Technical College System of Georgia Recognizes First Graduates of Career Plus High School Equivalency Program

ATLANTA, GA–The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) celebrated its first graduates of the Career Plus High School Equivalency (HSE) program, a new alternative to the GED® test. The first graduates of the program include Clifford Thomas and Sarah Gray from Albany Technical College, and Charles Cash from Athens Technical College. Launched as a pilot in 2020, the Career Plus HSE allows students to combine previously earned credits from high school, completed portions of the GED® test or HiSET® exam, and technical college credit to earn a high school equivalency credential from a participating adult education provider.

Career Plus HSE is designed to provide students with the flexibility to fill in any gaps from previous high school or adult education classes with technical college courses designed specifically for the program. It also offers an innovative path to obtain tuition-free skills training in high-demand career fields, providing more opportunities to earn higher salaries. 

“We are excited for these first graduates of this innovative high school equivalency program,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “Adult education is vital to the workforce in Georgia and the Career Plus HSE program puts students on a path to earning a postsecondary credential that is truly valued in the marketplace.”

In addition to earning the high school equivalency, Mr. Thomas, Ms. Gray, and Mr. Cash earned postsecondary credentials in some of Georgia’s most high-demand occupations. Thomas earned technical certificates of credit in Diesel Engine Technician and Diesel Truck Maintenance; Gray earned a diploma in Early Childhood Education; and Cash completed Commercial Truck Driving and Gas Metal Arc Welding.

“Because of COVID-19, I lost my job and my wife encouraged me to go back to school to earn my high school equivalency,” said Clifford Thomas of Albany Technical College. “I want to do better for myself, my family, and be a role model for my two sons.”

“Career Plus HSE is an exciting new program for out-of-school youth and adults without a high school diploma to earn a state-issued high school equivalency credential in Georgia,” said TCSG Assistant Commissioner of Adult Education, Dr. Cayanna Good. “By providing adults with more options to earn their high school equivalency, we are helping more Georgians realize their full potential through education and skills training. Congratulations to these first graduates!”

Five of Georgia’s technical colleges are participating in the Career Plus HSE pilot—Albany Technical College, Athens Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Columbus Technical College, and Savannah Technical College. Financial Aid is available to assist students with college classes and tuition may be free for those enrolled in a high-demand career program.

For more information, contact the Georgia High School Equivalency Office at (404) 679–4959 or     


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 degree, 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


Mark D’Alessio




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