The Fitzgerald and Ben Hill Development Authority, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, and Fitzgerald High School communicate openly with each other and are in constant collaboration working together to ensure our industries have the skilled labor force needed to remain competitive and profitable.  Through these efforts, unique training for specific jobs within the community evolved.  In the fall of 2016, the school system launched a Certified Manufacturing Specialist program that provides pathways of studies for students who are planning to go directly into the workforce.  To date, students have been hand selected by the school system to enter into the program and early success has been seen.  Below is a summary of the growing opportunities being afforded to Fitzgerald High School students. 



Weld is defined as "to unite; to come together and form an effective single unit.  Simply put, that is the goal of the collaborative effort of the Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County Development Authority, Fitzgerald High School, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Communities in Schools, and local industry.  The vision of the the partners of WELD is to implement a community based workforce development initative that will benefit the community as a whole, create an environment of open dialouge and collaboration between education and industry, establish additional avenues for employment, reduce unemployment and poverty rates, and improve the overall quality of life in Ben Hill County.  To date, WELD has produced the following results:

  • Open lines of communication between active partners
  • Railcar repair curriculum to be offered at Wiregrass GA Technical College
  • Placement of high school students in jobs at local industry
  • Groundswell of community support
  • Students creating WELD t-shirts that identify and celebrate them as workforce participants, thus building pride in our student body. 


Career Pathways offered at Fitzgerald High School

  • Agricultural Mechanic Systems
  • Agricultural Science Systems
  • Automobile Maintenance
  • Business and Technology
  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Engineering/Technology
  • Health Informatics
  • JROTC - Army
  • Nutrition & Food Science
  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Therapeutic Services/Patient Care
  • Web and Digital Design

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Dual Enrollment 

  • Automotive
  • Certified Manufacturing Specialist
  • Certified Nursing Assistance
  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Railcar Repair (pending approval)
  • Welding and Joining
  • College Core Classes