Work with Local Communities to Implement a Regional Approach to Workforce Development

Having a well-trained workforce is critical to remaining competitive in the global 21st Century economy. To that end, a regional approach to workforce development is essential. We must improve coordination between educators, workforce organizations, employers and government. This approach ensures every student’s educational success and equitable access to opportunities, career training and skill development.



Federal Workforce Development programs are administered across the Atlanta region to provide an array of services to unemployed and underemployed adults and youths as well as groups of employees who have been laid off from their jobs. Atlanta area workforce programs are designed to ensure that the region’s workforce has the skills, tools and knowledge that employers need in today’s rapidly-changing, technology-driven economy.

ARC’s Workforce Solutions Division serves Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties.

Workforce Solutions services are tailored to meet the needs of individuals and employers. Services include:

  • Educational opportunities, from 4-year colleges to technical schools
  • Professional certification, such as those required in the healthcare and IT fields
  • Soft skills development, including writing, communications, and time management
  • Resume development and job interview preparation
  • GED preparation and testing
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The Atlanta Region Workforce Development Board funds training for growing industries, such as software development

PLAN IN ACTION: Building a Young Mother’s Career in Healthcare

Johnetta and her daughter

ARC’s Workforce Solutions is helping prepare Johnetta Harris for a career in healthcare.

In 2014, former food service worker Johnetta Harris placed her three-year old daughter in the temporary care of her mother in Florida and came to metro Atlanta to make a better life for herself. Through the Gwinnett County Career Resource Center, a program administered by the Atlanta Region Workforce Development Board (ARWDB), Johnetta worked with career counselors on a new career plan.

Johnetta decided to focus on a career as a certified nursing assistant and certified patient care technician – positions that are in great demand. The ARWDB paid for Johnetta to attend training programs in both areas. She’s now pursuing an undergraduate nursing degree to further increase her earning potential.

By the Numbers

Adults offered job search assistance by ARWDB’s four Career Resource Centers and three satellite offices. Another 1,300 youth were helped through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act funding.

New jobs added to the Atlanta region’s employment base from May 2014 to May 2015, the second-fastest growth rate among the nation’s 12 largest metro areas.

the number of job openings in metro Atlanta for software developers, which, on a per capita basis ranks 6th out of the largest 25 metropolitan areas during the same six-month period of 2014.



Metro Atlanta is a dynamic and thriving region that competes globally for business and talent. Maintaining and growing the region’s economy requires collaboration across business sectors and political boundaries.

The Atlanta Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy is bringing these diverse interests together to create a stronger Atlanta region with an economy that is sustainable well into the future. This effort is being implemented by hundreds of volunteers across the region who are working in four committees:

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Developing an Educated Workforce

Goal: Improving K-12 education and helping more of the region’s youth graduate from high school and obtain technical certificates or college diplomas.

Supporting Innovative Entrepreneurs

Goal: Goal: Making metro Atlanta a more nurturing and attractive environment for entrepreneurs by trying to attract venture capital while creating a network of support for start-ups.

Growing Prosperous Businesses

Goal: Better connecting employers with local education institutions, promoting the Atlanta region as an attractive place for companies looking to relocate, and advancing public policy that supports economic competitiveness.

Developing Healthy, Livable Communities

Goal: Attracting and retaining an educated workforce by improving the region’s quality of life – such as walkability, mobility, and access to parks to culture.

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Elevate public education to the top of local, regional and state policy and public awareness
  • Support education leaders in integrating best practices and innovative
    programs to positively impact PreK-12 classrooms
  • Support the creation of, and maturing of, a regional workforce development system
  • Promote the development of skills and education needed for key jobs within the region
  • Improve coordination between education, workforce organizations, employers and government
  • Develop and support comprehensive youth workforce development programs
  • Ensure equitable access for people of all ages, abilities and income levels to educational opportunities, career training, and skills development to match
    employer demands