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College & Career Options

Bulloch County Schools offers a myriad of opportunities for high school students to jump start their college and/or career journeys through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement courses, work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities, and the career pathways in our Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) program.  All seek to provide meaningful school-to-college/career initiatives that will prepare students for life beyond high school.

 

Career Counseling Begins Early

Bulloch County Schools' team of nearly 30 guidance counselors prepare students for success by providing age-appropriate, career-ready experiences and counseling for Kindergarten through twelfth-grade students.  Faculty advisors being working with students in the sixth grade to establish a Georgia Futures account, our state's on-stop-online-shop for everything for post-secondary college and career preparation.  

 

When students reach eighth grade, counselors work with them to develop individual graduation plans to ensure students register for the most appropriate courses and discuss career pathways, dual enrollment and Advanced Placement options. This helps place them on their chosen path to college and/or careers.

 

Dual Enrollment

To offset the transition from high school to college or career, we are proud to offer dual enrollment as a means of allowing students the opportunity to earn units toward high school graduation while also earning college credit.  Bulloch County Schools has dual enrollment agreements with Georgia Southern University , East Georgia College and Ogeechee Technical College.  More than 500 of our high school students currently take advantage of this option.

 

Students who dual-enroll at Ogeechee Technical College and are working to complete any of their certificate and degree programs have the opportunity to participate in OTC's Charge Ahead Hiring Expos which help to match job/career opportunities with more than 20 local and area employers in high-demand career industries with high school students.

 

Local industries like Great Dane have embraced these programs at OTC and have recruited our students for careers, signing bonuses, and post-secondary scholarships allowing our students to walk  straight from high school graduation to a career. "We want to see students build a career and move up through our organization," said Melissa Long, Great Dane's human resource manager. 

 

Advanced Placement

 

Work-Based Learning

Work-based Learning is an extension of the career-related education experiences within our Career Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) program.  Students in eleventh- and twelfth-grades, who are at least 16-years-of-age and have a defined CTAE career pathway, can participate and be placed at one of our more than 100 work sites with local business and industry partners. Work-based Learning coordinators at our high schools are available to assist local businesses and industries who wish to establish opportunities that are relevant to our students' career coursework or interests.

 

Work-based Learning placements provide students an opportunity to explore careers first-hand in an actual work setting.  It also can provide a possible income as some of our sites offer wages.  On average we have more than 160 work-based learning students, who work more than 50,000 hours during the school year and earn more than $350,000 in wages.

 

Career Pathways (CTAE)

Bulloch County Schools' Career Technical & Agricultural Education program has total of 19 career pathways being offered across our high schools and middle schools. Explore the directory of our current career pathways available at our high schools and middle schools.

 

Bulloch County students are able to explore their interests and use advanced applications as they take courses in their chosen pathway. As students gain technical skills, they are also connecting the relevance of the academic skills imbedded in their CTAE coursework through real-world scenarios and lab settings. Bulloch County CTAE partners with area businesses, Ogeechee Technical College, and the Georgia Department of Labor to ensure the relevance of instruction to the workforce.

 

Our career pathways also offer many co-curricular student organizations which provide students leadership opportunities and competitive outlets to showcase their skills.