Career, Technical and Higher Education

The Career, Technical, and Higher Education (CTHE) Unit prepares inmates for employment.

CTHE Classroom Training prepares inmates for employment in the following trades:

  • Auto Body Repair
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Auto Painting
  • Barbering
  • Beekeeping
  • Braille Transcription
  • Building/Industrial Maintenance
  • Computer/Office Technology
  • Cabinetry/Carpentry
  • Commercial Driver’s License
  • Computer/Electronic Repair (Microsoft Certification)
  • Cosmetology
  • Customer Service and Computer Technology
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Drafting
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Food Preparation/Culinary Arts
  • Graphic Arts/Printing
  • Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Masonry/Tile Setting
  • Plumbing
  • Veterinary Assistant (large and small animals)
  • Visual Graphics
  • Welding
  • Woodworking


Director of Career, Technical and Higher Education Dr. Jodi S. Ford

State Offices South at Tift College

Units of the University System of Georgia and other Post-Secondary institutions

The Department has collaborated with the University System of Georgia as well as other post-secondary institutions to deliver post-secondary education programs and offer certificates to offenders who complete the programs. USG Partners include the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and University of West Georgia.  Other partner institutions include Ashland University, Bard College, Brewton-Parker College, and Life University.

Units of the Technical College System of Georgia

The Department has collaborated with the Technical College System of Georgia to certify and deliver programs and provide certificates to offenders who complete courses / programs. TCSG Partners include Central Georgia Technical College, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Albany Technical College, Athens Technical College, and Oconee Fall Line Technical College.

Is your college or university interested in becoming a Prison Education Program (PEP)? Download the Download this pdf file. GDC PEP Application PDF to apply.

On the Job Training

On the Job Training offenders earn Technical College completion certificates certifying the skills learned while employed on their work assignments.

Live Work

Live Work Projects provide work experience for offenders in our vocational education classes. Offenders can build, remodel, or repair items owned by state, county, local government and non-profit agencies.

"The Georgia Department of Corrections offers career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability."