Reeves and Davis achieve national recognition

GCPS educators earn national honors for work in career and technical education

Jody Reeves, executive director of Academies and Career and Technical Education, has been named DECA’s Administrator of the Year. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The organization has impacted the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators, and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. DECA’s programs and activities have constantly evolved as they use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research. Administrators are recognized for their creativity and innovation in promoting DECA within their schools and community. Ms. Reeves, who was nominated by Mill Creek High School, exemplifies such qualities. 


     Dustin Davis, an instructional coach in the Academies and Career and Technical Education department, has been named the 2018 Georgia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Administrator of the Year and the 2018 Georgia Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Administrator of the Year. Davis, who recently joined the central office staff, served as an advisor for both organizations while he was still in the classroom. He also was elected by his peers as the Chairman of the Georgia FBLA Board of Directors. In 2015-16, while Mr. Davis was teaching at Brookwood High School, his school’s FBLA chapter was named Georgia Chapter of the Year. This year, Mr. Davis is serving as President of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. 

 

Teens at Maxwell High School of Technology are able to gain job skills while serving on global missions in third world countries.

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Teens at Maxwell High School of Technology are able to gain job skills while serving on global missions in third world countries.

Thanks to a partnership with Identify, a non-profit organization, students are able to provide medical care and education to people abroad using skills gained during the school year. The nonprofit has mission trips to Venezuela, Ecuador, the U.S. and Canada. 

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CBS46 anchor Sharon Reed talks to teens who recently returned from a mission trip in Guatemala to show us why this story is so "Positively Georgia."

Read more: http://www.cbs46.com/story/38912223/mission-program-instills-spirit-of-service-in-teens#ixzz5P79YFltM

GCPS Career and Technical Education Teachers Take Home Big Awards, Well Represented at GACTE

SUWANEE, GEORGIA, July 2018—

The annual Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators (GACTE) was a showcase of Gwinnett County Public School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers and their talents. The conference was held in Athens, Georgia from July 15 through 17 in its 71st year of supporting and celebrating CTE teachers and courses across the state. On the last day of the conference, attendees witnessed Gwinnett’s CTE teachers as finalist in several awards categories and saw Dustin Davis, a former business and finance teacher at Brookwood High School and current instructional coach within the Academies and CTE office, elevated to the position of president for GACTE for the 2018-19 calendar year.

Teacher of the Year Awards finalists included South Gwinnett High School marketing teacher, Kimya Rainge for New Teacher of the Year, Discovery High School JROTC instructor, Lt. Col. Rob Booker for Teacher of the Year, and Shiloh High School healthcare teacher, Dr. Krystal Tomlin for Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. In addition, Maxwell School of Technology’s principal, Jell Hall, was a finalist for Administrator of the Year and business teacher Keri Beth Jones of Dacula Middle School was a finalist for the Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award, which the GACTE website describes as teachers “who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service”.

Beyond the numerous award finalists, GCPS also had a strong contingent of teachers presenting each day of the conference, sharing best practices and leading the way instructionally for teachers across the state. As career and technical education becomes a stronger focus across the country, GCPS will continue to work to lead the way for students and teachers alike in the pursuit of career and college readiness at both the state and national level.

Gwinnett Career and Tech Education program gives students skills beyond the classroom

Hear more from our Executive Director, Jody Reeves, about how the Gwinnett Career & Technical Education program is giving students skills beyond the classroom.

Thank you to the Gwinnett Daily Post for featuring our innovative schools and programs and the unique opportunities that they are providing our students!

 Shiloh high school seniors jennifer lopez and mark everette help a guest during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the cvs mock pharmacy at shiloh high school. the mock pharmacy is part of gwinnett county public schools' effort to secure partnerships with local companies. (File Photo) 

Shiloh high school seniors jennifer lopez and mark everette help a guest during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the cvs mock pharmacy at shiloh high school. the mock pharmacy is part of gwinnett county public schools' effort to secure partnerships with local companies. (File Photo) 

"Traditionally, students attending Gwinnett County Public Schools have had options such as dual enrollment and Advanced Placement classes to help them get ahead in their academic courses. However, there is a third option, one that allows students to get experience in a job field while still getting course credit. That option is choosing one of the pathways in the school district’s Career and Technical Education program.

“We have increased significantly our involvement in CTE programs here in the last four years,” said Jody Reeves, GCPS executive director of academies and career and technical education. “The number of CTE students we serve is more than 70 percent of the counties combined in the state of Georgia. We have a significant student population that takes advantage of CTE.”

Schools such as Shiloh High School have partnered with CVS to form a mock pharmacy, allowing students to get experience as a pharmacy technician and also train to get certification.

“This allows students to earn credentials and certifications that will help them be employed when they graduate,” Reeves said. “We believe that all students need some type of post-secondary education beyond high school.”