Industry Certification is a collaboration between the state Department of Education, the local school, and the state level business/industry association. When a program becomes industry certified, it receives a "stamp of excellence", which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction. The student is ensured participation in a program that has been carefully interfaced with current industry standards thus helping to increase their qualifications toward successful employment. The curriculum and the delivery method for that curriculum taught to students are improved and updated enabling the student to receive high quality instruction. Communities understand that schools which pursue this distinction are committed to improving student preparation and ensuring that Georgia’s workforce meets the demands of the 21st century.