Gap and Atlanta Technical College Launch Job Skills Training Course for Students
Gap Inc. Helps Improve Workforce Competitiveness As Part of White House “Skills for America’s Future” Initiative
Atlanta, GA - February 17, 2011 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced today the start of Gap for Community Colleges, a partnership between Atlanta Technical College and Gap Inc. as part of White House Initiative ‘Skills for America’s Future.’ The program will provide community college students with the skills and knowledge to be successful and competitive in the workforce.
“For more than 40 years, Gap Inc. has been committed to improving education in the communities where we live and work. We are proud to participate in this White House initiative and expand our job training programs to more cities to support efforts to improve the economy. Our hope is that Gap for Community Colleges can be part of the solution to improve workforce competitiveness here in the U.S.,” said Eva Sage-Gavin, Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources & Corporate Affairs.
Starting today, students at Atlanta Technical College will have access to the same comprehensive training curriculum given to Gap store managers. This is the first time Gap will offer this program outside of its own organization. The in-house developed Gap for Community Colleges program is designed to help students get ahead in the career of their choice. The workshop material covers job search preparation materials such as interview skills and resume writing, practical workplace skills such as managing people and setting priorities and how to effectively communicate in the workplace. Students also receive on-the-job experience with an opportunity to job shadow a Gap manager in a store.
The program opens with opportunities for 2000 students to participate in community colleges in seven cities: Atlanta, Metro Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
“We believe that by sharing Gap’s proven training curriculum, community college students will gain valuable skills and experiences that will help them be better prepared for their career goals. This is exactly what is needed to develop a strong talent pool for our stores and the communities where we operate,” said Sherrica Hill, General Manager Gap Atlanta.
“Gap is one of the largest employers in the United States. We hope that by providing our students with access to the same curriculum given to Gap store managers, our students will be better prepared to join the workforce,”said Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College.
In addition to providing tailored workshops, Gap Inc. is offering scholarship assistance and job placement opportunities. Students will be eligible for sixty-five $1000 scholarships. (Scholarship eligibility is based on each community college’s guidelines.) Gap will invite students to apply for a job and expects to hire up to 1,200 students from community colleges in 2011.
‘Skills for America’s Future’ is a White House initiative announced by President Obama on October 4, 2010 focused on maximizing workforce development, job training programs, and job placement for community college students. The initiative is part of a larger effort to empower and educate the American workforce to become more competitive in the global economy.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products, for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands. Fiscal 2010 sales were $14.7 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in over 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-owned stores, about 175 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.
About Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is located in the city of Atlanta, is an accredited institution of higher education that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunity, associate degree, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-art technology in more than 100 fields. The integration of academics and applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, and communities of Fulton and Clayton counties. For more information on Atlanta Technical College, visit www.atlantatech.edu
Terreta A. Rodgers
Atlanta Technical College