Students receive technical certifications through new jumpstart program


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Finding a job is not easy for some people. But, there is help available from local organizations in Macon, who cater to job placement.

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission Workforce Development Department and Central Georgia Technical College partnered to help individuals gain the tools needed to get a job.

E3 Career Jumpstart is a four-week program that allows adults to earn technical certifications.

Students learn workplace fundamentals and receive resume building tips. They also get job readiness training and attend empowerment seminars.

“It showed me things that I haven’t previously known as far as dealing with the computer, Microsoft Word and Excel and just all of the options and the possibilities and the things you can do with it,” says Wadler Gauthier who graduated with a certification.

Spokesperson with the workforce development department, Tyler Garrison says, “We see resumes come through the door where there is nothing on it but by the time they graduate from this program we’ve see them really be able to be confident and turn the resumes in to employers because now they have something on there they are proud of they’ve accomplished.”

The program also offers consumer credit counseling so that once they find a job, they will know how to manage their finances.

“If we develop or actually track back how we develop our particular mindsets with our money and learn to manage money better, as well as credit, then we can have better lives,” financial coach Daquanis Harvey adds.

Some of the students have already accepted positions.

“I was very prepared for the interview. The questions that they asked were the things we were taught in class and they asked specifically the way it was taught,” Terrilyn Taylor who participated explains.

A graduation ceremony was held on Thursday. Community members spoke to the graduating class as they applauded them for their success.

“This will allow them to be able to compete when they go out into their place for those jobs they are certified in,” Workforce Development Board Chair, Theresa Robinson adds.

The E3 Career Jumpstart Program is offered each month. The next class begins in mid September. Anyone 18 or older can sign up by calling (478) 751-6160.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!