SECC Project Spotlight: Georgia College and Career Pathways

How can states ensure that their students have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in college and in a growing number of technology-based careers?  The state of Georgia is building college and career readiness, a key element in its plan for implementing ESSA. As part of this work, SECC is assisting Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) staff at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) with the implementation of GaDOE’s career pathways, which includes collection and analysis of feedback on more than 3,000 career pathways courses.

To inform the state’s college and career readiness strategies, SECC and the College & Career Readiness & Success (CCRS) Center assisted GaDOE in convening the Georgia Employability Skills Task Force. Members included representatives from schools, school districts, higher education, state agencies, education organizations, business and industry, as well as national comprehensive centers. The task force developed a number of recommendations for stakeholders (i.e., policymakers, business leaders, district/school leaders), which are featured in a brochure produced by SECC and the CCRS Center. GaDOE has distributed the brochure in hardcopy format to thousands of stakeholders across the state and offers an online version on its website.

In addition to the above work, CTAE convened local education agency leaders and stakeholders in Georgia to identify successful strategies in supporting implementation of employability skills recommendations. This work culminated in a series of 10, one-page Employability Skills Profiles co-developed by SECC and GaDOE to showcase how schools and districts are implementing recommendations from the task force. A second call for recommendations will result in additional examples to be shared with teachers and CTAE administrators. These efforts will guide educators in providing opportunities for all Georgia students to develop the necessary academic, technical, and employability skills for success in postsecondary education and the workplace. For additional information about SECC project work with the states in its region, visit Overviews By State.