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CITA students study human anatomy on the anatomage table. The 3D imagery
allows students to perform simulated dissections and surgeries.
A CITA student works on a simulated electric power line.
Incoming students often know little about the energy and
power career pathway but gain interest when they learn
what it entails.
statewide also is transforming to meet the demands of
21st-century jobs.
For example, the Georgia Department of Education
created the 17 Career Clusters/Pathways model for school
districts to follow as part of the career, technical and agricultural
education (CTAE) program. Within these clusters, students are
offered courses in 96 different career paths as they navigate
through high school.
A TOP-NOTCH ENVIRONMENT
Barney says the academy draws interest from other school
districts in Georgia and other states.
" Our labs are second to none, " Barney says. " We opened the
building with local taxpayer funding, which allowed us the flexibility
to do it our way. It's one of the things that makes us special. "
CITA students can choose from 15 career pathways grouped
into three " pillars " : maker industries (automotive, carpentry,
welding, HVAC [heating, ventilation and air conditioning],
masonry, plumbing, electrical); emerging technologies (cybersecurity,
networking, energy and power); and health care and
community services (clinical lab, patient care, emergency medical
responder, phlebotomy, surgical technology). Career pathways
were developed after a needs assessment determined the region's
future high-skill, high-demand and high-wage jobs.
Business and industry partners such as Wellstar Health
System and Ed Voyles Automotive Group have been active
participants, giving input on the curriculum and helping make
labs realistic in order to teach workplace skills. Their advice influenced
even the smallest details, such as what type of sink to put in
the surgical lab and which brand of welding machine to use.
" We wanted it to mimic what they're learning and doing in
the industry, " Barney says. " If they're training today to go out
into the workforce, we want them to be training on equipment
that's actually being used. It does no good to train them on technology
that is outdated or not comparable. "
AUTHENTIC, VARIED LEARNING EXPERIENCES
The academy sits on the campus of Osborne High School,
and CITA students enroll at Osborne for their other academic
classes. This year there are 400 CITA students in ninth through
11th grades. Next year will be the first with a senior class, and
Barney expects to enroll 550 to 600 students.
Cobb County students can begin applying for CITA during
the fall of their eighth grade year so that they're prepared to start
classes at the beginning of high school. CITA courses follow a
four-year program, but some students enter as sophomores and
juniors, the director says.
The academy prides itself on having an innovative,
state-of-the-art learning experience.
For example, in health classes, an ambulance simulator
replicates the tight quarters inside an emergency response
vehicle. Likewise, hospital-patient simulators are programmed
to answer questions, relay their symptoms and acknowledge a
diagnosis and prescription.
The health lab has a 3D anatomy-and-dissection visualization
system that imitates operations and surgeries-the same
cutting-edge technology used in many leading medical schools
worldwide.
Barney calls it a " game-changer " for students, who can
benefit from having authentic learning experiences with human
anatomy, rather than just looking at photos in a textbook.
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