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 729,000 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 recently opened the first building of its satellite campus located in Henry County.
  • The University of Phoenix, McDonough Learning Center in McDonough, Georgia offers on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students including programs in public administration, health care and information technology.
  • 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.
Henry County, Georgia is located near renowned universities and technical schools


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

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Leonard Sledge
Executive Director
Leonard Sledge joined the Development Authority staff as Executive Director, following 4 years with the with the City of Hampton, Virginia as a Director of Economic Development. Leonard also served as the Director/Assistant Director for the College of William & Mary's Office of Economic Development. Leonard holds a Bachelor of General Science degree from Morehouse College, a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Leonard is active in professional economic development organizations including the Georgia Economic Developers Association.
Leah Brown
Director of Marketing and Existing Industry
Leah Brown works with Henry County’s primary businesses to help problem solve, discuss potential expansion opportunities and advise clients on any applicable resources and support available. Leah also leads 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 Administriation degree from the University of Georgia
Terry Collins
Office Manager
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.