Highly Trained Workforce

Quick Start

With over 50 years of experience, Georgia’s Quick Start program has proven time and time again to be one of Georgia’s best assets for new business. If a company is looking to locate in Waycross-Ware County and faces a need for training, staff at the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority along with representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Quick Start, and Coastal Pines Technical College work to create the needed training for your organization at no cost. Quick Start delivers their training in many different settings, a few of which are mobile labs, on the plant floor, and even within traditional classrooms. Quick Start prides themselves in the fact that their program is not “off the shelf,” rather the programs are molded to fit their client’s needs.

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Coastal Pines Technical College

Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC), located in Waycross, Georgia, recently received the Sonny Perdue Award for the 2017 Technical College of the Year. In the last year, CPTC experienced a higher enrollment rate than their counterparts, in addition to implementing innovative programs focused on the community's needs. CPTC offers over 30 different programs teaching hands-on skills that meet the local employers' needs at a low-cost option, with over 95 percent of graduates passing their required licensure exams.

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South Georgia State College

South Georgia State College (SGSC) was created in 2013 by the Georgia Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia through the merging of two colleges. The Waycross campus of SGSC boasts 150 acres of wooded land featuring three academic buildings, lakes, and a walking trail. SGSC currently offers three Bachelor programs and over 20 transferrable Associates Programs. With a rich history in athletics and an engaging student environment, SGSC offers a low-cost, high-return educational opportunity.

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Ware County High School

Ware County High School educates over 1400 students in grades 9-12.  In addition to offering Advanced Content and Gifted academic courses, WCHS gives students the opportunity to explore possible career fields through CTAE classes.  These courses include Business and Technology, Marketing, Engineering, Agriculture, Healthcare, Culinary Arts, etc.  These include CTSO programs such as FFA, FBLA, DECA, SkillsUSA, HOSA, FCCLA, and TSA; these programs are crucial in further developing a strong workforce for Ware County.  Furthermore, the Work-Based Program allows students to gain on-site work experience in the community in addition to being immersed in a prime education. 

WCHS also presents a plethora of rigorous courses for high-achieving students, including Advanced Placement classes and Dual Enrollment opportunities.  With Coastal Pines Technical College and South Georgia State College working alongside the high school, students are able to earn their two-year degrees during their high school careers.

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Coastal Pines Technical College

Coastal Pines Technical College provides over 130 programs, with some being online courses and others in a traditional classroom setting.  The Waycross location includes a myriad of courses, including Forestry Technology, Education, Welding and Joining Technology, among others.  This technical education is available to individuals from high school to adults looking to earn certifications.

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South Georgia State College

South Georgia State College is a member of the University System of Georgia with locations in Waycross, Douglas, and Entry Program sites at Georgia Southwestern State University and Valdosta State University. The college offers both associate degree pathways for transfer and baccalaureate degree programs of study. Students may choose to live on SGSC’s Douglas Campus in modern residence halls or plan their schedules around family and work by utilizing SGSC’s Waycross Campus. High school students take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities, and the college’s online course offerings continue to expand. The college is a member of the NJCAA and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association with athletics teams in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s softball, and men’s and women’s swimming. The college has a $71 million economic impact on its region and partners with economic development officials to strengthen the quality of life in the communities it serves.

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