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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.