Welcome to CTAE Pathways/Career Links!

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education provides Georgia students with the opportunity to select a Career Pathway. These pathways are state-approved career enhancement programs that combined with the recommended academic course work, will prepare students to continue their education at any level or enter the world of work. The Career Pathways are sequential electives in a particular area. Implementation of Career Pathways is a collaborative effort between the local systems, the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia to help transition students from high school to college with a strong skill base. Most high-demand, high-skilled, high-wage occupations still require education beyond high school.

The information on this page is designed to assist students in making informed Career Pathway choices.

Find more information on the Career Pathways at the Georgia Department of Education website:





Animal Science

• Basic Ag Science and Technology (9-12)
• Agricultural Animal Production & Management (9-12)
Natural Resources & Management (9-12)
• Ag Leadership & Personal Development (10-12)
Animal Science Technology/Biotechnology (10-12)**

*This course counts towards satisfying the fourth science requirement and a CTAE pathway completion requirement but is NOT recognized as a fourth science by the Board of Regents.
What this means:

Natural Resources Management (9-12)
CAN count as a Science credit for graduation from ECCHS – or any other Georgia high school – but WILL NOT be recognized as a Science course by the University of Georgia System’s 4 year Research Schools (i.e. UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern, etc.).

**This course counts towards satisfying the fourth science requirement and a CTAE pathway completion requirement and has been approved by the Board of Regents as a fourth science.
What this means:

Animal Science Technology/Biotechnology (10-12)
CAN count as a Science course and WILL be counted as such by the University of Georgia System’s 4-year Research Schools (i.e. UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern, etc.).


Business and Computer Science

Financial Management—Accounting

• Business Essentials (9-12)
• Principles of Accounting I (10-12)
• Principles of Accounting II(10-12)

Administrative/Information Support
• Computer Applications I (9-12)
(This course must be taken first)
• Computer Applications II (9-12)
• Business Communication and Presentation (9-12)
• Business Procedures (10-12)

Interactive Media Career Pathway
• Computing in the Modern World (9-12)
(Must be taken first)
• Fundamentals of Web Design (10-12)
(Must be taken before Advanced Web Design)
• Advanced Web Design (11-12)

Possible Career Opportunities:
Animal Scientist, Farmer, Meat Scientist, Timber Procurement, Soil Conservationist, Arborist, Game Warden, Food Safety Inspector, Small Engine Mechanic, Nutritionist, Electrician, Ag Teacher, Ag Journalist, Small Business Operator.

Instructor: Mr. Michael Bilow (F-10)

Possible Career Opportunities:
Financial Analyst, Accountant, Administrative Professional, Graphic Designer, Web Master, Multi-media Developer, Bank Teller, Computer Animator, Manager.

Mrs. Deana Crook
Mrs. Lori Starrett
Mr. Nat McCarty (E-2)

Broadcast / Video Production

Broadcast/Video Production

• Broadcast / Video Production 1 (9-12)
• Broadcast / Video Production 2
* (10-12)
• Broadcast / Video Production 3
* (11-12)

*Instructor approval required for these courses

The three levels of Broadcast/Video Production cover a wide variety of instruction. Hands-on training is provided in the areas of videography, digital video editing, scriptwriting, studio production, production graphics, set design, and much more. Sign up now and you could become a member of the BDTV News Staff.

Possible Career Opportunities:
Film Editor, Camera Operator, Broadcast Journalism, Television and Radio Reporter.

Mr.Nick Beshiri(F-4)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Consumer Services

• Family and Consumer Sciences Essentials (9-12)

• Food, Nutrition & Wellness (10-12)
• Food & Nutrition Through the Lifespan (10-12)

Possible Career Opportunities:
Chef, Head Cook, Food Technologist, Food Inspector, Nutritionist / Dietician, County Extension Agent, Health Educator, Food Service Manager.

Instructor: Mrs. Ghybreal Gentle (F-1)


Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

• Human Growth & Development for Early Childhood -This is the class with the Real Care Babies. (9-12)

• Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education (10-12)
• Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young (11-12)
• Early Childhood Education Internship (Pre-Approval required)


Possible Career Opportunities:
Teacher, School Counselor, Teaching Assistant, Educational Product Specialist, Nanny, Day Care Owner.

Instructor: Mrs. Kathy Maxwell (F-2)


Granite Technology

Granite Technology

• Granite Technology I (9-12)

• Granite Technology II
* (10-12)
• Granite Technology III
* (11-12)
• Granite Technology IV
* (12)

*Instructor Approval required for these courses



Possible Career Opportunities:
The 4 levels of Granite Tech cover a wide variety of instruction that deals with the granite industry. This allows students who complete the pathway to leave school with a broad knowledge of the industry. With this knowledge, they can find many jobs in the granite industry such as sandblasting, polishing, sawing, CAD operations and more.

Instructor: Mr. Jake Baker (Granite Lab)




Metals Fabrication Technology

Metals Fabrication Technology

• Fundamentals of Metals (9-12)
• Introduction to Metals (9-12)
• Arc Welding Processes I (10-12)
• Arc Welding Processes II (10-12)
• Intermediate Arc Welding Processes I (10-12)
• Intermediate Arc Welding Processes II (10-12)
• Advanced Arc Welding Processes I (12)

Additional Electives:
• Precision Machining (9-12)

Possible Career Opportunities:
Welder, Welding Inspector, Machine Tool Operator, Metal Fabrication and Contracting, Maintenance Technician, Tool & Die Maker

Instructor: Mr. Casey Freeman (F-8)


Leadership Educatio
n &Training

• Leadership Education and Training 1 (LET 1)
• Leadership Education and Training 2 (LET 2)
• Leadership Education and Training 3 (LET 3)
• Leadership Education and Training 4 (LET 4)
Courses must be completed in sequence 1, 2, 3, 4

The mission of the Army Junior ROTC program is to motivate young people to be better citizens. To accomplish this mission, the program of instruction (POI) discusses courses such as citizenship, leadership and a number of other courses designed to help students succeed in high school and after graduation.

Possible Career Opportunities:
Enlisted and Officer careers in the military, police, and other government and civilian agencies that require leadershippotential.The programprepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens.

Major Edward Lovin
(ROTC Building)
SGT Al Homer
(ROTC Building)
1SG Steven Browning
(ROTC Building)


Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning is a program that allows students to gain insight into a career field through job shadowing, internships, work based learning placements or youth apprenticeship. Work placements are set up with local businesses and community organizations. Positions can be paid or unpaid depending upon the placement criteria. Students are released from school to attend the work site. Students are required to take related course work at the high school to compliment the work experiences.

Students must meet the following criteria to be in the WBL program
• 11th or 12th grade
• On track for graduation
• Good attendance and disciplinary record
• Be able to provide own transportation to job

Kim Fuller
(Career Center)
Deana Crook

Teaching as A Profession

Teacher Education

• Examining the Teaching Profession (11-12)

• Contemporary Issues in Education (11-12)
(pre-requisite—Examining the Teaching Profession)
• Teaching as a Profession Internship (11-12)
(Pre-Approval Required)

Possible Career Opportunities:
Teacher, School Counselor, Teaching Assistant, Educational Product Specialist, Nanny, Day Care Owner.

Mrs. Cindi Burden
(Portable 1A)
Mrs. Kim Fuller
(Career Center)


Dual Enrollment with Athens Technical College

Health Occupations
Patient Care Assistant Certification

• Nutrition and Wellness
• Medical Terminology
• Employability Skills
• Certified Nursing Assistant

Shampoo Technician Certification

• Introduction to Cosmetology
• Introduction to Skin, Scalp, and Hair
• Employability Skills
• Salon Management
• Introduction to Shampoo and Styling

Dual Enrollment students are able to go to the ATC campus to take these diploma programs and receive credit at both the High School and ATC.
Students must meet the following criteria to be accepted into the Dual Enrollment program:
• 11th or 12th grade
• Admittance to ATC (based on ASSET test scores and 2.5 GPA)

Please see Mrs. Kim Fuller for more information in the Career Center.