Richmond County Students Get Closer Look At Manufacturing Careers

Photo of Richmond County students at Augusta's Textron/EZ-GO manufacturing facility.
Photo of Richmond County students at Augusta's Textron/EZ-GO manufacturing facility.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The Augusta Economic Development Authority and the Richmond County School System are teaming up get local students a closer look at manufacturing careers.

A first of its kind summit brought 200 hundred students into facilities they could one day work for.

The sights and sounds of making golf cars were part of a unique learning experience for area high schoolers.

“I couldn’t lie, I didn’t even know what EZ-GO was…” said Hephzibah High School student Jaylen Spencer.

Students like Jaylen got a first-hand look into the operations of Augusta’s Textron facility – and maybe their own futures. “I thought an assembly line was going to just be people in a row.”

Students at TextronInstead, these people are part of Augusta’s booming manufacturing industry. “The CSRA has great demand for talent,” said Anthony Williams, from Textron.

Talent is a demand companies like Textron are trying to stay ahead of by grooming students…

“I’m looking forward to getting out of school,” said Hephzibah High School student Wyatt Smith

….into potential employees.

“Instead of bringing people in from outside, we need to grow them at home,” Williams told us.

Textron is growing. The company recently announced about 400 new jobs new jobs over the span of 5 years at the Augusta site. “You can see the different jobs that are here. You can see the environment in which you would work in, you can see the culture,” said plant manager Heather Meyer.

It is a culture, company officials say, has changed over the years and, in reality…

“The line is not like what you see in commercials…” Wyatt added.

…It’s a promising future most young people never imagined.

“It’s pretty cool. I’d like to work here one day,” Jaylen remarked.

Thursday’s summit was a first for economic development and the school system. They say they’re working to host it again and looking to get parents involved in the future.

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