Heavy Equipment Operator Construction Pathway Update

After a lot of time and hard work, it is official; Georgia has a brand-new high school construction program and pathway. It’s called the Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Construction Pathway. And it’s the first horizontal construction pathway based on CAT Simulators in the country. There will be 6 high schools across the state piloting the program: 

  1. Cobb County: Cobb Innovation & Technology Academy (CITA) 
  2. Forsyth County: East Forsyth High School 
  3. Jackson County: Empower College & Career Center 
  4. Jones County: Jones County College & Career Academy 
  5. Muscogee County: Jordan Vocational High School 
  6. Toombs County: Toombs County High School 

There is also funding for 3 Technical Colleges to pilot the program to be determined very soon. On June 28-30th, we will be teaching all the new HEO teachers on the simulators and curriculum as they come to Marietta from around the state.

These new programs will begin this upcoming school year, August of 2022! We will be very involved with each school program as the year goes on, helping to ensure that these schools and teachers have everything they need for a very successful program pilot across the state. Our goal is to have at least the same amount of funding in next year’s state budget so we can start even more programs next year. We give all glory and honor to Jesus for all of this coming together, and we pray that this new program will be a real game changer for our future work force. 


Jeremy Whitaker, Recruitment & Development Manager
July 14, 2022

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