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Power Up Graduation

MARIETTA, GA (April 14, 2021) - WorkSource Cobb and Prime Power recognized the participants in their Power Up initiative, a pre-apprenticeship program supported through a grant by Atlanta CareerRise, at a live and virtual graduation celebration on Wednesday, April 14. Guest speakers including Cobb County Chairwoman, Lisa Cupid, and District Four Commissioner, Monique Sheffield, shared their inspirational wisdom and congratulations.

The program's purpose was to increase economic mobility and reduce racial inequities through skilled trades training for minority and low-income populations. The program would also act as a catalyst to strengthen the talent pipeline for employers in the energy industry by bridging the skills-gap and cultivating an intentional pipeline of entry-level workers from underserved populations.

"Our responsibility as a workforce agency is to provide resources and services to support employers and job seekers alike. Apprenticeship programs such as this one offer an ideal solution for quickly training skilled workers to fill pipelines," says CobbWorks, Inc. CEO Sonya Grant. "By targeting underserved populations, we hope to create a long-term meaningful impact on the community."

Prime Power, a leading provider of emergency power system (EPS) services in Georgia and throughout the Southeast United States, served as the program partner and training provider. "We believe in the power of equitable education and think every person deserves an opportunity to unlock his or her potential," says Prime Power President Adam Mathes. "We hope the students who go through our apprenticeship program will have opportunities to pursue resilient career options they otherwise wouldn't."

As a part of their celebratory day and the final step in their program, the eight graduates interviewed with several companies from industries ranging from transportation to solar technologies. Also interviewing that day, Prime Power offered positions to three of the eight graduates.