CAREER CLUSTERS AND PATHWAYS
Business & Information Technology
CTSO: FBLA (Sponsor Mr. Howard Akers)
Teachers: Ms. Natalie Foster
What It’s About
Business and Information Technology programs prepare students to become productive members of the business community and to enter a post-high school institution after graduation. Students develop competencies in such areas of instruction as finance, legal operations of business, administrative support, information management, international business, entrepreneurship, and management.
Business and Information Technology programs consist of three components: classroom and project-based learning experiences, which provides instruction that meets industry-validated standards; work-based learning directly related to classroom instruction in the form of internships, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, and youth apprenticeship; and the career and technical student organization of FBLA, which provides co-curricular activities within the program area to develop teamwork and leadership skills.
Students go beyond content knowledge and technical skills to develop leadership skills and teamwork essentials through co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America, (FBLA). Through in and out of class assignment, activities and adventures students learn through team (chapter activities), small group (partner projects) and individual success.
Web and Digital Design
CTSO: Skills USA (Sponsor Mrs. Zinda McDaniel)
Teachers: Mrs. Zinda McDaniel and Mrs. Heather Williams
What It's About
Healthcare Science Technology Education programs are designed to provide students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare. This course of study will provide students with a smooth transition into post-secondary nursing, medical or allied health education or the ability to acquire an entry level medical position in the workforce or the military. Students are exposed to general healthcare knowledge and skills and are then encouraged to pursue a more in depth study in the career area they are interested in through the appropriate career pathway. The pathways that are currently available in the healthcare program of study include: Therapeutic Services - Nursing and Allied Health Services.
In the program, a strong emphasis is placed on academic integration into the curriculum as well as the necessary foundation skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking which are necessary to enter the workforce.
Skills USA is offered through the healthcare programs and is a co-curricular component that compliments the classroom experience along with work based learning opportunities. Employment in the healthcare industry will provide students with a financially stable and rewarding career of service to others.
Therapeutic Services – Nursing (MOWR)
Therapeutic Services – Allied Health and Medicine
Culinary Arts (MOWR)
Teacher: WGTC Instructor (Chef Acree)
What It's About
Culinary Arts is a growing program in our schools across Georgia. This program is designed for those wanting to learn the “art” of cooking and for those wanting to continue in the Arts field in any of the many diverse opportunities: Sous Chef, Pastry Chef, Kitchen manager, Banquet Chef, or a Restaurant Entrepreneur.
Why It's Important
Opportunities in the culinary field are high in demand, wages and skills. Individuals in this field gain knowledge in diet, nutrition, food preparation, cost and budgets, and the science of food. As society looks for more convenience, this increases the demand of dining establishments and skillful individuals to work there.
Marketing, Sales and Service
CTSO: DECA (Sponsor Ms. Natalie Foster)
Teacher: Ms. Natalie Foster
The Marketing Education Program is designed to prepare students for postsecondary education and careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Students develop knowledge and skills in the foundational areas of marketing (economics, human relations and business basics) and the functional areas of marketing (product and service planning, marketing-information management, purchasing and pricing, selling and promotion, risk management, financing and distribution/logistics), as well as in international marketing, management and entrepreneurship.
Students in the Marketing Pathway are responsible for the operations of the BCHS School Store.
Develop critical thinking skills in order to make informed decisions.
Integrate academic skills into the marketing/management curriculum in order to insure that students develop excellent written and verbal communication skills, computational skills, and scientific problem-solving skills.
Develop cooperative learning skills in order to work effectively with teams to find solutions to problems, create new systems, etc.
Develop human relations skills and an appreciation for diversity through classroom experiences (such as cooperative learning and simulations), student organizational experiences (DECA competitive events) and work-based learning experiences (coops, internships, practicums, shadowing, mentoring, etc.)
Use technology to gather and present information, solve problems and manage the workflow.
Demonstrate proficiency in the foundational and functional areas of marketing by applying the knowledge and skills learned through the curriculum, the work-based learning component and the competitive events (DECA activities).
Manage work by effectively planning, organizing and allocating resources.
Marketing and Management
CTSO: FFA (Sponsors Mr. Dustin Haskins and Mr. Chad Schneider)
Teachers: Mr. Dustin Haskins and Mr. Chad Schneider
What It’s About
Agricultural Education is composed of three distinct, yet interrelated components. A basic component is classroom and laboratory experiences. In the classroom, students learn concepts and theories dealing with a broad spectrum of agricultural and agribusiness topics. The classroom is followed by the laboratory mode of instruction where concepts and theories are carried through to their application. Here, the students are taught “hands-on" skills that ensure that the skills learned are practical and usable.
Both classroom and laboratory instruction are put to use in the Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) component of the program. In this approach, students work and learn in a real-life situation where they obtain on-the-job skills. SAEP can vary from the traditional home projects to entrepreneurship or cooperative work experience in production or agribusiness.
The third component, the FFA organization, provides an avenue for developing leadership skills. As an integral, intra-curricular component of the agricultural education program, the FFA has numerous systems to deliver instruction in leadership. In addition, FFA provides incentives for improved student performance through its awards program. Teachers of agriculture have always stressed the problem solving and decision making approach to teaching. Through this approach, students are better equipped to cope with changes that are constantly occurring, not only in agricultural industry but also in life in general. The strength of the program lies in the flexibility and dedication of teachers whose philosophy is, "We don't just teach agriculture, we teach students."
The optimal benefit of the program is received when a student is an active participant of all three parts of the program. A program that is developed to include the three components with equal weighting is said to have a "balanced approach" and therefore, is providing optimal opportunities for all students. The challenge is developing the balance and maintaining it. However, the focus for all programs in relation to total school improvement is to stay focused on a balanced program, develop strategies to be focused, and evaluate the effectiveness of our balanced program.The Business Management & Administration Career Cluster prepares students with computer skills for future college and career plans. Cluster skills mastered include planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating as well as owning and operating a successful business.
CTSO: SkillsUSA (Advisor Mr. Charles Mitchell)
Teacher: Mr. Charles Mitchell
What It’s About
Trade and Industrial Education programs equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for successful employment in the trade and industrial field and for further education. Programs of instruction are offered in Communication Technologies, Personal Services, Protective Services, Construction Technology, Mechanical Occupations, Automotive Technology, Precision Production Occupations, and Manufacturing Sciences. Trade and Industrial Education programs include three major components:
Classroom/laboratory experiences, which enable students to develop technical and academic skills in laboratories that simulate the business or industrial work environment for the given area.
Work-based learning and youth apprenticeship programs, may be selected by students as a strategy for obtaining more intensive skill development in the workplace.
SkillsUSA Georgia, the Career Technical Student Organization, provides opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular activities that help them develop academic and technical skills and encourages them to become better citizens.
Construction (must select one area of concentration from below)
Teacher: WGTC Instructor Ms. Melinda Thomas
What It’s About
The Human Services Cluster prepares individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.
Personal Care Services - Cosmetology Pathway (MOWR)
The Personal Care Services – Cosmetology pathway is one of seven pathways in the Human Services Cluster. After completing an Introduction to Personal Care Services course, students in the Cosmetology pathway will be exposed to necessary skills and knowledge useful in any area in Personal Care Services. The subsequent courses in this pathway are aligned to the requirements set forth by the State Board of Cosmetology. A student may potentially take the State Board of Cosmetology written and practical assessment after having completed 1500 required hours or completion of this pathway culminates with an opportunity for students to take the Skills Connect end of pathway assessment.
Audio-Video Technology and Film I
Teacher: Lindsey Herring
What It's About
This pathway prepares students for employment or entry into a postsecondary education program in the audio and video technology career field. Topics covered may include, but are not limited to: terminology, safety, basic equipment, script writing, production teams, production and programming, lighting, recording and editing, studio production, and professional ethics. Students are involved in all aspects of produce broadcast media. The students enrolled in this pathway produce the weekly news broadcasts (BCTV) which is aired in advisement classes on Fridays. Students produce various commercial and videography for other school events and programs.
Audio and Video Technology and Film
Each Middle School CTAE Program area course includes essential and relevant performance standards for math, science, language arts, and social studies. Middle school CTAE courses also reinforce Reading Across the Content, Technical Writing standards, Entrepreneurship standards, and CTAE Foundation Skills. CTAE middle school courses feature rigorous performance standards that students master to help prepare them for choosing a high school career pathway that interests them.
Business and Information Technology
CTSO: FBLA (Sponsor Mr. Kendall Blankumsee)
Teacher: Mr. Kendall Blankumsee
Engineering and Technology
Teacher: Mr. Brandon Culpepper
What It’s About
The purpose of Technology Education is to develop technological literacy as part of all students' fundamental education through an activity-based study of past, present, and future technological systems and their resources, processes, and impact on society. Technology Education utilizes computer and educational technology in the delivery of content related to systems of communication, energy/power-transportation, production, and bio-related technologies.
In addition to classroom/ laboratory experiences, students participate in the Technology Student Association (TSA). Activities of the TSA are an integral part of the instructional program because they promote leadership skills, high standards of craft quality, scholarship, and safety. Opportunities are provided for involvement with the community's industrial and technological resources, in parliamentary procedures and democratic decision making, and for recognition for exemplary performance.
CTSO: FFA (Sponsor Ms. Christy Thomas-Huewitt)
Teacher: Ms. Christy Thomas-Huewitt
Agriculture (New 2019-20)
CTSO: FFA (Sponsor Ms. Bailey Atkinson)
Teacher: Ms. Bailey Atkinson
DELTA INNOVATIVE SCHOOL
Finance (New 2019-20)
Teacher: Ms. Charlene Thompkins
How money smart are you? Step into this course specifically designed for high school students to understand the importance of the financial world, including planning and managing money wisely. Areas of study taught through application in personal finance include sources of income, budgeting, banking, consumer credit, credit laws and rights, personal bankruptcy, insurance, spending, taxes, investment strategies, savings accounts, mutual funds and the stock market, buying a vehicle, and living independently. Based on the hands-on skills and knowledge applied in this course, students will develop financial goals, and create realistic and measurable objectives to be MONEY SMART! Through project-based learning activities and tasks, students will apply mathematical concepts in realistic scenarios and will actively engage by applying the mathematics necessary to make informed decisions related to personal finance. Financial Literacy places great emphasis on problem solving, reasoning, representing, connecting and communicating financial data. Various forms of technologies and internet research will be highlighted to expose students to the resources available when managing personal financial goals. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Students complete the Pathway by successfully completing courses in:
Introduction to Business and Technology
Banking, Investing and Insurance
Career and College Success (New 2019-20)
Teacher: Mr. Howard Akers
Career development is a vital part of one’s educational career. Individuals define and re-define career-related choices and outcomes in a life-long process. In general labor trends indicate that many workers will change jobs an average of 7-10 times in their career, will work in teams, and will need more education and training to be competitive in their selected field. Therefore, this process will be used repeatedly in one’s work career. Educators in Georgia are responsible for providing the tools, knowledge and resources that young people along with their parents need to make these critical education and career-related decisions.
This program focuses on three major domains aligned with goals and indicators to represent the knowledge, skills and attitudes people need to be successful in the world of work. Each indicator is presented in three learning stages (Knowledge Acquisition, Application and Reflection) derived from Bloom’s Taxonomy. The following list represents the three major domains:
Personal Social Development Domain - Students are provided the knowledge, tools, and resources to develop an understanding self and one’s relationship to others.
Educational Achievement and Lifelong Learning Domain - Students are provided the knowledge, tools, and resources to reach their education and career goals in a diverse and ever-changing economy.
Career Management Domain - Students are provided the knowledge, tools, and resources to create and implement a plan of action to reach their educational and career goals.
Students enrolled in this course may Dual Enroll with Wiregrass Technical College to complete two courses for college credit:
INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EMPL 1000
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS SKILLS COLL 1010
Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0.5 Lab 3 - 2.5
This course is designed to assist the learner to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic, personal, and professional success and to improve student retention. Areas of importance include Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Personal Financial Management, Stress Management and Wellness, Studying and Test Taking Skills, Communication Skills, Career Planning and Goal Setting, Computer Applications/Technology Skills and Employability/Professional Skills.