FREE Tuition Short-Term Postsecondary Programs for In-Demand Careers in Georgia = HOPE Career Grant

Last Updated: 9/3/2021 2:45 PM

FREE Tuition Short-Term Programs for In-Demand Careers in Georgia = HOPE Career Grant

For detailed information, go to GaFutures at Here you will find the overview of the grant, eligible programs, award amounts, eligible colleges and universities, and application procedure and deadline information.

There are over ten (10) pages of eligible program “majors specifically aligned with industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.” These areas are NEEDED NOW! The HOPE Career grant will pay tuition for Technical Certificates of Credit and Diplomas (short-term programs) in these in-demand areas. For the list of program majors, visit

The areas of need majors are listed below.

  1. Automotive Technology
  2. Aviation Technology
  3. Certified Engineer Assistant
  4. Commercial Truck Driving
  5. Computer Programming
  6. Computer Technology
  7. Construction
  8. Diesel Equipment Technology
  9. Early Childhood Care and Education
  10. Electrical Lineman Technology
  11. Health Science
  12. Industrial Maintenance
  13. Logistics/Transportation Technology
  14. Movie Production/Set Design
  15. Practical Nursing
  16. Precision Manufacturing
  17. Welding and Joining Technology

The following links go to information about the HOPE Career Grant in-demand programs offered at technical colleges in our area: Athens Technical College and Augusta Technical College. Some programs of study are available at campuses close to us in Thomson and Elberton. 

For more information about all of the programs of study available at these schools, visit the links below.

Athens Technical College:

Washington-Wilkes Career Center Info.:

Augusta Technical College:

Augusta Technical College-Thomson/McDuffie Campus Info.:



Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) - program designed to meet a specific educational need to prepare students, or to update their skills, for the workforce. A TCC has a range of 9-39 credit hours required for completion. Some TCCs may be embedded in the coursework for the degree or diploma.  Technical certificates of credit may require any combination of general education, occupational courses, and/or approved elective courses. (Source:


Diploma - program comprised of general core courses and occupational courses, with a range of 40-59 semester credit hours required for graduation; some programs may exceed 59 credit hours to meet professional credentialing or licensure or by official exception of the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. A minimum of 28 semester credit hours are required in occupational courses. Each diploma program requires a minimum of 8 semester credit hours in basic skills general core courses. (Source:

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