Training & Education

Houston County, Georgia is ready to meet the educational and training needs of its businesses and residents. Whether by providing top quality pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education for its children or higher education needs and business training for adults, Houston County has it covered.

Training:

Central Georgia Technical College’s Office of Economic Development Programs works with area employers to ensure a well-trained workforce by providing customized business and industry training and continuing education.

In FY14, CGTC customized 1,158,000 hours of training for a total of 19,467 employees of 249 companies. Another 1,124 students enrolled in continuing education and professional development courses.

A fully staffed Career Services Department is available for job fairs, employee recruitment and dissemination and collection of job applications. Facilities are also available for job interviewing and a full complement of online, written and hands-on skill proficiency assessments.

One of Georgia’s top incentives for job creation is Quick Start, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Quick Start is an internationally acclaimed provider of workforce training solutions for businesses that are creating jobs in our state. Quick Start has consistently ranked No. 1 in the United States for the quality of their workforce training. Quick Start provides customized workforce training, free-of-charge, to qualified companies.

The Middle Georgia Workforce Investment Board (MGWIB)/Middle Georgia Consortium is a local association of workforce development agencies, business leaders and other partners in a 10-county area seeking to improve the Middle Georgia labor market. MGWIB gives employers one-stop access to a statewide network as well as workforce development services offered by partnering agencies in the region. Employers can utilize the MGWIB for on-the-job training, where employers are reimbursed a percentage – up to 50 percent – of the trainee’s wages during the training period.

Houston County’s Georgia Department of Labor Career Center offers job market information, access to Internet job search resources, résumé assistance, financial assistance and information about unemployment insurance benefits and disability resources. The Career Center can also connect hired employers to qualified job contenders. Through the Center, employers can advertise job openings on the state’s Job Information System and obtain information about recruitment, including mass recruiting, online and broadcasted job posting, employee references and on-site interviewing.

Houston County is home to the recently announced Georgia Military Academic Training Center. The 32,000 square-foot facility will be used to train and educate veterans, active duty military and their families, to assist in their transition from military life to Georgia’s workforce. The project is a collaborative effort between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia.

Research:

  • Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) has been a proven asset to Middle Georgia’s companies since 1985. MERC delivers unmatched interdisciplinary engineering and applied scientific expertise with 160 full time engineers, scientists, analysts, logisticians and management experts. MERC has provided support and expertise to all arms of the military, particularly the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex. MERC has also completed successful projects with Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Gulfstream and Raytheon. There are very few comparable facilities available anywhere in the country.

Education:

  • Middle Georgia State College is a public, four-year institution offering 18 bachelor's degrees, 22 associate’s degrees and 20 certificate programs to more than 7,927 students. Designed by the University System of Georgia to offer an affordable college education, MGSC consistently ranks at the top in value and excellent instruction leading to degrees that are in high demand. Their campus is located in Warner Robins, as well as four other nearby cities. Middle Georgia State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • Georgia College & State University (Georgia College) is Georgia's designated Public Liberal Arts University, combining the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Located in historic Milledgeville, Georgia, just a few miles from the geographic center of the State. Georgia College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and specialist degrees. Georgia College has a total enrollment of 6,551 with campuses in Milledgeville, Macon, and Warner Robins offering more than 40 undergraduate and more than 18 graduate programs.

  • Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral level degrees. With more than 8,500 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at four Regional Academic Centers around the state, Mercer is consistently ranked among the nation’s leading institutions by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, which in 2014 named Mercer as the No. 1 Best Value in the South. Mercer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Mercer’s nationally recognized School of Engineering’s enrollment for 2014 totals 700 students.

  • Fort Valley State University (FVSU) is a historically black college with a rich teacher education heritage and is the only senior college with a state-wide land-grant research and public service mission. FVSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master and specialist degrees. While the main campus remains in Fort Valley, the university also maintains a commuter campus in Warner Robins.

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. The Robins Campus – located at Robins Air Force Base – offers four associate degrees, nine bachelor’s degrees, and 13 master’s degrees, as well as undergraduate certifications, to service members and civilians. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • Wesleyan College was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. Wesleyan is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to award the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The college offers 33 major, minor, and pre-professional degree programs with an average class size of less than 20 students.

  • Georgia Military College (GMC) is one of America’s best public-independent junior colleges and is one of only five military junior colleges nationwide. GMC is one of the fastest growing and second largest two-year colleges in the state with more 6,000 students enrolled at six campuses across Georgia. GMC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award 23 different associate degrees. Approximately 2,000 students are enrolled at the Warner Robins’s campus for GMC

  • A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Central Georgia Technical College, has provided credit instruction to more than 51,000 students in the last five years. CGTC serves 11 counties in the region with three campuses and five instructional centers. Credit program enrollment in FY14 totaled 12,165, making CGTC the largest of the 24 technical colleges in the state in terms of full time enrollment. More than 190 degree, diploma, and technical certificate programs supply the workforce for the region’s strategic industries: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, life sciences, and logistics and distribution. The main campus is located in Warner Robins, Georgia.

    Program of Study 2012 2013 2014
    AAS-Technical Studies 15 4 13
    Accounting 24 30 180
    Air Conditioning Technology 42 15 244
    Aircraft Structural Technology 103 30 74
    Automotive Collision Repair - - 18
    Automotive Technology 59 36 233
    Aviation Maintenance Technology 19 19 12
    Banking and Finance - - 3
    Barbering - 3 15
    Biotechnology - - 1
    Business and Office Technology 1051 1051 1571
    Cardiovascular Technology - - 10
    Carpentry - - 50
    Certified Customer Service Specialist 70 - -
    Commercial Truck Driving 75 102 139
    Computer Information Systems 49 42 561
    Construction Management - - 1
    Cosmetology 58 75 108
    Criminal Justice 49 145 180
    Culinary Arts 8 26 11
    Dental Assisting 10 - 7
    Dental Hygiene 13 12 21
    Distribution-Materials Management - - 22
    Drafting 3 5 19
    Early Childhood Care and Education 124 87 322
    Electrical Construction and Maintenance 3 - 31
    Electrocardiography Technology - - 5
    Electronics and Telecommunications 121 53 37
    Health Care Assistant - - 12
    Hotel/Restaurant/Travel Management - - 2
    Industrial Systems Technology 14 19 86
    Instrumentation Technology - - 7
    Machine Tool Technology 14 3 48
    Management-Supervisory Development - - 62
    Marketing Management - - 9
    Media Production - - 6
    Medical Assisting 13 9 52
    Medical Laboratory Technology - - 20
    Paralegal Studies 6 12 15
    Paramedic Technology - - 97
    Pharmacy Technology - - 9
    Plumbing 17 8 10
    Practical Nursing and Related Programs 30 28 266
    Radiologic Technology 12 11 29
    Respiratory Therapy 7
    Surgical Technology 11 11 34
    Veterinary Technology 7 4 18
    Welding and Joining Technology 37 19 258

    *Figures provided are total awards by program and include duplicated graduates. One graduate may receive multiple awards. The awards conferred in 2012 and 2013 are from Middle Georgia Technical College. On 7/1/13 Middle Georgia Technical College merged with Central Georgia Technical College to form Central Georgia Technical College. The 2014 figures reflect awards conferred following the merger.


Did you know... The largest industrial complex in Georgia is strategically located in Houston County within a 2 hour flight of 80% of the entire U.S. population.