HOPE Career Grant Descriptions

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Automotive Technology is a career path where students learn how to diagnose and repair vehicle issues. This program emphasizes a combination of automotive mechanical theory and hands-on learning. Graduates will come away with the skills needed for entry-level technician positions.

Aviation Technology Especially with Hartsfield-Jackson airport less than 100 miles away and major employers connected to the industry in the Greater Columbus area, aviation technology is a hot industry to consider. This field offers courses to teach skills for aircraft assembly, structural maintenance, and technology. Students interested in this field should consider the many manufacturing-related programs offered at Columbus Tech.

Certified Engineer Assistant This program provides training in core engineering techniques, including drafting and designing complex mathematical calculations. Columbus Tech’s drafting technology program is the perfect jumping-off point for this option. CTC also offers an Engineering Technology degree for those who want to take their education further.

Commercial Truck Driving While Columbus Tech doesn’t have this program (yet), there are still ways to start on this road. Through the diesel truck maintenance technician certificate program or the diesel equipment technology diploma, students can learn the ins and outs of a big rig before getting behind the wheel of one.

Computer Programming Computer programmers are among the most sought-after workers in today’s information-driven economy. These individuals can focus on many specialties including game development, computer security, Microsoft® network administrator, and many more.  

Computer Technology Computer technology gives students the necessary knowledge to jumpstart a career in information technology – one of the fastest-growing fields out there. Some programs in this field include computer forensic and investigation, cybersecurity, Cisco® networking, information technology professional, and computer networking.

Construction Technology The construction industry in Georgia has been steadily growing since the recession. Graduates of this program will be armed with the skills needed to work on private, public, and commercial construction projects. In addition to construction and carpentry programs, this field also includes air conditioning technology and industrial electronic technology and wiring.

Diesel Equipment Technology This program emphasizes a combination of truck, heavy equipment, marine systems, or emergency power generator repair theory and application. Columbus Tech students in the automotive technology program learn the basics of working on diesel engines

Early Childhood Care and Education What could be more rewarding then helping mold the life of a child? This field combines the theory and practical applications needed to qualify graduates for a career in settings that include child care centers and Head Start. Certifications at Columbus Tech include early childhood care and education basics and program administration. There is also a diploma in early childhood care and education.

Electrical Lineman Technology While Columbus Technical College doesn’t offer this particular career path, many of our sister technical colleges do. We do offer several electrical and industrial maintenance programs, as well as an engineering technology degree option that focuses on either mechanical or industrial engineering.

Health Science This offering at Columbus Technical College includes several healthcare-related fields of study including emergency medical responder and technician, heath care assistant, mammography, medical coding, pharmacy assisting, dental assisting, surgical technology, and many more!

Industrial Maintenance This is the perfect career for those interested in tinkering with and maintaining machinery, producing, and manufacturing. Some certificates offered at CTC include industrial construction, electrician, fluid power technician, motor control technician, and programmable control technician. There is also the industrial systems technology diploma program. Any of these programs would help students who chose to continue their career in mechanical or industrial engineering.

Logistics/Transportation Technology It’s no secret that Georgia is a transportation hub in both the Southeast and across the world. Columbus Tech offers several programs in this arena, including all of our automotive technology offerings as well as a diploma in business management that could apply to virtually any industry.

Movie Production Set Design The television and film industry in Georgia is booming! In response to this economic driver, technical colleges are offering several tuition-free programs to beef up this vital workforce. Students in our construction, cabinetmaking, electrician, air-conditioning, and/or welding fields would be perfect to build those complex sets.

Practical Nursing This diploma program prepares students for licensure as practical nurses. Columbus Tech also offers a bridge program where students can seamlessly transition from this program to our registered nursing degree program.

Precision Manufacturing This HOPE Career Grant career path prepares students for entry-level employment in a manufacturing environment or for continuing their education in the manufacturing or engineering areas. Academic programs offered at Columbus Tech include basic machinist, industrial motor control technician, manufacturing operations specialist, programmable control technician, CNC technology, and the precision machining and manufacturing diploma.

Welding and Joining Technology Students in Columbus Tech’s welding program regularly are offered employment before they even graduate! This program emphasizes welding theory and the practical applications. In addition to the diploma of the same name, this path includes certifications in shielded metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding.