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Career Technical Agriculture Education (CTAE)

CTAE Program Philosophy

Career inspiration in PreK-2, career awareness in elementary school, career visualization in middle school, and career preparation in high school are vital components of one's educational career. Clayton County Public School's Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program provides the interdisciplinary and technical skills to every student focused on attaining the knowledge and abilities that businesses and industries desire for high-demand, high-skilled, high-wage occupations.

Students who graduate from Jonesboro High School after successfully completing a CTAE "Career Pathway" are equipped for immediate employment, post-secondary education, and life-long learning. In essence, students in CTAE are "college and career ready" - prepared to compete in the global marketplace.

Career Clusters allow students to choose and area of interest or skill in high school. Each cluster has individual career pathways, with each pathway consisting of three courses beginning with an introduction course, than intermediate, followed by an advanced course. Students gain classroom knowledge, develop industry needed skills and have the opportunity gain industry recognized credentials preparing student to directly enter the workforce, two-year college or 4 year universities. CTAE is the ultimate classroom to career experience.

Below are 12 career clusters offered at Jonesboro High School.

Jonesboro High School Career Clusters consist of the following:


  • Air Force JRTOC
  • Business and Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Computer Science
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering
  • Fire and Emergency Services/Firefighting
  • Law Enforcement Services/Forensic Science
  • Teaching as a Profession Pathway
  • Therapeutic Services/Allied Health and Medicine
  • Work-based Learning

Career Pipeline Tool

Georgia businesses need a skilled workforce, and every year, Georgia high schools are graduating talented students in need of meaningful career opportunities. In an effort to better connect those two groups, to the benefit of Georgia students and the overall economic health of the state, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and state partners are launching the Georgia Career Pipeline Tool, accessible at