“Your system really supports CTAE,” Roy Rucks, CTAE North Georgia Regional Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Education said during his post-review presentation to school district staff. “You have a great strategic plan for CTAE programs at the system level and school level, and a lot of attention is paid to improvement and goal setting.”
The CTAE Review Team, made up of state Department of Education staff and others from school systems across Georgia, praised individual schools for the quality of their staff, facilities, equipment and technology and the clear administrative support for CTAE programs.
The team visited four schools as part of the compliance process. The schools were Cherokee High, Creekview High, Freedom Middle and Sequoyah High.
Team members also made suggestions as to how to further improve the programs, such as seeking more industry certification opportunities for students and increasing the number of CTSOs like SkillsUSA to give students greater access to additional curriculum and competitions.
“Career readiness has long been an important focus of the Cherokee County School District, and we are continuously reviewing our CTAE programs to ensure the courses and activities we offer will prepare our students for the workforce of today and tomorrow,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said. “The school district’s dedication to career, technical and agricultural education will only increase in the future with the advent of the state’s new College and Career Readiness Performance Index and our plans to develop a technical high school academy in the current Teasley MS facility when we open that school’s new campus.”
A written report of the group’s findings will be provided to CCSD later this year.
During these visits, review team members interviewed administrators, teachers, counselors and students, toured facilities and observed classes to assess if the school district is providing students with outstanding CTAE programs.
The reviews covered areas including school district support of CTAE, knowledge of instructors and counselors, quality of equipment and supplies, classroom and lab safety, career awareness and exploratory activities, availability of career and technical student organizations, integration of academics, service to special population students, professional development opportunities and collaboration with business and industry partners.