Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE):
EPHS has a robust CTAE program including 12 career pathways: Allied Health & Medicine, Architectural Drawing & Design, Audio Video Technology & Film (AVTF), Automobile Maintenance & Light Repair, Culinary Arts, Forestry/Wildlife Systems, Graphic Design, AFJROTC, Marketing Management, Personal Care Services/Cosmetology, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, and Web & Digital Design. Four pathways are industry certified and all have industry credentialed instructors. They provide cutting edge instruction to more than 300 pathway completers each year and enjoy an approximate 73% overall annual pass rate on the relative end-of-pathway exams.
The AVTF program opened for 2019-2020 and has flourished. AVTF students are already providing the audio-visual services for many of our school events. While distance learning, they created a “To Our Seniors” video of teacher messages to 2020 graduates. They filmed our 2020 graduation ceremony, and, will produce a weekly news broadcast for EPHS events beginning in the Fall of 2020. These opportunities provide students with hands-on, real-world experiences.
Sports & Entertainment marketing student teams submitted entries to the Project211 contest sponsored by Fort Safety. The project's mission was to provide filtered Wi-Fi at a reasonable cost to protect kids and families from harmful content and cyber criminals in public places. Teams were to create a marketing and business plan that included web, digital, and graphic designs to start a Wi-Fi filtering business called Project211. EPHS captured 1st and 2nd place in the competition.
EPHS’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFJROTC) provides many opportunities to our students. The Kitty Hawk Air Society (KHAS), the academic honor society of AFJROTC promotes high academic standards and achievement, school and community service, self-confidence and initiative. KHAS cadets offer before-and after-school tutoring to other cadets. Approximately 25% of cadets took advantage of tutoring.
The AFJROTC cadet leadership’s key initiative for 2019-2022 school years is to increase female interest in STEM programs and activities. Weekly, female accomplishments in STEM-related fields are shared with all classes and information on successful women in STEM are posted throughout the classrooms. Other STEM opportunities include:
- Drone/Multicopter club–videos various high school band, drill competitions, homecoming, etc., events.
- Rocketry club (beginner and advanced) –learn rocketry basics including construction, propellants, launch and recovery.
- Robotics club--introduces building and coding.
Over 90% of EPHS cadets participate in these activities. AFJROTC cadets at EPHS can participate in flight programs of partnering universities nationwide. Approximately 1,400 cadets applied and qualified for consideration of an Aviation Scholarship. An EPHS cadet was one of 150 awarded the $20,000 scholarship and received flight training at California Baptist University.
The CTAE department also provides instruction through six Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) including CTI, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA, SkillsUSA. These CTSOs provide career and leadership opportunities to approximately 550 members. They have opportunities to compete at the school, region, state, and national levels in career specific and general employability and leadership areas. We are proud to have CTSO participants competing at the State and National level each year.
Our Marketing Management and Sports Entertainment Marketing pathways operate two school-based enterprises (SBEs): The Raider Trader and The Treasure Ship. Approximately 40 students staff the SBEs, and approximately 11 students work in the SBE as their WBL placement. SBEs provide students with the opportunity to learn via hands-on experiences that reinforce classroom instruction focusing on the courses’ core curriculum standards. The marketing SBE’s are a very effective tool helping prepare students for post-secondary life.
EPHS’ CTAE department is the only high school in Paulding County to run a Career Crew club at a feeder elementary school. Monthly, students representing one of our CTAE programs visit Abney Elementary School to host a Career Crew club meeting focused on helping elementary students explore the various careers available to them. The meetings are 100% student planned, organized, and led and spotlight the different pathways offered at EPHS. Pathways/programs rotate throughout the year ensuring all pathways/programs are featured. This is a great learning opportunity for the elementary students and a fantastic leadership opportunity for our high school students.