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Office of Economic Development


In this day and age, workforce development is a critical need of the global economy.  As a result, the Office of Economic Development at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is committed to being a solution provider to employers combatting workforce challenges.

GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia that provides technical education to citizens throughout its nine-county service area across Northwest Georgia.  Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, GNTC offers a comprehensive range of associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.  Furthermore, through the Office of Economic Development, GNTC offers flexibility to employers by providing customized workforce training, both for immediate and future needs.

At the Office of Economic Development, we are here to be an unlimited resource partner to our companies and communities.  Whether learning about our various programs of studies, apprenticeship opportunities, customized training, financial assistance, or utilizing the services of Continuing Education, the sky is the limit as to what GNTC can do to meet the needs of its customers.

While our focus is to build relationships within our service area, I also encourage you to facilitate a connection with our team.  Doing so will expose you to the many resources and opportunities GNTC has to offer.  At the end of the day, your success is our business, and why we continuously strive to be Northwest Georgia’s premier workforce development partner.

Stephanie Scearce,  Vice President of Economic Development

Stephanie Scearce

Vice President of Economic Development.

What We Do

The Office of Economic Development serves the workforce development needs of Northwest Georgia by offering customized training solutions to employers, as well as professional continuing education courses to individuals throughout its services area.  In addition, we are actively involved in the recruitment of new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses in partnership with various local and state partners.

Flexible Offerings

Whether at one of our six campus locations or at a company site, the Office of Economic Development offers a variety of flexible training options ranging from leadership, workplace safety, industrial maintenance, computer skills, and professional development.  Whatever the need, our mission is to customize the solution.

Through the year, we offer standardized continuing education courses at any of our given campuses.  Upon request, standardized courses may be customized and delivered on the company site to satisfy specific workforce training needs.  For more information about our continuing education courses, please click the schedule below.  For more information about customizing continuing education courses, please contact us at 706-295-6994 or email Economic Development.

Available Incentives

When collaborating with the Office of Economic Development for your workforce development training needs, a wide variety of incentives are available to help offset your training costs.

QuickStart Logo

Part of the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Quick Start provides customized training solutions to qualifying new and expanding companies at no cost as a discretionary incentive of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  When serving customers, Georgia Quick Start helps assess workers, trains new employees on unique processes, and develops customized job-specific training using the most current techniques and media.

Georgia Retraining Tax Credit

Part of a company’s direct investment in training existing full-time employees on new technology or equipment may be claimed as a tax credit.  The credit is available to all Georgia businesses that file a Georgia income tax return.  Training programs must be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), and training in quality and productivity enhancements, certain software technologies, or new equipment.

The tax credit value is calculated at 50% of the employer’s direct costs, up to $500 per employee per approved retraining program per year. The total amount of credit for one employee cannot exceed $1,250 per year.  Retraining Tax Credits can be used to offset up to 50% of the company’s state corporate income tax liability and can be carried forward for 10 years if they are not used during a tax year.

Training Reimbursement Programs

  • Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) – The IWTP is funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is designed to provide funding assistance to qualifying Georgia for-profit businesses to provide skills training to full-time, permanent company workers.  The training must be a business necessity that will enhance the company’s abilities to compete in global economies, expand present markets, or help ensure the permanency (layoff aversion) of business in Georgia.

    For the work, the training will upgrade present work skills, heighten job security, provide marketable skills, and increase the possibilities for higher wages and promotional opportunities.  Funding is based on availability.
  • On the Job Training Program (OJT) - The On the Job Training (OJT) program gives individuals an opportunity to learn job skills on-the-job while allowing employers to train new qualifying employees for specific job duties required by that employer.  The training allows employers to teach new qualified employees the skills necessary to perform a job adequately while reimbursing them for the loss of productivity during the training period. 

    OJT can support large scale hiring while ensuring that a company is able to train its employees correctly. During the training period, an employer can potentially be reimbursed up to 50% of the wages of the participant for up to the first six months of employment.

    OJT contracts may also be applied to employers who participate in Registered Apprenticeships. In limited circumstances, the reimbursement may be up to 75% of the wage rate of the participant.

Contact Us

Our professional staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our business and community partners.  It is our goal to build an effective partnership to provide training that motivates as well as educates.  For more information, contact our office at:

Office of Economic Development
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
One Maurice Culberson Drive
Rome, GA 30161