Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education
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.
CTAE Career Clusters
Georgia’s Career Clusters allow students to choose an area of interest in high school from 17 clusters. Fitzgerald High School offers 15 career pathways in the 11 clusters listed below. Students take classes tailored to their cluster, which helps them navigate their way to greater success – no matter what they choose to do after high school graduation. Each cluster will include multiple career pathways. The aim of the program is to show students the relevance of what they’re learning in the classroom, whether they want to attend a two-year college, a four-year university or go straight into the world of work. Students will begin to learn about potential careers in elementary and middle school so that they are ready to choose a pathway once they reach high school. Georgia’s initiative is based on the National Career Cluster Model.
Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
The Agriculture, 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 (Dual Enrollment w/ WGTC)
The Architecture and Construction Career Cluster includes careers in designing, planning, managing, and building structures.
Business Management and Administration
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.
Education and Training
The Education and Training Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing education and training services as well as related learning support services.
Government & Public Administration
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.
The Health Science Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing services in therapeutics, diagnostics, health informatics, support areas, and biotechnology research and development.
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.
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.
Manufacturing (Dual Enrollment w/ WGTC)
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.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Career Cluster means planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
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.