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Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) play an integral role in preparing students to become college and career ready members of society who hold productive leadership roles in their communities. CTSOs provide motivation, leadership training, and career development opportunities for students enrolled in Career, Technical and Agricultural Education programs in middle and high schools and enhance their occupational, employability and leadership skills through various activities such as conferences, award programs, service projects, and competitive events. These organizations conduct activities and events at the local, state and national levels in which students can participate and compete. CTSOs are committed to the growth of students in all CTAE career pathways.
CTSO Core Values
•  Commitment – To create among members, educators and business and industry an adherence and appreciation for all Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Program
•  Conviction – To develop patriotism through knowledge of our nation’s heritage and practice of democracy
•  Education – To create enthusiasm and empower students to become lifelong learners.
•  Integrity – To deal honestly and fairly with one another.
•  Leadership – To develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, professional, community and social activities.
•  Professionalism – To promote high standards in career ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.
•  Recognition – Appreciation of the value of achievement.
•  Service – To cultivate a desire to contribute to the benefit and welfare of others
•  Teamwork – To enhance the ability of students to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic process.

DECA is specifically designed to provide activities for students to learn marketing, management, and entrepreneurial skills that will prepare them to pursue a career in the field of marketing. DECA members become more aware of the value of community service; participate in a local, state, and national competitive events program that showcases student skills and allows for interaction with the business community; further develop occupational skills needed for careers in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship; serve in leadership roles; and develop a greater understanding of our competitive, free-enterprise system and an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a student organization for all middle and high school students participating in business programs. As an integral part of the business instructional program, FBLA provides opportunities for students to develop vocational and career-supportive competencies. Participation in FBLA activities promotes civic and personal responsibility; helps students develop business leadership skills and establish career goals; and prepares them for useful citizenship and productive careers.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and social issues through family and consumer sciences education. Through cooperative and competitive programs, FCCLA members develop skills for life including character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Participation in national programs and co-curricular chapter activities enables FCCLA members to learn cooperation, take responsibility, develop leadership, and give service.

Georgia SkillsUSA

Georgia SkillsUSA members participate in local, state, and national activities provided through trade and industrial, technical, and health occupations courses and programs. The mission of SkillsUSA is to develop leadership skills and workplace competencies that students will need to success in a constantly changing global workplace. The organization provides many opportunities for leadership development and skills training. Competition in over 70 leadership, health occupations, occupationally related, and trade, industrial, and technical contests is offered at the region and state levels, culminating with the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, in June.

Georgia Technology Student Association (GA TSA)

Georgia Technology Student Association (GA TSA) is committed to providing students with opportunities to excel and advance as part of their instruction in technology education. Georgia TSA promotes technology education as a means of preparing students for a dynamic world, inviting them to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and technologically literate leaders. The mission of GA TSA is to prepare its members to be successful leaders and responsible citizens in a technological society through co-curricular activities with the technology education program, thereby developing communication, leadership, and competitive skills.

Career and Technical Instruction (CTI)

The Career and Technical Instruction program is designed to support students with disabilities enrolled in Career, Technical and Agricultural Education classes. The CTI program provides students with disabilities at the secondary level entry-level job skills in broad or specific occupation clusters. CTI offers a Fall Leadership Conference that focuses on students with disabilities in CTAE classes in high schools throughout Georgia. The purpose of the program is to reward students showing the greatest improvement in career and work adjustment skills, and to recognize the achievement of these students in their career, technical and agricultural programs.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

The mission of HOSA is: To enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health occupations students, therefore, helping the students to meet the needs of the health care community.

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

The FFA is an integral component of the agricultural education program. It is the student development and leadership application piece for agricultural education. The FFA offers a variety of experiential learning opportunities through competitive proficiency awards and career development events. Competitions focus on leadership and public speaking; communications, agriscience and biotechnology, as well as production agriculture. Agricultural education teachers and FFA advisors stress problem solving and decision making; and uses a learning by doing method. By applying a science based curriculum learned in a classroom to real life projects, teamwork, and competition; FFA members develop into successful, productive citizens. The strength of the FFA and agricultural education lies in the dedication of the teachers; whose philosophy is, “We don’t just teach agriculture, we teach students!”

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For more information about Georgia Career Technical School Organizations, please click here.

Career and Technical Student Organizations are valuable tools for implementing technical and academic standards found in Georgia’s curriculum. CTSOs are co-curricular – not extracurricular. Although related to a particular career, extracurricular activities take place outside of the program of instruction. They are not part of a planned instructional program and are not incorporated into a lesson plan or curriculum. Co-curricular activities are incorporated into the instruction program and receive instructional time within the classroom. CTSOs are considered a necessary part of the student’s education – not a social outlet. CTSOs provide a structure that promotes hands-on, project-based learning of the program curriculum which allows students to see the real world application of their academic studies. CTSOs emphasize leadership development. The recognition of work experience programs, structured learning experiences,  and entrepreneurship projects enhance the standards taught in the classroom and prepare students to be college and career ready. The diagram located below illustrates how the instructional program consists of three overlapping parts: classroom instruction, hands-on lab activities, and CTSO activities. Each element of the diagram is a distinct part of the CTAE division but they are so fully intertwined that they cannot be fully separated if a complete program is to be offered.
School Teacher Sponsor Organization
Allatoona High Ann Alejandro FCCLA
Allatoona High Mike Dennison FBLA
Allatoona High Joseph Lanier SkillsUSA
Campbell High Wil Smith SkillsUSA
Campbell High Gloria Fleming FBLA
Campbell High Cheryl Wilson FBLA
Campbell High Kimball, Joshua SkillsUSA
Campbel High Wilson, Nakeesha DECA
Daniell Middle John Kendall FBLA
Floyd Middle Mary Mwangi TSA
Harrison High William Phelps SkillsUSA
Harrison High Cary Ward SkillsUSA
Harrion High Sherri Johnson FBLA
Hillgrove High Brian Burnette SkillsUSA
Hillgrove High Katherine Brink DECA
Hillgrove High Lavita Williams FBLA
Kell High Chuck Goddard DECA
Kennesaw Mountain High Holbrook, Cristi SkillsUSA & TSA
Kennesaw Mountain High Heather King FCCLA
Kennesaw Mountain High Fietchl, Angela DECA
Lassiter High Katherine Griffin-Seguin DECA
Lassiter High Sharlet Keilman FBLA
Lovinggood Middle Pshantel Dean-McGruder FBLA
Lovinggood Middle Dawn Castleberry FCCLA
Lovinggood Middle Kiah Wilson TSA
McEachern High Anquia Bowden HOSA
McEachern High Michael Lee TSA
McEachern High Bryan Jacobson DECA
McEachern High Katherine Dow FCCLA
McEachern High Alicia Baynes SkillsUSA
McEachern High Suling Beck SkillsUSA
North Cobb High Richard Dennard DECA
North Cobb High Becky Young FCCLA
North Cobb High Michael Barcarse SkillsUSA
Osborne High Kenneth Harris SkillsUSA
Osborne High Donald Hall TSA
Pope High Lynda Brown FBLA
Pope High Bradley Klink FCCLA
South Cobb High Coy McCall SkillsUSA
South Cobb High LaShawn Green SkillsUSA
South Cobb High Lisa Gipson FBLA
South Cobb High Jeanette Francis-Ferris HOSA
Sprayberry High Tim Bembury SkillsUSA
Sprayberry High Tracey Merriman FCCLA
Sprayberry High Cassandra Jefferson HOSA
Sprayberry High Shannon Shaw DECA
Walton High Daniel Campagna SkillsUSA
Walton High Brian Benton FIRST Robotics
Wheeler High Mars Berwanger FIRST Robotics
Wheeler High Latrice Wicker National Technology
Honor Society (NTHS)
Wheeler High Sharon Hunt HOSA
Where will you be in five years? Ten years?
Working in an innovate field with lots of opportunities for advancement? Will you be developing both personally and professional in a dynamic career?
In today’s global job market, gaining the competitive advantage is critical. The world is a big place with many opportunities. To take full advantage of those opportunities, YOU must not only have strong academic skills but a repertoire of experiences in the real world. There’s no better way to do this than through a Work-Based Learning Program.
Work-based Learning (WBL) extends the traditional classroom and traditional styles of learning to the real world. It is the perfect pairing of academics and application. Enhance your academics, professional preparation, and personal development while you match your career interest, pathway, abilities, and talents with a position with a local business. Work in a career field of your choice and earn school credit. If you are a junior or senior and 16 years or older and want to work on your future now, WBL is the place for you.

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Campbell High Senior
In WBL you will:
  • Test-drive a career
  • Employ your creativity and ingenuity on the job
  • Apply academic knowledge
  • Network with business and industry
  • Develop business and industry mentors
  • Develop and refine skills
  • Learn the culture and etiquette of a business
  • Gain a “real world” perspective
  • Enhance soft skill and work ethic development
Be one giant step ahead, gain the competitive advantage
with the Work-Based Learning Program!
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a planned program of structured work experiences coordinated through your high school’s Work-Based Learning Coordinator. All applications must be completed in its entirety before consideration/approval.
WBL job placements should meet the three interlocking components of Work-Based Learning.  The WBL job placement, or internship, should be related to the student’s future career goals and CTAE coursework. WBL experiences may be paid or non-paid. Students in the WBL program must work a minimum number of hours to equate the seat time for which they are released from class.  For example, students who are enrolled in WBL on a 90-minute block schedule, should work a minimum of 7.5 hours each week to meet the required number of hours.  Your school-based WBL will be able to provide you with specific information for your school’s program.
If accepted into the WBL program, you will be dismissed from school for one, or more, class period(s) to work in a career related job while earning school credit for your work. As part of your WBL course, you will be required to complete a career portfolio that includes journal entries, submit work/wage information, and regularly submit evaluation from the employer on agreed upon competencies in the Training Agreement. You may be in WBL for both your Junior and Senior year.
By working together we can develop a pool of skilled and motivated future employees. We encourage all local businesses to create a partnership with your local school and reap the benefits for years to come.
The mission of the Work-Based Learning Program is to assist in providing highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented work force. This is accomplished by developing partnerships between business, industry, students, parents, school systems, coordinators, and post-secondary institutions which lead the participating student into a meaningful career.
  • To assist in the creation of strong support structure and partnerships between local employers, secondary schools, post-secondary schools, and certified training programs.
  • To provide assistance in the articulation of programs of study between high schools and post-secondary institutions.
  • To create a system that is industry driven where employers and their representatives help set occupational skills standards, collaborate on curriculum, provide work experiences, and work place mentors for students and certify mastery skills leading to the award of a skill certificate.
  • To focus on student’s learning about “many aspects” of a broad industry cluster rather than mastering a narrow set of occupation skills.
Our programs allows for WBL Students to internship in both paid and non-paid positions. We look forward to working with you.  For information, please contact:

Sapph Espinoza
CTAE/WBL Coordinator
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Allatoona High Emily Varner
Campbell High Michael Chasteen
Cobb Horizon Robert White
Harrison High Sherri Johnson
Hillgrove High Katherine Brink
Kell High Susana Lopez
Kennesaw Mtn Angela Fiechtl
McEachern High Anquia Bowden
North Cobb High Sheryl Cox
Osborne High Michael Devault
Pebblebrook High Tremayne Anchrum
Pope High Patrick Abney
South Cobb High Lisa Gipson
Sprayberry High Shannon Shaw
Walton High Anthony Hunter / Dan Campagna
Corporate Classroom Katherine Stewart
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Cobb Construction Program

Art O’Neill

Barbara Hancock
P: 770.514.3867
F: 678.594.8569

Dr. Alvin DeCuir
CTAE Coordinator

Dr. Sapph Espinoza
CTAE Coordinator

Kerry Owenby
Grant Technician

Mr. Greg Weaver, AeroDynamics Inc

Ms. Terri Seese, Alliance Solution Group

Mr. Chad Shaw, Allison-Smith

Mr. Chuck Little, Atlanta Electrical Comtractors Association

Mr. Shayne Wilson, Automobile Dealers Association

Ms. Diana Palma, Be4STEM inc

Dr. Janelle Davidson, Brilliant Eyes

Mr. Mike Schroeder, Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Mr. Zach Fields, CEFGA

Ms. Michelle Bush, Chattahoochee Technical College

Ms. Linda Hazelip, Chattahoochee Technical College

Ms. Breanna Lewis, Chattahoochee Technical College

Ms. Candie Walters, Chattahoochee Technical College

Ms. Marilyn D. Hall, Clinica de La Salud Hispana

Mr. Nate Futrell, Cobb Chamber & SelectCobb

Mr. Michael Warner, Cobb County Schools Transportation

Mr. Mark Justice, Cobb EMC

Mrs. Natalie Rutledge, Communities in Schools of Georgia

Ms. Kelly Nagel, Credit Union of Georgia

Ms. Kathy Winiarczyk, Credit Union of Georgia, KSU Branch

Mr. Jeremy Whitaker, CW Matthews Contracting Co.

Mr. William Wesley, Delta Community Credit Union

Mrs. Lisa Russo, First Communities / Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF)

Ms. Loronda Giddens, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Ms. Sharon Holliday, Georgia Department of Labor

Ms. Elizabeth Scott, Georgia Department of Labor

Ms. Corinna Robinson, Georgia Department of Labor – GeorgiaBest Programs

Dr. Ken Reaves, Georgia Highlands College

Mr Bill Ritsch, Georgia Tech manufacturing Extension Partnership

Ms. Sidni Hinesley, Georgia Trade School

Ms. Pat Horton, GHA-HDCI

Ms. Margaret Johnson, Goodwill Industries of North Georgia

Ms. Aisha Walker, Goodwill Industries of North Georgia

Ms. Laura Montgomery, Hightower Trail Middle School

Ms. Lara Salzman, Hightower Trail Middle School

Ms. Karen Hill, Hill Mechanical

Mr. Ryan Byars, Holder Construction

Mr. Greer Gallagher, Holder Construction

Mr. Tim Giulianelli, Jabil Packaging Solutions

Mr. Will Etheredge, JE Dunn Construction

Ms. Kimberly Baker, Junior Achievement of Georgia

Mr. Ed Barker, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Michael Smith, Life University

Dr. B. Raegan Nix, Physio/Select Medical

Mr. David Nelson, Pine Mtn Middle School

Ms. Heloise Jones, Pinnacle Orthopaedics

Ms. Ellen Whitaker, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of Georgia

Ms. Lorie Delk, Real Estate Career Academy

Mr. Al Perreca, Romanoff Renovations

Dr. LaQue Perkins, Saint Leo University

Mr. Bo Smith, Southern Company/ Georgia Power

Mr. David Cunningham, Superior Plumbing

Mr. Phil Friesen, Superior Plumbing

Mr. Joe Tuggle, Swofford Construction, Inc.

Dr. Debbie Phillips, The Quadrillion

Ms. Allison Krache Giddens, Win-Tech, Inc.

Mr. Monty Green, Wisdom to Believe Foundation

Mr. Randy Cone, Yancey Bros. Co.

Ms. Michelle Baker, Youth ASSETS Program CobbWorks, Inc.

Ms. Susan Sinclair, Zaxby’s


CTAE will prepare students to become career and college ready to compete in a global workforce through exploration, experience and extension.

CCSD’s CTAE Program will empower students to successfully participate and compete in a dynamic global workplace. To this end, the curriculum focuses on:

  • infusion of rigorous and relevant academic instruction
  • application of essential global emerging technologies
  • early identification of career cluster opportunities
  • a combination of career employability and economic/living skills
  • preparation for post-secondary studies and lifelong learning

Rigorous, Relevant Academic Instruction
When students see the relevance of their education, they are more likely to be engaged in their education and to remain in school. Career technology is an authentic context for learners. Research supports that a student-centered learning experience that combines the core content within the career technical curriculum increases academic achievement. Career Technology Programs use instructional strategies to emphasize the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation within a structured, rigorous, and relevant curriculum.

Globalization and Emerging Technology
Trends in technology have affected not only the workplace, but also personal activities. CTAE provides opportunities for all students to learn about and apply emerging technologies in today’s world. The skills needed to successfully compete in a world of changing technology are acquired through project-based, contextual learning in the Career Tech classroom.

Career Cluster Opportunities
The U. S. Dept. of Labor has recently updated and organized careers into 16 cluster areas. The GaDOE CTAE Department has created programs of studies correlated to these 16 career clusters, as well as to a 17th cluster for Energy. When students begin career exploration at an early age, they gain a developmental understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, the ever-evolving requirements of the workplace, and the relationship of lifelong learning to career success. At the middle school level, our students participate in career self-awareness and exploration to identify suitable career pathways within these career clusters. Middle school students develop personal career goals and establish an individual career plan to serve as a foundation for their high school course selections. Early identification enables them to be properly prepared for appropriate postsecondary choices.

Career Employability and Economic Living Skills
Based on input from Business and Industry Advisory Boards and Certification Organizations, as future consumers and workforce participants, it is essential for students to demonstrate career employability soft skills, such as:

•  effective writing and oral communication
•  critical thinking and problem-solving
•  leadership
•  work ethics

They must also demonstrate an ability to handle their economic/living skills such as:
•  money management
•  time management
•  organizational management
•  conflict resolution
•  an appreciation for diversity tolerance

CTAE curriculum incorporates 11 foundational work place and economic/living skill expectations. These expectations secure knowledge and skills necessary for success on the job. They also integrate how to conduct personal daily living financial transactions.

Post-Secondary Studies Preparation and Lifelong Learning
The CTAE program enables students to develop skills essential for successful transitions to post-secondary studies, entry into the workforce, and ultimately careers. In keeping with business and industry expectations, the dynamic work environment mandates that individuals continually acquire additional skills and knowledge. CTAE curriculum provides a foundation and emphasizes the importance for students to become lifelong learners.

Middle School CTAE Curriculum

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. 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.

For information about Middle School Performance Standards, please click here.

Industry Certified Programs

Industry certified programs represent the apex of program quality and have the “stamp of excellence”.  Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous review by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit courses provide opportunities for Georgia high school students to take college-level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree. The Cobb County School District will work cooperatively with Georgia public colleges, universities, and technical institutions to provide eligible students with an opportunity to take approved courses, full-time or part-time at the postsecondary level as outlined in State Board rule 160-4-2-.34 Dual Enrollment. Student or parents/guardians may request additional information from their school counselors regarding these programs.

For more information about Dual Enrollment, please click here.

Public Notice
Cobb County Board of Education
 The Cobb County School system offers Career and Technical Education programs in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, AV/Technology and Communications, Business, Management and Administration, Education and Training, Finance, Government and Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security, Marketing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12.

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