BLAKELY, Ga. (WTVY) – Big changes are underway for Early County High School’s Vocational, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program.
“It’s kind of like when you build a house,” says Beverly Slaton, a health science teacher at Early County High School. “Do you start with the roof or do you start with the foundations?” “
With the help of a $ 100,000 grant from the Georgia Ministry of Education, long-awaited changes are underway to create a new foundation for the CTAE courses.
“In our CTAE courses, students have the opportunity and the ability to earn certain certifications before graduating from high school,” says Dr. Jennifer Brown, Acting Superintendent, Early County School System.
Slaton says she thinks the need for the grant is at an all time high.
“I would give it a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 as we really need the equipment,” says Slaton. “Children cannot learn a lot here because a lot of things are considered practical. “
The ministry plans to focus funds on the food and nutrition program as well as the nursing pathway. Teachers say some of the equipment currently in use was used when they were students in high school.
“When they pass the state test, there are a lot of items as they need,” says Slaton. “A sink, a sink for washing hands in these classrooms, they need disposable carts, the list can go on and on. “
Slanton says there are other needs that go beyond testing.
“In order for these kids to be ready for the real world, they need the beds, the skeletons, the mannequins, bedside equipment, whatever they would have in a modern hospital,” says Slaton. “We need it here to teach children what they will see in the real world.”
County school leaders say about 75% of graduate students go directly into the workforce, which is why the funds are needed more than ever.
The department director said upgrades for other programs would arrive soon with additional grants expected.
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