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Career, Technical and Agriculture Education

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PCHS CTAE Career Pathways

The creation and implementation of career pathways is a national trend in Career, Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE). The concept has its roots in the over-all education and career planning process involving ALL students. Instructors, counselors and administrators will become familiar with the Education and Career Planning Tools (programs of study) in an effort to maximize opportunities for students to be better prepared for their next step in the education and career planning process—the workforce or postsecondary education.  (Georgia Department of Education)


Individual career plans for each Career Pathway at Pierce County High School are listed below.


Business and Computer Science

Healthcare Science

Architecture, Construction, Communications and Transportation


Engineering and Technology

Career Awareness Activities provided at Pierce County High School:

Post-secondary Information:

ACCEL Program
The ACCEL Program is for students classified as high school juniors and seniors at accredited public or private high schools in the state of Georgia, and is operated in all school terms except summer. The program allows students to pursue postsecondary study at approved public and private colleges and technical colleges while receiving dual high school and college credit for courses successfully completed.

If you would like more information on the ACCEL Program, click here.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Advanced Placement is a program that lets high school students study college-level subjects and receive advanced placement and/or credit upon entering college. 

Articulated Credit
Articulation allows students to make a smooth transition from high school to a technical college without experiencing delays, duplication of coursework, or loss of credit.  Students can take selected courses in high school that can be articulated (exempted).

A student must meet the following criteria:

  • Make a grade of 85 or above in the course
  • Enter technical college in Georgia within 18 months of high school graduation
  • Submit a Documentation of Articulated Credit form along with official high school transcript at time of advisement

Dual Enrollment
A dual enrollment student is a student who receives course credit at the secondary school and also receives course credit from the post-secondary school.

Hope Grant
If you are a Georgia resident enrolling in a certificate or diploma program at a Georgia public college, university, or technical college, you may be eligible for the HOPE Grant regardless of high school graduation dates or grade point averages. The HOPE Grant covers tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance.

Hope Scholarship
If you are a Georgia resident enrolling in a degree program at a Georgia public college, university, or technical college, you may be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Recipients must demonstrate academic achievement by earning and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. The award at public institutions covers tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance. If you wish to enroll in a Georgia private college, you may be eligible for a $3,000 per academic year scholarship for full-time study or $1,500 for half-time study (6-11 hours).
Click here for a history of the HOPE program and HOPE facts and figures

Joint enrollment
Students take college courses before graduating from high school and earn both high school and college credit.

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