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State Workforce Team Launches Scholarship and Grant Program to Strengthen Skilled Trade Workforce

March 29, 2016

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce division announced today the launch of a grant and scholarship program designed to strengthen Georgia’s skilled-trade workforce through it’s Go Build Georgia program.

Go Build Georgia (GBG) and the Go Build Georgia Foundation have partnered with the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Division (CTAE) of the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) to award Go Build Georgia Grants to GDOE middle and high school institutions for GBG-aligned special activities. Grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to applying Georgia middle and high schools throughout each fiscal year.

The Go Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors entering a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institution in a field of study that leads to a skilled-trade career. These $1,000 scholarships are made available by a collaborative partnership between Go Build Georgia, the GBG Foundation and TCSG. Go Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarships can be used to cover tuition, requisite fees and materials.

“We continue to hear from companies about the demand for educated, well-trained talent within Georgia’s rapidly-growing skilled trade industries,” said Ben Hames, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce division. “By offering grants to middle and high school institutions as well as scholarships to students within our technical college system, we are taking the necessary steps in developing a first-class workforce to respond to those urgent business needs.”

Go Build Georgia Grant and High Demand Career Scholarship applications are now available online at Qualified applicants must apply by the following dates in order to be considered:

GBG High Demand Career Scholarship Deadlines:

Fall- June 15, 2016
Spring- November 15, 2016
Summer- March 15, 2017

GBG Grant Application Deadlines:
Fiscal Year 2016- May 15, 2016

About Go Build Georgia: Launched by Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, Go Build Georgia is the state’s skilled trade initiative, designed to educate students about career opportunities in manufacturing, telecommunications, film, logistics, construction, logistics and energy. This program connects students with resources to provide an overview flexible, well-paying careers in some of Georgia’s fastest-growing industries.


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