June 24, 2011 Seven GCPS Schools Awarded $50,000 Industry Certification Grants!


The State Department of Education is committed to the industry certification process as a part of its effort to strengthen technical and academic standards for all Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs. Schools that pursue the industry certification process receive special grants provided there is support from the Georgia Legislature. Schools receiving funding are expected to have programs certified by the end of the fiscal year in which grant funding was received. Industry certification standards are developed collaboratively by the Georgia Department of Education Program Specialists and state-level business associations. Input is also sought from CTAE instructors throughout the state.

We applaud the dedication of seven Career and Technical Education Gwinnett County Public Schools who have been awarded grant funds of $50,000 to pursue industry certification.

  • Archer HS - Engineering & Technology - $10,000 (Initial Certification Activities)
  • Brookwood HS - Marketing, Sales & Services - $5,000 (Recertification Activities)
  • Meadowcreek HS - Business & Computer Science - $5,000 (Recertification Activities)
  • Meadowcreek HS - Broadcast/Video Production - $10,000 (Initial Certification Activities)
  • North Gwinnett HS - Marketing, Sales & Services - $5,000 (Recertification Activities)
  • Peachtree Ridge HS - Marketing, Sales & Services - $5,000 (Recertification Activities)
  • Phoenix HS - Broadcast/Video Production - $10,000 (Initial Certification Activities)
Great job, Career and Technical Education Departments!


When a program becomes industry certified, it receives a "stamp of excellence", which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction. Programs are typically certified for a period of five years. During that time, the school conducts an annual review to ensure that the program continues to meet certification criteria. At the end of the certification period, programs may apply for re-certification.


This formal process strengthens all program components, including:

Classrooms and labs which are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology;

CTAE and academic performance standards that are aligned to national standards;

In-depth, project-based instruction in all curriculum areas;

Appropriate and varied Career Related Education (CRE) instruction, including school-based enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures;

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) which offer co-curricular competitive events on the local, state and national level and provide leadership development skills for personal and professional growth; and,

Business, industry and community involvement in all aspects of the program.

Industry certified programs not only offer outstanding opportunities to students who receive instruction through such programs; but they also offer positive benefits for schools as well as employers.

How do students benefit?

The student is ensured participation in a program that has been carefully interfaced with current industry standards thus helping to increase their qualifications toward successful employment.

The curriculum and the delivery method for that curriculum taught to students are improved and updated enabling the student to receive high quality instruction.


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