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SAVANNAH, GA - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal stopped at JCB in Pooler on Monday to sign House Bill 744. Part of the legislation provides additional financial assistance to students attending technical colleges.

The hope is to create more skilled workers for growing industries in Georgia like manufacturing.

Savannah Technical College student William Geggatt is finishing up his welding diploma and is glad he went with a trade rather than a four-year degree.

"More bang for your buck, you save a lot more money, and have more chances to get a job,” said Geggatt.

Dr. Ken Boyd, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, said the demand for workers in this area with this specialty is up.

"It’s almost a chore to work with industry to not hire them before they graduate. They know exactly at that point in their curriculum where that student can step in to that job, they have enough basic skills for that entry level position,” said Dr. Boyd.

One of the places grads are finding work is JCB.

"We employ welders, technicians, assemblers, facility manufactures, fabrication, and more,” said JCB VP of Operations, Stuart Hughes.

Stuart Hughes, the JCB Vice President of Operations, said they have 15 Savannah Tech grads on the payroll.

"We know that the candidates they will provide us with are going to be exceptionally well trained,” said Hughes.

Geggatt said his future options are endless.

"Since welding is in demand everywhere I feel I can get a job just about anywhere in the world,” said Geggatt.

The other certificate or diploma programs expected to get more financial assistance in the fall include: diesel mechanics, commercial truck driving, early childhood education, practical nursing, health programs, and information technology/computer programming.

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