Career, Technical & Agricultural Education

Career, Technical & Agricultural Education

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Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Mission & Vision

Prepare students to become college and career ready through
Exploration, Experience and Extension. 

CCSD's CTAE Program will empower students to successfully participate and compete in a dynamic global workplace.  To this end, the curriculum focuses on:

  • infusion of rigorous and relevant academic instruction
  • application of essential global emerging technologies
  • early identification of career cluster opportunities
  • a combination of career employability and economic/living skills
  • preparation for postsecondary studies and lifelong learning

Rigorous, Relevant Academic Instruction

When students see the relevance of their education, they are more likely to be engaged in their education and to remain in school. Career technology is an authentic context for learners. Research supports that a student-centered learning experience that combines the core content within the career technical curriculum increases academic achievement. Career Technology Programs use instructional strategies to emphasize the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation within a structured, rigorous, and relevant curriculum.

Globalization and Emerging Technology

Trends in technology have affected not only the workplace, but also personal activities. CTAE provides opportunities for all students to learn about and apply emerging technologies in today’s world. The skills needed to successfully compete in a world of changing technology are acquired through project-based, contextual learning in the Career Tech classroom.

Career Cluster Opportunities

The U. S. Dept. of Labor has recently updated and organized careers into 16 cluster areas. The GaDOE CTAE Department has created programs of studies correlated to these 16 career clusters, as well as to a 17th cluster for Green Technologies. When students begin career exploration at an early age, they gain a developmental understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, the ever-evolving requirements of the workplace, and the relationship of lifelong learning to career success. At the middle school level, our students participate in career self-awareness and exploration to identify suitable career pathways within these career clusters. Middle school students develop personal career goals and establish an individual career plan to serve as a foundation for their high school course selections. Early identification enables them to be properly prepared for appropriate postsecondary choices.

Career Employability and Economic Living Skills

Based on input from Business and Industry AdvisoryCommittees and Certification Organizations, as future consumers and workforce participants, it is essential for students to demonstrate career employability soft skills, such as:

  • effective writing and oral communication
  • critical thinking and problem-solving
  • leadership
  • work ethics

They must also demonstrate an ability to handle their economic/living skills such as:

  • money management
  • time management
  • organizational management
  • conflict resolution
  • an appreciation for diversity tolerance

CTAE curriculum incorporates 11 foundational work place and economic/living skill expectations. These expectations secure knowledge and skills necessary for success on the job. They also integrate how to conduct personal daily living financial transactions.

Post Secondary Studies Preparation and Lifelong Learning

The CTAE program enables students to develop skills essential for successful transitions to postsecondary studies, entry into the workforce, and ultimately careers. In keeping with business and industry expectations, the dynamic work environment mandates that individuals continually acquire additional skills and knowledge. CTAE curriculum provides a foundation and emphasizes the importance for students to become lifelong learners.


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