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

    Architectural 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 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 achieve his/her goals.

    Certified Nursing Assistant Certification
    Students may complete this program via the D2 (Decatur & Drew) partnership that allows students to complete the curriculum. Students are enrolled in the current semester's Introduction to Healthcare course at Georgia Virtual School. Students are also enrolled in Georgia Piedmont Technical College for the Diet and Nutrition and Medical Terminology courses online during the 1st semester. A licensed practical nurse supporting the three online courses is housed with the students at the Emory Nursing Center in downtown Decatur. During the second semester, the students will enroll in face-to-face Nursing Aide Fundamentals, including hands-on and clinical experiences, before they sit for their national certification exam. 

    Computer Science
    Exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, software, programming, web design, IT support, and networks are all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks.  The pathway introduces students to computer science through programming. Fundamental topics in this course include the design of solutions to problems, the use of data structures to organize large sets of data, the development and implementation of algorithms to process data and discover new information, the analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing systems. The course emphasizes object-oriented programming and design using the Java programming language.

    Computer Programming
    Exposure to foundational knowledge in programming languages, software development, app creation, and user-interfacing applications are all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks. The pathway continues by allowing high school students to strategize, design, and develop games and mobile and desktop applications that can be produced in the real world. Students will learn about life-cycles of project development and use models to develop applications

    Convergence Media/Audio-Visual Technology Film
    This pathway prepares students for employment or entry into a post-secondary education program in the Broadcast/Video Production career field. Instruction covers technical terminology, safety, basic equipment, reporting, scriptwriting, 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.

    Furniture Design
    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/HL
    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.

    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.