Education and Training

Build on the skills and experience of Valdosta-Lowndes County’s highly trained workforce with the educational and training programs of our local high schools, colleges and universities. From advance manufacturing technology to industrial safety training courses, these schools have the resources to take your workforce to the next level.


New Job Training Programs

QuickStart the Georgia Department of Economic Development new job training program are also administered by Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.  

QuickStart is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed program providing customized training free-of-charge to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses for more than 40 years. 

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College 

The nation's fastest growing public two-year technical college with campuses in all across the South Georgia region, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College main campus is located in Valdosta, Georgia. With enrollment reaching over 6,000 students, Wiregrass offers programs of study including: Business, Computer Science & Digital Media, Health Care, Professional Services, Technical & Industrial and Online. Wiregrass also has partnerships with many four-year colleges and universities that will allow transfer of associate degree courses. Visit Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to learn more.

Valdosta State University

Ranked among the top regional universities in the South and home to students from all 50 states and more than 60 countries, Valdosta State offers nationally distinctive programs in the arts, business, education, engineering & mathematics, health professions, public administration and more. Valdosta State University provides a creative, deeply personal and relevant college experience. Serving the South while attracting students from around the world, Valdosta State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Visit Valdosta State University’s website to learn more.

Georgia Military College

The academic mission of Georgia Military College involves the development of the intellect and the elevation of character. The learning based curriculum of the college is, therefore, a blend of expected student learning objectives of intellectual development in each course and in ethical development. This unique blend has characterized this institution almost since its founding in 1879 under a charter granted by the Georgia state legislature.

Georgia Military College (GMC) is a two year junior college with campuses throughout the state of Georgia. The Valdosta campus of GMC has been serving area residents since 1978. Learn more.


Work-Based Learning/ CTAE Program

Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) contains many structured age appropriate experiences which prepare students to be college and career ready. Work-Based Learning is a culminating experience for students taking courses in their chosen career pathway. Students may enroll in a Work-Based Learning course once they reach the age of 16 where they will receive credit while working in an environment related to their career pathway.

Both Lowndes County Schools and Valdosta City Schools offer Work-Based Learning/CTAE Programs. The Work-Based-Learning coordinator/CTAE director for each school may conduct many supporting activities to prepare students for the Work-Based Learning experience. These can include, mock interviews, job shadowing, student portfolios, career fairs, interest and aptitude surveys, career awareness and career exploration, guest speakers, and field trips.


Campuses located on Moody Air Force Base

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaches science, practice and business of aviation and aerospace, preparing students for productive careers and leadership roles. Learn more.

Park University

Park University specializes in high-quality educational services, delivered in innovative ways that allow working adults and military service personnel to earn their college degree. Learn more.


For specific information on Valdosta-Lowndes County’s workforce, including the size of our workforce, average wages, and educational attainment, please visit our Workforce Data & Demographics page.


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