CTAE - Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education

Formerly known as Vocational Education
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What is CTAE?
Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education

Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce Today 

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) is education about and for careers. CTAE was formerly known as vocational education. "The mission of CTAE is to educate Georgia's future workforce by engaging students in experiences that will prepare them for workplace success. Through CTAE, students see the relevance of their high school efforts to their future career goals..." (GaDOE).

In Wilkes County, at the primary and elementary school level, attention is focused on career awareness and exploration. At the secondary level (Grades 6-12), the goal of CTAE programs is to help students learn more about their career interests and prepare them with foundational career skills that will enable them to be successful as they transition from school to the world of work. We want students to graduate from high school with a workable plan for their futures that will allow them to become self-sustaining, productive members of society.

CTAE provides students with specialized classes, internships, and networking opportunities with members of their community. CTAE programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, in-demand careers. Opportunities are offered for students to earn industry-recognized credentials like the Microsoft Office Specialist certifications and the Georgia Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) license. Students can also earn college-level credit as part of CTAE Pathway completion if they pass the End-of-Pathway Assessment at a certain level with specific requirements met. 


The graduation rate for students involved in CTAE pathways in Georgia is 96.54%. At W-WCHS, the CTAE Pathway Graduation Rate is 98.77%. When involved in CTAE, students are engaged and able to see the relevance of their education. Students participating in CTAE have a variety of postsecondary education options including the following:

  • Four-year college/university
  • Two-year college
  • Technical college
  • Armed Forces
  • Registered Apprenticeships

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CTAE Program
Career Pathways

Career Pathways are state-approved career enhancement programs defined as a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career related courses usually commencing in the ninth grade and leading to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate degree and beyond.

CTAE provides all Georgia students with the opportunity to select at least three sequenced electives in a Career Pathway, along with recommended academic coursework, to prepare them to continue their education at any level or to enter the world of work.

Selection of a Career Pathway is based on self-awareness and the investigation of occupations plus related educational levels aligned with the Career Pathway. Students in Wilkes County can participate in five CTAE program concentrations and their related Career Pathways. Students may also participate in co-curricular Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) related to program areas. 

The Georgia Career Ready Diploma Seal is awarded to graduating students who complete a series of accomplishments as outlined here


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W-WCHS CTAE Program Offerings and Opportunities


CTAE Program Career Pathways

Click the link above to view courses and course descriptions for each pathway listed below.

AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES   (right click and open link in a new tab/window to view and watch video)

  • Forestry/Wildlife Systems
  • Forestry and Animal Science Systems
  • Forest Mechanical Systems
  • Animal/Mechanical Systems
  • Animal Production and Processing
  • Food Animal Systems
  • Agriculture Mechanics and Electrical Systems (Wiring)
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Fabrication (Welding)
  • Agriculture Mechanics Systems (Mechanics & Construction)

Georgia Skilled Trades
There is currently a skilled labor shortage in the country and in Georgia because the labor pool in the skilled trades is aging. You have a strong chance of employment in the skilled trades if you get the right training and education. Annually there are 83,211 craft job openings in Georgia. Every year 185,000 new construction tradesmen are needed. Check out "Why Skilled Trades?" on the GaFutures website linked to learn more. Research to figure out which trade is best for you at BuildGeorgia.com. Watch these videos to learn more about trades in Georgia.
     If you are interested in a career in the trades, consider enrolling in Agriculture career pathways that offer foundational skills for future trades people like *Welders *Electrical Workers *Carpenters *Mechanics:

  • Agriculture Mechanics and Electrical Systems (Electrical Wiring)
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Fabrication (Welding)
  • Agriculture Mechanics Systems (Mechanics & Construction)

*AFNR Occupations and Careers List* - Click this learn about jobs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.


BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION   (right click and open link in a new tab/window to view video)

  • Business and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship

*BMA Occupations and Careers List* - Click this link to learn about jobs in Business Management and Administration.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY   (right click and open link in a new tab/window to view)

  • Computer Science
  • Programming
  • Game Design

*IT Occupations and Careers List* - Click this link to learn about jobs in Information Technology.


EDUCATION & TRAINING   (right click and open link in a new tab/window to view video)

  • Early Childhood Education

*Education & Training Occupations and Careers List* - Click this link to learn about jobs in Education and Training.


HEALTH SCIENCE   (right click and open link in a new tab/window to view video)

  • Patient Care

*Health Science Occupations and Careers List* - Click this link to learn about jobs in Health Science.


Visit the W-WCHS Career Pathways, Course Descriptions, & Programs of Study page to learn more about these career pathways and the courses required for pathway completion. 



Georgia's High Demand Careers

Georgia's future depends on a highly skilled workforce. In order to get this workforce, our students have to be trained and educated for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Through Georgia's High Demand Career Initiative, it was discovered that there are several fields in great need of employees. Those fields are listed on the  High Demand Occupation List . In order to help fill this workforce void, free tuition for the majority of these field majors is available via the HOPE Career Grant, if you qualify. Training and education for these in-demand career programs is available through Technical college System of Georgia. For more information, visit the provided or https://www.wilkes.k12.ga.us/1/Content/hopecareergrant.

**Explore CareerOneStop's video library to learn about the United States' 16 career clusters, related types of work, and career details such as tasks, work settings, education needed and much more for hundreds of careers. 

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) programs are structured experiences that connect students’ career goals and classroom learning with a productive work environment. Work-Based Learning provides students the opportunity to know what they like to do as well an opportunity to develop work skills and personal qualities and to explore the world-of-work directly linked to their career interests.

Work-Based Learning includes student placement in positions that may be paid or unpaid. WBL placement experiences give students opportunities for instruction not only in academics but also in occupational skills, career exploration, and guidance in identifying employment and educational goals. Students truly have the opportunity to connect what they learn in school with work-site application, enabling a smooth transition into the workforce and/or education beyond high school.

There are three interlocking components of Work-Based Learning:

  • Student Career Goal
  • Related Coursework
  • Structured Work Experience

Employers aid students’ education by creating relevant curriculum, developing occupational skill standards specific to business and industry, and assessing student performance.


Career and Technical Student Organizations

Each program area has a nationally recognized Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) associated with it. Each course has CTSO standards and objectives embedded within the course. Students are encouraged to join the CTSO related to their career interest area. In Wilkes County, CTSO membership opportunities are offered for middle and high school students. Learn more about each organization by right clicking on the link and opening it in a new tab or new window. 


Program: Agriculture
CTSO: National FFA Organization (Georgia FFA)


Program: Business, Management & Administration
CTSO: Future Business Leaders of America (Georgia FBLAfor middle & high school students


Program: Education
CTSO: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (Georgia FCCLA)


Program: Health Science
CTSO: HOSA Future Health Professionals (Georgia HOSA)


Career and College Exploration
W-WCHS Online Career Development Center

To explore education and careers, visit the links provided at the right and our W-WCHS Online Career Development Center. This site will help you discover resources to help you learn about yourself, careers that fit your interests, and education and training required to get jobs in those career fields. 


For more information about the CTAE Program, please contact:

Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Director

CTAE Resources

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Career Pathway-EOPA Testing Links:

YouScience Aptitude Assessment (accessible via the Infinite Campus SLDS portal)

CIS Aptitude Assessment (from Georgia Career Information System)

W-WCHS Online Career Development Center (accessible off campus)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Georgia's In-Demand Careers

Georgia's Hot Careers

Georgia's STEM Careers

Career Exploration Tools

CareerOneStop Career Videos

mySkills myFuture (A CareerOneStop website)

Virtual Job Shadow - Career Videos  

AgExplorer - Career Finder & Virtual Field Trips

Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) > Access here through the Infinite Campus SLDS portal

Georgia Department of Labor 

Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School   |   1182 Tignall Rd.   |   Washington, GA 30673
Phone: 706-678-2426   |  Fax: 706-678-2628