Saresa Pearce, a senior at the Golden Isles Career Academy, has been named a regional winner in a statewide Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.
Submissions for "Not in Georgia: Combating Human Sex Trafficking" were judged by a panel of state officials representing multiple areas of expertise. Two winners from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) areas – one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster – were chosen and will be printed and sent to the respective RESA for distribution to the schools in that area. The winning posters will be prominently displayed in schools within their region.
Pearce's poster was named the Spanish winner for First District RESA, which services an 18-county area in southeast Georgia. Pearce received a $100 cash prize for her work that depicts a young woman with duct tape across her mouth with "vendida" written on it, which is Spanish for "sold." Andrea Pittman, an 11th-grade student at the Golden Isles Career Academy, was the model for the poster. Pearce and Pittman created the poster in Hilton Neeld's graphic arts class at the Career Academy. The GDOE will select a state English poster winner and a state Spanish poster winner in December 2012; each will receive $250.
In its news release about the poster contest, the GDOE said that an estimated 5,000 girls a year are victims of sex trafficking in Georgia and that Atlanta is a center for this atrocity due to its international airport and sprawling landscape. The department has worked with numerous state and non-governmental organizations to host seminars to help Georgia educators and social services workers recognize key indicators of possible human sex trafficking activities, as well as sex trafficking victims.
PHOTO: (L to R) Saresa Pearce, Hilton Neeld and Andrea Pittman display the poster that was named a regional winner in a statewide poster contest to combat human sex trafficking.
Congratulations to all of our End of Pathway certificate earners!
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.
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.
Rick 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 http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Pages/default.aspx
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.
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