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Schools, Development Authority are partnering to make county work-ready
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The Georgia economy depends on a highly technical and highly skilled labor force. The Georgia Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) curriculum has historically provided students with high quality educational opportunities that prepared them to enter the Georgia workforce. While CTAE has been successful, emerging technologies and evolving employer expectations to have a highly qualified, motivated and reliable workforce demand that Georgia strategically reengineer the CTAE programs to meet the demands of the 21st century.

The new vision for the CTAE courses includes a newly aligned curriculum linked closely to the Governor’s Strategic Industries and Innovation Centers. The new curriculum expands the opportunities to help ensure that every Georgia student graduates from high school with the academic skills, hands-on experiences in real work environments, and intensive career guidance required to succeed in college and/or employment. By creating a direct connection between secondary school education and the industries identified as key to Georgia’s future economic well-being our students will benefit in the job market.

The re-engineering of CTAE’s concentrations, curriculum, and individual student Career Pathway’s is a thoughtful evolution that will unfold over a three-year period at both high schools in Bryan County. Through this process of connecting rigorous curriculum to relevant career exploration, Bryan County Schools can effectively engage all students, encourage excellence in every classroom, and raise student expectations. Linking classroom learning to real world learning opportunities available throughout the state will help Bryan County grow its own highly skilled workforce, attract future economic development and help ensure that every student is prepared for building a bright future.

Bryan County Schools has joined with the Development Authority of Bryan County in pursuing Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Work Ready Certification. This workforce training initiative assesses the skills of local students and workers, determines the valuable job training opportunities and assures companies that the state can provide a long-term, qualified labor supply. There are four key elements with the Work Ready Initiative: (a) Work Ready Certificate, (b) Work Ready job profiling, (c) Certified Work Ready Community, and (d) Work Ready Region. We believe that it is this type of partnership that can improve our job training, marketability and help drive our economic development.

Written by Brad Anderson, assistant superintendent for administrative services.

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