Workforce and Training


Partnering with our secondary and k-12 educational institutions and training programs, Sumter County offers ample workforce training and development options to meet the needs of your business. Whether it is the k-12 systems initiating a pipeline of students and future workforce, secondary education resources for targeted training, job fairs and pre-employment screenings, there are options to meet all demands.  See below for partners, programs and workforce data.

Maintaining a Workforce and Talent Pipeline

Staying in tune with business and industry workforce needs, the community partners to ensure an ongoing pipeline of talent is continuously trained and readily available to ensure industry stability and growth.

K12 Institutions Initiating a Workforce Pipeline

The Sumter County School District serves over 4,700 students from Americus, Leslie, Desoto and Plains.  Teachers, administrators, support staff members and the Board of Education are committed to achieving the mission of graduating all students.

Located on a 55-acre campus in Americus, Georgia, Southland Academy has three-year kindergarten through twelfth grade classes.  Southland was established to make available a quality educational program for those who seek such a challenge and to expose the student body to a Christian atmosphere that is conducive to learning, and to provide all the facets of education upon which good citizenship is founded.

Secondary Institutions Providing Higher Education Training

Georgia Southwestern State University cultivates excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs.

South Georgia Technical College offers a wide variety of associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. From Welding, Culinary Arts, and Criminal Justice to Marketing Management, Aerospace programs, and Early Childhood Care and Education, SGTC has extensive capacity to address industry training needs.  The programs are uniquely designed by combining classroom and hands-on training to provide real life skills and experiences.

Georgia’s Internationally Acclaimed Workforce Development Program

Quick Start is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed workforce development program that provides training to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses.

Workforce and Labor Pools

Sumter County maintains a labor force of 12,000+ in the community, and over 300,000 within commuting distance.  With industrial manufacturing leading the workforce, a wide array of sectors can be found in Sumter County.  From mining to moldings and millworks, plastic and metal fabrication to contact centers and more, a wide array of sectors are represented in the community.  Agriculture continues to thrive and serve as the leading local economic impactor, with dairy, cotton, peanuts and fruits and vegetables leading the way.  Average wage rates create an opportunity for citizens to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and for business and industry to find the workforce to meet demands.

The Sumter County Labor Profile as provided by the Georgia Department of Labor provides a snapshot of the labor pool.

Sumter County supports a labor pool of over 12,000 citizens to meet the needs of business and industry.  Additionally, there is a labor pool of over 300,000 within an hour’s drive of the community.

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Sumter County Labor Wages (2nd Quarter, 2017)

Average Weekly Wages – All Industries $685

Average Annual Wages – All Industries  $33,552

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Sumter County targets the Contact Center Industry for relocations and expansions.  With capacity to seat 400+ agent cubicles, in a shared tenant facility, various configurations can be designed to meet the needs of any client.  With a PCI Compliance facility, each cubicle is available with plug in ready services for both large and small companies, ranging from 5 employees to hundreds.  See the Facilities, Properties and Infrastructure section for facility information.

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Development Authority

We invite you to spend some time visiting the various pages of our website, exploring the resources and unique opportunities awaiting you in Sumter County.  Follow these links below for more information.

Resources and Incentives

Workforce and Training

Facilities, Properties and Infrastructure

Leaders and Partners