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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.

In FY17, Central Georgia Technical College’s Economic Development Division served 334 companies through customized training, delivering 1,319,499 hours of training and enhancing the skills of 19,158 individuals.

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.


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 provides customized workforce training, free-of-charge, to qualified companies. 

Houston County is also home to the Georgia VECTR Center, which serves as a gateway for veterans’ re-entry into Georgia’s public postsecondary educational systems and the workforce. VECTR Center programs abbreviate the process of veterans receiving postsecondary certificates and degrees by recognizing the extensive training veterans receive during their military service.

The Houston County Career Academy, a charter unit of the Houston County School System, includes an industrial mechanics lab with small-scale replicas of the tools and equipment used by local manufacturers. Students in the industrial maintenance program learn industrial mechanics, fluid power and piping systems, and electric motors and control systems.

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Houston County is leading the way in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow.

Opening of the first Industrial Maintenance Lab in Georgia’s Career Academies


Houston County Schools - Georgia Schools of Excellence and National Schools of Excellence

Houston County enjoys an outstanding public school system which draws families to the area. With a teacher/pupil ratio of 1:14 and 100% of the system’s teachers being Professionally Qualified, students receive an exceptional education. ranks Houston County Schools as the tenth best school system in Georgia and the third most diverse system in Georgia, while U.S. News ranks Veterans High School and Houston County High School among the top high schools in the state.

STEM programs are strong in the Houston County schools, from elementary level to high school AP programs. An award-winning robotics club operates out of the Houston County Career Academy.

Houston County School System

Total Enrollment 29,490
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:14
Number of Elementary Schools 23
Number of Middle Schools 8
Number of High Schools 5
Number of Alternative Schools 1
Average Expenditure per Pupil FY16 $11,256.39
Graduation Rate 2016 87.60%
Total High School Completers FY11 1,689
Percent of Graduates with either
College Prep or Vocational Endorsements
Source: Houston County Board of Education, 2017-2018 K-12 Public Schools Annual Report Card

Private Schools

Students Teacher
The Westfield Schools 641 1:12 PK-12
Sacred Heart* 178 1:15 PK-8
Christ United Methodist* 202 1:15 PK-5
Central Fellowship Christian 656 1:14 PK-12
Windsor Academy 252 1:14 PK-12
Mount de Sales Academy 664 1:11 6-12
First Presbyterian Day School 905 1:13 PK-12
Tattnall Square Academy 529 1:13 PK-12
*Located in Houston County


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 Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Gulfstream and Raytheon.

ATTC-Middle Georgia is another resource serving the needs of Robins Air Force Base and local employers, specifically working with the Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center. The Air Force opened the Advanced Technology and Training Center in Warner Robins in 2018 as a place to train on and test new technologies without interrupting actual aircraft maintenance production.


Middle Georgia State University 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, MGA 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 University 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 2017 totals 770 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 is 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 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.

Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, has its main campus in Warner Robins, which is the largest technical college campus in the state. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, CGTC 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 FY17 totaled 11,429, 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. 

Program of Study

Accounting 66 106 93 265
Air Conditioning Technology 82 114 109 305
Aircraft Structural Technology 65 48 55 168
Auto Collision Repair 12 15 4 31
Automotive Technology 128 122 119 369
Aviation Maintenance Technology 42 58 44 144
Banking and Finance 3 3 1 7
Barbering 35 19 19 73
Biotechnology 8 8 10 26
Business Administrative Technology 568 719 1,046 2,333
Business and Computer Technologies 2 1 1 4
Business Management 134 163 77 374
Cabinetmaking 6 15 10 31
Cardiovascular Technology 5 3 5 13
Carpentry 26 40 32 98
Clinical Laboratory Technology 36 35 38 109
Commercial Truck Driving 115 125 124 364
Computer Information Systems 393 333 357 1,083
Computer Programming 11 5 6 22
Computer Support Specialist 17 19 16 52
Construction Management 6 5 2 13
Cosmetology 252 142 139 533
Criminal Justice 222 132 129 483
Culinary Arts * 13 10 23
Dental Assisting 10 7 10 27
Dental Hygiene 23 27 27 77
Design and Media Production 28 18 10 56
Diesel Equipment Technology 14 5 * 19
Drafting 7 17 10 34
Early Childhood Care and Education 263 288 312 863
Electrical Systems Technology 19 14 19 52
Electrocardiography Technology 19 9 6 34
Electronics and Telecommunications 40 53 45 138
Emergency Management 15 15 10 40
Engineering Technology 12 2 1 15
General Studies 166 84 24 274
Geographic Information Systems 4 2 4 10
Gerontology 4 1 5 10
Health Care Assistant 38 37 29 104
Hemodialysis 34 31 44 109
Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management 6 4 5 15
Industrial Systems Technology 53 77 49 179
IT Professional 22 22 17 61
Logistics Management 29 25 30 84
Machine Tool Technology 15 16 19 50
Marketing Management 18 18 8 44
Medical Assisting 64 55 51 170
Metrology 4 3 3 10
Networking Specialist 16 23 23 62
Orthopedic Technology 11 8 9 28
Paralegal Studies 10 18 17 45
Paramedicine 106 76 82 264
Pharmacy Technology 13 4 13 30
Plumbing 16 9 16 41
Polysomnography 3 11 8 22
Practical Nursing 315 142 121 578
Radiologic Technology 52 53 39 144
Surgical Technology 19 17 21 57
Veterinary Technology 6 1 9 16
Web Site Design/ Development 3 4 4 11
Welding and Joining Technlogy 210 179 134 523
*A single graduate can earn multiple awards.
**The Engineering Technology Program began in AY2015.
Innovative staffing solutions like the HCCA Industrial Maintenance program in Perry, Ga. will help ensure we have a pipeline of talent to fill high-tech roles now and in the future, while giving students a career path to ensure their future success.

It’s a great opportunity for today’s youth and it will ensure the viability of manufacturing in central Georgia for years to come.

- Craig Hoffman,
Frito Lay Director of Maintenance and Education