Academies

 

The Department of Academies, Career and Technical Education provides leadership and support to teachers in the Technical Education field which prepares high school students for postsecondary 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.

 Description of Program

Technical Education is offered in Gwinnett County Public Schools in order to better prepare high school students for the demands of the 21st-century economy and postsecondary education. All courses provide an environment where students can learn the relevance of combining technical skills with academic knowledge.  

Career Pathways

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 postsecondary training in college or technical school. Pathways have been developed in 47 areas. 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. 

Central Gwinnett’s Academies

 
The 9th Grade Academy allows time for students to transition into a high school environment. Freshman academies provide students with additional resources and support to overcome transitional obstacles. The freshman academy provides an environment that is conducive to improving academic performance, fewer absences, and behavioral issues. Teachers in this academy also work in teams to help identify struggling students that may need extra help in their classes.

Pathways

Finance & Business Accounting

The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and mathematical experience in the study of finance and accounting. The content and activities will include the study of accounting, establishing project budgets, maintaining accurate records, analyzing cost and developing leadership skills.

Marketing and Promotion

As the demand for marketing experts increases throughout the next decade, educational institutions must prepare students to enter the field with skills and competencies related to communication, market research, competitive pricing, product development, and public relations.

Small Business Development

This program offers a sequence of courses that provide a rigorous academic curriculum aligned with the relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in business, real estate, and advertising.

Student Organizations

Math Team
Environmental Science Club
S.T.E.M. Club
Robotics Team
Technology Student Association (TSA)
National Society of Black Engineers

Pathways

Web Design & Digital Communications

According to the Georgia Department of Education, “information is valuable only when it is understood and utilized. Workers in digital media design bring ideas to life through technology whether creating a hot website, a training video or designing the latest computer game.” Students in this pathway will design web pages, create multimedia and animated programs and games while learning the knowledge and skills to become competitive in today’s market. Organizations around the world need employees equipped with digital media skills to create and maintain communication vehicles through which they reach customers, collaborate internally and externally, and facilitate transactions

Audio and Video Technology Communications

Students in this pathway will explore the facets of video broadcasting. Students will learn about filmmaking and production, television, engineering, and another behind–the-scenes jobs connected to producing a show. Future employment for students may include working in the television or film industry. A heavy emphasis will be placed on computer skills in this pathway as the industry has seen an increase in rapidly changing digital technologies.

Visual and Performing Arts

Students in this pathway will take a sequence of courses focused on dance, theater, music, or visual arts. Those who choose this pathway should have a deep passion for the Arts and a desire to perform in front of mixed audiences and/or be willing to display their work. Students will also learn important business-related aspects of the Fine Arts industry.

Student Organizations

International Thespian Society Troupe #4184

State Chapter – Georgia Thespians Technology Student Association (TSA)

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

Visual Arts Student Association (VASA)

Pathways

Therapeutic Services
Sports Medicine

Intro to Healthcare Science
Essentials of Health
Principles of Sports Medicine

Therapeutic Services
Emergency Medical Responder
(Maxwell)

Intro to Healthcare Science
Essentials of Health
Emergency Medical Responder

Therapeutic Services
Patient Care
(Maxwell)

Intro to Healthcare Science Essentials of Healthcare
Patient Care Fundamentals

Therapeutic Services
Allied Health and Medicine
(Maxwell)

Intro to Healthcare Science
Essentials of Healthcare
General Medicine

Student Organizations

H.O.S.A

Pathways

Engineering

The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of the applications of engineering and its effect on our lives and the choosing of an occupation. The content and activities include the study of entrepreneurship, safety, and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes, and systems in business and industry.

Clean Energy

As the need for clean and sustainable energy systems increases, it is imperative that our nation’s secondary educational facilities prepare students to enter the emerging “Green Collar Economy.” This curriculum will guide students from understanding the energy challenges and trade-offs between energy, environment, society, to understanding electricity and magnetism.

Computer Programming

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers such as computer programmers, programmer analysts, and information systems programmers in the Information Technology career cluster.

Student Organizations

Math Team
Environmental Science Club
S.T.E.M. Club
Technology Student Association (TSA)Vex Robotics 
National Society of Black Engineers