September 7, 2004
For more information, contact: Kimberly Stark at (901) 333-4023
Southwest and Georgia Tech
Training Partnership brings Premier Safety Training to Mid-South
Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Department of Continuing
Education and Community Partnerships and Georgia Tech have created a
partnership to teach occupational safety training to industry in the
“Georgia Tech selected Southwest as one of only six regional partners
because of Southwest’s reputation of presenting an array of professional
education and training initiatives to its corporate partners through its
Division of Workforce Development and Continuing Education,” said Dr.
Ralph Chumbley, executive director of Continuing Education and Community
Partnerships. “Other major colleges and universities with which Georgia
Tech has partnered include Florida Atlanta University, Florida Community
College – Jacksonville, North Carolina State, University of South
Carolina, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville.”
Georgia Tech created its Institute of Technology and Professional
Education in association with its comprehensive Global Learning Center.
Georgia Tech’s Institute of Technology is, in turn, sanctioned by the
U.S. government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
to be the sole training agency for occupational safety program in Region
4, the southeastern United States.
Future areas of expansion for both institutions to explore include
courses in aerospace, architecture, art, asbestos abatement,
bioengineers, chemical engineering, city planning, civil engineering,
chemical engineering, defensive electronics, electronic engineering,
energy, environmental management, hazardous materials training, infrared
technology, logistics, management, materials science and engineering,
power systems, radar, space technology, sustainable facilities and
infrastructure, transportation, and wireless and antenna engineering.
The creation of a partnership with Georgia Tech enhances the stature of
Southwest’s workforce development efforts by several-fold with its
business and industrial partners. An alliance such as this one
underscores the fact that Southwest is dedicated to implementing quality
workforce training in the southwest Tennessee area.
“The finest safety training will now be available to Southwest’s
corporate partners,” states Chumbley. “We encourage you to contact us
for your training needs.” Persons interested in obtaining information
about the Southwest – Georgia Tech partnership should contact the
Department of Continuing Education and Community Partnerships at (901)
333-4207 or Tim Davis at (901) 333-4112 for other industry training