Media release: Across the state on May 8, local school systems hosted their own Georgia Future Educators Signing Day. Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy participates in this event. This initiative provided the opportunity to recognize high school students who have decided to dedicate their service in the field of education.
Seniors at the career academy in the Teaching as a Profession pathway signed with Georgia Highlands College, Shorter University, Emmanuel College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. These students have been in the TAP pathway for two years, working in classrooms across our system.
They have had the opportunity to work in elementary and middle school classroom, completing internships, and spending more than 275 hours observing and working with children and teachers in our local schools. Students in the TAP pathway also have an opportunity to earn credit for a college class by passing the End of Pathway Assessment. So, by the end of the two years they have enough experience to make a solid decision about the career they have chosen. While the agreement the students signed was not a legal, binding agreement, it was a great way to express their commitment to a future career.
The CCA Teacher Academy thanks Dr. Norma Harper, Dean of the School of Education at Shorter University, Dr. Todd Jones, Vice President of Student Affairs at Georgia Highlands College, and Mrs. Linda Tinney, Career Transition Specialist at Georgia Northwestern Technical College for their participation in the ceremony and for welcoming these amazing young people into their schools. They are also grateful to the parents and grandparents who were able to attend and for their constant support of their children. It was an amazing day and truly warmed the hearts of their educators to see these young men and women follow their own hearts to make a difference in the world and in the lives of Georgia’s future youth.
(Story contributed by Alison Burkhalter)