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. 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.
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. 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. We offer the following CTSOs.
|Career & Technical Student Organizations|
|Acronym||Official CTSO Name||Program Area||CTSO Website|
|DECA||Distributive Education Clubs of America||Marketing||www.gadeca.org|
|FBLA||Future Business Leaders of America||Business||www.gafbla.org|
|FCCLA||Family, Career & Community Leaders of America||Family & Consumer Sciences||www.gafccla.com|
|HOSA||Health Occupation Student Association||Healthcare Sciences||www.georgiahosa.org|
|Skills USA||Skills USA||Technical & Service Occupations||www.skillsusageorgia.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 seniors to start preparing for a career while still in high school. 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.
The Muscogee County School District Career, Technical & Agricultural Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions), religion, national origin, age, military status, disability, or any other legally protected status in its educational programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies for CTAE programs: Victoria Thomas, Director of CTAE, 2960 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia 31906; 706-748-2000.