Southern Crescent Technical College in Henry County, Georgia

Henry County Workforce & Training

Henry’s Got Talent

Today’s competitive global marketplace demands that companies seek a location that will provide a qualified and available workforce. Henry County's equipped workforce meets your most critical needs by supplying an area labor force of more than 786,000 skilled workers. With several of the nation's most renowned universities and technical schools located less than an hour's driving distance, coupled with businesses that are labor intensive - as well as those that require highly technical training - will attract the best that Georgia has to offer in Henry County.

Higher Education

The metro Atlanta area, and particularly Henry County, hosts a multitude of higher education opportunities for lifelong learning. Here is a quick snapshot of the colleges and universities nearby:
  • Mercer University’s Regional Academic Center in McDonough offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees from one of the nation’s top private colleges.
  • DeVry University offers technical certificates as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees at its Henry County location.
  • Clayton State University, an institution of the University System of Georgia, is located in neighboring Clayton County and is steadily expanding its offering of undergraduate programs of study in Henry County.
  • Southern Crescent Technical College, whose main campus is located in neighboring Spalding County, is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and offers a wide range of technical certificates, diplomas and associates degrees. SCTC's Henry County Campus delivers relevant technical education, adult educaiton and learning opportunities.
  • Gordon State College, whose main campus is located in Barnesville, GA also has a Henry County presence with its McDonough Campus. Gordon State College is a residential college that offers four year degrees as well as fully transferable associate-level concentrations of study.



Georgia offers a number of assistance programs, including Quick Start, to qualifying companies locating or expanding in Georgia, many at no charge.

The Quick Start program is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed workforce development program. This program helps companies maintain a competitive advantage by preparing workers for skill sets needed tomorrow as well as today. Some key facts:

  • A Quick Start training regimen is shaped specifically for the skills that a company is looking to develop in its employees
  • Training is conducted in classrooms, mobile labs or onsite at the company
  • Quick Start is provided at no charge by the Technical College System of Georgia
  • The program is versatile: Quick Start has prepared workers to assemble intricate aircraft components, grow bacteria for vaccines, manufacture plastic and metal products and field inquiries from customers, by phone or online

WorkSource Atlanta Regional, which is managed by the Atlanta Regional Commission, maintains career resource centers that serves several metro Atlanta counties including Henry.  Professionals at these centers assist job-seekers with career assessment testing, job readiness training in areas such as effective communication and problem solving, job search training assistance and help locating approved training and education providers and registering for programs.

Heritage Square Business Centre
1950 Pennsylvania Ave., McDonough, GA 30253
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday  8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m
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WorkSource Atlanta Regional staff also provide a range of services for businesses seeking a skilled workforce, including training and skills development for new and existing employees, assistance with employee recruitment and data tools that provide insight into labor market trends.


In August 2013, the Academy for Advanced Studies (AAS) began serving students in grades 9-12 as a college and career academy. The mission of AAS  is to ensure each student graduates high school with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for college and career success. AAS produces many benefits for students, employers and the community-at-large, including increased high school graduation and college enrollment rates, higher levels of academic attainment, stronger preparation for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers, and greater potential for local economic development.

Recruitment Services

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) serves over 400,000 Georgians who have experience, skills, and talents for Georgia employers. These qualified workers have skills ranging from clerical and administrative to skilled trades, technical, and professional. The GDOL helps facilitate the process of connecting employers with job vacancies to these qualified applicants by advertising job openings.

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F.J. “Josh” Fenn
Executive Director
Fenn previously served as Director of Business Development for ECS Southeast, LLP and held the President/Chief Executive Officer and director of economic development positions with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson, Georgia. He also served in top leadership positions with the Development Authority of Bryan County in Pembroke, Georgia; Eastman-Dodge County Area Chamber of Commerce in Eastman, Georgia; and with the Downtown Waycross Development Authority in Waycross, Georgia. As a graduate of LaGrange College, Fenn is extremely active in the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Southern Economic Development Council, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties – Georgia Chapter, and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors – Georgia Chapter. He is currently completing his final courses to become a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council. The certification is the highest earned designation in the economic development field.
Leah Brown
Director of Existing Industry and Marketing
Leah Brown works with businesses who are considering a new location or expansion opportunity. She also assists Henry County’s primary businesses to problem solve, discuss potential expansion opportunities and advise clients on any applicable resources and support available in addition to leading HCDA's marketing efforts. Prior to joining the Authority, Leah worked for the Macon Economic Development Commission as the Manager of Industry and Business and as Projects Manager. Leah holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia College & State University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia.
Jamal Lewis
Project Manager, Business Development
Before joining the HCDA team as Project Manager, Business Development, Jamal Lewis served as a Project Manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development based on Atlanta. He joined the department in 2016 as Marketing Services Manager. Other positions held by Lewis include Marketing Manager, Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State College; owner of Billionaire Nation Marketing in Atlanta; and Sales and Marketing Analyst with Nsoro, Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Marketing (2008) and Masters of Public Administration (2017) from Kennesaw State University.
Terry Collins
Executive Assistant
Terry has been a resident of Henry County since 1985. She was employed by the Henry County Board of Education for 11 years prior to joining the Henry County Board of Commissioners in 2001. Terry has served as Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the Henry County Development Authority since 2010.