Gulfstream Aerospace of Savannah was the recent site of the first in a series of four sustainability workshops for recipients of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation grant, as well as industry leaders from Georgia. The workshop was held at Gulfstream’s Research and Design Development Complex and is the company’s first “green construction” building.
This grant, awarded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, is research based and awarded to innovative sustainability-related programs. Georgia Institute of Technology received the grant as a joint effort between Michael Chang of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems and Mary Hallisey-Hunt of the Strategic Energy Institute and includes founding partners, Georgia Southern University, Ogeechee Technical College, and the University of Georgia. The program, entitled “Vertical Integration of Research and Technical, Undergraduate and graduate Education for Sustainability (VIRTUES)," will offer yearlong collaboration opportunities between Georgia’s public and private universities and colleges and the manufacturing companies that will be seeking their graduates. Specific emphasis will be placed on creating a more sustainable Georgia workforce to take on the increasing technical and business challenges that will be necessary to preserve the planet for future generations.
VIRTUES will host four workshops around the state of Georgia and at various units of the university and technical college system with the goal of producing an educational “roadmap” for creating the type of vertically integrated workforce that is required for the “Next Industrial Revolution.” The workshops will include participation from private sector employers, the state and regional economic development offices, and state, county, and municipal officials for the purpose of identifying gaps in the current higher educational system and needs for the future. The final roadmap will act as a guide to further develop academic programs and allow them to coordinate these programs with other academic units and industry to produce a more competent, innovative workforce.
Angie Rosengart, Public Relations and Grants Coordinator, and Norm Threatt, Instructor of Electrical Construction and Maintenance, represented Ogeechee Technical College at the workshop.
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