Welcome to the official website of the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board (SWGA WIB), doing business as Southwest Georgia Workforce 44 (Workforce 44).
SWGA WIB is the workforce investment board led by business and government leaders and charged with overseeing the area's workforce system. Its mission is to develop a workforce system in Southwest Georgia that encourages and sustains economic growth.
Workforce 44 staff provides employment training and workforce services including career counseling, job search assistance, referral to partner agencies, placement assistance, and necessary training to the area's job seekers and employers. More can be found by linking to our Services page.
44 incorporated cities - 14 counties - 1 area
Not just a tag line. The mission of the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board of Directors is to create a workforce system in Southwest Georgia that encourages and sustains economic growth. A tall order for a region that spans from Early to Colquitt counties on its West and East perimeters and Lee and Thomas counties from North to South. The Southwest Georgia area has a population of 356,433 based on 2010 U.S. Census data. Additional area data can be found at: http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/Profiles/wia/wia17.pdf
The Board of Directors are laser focused on creating this seamless and regional system mainly because of the impact the recent economic recession has created, the resulting high unemployment rate, the depressed quality of life for many citizens, business stagnation and closures. These conditions are not contained within county lines. The "1 area" concept is the philosophy that the system stakeholders are determine to maintain as programs and strategies are developed to serve as an active ingredient in an un-leavened economy.
ATC Enters Agreement with Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board to Help Students Seeking a GED Higher Education
Effective fall semester 2013, Albany Technical College will enter an agreement with the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board as administered by the City of Colquitt to help General Education Development (GED®) students gain affordable access to higher education.
The ATB program was discontinued in July 2012, which affected hundreds of students who were enrolled at Albany Tech. Through the agreement with the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board through the City of Colquitt, eligible students could receive financial assistance to cover the excess tuition and fees not covered by HOPE, plus, approximately $647 in funding, per student, per semester, for fees, books and supplies.
In order to qualify for financial assistance, students must be working on their GED® at Albany Tech while enrolled in one of the following programs: Air Conditioning Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Diesel Equipment Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Environmental Horticulture, and Welding and Joining Technology.
Troops to Trucks
In partnership with Albany Technical College, the Troops to Trucks program will provide training and career opportunities for military personnel and jobs for veterans, as well as fulfill the trucking and busing industries' needs for qualified licensed commercial vehicle drivers. More information to come...
CEOO Designates WIA Grant Sub Recipient/Fiscal Agent
The Chief Local Elected Official and the Chief Elected Officials Organization of the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Area 17 held a meeting on October 25, 2012 and designated the City of Colquitt, Georgia as the Workforce Investment Act grant sub recipient/fiscal agent for the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board effective January 1, 2013. This designation is based on the authority given by Section 118 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. In addition to the criteria set by the Governor's Office of Workforce Develpment regarding the definition of "fiscal agent".
Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - Family and Medical Leave Act Employee Guide
As part of the Department’s continuing effort to spread the word about the FMLA and make the FMLA more accessible, WHD is releasing an Employee Guide to the FMLA, a 16-page, plain language booklet designed to answer common FMLA questions and clarify who can take FMLA leave and what protections the FMLA provides.
Do you already know the type of job in which you are interested? If not, will you know it when you see it? Or are you not really sure at all? Let us help you! My Next Move is specifically designed to help you determine the right career for you, and to help you find a job that you will enjoy.
Workforce Investment Act is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW
It is against the law for the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Georgia Department of Labor or the Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board to discriminate against any individual in the United States on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), on the basis of the beneficiary's citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or his or her participation in any WIA Title I-financially assisted program or activity.