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Career Technical Agricultural Education

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  • Overview

    Career Technical Agricultural Education (CTAE) is the cornerstone for preparing students to be “College and Career Ready.” CTAE integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational skills to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce. The aim of the program is to show students the relevance of what they’re learning in the classroom, whether they plan to attend a two-year college, a four-year university, enter armed services or go straight into the world of work.

    The CTAE curriculum is based on a set of common knowledge, skills and abilities which prepares students for various opportunities. These opportunities include but are not limited to advanced curriculum, dual enrollment, work-based learning, career awareness, career development and employability skills.
    DeKalb School’s CTAE programs allow students to choose an area of interest in high school from the 17 career clusters listed below. Each cluster includes multiple career pathways.

    Career Clusters

    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
    • Architecture and Construction
    • Arts, AV/Technology and Communications
    • Business Management and Administration
    • Energy
    • Finance
    • Government and Public Administration
    • Health Science
    • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Human Services
    • Information Technology
    • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
    • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
    Career Clusters and Pathway Course Standards (click to view high school course standards)

    CTAE Middle School Performance Standards (click to view middle school course standards)

    • To prepare DeKalb County Schools ‘students to compete in a global and technological society
    • To prepare students to enter and meet the needs of a high demand and high skilled workforce
    • To prepare students for post-secondary options without the need for remediation
    • To prepare students to become self-directed and lifelong learners
    • To develop socially conscious students
    • To expose elementary and middle grade students to career awareness

    Mentoring Programs

    DeKalb School’s comprehensive grades K-12 career development includes three levels:

    1. Career Awareness in Grades K-5: grade-level specific career activities (5th grade portfolio)
    2. Career Exploration in Grades 6-8: career-related assessments and inventories (individual graduation plan by the end of the 8th grade)
    3. Career Management in Grades 9-12: ongoing review and advisement of each student’s individual graduation plan to ensure successful implementation.

    Notice of Non-discrimination

    The DeKalb County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, or handicap in educational programs, activities, admissions to facilities, or in employment practices.