As we celebrate the return of Fall weather in Forsyth County, career and technical education is heating up for another incredible year! From preparations to open new career pathways inside Alliance Academy for Innovation and Denmark HS neat year to ramping up CTSO planning, our district is continually working to improve the quality of our programs! Career pathways at the middle and high school level seek to provide an ongoing partnership between education and business/industry to prepare the students of Forsyth County with the skills necessary to meet world-class standards, successfully continue life-long learning, and enter the workplace as productive citizens.

For more information about career and technical education in Forsyth County, visit  or email 
General Information and Opportunities to Get Involved
Alliance Academy for Innovation will be Forsyth County Schools' seventh high school. Located on approximately 23 acres in the City of Cumming, the campus is slated to open in August 2018 on Lanier 400 Parkway. The mission of Alliance Academy is to provide pathways for students to own their future in college, career, and life. Career pathways, innovative courses, and personalized learning will be an integral part of Alliance Academy. Students will complete Georgia high school graduation requirements as well as participate in real world experiences in simulated work environments, complete internships, and receive industry certification. We anticipate opening with five interest-themed academies or schools, which include:
•School of Aerospace & Logistics
•School of Criminal Justice & Law
•School of Healthcare & First Responders
•School of Hospitality & Design
•School of Mechatronics & Energy

Alliance Academy is an excellent choice for Forsyth County students interested in pursuing their passion in high school. Current 8th and 9th graders must apply by December 1, 2017!

Please visit our webpage for more information: .
By becoming a Career Path Partner with Forsyth County Schools, your organization allows students to go beyond the classroom and into the community to consider different career fields, learn basic workplace behavior, and develop specific skills within an industry. Through these experiences, students can apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into post-secondary education and training.

Click  here  for the Career Path Partner form or  here  to download a PDF version.
Click here   for a deeper look into the career pathway offerings available for students in Forsyth County. This guide contains specific school-related information, as well as more specifics around CCD initiatives ongoing throughout the year!
Visit to register your organization!
Perfectly Polished "Building Your Brand" Workshop
Work-Based Learning and Honors Mentorship students recently took part in a three-hour Perfectly Polished etiquette training workshop taught by nationally known etiquette speakers Debra Lassiter and April McLean. Students learned about self-presentation (business dress, introducing oneself, meeting/ greeting, appropriate handshake/ eye contact) and practiced these skills with other attendees.
National Manufacturing Day Celebration
Thanks to the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce for organizing National Manufacturing Day for high school engineering and manufacturing students! National Manufacturing Day is a celebration across the country of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Students toured local manufacturing companies including American BOA, LG-MRI, Panduit, Scientific Games International, Southern Staircase, and Solvay . Students were also able to network with engineering and manufacturing post-secondary partners including Kennesaw State University, Lanier Technical College, Mercer University, University of Georgia, and the University of North Georgia.
Staff Spotlight
Janet Standeven - Lambert HS

Janet Standeven has been in education for 21 years. At Lambert HS, she currently serves in two departments, CTAE and Science. She teaches Honors Biology and Biotechnology courses along with directing individual research for seniors who have finished the Biotechnology Pathway. She is an advisor for the International Genetic Engineered Machine, iGEM, team, the Medical Sciences Academy, HOSA, Women in STEM, and the International Youth Neuroscience Organization. In addition to her work at Lambert HS, Janet serves on two outside steering commissions, GABIO Teacher Advisory Council and as a consultant for the high school committee for the iGEM Foundation.  In 2011, she was awarded Riverwatch MS's Teacher of the Year and in 2016 Georgia’s Biotechnology Teacher of the Year. She is currently Lambert HS's Teacher of the Year!

"Janet is the epitome of what a fantastic teacher represents. She is outstanding in her instruction, wonderful in her presence with kids, and exemplary in all of her extra-curricular activities that she leads. I find her to be the ultimate true professional. Lambert High School is truly proud of her" 
-Gary Davison, Lambert HS Principal
Student Internship Spotlights
Andrew Reilly
South Forsyth HS

Andrew Reilly is a Work-Based Learning student at South Forsyth HS currently working in the marketing department at Jim Ellis Automotive headquarters. Andrew has had the opportunity to work on the acquisition and management of marketing data, assist in creating advertising content, optimize company websites, and assist with special events.

"It's great work experience and has given me the opportunity to use what I've learned in the classroom in real life situations."
-Andrew Reilly
Evan Lubeck
West Forsyth HS

Evan Lubeck is a Honors Mentorship student at West Forsyth HS currently job shadowing at Centennial Aviation Academy. Evan is able to get an up close look into the broad world of aviation. He works one-on-one with a flight instructor where he is able to learn the steps and requirements to become a private pilot and experience the business side of aviation including learning what it takes to run a flight school while maintaining a fleet of aircrafts.

“This has been an amazing experience to work in the aviation community and broaden my knowledge about the wonders of flight.”
-Evan Lubeck
For more information on the Honor Mentorship and Work-Based Learning Programs, visit these links: Work-Based Learning   Honors Mentorship
School Spotlights
South Forsyth HS DECA

The South Forsyth HS DECA chapter, the largest DECA chapter in the world, is striving to make a large organization smaller through freshman small groups. Each DECA officer meets monthly with a group of freshman in order to orient them to the school and DECA organization.
North Forsyth HS FCCLA

Congratulations to North Forsyth HS Sophomore Rachel Omariba who earned first place in the FCCLA National Competition of Illustrated Talk in Nashville in July. The Illustrated Talk Competition consists of a research and community service project on fighting poverty.
Little Mill MS Robotics

Little Mill MS BEST Robotics students are working on the chassis design for their robot, which will hold the motors which power the wheels, and all the electronics that guide the robot. They built two prototypes of the chassis, wheels, motor mounts and sidewalls out of cardboard using the laser cutting machine, revising each when they found problems before they started the actual chassis build out of plywood.
West Forsyth HS Engineering

Students in engineering at West Forsyth HS saw a need for welding tables in order to continue developing their skills. Students partnered with United Recycling of Cumming to obtain the scrap metal needed to build tables out of salvageable materials. Students are now able to use the tables they built using recycled material to continue in the development of their craft.
Otwell MS Engineering

Otwell's 7th grade engineering class partnered up with the weight training class to design and cut out wall mount medicine ball targets using the CNC Machine. In this project, students were tasked with designing the Otwell "O" in the CNC software based on Coach Goss' requirements. Once designed the students cut them out using the CNC Machine and then sanded and painted them. 
Lambert HS DECA

Lambert senior, Diellza Koraqi, was recognized by the Georgia State School Superintendent for her 4th place finish at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.
West Forsyth HS Engineering & Marketing

West Forsyth HS Engineering Applications and Engineering Research & Design students worked with marketing students to develop a cross discipline approach to production and sales. Engineering students have designed and began construction of custom corn hole boards and create the product, while the marketing students work on the overall graphic design. Although this partnership is just beginning, students have already sold 5 sets of boards to staff and within the community.
Lambert HS, South Forsyth HS & West Fosyth HS Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts students from Lambert HS, South Forsyth HS, and West Forsyth HS participated in a collaborative real world experience - a nine day trip to Italy and Greece over Fall Break. Students had cooking classes in Italy and Greece allowing them to learn the local flavors and experiencing farm to table foods in many different areas. They also visited a Buffalo Mozzarella farm with tastings of fresh cheese, olive fields with tastings of olives and olive oil, learning how mozzarella is made, and dined at two Michelin star restaurants. Students also had the opportunity to experience history lessons along the way as they visited the many sights in Italy and Greece.
West Forsyth HS FBLA

Congratulations to Varun Kumar for being selected to the 2017-2018 FBLA National Treasury Council! Throughout the year, each member will be responsible for completing specific tasks assigned by the FBLA National Treasurer including working to gain sponsorship for the the National Leadership Conference and assisting in developing the personal financial literacy course for the FBLA website.
North Forsyth HS Computer Science & Digital Media

Computer Science and Digital Media students attended SiegeCon, a video game expo and College and Career Fair. Students were able to see emerging technologies in the video game industry, talk with professors from Kennesaw State University, Columbus State University, and SCAD. The professors lectured and discussed all aspects of the gaming industry. Students also had presentations from industry leaders demonstrating some of the newest video game technology using virtual reality.
Forsyth Central HS DECA

As part of the “Fuel up to Play 60” initiative, Forsyth Central HS DECA officers put together a presentation on healthy eating and staying active for students at Kelly Mill Elementary. They set up a time and location for the 3rd-5th grade students enrolled in the after-school program to hear their presentation, learn a few exercises, and earn an arm band to remind them to eat healthy and stay active for 60 minutes per day! 
South Forsyth HS Teaching as a Profession

Meghann Farmer, Innovative Learning Specialist with Forsyth County Schools, was recently a guest speaker in the Teaching as a Profession course at South Forsyth HS.
North Forsyth HS Food/Nutrition

Students have been maintaining an outdoor herb garden over the summer and through the beginning of the school year. Students have cooked meals of their choice using fresh herbs including chicken alfredo with rosemary and parmesan asparagus,oregano and chive potatoes with fresh squash and zucchini, and rosemary chicken and waffles.
Lambert HS Culinary Arts

Lambert HS culinary students teamed up with the cafeteria and custodial staff for FCCLA's Kindness Matters. Culinary and FCCLA students showed acts of kindness while serving students and cleaning the cafeteria. They also handed out "hugs and kisses" candy with a statement of kindness to students who came through the lunch line.
Lambert HS Food and Nutrition

Students in Food Science at Lambert HS participated in sensory stations to prepare for their taste test project.
Otwell MS Engineering

During the mini solar car project, students are learning many new concepts. One of these concepts is making electrical connections using the soldering method. 
North Forsyth HS HOSA

HOSA members from North Forsyth HS volunteered at Cumming Health and Rehab senior facility where they played Bingo with the residents.
South Forsyth HS FBLA

Congratulations to Aki Talkad for being selected to the 2017-2018 FBLA National Parliamentarian's Council! Throughout the year, each member will be responsible for completing specific tasks assigned by the FBLA National Parliamentarian. In addition, he will be obligated to attend council bimonthly meetings to push the National FBLA agenda to the Southern Region through multi media tools.
Forsyth County FCCLA Officer Retreat

FCCLA officers from all five high schools were able to connect, bond and plan for the year at the Forsyth County FCCLA Officer Leadership Retreat. Students heard from motivational speakers, cooked breakfast, attended lunch out and mastered an escape room.
Forsyth Central HS DECA

On October 11th, Forsyth Central HS hosted a DECA Officer Pinning Ceremony. The pinning ceremony allowed the officers to be officially inducted into their position and pledge to do their best in front of their parents and administrators. Officers signed a contract agreeing to the terms and requirements of their office as well as being a respected representative of the chapter throughout the school. 
South Forsyth HS Business

Students worked in groups researching business leaders of the past and present. They were asked to analyze the leadership style, origin of power, and leadership traits based on reading, research, and discussion. Students shared their findings with classmates.
Lambert HS FBLA

Lambert HS FBLA was awarded the largest FBLA chapter in Georgia at the 2017 FBLA Fall Motivational Rally at the State Fair in Perry.
Forsyth Central HS FBLA

Forsyth Central HS FBLA welcomes new and returning members for their 2nd Annual Kick-off Breakfast! With more than 50 in attendance, Forsyth Central’s officers engage members with team building activities learned from their Summer Leadership Training Session.
North Forsyth HS TSA

TSA Officers from North Forsyth HS recently attended CORE (Chapter Officer Retreat for Excellence). North Forsyth’s officers learned about making a Program of Work to lay out the chapter’s goals for service projects, events, competitions, and mentoring of middle school chapters. Also, each officer participated in Chapter Officer Training to learn more about how to be more successful in their elected office. 
South Forsyth MS Healthcare Science

Students in 8th grade at South Forsyth MS had the opportunity to participate in a year-long course. The curriculum consists of body systems, diseases associated with that system, and related careers. Students have lab day Thursdays that allows them to take part in a lab exercise associated with the body system they are currently studying. Medical terminology is also incorporated throughout the year.

North Forsyth HS FBLA

North Forsyth High’s FBLA officers worked on their leadership skills at the 12th annual FBLA Summer Leaderships & Officer Training Summit hosted at South Forsyth High Schools this past summer. Student leaders engaged in ice breakers, leadership development presentations and workshops, and learned how to effective run a CTSO chapter.