CTAE – Career, Technical & Agricultural Education

Todd Schultz

Todd Shultz
706-367-5151 ext. 22801
Email: tshultz@jcss.us

Todd Shultz began working with the Jackson County School System in 2001 as an agriculture instructor and young farmer advisor and in 2010 was named the Career Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Director.

He was raised on a grain and livestock farm in central Indiana, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Animal Science.  Later he received a master’s degree in Agriculture Leadership from the University of Georgia, following with his specialist degree in Administrative Leadership from Valdosta State University.

He and his wife, Heather, are active in community and state organizations, and they have two daughters who attend East Jackson Middle and East Jackson Elementary School.

The Jackson County School System works with students and their parents to offer an effective program of study that is appropriate for our students and their varied areas of interest.

Our Program of Study presents a guide for planning a student’s path through high school, identifying career goals, and exploring a world of work options. Courses are listed in categories by academic field and career pathway, with each pathway designed to focus on specific areas of specialization within that program area.

Pathways are state-approved career enhancement programs defined as “a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career-related courses” that can lead to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate degree and beyond.

JCSS offers career, technical, and agriculture education (CTAE) pathways as well as advanced academic pathways in language arts, mathematics, science or social studies; a world language pathway; and fine arts pathways in visual arts, theater, dance, music or journalism.

All students are encouraged to pursue and complete one or more of these pathways to gain a complete understanding of that specialized field. Selection of a pathway will be based on the student’s own self-awareness and investigation of occupations.

Work-based learning (WBL) offers job placement for qualified high school juniors and seniors with a defined career pathway. Click here for more information about WBL.

Annual Public Notification of Non-Discrimination

Jackson County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. Jackson County Schools does not discriminate in enrollment or access to any of the programs available including all federal programs which include Career Technical and Agricultural Education-Perkins Grant. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Jackson County School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s). Todd Shultz, Director of CTAE, Todd Nickelsen, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning , 1660 Winder Highway Jefferson, Ga 30549, 706-367-5151.

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CTAE Clusters

Pathways within each cluster are listed in our Program of Study

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, AV/Technology & Communications
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

In addition, students who meet all admission requirements may earn the following technical college certificates through classes offered by Lanier Technical College on the EJCHS campus:

  • Child Development Specialist
  • Early Childhood Care & Education Basics
  • Criminal Justice Specialist
  • Nurse Aide
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder


Nontraditional Occupations

Nontraditional careers are those occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses that fit their career goals regardless of the gender make-up in the classroom. Some examples of nontraditional careers are nursing for males and drafting for females.