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How Second-Chance Hiring Works

How Second-Chance Hiring Works – Stephanie Scearce, GAM Director of Workforce Development  “Second-chance employment. I want you to look at it as more than a company liability. Look at it as an individual that has paid their debt to society […] and at least begun the process of restoration that find themselves at your doorstep…

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Bridging the Transportation Divide

Bridging the Transportation Divide – Stephanie Scearce, GAM Director of Workforce Development Most of us take driving for granted. Yet transportation, or the lack thereof, is a roadblock for employers trying to engage the full work capacity of the labor force. Most manufacturers in Georgia tend to locate outside metropolitan communities, in open, rural areas…

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How to Connect the Next Generation to Manufacturing

How to Connect the Next Generation to Manufacturing – Stephanie Scearce, GAM Director of Workforce Development How do we connect the next generation to manufacturing? This question is very present within the manufacturing industry and daunting for most in knowing where to start. Recently, I had this conversation with Laura Wood of Mohawk Industries and…

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2023 Annual Meeting Workforce Panel

2023 Annual Meeting Workforce Panel Listen to the Workforce panel from GAM’s 2023 Annual Meeting https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/3680/2023/05/Workforce-Panel-Audio-for-Web.mp3 At GAM’s 2023 Annual Meeting, Director of Workforce Development Stephanie Scearce hosted a discussion to learn how Newton County began engaging high school students in manufacturing and the challenges and successes experienced along the way. In this panel we…

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2023 Annual Meeting Video

2023 Annual Meeting Video Just a taste of what it was like to join us at Hotel Effie in Sandestin, Florida, for our 2023 Annual Meeting. GAM 2023 Annual Meeting Recap

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Get to Know Stephanie Scearce

Get to Know Stephanie Scearce Stephanie Scearce, Director, Workforce Development Stephanie Scearce joined GAM as the Director of Workforce Development in February of 2023. A native of Blue Ridge, she has committed her career to advancing workforce development issues and solutions.   Why she was attracted to the role: What pulled me to this position…

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Workforce Development Outlook

Workforce Development Outlook Workforce Development Outlook Workforce continues to be the most critical issue facing Manufacturers in Georgia and across America. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia has over 640,000 annual occupational openings each year, with over 36,000 in production and an additional 23,000 in installation, maintenance, and repair occupations. Furthermore, Georgia Manufacturing…

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