Career, Technical and Agricultural EducationThe CTAE program is designed to offer students an education that will prepare them for the careers of the 21st century.The Woodland High School CTAE department has one of the finest equipped facilities in the southeast. We are also very proud of the staff that has been assembled for this department.Sharon Murray - Health Care ScienceJordan Simmons - Video Broadcast- Engineering & TechnologyRudy Tabares-Architectural Drawing/WBLRobert Drummond - Agriculture Education, Dept. ChairBrandon Thompson- Business EducationTorrie Wright - Public SafetyHeather Franks - Family & Consumer ScienceDr. Cynthia Walker-Barksdale - Early Childhood DevelopmentThe following is taken from the state department brochure for CTAE:
Georgia Career, Technical and Agricultural Education— or
CTAE—has historically provided students with the high quality
education necessary to prepare for career
opportunities in the Georgia economy.
While CTAE has been successful, emerging technologies and
evolving employer expectations to have a highly qualified,
motivated, and reliable workforce demand that Georgia
strategically re-tool CTAE.
The new vision for CTAE retains its challenging curriculum,
yet expands the scope to ensure that every Georgia student
graduates from high school with the academic skills, hands-on
experience in real work environments, and intensive career
guidance required to succeed in college and/or employment.
Aligning CTAE ConcentrationsThe dynamic Georgia economy depends on a high-tech,
high-skill workforce. Unfortunately, employers can’t find
enough skilled workers in state, so they often recruit from
other states, regions, and even countries to fill high-paying
positions located right here in Georgia. Equipping Georgia’s
workforce and industries to compete in the global marketplace
requires improving how the state prepares students for life
beyond high school.
That is why CTAE is in the process of realigning its
Program Concentrations and curriculum areas to better
support the Governor’s Strategic Industries and Innovation
Centers Initiative (see box at right). By creating a direct
connection between secondary school education and the
industries identified as key to Georgia’s future economic wellbeing,
CTAE can help ensure that all students graduate from
high school with the academic and career skills required to
succeed in the 21st-century workplace.
This reengineering of CTAE’s concentrations, curriculum,
and Individual Career Pathways is a thoughtful evolution that
will unfold logically over three years. The goal is to create the
following eight areas of concentration encompassing the 16
federal career clusters:1. Agriculture2. Architecture, Communication & Logistics3. Business & Computer Science4. Engineering & Technology5. Family & Consumer Sciences6. Government & Public Safety7. Healthcare Science8. Marketing, Sales & Service
Within each Program Concentration are Career Pathways
that students can choose to follow. Part of the realignment
process will include the development of Individual Career
Plans (ICPs) showing the sequence of courses in each pathway,
as well as academic requirements and postsecondary options.We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. ~Carl Sagan