Post-secondary and Workforce Readiness

2033 Goal

Prepare Georgians for workforce opportunities by ensuring their skills and credentials meet employers’ needs.

Key Outcomes

Increase the overall attainment to 65% by 2033, up from the current rate of 52.8%.
Accelerate attainment rates for underserved groups by at least 30% by 2033.

In 2019, 42.4% of Georgians held a post-secondary degree. Another 10.4% had earned an occupational license, certificate, or certification, bringing Georgia’s post-secondary attainment rate to 52.8%.

For Georgia to remain competitive on the global stage, state leaders will need to set the sights higher, focusing on an attainment goal of 65%. While annual increases in attainment rates have averaged 1 to 1.2% since 2012, a closer look at the data suggests Georgia will encounter headwinds in reaching the North Star.

Three factors will make reaching 65% attainment more difficult: a generation of skilled and credentialed workers reaching retirement age, a growing share of the youth population lacking access to high-quality educational opportunities, and low postsecondary attainment for Black and Latino residents.

With the share of the White population expected to dip below 50% by 2030 and enrollments declining at institutions serving students of color and working adults, Georgia will fall behind without a bold strategy to support post-secondary enrollment and completion efforts for underserved groups.

Expanding access to all types of credential programs could provide a way for all Georgians, especially nontraditional students, adult learners, disengaged youth, and low-income residents, to fully participate in the state’s economic prosperity.

Expanding access to accelerated learning options so that students can earn post-secondary credits or credentials while enrolled in high school.

Creating a comprehensive, statewide need-based financial aid program that makes post-secondary options more accessible for youth and working adults.

Expanding and deepening incentives for working adults to earn short-term post-secondary credentials in areas of workforce shortage.

  • State policymakers explore ways to use financial aid as a lever to increase affordability, award merit, and encourage people to enter high-demand, high-wage occupations.
  • State, system, and corporate leaders develop a more inclusive and data-driven narrative to demonstrate that four-year credentials are not the only pathway to family-sustaining employment.
  • Complete College Georgia
  • Credit and Program Articulation Efforts
  • HOPE Scholarship Program Suite
  • Nexus Degrees
  • Georgia Military College
  • Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC)
  • Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)