The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD), in partnership with carpet industry leaders across Northwest Georgia, has launched the Fast Track Innovation Program to provide technicians with On-the-Job training for employment in the industry. In coordination with the Northwest Regional Commission and Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), the 10-week program is offered to individuals selected by these participating companies: Beaulieu America, Engineered Floors, J+J Flooring Group, Mohawk Industries and Shaw Industries Group. 

“As Georgia’s top industries continue to grow, it’s critical that the skilled trades workforce match that progression,” said Blake Ashbee, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. “With support from principal companies in the industry, programs such as this ensure that the next generation of employees has the talent to succeed in the in-demand positions that make up the foundation of our critical industries.”

The partner companies in Northwest Georgia have selected qualified individuals in the local area to participate in the training, educating them to fill entry level industrial maintenance jobs in the industry. Through classroom teaching, computer based learning and lab instruction at GNTC, participants will end the course equipped with the mechanical, electrical and maintenance skills to perform the jobs successfully and help these companies continue to grow in Georgia.

“Mohawk’s need for highly skilled individuals will only increase as market demand for our next generation products continues to grow rapidly,” said Joe Yarbrough, senior vice president of advanced manufacturing engineering. "These skills will be required for careers that include Industrial Maintenance, Electrical and Electronics Technologies, and Mechatronics. We’re proud to partner with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to offer opportunities for individuals who have made the commitment to expand their skill sets.”

“We are excited about the partnership between industry, Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and Georgia Northwestern Technical College,” said Vicki Delfalco, director of employee development for Beaulieu America. “This endeavor is a win for everyone involved.”

Participants will complete content assessments at the end of the program and receive a Certificate of Completion.