be and individual with limited English proficiency

If I have a question concerning participant eligibility or need to obtain and provide additional information to a student, who do I contact?

The Health Science Success Coach is Anne Sartain, who can be reached at 478-218-3266 or via email at asartain@centralgatech.edu, and the CGHWA Project Manager is Demetrius M. Smith, who can be reached at 478-757-2538 or via email at desmith@centralgatech.edu.

What is the BlendFlex model?

BlendFlex model is a form of blended learning which provides an integrated, flexible instructional approach through the combining of different instructional modalities and methods of instructional delivery including asynchronous and synchronous. Students can take classes face to face, web enhanced, hybrid, online or via video conferencing. If a student needs to change the mode of instruction for any reason, all they have to do is inform their instructor and continue completing assignments. This is a great tool for students who work varying shifts or may have child care issues. A student must complete the outlined assignments in the syllabus by the due dates. This completion and submission of assignments is utilized as a way to track attendance and ensure a student is grasping the knowledge for successful completion of the class.

What services are provided to BlendFlex participants?

BlendFlex participants are provided access to:

  1. SMARTHINKING, a FREE 24/7 online tutorial service
  2. Face to Face Tutorial Services in the Academic Success Centers
  3. Flexibility to attend class anytime, anyplace and on any device (i.e. via laptop, smart phone, tablet from home, work or anywhere that internet access is available.)
  4. All classes are recorded for later review
  5. On-going support for career advancement via CGTC Career Services and Business and Industry Partners.

What wrap-around services are available for BlendFlex participants?

CGHWA will provide wrap-around services, which are services that provide constructive relationships and support networks for students with college services and community/industry partners. These services are provided to participants by networking them with graduates from their programs, professionals who are working in their chosen field and business/industry partners via classroom presentations, seminars, and other collaborations in conjunction with Career Services. Students can obtain face to face tutoring in the Academic Success Centers or via FREE Smarthinking, 24/7/365 online tutorial service. Students can schedule an appointment to meet with the Health Sciences Student Success Coach and their academic advisors for on-going academic and professional advisement. Students have access to the Office of Special Populations to connect them to personal counseling and support services (i.e. family counseling, mental health counseling, and etc.). Students can also meet with employers who are scheduled for visits in the Community & Industry Partners Office in the Career Services Office.

Will the CGHWA provide job placement assistance?

The CGHWA in collaboration with the CGTC Career Services and our area Business and Industry Partners will be providing on-going career advancement seminars, job fairs and information pertaining to potential job opportunities during enrollment and upon program completion.

What is the Career Services "Community and Industry Partners" office?

The Career Services "Community and Industry Partners" Office is an office allocated in the Career Services for area business and industry partners to provide mock interviews, resume writing and critique sessions, discuss potential job opportunities at their respective businesses, and work with students to enhance their soft skills development.

What professional development or opportunities to serve as a BlendFlex instructor are available?

All faculty interested in teaching a BlendFlex course must complete the Blended Learning (BlendFlex) Professional Development Class (6 modules) prior to teaching a BlendFlex course. The training class covers topics specific to teaching and learning in a BlendFlex environment. Faculty interested in teaching a BlendFlex class should contact their Program Chair and/or Dean and complete Blackboard Basic Training as a prerequisite to the Blended Learning Professional Development Class.

What is the Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance (CGHWA)?

Central Georgia Technical College, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, has partnered to create the Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance (CGHWA). The Alliance was created to provide healthcare students with educational enhancements via technological advancements in curriculum delivery to ensure increased academic and professional success and retention.

What can my business do to support the CGHWA?

Join the CGHWA as an Advisory Board member! This advisory board is comprised of Community Business and Industry Partners from the Healthcare Arena and local employment agencies. The CGHWA welcomes representation from additional community and industry partners. The Advisory Board meets quarterly to learn about all of the enhancements to the BlendFlex program and serve as advisors to inform the CGHWA of any new trends from their respective Health Care areas that need to be passed along to students, faculty and staff.

What business and industry partners are presently serving on the CGHWA Advisory Board?

  1. Department of Workforce Development
  2. Georgia Department of Labor
  3. Houston Healthcare
  4. Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board
  5. Optum Palliative and Hospice Care
  6. Robins Air Force Board Education Office
  7. Scott's Pharmacy
  8. Middle Georgia Ambulance
  9. Kumho Tires

What additional business and industry partners are sought for the CGHWA Advisory Board?

The CGHWA welcomes business and industry partners to join the Advisory Board who are Health Care Human Resource Professionals and Health Care Executives and Administrators.

How often does the CGHWA Advisory Board meet?

The CGHWA Advisory Board meets 4 times annually; once per quarter.

What opportunities for engagement and mentoring of students are availed by involvement?

Community and Industry partners are provided opportunities to engage and mentor students. Advisory Board members also have access to the "Community and Industry Partners" office to interview students who are potential employees, solicit students for internships and provide professional enrichment in the area of "soft skills" seminars and other job readiness enhancements via classroom presentations and student leadership seminars and job fairs.

Who do I contact if I would like to serve on the CGHWA Advisory Board?

To find out more information or volunteer to serve on the CGHWA Advisory Board, please contact Mr. Demetrius M. Smith, CGHWA Project Manager at desmith@centralgatech.edu or 478-757-2538.

What is the Career Services "Community and Industry Partners" office?

The Career Services "Community and Industry Partners" Office is an office allocated in the Career Services where your business and industry HR personnel can provide mock interviews, resume writing and critique sessions, discuss and interview potential students for job opportunities at your business, and work with students to enhance their soft skills development.



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Contact Information

Central Georgia Healthcare Workforce Alliance
c/o Central Georgia Technical College
3300 Macon Tech Drive
Building A, Room 402
Macon, GA 31206

Mr. Demetrius M. Smith, M.Ed.
Project Manager
desmith@centralgatech.edu
478-757-2538

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