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Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education

The Bulloch County Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education program seeks to provide meaningful school-to-career initiatives that will prepare students for high school and beyond.  With a variety of career programs offered at our middle and high schools, Bulloch County students are able to explore their interests and use advanced applications as they take courses in their chosen pathway. As students gain technical skills, they are also connecting the relevance of the academic skills embedded in their CTAE coursework through real-world scenarios, labs, and work settings. Completion of the Computer Science pathway may also count as the fourth requirement for science, math, or both foreign languages.

Career Cluster Areas

Bulloch County offers Career, Technical & Agricultural Education courses in the following career cluster areas: 

  • Agriculture Education (Plant & Landscape Systems; Agricultural Mechanics Systems; Forest-Natural Resources; Agricultural Management Systems; Forestry – Wildlife Systems; Middle School Agriculture Education) 
  • Architecture & Construction (Carpentry
  • Arts, AV/Technology & Communications (Audio, Video, Television & Film)
  • Business Management & Administration (Business; Technology; Entrepreneurship; Middle School Business & Computer Science)
  • Education and Training (Early Childhood Education; Teaching as a Profession)
  • Finance (Business Accounting; Financial Services)
  • Government and Public Administration (JROTC – Army)
  • Health Science (Therapeutic Services; Allied Health & Medicine)
  • Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Arts)
  • Human Services (Nutrition; Food Science)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (Engineering and Technology)
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (Auto  Maintenance & Light Repair; Distribution & Logistics)
Career Technical Student Organizations

Students are also encouraged to participate in the following Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) that provide extracurricular activities and competitions to develop leadership, collaborative work ethics, and career related skills: DECA - Distributive Education Clubs of America; FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America; FCCLA - Family, Career Community Leaders of America; FFA - Future Farmers of America; HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America; Skills USA; and TSA - Technology Student Association. 

End-of-Pathway Assessments

All students enrolled in the final course of a Career Technical & Agricultural Education pathway are required to take an End of Pathway Assessment  (EOPA) assigned to the respective program area. Assessments are provided free of charge to Bulloch County students. EOPAs are authored by such national industry agencies as Microsoft, NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute), AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences), and ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence).

Upon passing an EOPA, students may be issued an official certificate from the testing agency and will receive an honor cord to wear with their school’s graduation regalia.  Students who do not initially pass the EOPA may be allowed to retest once, but students must attend the required study/remediation session offered by the teacher.

Work-Based Learning

The Work Based Learning program represents the pinnacle of the Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program. It allows qualified students who have mastered skills in pathway areas the opportunity to work at an approved job placement to gain valuable work experience while receiving CTAE course credit.  A job placement may be a placement arranged by the WBL coordinator, the CTAE pathway teacher, or an approved part-time job arranged by the student.
To be considered for the Work-Based Learning program, students must complete an application to his or her high school coordinator.  Applications will be reviewed and ranked based on the student’s CTAE course completion, attendance, discipline, numeric grade average, and teacher recommendations.  Applications received after the due date will be ranked, placed on a waiting list, and considered if space is available in the program.

These are the student qualifications for Work Based Learning:

  • Student’s job placement must be approved by the WBL Coordinator and must align with CTAE courses taken and a clearly defined career goal;
  • Student must be classified as either a junior or senior;
  • Student must maintain a passing average in all classes and be on-track for graduation;
  • Student must have an acceptable attendance and discipline record;
  • Student must work a minimum of 7.5 hours for one block of WBL release and a minimum of 15 hours for two blocks of WBL release; and
  • Student may need to provide his or her own reliable transportation.
Middle School CTAE Courses

The Career, Technical, Agricultural Education (CTAE) program offers the following middle school courses and Career Technical Student Organizations: Business Education, Computer Science Education, Agriculture Education and Future Farmers of America (FFA).