All students in Georgia are encouraged to take Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) career pathway courses that lead to pathway completion and credentialing. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) mandates that CTAE leaders make expanding access to CTAE pathway courses a priority to increase equity, access, and workforce diversity.
One of the purposes of the federal Act is to develop more fully the academic knowledge and technical employability skills by increasing the employment opportunities for populations who are chronically unemployed or underemployed, including individuals with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged families, out-of-workforce individuals, youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system, and homeless individuals. (National Alliance for Partnership in Equity)
Additionally, the Georgia Perkins V State Plan’s annual performance indicators include increasing the graduation rate, academic achievement, non-traditional enrollment, post-program participation, earning Credentials of Value, and program quality measures.
Workforce Ready Pathway Courses
As a first consideration, all students should be provided the opportunity to select traditional CTAE Career Pathways based on individual career interests and aptitudes. Students’ career interest and aptitudes can be determined from middle school
BRIDGE Act career related activities, YouScience results, early exposure to career pathways and Career, Technical Student Organization (CTSO) activities, Individual Graduation Plan, and other assessments and activities. An Individual Graduation Plan (IGP), developed in the 8th grade and updated yearly, should be in place to provide overall high school course enrollment guidance and direction. Efforts such as these allow students to maximize opportunity to develop entry level job skills in their chosen fields, earn credentials of value, and participate in work-based learning activities while in high school.