Port focuses on potential clients

Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM.

Workforce needs

Loretta Costin, director of Gulf Coast State College’s Gulf/Franklin campus, said the night welding class created in collaboration with Gulf District Schools has 17 students and the class will begin again in February once that class graduates.

Costin said the college is exploring all possibilities for assisting in addressing workforce needs as tenants begin arriving at the Port of Port St. Joe.

“The welding class is a short-term solution, but we are also looking at more long-term solutions, up to and including renting a facility to bring in more instructors and provide more course options,” Costin said. “We want to be a position to ramp that up when the need arises.”

Gonzalez said workforce development and addressing workforce needs is an issue across the country and having the Gulf/Franklin Center was essential.

“It is a challenge everywhere,” Gonzalez said. “Having partnerships like that is huge, huge.”


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