MILLEDGEVILLE — The City of Milledgeville and Central State Hospital recently made an adult literacy commitment. Employee work release GED programming through Central Georgia Technical College offers a brighter future.
Nine individuals from City Public Works and Water and Sewer departments travel to the CGTC campus twice a week for the last three hours of their duty day. At Central State, 67 employees are currently enrolled in various GED class stages on the hospital campus site.
City and CSH employees lose no pay going to classes each week.
The training costs the employers nothing as part of the technical college’s adult literacy mission. Hank Griffeth, vice president of satellite operations at CGTC, said the college kicks in different funding sources adding to federal and state monies.
The only cost is the GED test itself, which the city and Communities in Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC) will help pay for.
CISMBC board members, Georgia Military College President Maj. Gen. Peter J. Boylan (Ret.), Sandy Baxter and Lyn Chandler, pushed the Central State GED piece, helping soon-to-be displaced employees.
Griffeth said CGTC was fortunate to have City Manager Barry Jarrett and CSH make this happen.
“I think it speaks volumes for the city and for administrative staff at Central State Hospital to be concerned about the literacy level of the folks working in those two entities. To give them time to do those classes as professional development during the course of their workday, I think shows a great commitment to help their staff get what they need to not only become better employees where they are, but in the case of Central State Hospital especially giving those folks additional help in finding employment again when the current jobs are phased out,” Griffeth said.
City Public Works Director Frank Baugh said the tech college’s services offer a great employee benefit for dedicated workers lacking high school or equivalent GEDs. Jarrett supports the GED services at CGTC for other departments as well, according to Baugh.