CTAE – Career, Technical & Agricultural Education

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Todd Schultz
Email: tschultz@jcss.us

Todd Shultz began working with the Jackson County School System in 2001 as an agriculture instructor and young farmer advisor and in 2010 was named the Career Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Director.  He was raised on a grain and livestock farm in central Indiana, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Animal Science.  Later he received a master’s degree in Agriculture Leadership from the University of Georgia, following with his specialist degree in Administrative Leadership from Valdosta State University. He and his wife, Heather, are active in community and state organizations, and they have two daughters who attend East Jackson Middle and East Jackson Elementary School.

The Jackson County School System works with students and their parents to offer an effective program of study that is appropriate for our students and their varied areas of interest.

The 2017-18 Program of Study presents a guide for planning a student’s path through high school, identifying career goals, and exploring a world of work options. Courses are listed in categories by academic field and career pathway, with each pathway designed to focus on specific areas of specialization within that program area.

Pathways are state-approved career enhancement programs defined as “a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career-related courses” that can lead to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate degree and beyond.

JCSS offers career, technical, and agriculture education (CTAE) pathways as well as advanced academic pathways in language arts, mathematics, science or social studies; a world language pathway; and fine arts pathways in visual arts, theater, dance, music or journalism.

All students are encouraged to pursue and complete one or more of these pathways to gain a complete understanding of that specialized field. Selection of a pathway will be based on the student’s own self-awareness and investigation of occupations.

Work-based learning (WBL) offers job placement for qualified high school juniors and seniors with a defined career pathway. Click here for more information about WBL.


CTAE Pathways

Read more: 2017-18 Program of Study

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering, Drafting & Design
  • Architectural Drawing & Design
  • Army JROTC
  • Audio-Video Technology & Film
  • Technology, Business & Administration
  • Construction
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Healthcare Science
  • Distribution and Logistics


Nontraditional Occupations

Nontraditional careers are those occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses that fit their career goals regardless of the gender make-up in the classroom. Some examples of nontraditional careers are nursing for males and drafting for females.