Businesses, contractors to explore CTAE programs
by Mark Andrews
Sep 16, 2012 | 2178 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This week, businesses, contractors and community members will have the opportunity to learn more about local Career, Technical & Agricultural education programs offered in Bartow County schools while networking with hundreds of others in the community.

“We actually had the Bartow Business Connection and then there was another group, the Bartow Contractors Connection and just recently we have combined efforts,” said Jessica Fleetwood, who co-founded the Bartow Business Connection with Parnick Jennings.

The Bartow Business & Contractor’s Association will meet Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the new Cass High School, located at 1000 Colonel Way in White.

“It gives everybody an opportunity to meet face to face, to talk about their business, and as I like to say and Parnick [Jennings] likes to say, ‘do business the old fashioned way,’” Fleetwood said.

The event will feature a tour of the new CHS, refreshments and information about each of the county high schools’ CTAE programs.

According to, “The Bartow County Career, Technical, & Agricultural Education Program provides students with an opportunity to learn the practical skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college and the world of work. Students enrolling in CTAE Courses are able to choose from various pathways of concentration. Students who complete a pathway earn a special seal on their college diploma and graduate high school with the employability and transferrable skills demanded by employers.

“The pathways of concentration offered in the Bartow County High Schools vary by high school. Some of the pathways offered to students in the county include agriculture, broadcast video production, business, computer technology, construction, cosmetology, early childhood education, engineering, graphic communications, healthcare, horticulture, JROTC, law and justice, marketing, metals technology, nursing, nutrition and food science, and web page design.”

Fleetwood said the event is a great way for those in the community to garner more business.

“I know that we’re over the $2 million mark in creating business between business owners in Bartow County,” Fleetwood said. “We just encourage everybody to do business here first before they go out of the county.”