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Yard Sale Special Wednesday, January 9, 2013 June 11, 2014 MyConnection Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Your 6-LINE AD for 3 DAYS is only $9 95 per day in The Newnan Times-Herald and on for FREE! Call 770-253-1576 or email *Deadline noon Friday the week prior to your sale. YAR D SALE Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 NEW FAMILY FAVORITES Family Features Add a flavorful twist with honey and almonds This summer, make it easier to get your good going with delicious recipes. Whether you’re greeting the day with brunch or celebrating an afternoon with a tasty barbecue, there’s no better time for enjoying healthy and nutritious food with family and friends. Honey is rising in popularity as a natural sweetener and an ingredient in everyday foods and recipes. Pairing honey with a nutrient-rich nut, such as almonds, creates decadent recipes that are as healthy as they are tasty. Plus, products featuring honey’s subtle sweetness make them versatile and appealing whether you are craving something sweet or savory. With a variety of honey flavored products available, such as Honey Roasted Chipotle Snack Almonds, Hint of Honey Vanilla Almond Breeze® Almondmilk and Honey Mustard Nut Thins, Blue Diamond’s new line of honey flavored products are versatile enough for a wide range of dishes. For additional recipes that capture the sweetness of honey and rich nutty flavors of almond, visit For Summer i n s i de New Fav orite Rec for Summ ipes er ➤ PAGE 3A Staffing business by way of the pipeline How local educational resources are attracting new business By Clay Neely With many local industries expanding and new companies now calling Coweta County home, it’s no secret why our community is experiencing such a unique period of economic growth. According to a recent article in Development Magazine, the availability of skilled labor was ranked as the number one factor in determining site selection for new businesses. Having a skilled workforce in a community isn’t simply luck of the draw – it’s a carefully constructed gameplan of positioning an area for success. This gameplan has a name and is known as the “pipeline” approach. In order for a community to produce the skilled labor that these companies demand, the pipeline must stretch into the local school system, placing an emphasis on the approach and culture. According to Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Central Educational Center, most communities don’t have such an approach. “The CEC is that ‘pipeline’ that connects the community to provide a different and more focused approach to developing skilled labor by the age of 18,” Whitlock said. “It is an approach largely left behind by America during the last 40 years. However, it is an approach that highly competitive economies have adopted worldwide in countries like Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. We must compete with these countries for investment and jobs.” Fifteen years ago, Coweta business leaders decided to challenge the local school system in order to develop the pipeline approach. “We heard from our employers that the workplace was changing,” said Whitlock. “They needed young people who were ready to work in that environment just out of high school and couldn’t wait until they became adults.” The local school system challenged local business and West Georgia Technical Col- Mike Funt will lead a clown workshop for high school students June 19-21 at the Centre. “The CEC is really a business initiative,” said Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Central Educational Center, “with education acknowledging the importance of business success to our local standard of living.” lege to stay engaged and to create new and innovative ways that high-schoolers could reach the new 21st century workforce goal. Among other actions, local businesses have created many internships (411 this past year, with 237 different employer sites) in which businesses have acknowledged that they are great teachers for our young people. WGTC has largely led the state in developing career-oriented dual enrollment programs that lead to credentials understood by employers in critical areas such as welding, pipeline, page 3A Clown workshop offered at Centre A Clown Workshop with Mike Funt is offered at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in June. The program will focus on the art of mime. It is for students in grades 9-12 – including rising ninth graders and 2014 high school graduates – and will be June 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the Centre, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. The workshop fee is $75. For details on registration visit or call 770-254-2787. Funt’s play, “The Day They Hung the Elephant,” will be presented in a public showing June 21 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Centre. Tickets are $10. For ticket information visit the Centre’s website, or call 770-254-2787. In the workshop, students will learn the importance of clowning related to theatre. As part of the workshop experience, students will be provided with tickets to the production of “The Day They Hung the Elephant.” The workshop fee includes a daily snack for the participating students. Students will have a 30-minute lunch break and should bring a sack lunch. Checks should be submitted with a registration form and made payable to “Patrons of the Centre.” For a form go to the Centre’s website or call 770-254-2787. Mike Funt is an actor, clown, and director originally from Newnan, where he grew up and went to Newnan High School. He received a BFA in theater performance from Valdosta State University and currently lives in Los Angeles where he works clown, page 3A

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