Polk County’s proximity to the metro Atlanta and Rome, Georgia labor markets gives employers access to both intermediate and higher skilled workers. The Polk County labor force is an educated one, with 40% having some college coursework. Additionally, Polk County has a growing bilingual population.
Labor Force Activity
Polk County draws workers from a seven-county area in west Georgia and east Alabama. The 2010 U.S. Census shows that more than 47% of Polk County workers – more than 11,000 – commute to work outside of Polk County and would be potentially available to relocating and/or expanding industries offering jobs closer to home.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is responsive to the training needs of employers and, at its Polk County campus in Rockmart, offers programs in Business, Health, Industrial, and Public Service Technologies. The campus also houses the Georgia Power Technology Education Center, demonstrating a strong partnership with the private sector. GNTC is also the provider in Polk County of Georgia’s acclaimed Quick Start program. Quick Start works with qualified companies to establish custom employee training programs, either on campus or on site, at no cost to the employer.
Polk County College & Career Academy (PCCCA)
Polk County College & Career Academy (PCCCA) was created in a collaborative effort in 2014 to address the needs of business and industry in the community. The goal of the Academy is to create a skilled workforce with the advanced academic knowledge, 21st century technical skill, and desired work ethic of local business and industry to ensure success in a dynamic global economy.
Polk School District currently offers many career pathways in the areas of CTAE, Fine Arts, World Languages, and Advanced Academics to emphasize the importance of college and career readiness and to prepare students for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers while also meeting the workforce needs of local business and industry with customized programs such as HON's Project SUCCESS.
PCCCA will continue the work of the school district with its distinctive career pathways, post-secondary education (through GNTC and Georgia Highlands College) and career readiness and preparation of students for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers while also serving as a charter school that is flexible and adaptable; technology-rich; responsive to student and teacher needs; recognizes and extends learning beyond the traditional classroom; incorporates personalized instruction, internships and dual enrollment opportunities; and ensures that graduates are college and career ready, experienced and work-savvy.