C.A.R.E.S Chronicle

A Bibb County School District CTAE Newsletter: Spring Ed.

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Cassandra Miller-Washington

Director of CTAE



The C.A.R.E.S Chronicles is a Bibb County’s monthly Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education newsletter. This newsletter will allow us to keep all of our stakeholders informed of the positive initiatives going on in Bibb County School District’s CTAE department. Our goal is to produce students who are college and career-ready. This will ensure that all students are equipped to compete in an emerging 21st century.

CTAE Hosts Ready to Work Job Fair

The Ready to Work Job Fair presented opportunities for BCSD 11th and12th-grade students to assist them with finalizing their college or career plans before graduation. Top companies who were ready to offer graduating students full-time employment on the spot were present. Also, Technical college and military representatives were on site to assist with career plans and college tuition alternative plans.

Inaugural Future Ready Workforce Career Intent Signing Day

CTAE students participated in the inaugural Future Ready Workforce Career Intent Signing Day. The event honored seniors who were recognized for their commitment to a college, the armed services or employment opportunities in their chosen pathways.

Benjamin Newberry Named CTAE Advisory Board Member of the Year

Mr. Newberry has been an active member of the Rutland High and Middle School Advisory committees for the past 2 years. He was instrumental in starting up the Dairy Show team. Mr. Newberry not only helped to select the heifers from his herd for students to use, but also shared his expertise in clipping and fitting them for the show. His commitment didn’t stop there though, he also transported the heifers to and from the show, giving up his weekends to help students at Rutland High and Middle School succeed. He has been a valuable asset to the Agriculture Departments at Rutland High and Middle School. Mr. Newberry helped train the Jr. and Sr. Dairy Evaluation teams for Rutland High and Middle School. He also volunteered to serve as an interviewer for students during Mock Interviews. His input has been extremely valuable to the success of CTAE students.

Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Program Hosts Annual Employer Appreciation Luncheon

CTAE’s Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Program hosted their annual Employer Appreciation Luncheon on May 29, 2019, at Hutchings College & Career Academy. Dr. Lori Ward-Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent of District Effectiveness and Special Programs welcomed the guests bringing greetings from the District Office. Guest speaker, Tobias Calhoun, Northeast High School Alum, shared his journey though CTAE and the Youth Apprenticeship Program where he began his career at GEICO while still in high school. Tobias accepted a permanent position with GEICO after graduation and remains a valuable employee to date. There were twenty-two employers recognized for being first time work-based learning sites this year. Dr. Cassandra Miller-Washington, Executive Director of CTAE, closed the program emphasizing the importance of the business and industry community’s involvement in growing our own local workforce and that it begins with our students.

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Finalist, Chef Mark Robinson - Hutchings College and Career Academy


Paige Welch Named to SkillsUSA Board of Directors

Ms. Paige Welch, Hutchings College and Career Academy Graphics teacher, will represent Graphics teachers across the state of Georgia as she serves on the SkillsUSA 2019-20 Board of Directors. She will bring amazing energy and a new perspective to the team. Congratulations! We are extremely proud!!!

Rutland High School FBLA Represents at the Regional Leadership Conference

The following students earned medals at the FBLA Region 5 Conference.

Accounting - 8th Dhaval Patel

Banking - 3rd place Eujin Pyon

Banking – 3rd place Alexandra Guzman

Business calculations - 10th - Jenny Pyon

Economics - 10th - Dilon Belanger

Entrepreneurship - 4th - Howard Harris

Into to financial math - 5th Yusuke Tsutsumi

Personal finance - 10th Dilon Belanger

Personal finance - 8th Dhaval Patel

Political science - 5th Keylem Collier

Job interview - 1st place Chandler Wood

Dhaval Patel, Jenny Pyon, Dillon Belanger, Yusuke Tsutsumi, and Chandler Wood will all advance to state!

44 Certified Nursing Assistants Pinned at HCCA

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Ms. Avery Durbin, RN and Hutchings College and Career Academy instructor and Mr. Alex Hicks, LPN and CGTC instructor worked tirelessly to provide students with superior training which yielded a 100% pass rate and 44 new Certified Nursing Assistants.

Rutland High School FBLA Members Work the Stock Market

Rutland High School FBLA students Dhaval Patel and Keylem Collier placed 1st in the Fall 2018 Stock Market Game in both the regional (Bibb County) and Congressional District Two categories. The team ended with a portfolio value of $104,751.59.

Southwest High School JROTC Cadets Support Naturalization Ceremony

Forty-five applicants were welcomed as US citizens in a downtown Macon Naturalization ceremony held at the federal courthouse. Southwest High School JROTC Cadets were proud to present colors at the event.

HCCA Graphics Students Take a Stand Against Texting and Driving

Graphics students decided their community service and career pathway showcase presentations would center around texting and driving at this year’s SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference, held in March. Students created an interactive PowerPoint presentation, pledge cards, pledge banner and an interactive display stating the dangers or texting while driving.

Keefer Nelson (Senior at Central High School), Jonica Hill (Senior at Central High School) and Taylor Raines (Senior at Central High School) presented their project in Career Pathway Showcase. They highlighted items they made in class to market their no texting and driving theme. They placed second in their event.

Northeast High School HOSA Gets Active in the Community

Rutland High School FBLA Member Wins Big in Digital Game Design

Tyler Howard placed 1st in Digital Game Design in the Georgia Student Technology Competition.

HCCA SkillsUSA Nationals Bound!

Nolan Gilmore will be competing at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference June 24-29 in Advertising Design. Nationals takes place this year in Louisville, KY. Nolan placed second in the state of GA and is looking forward to representing our state at Nationals.

Nolan is a senior at Rutland High School and attends Hutchings CCA in the Graphics Pathway. He scored highest on our End of Pathway Test and has the highest average in the class. He will be starting college this summer.

The Graphics Pathway would like to thank Navicent for their generous pledge of $1000 to help with costs for this trip. We also want to thank PIAG (Printing and Imaging Association of GA) for their scholarship donation of $250 as well. Without these donations, it would be much more difficult to send students to this level of competition.

Please wish Nolan luck as we travel to KY representing GA this summer!

Rutland High School Student, Emily Reynolds has a Successful Shooting Season

Rutland High School's Emily Reynolds had a very successful shooting season this year. Some of her accomplishments include:

- Qualifying for the MCJROTC Air Rifle Championship which was held in Chandler, Arizona in February.

- Qualifying for the All-Service JROTC Air Rifle Championship which was held in Anniston, Alabama in March.

- Qualifying for the GHSA State Air Rifle Championship which will be held in Ft. Benning, Georgia at the end of April.

- Selected as a member of the All-State Air Rifle Team which consists of the top 10 high school air rifle shooters in the state of Georgia.



Jason Weiss, Supervisor of Northeast High, Southwest High, Howard High, Ballard-Hudson Middle, Appling Middle, and Howard Middle

478/779-3827 jason.weiss@bcsdk12.net

Vonnie Angelo, Work-Based Learning Supervisor and Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator

478/779-2526 yvonne.angelo@bcsdk12.net

Maggie Bruce, Supervisor and College and Career Coordinator of Hutchings College and Career Academy

478/779-2550 margarite.bruce@bcsdk12.net

The Bibb County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, genetics, disability, or sex in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public. It is the policy of the Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and all accompanying regulations.

If you would like to help prepare students for the emerging global workforce,

please contact Dr. Cassandra Miller-Washington at

Cassandra.washington@bcsdk12.net or 478-779-2528.