Well-Educated and Well-Equipped

Companies looking to build around high-quality employees can take advantage of Cherokee County’s impressive pool of talent. In addition, a critical component of economic growth is connecting the existing and future workforce to current and incoming industry. In an unprecedented move for Cherokee County, COED recently partnered with UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to establish the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative. This initiative creates a common vision between business, government, and education entities to put a workforce pipeline in place that will grow and retain local talent.  You can view the full report here.


  • Over 41% of residents have a post-secondary degree.
  • 80% of Cherokee’s workforce out-commutes for work each day.
  • 97% of all out commuters surveyed stated they would prefer to find a job in Cherokee County.
  • In looking at only white-collar employment, Management/Scientific/Technical Consulting Services; Business Support Services and Computer Systems Design are the leading subsectors.
  • White collar employment in Cherokee County totals 67.6 percent, which is above the state (62.2 percent) and national (61.6 percent) averages.
  • A recent Regional Snapshot released by the ARC shows that Cherokee County is projected to lead the Atlanta region through 2040 with a 51% percent increase in jobs.


  • Georgia’s Quick Start Program provides free training at higher education institutions for qualifying companies.
  • Chattahoochee Technical College: The largest technical college in the state of Georgia that offers an associate degree, diploma, and certificate technical programs and continuing education for potential and current employees. CTC’s nursing program was recently ranked #5 out of the top 10 nursing programs in Georgia by To find out more visit
  • Reinhardt University: A private 4-year university located in Waleska, GA that offers MBA programs. According to US News Best Colleges, Reinhardt University is ranked #28 for Best Regional Colleges in the South. To find out more visit
  • Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw State rated fifth out of 41 public and private institutions in PayScale’s 2017-18 ranking of Best Colleges in Georgia by Salary Potential for alumni with bachelor’s degrees. To find out more, visit

Summer Internship Program
Want to get paid for gaining real-world experience and networking with some of Cherokee’s top employers? Then the Cherokee Summer Internship Program is for you! This competitive program is open to all rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in taking their skills to the next level. To participate, interested students must submit a complete application and indicate their company/position of choice. Internship positions range from communications to technical roles and feature excellent opportunities for students to develop relationships with Cherokee’s local business leaders. Apply and learn more HERE.