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GDOL’s GeorgiaBEST is focus of upcoming Twitter chat

Release Date: Oct. 22, 2014

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) GeorgiaBEST program will be featured in a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 10 - 11 a.m.

GeorgiaBEST is the GDOL’s highly successful soft skills certification program launched by State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler in 2012. Multiple studies show that the lack of soft skills in today’s workforce is a major concern for employers and job seekers, and the over-whelming reason that new hires lose their first jobs. GeorgiaBest is designed to help students learn the critical soft skills that will help them make a successful transition from high school to the workforce or higher education.

People who would like to participate can join the Twitter chat @GeorgiaDOL. Participants should tweet questions and replies using the hashtags #GeorgiaBEST and/or #GABEST.

The Twitter chat will be co-hosted by the GDOL, the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE), and students from Chestatee High School in Hall County and Liberty College and Career Academy in Liberty County.

Georgia BEST is strongly supported by the education department, as well as both of the schools. In 2013, Chestatee High student KayLynn Samples was the state’s GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year. And, nearly 700 students participated in GeorgiaBEST at Liberty College and Career Academy last year.

Since its launch in January 2012, as a pilot program in 20 high schools, GeorgiaBEST has expanded to 229 high schools, 27 middle schools, and one technical college. More than 14,500 students have earned their soft skills certification.

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