DCA Career Pathways


    Georgia's Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Career Pathways

    Georgia’s Department of Education provides students in the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) area the ability to complete pathways: A Pathway is a series of three or four specified courses in a specific subject area. It will take multiple years to complete any pathway because the goal is to provide a deep knowledge base in a particular career area. Towards the end of the final course, students sit for an End of Pathway Assessment to determine student readiness. With the completion of these pathways students are ready for both entry-level career opportunities and to transition to college.


    Architecture, Drawing and Design
    Students apply and learn skills related to technical drawing, computer-aided design (CAD), 2-D drafting, and 3-D modeling. Emphasis is placed on developing design ideas for the built environment and representing those ideas through technical sketches, perspective sketching, computer modeling, and physical model building. This pathway prepares students for careers and post-secondary education in the architectural, engineering, and construction industries.


    Army - JROTC
    The mission of the United States Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program is to motivate young people to be better citizens. Program objectives are to: provide and encourage citizenship; promote high school completion; develop leadership potential; strengthen self-esteem; improve wellness and physical fitness; provide incentives to live drug-free, and enhance life skills.


    Career and Technical Instruction
    Our goals are to provide support services to students with disabilities enrolled in a Career, Technical and Agricultural Educational (CTAE) classes in order to enable students to acquire entry-level job skills.  Supports are put in place for these students with job-entry skills at the completion of the CTAE experience. The role of the career technical instruction coordinator is to provide resource assistance to students with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and to coordinate the services needed for the student to acquire his/her goals.


    Convergence Media/Audio-Visual Technology Film

    This pathway prepares students for employment or entry into a postsecondary education program in the Broadcast/Video Production career field. Instruction covers technical terminology, safety, basic equipment, reporting, script writing, production teams, production and programming, set production, lighting, editing, studio production, and professional ethics. Students participate in both the Georgia Scholastic Press Association and Student Television Network for leadership training and to reinforce specific career and technical skills. Students work cooperatively in all phases of broadcast/video production to produce a regular show called "The Dec." Students in the Convergence Media Pathway produce our award-winning school publication the Carpe Diem several times each year. 

    Culinary Arts
    The Culinary Arts pathway creates an awareness of opportunities within the vast areas of the foodservice industry. This pathway incorporates developments in the areas of institutional food, fine dining, and basic baking principles. Pathway completers will have a strong foundation in the basics of food preparation, safety, nutrition, and restaurant operating procedures.

    Early Childhood Education
    Students in this pathway are introduced to teaching in a diverse and inclusive environment, including homes, schools, and other community settings, which serve children from birth to age 8 and their families. Child-centered and culturally sensitive practices are emphasized throughout the pathway, focusing on the need for multiple methods of instruction to accommodate a broad range of learners.


    Foundations of Electronics

    The Electronics Pathway is a three-course sequence located within the STEM Career Cluster. This pathway is designed for students who are interested in careers related to the design, production, analysis, repair, and operation of devices that use electronics. Students will study and apply using project-based learning activities the fundamentals of electricity and electronic systems including the theory and operation of how the basic components function, how a variety circuits are connected, and how to design these circuits.


    Fine Furniture & Cabinet Making 

    At the introductory level, students will focus on safety in the lab and be exposed to the basic use of the machinery available in the lab. Students learn by engaging in projects which combine the use of basic hand tools, power tools, and heavy machinery, and Computer Numeric Controlled equipment. As students progress through the pathway Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings technology will be introduced into the course. Students will learn the business side of the profession related to the design, plan of procedure, and finishing of projects. 

    Graphic Design
    This pathway will enable students to develop basic commercial art skills. Students will use basic typography, layout, and design techniques to create images and products that reflect knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design to attract and influence consumers.


    IB Design Technology SL

    This course aims to develop internally-minded people whose enhanced understanding of design and the technological world can facilitate our shared guardianship of the planet and create a better world. Topics covered include Human Factors and Ergonomics, Resource Management and Sustainability, Modeling, Final Production, Innovation and Design, and Classic Design. This course is a two-year sequence beginning at DHS in the junior year. 


    Jobs for Georgia Graduates

    The Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) program is a partnership of local schools, businesses, communities, and the Georgia Department of Labor. JGG is a school-to-work transition program designed to provide high school students with pre-employment training, work skills, motivational activities, and job development. JGG provides follow-up services to increase the graduation rate and encourage a successful transition from school to work.

    Teaching as a Profession
    This pathway includes broad introductory coverage of teaching as a profession, public school organization, planning and delivery of instruction, creation and maintenance of learning environment, standards, teaching and learning in multicultural settings, mainstream education of students with exceptionalities, "at risk" students, family and community partnerships, school law, and educational philosophies.


    Web and Digital Design 

    This pathway exposes students to the skills needed to develop and maintain web servers and the hosted web pages at one or a group of websites, and to function as designated webmasters. Includes instruction in computer systems and networks; web page design and editing; information resources management; web policy and procedures; Internet applications of information systems security; user interfacing and usability research; and relevant management and communications skills.

    Work-Based Learning

    The internship offers students the ability to work as a paid or unpaid intern in a career field of interest. Prior work or educational experience is required for students to be accepted into the program. Students must apply for the internship, find an internship placement position (with assistance from the Work-Based Learning coordinator) and adhere to internship requirements throughout the year. Each intern is required to work a minimum of five hours per week per high school credit.