Daimler Chrysler Training

Savannah Technical College is making sure our work force is ready for Daimler Chrysler. The school is responsible for training a skilled workforce for the plant. And people are already trying to prepare for jobs.

Dr. C.B. Rathburn, the President of Savannah Tech, told WTOC "the phones at Savannah Tech are ringing off the wall in anticipation of a very positive announcement from Daimler."

A program called Certified Manufacturing Specialist introduces people to what life is like working in a manufacturing environment.

Rathburn said, "programs like CMS filled within the first four hours of registration."

Training for some of the higher skilled, better paying jobs could take up to two years.

"We expect 8 or 9 core instructional programs ranging from our auto tech program to welding to machine... to a variety of other auto manufacturing programs to feed Daimler employees," said Rathburn.

"We'll be working hand in hand with them (Daimler) this summer as we go through what'll amount to a 3 to 3 and a half year ramp up period to get this open."

Savannah Tech will be showing off some of their new facilities and laying out their training plans mid month.
Reported by:  Holly Bristow,  hbristow@wtoc.com