Workforce Readiness Academy

People in the Coastal Empire are still coming to terms with the news that DaimlerChrysler is not moving to the area. A local school had even planned a new program to help workers improve their basic skills. But despite Daimler's decision not to come, students and the Savannah Technical College are moving ahead with the Workforce Readiness Academy.

"It's all very focused on workplace skills, not just general skills like reading, but writing, reading and math applied to the workplace," explained Dr. Reg Hendricks, executive VP at Savannah Tech.

This idea was put in the fast lane when DaimlerChrysler considered building here, since so many jobs would be available. "Even if Daimler is not coming there, are plenty of jobs in the area if you have the right skills," said Dr. Hendricks.

People from all over the Coastal Empire realized that and showed up in droves to the first registration this Saturday, signing up for classes taught right in their community centers. "A lot of barriers people have with getting skills that are important are childcare, transportation, and some people are just intimidated by the campus environment," said Dr. Hendricks.

And whether going to one of the workforce academies in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan or Liberty Counties or going to Savannah Tech's campus, the end result will help lead to one thing, according to Dr. Hendricks: "jobs that provide a self-sustaining wage."

The Workforce Readiness Academy is set up so you can learn at your own pace and set your own schedule. If you missed Saturday's registration, you can stop by Savannah Technical College or call 966-6700 for more information.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro,