Adult Education & Training

Adult Education & Training in Wilkes & Surrounding Counties Last Updated: 9/3/2021 2:35 PM


Athens Technical College--Washington-Wilkes Career Center
Mrs. Coretta Miller, Adult Education Coordinator
20 Lexington Avenue, Washington, GA 30673


If you or someone you know needs to get their GED, prepare for the ACCUPLACER test, or get help entering into a new career, Washington's satellite campus of Athens Technical College (ATC) has what you need to increase your earning potential! Athens Tech's Washington-Wilkes Career Center offers several education and training programs that are waiting for you to take advantage of them. They are described below. If you are interested in any of the programs, contact Mrs. Miller. She is eager to help you get on the road to prosperity!


GED Diploma Program

Know someone who didn't earn a high school diploma, but needs one in order to increase their income? The GED diploma could be just what they need to improve their earning potential. Individuals can earn a GED diploma right here in Washington, GA at ATC's Washington-Wilkes Career Center campus. Program participants must be at least 16 years of age to enroll. Individuals who are 16 and 17 years of age must have parent/guardian permission for enrollment. GED classes are FREE. Classes are offered in the morning and afternoon. Night classes are offered if there is enough interest.


ACCUPLACER Exam Preparation 

Know someone who needs help preparing to take the ACCUPLACER exam, the placement exam for enrollment in Georgia's technical colleges and the pre-employment test used by several employers? The ATC W-W Career Center can help! Contact Mrs. Miller to get started. 

The ACCUPLACER is an untimed, multiple choice test that tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. The test helps identify your strengths and needs in each subject area. To learn more about the ACCUPLACER and its related preparation resources, go to CollegeBoard ACCUPLACER. You may also visit the following sites to find out about their ACCUPLACER testing.  

ACCUPLACER Test Prep. Resources:



· - Khan Academy (Firefox appears to work best)








If you are 18-24 and career ready, ATC's BRIDGE Program is ready for you!

Bridge to Success is an out-of-school youth career training and job placement program. You may enter with or without a high school diploma. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Students will receive a Technical Certificate of Credit. The following 2 to 3 semester long training programs are available:

  • Air Conditioning Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Commercial Truck Driving
  • Diesel Engine Technology
  • Healthcare Access Representative
  • Precision Machining and Manufacturing
  • ManufactuReady Manufacturing Operations Specialist
  • Welding Technology

*Qualified applicants will receive the following:

  • Full tuition assistance
  • Paid travel expenses
  • Paid childcare costs
  • Paid internships
  • Job placement assistance
  • GA BEST Certification


ManufacuREADY Program 

The ManufactuREADY program is an intensive six-week program that prepares unemployed individuals for success in the rewarding field of manufacturing. 

Students will develop hard skills and soft skills required for success in today's world of work and earn the following certifications:

  • OSHA-10
  • Basic Forklift Operator
  • GeorgiaBEST - Soft Skills
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED
  • Lean Six Sigma White Belt 

Program Requirements: 

  • Must be currently unemployed or underemployed
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • 100% attendance is required to complete this six week program
  • Must be willing and able to work full time in a manufacturing environment upon completion of this program. This includes the ability to stand or sit for long periods of time, and work holidays, weekends, and/or night shifts
  • Additional requirements will be addressed upon interest

Program Locations:

  • Athens Campus
  • Elbert Campus
  • Greene Campus
  • Walton Campus

For more information, contact Mackenzie Bennett at 706-369-5876 or


FREE Tuition Short-Term Postsecondary Programs for In-Demand Careers in Georgia 

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:

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:

CTAE Resources

CTAE Homepage

W-WCHS Online Career Development Center (accessible off campus)

CTAE Registration

CTAE Programs

CTAE Career Pathways, Course Descriptions, and Programs of Study

W-WCHS Work-Based Learning Program

Profiles in Hope: Career Conversation Sessions--Volunteers Needed

Career Pathway-EOPA Testing Links

Career Aptitude Discovery Tools

YouScience Aptitude Assessment (accessible via the Infinite Campus SLDS portal)

Georgia's In-Demand Careers

East Central Georgia Region In-Demand Careers to 2026

Georgia's Hot Careers to 2028 

Georgia's STEM Careers to 2028

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

Health Careers in Georgia Guide

Technical College System of Georgia

Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) > Access here through the Infinite Campus SLDS portal

Georgia Department of Labor 

Career Exploration Tools

O-Net Online

Occupational Outlook Handbook

GPS For Success-The 16 National Career Clusters> Navigate Your Career Path to a Bright Future

Virtual Job Shadow - Career Videos  

CareerOneStop Career Videos


My Next Move - Career Exploration
  -Mi Próximo Paso - Career Exploration (in Spanish)

AgExplorer - Career Finder & Virtual Field Trips

Nursing Career Guides and Resources

Science Careers--Biotech Careers

Careers Using Math

NCDA Career Planning Sites


College Preparation
College Admission Test Prep. Resources 

Guide for the College Bound Athlete--NCAA Eligibility

Military Exploration

Military Career Exploration--U.S. Armed Forces

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Information (Georgia Futures)

Dual Enrollment Requirements for W-WCHS English 1101/1102


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