Mission First . People Always 2.0

Cassandra Miller-Washington, Ph.D.

Executive Director of CTAE


(478) 779-2528

The C.A.R.E.S Chronicles is Bibb County’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education quarterly newsletter. This newsletter provides stakeholders a canvas of the college and career-ready initiatives in Bibb County School District’s C.T.A.E. department. Our goal is to “Building Today’s Talent to Meet Tomorrow’s Workforce Needs".

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BCSD CTAE 2020-2021 Career Guide

BCSD CTAE Partnership Investment Tracker

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Hot off the Press:

Bibb County School District's CTAE Partnership Investment Tracker! The tracker will allow us to capture each partner's financial investment to the BCSD CTAE programs through donated time to CTAE. How do we capture this? Our partners will align their hourly rate to the time spent through guest speaking, advisory board meetings, competition preparation, etc. The Partnership Investment Tracker will show how invested our business and industry community are by the monetary value connected to the partnership.

Representing Bibb County CTAE

Dr. Cassandra Washington and Mr. Jason Weiss Elected to GCCTA State Board

Dr. Cassandra Washington and Mr. Jason Weiss were elected to the CTAE State Board for the Georgia Council for Career & Technical Administrators (GCCTA). Dr. Washington will serve as the 2020-23 President-Elect and Mr. Weiss will serve as the 2020-23 Treasurer. GCCTA is the Administrative Leadership Division of Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. The mission of GCCTA is to promote leadership that will support the improvement and effectiveness of career, technical education as an integral part of the total educational program for youth and adults residing in Georgia.

Congratulations Dr. Washington and Mr. Weiss!

Mrs. Christina Ransey, Elected West Central Region 6 WBL Co-Chair

Mrs. Christina Ransey, Southwest High School Marketing and Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator was elected WBL West Central Region 6 Co-Chair. Work-Based Learning provides students with an opportunity to prepare for their future by exposing them to real world work experiences. The program creates a source of skilled and motivated future employees with valuable experience and proven job skills. Congratulations Mrs. Ransey!

Mrs. Vanessa Mellinger Elected GATFACS Region 7 VP

Mrs. Vanessa Mellinger, Rutland High School FACs Instructor was elected GATFACS Region 7 VP. The Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (GATFACS) is the premier organization for the Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services and Education & Training Career Clusters. GATFACS encourages and organizes teachers to become a part of a collective voice that can influence issues and policies that impact Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Congratulations Mrs. Mellinger!

Mrs. Susan Mitchell Elected Vice President of Membership & Recognition for GMEA

Mrs. Susan Mitchell, Hutchings College and Career Academy Hospitality and Tourism Instructor, was elected Vice President of Membership & Recognition for the Georgia Marketing Education Association (GMEA). GMEA is an affiliate of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education, Inc. (GACTE) and the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). It was established to promote interest and develop quality in all phases of education for and about marketing. The GMEA encourages professional growth and cooperative interaction among all individual groups in marketing education. Great job Mrs. Mitchell!

BCSD CTAE 2019-20 LEAD Graduates

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Bibb County School District CTAE LEAD is a leadership development program designed for CTAE classroom teachers who wish to gain valuable skills and knowledge in the areas of team building, leadership, priority management, communication, instruction, and economic development through participation in a year-long program led by Dr. Cassandra Washington, BCSD district leaders and community partners.

The 2019-20 graduates include Ms. LaTanya Singleton Clark (Northeast High School), Ms. Shawana Davis (Central High School), Ms. Andrea Glover (Hartley Elementary), Dr. Luciana Green (Central High School), Mr. Morgan Jarvis (Howard High School), Dr. Tiffany Lewis (Soar Academy), Ms. Carla Wheeler-Martin (Central High School), Ms.Sherri Moore (Howard High School), Mrs. Nyasha O'Neal (Howard High School), Mrs. Christina Ransey (Southwest High School), Ms. Paige Welch (Hutchings College and Career Academy), and Ms. Valeria Williams (Ballard-Hudson Middle School).

The New Faces of CTAE

Welcome CTAE Teachers!

Welcome Career Coaches!

In partnership with Macon-Bibb Work Source Georgia, CTAE welcomes Career Coaches to the Bibb County School District family. The Career Coaches will work with high school students to help define and prepare for life beyond high school, such as enrolling in post-secondary or technical programs, enlisting in the military, or becoming a marketable professional in the workforce.

The Impact of BCSD Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

Largest High School CTSO Membership 

Central High School FBLA


2019-2020 Advisors

Dr. Luciana Green, Ms. Carla Martin-Wheeler,

Mrs. Wylene Dickey & Mrs. Alicia Daniels

Largest Middle School CTSO Membership

Rutland Middle School FFA

200 Members

2019-2020 Advisors

Mr. Robbie Bartlett & Mr. Andy Reeves

FBLA Student Leadership

FCCLA Student Leadership

DECA Student Leadership

Perdue Farms Career Signing Day

HCCA and Central Georgia Technical College celebrated the full-time employment of two recent BCSD graduates with an official signing ceremony with Perdue Foods - Perry Cook Facility. Recent graduates James Jordan (Westside High School) and Maurice Woodford (Howard High School) were among the first cohort of students in the Industrial Systems Technology pathway at CGTC to interview and complete an internship with Perdue Foods. Mayor-Elect Lester Miller, Dr. Lori Ward-Rogers, and Dr. Amy Holloway were present at this event. Congratulations, James and Maurice!

BCSD CTAE Students Inducted Into The NTHS Virtually

Marketing Students Awarded Scholarships

Rutland High School

Chandler Wood was awarded the first ever Rutland High School Marketing Scholars Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. Chandler plans to further his education at the University of Georgia and major in Finance.

Central High School

Kamia Brown was awarded Central High School's 2019-20 Marketing Scholarship. Kamia completed the Marketing pathway and served in the school store for two years. She was also an IB student with an overall GPA of 3.56. Kamia is a current student at Savannah State University.

Bibb County CTAE Pays It Forward. . .

Ballard-Hudson Middle School

Virtual learning has been a different experience for everyone in Macon. Staff members at the Murphy Felton Tindall Unit of the Boys and Girls Club decided to assist residents by allowing students to complete their work at the facility. Ballard-Hudson Middle School partnered with the Boys and Girls Club by assisting with technology concern and teaching students how to navigate in a digital world. Valeria Williams, Ballard-Hudson Middle School’s business teacher, taught students how to find their schoolwork in Canvas and utilize Microsoft Teams to communicate with teachers.

Southwest High School DECA

Southwest High School DECA would like to thank everyone that participated in the shoe drive. DECA began collecting gently worn and new shoes last school year. On Thursday, September 10, 2020, the company, The Funds2Orgs Group came and collected the shoes. There was a total of 560 pairs of shoes donated by students, teachers, staff, and community partners. The shoes will help people in other countries with Haiti being the focus country. For more information about DECA please contact Mrs. Christina Ransey, DECA Advisor, at Christina.Ransey@bcsdk12.net or 478-779-4476.

Westside High School JROTC

Cadets Richone Jackson and Rontravious Smith conquered the North Georgia mountains on two wheels by taking part in their first most challenging cycling event since becoming a cyclist a year ago. The two completed mountain bike racing on Saturday at Kingston's Down where our Middle Georgia Composite Team placed 13:32 teams. Our team has been racing since last September and membership increased from 5 to 19!

They are also members of the U Create Macon Major Taylor Youth Chapter cycling club (First youth chapter in the world) and represented on Sunday, Sept 27th at the 32nd Annual 6 Gap Century/3 Gap Fifty cycling event in Dahlonega, GA. The two completed a demanding 58-mile course climbing 6,385 vertical feet with elevation ranging from 1,400 feet to 3,364 feet. Sgt. Janet Grier, Westside JROTC instructor, completed an introductory course to the 6 Gap 100/3 Gap 50, a 35-mile Valley Ride while coaching three young cyclists ages 9 to 16 years old. The female cyclists have been cycling only four months! Over 2,500 cyclists from around the globe attended. The event was hosted by the Lumpkin County High School.

Compass Rose Cafe' Prepares Meal Kits

Compass Rose Café has launched a new and exciting student enterprise involving take home meal kits! The purpose of this enterprise is to give students hands-on training during a pandemic. Executive Chef, Stuart Hardy, states students are learning about the business side of culinary arts in addition to cooking techniques. The meal kits allow families to spend time preparing a meal without a lot of preparation. The kits cost $20.00 and include enough food for two adults. The menu changes each week. The Compass Rose begins taking orders every Wednesday. The first week, Thai peanut lettuce wrap meal kits sold out. Additionally, Compass Rose Cafe' was featured on 13 WMAZ, which promoted Hutchings CCA as the School of the Week.

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Virtual Learning At Its Finest

Robins Federal Credit Union

Ms. Drummond, with Robins Financial Credit Union virtually shared financial information about credit, and the importance of maintaining good credit.

Inaugural Youth Entrepreneurship

Inaugural Youth Entrepreneurship (YE) Auction - Southwest Business students participated in an online auction, which is an integral part of the Youth Entrepreneurship curriculum. The program promotes turning your classroom into a mini-economy, and promoting socially conscience Entrepreneurship.

CTSO Recruitment

Central High School's FBLA held a virtual recruitment meeting. 65 students attended along with advisers, Dr. Luciana Green, Mrs. Alicia Daniels, Mrs. Wylene Dickey and Ms. Carla Wheeler-Martin.

Howard High School's FBLA Chapter Officers' created a recruitment video geared towards informing students about the benefits of joining the organization. Howard HS FBLA was the 2nd largest HS CTSO for the 2019-2020 school year.

CTAE Helps to Make Instructional Connections

Teaching As A Profession

The Teaching as a Profession students at Hutchings CCA are off to a great start for the 2020-2021 school year! Each student has been participating in daily discussions, simulations and activities focused on educating them all about becoming “The Teacher of Tomorrow”. They are learning what it will take to be a teacher and general knowledge about the teaching profession. The students have been inquisitive and eager to gain all the knowledge they can, to help them decide if teaching is truly the “calling” of their hearts. They eagerly look forward to the daily discussion posts, which require some in-depth thinking, and to the responses that they are required to make to their classmates. These students will be ready and able to educate our future generations. When asked why he chose the TAAP pathway, Brice D., a senior, responded, “I want to go to school for teaching. I want to be an ESOL teacher. I think this pathway will be a good start for me, to give me information.” To that I say, Brice is on the right track!

Graphic Design

Who says virtual learning can't be fun? In a virtual setting, Hutchings CCA Graphic Design students are learning all about Elements and Principles of design, how to sketch recognizable images for use in thumbnail sketches and some shading techniques. It looks a lot like art, but it will translate into digital images real soon! Students cannot wait to see how these pieces of art can create unique masterpieces.

CTAE Social Media

Bibb County CTAE is relaunching our Social Media accounts. If you have not already done so, please "Like", "Follow" and "Tag" us with all your social media accounts. We want to make sure we are celebrating all of the wonderful accomplishments from each of your CTSOs. Our accounts are listed below:

  • Twitter: @CTAEBibb

  • Instagram: @CTAEBibb

  • Facebook: Facebook.com/CTAEBibb

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

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.