Kia Georgia Demonstrates Commitment to Education with $100,000 Donation to the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation

Kia Georgia Demonstrates Commitment to Education with $100,000 Donation to the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation

Atlanta, Ga.–As part of its ongoing dedication to supporting education and workforce development initiatives in Georgia, Kia Georgia has announced the donation of $100,000 to the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Foundation. Kia Georgia President and CEO, Stuart Countess presented the check at TCSG’s annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) and Rick Perkins Awards banquet celebrating TCSG’s top students and instructors.

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“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Technical College System of Georgia to support the education and career aspirations of students throughout our state,” said Kia Georgia President and CEO, Stuart Countess. “At Kia Georgia, we recognize the importance of technical education in driving innovation and economic growth. By investing in TCSG, we aim to empower students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in today’s competitive workforce.”

This contribution underscores Kia Georgia’s commitment to investing in the future of Georgia’s workforce and economy. The donation will directly benefit students enrolled in technical colleges across the state, providing vital resources to enhance educational opportunities and career pathways.

Since 2016, Kia Georgia has graciously provided funding to award the state GOAL winner with a brand-new Kia as the grand prize. This year’s winner will drive home a brand-new Kia Sportage, which is built at the Kia facility in West Point. In addition to awarding a new vehicle to the top student, the remaining funding will support The Last Mile Fund to provide gap funding for the more than 131,000 technical education students served within TCSG.

“We are deeply grateful to Kia Georgia for their longstanding partnership and generous contribution to the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation,” said TCSG Commissioner, Greg Dozier. “This donation will have a meaningful impact on the lives of countless students, helping to remove barriers to education and create pathways to success in high-demand fields.”

The partnership between Kia Georgia and TCSG exemplifies the power of collaboration between industry and education in driving positive change and fostering economic prosperity for Georgia’s citizens. By investing in technical education, Kia Georgia is helping to build a skilled workforce equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.

In 2006, Kia made one of the largest single foreign investments in the history of Georgia by establishing a state-of-the-art-production facility in West Point. With an annual capacity of more than 350,000 vehicles, Kia Georgia is home of the Telluride SUV, Sorento SUV, Sportage SUV, and all-electric EV9. This advanced manufacturing facility represents a $2.8 billion investment on a 2,200-acre site, operating 24 hours a day.

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degrees, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit

About the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation

The TCSG Foundation supports TCSG through marketing, advocacy, and fundraising to benefit the system’s 22 colleges and their programs, faculty, and students. The TCSG Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

About Kia Georgia, Inc.

Kia Georgia, Inc. is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 350,000 units, Kia Georgia is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Ga. and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. Kia Georgia is home to the Telluride, Sorento, Sportage SUVs, and the all-electric EV9 SUV.


Mark D’Alessio – Executive Director of Communications
Technical College System of Georgia