About 7,537 Dodge County, Georgia residents participate, or desire to participate in the workforce. An unemployment rate of 10% in 2014 indicates the availability of workers to staff new and expanding ventures. Dodge County’s capable and primarily non-union labor force has strong and loyal work ethics. Dodge County, Georgia has access to an expanded labor pool, attracting more than 25% of its labor force from the seven-county region that collectively forms our labor-draw area, and combined with Dodge County makes for a pool of more than 45,000 workers.
To prepare workers for the jobs coming into the area, Eastman-Dodge County has access to multiple workforce training and employment initiatives.
- Bachelor’s degrees in professional flight, air traffic control, airport management and logistics
- Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in flight, aircraft structural, avionics and aircraft maintenance.
MGSU’s Eastman Campus is located adjacent to the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport and provides a steady supply of quality-trained entry level workers to Eastman-Dodge County’s growing aviation industries.
For advanced manufacturing, Dodge-Eastman Development Authority can assist companies in securing Quick Start training prior to a company beginning operations. Developed as an incentive for companies to locate in Georgia, Quick Start provides job specific training for Georgians to enter the workforce in the state's new and expanding industries. This free State of Georgia-sponsored training is provided locally through Oconee Fall Line Technical College.
The Eastman Campus of Georgia Military College offers:
- Associate of Arts (AA) is most suitable for those continuing an education in Liberal Arts
- Associate of Science (AS) is geared towards studying the sciences and behavioral sciences
Each degree includes the core curriculum that mirrors the core requirements of most senior level colleges as well as elective courses in selected areas of study (the concentration) that are foundation courses in the specific fields of study.
Georgia Military College’s Eastman Campus is located in Dodge County, five minutes from Dodge County High School. Nestled in downtown Eastman, Georgia, this campus provides easy access to educational opportunity to traditional students and those seeking a continuing education.
The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission offers workforce development services at the One-Stop Career Center in Eastman, Georgia, including an On-the-Job Training or OJT program provided by the Workforce Investment Act. An employer hiring an OJT worker will be reimbursed up to 50% of the employee's wages for a specified training period. The training period is usually four to six weeks, but can be as long as six months for a highly technical job.
Dodge County One-Stop
5116 5th Ave.
Eastman, Georgia 31023
Eastman-Dodge County is working toward becoming a Georgia WorkSmart Community by working with local industry and educators to create registered apprenticeships. Dodge County Schools’ apprenticeship programs are offered to students pursuing a Tech Prep or Tech Prep Plus diploma. Apprenticeship areas include Teacher Cadet, Child Care, Heating and Air, Aircraft-Sheet Metal, and Health Occupations, and are offered through dual enrollment with Oconee Fall Line Technical College.
The Career Center can also connect employers to qualified job contenders. Through the Center, employers can advertise job openings on the state’s Job Information System and obtain information about recruitment, including mass recruiting, online and broadcasted job posting, employee references and on-site interviewing.