CTAE Department

Contact: Todd Gainous, Director 229-377-2044 Email
Judy Cook, Admin. Asst. 229-377-2044 Email


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Career, Technical and Agricultural Education provides Georgia students with the opportunity to select a Career Pathway. These pathways are state-approved career enhancement programs that combined with the recommended academic course work, will prepare students to continue their education at any level or enter the world of work. The Career Pathways are sequential electives in a particular area. Implementation of Career Pathways is a collaborative effort between the local systems, the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia to help transition students from high school to college with a strong skill base. Most high-demand, high-skilled, high-wage occupations still require education beyond high school.

ATTN: To See the CTAE PATHWAY HANDBOOK (click on the Presentations link on the left)


Agricultural Education

The Agricultural, Food, & Natural Resources Career Cluster includes the production, processing, marketing, financing, distribution, and development of agricultural commodities and resources. These commodities include food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Architecture and Construction

The Architecture and Construction Career Cluster includes careers in designing, planning, managing, and building structures.

Automotive Services Technology

The Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster encompasses planning, managing, and moving people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water, and also includes other related professional and technical support services.

Business and Technology

The Business Management & Administration Career Cluster prepares students with computer skills for future college and career plans. Cluster skills mastered include planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating as well as owning and operating a successful business.


In the Cosmetology Career Cluster students study everything from the chemical compositions of hair products, massage treatments, common skin ailments and cosmetic applications.

Early Childhood Education

The Education and Training Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing education and training services as well as related learning support services.

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Human Services Career Cluster prepares individuals for employment activities related to family and human needs such as nutrition and food science, counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Health Occupations Education

The Health Science Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing services in therapeutics, diagnostics, health informatics, support areas, and biotechnology research and development.

Information Technology

The rapidly changing digital world of the Information Technology Career Cluster engages students in hands-on learning to prepare for careers that create, use, modify, and engage technology skills. Graphics, multimedia animation, web design, game and application development, networking, and computer repair are all possibilities.


The Manufacturing Career Cluster includes the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production control, maintenance, and process engineering.

Metals Technology

The Metals Technology Career Cluster is designed to acquaint participants with the three major technical occupations (welding, sheet metal, and machining) that are available in the metal forming, manufacturing, and metals/construction industries.


The Government & Public Administration Career Cluster includes the planning and performing of government management and administrative functions at local, state, and federal levels. Careers are available in national security, foreign-service, revenue, and regulations.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Career Cluster means planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services.

Work-Based Learning

Career Related Education (CRE) is structured, age-appropriate experiences that prepare students for the school-to-career transition. The range of CRE experiences begin with Career Awareness and Exploration in middle school and culminate with work-based learning during the eleventh and twelfth grade. Work-Based learning provides students the opportunity to be enrolled in an internship, cooperative education, or youth apprenticeship.