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What is The Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant?

Last updated 2 years ago

Paying for a college education can be challenging, which is one of the reasons why the Governor’s Office introduced the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant in 2013. This supplemental award, which is only available to students in select programs at Georgia’s technical colleges, ranges between $125 and $500 a term with a one-time $1,000 award for Commercial Truck Driving. In addition to other financial aid options, funding from this grant can help students defray some of the costs of these programs and make a college education more accessible.

Who is Eligible?

Previously only available to students in Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education and Practical Nursing, the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) has been expanded in fall 2014 to include students in the diploma-level programs of Computer Programming, Diesel Equipment Technology, Information Security Specialist, Internet Specialist-Web Application Development, Networking Specialist, Surgical Technology and Welding and Joining Technology.


How the SIWDG Works

Beginning this fall, when qualifying for the HOPE Grant, students can simultaneously qualify for the SIWDG by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Newly streamlined for easier completion, students should submit this application as soon as possible for the HOPE Grant and other financial aid. Students may also apply for HOPE and other state aid, including SIWDG, at


Get a head start on your future by attending Chattahoochee Technical College, serving six counties in the north metro Atlanta area.  Call us at (678) 384-4958 to find out more about the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant and our other programs of study.  One of our friendly admissions counselors will help you understand your options for financial aid.


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