Workforce development includes a range of activities, policies, and programs offered by educational institutions, public and private social service providers, economic developers, and businesses to create, sustain and retain a viable workforce that can support a sustainable economy.
There are several providers of workforce training programs in the Savannah, Chatham County area. This directory does not offer the definitive list but highlights major providers and community-based training and adult education programs. Individuals interested in pursuing post-secondary degrees or other certificates have several public and private institutions from which to choose, only a few of which are listed here.
Armstrong State University
Armstrong State University offers more than 100 options with associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees and certificates to prepare students for careers in Education, Liberal Arts, Health Professions, and Science and Technology.
Savannah State University
Savannah State University offers programs in the College of Business Administration, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Technology, and the School of Teacher Education which lead to baccalaureate and master’s degrees.
Savannah Technical College
Savannah Technical College (STC) offers nearly 150 options with associate degree, diploma and certificate programs that prepare students for careers in the industrial, business, computer, health sciences and other fields.
STC also offers basic education, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Accelerating Opportunity (allows individuals without a high school diploma to enroll in select career programs while working towards their GED). Its Fast Track program provides customized training for employers seeking to train new hires for specialized skills.
Coastal Workforce Investment Board
Coastal Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) administers job search, training and placement services. It also certifies On-the-Job training programs and offers local employers connections to job seekers. OJT provides reimbursements to employers to help cover costs associated with skills upgrade training. Its work is funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).
Community-based organizations serving low- to moderate-income individuals recognize that in most instances meeting the basic needs of an individual through social safety nets is a necessary component to sustainable economic security. Workforce development from this perspective is defined as a combination of social services, community supports, job training and education that positions an individual for success in the workforce.