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PCHS offers students more than a diploma

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High school students can typically expect to graduate with their high school diploma and a vague idea of potential careers, but at Putnam County High School, they can leave with a leg up on finding their dream job.

The Career, Technical, Agricultural Education Program (CTAE) prepares Putnam youth for the job market straight out of high school by providing specialized education that easily transfers to the job market.

CTAE students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of career pathways. These pathways are state-approved career enhancement programs that are a coherent and detailed sequence of career-related courses.

Students usually begin these classes in the 9th grade. If a student is unsure of what they would like to do, there is career-related inventory that they can take to help them see what they may want to pursue.

“With careful planning, students can graduate from high school with industry credentials that prepare them to be more competitive in today’s global marketplace,” said CTAE Director Christina Hinz. “Students are encouraged to consider their strengths and weaknesses, interests and passions, and above all how they vision their futures. Counselors and CTAE teachers are available to answer questions and provide direction to students as they plan out a solid career journey.”

Once the student has chosen a pathway, they are given the opportunity to take at least three sequenced electives in the pathways along with recommended academic courses.

Once they’ve completed their coursework, Hinz says that students are encouraged to consider participating in workbased learning during their junior and senior years with local community stakeholders. Local restaurants and construction companies and various other trades hire high school students to give them the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

After the successful completion of a pathway, students can leave high school with a diploma seal and/or an industry-recognized certificate or license.

“Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) in Putnam County connects student learning directly to the world of work and enhances the education foundation and career preparation one needs to succeed as an adult,” Hinz said. “Our mission is to assist in providing opportunities for students to become highly trained, technologically sophisticated, and career oriented. These goals are accomplished by developing partnerships between community stakeholders which will lead the participating students into meaningful careers.

“CTAE programs in Putnam County help guide students, encourage them to give their best every day, and they help students make their plans become their realities.”

For more information on Career, Technical and Agricultural Education in Putnam County, please contact:

Christina Hinz, Ed. S.

Career, Tech. & Ag. Ed. Director

Putnam County Charter Schools

P: 706-485-9971

E: christina_hinz@putnam.k12.ga.us