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Cherokee County economic development officials have launched Be Pro Be Proud Georgia, an initiative featuring a traveling showroom that encourages young people to consider a skilled trade for a career.

The Mobile Workforce Workshop, a 40-foot-long rig filled with exhibits, features simulations of Georgias most in-demand skilled professions all powered by the latest industry-driven technology, according to an announcement by Cherokee Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Cherokee County School District.

Noting that nearly half of Georgia’s skilled professionals are over 45 and nearing retirement, COED said visitors to the mobile workshop also will learn about the Go Pro website ”that connects high-demand careers, the education needed, and area employers who hire for those positions.”

The site lists 13 trades with growth potentials of 10% or more – from compute programmers to CAD/CAM drafters, diesel technicians, machinists, electricians, welders, carpenters and plumbers. Information: