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A FEW OTHER CAREER AND TECHNICAL
HIGH SCHOOLS IN GEORGIA
Maxwell High School of Technology, Gwinnett County Public
Schools, Lawrenceville. bit.ly/maxlawv
Maxwell provides students with a seamless transition
to college or careers through programs that include
animation, digital media, law enforcement, forensic science,
fi re and emergency services, fl ight operations, graphic
design, health care and therapeutic services.
Jordan Vocational High School, Muscogee County School
District, Columbus. bit.ly/jordmusc
Jordan is a magnet school for the Muscogee County
Students can practice excavating virtually with the heavy-equipment
simulator in the construction lab. The simulator vibrates like a real
excavator, making the training experience even more realistic.
" The cool thing about being here is that students get to
realize what they like and don't like, " she says. " What really
makes us special is the exposure; students are able to see
different [job options]. "
PLANNING FOR POST-GRADUATION
CITA students gain an advantage through training,
real-world experience in the job market and, most importantly,
the job-placement services the academy provides.
A work-based learning coordinator helps students prepare
resumes and practice for job interviews so they are prepared to
step into jobs after high school.
" Our students will not only graduate with the potential of
having credentials and that high school diploma but also with
the connections that are valuable, " Barney says.
Some programs offer industry-recognized state and
national certifications. For example, health students can
complete training to become certified nursing assistants. And
there are opportunities to connect with industry partners for job
shadowing and internships to get hands-on experience in their
career fields.
CITA students work with their counselors to complete
career plans and portfolios, ensuring that they understand the
steps to reach their career goals. Students can use their
portfolios in applying to colleges or to potential employers.
For students looking for solid, good-paying jobs out of high
school, CITA instructors show them what's available and the
differences in pay. Students can earn two or three times the
current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour in some career
fields offered at the academy.
For example, the average yearly wage for entry-level jobs in
cybersecurity is about $49,000, and carpenters, brick masons
and plumbers can earn $46,000 to $47,000, according to the
academy's figures. By comparison, the annual pay for someone
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College and Career Academy. Career pathways off er
work-based learning internships and apprenticeships and
sometimes national and state certifi cations. Topics of study
include architecture, automotive, carpentry, culinary arts,
cybersecurity, electrical, engineering, fabrication, health care
occupations, heavy- equipment operation, masonry and plumbing.
Rockdale Career Academy, Rockdale County Public Schools,
Conyers. rca.rockdaleschools.org
Rockdale Career Academy off ers industry-certifi ed career,
technical and agricultural education (CTAE) instruction designed
by experts in business, industry and education. Students can earn
industry certifi cation and gain work-based experience through
internships at local businesses and workplaces. Programs include
technology and fi lm, automotive, companion-animal care, computer
science, construction, graphic design, health care, exercise physiology,
law enforcement and fi re services.
Woodville Tompkins High School, Savannah-Chatham County Public
School System, Savannah. bit.ly/wthssav
Woodville Tompkins provides CTAE classes with opportunities
for industry-recognized certifi cations in nursing, Microsoft Offi ce,
hospitality, computer programming and occupational safety. Students
also can earn internships with high-paying companies in Savannah and
prepare for careers at the port or in aviation.
earning the federal minimum wage would be a little more than
$15,000.
The director says the CITA's goal is for all students to
receive the Employability Diploma Seal, which signals to
employers that they have completed skills training and can be
successful employees.
But that diploma seal doesn't mean that a student can't go
on to college.
" It means our students are prepared, " Barney says. " They'll
have a plan when they get done, the credentials to back it up
and the work experience that makes them special and marketable
when they graduate. "
Laura Berrios is a freelance writer from Alpharetta.
For a video tour of the Cobb Innovation & Technology Academy,
visit bit.ly/citatour.
http://www.bit.ly/maxlawv http://www.bit.ly/jordmusc http://rca.rockdaleschools.org http://www.bit.ly/wthssav http://www.bit.ly/citatour

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