The DeKalb Virtual Career Academy (DVCA) is a cooperative effort by DeKalb County Government, DeKalb County School District, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, WorkSource DeKalb, and various public and private partners. The virtual curriculum will offer academic enrichment courses and life skills and job readiness training in a structured virtual learning environment. Additionally, motivational speakers will engage, educate and inspire participating youth.
In February each school year, students from 14 DCSD high schools and one middle school are able to bring their creative film works to life. These students, who are part of the Audio-Video, Technology and Film programs, write scripts, design sets, and shoot scenes—all to produce the best short film possible. Professional judges from the film industry are present to judge submissions before naming the best in the beginner, intermediate, and advanced categories. Awards are distributed in each category for “Best of Show,” “Audience Choice,” and one final “Overall Winner.”
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young girls with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The organization works toward closing the gender employment difference in technology, programming, coding and to change the image of what a programmer looks like. DeKalb CTAE has Girls Who Code clubs in both middle and high schools.
The entrepreneurship career pathway is offered in most of the DeKalb CTAE high schools and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is the official program of study for DeKalb CTAE. NFTE provides us with the curriculum, teacher training, ongoing professional learning, corporate partnerships, and Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge competitions.
A school-based enterprise (SBE) is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that provides goods/services that meet the needs of the school’s target markets (i.e., students, teachers, administrators, parents, community members, community organizations and businesses.
Startup Tech Intro is a blended learning tech-entrepreneurship course that asks students to identify ways to improve their world and to build marketable digital solutions using MIT App Inventor. Students create an original app that addresses a community need, develop a corresponding original abbreviated business plan and marketing materials, and present in a Startup Showcase expo for the chance to win funding and publicity.
Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the US and British Columbia, Canada build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create meaningful lessons, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study computer science in the future.