ATLANTA -- Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins wants to offer more diplomas to more students in health care fields.
There’s a plan for new offerings in radiology, cardiovascular technology and practical nursing, among other areas. That much growth could use a new building, which will cost about $17 million.
It’s not on the state shortlist for spending next fiscal year, but that list is not finalized yet and college President Ivan Allen said he hopes it is time.
“The health care field will continue to need a new and skilled workforce,” Allen said as he and other Technical College System of Georgia leaders came to the state Capitol to watch budget hearings and show support for their own projects.
There is already a site for the envisioned 78,000-square-foot health sciences building. Houston Healthcare, whose properties include Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital, has pledged up to 10 acres on Cohen Walker Drive for a medical campus expansion.
Allen predicted that an expanded school would have a close working relationship with the company. The adjacent Cancer Care Center needs people skilled in the latest types of medical imaging, he noted.
“Those are things we can teach and get people to work,” he said.
The building did not make Gov. Nathan Deal’s recommendations for spending next year.
However, the state House and state Senate make the final decision on spending for the next 18 months. Their proposals will be published in the coming weeks and ratified by about mid-April. House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire, supports the school building.
And as state agency heads explained their annual spending on the third floor of the state Capitol Tuesday, downstairs, Deal announced his own project to get Georgians into skilled jobs.
His office is going to start trying to steer people into skilled labor trades with an effort headlined by Mike Rowe, executive producer and host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” Under the Go Build Georgia label, they will publicize earnings, prospects and training not in health care but in other kinds of jobs that TCSG schools teach, such as welding, electronics, drafting and aerospace technology.
Rowe’s show puts him on construction sites, oil derricks and other industrial venues as he profiles people with dangerous, difficult or strange jobs. He appeared in a similar project next door called Go Build Alabama.
Some 16,500 jobs in skilled trades will come open in Georgia in the next year, Deal’s office says.
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