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Offenders Gain Marketable Skills

Timothy C. Ward
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Joan Heath
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Lori Benoit
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July 12, 2022
Offenders Gain Marketable Skills
29,091 Career, Technical and Higher Education Certificates and Diplomas Earned

FORSYTH, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) announced today its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Career, Technical and Higher Education (CTHE) certificate completions have reached 29,091, surpassing the original goal of 25,000. In addition, CTHE program completions have increased by 378% since Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), representing yet another accomplishment in the GDC’s commitment toward effective offender management and successful reentry.

“We appreciate our dedicated staff and partners who continually go above and beyond to ensure offenders reach their goals,” said Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “Thanks to their support, many offenders have gained marketable skills they will be able to use as tools for success as they return to their communities.”  

Throughout the state, the GDC partners with the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia to certify and deliver programming to offenders through 220 on-the-job training programs, 106 vocational programs, and 30 skills training programs. Six post-secondary opportunities are also offered through partnerships with Second Chance Pell Grants or non-profit funding. During FY22, the GDC began collaborating with Savannah Technical College and North Georgia Technical College to assist offenders in gaining marketable skills in high-demand job fields such as Welding, Logistics, Manufacturing, and Cosmetology. 

For more information on CTHE programming click here.


About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 47,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit


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