CTAE - Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education

Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education

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. "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. 


The graduation rate for students involved in CTAE in Georgia is 96.48%. 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


GA DoE - CTAE Career Pathways - Levels: Evelyn from GPB Sponsorship on Vimeo.


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 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
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Fabrication (Welding)
  • Agriculture Mechanics Systems

Georgia Skilled Trades
There is currently a skilled labor shortage in the country and in Georgia and 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.
     If you are interested in a career in the trades, consider enrolling in Agriculture career pathways that offer fundamental skills for future trades people: 
      *Welders *Electricians *Carpenters *Mechanics:

  • Agriculture Mechanics and Electrical Systems
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Fabrication
  • Agriculture Mechanics Systems

The resource linked here is list of in-demand career programs available via the Technical college System of Georgia. If you choose to pursue one of these areas, free tuition is available if you qualify.

AFNR Occupations and Careers


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

  • Business and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship

BMA Occupations and Careers


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

  • Computer Science; Programming; Game Design

IT Occupations and Careers


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

  • Early Childhood Education

Education & Training Occupations and Careers


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

  • Patient Care

Health Science Occupations and Careers


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. 

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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. Students are encouraged to participate in 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 our W-WCHS Online Career Develpment 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. 



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