Labor in Butts County, Georgia includes technical and skilled labor for advanced manufacturing and logistics. Butts County’s location equidistant between the labor markets of metropolitan Atlanta and Macon, Georgia gives employers access to higher skilled white-collar workers as well. The Butts County labor force is an educated one, with more than 75% having a high school diploma and more than 32% having some college coursework.
Greater Butts County Area Talent Supply
Southern Crescent Technical College has a campus center in Jackson, Georgia that offers college classes in the fields of nurse aide, patient care assistant, commercial truck driving, and diesel equipment technology. Southern Crescent Technical College develops programs that are designed to meet the changing needs of the regional economy with the flexibility and creativity necessary to sustain the workforce of the future.
Butts County residents also have access to campuses of top colleges and universities in metropolitan Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, including Clayton State University, Gordon State College, Point University, and Mercer University, among others.
New and expanding businesses in Butts County may qualify for free pre- and post-employment training for employees through Georgia’s Quick Start program, consistently recognized in the top three of training programs in the U.S.
Quick Start can customize training in industries as varied as Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, Aviation, Bioscience, Business Operations, Food Processing, and Distribution. Quick Start is designed to be flexible and to respond immediately to each company's needs. Training can take place at the company’s Butts County facility or at a location arranged by Quick Start. The training schedules are also flexible.
The Butts County School System, fully accredited by AdvancED/SACS, educates approximately 3,400 students in grades Pre-K through 12 at three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The teaching staff is 100% highly qualified, and 39% hold Masters degrees, 18% hold Specialist degrees and 3% hold Doctoral degrees. The school district’s mission statement is “To provide an environment where students and adults expect more and become more,” which involves raising expectations for student achievement, organizational effectiveness, and relationships and perceptions.
Jackson High School has an 85.7% graduation rate, compared to the Georgia rate of 78.8%, and is a Georgia Advanced Placement Stem School and an AP Honor Roll school. The school system is investing in technology and plans to place a keyboard in every student’s hands by 2021. In addition to academics, investments are being made in fine arts, athletics and service to better prepare students for the future.
To help prepare students for the workforce, Butts County Schools participate in Georgia’s Move on When Ready dual enrollment program, which allows high school students to take degree-level core courses through Southern Crescent Technical College and earn college and high school credit simultaneously. Students can also take occupational classes with a Southern Crescent Tech diploma or technical certificate program, gaining hands-on experience and a jumpstart in a career.
Butts County students also have convenient access to dual enrollment through Gordon State College.
The Butts County School System also partners with Griffin Region College and Career Academy which is willing to tailor a program to meet a company’s needs, while currently offering programs in:
Soon to come are aviation programs in structural repair and flight operations.