Area officials are hoping to convince local 18-24 year olds of career opportunities in order to fill employment holes for businesses.
Shannon Jones of Henry County Job and Family Services and Jay Miller of Northwest State Community College met with the Henry County commissioners Tuesday to discuss work force development.
"We're trying to focus on the 18-24 year olds with the realization this is a long game," Miller said.
Miller said private public partnerships are important, especially for training, and Commissioner Glenn Miller agreed, adding he believes local companies are coming around to that way of thinking.
"We have companies here in the county that have recognized, looking at the long term, we have to bite the bullet," Commissioner Miller said.
He referenced Automatic Feed which started a program several years ago partnering with county schools to get students into an engineering program.
Commissioner Miller said the program would certainly help Automatic Feed, but it helps other companies also by preparing students for a career in engineering.
"They have a nice pool of up and coming engineers that they can grab hold of," Commissioner Miller said.