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A new school year always brings much excitement and the first nine weeks of 20192020 has been filled with many awesome things happening in our CTAE department. We have welcomed several new staff members and they have hit the ground running! All of our CTAE teachers have been busy as students have settled into their pathway courses. Our teachers are passionate about providing hands-on learning each and every day with lessons that are geared to not only meet the needs of our students, but also meet the needs of industry. We are continuing to focus on teaching employability skills to all students--those skills that are always in demand and are are needed for today's workforce.

Although we have only been in school a short time, our students have accomplished much in these few weeks. Leaders in the Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) have developed their goals and calendars for the year. Many students have already participated in competitive events and in doing so Ware County has gained much recognition. Students who are active in our CTSO chapters reap the benefits of taking the skills they learn in class to the next level through competition. They are also developing their leadership capacity through serving their organizations. We are fortunate to have student leaders who not only serve locally, but also on the regional, state, and national levels. I am confident that the remainder of this school year will bring even more success for our students and programs. Most importantly, I am grateful for our great CTAE staff and the passion they bring in providing opportunities for students to succeed each and every day. Best,

Lynn Barber Dr. Lynn Barber CTAE Director



The WCHS Army JROTC program strives to promote leadership education and community service throughout our community and beyond. Leadership is always in demand and JROTC cadets are prepared to provide outstanding leadership whether it includes future military service or in a civilian setting. Our goal is to “motivate young people to be better citizens”. Extracurricular opportunities include the competition Drill Team, Color Guard, and the Raider Challenge Team.



Sergeant First Class Riviere and Lieutenant Colonel Ingram

Work-Based Learning (WBL) placements represent the pinnacle of the career-related education experience. WBL provides students high quality experiential learning on the job. To qualify for a WBL placement, a student must be in grades 11 or 12 and at least 16 years old. Students must also have a defined Career Pathway in order to participate in a Work-Based Learning placement. Work-Based Learning students are evaluated by their employers and the WBL coordinator to determine if job-related learning goals are met.

MARKETING Ms. Whitney Kilmark

The Marketing Management Pathway gives students an opportunity to explore where creativity and business connect. This pathway consists of three classes which are Marketing Principles which covers the basics of marketing and, Marketing and Entrepreneurship which dives into more detail with marketing and places a more speciďŹ c emphasis on small businesses, and Marketing Management where students adopt a managerial perspective and apply principles. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, ďŹ nance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The agriculture career cluster is one of the most diverse programs in terms of the classes available to students. Students have the option to choose to study many aspects of agriculture including subjects such as agriscience, animal science, horticulture, forestry/natural resources, and agriculture mechanics. Whichever option they choose, students are guaranteed to be prepared ch for a possible future profession in the agriculture sector through learning the foundational skills and hands-on experience.


Mr. Jay Bennett, Mr. Alex Chism, Mr. Eric Hickox

The Ware County Chapter of the National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

ENGINEERING Mr. Holland Brown

This pathway provides students with the choice to study one of the most important job sectors, engineering. This pathway consists of classes that will teach students the fundamental engineering terminology, concepts, and math. The following classes will continue to engage students in more complex problems, while also providing opportunities to apply the concepts learned oppo through hands-on projects and demonstrations. TSA (Technology Student Association) members have the opportunities to compete with their peers at State & National levels in co-curricular activities in areas such as engineering, technology, communication, leadership, teamwork, Vex Robotics, and competitive skill development.


The Business and Technology Pathway prepares students for “real world” professional experiences for future college and/or career plans. It allows students to explore many of today’s cutting edge technologies while using your creativity as they build the necessary skills for any career in the workplace. Students completing the pathway have multiple opportunities to earn Microsoft ha Office certifications Future Business Leaders of America, the largest career student business organization in the world, is a co-curricular student organization that inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.


Mrs. Pam Pravatt and Mrs. Katie Collins

This pathway gives students a broad overview of career opportunities related to law and public safety. Upper level courses in the pathway focus on criminal investigations and forensic science. Students gain an appreciation for the law enforcement field and are equipped to pursue a career with many public safety sectors or to complete more training on the post-secondary comple level. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.


Allied Health and Medicine prepares students for careers in further educational training in sectors related to the allied health industries. Students in this pathway have the option of becoming EKG certified upon completion of the three courses. Students in the Patient Care pathway gain practical and hands-on experience in patient care and an complete clinical experiences in two local nursing homes. Upon completion, these students can earn their CNA certification. The mission of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality healthcare by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students.

WELDING Mr. Ryan Deal

The welding pathway prepares students for future careers in metals fabrication. The pathway offers students multiple opportunities to earn industry recognized credentials---from OSHA certification to welding certifications. Students have the option of taking the welding courses at Ware County High School as dual-enrollment options. Students completing the pathway are ready to pursue careers in welding or go on to earn additional certifications. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

The Early Childhood Care and Education pathway is an excellent course of study for students who believe their future is in the education sector. The foundation course prepares students for future positions in education by learning the fundamentals. The second class engages the student in more contemporary educational issues and analysis. The final class in this course of study an is much more hands-on with an internship under a certified teacher that allows students to gain real-world experience in the field.

EDUCATION Mrs. Colleen Lagoueyte

The Future Educators of America familiarizes students with the teaching profession and encourages students to consider teaching as a profession.

CULINARY Ms. Jennifer Johnson

The Culinary Arts pathway teaches the skills and talents needed for one of the largest career areas in the country. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is the career and technical organization attached to the culinary pathway, and it promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education and by focusing on the Scie multiple roles members develop skills for life through: character development, creativity, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic student organization that helps young people become leaders and address important personal and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.

MEET the


“My favorite thing about CTAE would be having the opportunity to share a career in healthcare that I have loved for over a decade with students who have dreams to work in the field. I chose CTAE because it allows students the opportunity to explore their future career path and learn the skills necessary to succeed in that field post graduation.”

MANDY LEE | NURSING Ware County High School

"My favorite thing so far is the teamwork within our CTAE department. I became a CTAE teacher to interest our next generations in the field of healthcare to a profession of caring for others that is very rewarding. There have been teachers along the way that inspired me, and I hope to be one of those that will inspire a child as well."

RYAN DEAL | WELDING Ware County High School

“The main reason I made the switch to teach Welding in the high school is to try and better prepare the next generation of welders for all the opportunities and carriers in our area. Having worked at CPTC and seeing some of the guys come in to the welding class not as ready as they could be made me want to help. Also working in industry for many years I feel that I have a lot of general knowledge about how things are done and can share some of my own experiences about how things are done on the job. It is a good feeling to see how we have made a do difference in a student’s life and given them an opportunity to make theirs better.”

MEET EMILY JAMIE | BUSINESS Ware County Middle School


“My favorite thing so far about teaching BCIS is seeing the creativity of my students in their assignments, particularly what they can do in Microsoft Office. I wanted to become a CTAE teacher because, while I would never undermine the importance of academic classes, I feel it is really important to teach kids concepts and skills they can use in their future careers."


"I enjoy bringing real world experiences to the classroom and teaching employability/soft skills. I wanted to become a CTAE teacher so I could help prepare students for their next step after high school."



“My favorite thing about CTAE would be having the opportunity to Ware County High School share a career in healthcare that I have loved for over a decade with students who have dreams to work the field. I chose CTAE because it "My favorite thing so far has in been building relationships with allows students the opportunity explore their career path enthusiastic students who aretogrowing theirfuture leadership skills and and learn the thinking skills necessary succeed that fieldthe post graduation.” already about to how they in can help next generation of learners. When I heard there was an opening for the CTAE Education and Training Pathway Instructor, I jumped at the chance to use my MANDY LEE | NURSING expertise in early childhood development, Ware County High School curriculum, and instruction to grow teachers from the grass roots-- our high school students. Too often, Ware County students off to college and do not come back to "My favorite thing so far is the teamwork within our CTAE go department. our community. I hope to foster a love of of teaching in my students, and I became a CTAE teacher to interest our next generations in the field in partnership with South Georgia State healthcare to a profession of caring for others that is very rewarding. College's new Bachelors of Science in Education program, keep our to students here working in our Scie the way There have been teachers along that inspired me, and I hope schools andascommunity.” be one of those that will inspire a child well."

MOODY | FACS RYAN DEAL NEELY | WELDING Waycross Ware County High School Middle School

“I like teaching Family and Consumer Science (FACS) because families “The main reason I made the switch to teach Welding in the high school play a very important role in our individual lives and in society. As the is to try and better prepare the next generation of welders for all the FACS teacher, I get the opportunity to create intellectually stimulating, opportunities and carriers in our area. Having worked at CPTC and hands-on experiences compatible with the student’s needs and goals. I seeing some of the guys come in to the welding class not as ready as enjoy teaching students the skills they need to manage the challenges they could be made me want to help. Also working in industry for many of living in a diverse society, including fairness and respect for others.” years I feel that I have a lot of general knowledge about how things are done and can share some of my own experiences about how things are done on the job. It is a good feeling to see how we have made a do difference in a student’s life and given them an opportunity to make theirs better.”

RIBBON CUTTING by Ware County Board of Education members, school officials, representatives of Parrish Construction, architect Doug Neal, State Senator Tyler Harper, State Representative James Burchett, and State Representative John Corbett


THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED WARE COUNTY AGRICULTURE CENTER opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 20, 2019. The new facility located on the campus of Ware County High School will serve all students in the school system in various ways. The over 12,000 square foot facility will meet the instructional needs of hundreds of agricultural education students each year by allowing for more hands-on instruction, especially in the areas of Animal Science and Forestry/Wildlife Science. Additionally, it will serve as space for agricultural events such as livestock shows and educational outreach programs. The facility features a large instructional/arena area with an adjacent classroom. Two wings allow for temporary housing of instru livestock for student projects. The center is adjacent to the newly renovated school forest plot and will serve as an educational center for many lessons and activities related to forestry and wildlife science. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Superintendent Bert Smith welcomed the crowd and emphasized the importance of the center for the future educational needs of Ware County students. Several school officials gave remarks and former agriculture teacher, Barry Deas, shared a historical perspective on the need for such a facility. Animal Science teacher and FFA advisor, Eric Hickox, addressed the audience by sharing a vision of how the facility would be used to meet the needs of all Ware County students in the future. Mr. Hickox emphasized the importance of experiential learning and explained how the new center will open up doors of opportunity for all students. Many members of the Chamber of Commerce were present and Chamber President, Patrick Simmons gave remarks on the importance of the facility to the entire community. Many community stakeholders, educators, parents, students, and government officials were present to celebrate the center’s opening. The Ware County Agriculture Education program is already using the facility and plans to host several livestock shows as well as other events at the facility later this year.


WARE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL hosted the Work-Based Learning Coordinators Southeast Region quarterly meeting. The industry tour for the group was the CSX Rice Yard. Included with the photo with coordinators: Ray Canady CSX, General Manager; Lisa Jackson, CSX HR; Mr. Dwayne Hobbs, GA DOE Program Specialist; Dr. Paul Callahan, Ware County High Principal; Superintendent Bert Smith, Ware School System.

Gator Spotlight


WARE COUNTY WORK-BASED LEARNING COORDINATOR, Kim Bennett Callahan received Work-Based Learning Coordinator of the Year at GACTE Conference in Athens, Georgia this summer.

I work at Waycross Internal Medicine. I am a CNA, and I take patients’ vitals, do their wellness exams, and file information into their charts. I have learned a lot about how a doctor’s office works. I enjoy learning new medical terminology and ways to treat patients effectively. Working here has given me an insight on how differently people like to be treated. Cullee is the daughter of Michael and Tanya Peavey. t



THIRTEEN WARE COUNTY HIGH STUDENTS completed internships through a summer STEM internship program. In its fifth year, the program is a partnership between Ware County High School’s Work-Based Learning program and the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce. The program's goal is to provide students with relevant work experience in high-demand jobs related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Student interns submitted applications and resumes to potential employers and participated in a panel-style interview designed to match student interests and abilities with local employers. A luncheon for program completers was hosted at WCHS to recognize the efforts of the interns and their respective employers. respe


STUDENT INTERNS include Andrew Coker, Manav Patel, Mason Barnard, Charlie Barnard, Carrie Cox, Amber Bussey, Jabrell Wesley, Abigail Grimes, Anne Lin, Maria Manabat, Kennia Kirksey, Arianna Parrish, and Jenna Dillard. Business partners include Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, Waycross-Ware County Com Development Authority, South Georgia State College, Ware County School System, Circle K, Okefenokee Regional Library, Georgia Lions Camp, and Chick-fil-a. Employers wishing to participate in the 2020 program are invited to contact Mrs. Kim Callahan at 912-287-2351 or email her at for more information.



WARE COUNTY FBLA ALEXANDRA COCHON, ANNE LIN, MARIA MANABAT, AND GRETA MAYBERRY headed to San Antonio, Texas this summer with adviser, Lauren Carter The four Ware County students competed against the best in the nation in their respective events. Beyond that, these students were able to make connections with individulas from all over the globe--from delegates from Haiti to members in Puerto Rico. Furthermore, the Ware County High School FBLA chapter was recognized as a Gold Seal Chapter, and Maria Manabat was awarded the America pin at the national conference.







Maria Manabat

Anne Lin

Manav Patel

Kennia Kirksey

Jenna Waters

Alexandra Cochon

Summer at SLOTS Chapter Officers at Summer Leadership Conference working hard on their 2019-2020 Program of Work.

Recr uitment Week

FBLA hosted a successful “Rush Week” full of networking, member appreciation, team challenges, new member recruitment, and fun. They would like to thank Zoner’s Pizza for the amazing pizza and Surcheros for donating the highly demanded taco vouchers that were given out to members who wh recruited new members during Rush Week.

LAUREN CARTER Region 2 Adviser

MARIA MANABAT Region 2 President

ALEXANDRA COCHON Region 2 Secretary

Two Ware County High School FBLA officers, as well as their adviser have earned an esteemed honor within Georgia Future Business Leaders of America organization. Maria Manabat, a junior and the president of our local chapter, was named Region 2 President for the 2019-2020 school year and Alexandra Cochon, a sophomore and our local chapter reporter, was named Region 2 Secretary for the 2019-2020 school year. The local chapter adviser, Mrs. Lauren Carter, was named Region 2 adviser and Ware County High School will host the Region 2 Leadership Conference in January at WCHS. Maria, Alexandra, two other students from surrounding counties and Mrs. Lauren Carter will be over Region 2 which is one of fifteen regions in the state and consists of 23 counties. Part of the students’ duties and responsibilities as region officers included attending Region Officer Academy (ROA) this summer at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, GA. At the conference they had the opportunity to network with other region officers from around the state as well as work with state officers, the state adviser and GA FBLA alumni. As region officers they will also assist the region adviser with the region’s leadership conference, which is scheduled for January 28th, 2020 at Ware County High School and sc be required to attend all meetings and conferences on the region and state levels.


to three of our very own WCHS FBLA members for making National FBLA Programs! We are very proud of ach of you for this great achievement and know that you will both be true assets to your teams. Maria M., National President’s Chief of Staff Alexandra C., National Treasurer’s Outreach Co-Director. Claire P., Social Media Ambassador, Graphic Designer


CULINARY and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America

Students Learn Employability Skills. The three courses in the Culinary Pathway provide in-depth culinary training designed to build careers in restaurants, hotels, caterers, fine bakeries, resorts, and institutions offering food services. As the program unfolds, the students focus on many aspects of food service and gain hands-on experience working in the Gator Bistro, various banquets, and catered events. Teachers love the Gator Bistro. Several days per month, the students plan lunch menus, formulate a budget, shop for food, and prepare meals for sale in the Bistro. These students take on leadership positions in the kitchen and in the “front of the house” or Bistro, where they take orders and serve customers. Teachers anticipate these lunch days and line up in droves to be served the most delicious meals.

A SPEAKER FOR Homemade ticket rail full with checks moments before service begins.




Meet Avrel Johnson. He is a star student in the Third Course of the Culinary Pathway. He is a senior who enjoys playing basketball and following Gator football. By far, he is the most improved player on the Gator Bistro team!

Mrs. Connie Oliver with Way Green, spoke to our Marketing Principles class. She discussed the local organic artisan market available from March through September. Collaborating with industry on an upcoming conference for Growing Well next year is very beneficial for our Ware County students and our community!

Students teaching other students. Students collaborated on a timeline of the history of education to display in the hall. Then, they took a “gallery walk” as a way to study for the unit exam.


MASTERY OF STANDARDS through project based learning, laboratory application, technical skills practice, and leadership development activities will definitely provide students with a competitive edge for either entry into the education global marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice when continuing their education and training in Early Childhood Care and Education Pathway.


Students teaching students. These students collaborated to plan and implement a kinesthetic activity that they used to teach their peers about Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory.

Meet Zytwan Kitchen. He is a star student in the second course of the Early Childhood Care and Education Pathway. He is a junior who enjoys playing football and running track for the Gators. His goal is to become a teacher and a coach. “It’s a perfect way to carry my love for sports to the wa next generation,” he explained.





This September, the Ware County TSA chapter officers--Carter B. (President), Devin R. (Vice Pres.), Sophia C. (Secretary), Andrew C. (Treasurer), and Adam S. (Sgt. at Arms)--attended the CORE conference at the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center in Clayton, Georgia. The retreat center is nestled high in the North Georgia mountains, so students are naturally encouraged to participate and meaningfully connect with others in the beautiful scenic location. The chapter officers attend training sessions conducted by the state officers to learn their various officer roles to effectively run our local TSA chapter. They also have workshops to develop a year-long written plan for our chapter's fundraising, competitions, and community engagements. They There was also a CORE Olympics held where the officers were randomly divided into teams with their counterparts from other Georgia TSA chapters and then teams competed in an Olympics-style competition such as foot relays, swimming relays, a canoe race, soccer, basketball, street hockey, and so balloon darts. A carnival-style social was attended Saturday evening included various activities, including a dunking booth where students could dunk the state officers. The group attended Daily TSA General Sessions and State TSA Rally. The Ware County chapter participated in all activities and session offered, and were awarded the 100% Chapter Award at the closing session.

REPRESENTING WARE COUNTY AT THE CAPITAL Manav Patel (pictured upper right side), currently a junior at Ware County High School, placed first in the state in Prepared Presentation at the Georgia Technology Student Association State Conference in Athens, Georgia last March. Qualified to attend the 2019 National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., Manav competed with more than seventy students from around the country. He says, “I was pretty new to TSA at first, but being fully immersed in it at the national level my first year was an amazing experience because I learned and absorbed so much about the organization in just five days.” Although he did not place in the event, he gained valuable experience.

THE WELDING PATHWAY Welding Pathway students have been gaining many hands-on skills in metals fabrication this semester. Students in the Welding I course have been learning the basics of fabrication and design as they develop skills in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Minimum performance requirements for this course are based on successful student completion according to the American Welding Society (AWS) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research Center standards. Res As a class project, students designed and built metal hooks for organizing and storing welding hoods and jackets.


future farmers of america THE ANNUAL PORK CHOP FUNDRAISER The Ware County High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) recently held its annual FFA Pork Chop Plate Sale fundraiser. FFA members sold and cooked a little over 820 plates! The proceeds from this fundraiser pays the dues of every member enrolled in an agriculture program. pr

FFA MEMBERS TRAIN IN TIFTON Rayne Riggins, Jacob Steedley, Toby Chancy, and Joey Williams traveled to Tifton to participate in the EMC Wiring Event training. The EMC ElectriďŹ cation Career Development Event (CDE) is designed to promote and expand educational programs in electriďŹ cation for Ag Ed students. To achieve this objective, the CDE reinforces the classroom instruction and FFA supervised activity projects in three stages consisting supe of a problem-solving exercise, practical wiring exercise, and an oral demonstration. These students were able to hone the skills they learned in their Agricultural Mechanics class and one of them will advance to the region CDE on January 16.

Career Connections Career Connections Career Connections Waycross and Ware County Middle Schools

FROM WARE MIDDLE Members of Mrs. Ginny Altman's 6th grade Ware County Middle School CTAE STEM class have begun the school year by learning about the 4 C'S of the STEM instructional approach that highlight future employability skills. The four C's are: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Cooperation. With the local business support from Kristi Foreman of Elliano's, coffee cups were donated for the students to perform the Tower of Power Challenge. The students in small groups had a certain amount of time to construct a coffee cup tower without any binders. The am towers were measured to the nearest centimeter in height and must have been free standing at the time of collecting the measurement calculations. The measurements from each group were compiled into a data chart for analysis and the students worked through an Engineering Design Plan to explain their development process. The EDP concluded with a student reflection writing piece focused on design flaws or improvements. imp

The Jaw Breaker Maze activity utilized in Mrs. Ginny Altman's 6th Grade WCMS Career Technical Agriculture Education STEM course focused on gaining a better understanding of using problem solving skills. The STEM instructional approach emphasizes the need for students to be exposed to activities that involve flexibility, creativity, and thinking across the curriculum spectrum. Consumable products like a portion of a file folder, tape, and straws donated from local restaurants (Dairy Queen, Sonic, and Popeye's) helped to make this restau activity possible. The students transferred their final products among each other to see if a peer could solve the puzzle without the jaw breaker falling off the base.

Employability skills are being implemented into the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Healthcare Science classes at Ware Middle. Several students recently came out of their comfort zone and participated in a professional dress day. These students have gained a respectful attitude concerning professionalism in the workforce.

Career Connections Career Connections Career Connections Waycross and Ware County Middle Schools

FROM WAYCROSS MIDDLE Guidance counselor, Mrs. Boyett, has brought in guest speakers during the first nine weeks to expose students to career opportunities in our area.


Dee Meadows, Fire Chief of Ware County Fire Department, talked to students at Waycross Middle about choosing to be a fireman as a career.


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Ware County CTAE Gator Futures | Fall 2019  

Ware County CTAE Gator Futures | Fall 2019