Students interested in entering a field in which there are plenty of job openings can choose to enroll in a program in one of 16 fields of study for which FREE TUITION is available.
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.
See the full list of programs for each field of study in the Course Catalog: Course Catalog - HOPE Career Grant Programs (Tuition-Free)
HOPE Career Grant Flyer (PDF)
To be eligible for the HOPE Career Grant, students must first qualify for and be receiving the HOPE Grant. Please review eligibility requirements below. The two grants together will cover all tuition in these programs of study. Students will still be responsible for student fees and any equipment necessary, although in some cases, financial aid is available for those as well.
All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:
Full-time enrollment in a certificate or diploma program is not required and students are not required to graduate from high school with a specific GPA, however, they must have a postsecondary cumulative 2.0 GPA, at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility.
A student who received a high school diploma (High School Postsecondary Graduation Opportunity Plan) by earning a technical college diploma or two technical college certificates, in one career pathway identified by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), may be eligible for the HOPE Grant, up to 30 degree hours. The student must be enrolled in an associate degree program at a TCSG institution in order to receive the HOPE Grant. After payment for 30 semester hours, the student is no longer eligible for HOPE Grant while enrolled in a degree level program. The student must then meet the HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements at the 30 semester hour checkpoint.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the Automotive industry will expand five percent between 2014 and 2024. Graduates of SCTC's Automotive Technology programs learn the technological and mechanical skills to keep today’s increasingly complex cars safely on the roads. SCTC offers training in Automotive Technology, ranging from maintenance techniques and electronic systems diagnostics, to performance technology. Learn skills that will give you a competitive edge from the assembly line to the racing pits.
The Certified Engineering Assistant field of study provides students with the necessary training to become an Engineering Drafting Technician. Through a series of courses, students are provided with training in core engineering techniques, including drafting and design and complex mathematical calculations. The Certified Engineering Assistant program prepares students for a rewarding career in the growing engineering field.
The Commercial Truck Driving certificate program provides basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operations. The program is based on the definition of a truck driver as one who operates a commercial motor vehicle of all different sizes and descriptions on all types of roads. The CTD program prepares students for the Georgia CDL Skills Exam.
Computer programmers are among the most sought after workers in today’s information economy. More than 25 computer programming certificates and diplomas are available, some focused on specific in-demand programming languages such as C++, C#, Java, and Visual Basic. Students are also able to gain programming skills in a broad range of IT contexts including network and database administration, web design and development, game design and development, and cloud and mobile environments.
The Computer Technology program gives students the necessary knowledge to jumpstart a career in one of the fastest growing fields: information technology. Students have the opportunity to earn either a certificate or diploma with more than 16 fields to choose from. Students can pursue a myriad of majors from animation and game design, to networking and repairs. From learning basic computer fundamentals and hardware concepts, to learning more advanced design and business models, the Computer Technology program prepares students with the necessary skills for a career in computer technology.
The Construction industry in Georgia has had year-over-year growth since the recession. The professionally trained graduates of SCTC’s Construction programs have the knowledge and skills to work effectively on private, public and commercial construction projects. Majors include air conditioning technology, carpentry, construction management, electrical construction and maintenance, masonry and plumbing.
The Diesel Equipment Technology program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the diesel equipment service and repair profession. Learning opportunities enable students to develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of truck, heavy equipment, marine systems, or emergency power generator repair theory and practical application necessary for successful employment depending on the specialization area a student chooses to complete. Program graduates receive a credential that qualifies them as entry-level Diesel Equipment technicians in truck shops, ag equipment shops, and earthmoving equipment dealers.
The Early Childhood Care and Education program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as limited general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers and Head Start.
Electrical Line Workers install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics. Georgia is among the states with the highest published employment in this profession. SCTC trains students in the technical and mechanical skills necessary to be successful, preparing graduates for employment with utility companies. You will learn on equipment used in the field today, and will be prepared for problem-solving techniques, as well as the industry's safety requirements.
The Health Science program offers students the opportunity to enter the field of healthcare through courses that apply science and technology through medical care. Students have the ability to earn either a certificate or diploma, depending on the designated program. With more than 35 specific fields to choose from, students can earn the knowledge to accelerate their careers in a number of health science programs. Particularly, students have the ability to pursue certificates in various medical fields like pharmaceutical assistance or surgical technology.
Industrial Maintenance is a perfect career for those interested in tinkering with and maintaining machinery, or producing and manufacturing with your hands. Georgia employment in this field, which is also called Industrial Systems Technology and includes Manufacturing Maintenance and Mechatronics, is expected to grow by 8 percent over the next 10 years. Students learn skills in several areas, including electronics, industrial wiring, motors, controls, PLCs (program logic controllers), instrumentation, fluid power, mechanical, pumps and piping, and computers. Virtually any manufacturing industry in Georgia, including automotive, carpet, flooring, beverage, pharmaceuticals, and heavy equipment, has a constant demand for this type of skilled technician. Or, these programs assist students who decide to move on and get a four-year degree in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Home to the busiest airport in the world and the largest single-terminal container facility in North America, as well as an extensive network of highways and distribution centers, Georgia is a transportation super-hub of the Southeast. The state ranks 5th nationally in logistics employment, and graduates of SCTC’s Logistics program are fully qualified to join this skilled workforce. Logistics and Transportation Technology programs offer courses in areas of inventory control, purchasing techniques, warehouse and distribution technologies, and much more.
Film Technology programs will train competent entry-level Film/Video Production technicians who can successfully get an entry-level job in the film / video production industry or continue with their education goals in one of the other Film Production program areas. Subject matter includes basic training in occupational areas of interest, such as Electrical & Lighting, Grip & Rigging, On-set Production Assistant, Hair & Makeup, Set Construction & Scenic, and many others, emphasizing competencies in production protocols, the pre-production / production / post-production process and crew responsibilities / hierarchy. Hands on labs provide students with real world Film and TV production simulations.
The Practical Nursing diploma program is designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse. Students most commonly will have to submit a satisfactory criminal background check as well as a drug screen in order to be placed in a clinical health care facility to complete the clinical portions of their educational training.
The Precision Manufacturing program prepares students for entry-level employment in a manufacturing environment or for continued education in manufacturing or engineering programs of study. Students are introduced to fundamental manufacturing processes, including manufacturing design, machining, and assembly; mathematical operators and analytical problem solving; technical schematics and symbols; drafting tools and techniques; and engineering tools and concepts. All didactic and lab principles are applied as practiced in an industrial setting.
The Welding and Joining Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers in the welding industry. Program learning opportunities develop academic, technical, professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes welding theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Welding and Joining Technology credential, have the qualifications of a welding and joining technician, and are prepared to take qualification tests.