Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)
A wide array of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education programs are available in the Bibb County School District's middle schools and high schools. Furthermore, students in all zones may apply to attend Hutchings Career Center. The CTAE mission is to equip students with the fundamental technical, academic, and leadership skills they will need for their further education and future careers. Leadership development is provided through co-curricular Career Technical Student Organizations.
A career pathway in Georgia's high schools includes three or four sequenced courses which provide students a foundation in a particular career field. Research indicates that students who set career goals are more likely to be focused and experience success in school. The CTAE career pathways offered in each high school are featured on the school's website.
Work Ready Initiative
As part of Georgia's Work Ready initiative, the WorkKeys assessment is administered to seniors in the school district. The assessment measures reading for understanding, locating information, and math skills. This free ACT assessment provides an opportunity for students to earn Work Ready Certification at the bronze, silver, gold, or platinum level. A gold certificate indicates that a student is ready for college without remediation. CTAE supervisors will contact principals about scheduling the assessment in each high school.
CTAE programs have advisory committees composed of industry leaders, postsecondary educators, school district educators, and parent representatives. Committee members perform the crucial functions of advising schools on stakeholders' needs, offering on-the-job training through job shadowing and internships, providing support to the CTAE programs, and sometimes donating materials and equipment.
Industry Certification is a formal process that strengthens CTAE programs through a rigorous review conducted by leaders from business and industry. The following components are evaluated during the review process: curriculum and instruction, lab areas, equipment, industry/community involvement, work-based learning opportunities, Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), and instructor qualifications.
Students who are juniors or seniors and at least 16 years old may be released from school one or two blocks each day to participate in Work-Based Learning. The Work-Based Learning Coordinator at each high school works to place students in positions related to their career pathways. Youth Apprenticeship Programs are also available for students who have certain career interests.