QUITMAN — Industry leaders from Brooks County’s manufacturing sector met with new high school administration to discuss workforce needs, and opportunities for student learning.
“I was happy to spend my first day on the job meeting with local industry leaders to hear their input regarding our future workforce,” said Chris Chastain, Brooks County High School principal. “We want to take every opportunity to connect with the community.”
June 5 marked the beginning of new careers in the Brooks County school system for several administrative positions at Brooks County High School, and those people hit the ground running, according to a school press release.
New Principal Chris Chastain, Assistant Principal Rhonne Goodson and Career, Technical, Agricultural Education Director Howard Akers met with the high school curriculum director and leaders from several local manufacturers, as well as representatives from the Brooks County Development Authority and Georgia Department of Labor, to discuss workforce needs.
Manufacturers discussed necessary skills needed for employment, and shared ideas for creating training opportunities, according to the press release. School officials will use the information to develop the technical training pathways offered to students.
Tiffany Holmes, Brooks County Development Authority director, said, “This was a great opportunity for our schools and industries to meet and discuss real problems facing our community, and to begin to develop some real solutions. These partnerships will lead to actions that will strengthen our overall economic development efforts.”
Akers said he believes strong partnerships such as these will be the key to future successes, for the schools and for local businesses. He wants to see students graduate from high school with employable and transferable skills, making them an asset to any Brooks County company.