With a deep history in the granite industry and manufacturing, Elbert County is a community known for its hard working and highly skilled labor force. Because of the access to workers and available land, Elbert County, Elberton and Bowman are attractive destinations for both emerging and traditional industries across many sectors of business.
Proximity to the renowned higher education institutions of the University of Georgia in Athens (35 miles) and Clemson University in South Carolina (50 miles) allows area businesses to access a pool of talented young professionals. Adding these bachelor and graduate degree recipients to the pool of graduates from Athens Technical College Elbert Campus and Elbert County High School, the area will continue to provide a pipeline of skilled and capable workers across multiple industries.
Source: Georgia Department of Labor Area Labor Profile, Feb. 2020
Source: Georgia Department of Labor, 2019
Source: Georgia Department of Labor, 2018 Yearly Averages
The Elbert County Campus of Athens Technical College serves more than 500 credit students from Elbert, Hart and Wilkes counties, and other surrounding counties. Athens Technical College is a valuable community resource, providing technical education, career training and economic development resources such as customized training, continuing education and industry certifications.
Programs of study include diesel equipment technology, welding, industrial systems technology, precision machining and manufacturing, health information management, electrical construction and maintenance, among others. Non-credit workforce development programs are taught on-site at the company or at the campus and can be scheduled to accommodate all shifts. Athens Tech administers the Georgia Quick Start and the Retraining Tax Credit programs for clients in its service area.
Each year, area colleges and universities grant thousands of bachelor and graduate degrees to students across a variety of academic fields. These talented graduates are eager to make an impact in the workforce and are available to fill entry level, associate, and management roles, depending on your open positions and business type.
With a four-year graduation rate of 90.5%, Elbert County High School is outpacing the state average by more than eight percentage points. Advanced academic opportunities at the high school include honors courses, AP courses and dual enrollment through Athens Tech. The middle school offers four courses for high school credit to qualified eighth graders. In 2018, 96% of ECHS graduates were Career Pathway completers and ECHS is home to the only Granite Technology Pathway in the state.