Welcome to the latest news about college and career development within Forsyth County Schools! Students enrolled in career and technical education courses are reaping the benefits of the many public/private business partnerships our school system has to offer, including connections to high graduation rates. The purpose of career and technical education in our system is to provide ongoing partnerships 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 marketplace as productive citizens. 

As we enter the fall competition season, students at both middle school and high school levels will begin their Fall Leadership Opportunities through the many CTSO’s - Career Tech Student Organizations. Those include DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, SkillsUSA, TSA, and HOSA. As you will see evidenced through the content provided in this newsletter, our students are taking an active role in the many leadership opportunities provided through participation.

As we continue to grow the resources available for students and teachers, please let our office know how your occupation and life experiences can help influence our programs and consider becoming a partner with us. For more information about career and technical education in Forsyth County, visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/ccd or email vlowe@forsyth.k12.ga.us. 

Dr. Valery Lowe, Director of College and Career Development

General Information and Opportunities to Get Involved
  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!
Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County will provide secondary, post-secondary, and continuing education for individuals, organizations, small businesses, and corporations, along with financial literacy and business ethics training for middle school students through Junior Achievement. The 9-12 high school career development opportunities will not duplicate career pathways at existing base high schools but will focus on high-demand, high-growth occupations in our region allowing students to work in simulated work environments and earn industry credentials and college credit. Alliance Academy for Innovation is slated to open in 2018-19 and will include the career pathway options listed below. For more information, email vlowe@forsyth.k12.ga.us. 
  • Aeronautics
  • Distribution and Logistics
  • Energy Systems
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Graphic Design
  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Healthcare Therapeutic Services - EMS
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Legal Services
  • Mechatronics
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.

Recent Career Path Partners formalizing their partnership include
NAPA, Lanier Technical College, Snap-On Tools, Andean Chevrolet, Lexus Training Center,  Lueder Larking & Hunter, LLC, My Forsyth, Tam's Backstage, Apex Controls, American Institute of Architects, and Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation!
School Spotlights
Liberty MS Greenhouse Project
Thanks to the North Forsyth Rotary Club and many community leaders, Liberty MS dedicated a tunnel house for the newly developed agriculture science program. An "old fashioned barn raising" was held on October 17th to celebrate this important addition to the school!
Technology Association of Georgia STEM Education Awards
Workforce Forsyth, the local framework for career and technical education in Forsyth County, has recently been nominated for a STEM Education Award being named on November 4th at The Loudermilk Center in Atlanta. These awards honor Georgia schools, programs, and companies for outstanding efforts and achievements in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education. Whitlow ES in Forsyth County is also an award nominee.