Three CTAE Programs Receive Industry Certification | Business
Three different Career, Technological and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs at District schools achieved Industry Certification this year. These programs include the Central High School Broadcast Video Program under the direction of teacher Lin Woods, the Construction Program at Southwest High School under the direction of teacher Gary Faulkner, and the Culinary Arts Program at Hutchings Career Center under the direction of former teacher Chef Jeanie Newton and current teacher Chef Raymond Garrison.
When a program becomes Industry Certified, it receives a "stamp of excellence," which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.
Industry certification standards are developed collaboratively by Georgia Department of Education Program Specialists and varying business associations. Representatives of these associations conduct the Industry Certification review process. These associations are, for Broadcast/Video, the New Media Education Foundation of Georgia; for Construction, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER); and for Culinary Arts, the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
The Georgia Department of Education is committed to the industry certification process as a part of its effort to strengthen technical and academic standards for all CTAE programs. Students are ensured participation in a program that has been carefully interfaced with current industry standards, thus helping to increase students’ qualifications toward successful employment. The curriculum and delivery method taught to students are also improved and updated enabling the student to receive high quality instruction.
"Attaining Industry Certification is a significant accomplishment! I commend our CTAE teachers who have achieved this distinction for their programs through tremendous dedication and commitment to excellence," said District CTAE Director Dr. Sharon Joyner. "I'm very proud of these teachers and appreciate the time they devoted to documenting evidence required for the Industry Certification process. Students who complete these rigorous programs will be prepared to meet industry standards in the workforce and to continue their education after graduating from high school."
Dr. Joyner also thanked CTAE Supervisors Dr. Cassandra Washington and Charles Baima for supporting the teachers throughout the Industry Certification process.
Programs are typically certified for a period of five years. During that time, the school conducts an annual review to ensure that the program continues to meet certification criteria. At the end of the certification period, programs may apply for re-certification.