Post: What Georgia’s CTAE graduation rate means for students
14, 2017 – The
graduation rate for students involved in Career, Technical, and Agricultural
Education (CTAE) programs has risen to 96 percent in Georgia.
rate – which applies to students who complete a Career Pathway – exceeds the
statewide graduation rate by 15.4 percentage points.
need to be engaged and see the relevance of their education – and CTAE makes
that happen,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We continue to
see that students who complete a Career Pathway are prepared for their future –
whether that’s higher education, serving in the military, accepting an
apprenticeship or going directly into their career. CTAE connects Georgia’s
K-12 schools with business and industry, building a qualified pipeline of
students who are ready to participate meaningfully in Georgia’s industries and
communities. It’s a win for Georgia’s economy and a win for Georgia’s
CTAE program leverages partnerships with industry and higher education to make
sure students are ready to take their next step after high school. Students can
take courses in more than 100 Career Pathways within 17 Career Clusters, earn
recognized industry credentials, participate in work-based learning and
apprenticeship opportunities, and serve as leaders through membership in
co-curricular Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).
completion helps to keep students in school and helps to get students focused
on a very important target – their careers,” State CTAE Director Dr. Barbara
Wall said. “Pathway completers are more likely to graduate and more likely to
continue in post-secondary education.”
who complete a Career Pathway are prepared to pursue higher education (through
the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, or
another institution), enter the military, accept an apprenticeship opportunity
or immediately begin their career. Below, learn about four Career Pathway
completers whose CTAE experience helped them find success after high school. Click
here for even more stories.
DeAndria Wiggins, Web and Digital Design
Wiggins, a 2017 graduate of North Springs High School in Sandy Springs,
discovered her love of technology through the Web and Digital Design Career
Pathway. She’s now majoring in computer engineering at Georgia State, minoring
in computer science, and interning with the Fulton County Schools Help Desk.
is a growing field, and you never run out of things to do – you never run out
of things to learn,” she said.
said she’d tell a high school student deciding whether to pursue a Career
Pathway to “go for it”.
are so many doors and opportunities that they should take advantage of,” she
said. “This is the last thing I thought would happen – it’s crazy how things
fall into place when you pursue something that’s meaningful to you.”
Jake Howard, Agricultural Mechanics
Howard just graduated high school in May – but he’s almost finished with his
degree at Ogeechee Technical College.
to dual enrollment and the Agricultural Mechanics Career Pathway at Southeast
Bulloch High School, Jake found a perfect career fit in the electrical industry
– and was able to get started right away.
addition to his grandfather, Jake – who’s been on the President’s List for the
past several semesters at OTC – credits his ag teacher at Southeast Bulloch
with helping him discover his talent for electrical work.
ag program meant a lot to me, and the Pathway I took meant a lot,” Jake said.
“It’s taken me farther than I really would’ve imagined.”
Will Treadwell, Public Safety
Public Safety Career Pathway helped Will Treadwell, a 2014 graduate of Rockdale
Career Academy, begin his career immediately after high school.
an officer for the Conyers Police Department, Will said the Public Safety
Pathway at RCA gave him a base of knowledge in subjects like case law and law
helped me get prepared to jump into a law enforcement career as soon as I got
out of high school,” Will said. “My classes gave me a lot of knowledge that
helped me out through the police academy, because we’d already studied a lot of
things that officers deal with on a daily basis.”
Will praised the collaboration between RCA, the
Conyers Police Department, and the Rockdale County Sherriff’s office.
amazing how well they work together,” he said. “We’re still pulling employees
from RCA in our department.”
Clayton Shivers, ROTC
ROTC Career Pathway at Troup High School was the first step in Clayton Shivers’
military career. He’s now continuing that path at the United States Military
Academy – West Point.
you have been working toward a goal for four years and you finally achieve it,
it is a feeling that is out of this world,” Shivers said. “It feels great.”
for admission to West Point must apply to the Academy and receive nominations
from their representative in Congress, their two U.S. Senators, and the Vice
President of the United States. After the application process, approximately
1,300 cadets are chosen to enter the Academy in July.
High School Senior Master Sergeant Kevin Jefferson said Shivers was a “stellar
performer” in his Career Pathway.
selection at West Point does not come as a surprise for us because he has been
a stellar leader,” Sergeant Jefferson said. “We anticipate him doing very well
at the Academy.”
here for more stories from CTAE Pathway completers.