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June 04, 2007
Georgia’s Technical College Presidents Sign “5-Star” Statement of Support for the Georgia National Guard and Reserve
Thomas Wessels, chairman of the Georgia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (GA ESGR) Committee, an agency of the Department of Defense, has announced that 34 presidents of the Technical College System of Georgia have signed a “5-Star” Statement of Support for the Georgia National Guard and Reserve.
The “5-Star” Statement of Support confirms that the state technical colleges:
- Support their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve;
- Have human resources policies that ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law (USERRA);
- Promote training for managers and supervisors to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve;
- Adopt policies and programs that are “above and beyond” what is required by the USERRA Law;
- Advocate for employee service in the National Guard and Reserve and will help to promote the mission of ESGR.
“Gwinnett Tech supports the works of the Georgia National Guard and Reserve – and all our employees who are a part of this important arm of national security,” said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Rigsby. “This statement of support has enabled us to reemphasize our continued commitment to the mission of this organization.”
“Supportive employers like these technical college presidents are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units. I am asking all employers to review and amend their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA),” said Wessels.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain active backing from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve through demonstrated employer commitment to military service. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and, if necessary, mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.
As the 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions within America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue as the informational agency for the employers of America’s Patriots.
More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil or by calling the Georgia Committee Office at 678-569-6037.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech’s service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or callÂ 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College.Â In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visitÂ www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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