Occupations such as skilled construction work are considered trades.
- The completion of an apprenticeship is generally associated with skilled labor. Training lasts 1 - 5 years, and provide on-the-job training, often paid. These kinds of programs can lead to secure and well-paying jobs. Additional education and training can provide high levels of advancement and increased salaries.
Examples of Trades
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician
Licensed Practical Nurse
Garden and Landscape Designer/Agriculture
Mike Rowe discusses the “skills gap”: Youtube
High Demand Career Initiative
- The High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) was launched in 2014. Governor Nathan Deal described the initiative as an opportunity “to allow [Georgia] to hear directly from employers of our state about what they expect their future talent needs will be, and it will give our institutions of education the chance to get ahead of the curve in preparing tomorrow’s workforce.”
HOPE Career Grant (More information under "Financial Aid Information")
- The HOPE Career Grant can be the boost a student needs to get started on a rewarding career in a well-paying job, and without accumulating a lot of student debt. It also helps Georgia employers by creating a pipeline of skilled workers they can hire well into the future.
- To be eligible for the HOPE Career Grant, students must first qualify for and be receiving the HOPE Grant. The two grants together will cover all tuition in these 17 programs of study.