TCSG Represents Georgia at National Job Quality Academy in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC–The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) was selected to participate and represent Georgia in the nation’s first-ever Job Quality Academy, which kicked off in Washington, DC.

The Job Quality Academy was established this year by the U.S. Department of Labor and designed and operated by Jobs For the Future (JFF), a national workforce development organization. The program aims to enhance state and local workforce development systems by increasing jobseeker access to good jobs, and improving resources provided to businesses to successfully employ and retain skilled workers.

TCSG will lead Georgia’s delegation of five workforce development leaders participating in the program and will spend the next 4-5 months receiving intensive training and assistance toward developing a job quality action plan for Georgia’s workforce development system, WorkSource Georgia. The Georgia delegation includes representatives from TCSG, Georgia’s State Workforce Development Board, and Georgia’s Local Workforce Development Boards:  

  • Brandon Ona, Director of Business Services, TCSG
  • Chris Tobiasson, Apprentice Coordinator, Atlanta Ironworkers, JAC
  • Kellie Brownlow, Chief Mission Officer, First Step Staffing
  • Theresa Fisher, Career Center Director, Carrollton High School
  • Sonya Grant, President & CEO, CobbWorks, Inc.

“Georgia has seen unprecedented job growth in the past few years, much of which is breathing new life into communities across the state where jobs had historically been declining. TCSG institutions and WorkSource Georgia are local access points that can connect Georgians to these good jobs and new career paths, and we are committed to making that process as streamlined and supportive as possible for Georgia workers and businesses,” said Karen Kirchler, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Workforce Development at TCSG.

TCSG was one of 16 teams selected to participate in the Job Quality Academy, which is part of the overall U.S. Department of Labor Good Jobs Initiative. 

To learn more about WorkSource Georgia, visit 

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit

About the Office of Workforce Development

The Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Workforce Development is the administrator of WorkSource Georgia, the state’s federally-funded employment and training system, working to connect talent with opportunity. At a local level, the Office of Workforce Development provides Workforce Innovation of Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds and technical assistance to the 19 Local Workforce Development Areas across the state. WIOA funds are allotted to dislocated workers, low-income adults and youth and administered specifically through services geared toward helping disadvantaged citizens obtain meaningful employment. For more information visit


Mark D’Alessio – Executive Director of Communications
Technical College System of Georgia 


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