Career and technology education (CTE) pathways serve specific purposes in high schools today. Students from all demographics enrolled in these classes can explore career options while acquiring the technical, academic, and employability skills needed in preparation for life beyond Buford High School.
Mrs. Jennifer Wood is in her first year as CTE Director at Buford High School.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to the department including 15 years of teaching experience. Mrs. Wood recently shared information about CTE at BHS and goals for the future.
How does BCS select pathways?
Our goal is to select pathways based on local, regional, and state industry needs. We also take into consideration stakeholder input. We choose pathways that will best prepare our students for post-secondary education and in-demand careers.
What pathways are currently offered at BMS and BHS?
Audio, Video, Technology & Film
Business & Finance
Family and Consumer Sciences
Nutrition & Food Science
Teaching as a Profession
What is industry certification? How important is it to your pathways and students? How many programs have earned this distinction?
Industry certification is the Georgia Department of Education’s “Seal of Excellence” for programs that have passed rigorous reviews by industry leaders. These programs show excellence in integrating technology, high academic performance standards, project-based instruction, high CTSO involvement, and business partnerships.
BHS currently has 3 pathways that have earned industry certification:
Nutrition & Food Science-2020
Audio, Video, Technology & Film-2021
Sports Marketing-in progress
What is your vision for the CTE program for BCS?
My vision for the CTE program is to provide our students with 21st-century job skills that include relevant technology skills, industry-recognized certifications, college articulations, and soft skills. Also, I hope to continue to build strong student organizations that engage our students in competitions, leadership, and community service.