Governor Nathan Deal launched the High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) in 2014 to hear directly from businesses about their training and workforce development needs. At HDCI’s inception, Governor Deal stated that its purpose is “to allow us to hear directly from the employers of our state about what they expect their future needs will be, and it will give our institutions of education the chance to get ahead of the curve in preparing tomorrow’s workforce.” In 2018, the name of the grant changed to Sector Partnerships when WIOA moved from the Georgia Department of Economic Development to the Technical College System of Georgia. WorkSource Southern Georgia Sector Partnerships are designed to support the development of regional sector partnerships that will work to understand and act on the needs of key industries. Our sector partnerships engage businesses and inform the educational and workforce development efforts at the local level. We strive to further build an infrastructure of communication and collaboration between the public and private sectors throughout Region 11/Area 18.
Sector partnerships are workforce development working groups that focus on a single industry or industry cluster, such as healthcare, logistics, advanced manufacturing, film and entertainment, or aviation. These working groups bring together key employers in the industry, workforce development entities, educational institutions (K-12, technical college, and four-year institutions), economic development professionals, chambers of commerce, and other partners (e.g., community development, social services). These working groups are solely focused on meeting the talent needs of the specific industries. The role and activities of each sector partnership are uniquely tailored to the local needs identified by a needs assessment process and ongoing conversations with industry leaders.