Academies and Career and Technical Education
Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan
The Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education provides leadership and support to teachers in the Technical Education field which prepares high school students for post-secondary education and the demands of the 21st century economy. All courses provide an environment where students can learn the relevance of combining technical skills with academic knowledge. Various resources and training workshops are available to assist teachers and staff in delivering quality instruction in these areas. Development and implementation of the Academies education model in high schools are also led from this department. Learn more about the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education.
Academies and Career and Technical Education
Instructional Support Center
437 Old Peachtree Road N.W.
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is specifically designed to provide activities for students to learn marketing, management, and entrepreneurial skills that will prepare them to pursue a career in the field of marketing. DECA members become more aware of the value of community service; participate in a local, state, and national competitive events program that showcases student skills and allows for interaction with the business community; further develop occupational skills needed for careers in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship; serve in leadership roles; and develop a greater understanding of our competitive, free-enterprise system and an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a student organization for all middle and high school students participating in business programs. This nonprofit student organization prepares today’s students for success in business leadership. FBLA is an important partner in the success of school-to-work programs, business education curricula, and student leadership development. As an integral part of the business instructional program, FBLA provides opportunities for students to develop vocational and career-supportive competencies. Participation in FBLA activities promotes civic and personal responsibility; helps students develop business leadership skills and establish career goals; and prepares them for useful citizenship and productive careers. Georgia FBLA is the largest FBLA chapter in the nation with more than 17,500 members.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and social issues through family and consumer sciences education. Through cooperative and competitive programs, FCCLA members develop skills for life including character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Participation in national programs and co-curricular chapter activities enables FCCLA members to learn cooperation, take responsibility, develop leadership, and give service. Georgia FCCLA offers more than 19,000 Georgia members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life—planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision-making, and interpersonal communication—necessary in the home and workplace. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, inter-generational communication, and career education.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology and to be technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills. Students who participate in FIRST also participate in FIRST robotics competitions—first, at the elementary and middle school levels with FIRST LEGO League Jr. and LEGO League, and in high school FIRST robotics.
Georgia's Health Occupations Students Association (HOSA)
The mission of Georgia's Health Occupations Students Association (HOSA) is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health occupations students, therefore, helping the students to meet the needs of the health care community. Members attend leadership conferences featuring competition in nearly 50 healthcare-related skills.
The mission of Georgia SkillsUSA is to develop leadership skills and workplace competencies that students will need to succeed in a constantly changing global workplace. Georgia SkillsUSA members participate in local, state, and national activities provided through trade and industrial, technical, and health occupations courses and programs. The mission of SkillsUSA is to develop leadership skills and workplace competencies that students will need to succeed in a constantly changing global workplace. The organization provides many opportunities for leadership development and skills training. Competition in over 70 leadership, health occupations, occupationally related, and trade, industrial, and technical contests is offered at the region and state levels, culminating with the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, in June. More than 6,300 Georgia members compete at the regional and state levels.
Georgia Technology Student Association (GA TSA)
Georgia Technology Student Association (GA TSA) is committed to providing students with opportunities to excel and advance as part of their instruction in technology education. Georgia TSA promotes technology education as a means of preparing students for a dynamic world, inviting them to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and technologically literate leaders. The mission of GA TSA is to prepare its members to be successful leaders and responsible citizens in a technological society through co-curricular activities with the technology education program, thereby developing communication, leadership, and competitive skills.
Career Clusters allow students to choose an area of interest in high school. They are enrolled in 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. Learn more about the Career Clusters.
The Georgia Department of Education has developed Career Pathways that will allow students to concentrate their studies in an area of Technical Education to prepare for a seamless transition from middle school to high school to post-secondary training in college or technical school. Pathways have been developed in 47 areas for 2009-10. While all courses may be taken as a stand-alone elective course, the strength of the Pathway lies in completing an established program of study that leads to validation through an industry-based assessment. Contact your local school to find out which Pathways are offered at each location.
Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) is a four-year progressive program which 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 your local school does not offer a JROTC program, students may participate by traveling to a school that does for part of the school day or transferring to one of the schools full time. Programs include:
- Army JROTC
- Air Force JROTC
- Navy JROTC
- Marine Corps JROTC