Partnering with our educational institutions and training programs, Sumter County is looking ahead to encourage all graduates to stay and work here because of the offerings of ample workforce training and development options. 

Staying in tune with business and industry workforce needs, the community partners to ensure an ongoing pipeline of talent is continuously trained and readily available to ensure industry stability and growth.

Sumter K-12 Institutions

The Sumter County School District is located in Sumter County, Georgia, the home of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.  The District serves over 3,700 students from Americus, Leslie, Desoto and Plains. Teachers, administrators, support staff members and the Board of Education are committed to achieving the mission of graduating all students. We are also committed to providing a quality, equitable education for all students and providing appropriate professional learning opportunities for all staff members. View our new high school!

IGNITE College and Career Academy, through the Sumter County school system, opened during the 2021/2022 school season. In addition to its educational requirements, the Academy teaches students career skills necessary to work in a career or attain a college pathway. 

Southland Academy

Students should be challenged to reach their highest potential in academics, sports, and the arts. Each individual learns best when engaged in activities such as critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making in all curriculum areas. Students should be expected to accept responsibility and are held accountable for their actions. The educational process should be the cooperative effort of students, teachers, families, and community members...

Sumter Post-Secondary Institutions Providing Higher Education Training

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) earned a spot as one of the Best Value Colleges in Georgia for 2020 by Textbook Rush based on the affordable cost of attendance and the reasonable early and established career earnings of graduates.

South Georgia Technical College offers a wide variety of associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. From Welding, Culinary Arts, and Criminal Justice to Marketing Management, Aerospace programs, and Early Childhood Care and Education, SGTC has extensive capacity to address industry training needs.  The programs are uniquely designed by combining classroom and hands-on training to provide real life skills and experiences.

South Georgia Technical College (SGTC)

As a member of the Technical College System of Georgia and a residential institution of higher education, it is the mission of South Georgia Technical College to prepare individuals for success in the workforce by providing accessible, high-quality associate of applied science degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, and non-credit programs and services that support the needs of citizens, businesses, and industries within our service delivery area in Southwest Georgia.

  • Named "Best Community College" in Georgia by Niche, in 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018.   Niche Report Card


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