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Pathways

CTAE Program Philosophy

Career inspiration in PreK-2, career awareness in elementary school, career visualization in middle school, and career preparation in high school are vital components of one's educational career. Clayton County Public School's Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program provides the interdisciplinary and technical skills to every student focused on attaining the knowledge and abilities that businesses and industries desire for high-demand, high-skilled, high-wage occupations.

Students who graduate from high school after successfully completing a CTAE "Career Pathway" are equipped for immediate employment, post-secondary education, and life-long learning. In essence, students in CTAE are "college and career ready" - prepared to compete in the global marketplace.

Our CTAE Pathways Middle and High School:
CTAE Pathway Chart (Coming soon!)

Georgia's 17 Career Clusters

  1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  2. Architecture & Construction
  3. Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  4. Business Management & Administration
  5. Education & Training
  6. Energy
  7. Finance
  8. Government & Public Administration
  9. Health Science
  10. Hospitality & Tourism
  11. Human Services
  12. Information Technology
  13. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  14. Manufacturing
  15. Marketing
  16. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  17. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

The Georgia Department of Education has developed seventeen (17) elementary career awareness activities for local school systems to use as a guide to assist with the implementation of the College and Career Readiness Performance Indicators appropriate for the career awareness and career development indices. Some activities may contain more than one activity to allow for more opportunities to facilitate awareness of the cluster.

These activities will assist elementary students with:

  • developing sense of self and areas of interest
  • developing and acquiring positive attitudes
  • developing a sense of career awareness and the relationship with academics and personal interests.

Additional resources are located at:
http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Pages/Elementary-Cluster-Activities.aspx

 

CTAE CURRICULUM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) 

These courses are designed to be taught in a nine-week rotation in 45-minute daily classes. Standards should be taught in the order presented with the exception of Standards 1 and 9 being embedded standards with ongoing learning regarding employability skills, career investigation, and career-technical leadership opportunities. Capstone projects should be incorporated at the completion of all standards as time allows.

Business Management and Finance Pathway/Connections: This course will provide an exploratory foundation in business office administration and support, business management operations, and banking, accounting, and investing.

  •  6th Grade - 07.08300 - Foundations of Business Administration
  •  7th Grade - 07.08400 - Foundations of Business Management
  •  8th Grade - 07.08500 - Foundations of Investing and Finance

 

Computer Science Courses - This course will provide an exploratory foundation in information systems, networking, and cybersecurity, computer programming (coding), and the design and development of interactive programs such as websites and games.

  • 6th Grade - 011.01100 - Foundations of Secure Information Systems
  • 7th Grade - 011.01200 - Foundations of Computer Programming 
  • 8th Grade - 011.01300 - Foundations of Interactive Design

Note: requirements for teaching this and other computer science courses: This course should be taught in a lab setting with a 1:1 ratio of student to personal computer.
 

Career Development Pathway/Connections - This course will provide students with opportunities to identify interests, abilities, aptitudes, values, and personality traits as they relate to career planning, to develop a keen understanding of the value and benefit of work, and to differentiate between jobs and careers while examining career concentrations and pathways.

  • 6th Grade - 32.02100 - Career Awareness
  • 7th Grade - 32.02200 - Career Discovery
  • 8th Grade - 32.02300 - Career Management

 

Communications Pathway/Connections - This course will provide student with foundations skills in audio, video film and technology. It may include, but are not limited to: history of mass media, terminology, safety, basic equipment, script writing, storyboarding, production teams, planning, writing, directing, recording and editing a production, graphic communications, and professional ethics.

  • 6th Grade - 48.03100 - Broadcast and Graphic Communications
  • 7th Grade - 48.03200 - Introduction to Communications
  • 8th Grade - 48.03300 - Applications of Communications

 

Engineering & Technology Pathway/Connections - This course is to provide all students with an introduction to the principles of Engineering & Technology (hereafter referred to as E&T) and its place in the modern world. This course will also help students to use technological systems effectively in their lives, thus providing a foundation for successfully integrating their own interests with potential careers with the resources of a technological society. Also includes the world of invention and innovation along with the Engineering Design Process and universal systems model including input, process, output and feedback. Students will examine various systems, such as; electrical, magnetic, mechanical, fluid, structural, natural, thermal, chemical, and information. 

  • 6th Grade - 21.02100 - Exploring Engineering and Technology 
  • 7th Grade - 21.02200 - Invention and Innovation
  • 8th Grade - 21.02300 - Technological Systems

 

Family & Consumer Sciences Pathway/Connections - This course will provide all students with an introduction to the Family and Consumer Sciences-related Career Clusters. The Human Services career pathways are Nutrition and Food Science, Interiors/Fashion/Textiles, and Housing and Community Management. Hospitality and Tourism career pathway is Culinary Arts. Education and Training career pathways are Early Childhood Education and Teaching as a Profession. 

  • 6th Grade - 20.01100 Family & Consumer Science 
  • 7th Grade - 20.01200 Family & Consumer Science 
  • 8th Grade - 20.01300 Family & Consumer Science  

 

 

 

Middle Schools CTAE Pathway Connections
Adamson                Business Management & Finance 
Engineering & Technology
Babb Business Management & Finance 
Family & Consumer Sciences
Forest Park Business Management & Finance 
Family & Consumer Sciences
Jonesboro Business Management & Finance 
Engineering & Technology
Family & Consumer Sciences
Kendrick Business Management & Finance Class 1
Business Management & Finance Class 2
Lovejoy Business Management & Finance 
Engineering & Technology/Computer Science
Morrow Business Management & Finance  
Career Development
Family & Consumer Sciences
Mundy's Mill Engineering & Technology/STEM
North Clayton Business Management & Finance 
Engineering & Technology
Computer Science
Pointe South Family & Consumer Sciences
Engineering & Technology
Rex Mill Business Management & Finance 
Engineering & Technology/STEM
Health Science
Riverdale Business Management & Finance 
Engineering & Technology
Family & Consumer Sciences
M.D. Roberts Business Management & Finance            
Sequoyah Communications
Engineering & Technology
Eddie White 6-8   Health Science
Career Development/Computer Science
Business Management & Finance 

 

EDUCATION CURRICULUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

Career awareness in elementary school, career visualization in middle school and career preparation in high school are vital components of one's educational career. Clayton County Public Schools', Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program provides the interdisciplinary and technical skills to every student focused on attaining the knowledge and abilities that businesses and industries desire for high-demand, high-skilled, high-wage occupations.

Students who graduate from high school after successfully completing a CTAE "Career Pathway" are equipped for immediate employment, post-secondary education and life-long learning. In essence, students in CTAE are "college and career ready" - prepared to compete in the global marketplace.

It is recommended that these courses are taken in sequential order beginning in 9th grade to ensure students are pathway completers. Pathway completers are students who have completed the three required courses in our state's career pathways and eligible to attain an end-of-the-pathway assessment (EOPA) credential. An EOPA test-taker is a student who has completed three sequential/required courses in a career pathway and sat for an industry recognized exam to gain industry credentials or test results that prove competency in varied skills/trades; through test vendors such as: NOCTI, SkillsUSA, National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessment.

 

High School Pathways  

Charles Drew High School
1. Culinary Arts Pathway*
2. Entrepreneurship Pathway*
3.Human Resources Management Pathway 
4. Health Informatics (HI)-HI Management/Medical Office Pathway
5. Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science
6. Fire & Emergency Services/Firefighting Pathway  
7. Fire & Emergency Services/Public Safety Communications Pathway
8. Engineering and Technology Pathway
9. Air Force JROTC Pathway
Work-based Learning
Forest Park High School
1. Cosmetology Pathway
2. Human Resources Management Pathway
3. Health Informatics (HI)-HI Management/Medical Office Pathway
4. Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science Pathway
5. Marketing Pathway*
6. Programming Pathway*
7. Advanced Accounting*
8. Air Force JROTC Pathway
Work-based Learning


Jonesboro High School
1. Cosmetology Pathway  
2. Barbering Pathway
3. Entrepreneurship Pathway*
4.Human Resources Management Pathway
5. Engineering and Technology Pathway*
6. Emergency Medical Responder Pathway
7. Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science/Firefighting Pathway
8. Teaching as a Profession Pathway
9. Air Force JROTC Pathway
10. Carpentry Pathway
Work-based Learning
Lovejoy High School
1. Automobile Maintenance & Light Repair Pathway*
2. Entrepreneurship Pathway*
3. Carpentry Pathway*
4. Therapeutic Services: Patient Care Tech Pathway
5. Marketing Pathway 
6. Web and Digital Design Pathway*
7. Advanced Accounting Pathway*
8. Air Force JROTC Pathway
9. Computer Science (Magnet Program)
10. Audio-Video Technology and Film Pathway
11. International Business Pathway
Work-based Learning


Morrow High School
1. Entrepreneurship Pathway*
2. Web and Digital Design Pathway*
3. Engineering Drafting and Design (Magnet Program) Technology Pathway 
4. Marketing Pathway*
5. Teaching as a Profession Pathway
6. Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science Pathway
7. Air Force JROTC Pathway
8. Pharmacy Pathway (Magnet Program)
9. Aviation Flight Operations/Aviation Maintenance Pathway (TBD)
Work-based Learning  

Mundy's Mill High School
1. Human Resources Management Pathway*
2. Marketing Pathway (2) *
3. Audio/Video and Film Technology (Magnet)
4. Web and Digital Design Pathway*
5. Programming Pathway*
6. Audio-Video Technology and Film Pathway
7. Entrepreneurship Pathway
8. Air Force JROTC Pathway
9. Fire & Emergency Services/Firefighting Pathway
Work-based Learning
Mount Zion High School
1. Business Accounting Pathway*
2. Audio-Video Technology and Film Pathway*
3. Web & Digital Design Pathway*
4. Teaching as a Profession Pathway
5. Health Informatics (HI)-HI Management/Medical Office Pathway
6. Allied Health Pathway
7. Financial Services Pathway
8. Engineering and Technology Pathway
9. Air Force JROTC Pathway
Work-based Learning

Riverdale High School
1. Computer Science Pathway*
2. Business Accounting Pathway*
3. Cosmetology Pathway
4. Barbering Pathway 
5. Marketing Pathway*
6. Teaching as a Profession Pathway
7. Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science Pathway
8. Plant & Landscape Systems Pathway
9. Human Resources Management Pathway
10. DeVry Advantage
11. Georgia Military College
Work-based Learning

North Clayton High School
1. Cosmetology Pathway
2. Entrepreneurship Pathway*
3. Human Resources Management Pathway
4. Marketing Pathway   
5. Audio/Video and Film Technology Pathway
6. Aviation Flight Operations/Aviation Maintenance Pathway (TBD)
7. Emergency Medical Responder Pathway
8. Air Force JROTC Pathway
Work-based Learning
Perry Center
1. Early Childhood Care and Education I Pathway
2. Automobile Maintenance & Light Repair Pathway
3. Advanced Accounting Pathway
4. Web and Digital Design Pathway
Work-based Learning



Career Pipeline Tool

Georgia businesses need a skilled workforce, and every year, Georgia high schools are graduating talented students in need of meaningful career opportunities. In an effort to better connect those two groups, to the benefit of Georgia students and the overall economic health of the state, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and state partners are launching the Georgia Career Pipeline Tool, accessible at gacareerpipeline.gadoe.org