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
"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.