Leah Newsom, Director of CTAE and Pre-K

Phone: 706-879-5370


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Leah Newsom, Director of CTAE and Pre-K

Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) is an essential component of the middle school and high school curriculum. For many students, it represents as much as a third of their secondary school experience. It is a critical component in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation, and leadership development.
CTAE fosters college and career readiness and successful transition to postsecondary education, work, or the military through opportunities such as:

  • career pathways, which include national assessments that award students industry accreditation
  • work-based learning opportunities
  • dual and joint enrollment
  • Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), such as FFA, FCCLA and Skills USA
  • hands-on experience that provides relevance to the educational experience
  • increased high school graduation rates

Gordon County Schools offeres a variety of CTAE courses in 3 locations:  Gordon Central High SchoolSonoraville High Schoool, and the Gordon County College and Career Academy.  Additionally, career exploration and connections classes are available at the middle school level.