August 2020

Apprenticeship 101: Cristy has been promoted to Quality Manager since she began her Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship. Murray Plastics and the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network, both in Gainesville, are the first two recipients of cost-reimbursement through the new Apprenticeship 101 program. The Appalachian Regional Commission committed $300,000 toward the pilot program to the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority to provide up to $15,000 of cost reimbursement to companies that sponsor a 2-year apprentice through one of the five programs at Lanier Technical College: Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics, General Machining, CNC Machining, Welder/Fabricator and Quality Technician. The funds can support up to 20 apprenticeships at Hall County companies. As the pilot has shown success, companies in the Worksource Georgia Mountains 13-county region may also receive $15,000 of cost reimbursement for the 2-year #APP101 program offered at both Lanier Technical College and North Georgia Technical College. Pictures attached: 080020 Murray Plastics ARC.jpg Photo ID’S – Cristy Norris, APP101 Industrial Maintenance Apprentice; Bill Hall, CEO; and Danielle Perkins, COO, of Murray Plastics; Shelley Davis, Partner, Workforce Strategies Group; and Tim Evans, VP Economic Development, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

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