The Workforce Development Division of Economic Development was formed in 2002 with a mission to address the challenge of skilled workers in a rapidly evolving manufacturing environment. The division continually analyzes the area's workforce, makes educated decisions concerning workforce needs, assists in recruitment of new industry, and recruits, screens, interviews, and trains labor for new and existing industry. The division conducts job-specific training for area industry through the Auburn Training Connection (ATC).
ATC is a unique partnership among Auburn area industry, Auburn University, Auburn City Schools, the City of Auburn, and the Industrial Development Board of the City of Auburn. ATC was established as a non-profit corporation in 2000. The ATC Board is made up of three representatives from local industry, two government officials, and two education officials. ATC is a recipient of eight regional, national, and international awards in workforce development.
ATC programs include: ongoing training tailored specific to needs of local industry; Auburn High School's Career Technical Education curriculum (skill sets taught are defined by area industry); Dual credit courses (college credit for high school courses); and the Industrial Systems and Maintenance program.