ATLANTA, GA., July 26, 2016 – As part of the company’s continuing commitment to support workforce development efforts and strong local economies, AT&T announces Lanier Technical College Foundation as the winner of the inaugural $20k for 2020 workforce development competition. Lanier Technical College Foundation competed with six other organizations from across the state to generate social media activity in support of their work in the community.

“We were thrilled to participate in AT&T’s $20k for 2020 competition, and we were so happy to see the support from the community throughout the contest,” said Ray Perren, President of Lanier Technical College. “We appreciate all opportunities to tell our story and highlight the successes of our students and staff, and this competition allowed our story to generate even greater levels of support to spur future successes through our workforce development program.”

“All of the organizations who were competing in AT&T’s $20k for 2020 competition are true assets in their communities, doing the vital work to identify and address the needs of our workforce here in Georgia,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “The response from the communities associated with this competition makes it clear that the skills that these organizations are developing in Georgians all across the state are invaluable.”

The Lanier Technical College Foundation supports the goals of Lanier Technical College – the foremost workforce development resource for Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Jackson, and Lumpkin counties.

“The business community has long been a strong partner of workforce development initiatives in the state, and it is encouraging and exciting to see this kind of creative approach by AT&T to highlight the hard work being done by educators and students across Georgia. Hard work that is keeping Georgia attractive to employers who are bringing quality careers to the Peach State,” said State Senator Butch Miller.

With the state’s recent ranking as the number one state in which to do business, AT&T’s $20k for 2020 competition is designed to highlight organizations that are engaged in education and workforce development efforts around Georgia. In this, the first year of the competition, organizations from communities across the state were recognized for their work to engage business, community and educational leaders to address local workforce needs and further position Georgia as the best place to do business in the country.

Dekalb Workforce Development and Savannah Technical College finished second and third respectively in the final tally. The four remaining organizations that competed for the $20k for 2020 prize were:

• Chattahoochee Technical College – Veterans Center
• Communities in Schools – Augusta/Richmond County
• Middle Georgia Regional Commission 


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About Lanier Technical College

Lanier Technical College offers over 40 programs of study in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service. More information about Lanier Technical College may be obtained by calling 770.533.7000 or by visiting Lanier Technical College is a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


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