New­ton High CTA re­ceives grant

$15,000 to pay for in­dus­try re-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

The Covington News - - EDUCATION - By Jenny Thompson

The state De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has awarded New­ton High School’s Ca­reer, Tech­ni­cal and Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment with a sec­ond $15,000 grant for in­dus­try re-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion de­ter­mines key em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills in each CTA area, spe­cific per­for­mance ob­jec­tives stu­dents must meet and stan­dards which must be im­ple­mented into each course.

Cour­ses are re­viewed each year at an on-site visit where they are scored by the state to re­main cer­ti­fied. Pro­grams must be re-cer­ti­fied ev­ery five years and, if they qual­ify, are given a $15,000 grant to en­hance cour­ses with new tech­nol­ogy.

New­ton High Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion teacher De­bra Lary ex­plained that her de­part­ment first will pur­chase two new soft­ware pro­grams with the grant money. She said the pro­grams will in­tro­duce stu­dents to a variety of oc­cu­pa­tions in the busi­ness field.

“We’re re­ally, re­ally fo­cused and geared on get­ting kids to dis­cover and know what it is they want to do af­ter they grad­u­ate,” Lary said.

She said many times high school stu­dents grad­u­ate with no idea what ca­reer or field of study they want to pur­sue, but the CTA De­part­ment is de­signed to fine­tune stu­dents’ goals.

The pro­grams also will strengthen stu­dent’s ba­sic think­ing, cler­i­cal, in­ter­per­sonal and tech­no­log­i­cal skills, ac­cord­ing to Lary.

“That’s some­thing that the kids can use straight out of school,” Lary said.

She also hopes to pur­chase tech­nol­ogy that will al­low stu­dents to cre­ate pod-casts of lec­tures, guest speak­ers and pre­sen­ta­tions for view­ing on the school’sWeb site.

“How­ever, the great­est part about the en­tire pro­gram, is teach­ers who work here and kids who go here can say we have an in­dus­try-cer­ti­fied school,” Lary said.

Kathy Reese, New­ton County School Sys­tem di­rec­tor of high school and vo­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum, said in­dus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion places a “gold star” on New­ton High’s pro­gram to tech­ni­cal schools, col­leges and em­ploy­ers.

Reese said Al­covy High will ap­ply for in­dus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and grant for its CTA de­part­ment this spring.

“We will cer­tainly be ex­pand­ing our ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment in all the high schools in the county,” Reese said, “but at this time there is no plan to al­low stu­dents at the other schools to take a course at New­ton just be­cause it is in­dus­try cer­ti­fied.”

Lary said New­ton High stu­dents should take ad­van­tage of the only in­dus­try cer­ti­fied high school pro­grams in the county.

“It’s go­ing to put us on the cut­ting edge,” Lary said. “We’re go­ing to have the latest and great­est of ev­ery­thing.”

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