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Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities in Georgia

Georgia career colleges and universities educate over 600,000 students each year in trade schools, technical schools, and career colleges. Each program from a Georgia Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field. The programs are designed to get you work-ready, equipped with the practical knowledge, and the competence needed to obtain a competitive career in Georgia.

At career colleges in Georgia, you typically don't take general education classes in core subjects such as English and math. Instead, you focus on career-related courses.

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Georgia colleges, career schools and universities

From the historic, capital city of Atlanta to the genteel coastal city of Savannah, Georgia universities offer an education experience you're bound to remember. The Peach State boasts a variety of students who are presented with countless Georgia career training and degree programs, both on and off campus.

Georgia colleges

Georgia's 74 public and 52 private institutions are comprised of two regional universities, four research universities, a dozen four-year colleges and seven state colleges, including the University of Georgia at Athens, or UGA; and Georgia Institute of Technology, fondly known as Georgia Tech, which is in Atlanta. Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University are both in the Atlanta Metropolitan area; there's Georgia Southern University in Statesboro and Augusta State University in Augusta.

Notable private Georgia schools include Spelman College and Morehouse College, both traditionally black colleges, serving women and men, respectively. According to ""Washington Monthly's 2011 College Guide,"" which ranked schools in three categories--Upward Mobility, Research and Service--Spelman ranks fourth overall and Morehouse ranks second overall. Wesleyan College is located in Macon. Founded in 1836, Wesleyan declares itself to be the first college in the world that granted degrees to women.

Throughout the state, Georgia career colleges are generally affordable, with notable discounts for residents. The University System of Georgia offers flat-rate tuition to encourage students to take 15 hours per term and graduate in four years. This is called the ""Finish-in-Four"" model. The HOPE Scholarship is Georgia's most popular state funding program; HOPE funds can be applied to tuition at eligible Georgia colleges, universities and technical schools.

Georgia career training programs and job growth

Georgia offers a school-to-work transition program — Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) — designed to provide high school students with pre-employment training, trade skills, motivational activities and job development.

If you want to study nursing, there should be substantial growth in that industry in Georgia. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the following careers will see opportunities expand through 2018:

  • Home health aides
  • Skin care specialists
  • Network systems engineers
  • Data communications analysts
  • Medical assistants
  • Pharmacy technicians

Georgia quick facts

With a median annual household income of $50,834, Georgia per family wealth sits just below U.S. average of $52,175. Housing prices are slightly lower than the national average of $192,400 with median costs at $163,500.

Seventy-eight percent of Georgians 25 years and older are high-school graduates and more than 24 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Georgia's metropolitan areas act as hubs for several Fortune 500 companies, including:

  • Coca-Cola
  • SunTrust Banks
  • The Home Depot
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • Mohawk Industries
  • United Parcel Service

The travel industry is another hearty employer in Georgia with Delta Airlines calling Atlanta home. The state capital Atlanta offers nightlife that includes a legendary hip hop scene, while Savannah thrives on history, Southern charm and a lovely coastline. Georgia's geography is diverse with mountains, seashore and forests. The states culture offerings include outdoor adventures, sports, Civil War history and art.

Author: Heather Bieber

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