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Industry and Education Join Forces in Lincoln County

November 3, 2011

With a growing need for skilled workers, representatives from industry and education in Lincoln County recently met to establish a new workforce partnership. The partnership will strive to develop new ways to work together to train the workforce of the county.

After an initial meeting, educators toured local manufacturing facilities and industry officials toured Lincoln County High School and Motlow College at Fayetteville Center. √ā¬†Manufacturers reviewed training and education programs currently available. Educators saw firsthand what skills were needed by the local workforce. The group then gathered to share experiences and ideas from their visits.

The next plan of action for representatives from the different industries is to assemble a list of soft-skills needed by current and potential employees. Needed skills may include pre-employment training, safety training, and upgrading of job skills. The final list will be presented to area educators.

Laura Monks, director of the Fayetteville Center said, "We are excited about the positive outcome that will result from working hand-in-hand with our local industries. We look forward to our next meeting where specific needs will be named and we as educators can begin a plan to meet those needs."

The new Fayetteville Lincoln County Industry/Educator/Workforce Partnership include was coordinated by Elaine Middleton, executive director of the Fayetteville Lincoln County Industrial Board. Participants include: Monks and Dr. Randall Bartley, professor of economics and department chair of business and technology representing Motlow College; Larry Craig, chair and Tom Ward, vice chair of the Fayetteville Lincoln County Industrial Board; Jacob Sorrells, Randy Anderson, Joel Hastings, and Keith Gill of Lincoln County High School; Michael Benjamin of Goodman Manufacturing; Ed Carter of C & S Plastics; John Smith of Franke Kitchen Systems; Tommy Burns of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Nathan Ward of South Central Tennessee Development District and Gary Morgan with Workforce Solutions.

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