Academies and Career & Technical Education
The Department of Academies and Career & Technical Education provides leadership and support to teachers in the advanced career and technical education (CTE) fields. CTE prepares students for postsecondary education and training for in-demand, high-skill, and high-wage careers. Beginning in 6th grade, students can engage in CTE programs designed to combine relevance, rigor, and real-world, hands-on learning with academic knowledge. The department is home to both the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education and the Office of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.
Office of Academies and Career & Technical Education
The office of Academies and Career and Technical Education supports the seven college and career readiness academy high schools--Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett--which are designed to support small, inclusive and supportive small learning communities within the larger school where students develop advanced future-ready skills and explore career interests. The office is also responsible for supporting the majority of the nearly 60 different pathway offerings across GCPS, ranging from Agriculture to Construction to Media Production to Healthcare to Business and Marketing to Engineering and Manufacturing, as well as Junior ROTC found throughout district middle and high schools.
Office of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
The Office of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science provides supports for the district’s K-12 Computer Science for All (CS4All) program as well as K-12 competition robotics. The office also supports the AI and Future-Readiness initiative in collaboration with other departments. Future-Readiness emphasizes the learning needed for students to be ready for their futures. As advanced technologies continue to impact the workplace and society, GCPS students will be future-ready as informed users and developers of those technologies.
Career Clusters and Pathways
Career clusters allow students to choose a career area of interest in high school. Students are enrolled in classes tailored to the career cluster (see list below), which helps them navigate their way to greater lifetime success. Multiple career pathways make up each career cluster (i.e. STEM’s pathways are engineering, drafting and design, and electronics). Students begin to learn about careers in elementary and middle school, so they are ready to choose a pathway upon reaching high school.
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Tim Hemans, Executive Director
Dr. Kyle Jones,
Director of Academies and Career & Technical Education
Director of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
Academies and Career and Technical Education
Instructional Support Center
437 Old Peachtree Road N.W.
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978
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