On Wednesday Governor Nathan Deal announced that he is proposing an expansion of Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Grants (SIWG) to include an additional four areas of study in high demand: Computer Programming, Certified Engineering Technician, Film/Set Design and Precision Manufacturing. Deal’s plan builds on his earlier initiative that would provide full technical college tuition for students in seven critical-need fields of study.

Governor deal is accelerating his approach at maintaining and building on the several number one rankings that Georgia has received as the top state in which to do business while under his leadership. Deal said “To remain the No.1 state in the nation in which to do business we have to move ahead at the speed of business and that means taking aggressive action to meet the workforce needs.” Deal continued “Where there are positions going unfilled, I want Georgians equipped to do the job. This plan is about creating a pipeline filled with more of our students funneling directly into these positions in waiting.”

The new grant expansions were chosen by the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI), a public-private partnership leading the discussion about the workforce needs of Georgia businesses. The criteria used in making the grant expansion choices included existing workforce shortage, a sustainable future of growth and the potential for strong earnings potential. 

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