Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Launching Jobs Initiative

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Updated: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:56:14 EST

New jobs in the business world are opening up around the state and here in Middle Georgia. Governor Nathan Deal's new initiative aims to prepare the next generation for tomorrow's jobs. In Warner Robins, Jamie Cook analyzes base needs and tries to fill them with new recruits.

"One of the issues at Robins Air Force base is that our workforce is aging," says Jamie Cook, who works for Robins Air Force Base Workforce Development.

The need for Engineers and computer scientists is at a premium.

"Even if we have one plane in the air it has computers and it needs software engineers to keep all those computers running," says Cook.

Getting students interested in grades K through 12 is part of the challenge.

"There are great jobs out there if they'll just study their science and math," Cook says.

Ben Hames works with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

"Awareness and exposing the next generation to the promising career opportunities in these fields to dressing them up in some way to making them attractive," says Hames.

They are rigorous career fields that require bachelor degrees. But members of the high demand careers initiative say that shouldn't deter students from the workforce wants to diversify the employees in these fields statewide.

"We've got to do a better job of making sure we have women and minorities and others coming into those training programs," says Cecil Staton. The focus in Middle Georgia is Robins Airforce base.

"Warner Robins is the biggest economic engine in the state of Georgia by some measure," says Hames.

It employs over 23,000 people. Former State Representative and current University of Georgia system vice chancellor Cecil Staton tells me, with Defense spending taking cuts in the Federal budget workers need to be well-rounded.

"It is likely that the Military is going to face some downsizing over the next few years. "We can hope that that wont impact Robins but we've got to be prepared and we've got to do everything we can to protect this wonderful asset," Staton says.

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