Teaching and Learning - Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE)

General Information

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) provides academic skills and real-world experiences necessary to build fulfilling careers in the 21st Century and compete in the global marketplace. CTAE is a vital component of the total education of an individual and is available to every student in the Muscogee County School District. Our purpose is to equip these students with the fundamental academic, technical, and leadership skills they will need to be successful.

In CTAE programs and courses, students are prepared for post-secondary education and immediate employment after high school. CTAE students can earn nationally recognized certifications in many fields, allowing them to establish the credentials employers require before they graduate from high school. Through partnerships between education and industry, the CTAE curriculum will provide students with a solid foundation for their further education and future careers.

CTAE Vision Statement: The CTAE Division will provide applied academic instruction so that students acquire technical skills and advanced training leading to successful transition into post-secondary education and careers in high-demand fields.

Career & Technical Student Organizations

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are a vital part of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE). They play an integral role in preparing students to become college and career ready members of society who hold productive leadership roles in their communities.

These organizations provide motivation, leadership training, and career development opportunities for students enrolled in CTAE programs in middle and high schools and enhance their occupational, employability and leadership skills through various activities such as conferences, award programs, service projects, and competitive events. These organizations conduct activities and events at the local, state and national levels in which students can participate and compete. The CTAE teachers at our schools are the advisors for the CTSO that matches their program. Due to varying program offerings across the district, all programs are not offered at every school.

When integrated into CTAE curriculum, the CTSO is a powerful instructional tool which offers organized curriculum-oriented activities that help students maximize employability, gain leadership opportunities, and develop personal skills which enable them to develop into productive members of society.

Teachers infuse CTSOs activities into the instructional activities, thereby helping students see the real-world value of their academic studies. The following list outlines the CTSOs promoted within the Muscogee County School District, the program (career pathway) area(s) each CTSO supports, and the website to obtain further information.

Acronym Official CTSO Name Program Area CTSO Website
DECADistributive Education Clubs of AmericaMarketingwww.gadeca.org
FBLAFuture Business Leaders of AmericaBusinesswww.gafbla.org
FCCLAFamily, Career & Community Leaders of AmericaFamily & Consumer Scienceswww.gafccla.com
HOSAHealth Occupation Student AssociationHealthcare Scienceswww.georgiahosa.org
Skills USASkills USATechnical & Service Occupationswww.skillsusageorgia.org
TSATechnology Student AssociationTechnology & Engineeringwww.gatsa.org

For more information visit the state's CTSO website: www.gactso.org/.

Work-Based Learning & Youth Apprenticeship

Work-Based Learning Programs are structured educational experiences that integrate classroom learning (school-based) with productive, structured work experiences (work-based), related to a student's career goal.

Work-Based Learning provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors to start preparing for a career while still in high school. Individual programs of study in the freshman and sophomore years prepare students for a successful work-based learning experience.

Through Work-Based Learning, students are able to earn wages while learning from skilled professionals, increase career options and future employability, strengthen academic skills, experience the connection between education and real-life work skills, earn post-secondary credit while in high school, and experience potential careers in the workplace.

Work-Based Learning enables employers to play an active role in shaping the quality of their future workforce. Through Work-Based Learning, employers are able to increase skill levels of potential workers, work with educators to develop curriculum based on industry standards, recruit and screen potential employees, reduce turnover of entry-level employees through the hiring of Work-Based Learning graduates, and improve competitiveness in the international marketplace.

Documents and Resources

Fourth Science Options 2017-2018
CTAE Career Clusters and Pathway Courses (High School)
Middle School Performance Standards

Frequently Asked Questions

If my child takes CTAE courses, can he/she still go to college?

CTAE courses prepare students academically and technically for post-secondary educational opportunities and for work opportunities directly after high school.

What is Youth Apprenticeship?

A highly structured work-based learning program for students who are age 16 or older and in the 11th or 12th grade. This work experience is directly related to a student’s career interest/pathway and allows them to perform duties related to his/her occupational area. Students receive one unit of credit for each course taken.

What is an internship?

Internships provide a student with the opportunity to study an occupational program directly related to his/her career interest and to participate in a workplace setting by performing duties related to the occupational studies.

Are job shadowing experiences important for my student?

Job shadowing introduces a student to a particular job or career by pairing the student with an employee of a business.

What are the benefits of students participating in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)?

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) develop leadership skills and workplace competencies. Competition exists at the local, regional, state, and national levels. CTSOs promote civic and personal responsibility.

How are today’s CTAE courses different from the old vocational courses?

Today's career and technical education program increasingly incorporates rigorous and challenging academic content standards and provides a non-duplicative sequence of courses leading to an industry-recognized credential or certificate, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.

Contact Information

Victoria Thomas Director

Career, Technical & Agricultural Education
2960 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
706-748-2081 fax

Dee Spinks-Russell Administrative Assistant

Career, Technical & Agricultural Education
2960 Macon Road
Columbus, GA 31906
706-748-2081 fax