Many in-demand, well-compensated and rewarding careers do NOT require a four year undergraduate degree, but some additional classwork, training and hands-on experience is needed. The good news is that the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has many convenient campuses and programs to help you get your career started!
A Georgia-based program is making diplomas and certificates more accessible for students seeking careers in industries ranging from film production to welding. Through the HOPE Career Grant, eligible students receive free tuition to pursue a certificate or diploma in 17 high-demand industries, where there are more jobs than workers in Georgia.
17 high-demand jobs that only require two years or less of college, in which you may qualify for free tuition:
- Automotive Technology– The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the Automotive industry will expand five percent between 2014 and 2024. Graduates of TCSG’s Automotive Technology programs learn the technological and mechanical skills to keep today’s increasingly complex cars safely on the roads. All TCSG colleges offer training in Automotive Technology, ranging from maintenance techniques and electronic systems diagnostics, to performance technology. Learn skills that will give you a competitive edge from the assembly line to the racing pits.
- Aviation Technology– The demand for new workers in all aspects of Aviation is well above average compared to other service industries. Whether working at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, or any of the 500 aerospace companies in the state, graduates of TCSG’s Aviation program are well equipped to support Georgia’s growing aviation and aerospace industry. The Aviation Technology program offers courses to teach skills for aircraft, assembly, structural maintenance, and technology.
- Certified Engineer Assistant-The Certified Engineering Assistant program provides students with the necessary training, through a series of courses, for a career as a certified engineer assistant. Students can either achieve a diploma in Architectural and Engineering Drafting Technology or a certificate in a number of programs, including various fields from computer engineering to railroad signal engineering. The program provides training in core engineering techniques, including drafting and design and complex mathematical calculations. The Certified Engineer Assistant program prepares students for a rewarding career in the growing engineering field.
- Commercial Truck Driving- The Commercial Truck Driving certificate program provides basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operations. The program is based on the definition of a truck driver as one who operates a commercial motor vehicle of all different sizes and descriptions on all types of roads. The CTD program prepares students for the Georgia CDL Skills Exam.
- Computer Programming- Computer programmers are among the most sought after workers in today’s information economy. More than 25 computer programming certificates and diplomas are available, some focused on specific in-demand programming languages such as C++, C#, Java, and Visual Basic. Students are also able to gain programming skills in a broad range of IT contexts including network and database administration, web design and development, game design and development, and cloud and mobile environments.
- Computer Technology- The Computer Technology program gives students the necessary knowledge to jumpstart a career in one of the fastest growing fields: information technology. Students have the opportunity to earn either a certificate or diploma with more than 16 fields to choose from. Students can pursue a myriad of majors from animation and game design, to networking and repairs. From learning basic computer fundamentals and hardware concepts, to learning more advanced design and business models, the Computer Technology program prepares students with the necessary skills for a career in computer technology.
- Construction Technology- The Construction industry in Georgia has had year-over-year growth since the recession. The professionally trained graduates of TCSG’s Construction program have the knowledge and skills to work effectively on private, public and commercial construction projects. Majors include air conditioning technology, carpentry, construction management, electrical construction and maintenance, masonry and plumbing.
- Diesel Equipment Technology- The Diesel Equipment Technology program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the diesel equipment service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of truck, heavy equipment, marine systems, or emergency power generator repair theory and practical application necessary for successful employment depending on the specialization area a student chooses to complete. Program graduates receive a credential that qualifies them as entry-level Diesel Equipment technicians in truck shops, ag equipment shops, and earthmoving equipment dealers.
- Early Childhood Care and Education- The Early Childhood Care and Education program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as limited general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers and Head Start.
- Electrical Lineman Technology- Electrical Line Workers install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics. Georgia is among the states with the highest published employment in this profession. TCSG colleges train students in the technical and mechanical skills necessary to be successful, preparing graduates for employment with utility companies. You will learn on equipment used in the field today, and will be prepared for problem-solving techniques, as well as the industry’s safety requirements.
- Health Science- The Health Science program offers students the opportunity to enter the field of healthcare through courses that apply science and technology through medical care. Students have the ability to earn either a certificate or diploma, depending on the designated program. With more than 35 specific fields to choose from, students can earn the knowledge to accelerate their careers in a number of health science programs. Particularly, students have the ability to pursue certificates in various medical fields like pharmaceutical assistance or surgical technology.
- Industrial Maintenance- Industrial Maintenance is a perfect career for those interested in tinkering with and maintaining machinery, or producing and manufacturing with your hands. Georgia employment in this field, which is also called Industrial Systems Technology and includes Manufacturing Maintenance and Mechatronics, is expected to grow by 8 percent over the next 10 years. Students learn skills in several areas, including electronics, industrial wiring, motors, controls, PLCs (program logic controllers), instrumentation, fluid power, mechanical, pumps and piping, and computers. Virtually any manufacturing industry in Georgia, including automotive, carpet, flooring, beverage, pharmaceuticals, and heavy equipment, has a constant demand for this type of skilled technician. Or, these programs assist students who decide to move on and get a four-year degree in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
- Logistics/Transportation Technology- Home to the busiest airport in the world and the largest single-terminal container facility in North America, as well as an extensive network of highways and distribution centers, Georgia is a transportation super-hub of the Southeast. The state ranks 5th nationally in logistics employment, and graduates of TCSG’s Logistics program are fully qualified to join this skilled workforce. Logistics and Transportation Technology programs offer courses in areas of inventory control, purchasing techniques, warehouse and distribution technologies, and much more.
- Movie Production Set Design- Film Technology programs will train competent entry-level Film/Video Production technicians who can successfully get an entry-level job in the film / video production industry or continue with their education goals in one of the other Film Production program areas. Subject matter includes basic training in occupational areas of interest, such as Electrical & Lighting, Grip & Rigging, On-set Production Assistant, Hair & Makeup, Set Construction & Scenic, and many others, emphasizing competencies in production protocols, the pre-production / production / post-production process and crew responsibilities / hierarchy. Hands on labs provide students with real world Film and TV production simulations.
- Practical Nursing- The Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse. Students most commonly will have to submit a satisfactory criminal background check as well as a drug screen in order to be placed in a clinical health care facility to complete the clinical portions of their educational training.
- Precision Manufacturing- The Precision Manufacturing program prepares students for entry-level employment in a manufacturing environment or for continued education in manufacturing or engineering programs of study. Students are introduced to fundamental manufacturing processes, including manufacturing design, machining, and assembly; mathematical operators and analytical problem solving; technical schematics and symbols; drafting tools and techniques; and engineering tools and concepts. All didactic and lab principles are applied as practiced in an industrial setting.
- Welding and Joining Technology- The Welding and Joining Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers in the welding industry. Program learning opportunities develop academic, technical, professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes welding theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Welding and Joining Technology credential, have the qualifications of a welding and joining technician, and are prepared to take qualification tests.