Bulloch County Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education
Graduation rate for Career Pathway students tops 93 percent
Commitment to learning is high in skilled trades education programs
In Georgia, the graduation rate for students involved in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs has risen to 96.54 percent. This rate – which applies to students who complete at least one career pathway – exceeds the statewide graduation rate by 14.54 percentage points. In 2018, 99.6 percent of students in Georgia, who completed a Career Pathway went on to post-secondary education, advanced training, military service, or immediate employment.
Bulloch's graduation rate is 93.95 percent for students who complete a career pathway
This trend is similar within Bulloch County Schools' three high schools where the graduation rate is 93.95 percent for students who complete a career pathway, compared to the overall four-year cohort graduation rate of 82.0 percent for the district – a difference of 11.95 percentage points. Like the state, high school students in Bulloch County who enroll in advanced academic content courses, world languages, or fine arts, are shown to achieve higher four-year graduation rates of 97.38 percent or higher.
Career, Technical & Ag Education provides training and certification in high-demand jobs
Georgia offers students nearly 150 Career Pathways within 17 Career Clusters. Bulloch County Schools offers 20 of those Career Pathways in 13 Career Clusters, and more than 2,200 students are enrolled in these courses where they are identifying and building skills for specific careers.
Career & Technical Student Organizations
Each Career Pathway has a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that provides a national student membership organization. They offer leadership development, peer networking, and skills competitions and service opportunities at the regional, state, and national level.
- Skills USA
- National FFA Organization
- Health Occupations Student Association
- Family Career & Community Leaders of America
- Technology Student Association
- Future Business Leaders of America
- Distributive Education Clubs of America
Career, Technical & Ag Education immediately connects students to local workforce
The Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education programs within the state’s public high schools and middle schools leverage local and area partnerships with businesses, industry, and colleges and universities to make sure students have the industry-certified skills and connections to successfully enter the workforce in the time and ways they choose:
Options in high school
- Earn national industry certifications to show you're job-ready
- Earn a wage from a local job that is an approved work-based learning site
- Earn a wage from a local job that has an apprenticeship program
- Dual enroll at Ogeechee Technical College or Georgia Southern University to begin and/or complete an occupational program or academic degree while still in high school
Options after high school
- Seek possible full-time employment at your work-based learning or apprenticeship site
- Continue or enroll in a career pathway-related degree program at a college or university
- Help pay for college with co-op or scholarship programs offered to employees of local industries
- Use your career pathway program skills to have more employment options and to earn a higher-wage job while you pursue a college degree
Bulloch County’s CTAE program and its industry and post-secondary partners provide concentrated skills education opportunities for local students. Teaching skilled, vocational education never left our high schools, but they have adapted to today’s workforce and technology trends.
Work-Based learning pays off for students
Business & Industry Showcase 2019
The Second Annual Business & Industry Showcase was sponsored by Ogeechee Technical College in partnership with Bulloch County Schools' Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education program. The event is designed to increase students' awareness of the careers available in our community particularly in healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, construction, and more.
Approximately 20 local businesses and industries participated, and they showcased their professions, networked with students, and provided hands-on activities like the following:
- Fingerprinting and investigating a crime scene
- Assembling mechanical bearings
- Bending conduit to a specific angle
- Maneuvering a robotic arm
- Performing CPR
- Examining X-rays and identifying body parts in an X-ray
Students warmed up to trying on firefighter equipment. No matter how they tried, they couldn't mask their excitement.
Suit up to Learn
Participants examined protective gear from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office. It's heavier than it appears.
After speaking with ACE Electric's representatives these students were shocked to learn about the many benefits of becoming an electrician.
Suit up to Learn
Manufacturing Day 2019
- Types of skilled labor local industries need
- How the these skills relate to certain career pathways taught in local high schools
- How the skills relate to degree programs taught by local post-secondary institutions
- Available, paid apprenticeship opportunities for high school students
- Industry-funded co-op opportunities some industries provide for their employees who want to obtain post-secondary degrees while actively employed in manufacturing
Career Cluster News: Health Science
Pye is Georgia's Health Services Career & Technical Education Teacher of the Year
Sharon Pye is the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education's (GACTE) Health Serivces teacher of the year. Pye is the Health Sciences instructor and the Health Occupations Student Association adviser at Southeast Bulloch High School. Pye was selected due to her significant contributions toward innovative, unique, and novel programs to improve and promote career and technical education. The GACTE is the state chapter of the national Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE).
Career Cluster News: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Portal opens new Agricultural Building
Portal Middle High School dedicated its new Bill Brown Agricultural Building on September 19, prior to its inaugural event, the annual Portal FFA Livestock Show. At a cost of nearly $650,000, the new 10,151 sq. ft.building building will continue the school’s tradition of providing agricultural education programs.The facility was made possible through Bulloch County Schools' education special local option sales tax (E-SPLOST)
"Agriculture is a vital and integral part of the Portal community," said Dr. Tom Marshall, the school's agricultural education teacher and FFA chapter advsier. "Moving forward, we are excited about the opportunities this new facility will afford. While livestock showing will be its primary function, there are unlimited and creative possibilities for the engagement of student learning and community involvement. The students I taught in the early 90s who showed livestock in the old barn are now bringing their children to do the same thing. The young people involved in livestock today will be bringing their children and grandchildren here to this new facility for many years to come."
School district and community leaders broke ground on the facility in March 2019.
Youth compete in showmanship with a livestock judge.
Students grooming their livestock prior to the show.
Portal FFA places third in State Meats Evaluation Event
The Portal Middle High School Meats Evaluation Team won third-place in Georgia FFA Senior Meats Evaluation Career Development Event on November 16, at the University of Georgia. The team advanced to the state event after winning first place in the Area IV event held at Toombs County High School/Rutland High Schoo this fall. Team members are James Jackson, Katie Fondren, Krista Nesmith, and Elaina Parker. Nesmith was also awarded the High Individual honor at the Area IV event. Dr. Tom Marshall, Portal's Agricultural Education teacher, is the team's FFA adviser.
During the competitions, the team completed three different rotations: a knowledge test, the classification of four cuts of the same meat, and the identification of 30 different cuts of meat from lamb, pork and beef. The students had to learn over 100 cuts of meat before the contest.
Portal for the Win
Team members James Jackson, Katie Fondren, Krista Nesmith, and Elaina Parker celebrate their top-three finish at state.
A Cut Above
Team members apply their skills in three different events during competition.
History of Success
Portal's 2013 Meats Evaluation Team won state and was awarded a Silver Emblem at nationals. Team members were Josie Barnes, Kimberly Phillips, Kyle Phillips, and Brantley Spence.
Portal for the Win
Southeast Bulloch's Guillen places 2nd in state wiring contest
Southeast Bulloch High School's Dimas Guillen won second-place in the State EMC/FFA Electrification Career Development Event on January 12, 2019, in Covington. Sponsored by the state's electric membership cooperatives, the contest encourages students to learn about electricity and its available careers. Guillen won a $300 college scholarship. Brian Elrick serves as the school's Agricultural Mechanics instructor and one of two FFA advisers.
The National FFA Convention experience
Career Cluster News: Architecture & Construction
Building relationships at Statesboro High School
Construction helps school & community
- Built a clothes closet for Statesboro High to collect and store clothes for those in need
- Built a partition wall, installed soffit, & other projects at Fostering Bulloch's 7th Mile Farm
- Designed & built a serving tray for special education students
- Repaired a planter box for Statesboro High's Culinary Arts students' herb garden
- Built miniature walls to demonstrate an understanding of wall systems
- Helping build a home for Habitat for Humanity
- Built a playhouse for a child
Career Cluster News: Education & Training
Bulloch Students Attend National Convention
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members from Statesboro High School and Southeast Bulloch High School attended the organization's National Convention in Anaheim, California this past summer. FCCLA is a national student organization that helps youth develop leadership and workplace skills and prepare for both college and careers.
While in California, the 18 students participated in competitions and earned nine gold and nine silver medals. Georgia FCCLA was also represented by Statesboro High's Keylee Phillips, who is serving as the state Vice President of Community Service.
The participating students are part of their schools' Early Childhood Care & Training, Teaching as a Profession, and Culinary Arts career pathways. They were accompanied by their instructors and chapter advisers Jackie Merrill and Cynthia Lovett of Southeast Bulloch High School and Bethany Gilliam, Kristen Rogers, and Cindy Hart of Statesboro High School.
Career Cluster News: Government & Public Safety
Statesboro instructor is Top Teacher
Career Cluster News: Hospitality & Tourism
Culinary Arts shows Pre-K how to cook up an apple a day
Tawes takes third place at Georgia National Fair
In October, Southeast Bulloch High School's Chloe Tawes won third place for her fabulous chicken recipe at the Georgia National Fair.
Career Cluster News: Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair
Dr. Glenn Bailey, the Distribution & Logistics instructor and the DECA adviser at Statesboro High School, and his students exhibited at the annual Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair.
DECA students participated in Statesboro High School's Trunk or Treat, which provided a safe space for young children to enjoy Halloween fun. The service project attracted more than 300 children and their families.
Members of student organizations, including DECA, decorated their vehicles for Trunk-or-Treat.
Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair
Distribution & Logistics is on the move
Dr. Glenn Bailey and Distribution & Logistics students at Statesboro High School are on the move with these engaging learning experiences:
- Students took field trips to Matson Worldwide Logistics, Viracon, Orafol Americas, and Koyo Bearings to learn how distribution and logistics skills are used in their operations.
- Jillian Walton of Ogeechee Technical College spoke with students about the college's Logistics degree program.
- Present and future DECA officers attended the state-sponsored WorkWinWow professional development and officer training workshop held on September 10-11, at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington.
- DECA members attended the annual Six Flags Over Georgia Fall Rally on November 6.
- DECA members participated in the State Online DECA Testing Competitions to showcase their skills against DECA clubs from around the state on November 19.
Career Cluster News: Science,Technology,Engineering, & Math
Tech Day at the Georgia National Fair
Statesboro High School Technology Student Association members participated in Technology Day at the Georgia National Fair Grounds in Perry, Georgia. Students had the opportunity to compete in 11 individual and team competitions and the chance to win prize ribbons and cash awards for themselves and their chapter. It was also a great opportunity to meet other TSA members from around the state.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization for elementary, middle and high school students who are presently enrolled in or have completed technology education classes. Engineering & technology education classes have a two-fold mission: to help students gain an understanding of the engineering career field, the development and use of technology and to assist in the development of individual potential.
Statesboro High attends LeaderCon
Leadercon also hosts several competitive events: a VEX State Qualifier Tournament, a First Lego League Tournament, the Georgia TSA Electric Vehicle Rally, a VEX IQ Tournament, and the Armada Boat Race.