New elective courses in animal science and broadcasting will be available to students at the Central Educational Center for the 2018-19 school year.
The Coweta County Board of Education approved Animal Science and Biotechnology, as well as Field Audio Recording/Live Sound Production, at its February meeting. The animal science class will be offered beginning in the fall of this year, while the broadcasting class will be available to students in the second semester, January 2019.
Animal Science and Biotechnology is designed to introduce students to breeding and husbandry methods for agricultural animals, as well as the production, processing and distribution of agricultural animal products. The course will include classroom and lab activities, supplemented by supervised agricultural experiences, leadership programs and other outside activities.
Mark Whitlock, Central Educational Center’s CEO, said the course will cover a recently discovered gap in curriculum.
“We’ve had for a number of years students who have desired internships with local veterinary practices, and they’ve been granted these opportunities,” Whitlock told the board. “Veterinary practices are telling us that if we’d prepare the students a little better for these opportunities, they would get a whole lot more out of it. That’s a key reason we want to tackle a course like this.”
Whitlock said it’s already a state-approved course, but CEC plans to expand opportunities for participating students.
“We will use the flexibility that this board has granted us to take the curriculum to the next level and to partner with local industry to put those course in place,” he said.
Superintendent Steve Barker emphasized CEC’s direct pipeline to local jobs.
“The Central Educational Center board is made up of business and industry leaders in our community, and their minds are on the needs out there in the workforce,” Barker said in recommending approval for the new class. “This is another example of a course recommendation in reaction to the needs of the community and shows that relationship.”
Field Audio Recording/Live Sound Production is designed to enhance broadcasting video production by applying live sound. Students will build on skills learned in Broadcasting and Sound classes. The new course will teach live sound production and field audio technology fundamentals, which will allow students to pursue industry apprenticeships, certificate programs or four-year college programs with an emphasis in live sound production.
Field audio recording for video and film will be a focus, allowing students direct access to jobs in Georgia’s booming film industry.
Whitlock said it’s another result of partnering with local business and industry, as the governing boards of the southeastern Grammy and Emmy awards helped shape the new course.
“They’re our industry experts on this,” he said. “They tell us that these jobs are growing in the state of Georgia, particularly in our area, and that if we prepare our young people – particularly in the area of technology – there will be jobs available to them.”