CTAE Advisory Meeting


Miller County Schools held their semiannual Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  The meeting was held at the high school in the Health Care Science lab.

The meeting began with a welcome from our Superintendent, Shane Miller, followed by the introduction of staff and school board members.  Prior to the brown bag meal, Graycee McNease, FFA president, offered the blessing.

While the participants ate, a slideshow of student activities were presented on the smartboard.  After the meal, Gail Lovering presented the group with information regarding CTAE and its plans and initiatives for the coming year.  Overarching needs, WBL, poster contest, and performance standards were discussed.

Before dividing into groups, the participants took a tour of the new facilities/equipment.  Jason Houston was a great tour guide.  Later the 20 in attendance were assigned a discussion group; Business, Agriculture, Welding, or Healthcare.  The committee members completed the evening in these groups where they provided feedback on the programs offered at Miller County High School in CTAE.  The meeting was adjourned when the discussion groups were finished.

Servers for this event were the FFA officers for 2021-22.  Graycee McNease, Hattie Harrison, Ashley Womack, Emily Howell, Brody Kelley, Grayson Spence and Dutch Pace.  FFA sponsor is Ms. Mandy Long.  The tables were decorated with potted greenery and FFA treats. 

Stakeholders represented were: Malia Phillips-Lee Law Firm, Paul Fryer from Sanford Bishop’s office, Eddie Cobb Accounting, Miller County Downtown Authority, Georgia Power, Miller/Colquitt Chamber of Commerce, Miller County School Board, and members of the Miller County Schools staff.  Thank you to all who participated in this event.

The key to a successful CTAE department is to ensure that the labs are “industry standard,” a knowledgeable teaching staff, and an up to date curriculum.  An integral part of this success is a working CTAE advisory committee.  The objectives of the advisory committee are to partner with the CTAE department to: ensure a smooth transition for students from school to college and careers; identify critical workforce competencies and industry trends for incorporation into local CTAE programs and activities; increase the number of youths preparing to enter college or skilled occupations.  This encourages greater cooperation between the educational environments and the private sector in preparing students for employment, promoting a quality CTAE education, and ensuring that the skills and technology being taught in the classroom are responsive to the needs of the labor market.  These volunteers provide advice and/or support to Career, Technical and Agricultural Education CTAE department areas. 

The Miller County Advisory Committee will meet again in September 2022.  If you would like further information regarding Miller County’s CTAE program, contact Dr. Gail Lovering, CTAE Director at 229-758-5592.