The college accepts whatever HOPE scholarship money is available for AOP students and waves other fees. Griffeth said CGTC President Dr. Ivan Allen made that pledge.
“That shows the commitment of our president specifically and the college as a whole to help folks in the community we serve get as much education as possible,” he said.
Old school employees vetting without a high school diploma or GED are firmly in the rear view. Most participants have held city or CSH positions for decades without that educational piece.
“When they were hired, it wasn’t unusual for someone to not have a high school or GED diploma,” the CGTC vice president said. “It’s few and far between where you will find employers who are willing to do what the city and Central State are doing for these folks to move up the occupational ladder.”
Griffeth fully expects the CSH numbers to increase as employees notice the positive benefits.
CGTC instructors tailor class material depending on the initial assessment level. GED program students ascend to passing all portions of the final test.
“We want to give them as much confidence as possible and be relatively sure they are going to pass that part of the GED testing when they take it so it doesn’t cost additional money if they don’t,” Griffeth said.
Baugh said the GED programming is an all-around positive investment for the city.
Couch wants this to become a pilot program, showing onlookers Milledgeville’s support expands beyond traditional higher education. The community education engine driven by the CISMBC project is imperative for Central State Hospital redevelopment and community future.
Having a trainable workforce can only assist economic development.
“For us to say we have that number of people at that level of training that can now go to work for you would be huge,” Griffeth said.