On Wednesday, the Greater Promise Partnership presented ways in which Coweta businesses can partner with them to provide options to help the educational system and the workforce.

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce hosted the organization along with business owners and representatives.

‘We are so excited about this program,’ said Candace Boothby, president and chief executive officer of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. ‘I think there is a great place for it in Coweta County.’

The GPP is a cooperative education program based on Southwire Company’s successful 12 for Life program. It was designed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia 4-H, and the Fanning Institute with the purpose of helping children succeed.

‘I realized the greatest obstacle was the lack of a trained workforce,’ said Chief Executive Officer of GPP Mike Beatty.

GPP helps those students who have a high risk of not completing high school – the ones who are usually behind, do not qualify to leave school early to work, or have a difficult family life that makes going to school impossible.

‘It’s actually more of a rescue mission,’ added Beatty.

‘We are looking for the kid who does not interview well, has nothing on their resume, but has that potential,’ said GPP Director Lori Heemann Bodine.

Under the partnership, qualifying students would attend school in the morning and then work in the afternoon, finishing their high school degree while earning money and gaining workforce training and experience. Their jobs would be entry-level ones in participating businesses throughout the county.

‘It’s our great promise to your kids,’ said Beatty. ‘We’ll help you succeed. We’ll provide you with the support and tools you need to lead productive lives and play important roles in Georgia’s prosperity.’

GPP works with the school board and other gov­ernment entities to ensure the students are meeting all proper requirements. Carroll County has participated in one of these programs and seen it be successful.

Students who are selected must be 16 years old, qualify for free and reduced lunch, and have a higher risk of not completing high school. Currently, Coweta County is a developing workplace for GPP.