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Georgia Education Fuels the Workforce Businesses Need

Georgia retains a fast-growing labor force thanks to its highly-regarded educational system. From the country’s first universal Pre-K program to its 52 four-year colleges and universities, Georgia produces more than 60,000 highly skilled, future employees every year.

Middle schools and high schools offer technical education along with the state’s 23 technical colleges. Georgia’s Career Pathways initiative allows high school students to explore career opportunity with hands-on learning opportunities while gifted and talented education is a required offering in all Georgia school systems.

Georgia College & Career Academies also help build Georgia’s skilled and knowledgeable workforce. This program, supported by the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, gives high school students throughout the state access to the training and skills needed to compete in the global market.

For those who choose the path to college, Georgia’s $400 million Race to the Top grant has helped create initiatives that prepare students for college and the workplace. Since 1993, Georgia’s Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) has provided over $7.2 billion of financial assistance for educational programs beyond high school and helped more than 1.5 million students who might have otherwise found it difficult to pay for advanced education.

Georgia Colleges and Universities

      Georgians view education as an investment in the future and businesses find the state’s higher education system a big selling point. The widely-successful
Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE)
      program has helped keep high achievers in the state since 1993 with over $7.2 billion in aid provided to 1.5 million students since inception.


      The University System of Georgia (USG) produces over 60,000 graduates each year from four research universities, four comprehensive universities, 10 state universities and 13 state colleges.


      More than 13,000 additional graduates come each year from Georgia’s renowned private institutions such as Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Mercer University.


    Today, in metro-Atlanta, businesses will find that one-third of adults hold a four-year degree. The region also boasts the 3rd highest number of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded in the nation.

Georgia Technical Colleges

      With 23 colleges comprising the
Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
      , the state produces about 28,000 graduates a year. Almost 40% of these students have received accreditation related to careers in Georgia’s strategic industries, including healthcare.


      Of particular interest to Georgia employers has been Georgia’s
Quick Start program
    . Recognized as the best workforce training program in the nation, it offers free, customized worker training on college campuses and company sites. So far, the program has already delivered nearly 58,000 employees to growing companies in Georgia.

Georgia College & Career Academies

      With 80 percent of today’s new jobs requiring some sort of technical post-education,
Georgia College & Career Academies
      are a key element of Georgia’s education mix. Bringing specialized educational resources relevant to specific communities around Georgia these unique learning environments prepare tomorrow’s workforce to compete in a global marketplace.


    Supported by the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, students have access to needed training in engineering, aerospace, biomedicine, technology, logistics, robotics and other evolving vocations important to Georgia’s employers throughout the state access to the training and skills needed to compete in the global market.