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End of Pathway Certificate Earners

Congratulations to all of our End of Pathway certificate earners!

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 Front Row:  Bridgette Carlin, Culinary; Heather Hughes, Culinary; Rachel Nichols, Culinary; Kurt Marion, Collision; Jack Brunson, Culinary; Justin Brown, Collision; Edward Keefe, Collision; Danny McIntyre, Collision; and Charles Adams, Carpentry.

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Ann McKinney, Career Academy Principal; Ernest Mitchell, Healthcare Science; Bethany Hughes, Healthcare Science; Ashley Harrison, Healthcare Science; Amber Williams, Healthcare Science; Myiesha Kinemore, Healthcare Science; and Chris Brown, Collision Repair.

IMG 0009Rick Townsend, Career Academy CEO; Ariel Poppell, Transportation; Marcus McCall, Collision; Jimmy May, Collision; Waldemar Melendez, Collision, and Ann McKinney, Career Academy Principal.

Information on End-of-Pathway Assessments:

Georgia, like many other career, technical and agricultural education (CTAE) programs around the nation, has worked to establish a measurement mechanism to ascertain the level of technical skill attainment on behalf of its career pathway completers. Georgia’s measurement process has been derived in direct response to the Perkins IV Legislation, which mandates states to implement a valid and reliable assessment model linked directly to industry validated standards.

In meeting this mandate, Golden Isles Career Academy (GICA) administers End-of-Pathway Assessments to students who have completed a career pathway within the past two semesters. The purpose of the End-of-Pathway Assessments (EOPAs) is to measure the occupational and technical competencies of individual students and classes and to compare those competencies with state and national norms. This assessment does NOT determine a passing or failing grade for the course. However, it is one instrument of many that helps us to acquire meaningful assessment data and to improve the quality of career and technical education at GICA.

Students who meet minimal standards will receive a national Certificate of Completion endorsed by industry. The certificate can be a valuable credential when seeking employment or when qualifying your student for postsecondary credit at a college or university. The number of CTAE pathway completers who earn industry certification is used in determining post high school readiness in the College and Career Ready Performance Index, High School Model Grade 9 – 12.

For more information about Georgia Career Pathways or Georgia Career Assessments, please log onto


SkillsUSA and the Golden Isles Career Academy

On Friday February 3rd, the Region 8 SkillsUSA competition was held at the Golden Isles Career Academy. Region 8 is made up of 22 counties in southeast Georgia. The event had competitions that stretched across a wide spectrum of skill areas. Golden Isles Career Academy had students competing in 8 of the areas. The Career academy represented itself well by either finishing 1st or 2nd in seven of the eight competitions entered and these students are now advancing to the State SkillsUSA competition in Atlanta March 15-17, 2012. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. Students can be a member of SkillsUSA and participate in a variety of Service Learning Projects. SkillsUSA is a co-curricular student organization that fosters and encourages the development of career-related skills and knowledge. SkillsUSA activities can have a positive impact on a student grades, overall proficiency and skill development. In addition to service learning, SkillsUSA members compete in a host of career-related competitions with Gold, Silver and Bronze level awards earned at regional, state and national levels. The students that medaled at the region competition are.

Chase Adams ----------Carpentry 1st place

Bryce Huettner--------Electrical Wiring 1st place

Jim May -----------------Automotive Refinish 1st place

Chris Brown-------------Collision Repair 1st place

Chris Parshley----------Automotive Service 1st place

Devin Denis-------------Cabinet Making 2nd place

Advertising Design----Michael Jenkins 2nd place

*Roy McDowell, Collision Repair teacher at the Career Academy was the Co-Chairperson along with Ms. Sharon Simpson from Appling County

GICA Congratulates the Welding Students!

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GICA celebrated the efforts of the students of Welding instructors, Todd Hunnewell and Andrey Curry, during a special barbeque and low country boil on May 7th, 2009. As part of their course study, the welding students of Brunswick High School designed and built a large cast iron mobile cooker that is a smoker, a grill and also has gas burners for cooking. The May 7th luncheon honoring the students was totally prepared on this impressive new Mobile Cooker. The new cooker is decorated on the sides and back with intricate deer and pheasant appliqués. Golden Isles Career Academy CEO, Andy Lundell, spoke to the students during the luncheon and congratulated their efforts. More than 40 students and faculty attended the event.

Governor Perdue is Keynote Speaker At GICA Grand Opening Event

Over 400 guests attended the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Golden Isles Career Academy on Wednesday, June 24th 2009. The official ceremony began at 11:30 pm and was followed by a buffet luncheon.

Governor Sonny Perdue was the keynote speaker, joined by other state and local officials which included State Representative, Jerry Keene, and Chief of Staff of the Georgia Lieutenant Governor's office, Mr. Bart Gobeil. Also speaking was Georgia State Senator, Tommie Williams, Glynn County Commissioner, Tony Thaw, and Chairman of the Glynn County Board of Education, Millard Allen.

A delicious barbeque buffet was prepared by the culinary students of the Coastal College of Georgia. Tours were also given of the new 130,000 square foot Golden Isles Career Academy facility. Many local donor investors of GICA were also recognized and thanked for their valuable contributions to the building of this new charter school.

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Governor Perdue addresses the guests during the GICA Grand Opening Ceremony

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Governor Perdue was introduced by State Representative Jerry Keene


Georgia State Representative, Jerry Keene, spoke to GICA guests


Glynn County Board of Education Chairman, Millard Allen. GICA Board

Chairman, Tom Connolly, seated behind

Glynn County Commissioner

Glynn County Commissioner, Mr. Tony Thaw

Over 400 guests

Over 400 guests attended the grand opening ceremony


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