Workforce Initiatives

Ensuring Talent & Skill in DeKalb

Decide DeKalb is committed to ensuring that your business has the talent and skills you need for years to come.

Our workforce initiatives are geared toward promoting the longevity of existing target industries. We’re working hard to enrich the next generation and help DeKalb residents of all ages and demographics reach their full potential.

Nurturing Relationships between Academia and Industry

DeKalb is served by 13 higher education institutions. Georgia State University’s Perimeter College is home to more freshmen than any other college in Georgia, and 3 of its 5 campuses are located in DeKalb. Georgia Piedmont Technical College has 2 DeKalb campuses, 2 training centers, including the Regional Transportation Training Center, and the Decatur Career Academy. Other famous institutions such as top-ranked Emory University, Agnes Scott and Oglethorpe are educating the future workforce.

Emory University

Georgia State University

Strayer University

Strayer University-Georgia (Chamblee)

Devry University

Devry University-Georgia (Decatur)

Agnes Scott College

Luther Rice College & Seminary (Lithonia)

Oglethorpe University

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Columbia Theological Seminary

Interactive College of Technology-Chamblee

Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service

Mercer University

Georgia Military College


Manufacturing, Automation, and Distribution Emerging in DeKalb

Decide DeKalb’s “MADE IN DEKALB Initiative” works to strengthen the talent pipeline within the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries by connecting students, teachers, and parents to industry leaders and their sponsored training programs. Upcoming program highlights include: 

2023 Educator Fellowship: A year-long program that strengthens the connective tissues between local classrooms and companies. Over the course of the fellowship, a select cohort of DeKalb educators will meet with local businesses, shadow employees on the job, hear from successful industry leaders, and use their expertise as educators to effectively bring and translate industry insight back to their students. Applications for 2023 have now closed.


Joshua Williams

Business Relations Specialist