Submitted by John D. Bennett

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center joins with other schools across the United States in celebrating Career and Technical Education Week, February 11-17, 2007.

The school is hosting a tour for Gilmer County High School sophomores Monday February 12.

The main activity of the week will be a Career Fair in the afternoon, Thursday February 15, for Career Center students who are wishing to go on to college or a technical school.

That evening all sophomores and their parents from Calhoun County Middle-High School and Gilmer County High School have been invited to attend Sophomore Night.

Sophomore Night is a major recruiting activity for the Career Center. High school sophomores and parents will be able to tour the CTE labs - health occupations, business education, criminal justice, food service, computer networking, automotive technology, building construction, metal trades and environmental science.

Representatives of the Community and Technical College system will be available to explain how CTE students can earn college credits through the EDGE (Earn a Degree, Graduate Early) program and articulation agreements. These programs can save college students thousands of dollars.

Representatives of 4 year - college institutions will also be present as well as technical schools. Financial aide representatives will be available to talk to students and their parents.

The most recent results of the evaluation and improvement system for career and technical education, which is based on the percentage of secondary and/or adult preparatory career and technical students, received an 84% rating based on a possible 100%.

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center's 5-Year Strategic Plan's four goals is based on this evaluation and improvement system.

These four goals consist of students test scores on End-of-Course test scores, the appropriate level of accomplishment on the ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics skills tests, Placement Rate (continuing education or employed in the workforce) and Placement in Field (continuing education or employed in the area of their CTE training).

Four program areas received a 100% score. These programs included Health Occupations, Food Service, Building Construction, and Criminal Justice.