Career Connection

Bulloch County Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education

Spring/Summer 2020

What is Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education?

Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) prepares Georgia students for their next steps after high school, whether that be college, a career, a registered apprenticeship, the military or a blended journey of these options. Georgia's CTAE career clusters and career pathways use course instruction and student technical organizations along with leveraged partnerships with local businesses, industries, and institutes of higher learning to ensure high school students have the ability to explore their options and learn and apply skills they need to thrive in the workforce.

Briggs & Stratton Trains High School Seniors

Briggs & Stratton's Statesboro manufacturing facility trains local high school seniors for machinist careers. The corporation's (BASCO) recruitment program allows interested seniors to work two days a week as paid, work-based learning students. Bulloch County Schools' Career Technical & Agricultural Education program's work-based learning coordinators ensure that qualified students know about the opportunity.

Briggs & Stratton sees the program as a great way to help develop its future workforce. “They (students) understand the importance of being here, and being on time,” said Denise Batton, a member of the company's human resources team."They understand the importance of team work."

Savannah's CBS television affiliate, WTOC-TV, featured a news story about the BASCO program in February. It helps showcase the partnership between the school district and local manufacturers to help interested students successfully make the transition from school to a skilled career.

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Ruarks is Southeast Bulloch's Work-Based Learning Student of the Year

Taylor Ruarks is Southeast Bulloch High School's Work-Based Student of the Year. The 2020 graduate participated in the school's Work Based Learning (WBL) program during her junior and senior years. She is also the school's 2020 Student of the Year. Taylor works at Deb-Bee's Creations for Debbie Edenfield. She is an Accounting Pathway completer and Career Technical & Agricultural Education Honor Cord recipient.

"Taylor is very deserving of this honor," said Michael Powell, the school's WBL Coordinator. "She is a tremendous asset at Deb-Bee's Creations, and they cannot praise Taylor enough. She has a passion for sewing and fashion design, so this placement is perfect for her. Taylor is a model student who understands that the true benefit of work-based learning isn't just about money in her pocket, but using the experience to learn and prepare for challenges ahead in the fashion and design industry, which she plans to pursue for a career."

"The experience of working at Deb-Bee's Creations has been phenomenal, and I couldn't imagine a better boss and environment for a teenager's first job," said Taylor Ruarks. "I hope to major in either Business or Fashion Merchandising, and I see myself owning my own small business, either having a physical or online storefront. My business focus would promote various types of crafting hobbies, mainly sewing, and teach various types of classes to both the young and elder."

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Career Cluster: Audio, Video, Technology, & Film

2020 Region 6 SkillsUSA Championships

Students from Southeast Bulloch High School competed in the 2020 Region 6 SkillsUSA Championships in January. The competition was held at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin, Georgia.

The video below, created by Southeast Bulloch High School students Jackson Blakely and Sophia Hurst won 1st Place in Broadcast News Production.

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SEB High wins Bronze 2020 SkillsUSA Georgia Chapter of Excellence Award

Southeast Bulloch High School's SkillsUSA Chapter was awarded Bronze Chapter of Distinction as part of SkillsUSA's national Chapter of Excellence Program. This is an indication of the the SEBHS SkillsUSA Chapter's achievement and integration of national SkillsUSA framework into the chapter's program of work activities. SEBHS's Audio Video Technology & Film instructor, Renee Rogers, is the chapter's advisor.

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Statesboro High School's Audio, Technology, Video & Film students' video entry for the 2020 Powerade Power Your School video contest captured the attention of The Coca-Cola Company leading to a $2,000 cash award for the school'a athletic program. The ATVF career pathway at Statesboro High is lead by Chad Farrel.

Student athletes and their supporters submitted videos and essays demonstrating their schools’ needs. Statesboro High was one of nearly 45 winning schools to receive monetary prizes of $2,000 each to preserve the playing fields that often serve as an extension of the classroom. Contest entries were judged based on school need, creativity, and quality of submission.

Pictured below are local On Premise Business Development Manager Phillip Story (left), Statesboro High student athletes, and Patrick Hill (right), the school's athletic director.

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Southeast Bulloch Film students place at virtual SkillsUSA State Conference

Audio Video Technology & Film students Kayla Ramey and Makalah Williams of Southeast Bulloch High School placed in the top three of their respective competitions at the 2020 SkillsUSA State Conference, held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Each would have been eligible to advance to the National SkillsUSA Conference, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the pandemic. Ramey placed second in the Photography competition and Williams placed third in the Pin Design competition. The students are advised by Renee Rogers, the school's AVTF instructor and SkillsUSA advisor.
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Career Cluster: Architecture & Construction

Statesboro High Construction students help Fostering Bulloch

Statesboro High School Construction students and SkillsUSA members from Josh Hall's Level 3 Construction Pathway course applied many of their skills by volunteering at Fostering Bulloch’s 7th Mile Farm on January 29.
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Statesboro SkillsUSA: A National Models of Excellence

Statesboro High School's SkillsUSA Chapter has achieved the highest level of national excellence by receiving the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence ProgramModels of Excellence designation. The school's chapter was selected as a Model of Excellence for its work in building an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible ramp. The Statesboro High School chapter is now among an elite group of the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters in the nation.
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Statesboro SkillsUSA: GA Chapter of Excellence & Gold Chapter of Distinction

Statesboro High School's SkillsUSA Chapter has been named as a Georgia Chapter of Excellence winner and a Gold Chapter of Distinction. The Chapter of Excellence Program (CEP) recognizes achievement as it relates to the integration of the SkillsUSA Framework in chapter program of work activities. Statesboro High Construction Teacher Josh Hall is the chapter's adviser.

Statesboro CTAE: National Harbor Freight Tools finalist

Statesboro High School teachers, Josh Hall and Connor Lee Bratton, were recently selected as one of three national finalists for the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence.The teacher team and their trades programs are now in the running for a share of $1 million in cash awards and prizes to be awarded in October 2020.The Harbor Freight Tools program honors excellent teaching in skilled trades education in American public high schools.

Hall, who is the school's Construction teacher and SkillsUSA Chapter advisor, and Bratton, its Agriculture teacher and National FFA Organization Chapter advisor, find ways for their programs to collaborate. They have 30 years of experience in education between them.

Hall, who is in his second year of teaching construction, previously worked in carpentry

and had his own part-time handyman business. In his first year as a construction

teacher, his students won a Gold Chapter of Distinction honor from SkillsUSA, a

national nonprofit association of trades students. Bratton, who taught science for two

decades before branching out to agricultural education three years ago, views his shift

to teaching skilled trades as a pivotal moment in his career, one that lets him help

students use what they know to solve real-world problems. Both teachers’ programs

continuously instruct students in employability skills and model classroom practices to

mirror future workplaces.

“Trades teachers are truly unsung heroes, and our prize seeks to show everyone how

powerful these classes can be,” said Danny Corwin, executive director of Harbor Freight

Tools for Schools. “Skilled trades education has enormous potential to offer students

pathways to multiple post-secondary opportunities, and these are the teachers who are

providing them with the knowledge, skills and inspiration year after year.”

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was started in 2017

by Eric Smidt, the founder of national tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools. Now, in the fourth year of the prize, more than 200 teachers have been recognized as winners or finalists. Winners can join a nationwide network of outstanding trades teachers who convene regularly by webinar and in a three-day summer workshop to share best practices and advance their field.

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Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Central Region Proficiency Winners

Bulloch County Schools' students were winners in the National FFA Organization Central Region Proficiency Competition in February.

Heidi Sawyer of Portal High School was an Area winner in the category of Nursery Operations - Entrepreneurship.

Two students from Southeast Bulloch High School were Region winners:

  • Tyler Hunter, Beef Production
  • Bailey Shuman, Small Animal Production and Care - Entrepreneurship

Congratulations to our FFA students.

Area 4 Career Development Event Winners

Students from Bulloch County Schools were winners at Area Career Development Events (CDE) hosted by Southeastern Technical College and Fort Valley State University in February.

Portal High School Teams won the following awards:

  • Area 4 Senior Nursery Landscape Team, 2nd place
  • Area 4 Junior Nursery Landscape Team, 1st place
  • High Individual, Haven Sawyer

Southeast Bulloch High School's team won 1st place in the Parli Pro Area 4 competition.

Statesboro High School's team had an Area 4 Wildlife CDE winner, Camden Woodcock.

Bulloch County Student to Serve as Area 4 Sentinel

Southeast Bulloch High School's Mylee Davis was elected to serve as an Area 4 National FFA Organization Officer. Mylee Davis currently serves as her chapter's Reporter and will also represent Area 4 as their Sentinel for this upcoming school year.
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Career Cluster: Government & Public Safety/JROTC

Corps of Cadets Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Statesboro High School Corps of Cadets planned, assembled, and conducted a Battalion formation and a formal pass and review in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 2020 national holiday. Lt Col., Ret. Eric Heffner, Senior Army Instructor and Region 9 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Area Coordinator lauded the leadership, self-discipline, rigor, and accountability, shown by his students in this event. Students captured pictures and video of the event and submitted them to the Cadet Command JROTC website. The U.S. Army JROTC site featured the event in its Cadet News section.
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Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps Essay Contest

Each year the Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) sponsors the JROTC Essay Contest. This annual competition gives Cadets an opportunity to assimilate lessons learned from JROTC curriculum and communicate their knowledge using a key component of 21st Century Education: writing. The essay contest is one way the JROTC Directorate extends its effort to motivate young people to be better citizens.

The top four essays from each state move forward for consideration in the top three in the nation for JROTC. Statesboro High School student Noah Brannen is in the top three for the state of Georgia. Lt Col., Ret. Eric Heffner, Senior Army Instructor and Region 9 JROTC Area Coordinator at Statesboro High School is proud of Noah's efforts.

Army Hosts Special Enlistment Ceremony at Statesboro High

Statesboro High School Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) teacher 1st Sgt. David Redwine helped his students participate in a special enlistment ceremony at the school on February 26. Four students from the high school along with more than 20 other young people from area high school's were administered their enlistment oath from the International Space Station by U.S. Army Colonel and NASA astronaut Dr. Andrew Morgan. Dave Williams from television channel WJCL reported on this event.

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Rifle Team Receives Grant

The Statesboro High School Rifle Team received a $23,000 grant from the Friends of the National Rifle Association Foundation.
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Career Cluster: Health Science

Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference

Congratulations to the Southeast Bulloch High School Health Occupations Students of America-Future Health Professionals (HOSA) members who competed at the State Leadership conference in Atlanta on March 5 - 7. Katie Brantley placed 3rd in Healthcare Issues exam and is eligible to advance to the International Leadership Conference. Katie Brantley also placed 9th in Medical Math and Rebecca Dilas placed 8th in Dental Terminology.
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Pye Completes Healthcare Science Education (HSE) Industry Certification

Congratulations to Southeast Bulloch High School Healthcare Science Program and Sharon Pye, Health Sciences instructor and the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) adviser for successfully completing the Healthcare Science Education (HSE) Industry Certification process in April 2020. The recertification process involved an in-depth self study as well as review of the program's curriculum, lesson plans, student work, SEBHS HOSA program, teacher qualifications, interview of students, counselors, and administrators.

The school received a $5,000.00 grant to update equipment and supplies. The program also received a $9,000.00 Title IV grant with which it purchased two new hospital beds and patient care wall unit mock-up.

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Career Cluster: Hospitality & Tourism/Education & Training

Students Place at Georgia ProStart Competitions

The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) annual ProStart State Competition is a showcase of talent as students put their knowledge to the test. Competing culinary teams must prepare 2 three-course meals within one hour on two burners, without electricity or running water under the watchful eye of industry chefs judging safety and sanitation, organization, presentation and taste. Management teams work with an industry partner to develop a restaurant concept that includes a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis, sample menu with the costing of one recipes, and two marketing strategies. Management teams roll-out their restaurant concept in a trade-show style booth while answering tough questions from industry execs. This year, Southeast Bulloch High School Culinary Team (Cynthia Lovett, advisor) won 2nd place at the event.
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Read Across America

Southeast Bulloch High School Culinary Arts participated in the Read Across America event much to the delight of prekindergarten pupils from their school.
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Teaching as a Profession Pathway Students Serve as Volunteer Readers

Thirty-five of Bethany Gilliam's Statesboro High School students from the Teaching as a Profession Pathway visited Langston Chapel Elementary to read to various classes for Read Across America week. This opportunity allowed students to gain hands on experience and to interact with other students in our community. The Teaching as a Profession Pathway is for students interested in the career field of education and offers students the opportunity to earn a college credit upon the completion of the pathway.
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Statesboro High Students Reach for the STARS

Statesboro High High School's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) had a very productive spring despite interruptions from COVID-19. In February 13 chapter members competed in Regional Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events. The school's FCCLA culinary team also competed at regions and was awarded 2nd place, advancing to state.

The chapter was unable to compete at state due to COVID-19; however, through the established process from Georgia FCCLA 3 of the competitive events moved on to Virtual National competition. The advancing groups are:

  • Amanda Muldrew competing in Say Yes to FCS (Family and Consumer Sciences)
  • Ashley Rawls, Alexia Reed, and Jordyn Jones competing in Sports Nutrition, and
  • Aaliyah Lonon and Hailey Dyches competing in Focus in Children.

Statesboro High FCCLA also earned the title of a chapter with Honor Roll with Distinction. This title is awarded to chapters demonstrating a strong program of work throughout the year.

Chapter adviser, Bethany Gilliam, was also awarded the highest honor of the organization becoming an Honorary Member for her work as Region 9 adviser.

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Southeast Bulloch Students Attend Day at the Capitol

Georgia state legislators rely heavily on the viewpoints expressed by their local constituents when they make important decisions regarding education issues. Southeast Bulloch High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members and advisers strive effective voice for their organization as well. Toward that end, FCCLA members and advisers participate in a day of visiting the Capitol and meeting with Georgia's state legislators. Visiting the Georgia Capitol also offers students an opportunity to view first-hand the state government in action and to learn about the judicial and lawmaking processes.
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Career Cluster: Science, Tech, Engineering, & Math

Statesboro High Attends Leadership Conference

In March the Statesboro High School's Technology Student Association (TSA) members attended the Georgia TSA State Leadership Conference at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The Leadership Conference provided TSA members and their advisor, DeWayne Collins the opportunity to increase their leadership, communication, and team building skills. The group attended seminars and general sessions and participated in competitive events.

View photos from the event.

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Career Cluster: Career Awareness

Portal CTAE hosts eighth-graders during transition event

Select high school Career Technical & Agricultural Education students from Portal Middle High School assisted with presenting information to the school's eighth-grade students as they prepared to become high school freshmen.
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Bulloch Board of Education Recognizes Manufacturing Art Contest Winners

The Bulloch County Board of Education recognized the school district’s 2020 Manufacturing Art Contest winners at its June 11 meeting, and in partnership with Ogeechee Technical College and the Development Authority of Bulloch County, bestowed $800 in prize money to the winning students and art teachers. Winners and their families viewed the recognition ceremony virtually via livestream due to restrictions on public gatherings during COVID-19

Bulloch County Schools’ Career Technical & Agricultural Education program collaborated with its local partners to sponsor the contest. The Manufacturing Art Contest helps K-12 students learn about the manufacturing industry’s contribution to our local and state economy and today’s modern industrial facilities and their career opportunities. Students were encouraged to create artwork that celebrates manufacturers located in Bulloch County.

Elementary School Winners:

  • 1st Place ($200 award) - Bailey Bunch - Portal Elementary School
  • 2nd Place ($100 award) - Ethan Cason - Portal Elementary School

Middle School Division Winners:

  • 1st Place ($200 award) - Sydney Bonistall - William James Middle School
  • 2nd Place ($100 award) - Kaden Horton - Portal Middle High

Art Teacher - Student Participation Awards:

  • Autumn Horton ($100 award) - Portal Elementary School art teacher
  • Kimberly Kaiser ($100 award) - William James Middle School art teacher

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