C.A.R.E.S Chronicle

A Bibb County School District CTAE Newsletter: Spring Ed.

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Cassandra Miller-Washington, Ph.D.

Executive 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 by ensuring that all students are equipped to compete in an emerging 21st century.

CTAE Students of the Year Selected

Each of the District’s seven high schools name a CTAE Student of the Year. In competing for the title of District CTAE Student of the Year, each student was judged on the same criteria by a panel of four judges. The criteria includes overall Grade Point Average (GPA), pathway GPA, Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) leadership, CTSO chapter and community service participation, an essay entitled “How Career and Technical Education Has Affected Decisions About My Future,” and an interview by the panel of community judges. Business and community leaders made up the panel of judges. Below are photos of the 2019-2020 winners from each school.

Bibb County CTAE Hosts Mock Interview Fairs

957 middle and high schools CTAE students from across the Bibb County School District participated in Mock Interview Fairs at their home schools. These events provided students with a professional one-on-one opportunity to practice their interviewing and resume writing skills with a member of the business community. The experience also allowed students immediate verbal and written feedback from the business community regarding their interview performance, resume, and professional dress. The support from business, industry and community volunteers made the Mock Interview Fairs a meaningful experience for all participants!

Hutchings College and Career Academy Opens Salon 360

The W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy announced the opening of Salon 360, a full-service, student-run operation that offers a variety of services at affordable prices. First and second year cosmetology students demonstrate their creativity and skills learned in their CTAE pathway. Salon360 offers services Wednesday-Friday from 8:00-9:30 AM and 12:00-1:45 PM. A licensed cosmetology instructor supervise all services. Salon360 looks forward to servicing the community with unparalleled talent and a unique experience. Please review the flyer for details on services, operational hours and appointment information.

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Rutland High Ag Students visit Yancey Bros. Co.

Students from Rutland High School's Agricultural mechanics' class were able to tour Yancey Brothers Co. located on Frank Amerson Parkway. The students were able to hear about the amazing opportunities within these walls. Operational since 1914, Yancey Bros. Co. is one of the leading dealers of Caterpillar equipment and power generation for the State of Georgia.

Georgia Foundation for Agriculture awards $1,000 to Heard Elementary

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) has presented a $1,000 grant to Heard Elementary School (HES) for its AG education program. HES is one of 26 elementary schools across Georgia selected to participate in a pilot program to introduce AG education to elementary students.

Pictured from left, Carol Dunn, HES AG teacher, accepts the grant from GFA Executive Director Lily Baucom as Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum & Technology Director Christa Steinkamp offers congratulations. Baucom presented the grant in January at the Georgia Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association Mid-Winter Conference.

Hutchings College and Career Academy Hospitality Pathway Welcomes the President & CEO of Georgia's Cherry Blossom Festival

The Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation Pathway invited Stacy Moore, President and CEO of Georgia's International Cherry Blossom Festival, to come and speak to the class. This Spring, marks the 39th year of the Pinkest Party On Earth. Mrs. Moore educated the students on all the festival activities that takes place in and around Macon during that week. Many of the students were not aware of the other activities that took place outside of Central City Park. Mrs. Moore explained to them how the festival came about and the history behind the Cherry Blossom trees and also told them about the incoming festival chair being Dr. Ivan Allen, president of Central Georgia Technical College. Lastly, she explained how much revenue the festival generates in helping the tourism industry of Macon. This festival generates revenue for hotels, restaurants and shopping not only in downtown but also in the surrounding counties.

Instructor: Mrs. Susan Mitchell

Westside High Students Participate in Job Shadow Day

Westside High School students participated in Job Shadow Day in honor of CTAE Month. Students spent a day observing professionals on the job. While job shadowing, they had the opportunity to learn about different jobs which helps to guide collegiate decisions and long term career goals. Many, many thanks to the community partners that helped to make this day a success!

The Teaching as a Profession Pathway at Hutchings College and Career Academy Gives Back to the Community

Students in the Teaching As A Profession pathway at Hutchings College and Career Academy (HCCA) are committed to the value of giving back to their community. As a result of this commitment, they participated in a service project in which they collected food and toiletry items for the less fortunate. On January 16, 2020, these items were donated to Loaves and Fishes for distribution within the local community. Their instructor, Ms. Pearson, states, “As future educators, it is important that they recognize the importance of community involvement because what happens in the community affects what happens in the school.”

Central's Legal Environment of Business (LEB) Students Visit The Dekalb County Courthouse

On December 6, 2019, Legal Environment of Business (Business Law) students toured and observed the Dekalb County courthouse during the closing of a murder trial. The Honorable Judge Shondeana Crews-Morris was the presiding judge. The students had the opportunity to sit in and hear the closing arguments. They were then given the opportunity during recession to have a question and answer session, as well as introduce themselves to the judge. During this time they also were provided with the opportunity to present a brief synopsis of their goals for the future. The students were engaged and the Judge provided them with a brochure as well as a follow-up verdict on the case.

Northeast High School Agriculture Students Design Arrangements For Local Community Partner

The AG students at Northeast HS put their class instruction of floral design to practical use by creating hydrangea center pieces for the "A Tribute to the Middle Georgia Legends" Banquet sponsored by the Middle Georgia Fisk Alumni Association.

Hutchings College and Career Academy Culinary Students Win Gold!

W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy (HCCA) hosted the regional culinary competition. Culinary teams from 4 districts participated in a 3-man cooking competition. Teams were given 20 minutes for set-up and an hour to prepare their dishes. Competitors were judged on sanitation, production, communication, creativity, and etc. This year, HCCA's Culinary Team won first place (Gold) and will advance to the state level to represent the region in March. In 2016, the HCCA Culinary Team advanced to the national level under the guidance of HCCA's Executive Chef Stuart Hardy.

Central High CTAE Students Visit Georgia State University

In honor of CTAE Month, Central High students visited the Atlanta Campus of Georgia State University. Students and advisors attended an information session and a tour of the downtown campus. The information session was led by an admissions counselor. During these sessions, students learned about undergraduate admission requirements, degree programs, housing, financial aid options and student life. Immediately following information session, students participated in a campus tour led by current Georgia State University student, which highlighted the advantages and excitement of going to school in downtown Atlanta. Students also got a glimpse of some notable campus buildings including the Student Centers, Residential Facilities, Recreation Center and Library.

Heard Elementary School Celebrates Farm City Week with the Georgia Farm Bureau

Mr. Gerald Long, Georgia Farm Bureau President, helped celebrate Ag Literacy during Farm City Week at Heard Elementary. Mr. Long read a story to the kindergarten and first grade classes. Additionally, students learned about farm life as Ms. Baker and Mr. Long shared information about their farms in Tennessee and Bainbridge, Georgia, respectively. In turn, the kindergarten classes shared their favorite farm song with Mr. Long, Farmin’ and Football, by the Peterson Brothers. Each student received a sticker, which stated "If you ate 3 times a day… THANK A FARMER!"

Hutchings College and Career Academy Barbering Students Enter the Lab

Barbering students from Hutchings College and Career Academy (HCCA) prepared and sanitized personal work stations. Additionally, students applied their knowledge of the sanitizing process of barbering instruments by mixing the correct measurement of chemicals. We are extremely proud of HCCA's Barbering Students! We can't wait to follow their journey as they demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a real world setting.

Instructor: Mrs. Sandra Lane

AG Elementary & Middle School Students Visit the State Capitol

On February 11, 2020, Heard Elementary and Rutland Middle AG students attended FFA Day at the Capital. The students and advisors were able to see legislative sessions taking place and advocate for AG Education in Georgia. The event culminated with a lunch sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau.

Northeast HS AG Students Obtain Mayoral Proclamation

On February 21, 2020, Northeast AG students were afforded the opportunity to speak with Mayor Reichert about AG Education in Bibb County. The meeting was in recognition of National FFA Week and concluded with the Mayor providing the students with a Proclamation in appreciation for their FFA efforts and accomplishments in the Middle Georgia area.

Howard HS, FBLA Advisor Receives Top Region Honor

Morgan Jarvis, FBLA Advisor and Business Instructor at Howard HS, was named the Region 5 FBLA Advisor of the Year. Mr. Jarvis has been an FBLA Advisor for 11 Years and his chapter has over 215 members. It is one of the district's largest and most active Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). Congratulations Mr. Jarvis on this well-deserved recognition.

Howard Middle FBLA Chapter Has Its First State Office

On February 24, 2020, Howard Middle School's Abby Hardy was elected Georgia FBLA Middle School State Reporter. This is the first State Officer for Howard Middle School. The FBLA chapter has grown immensely under the leadership of Ms. Andrea Glover, Chapter Advisor, and we cannot wait to see all the recognition to come, for this fantastic group of students.

Mr. Handy Wins Georgia FBLA MS Adviser of the Year - We Are Miller!

Congratulations to the following winners at the State Leadership Conference:

Jacob Bailey -2nd Place - Video Public Service Announcement

Destiny Butts – 6th Place- Public Speaking Performance

Miller Middle School FBLA Chapter- 4th Largest Membership in State

Mr. Handy- FBLA Middle Level Adviser of the Year

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Hutchings College and Career Academy FBLA Students Advance to State

The following Hutchings College and Career Academy (HCCA) students competed at FBLA Region Competition on Friday, January 24, 2020. FBLA competitive events prepare students for successful careers in business by providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts in a workforce-simulated competitive environment.

Students placed in various categories and will advance to the state level. The students are as follows:

Category: Job Interview

Tyrek Strange - 1st Place

Category: Electronic Career Portfolio

Zoie Brown - 1st Place

Category: Computer Applications

Isabella Lan - 2nd Place

Category: Database Design

Chelsey Milan - 2nd Place

Category: Business Ethics

Isabella Lan, DAnte'Vious Breeden, & Leticia Gomez - 3rd Place

Category: Client Service

Chelsey Milan - 3rd Place

Category: Emerging Business Issues

Zoie Brown & Nicole Davis - 5th Place

HCCA Advisor: Mr. Stephen Neil

FBLA & HOSA Members Volunteer for the Salvation Army

Southwest High FBLA and Northeast HS HOSA members and advisors rang the iconic red kettle during the holiday season to raise funds for the Salvation Army. Volunteer bell ringers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises the funds that sustain the help we give all year long. The Salvation Army relies on money raised in red kettles to serve thousands of families in our local community and more than 25 million people in the United States each year.

Miller Magnet School FBLA Spotlight

Miller Magnet Fine Arts Middle School Spelling Bee

1st Place Winner

FBLA Member - Desiree Loveless

We Are Miller!

Appling Middle CTSO Members Give Back

On March 7, 2020, Appling FCCLA and FBLA members teamed up to collect 145 pairs of shoes and 164 pairs of glasses as part of their community service efforts. The results far exceeded their goals and we are so proud of the impact they are making in their local community.

Northeast HS CTSOs Team Up For Annual Blood Drive

On February 13, 2020, Northeast HS FBLA and HOSA chapters held their Annual Blood Drive. This an event that allows the students to put into practical application both the business and healthcare concepts they are learning in their courses. The drive was also a great way to give back to their local community.

Hutchings College and Career Academy's (HCCA) EMT Students Placed in Top 10 at HOSA Competition

EMT students, Destiny Newton and Shantia Thomas, placed Top 10 in the state in the EMT skill competition at HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). This is the first time anyone from HCCA has placed in the TOP 10 at HOSA. Our program ranked 6 out of 40. As a result our students were eligible to compete at nationals in Houston, TX.

Rutland HS CTSO Members & Cadets Serve As Ambassadors

On March 7, 2020, Rutland HS CTSO Members and MCJROTC Cadets served as ambassadors for the Bibb County Teacher Recruitment Fair. They greeted applicants, escorted them to their prospective employers and made sure they felt welcomed.
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Westside HS JROTC Cadets Celebrate Voting Rights in Historic Selma, AL

Sgt. Janet Grier and three cadets participated in the UCreate Macon Youth Bike Team in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, AL for voting rights. There were 52 miles of scrolling hills and historic sites along the way. The same route marched by foot. The cadets are Rontravious Smith, Jarvis Knight and Richone Jackson.

Central High's Army JROTC Unit Served At The Macon-Bibb Co. Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. Central's JROTC unit participated in this event locally by laying wreaths at Macon's historic Riverside Cemetery.

Ballard-Hudson Middle School Junior Leadership Corps. (JLC) In The Community

SFC Charles Jackson, Jr. and Cadet CO Cedric Fuller donated their time and energy to the Greater Turner Tabernacle AME Church's neighborhood feeding event. Anita Howard, candidate for District Attorney, was also present and graciously assisted in feeding the community.

Central High School's Military Ball

Central High School's JROTC held it's annual Military Ball. The ball is a formal function held each year and is planned/attended by the cadets enrolled in JROTC. Military personnel and male cadets dress in formal uniforms and female cadets can wear formal dresses. This a great event that allows many cadets to experience their first formal dinner and dance at a price that is significantly less than the annual Prom.

Junior Leadership Corp. (JLC) Units Holds Annual Spring Drill Meet

On February 29, 2020, the JLC Units held their Annual Spring Drill Meet at Weaver Middle School.


1st Place Squad-Appling Middle School

2nd Place Squad-Ballard-Hudson Middle School

3rd Place Squad-Howard Middle School

Central High's Army JROTC Visits the State Capital

On Feb. 10, 2020 the Central High School Army JROTC conducted a Service Learning Project trip to the Georgia State Capital. The Cadets also had an opportunity take a photograph with State Representative Derrick Jackson. The Cadets completed a Georgia History scavenger hunt using handouts. Service Learning promotes learning through active participation and give the Cadets an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.
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Hutchings College and Career Academy SkillsUSA Members Advance to State Competition

SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition took place on January 23, 2020 at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin. Several students from Hutchings College and Career Academy (HCCA) will attend State competition to observe and support the advancing teams.

The following first and second place winners will advance to SkillsUSA State Competition:

First Aid/CPR

JaWuan Jordan - 1st place


Shiani Futch- 2nd place


Genesis Serrano- 3rd place

Broadcast News placed in the top 16 in the state during pre-testing and will advance as well.

Southwest High DECA Wins 1st Place in Marketing Competition!

Southwest High DECA members won 1st Place in a marketing competition at the Day with the Hawks event held in the State Farm Arena. The day included a Sports Speaker Series Panel which involved Marketing, Sales, & other members of the Hawks business operations staff. Students and advisors also attended the Hawks vs. Nets game in the evening.
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Rutland High's DECA State Development Conference

Rutland High School’s DECA chapter attended the State Career Development Conference (CDC) in Atlanta January 30-February 1 and competed with the best of Georgia DECA. Congratulations to Jenny Pyon who scored 7th for the state of Georgia in Accounting Applications Series!! She has advanced to the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, TN in April!

Howard HS DECA has Six Students Advance to Internationals

January 30-February 2, 2020 DECA Members from around the State competed at the State Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga. hoping for a chance to earn a spot to the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN. We are extremely proud of Howard HS DECA for earning six spots to Nashville.
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Southwest High DECA Participates in an International Shoe Drive

Southwest High School DECA partnered with funds2org to collect gently worn shoes. The shoes will help people in other countries with Haiti being the focus country. This was also a DECA fundraiser as the chapter was paid for the amount of shoe collected. The funds were used to support students attending conferences as well as a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Internship Bibb/Work-Based Learning (WBL) hosts Parent Information Night

Internship Bibb/Work-Based Learning hosted a Parent Information Night February 27, 2020. Information about the requirements and procedures for participating in Work-Based Learning was shared. Parents and students who attended learned of the economic impact Work-Based Learning has on our community. The team shared information about companies that are partnering with Bibb County School District through CTAE and the Work-Based Learning program. Local industry is looking to grow their own workforce and understand that our students are the best way to find those employees. We are also preparing students for the future workforce. Two students, JaWaun Jordan-senior at Westside HS, and Hikeem Woodford-senior at Northeast HS, currently participating in the program shared their experiences and plans for their future. The talked about the jobs they are doing now and how they are preparing for their future. Jordan completed the Certified Nursing Assistant Program thought Hutchings College & Career Academy and is employed at Zebulon Park Health & Rehab. He wants to continue his education in the medical field. Woodford completed the business pathway and is employed at GEICO. His intentions are to apply for a full-time position at GEICO once he graduates.

Central High's Work-Based Learning (WBL) Partners with Local Industry

Central High School Work-based Learning partnered with Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority (E. Coleman) to bring companies into the school. CTAE and other students were able to participate in an Informational Job Session with Yancey, Amazon, Irving Consumer Products, and Volumatic. They were able to touch products and materials that helped to give them a clear understanding of how the Industries operate. Seniors 18 years old and juniors at least 17 were welcomed to apply.

CTAE Administration

Jason Weiss, Supervisor of Northeast High, Rutland High, Howard High, Rutland 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 of Southwest High, Westside High, Central High, Ballard Hudson Middle, Weaver Middle, and Miller Middle

478-779-3047 margarite.bruce@bcsdk12.net

Niya Hicks, Supervisor of Hutchings College and Career Academy

478-779-2557 niya.hicks@bcsdk12.net

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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.

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.