support CTAE labs in Cobb, Henry, and Hall
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4, 2018 – The
Georgia Department of Education has awarded $501,000 in FastTrack grant funds
to four schools to support them in equipping their Career, Technical, and
Agricultural Education (CTAE) labs.
funds – awarded to schools in the Cobb County, Hall County, and Henry County
school districts – will support the implementation of 10 CTAE labs. Each lab
will provide immersive learning experiences in high-demand fields like
audio/video technology, health science, and engineering.
in spring 2018, FastTrack grants are Construction Related Equipment (CRE) grant
funds awarded at the midpoint of the fiscal year to support school districts in
equipping new CTAE labs.
across Georgia are working to connect their students with hands-on,
career-ready, out-of-the-box learning,” State School Superintendent Richard
Woods said. “It’s not just about hearing a lecture or reading from a textbook –
our students need instruction that will prepare them for their future careers.
Our FastTrack grants are designed to help schools provide that high-quality
career education for their students.”
gain audio/video and film skills in Cobb County Schools
Cobb County, FastTrack funds will support an audio/video technology and film
lab at Harrison High School.
Smith, Sr. Manager for Multimedia Production at NBA.com
– a Cobb County Schools industry partner – said:
newly equipped studio and control room at Harrison High has the look and feel
of a top-notch professional outfit. Coupled with outstanding instruction, these
tools will go a long way toward providing students with real hands-on
experience as they prepare for college. It’s money well-spent.”
County Schools CTAE Supervisor Jacquelina Brown said Cobb’s industry-certified
Audio Video Technology and Film (AVTF) program prepares students for college
and careers as they learn to use professional, industry-grade equipment.
FastTrack CRE funds used at Harrison High allow Harrison’s AVTF program to
provide industry-recognized skills for their students to be ready for industry
trends five to 10 years from now,” Brown said.
funds help expand Career Pathway offerings in Henry County
Henry County, FastTrack funds will support technology and family/consumer
science labs at Luella Middle School, and six additional labs at Luella High.
FastTrack funds will assist us with offering two new pathways at Luella High
and renovating six additional labs following a full school renovation
projects,” CTAE Coordinator Sharon Bonner said. “Construction on these labs was
completed almost a year prior to original estimates, and having access to
FastTrack funding provided equipment funding in time to begin instruction in
the new spaces. Each of these labs will serve over 150 students per year and we
are grateful to the GaDOE for providing these grants. Without the grants, the
labs might have waited several years before reaching industry standards.”
County students get computer science, coding experience
funds will support a middle school business education lab at Hall County’s C.W.
Davis Middle School.
are excited to receive the capital equipment funds to begin our first series of
middle school computer science/coding courses and to align with our high school
pathways offered in the information technology area,” Hall County CTAE Director
Rhonda Samples said. “Skills obtained in this area will help our students
prepare for the future workforce.”
2018 FastTrack Grant Recipients
High School (Cobb County Schools)
Technology & Film Lab
Davis Middle School (Hall County Schools)
School Business Education Lab
Middle School (Henry County Schools)
School Technology Lab, Middle School Family/Consumer Science Lab
High School (Henry County Schools)
Technology & Film Lab, Early Childhood Education Lab, Health Science
Multi-Use Lab, Marketing Multi-Use Lab, Public Safety Lab, Engineering
Technology Multi-Use Lab