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CHS Architectural, Drafting and Design pathway earns industry certification

Carrollton High School’s Architectural, Drafting, and Design program earned industry certification from a combined partnership with Construction Ready, a Georgia nonprofit focused on educating young people about careers in the skilled trades, and the Georgia Department of Education. 

Pictured from left are CHS Assistant Principal and Career, Technical and Agricultural Director Elizabeth Sanders and CHS Architectural, Drafting, and Design teacher Ginger Nixon.

The certification recognizes instructor Ginger Nixon’s efforts to educate her students about career opportunities in the industry. To achieve this distinction, Nixon not only had to plan and teach exceptional lessons but also had to build relationships with local business and industry partners, who, in turn, provided hands-on opportunities for CHS students. 

As part of the certification process, Nixon was required to provide evidence that the program has an active local advisory committee, and a career and technical student organization (SkillsUSA). Nixon also had to provide students with the opportunity to receive an industry-recognized credential and demonstrate the commitment to grow professionally by attending professional development workshops provided by the GaDOE.

The initial industry certification process comes with a grant of more than $13,000 and subsequent renewals which will bring a $5,000 grant every five years. 

“These funds help provide quality equipment for the architecture pathway including an amazing new 3D resin printer and student tablets for use within the classroom,” said Nixon. “Most importantly, the certification ensures our students are receiving training that will prepare them for careers and further education within the architecture and construction industry.”

CHS Assistant Principal and Career, Technical and Agricultural Director Elizabeth Sanders said Nixon did an excellent job preparing for the certification process.

“The industry certification process is not just a beautiful presentation of all the great things Mrs. Nixon is doing,” said Sanders. “The process compiles about three years of data that range from budgets, to class enrollment, to certification lists, and meeting industry standards. The students in the Architectural Drawing and Design pathway will be more prepared for work and life in this field because of the hard work Mrs. Nixon does each and every day at CHS.”

What’s the most rewarding part of teaching the pathway for Nixon? She says it’s her students.

“I have such amazing students that have kind and giving spirits, work hard, and enjoy the challenging software and applications that come with the architecture pathway.”

According to the GaDOE, the industry certification process is a stamp of excellence on the program and is a testament to the program’s quality. 

To learn more about CTAE pathways offered at CHS, visit https://chs.carrolltoncityschools.net/academics/chs-course-offerings