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Central Gulf Industrial Alliance Recognizes Jeff Davis Community College and Reid State Community College for Excellence in Training Through Its Industrial Trades Program Review and Endorsement Program

CGIA

For Immediate Release

Contact:           Frank Jelercic frankjel@gmail.com 251-709-2425

 

Central Gulf Industrial Alliance Recognizes
Jeff Davis Community College and Reid State Community College for
Excellence in Training Through Its Industrial Trades Program Review and Endorsement Program

Mobile, Alabama (February 9, 2015) – Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA), a consortium of industrial businesses and contractors spanning the Gulf Coast counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Northwest Florida, partnered with the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) to identify and promote industrial construction workforce development programs, which are training to industry standards, in the SAWDC 8-county region through its Industrial Trades Program Review and Endorsement Program.

As part of the CGIA mission to improve industry performance in the areas of workforce development, safety, and productivity, CGIA developed a process for training programs to become CGIA-endorsed programs.  “The intent of this tool is to identify and provide increased support to quality training programs that ultimately lead to employment by CGIA member companies, “ said Eddie Clayton, Sr. Labor Consultant for Southern Company – E&CS, and CGIA Vice Chairman.   The tool consists of two parts – an on-site program review and an employer survey – and results in an overall score leading to a possible endorsement level of gold, silver, or bronze.

On-site reviews of participating training programs are executed by CGIA staff and member company representatives, who are industry subject-matter experts and who have been trained in the review process.  Key elements considered include staffing, training facilities and the learning environment, training course materials and content, employer engagement, and program evaluation.  The second component of the review is accomplished through employer surveys and results in an Industry Confidence Index, an indicator designed to measure the confidence of industry in a training provider's ability to meet their workforce needs

Just last month, CGIA completed the Industrial Training Program Reviews for seven training programs in the Southwest Alabama region, which represents SAWDC’s footprint.  The welding programs at both Jefferson Davis Community College and Reid State Community received Bronze and Silver level endorsements, respectively.   Endorsed programs will receive recognition among CGIA employer members as quality programs for hiring qualified candidates.

“Through this endorsement program, CGIA will bolster its efforts to meet the demand of its regional employers by connecting workers and jobseekers to careers with advancement opportunities,” said Frank Jelercic, Executive Director of CGIA.

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