CTE Career Clusters
High School Programs
CTE courses at the high school level cover 17 career clusters. Depending on the high school, the following clusters are available in GCPS:
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources - Veterinary Science
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication
- Business, Management, and Administration
- Education and Training
- Government and Public Administration
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Within each cluster, career pathways are offered as a sequence of three consecutive courses building from survey knowledge to specialty knowledge and skills resulting in better preparation for college and career pursuits. There are no prerequisites for starting a CTAE pathway in Gwinnett County Public Schools. A list of available CTAE pathways at each school can be found on our department's main page through a link labeled 'High School Pathway Offerings by School.'
Please direct questions to Dr. Kyle Jones for most CTAE pathways or Sallie Holloway for questions related to Information Technology pathways.
Access related questions can be directed to Dr. Michele Smith, Executive Director, Department of Internal Resolutions and Compliance; Title IX, Section 504, ADA, and Age Descrimination Act Coordinator.
Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) is a four-year progressive program that is open to all students in grades 9-12. Students who complete three years of JROTC fulfill the health and physical education requirement for education. If a local school does not offer a JROTC program, its students may participate by traveling to a school that does for part of the school day or by transferring to one of the schools full time. Programs include:
Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. The mission statement of the program is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. The yearly course of instruction (180 hours) is divided into two categories: academic (108 hours) and leadership (72 hours). Academic studies include one year of the history of air power and national defense, two years of science to include aerodynamics and space operations, and one year of cadet corps management. Leadership studies include Air Force customs and courtesies, cadet corps activities, study habits, time management, communication skills, leadership/management studies, and wellness.
Army Junior ROTC (AJROTC) This program promotes success through learning and self-management. Students will develop leadership skills, learn to incorporate principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions, and be able to characterize the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a constitutional republic. The curriculum supports the school’s mission and mandates by integrating technology, linking content to state standards, integrating reading and writing, and providing character and financial education while reinforcing the competencies taught in other academic subjects in which students are enrolled.
Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) offers four years of progressive leadership training based on a curriculum of naval science. The NJROTC coursework involves the study of engineering in the naval environment, maritime geography, naval history of the world, international relations, human behavior, total quality leadership and followership, seamanship, and navigation. The series of courses includes orientation field trips to military facilities, mini-cruises aboard naval vessels, transportation via military aircraft, leadership camps, and optional competitive co-curricular activities after the school day ends.
Marine Corps Junior ROTC (MCJROTC) is a four-year progressive program of instruction designed to emphasize leadership education and leadership development. Basic training in leadership tenets, military history, military customs and courtesies, military organizations, citizenship, physical fitness and health, drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, time management, financial management and planning, communication skills, and career preparation is included in the cadet’s orientation to Marine Corps leadership through individual challenges and team-building exercises. An orientation visit to a Marine Corps installation every other year helps further define the roles and missions of the Marine Corps. Cadets also have the opportunity to compete in extracurricular sports as a member of the Precision Rifle Team, Drill Team, Color Guard, Physical Fitness Team, or Orienteering Team. Riflery is a Georgia High School Association varsity sport and the Precision Rifle Team is open to non-ROTC students at Parkview High.
GCPS Offers JROTC Units at 14 Locations
- Collins Hill High
- Dacula High
- Meadowcreek High
- North Gwinnett High
- Shiloh High
- Berkmar High
- Central Gwinnett High
- Discovery High
- Grayson High
- Norcross High
- South Gwinnett High
- Parkview High
- Duluth High
- Peachtree Ridge High
Students who complete three years of JROTC fulfill the Health and Physical Education requirement for graduation.