Thanks to Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant Award, CTC students receiving the HOPE Grant also may be eligible for additional financial assistance for the Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care/Education and Practical Nursing programs. Beginning this fall, when they are qualifying for the HOPE Grant, students simultaneously can qualify for the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant Award. There is no application for the grant. Students enrolled in one of those three diploma or certificate programs automatically will be screened for the financial package.
The grant provides funding for students in these high-demand careers in Georgia. For example, students in the Commercial Truck Driving program at CTC's North Metro Campus could qualify for a one-time grant of $1,000. The typical cost for the eight-week program currently is $1,576 for in-state students, plus the cost of books. With both HOPE Grant and the SIWDG funds, a student would only be required to pay a fraction of that. amount.