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Application Open for Chamber’s No-Cost Career Training Program

Workup Coweta, a career readiness training program developed by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber and funded through a sub-award of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act Funding, is set to launch its first cohort in partnership with West Georgia Technical College, Georgia Tech Innovation Institute Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and a host of local employers including Newnan’s Yamaha and Hello Fresh.

The program will commence on October 17, 2023, with sessions scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday evening, closing with a graduation on November 16th. Applications are currently being accepted, with a maximum of 18 participants included per cohort.

The 40-hour Workup program is designed to equip job seekers and career changers with the skills they need to succeed in today’s dynamic labor market. Participants will gain crucial insights into various industries, learn critical soft skills, and acquire practical knowledge that will help them navigate their career paths confidently.

“We believe that everyone should realize an opportunity to grow professionally, achieve their career goals, and have a chance at upward mobility,” said Susan Kraut, vice president for the Chamber. “This program aims to provide individuals with the tools and resources they need to excel in their chosen fields.”

The no-cost program comprises career exploration, interactive workshops, expert-led safety and forklift training, blueprint reading, and limited classroom instruction focusing on soft skills like creative problem-solving and critical thinking.

Workup curriculum also includes several hours of hands-on experience through Buzz, a Georgia Tech Development Institute program employing tangible kits to create a simulated business operation with staff, shifts, and expenses, among other considerations. Following participation in each hands-on round, there is a debrief to examine the approach to refine the process.

Application for the program is open to all interested individuals who experienced harm due to the COVID-19 public health emergency through either un- or underemployment. Visit the Workup Coweta website at www.workupcoweta.com to apply or learn more.