Labor Force and Unemployment

Rockmart Cedartown Polk County Polk Area 45-min. Drive Time
Labor Force 2,097 4,585 18,522 209,285 370,955
Unemployment 5.4% 6.3% 4.2% 3.8% 3.2%

*Polk Area includes, Bartow, Floyd, Haralson, Paulding, Georgia counties and Cherokee and Cleburn, Alabama counties

Sources: ESRI, U.S. Census, Georgia Dept. of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STATs

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Education Attainment

  • 6.1% Graduate Degree
  • 9.0% Bachelor's Degree
  • 6.1% Associate Degree
  • 28.8% Some College
  • 82.2% Completed High School

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Polk Area

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Technical and Career Education

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC)

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is responsive to the training needs of employers and, at its Polk County campus in Rockmart, offers programs in Business, Health, Industrial, and Public Service Technologies. The campus also houses the Georgia Power Technology Education Center, demonstrating a strong partnership with the private sector.

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Quick Start

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is also the provider in Polk County of Georgia’s acclaimed Quick Start program. Quick Start works with qualified companies to establish custom employee training programs, either on campus or on site, at no cost to the employer.

Top 10 Technical College Certificates (2019)

Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 753
Welding Technology/Welder 705
Business Administration and Management, General 473
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 346
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 344
Child Care Provider/Assistant 313
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 280
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 247
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator 221
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications 207

Source: Georgia Department of Labor Area Labor Profile, 2019

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Polk County College & Career Academy (PCCCA)

Polk County College & Career Academy (PCCCA) was created in a collaborative effort in 2014 to address the needs of business and industry in the community. Polk School District requires all students, as part of the local graduation requirement, to complete a career pathway and nearly 2,000 students are enrolled at PCCCA every school year. Across two campuses, PCCCA provides the opportunities for students to meet the district requirement while preparing them for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers that also meet the workplace needs of local business and industry.

In addition to the career and technical pathways available at PCCCA, the Polk School District currently offers many career pathways in the areas of Fine Arts, World Languages, and Advanced Academics to emphasize the importance of college and career readiness.

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Polk County Schools also partner with Georgia Northwestern Technical College, the Polk County Chamber of Commerce, the HON Company and Great Promise Partnership in Project SUCCESS. Students attend a GNTC class after school, four days a week, then work in manufacturing at a competitive wage from 4-9 p.m. The program provides students with work-based learning in manufacturing along with course credit to give them a head start on post-secondary education or a career path.

Students apply for Project SUCCESS through the Polk School District College & Career Academy. The College & Career Academy fast-tracks high school students to a lifetime of success in competitive career fields. The College & Career Academy's partnership with Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Georgia Highlands College also creates increased dual-enrollment opportunities to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. This combination of advanced academics and technical skill, with an embedded focus on work ethic, is a win-win for students, parents, local industry and the community.

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