Bleckley High Achieves Industry Certification

Bleckley County high School Business Department began the process in April of last year of becoming Industry Certified. Business and Computer Science Industry Certification is a partnership between the Georgia State Council Society for Human Resource Management and the Georgia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical & Agricultural Education. The goal of Industry Certification is to recognize Outstanding Business and Computer Science Programs preparing students to be College and Career Ready.

Industry Certification is a high school program designed to recognize and promote exemplary programs. To become an Industry Certified program evidence has to be available to support an involved advisory committee, project based instruction, career development activities, up-to-date technologies and equipment, dedicated teachers through professional development, and an active FBLA student organization.

The Society for Human Resource Management and the Georgia Department of Education evaluate the program by observing six standards: Curriculum and Instruction, School, Program and Teachers, Advisory Committee and Community Involvement, Employability Skills and Career Development, Program Facilities and Future Business Leaders of America.

The Business Pathway teachers, Melissa Barker and Julie Hutto, have worked diligently throughout the past year to gather evidence to support the outstanding Business Program at BCHS. A website filled with numerous artifacts had to be created and maintained throughout the year to support the successes of the program. The Bleckley Industry Certification website can be located at www.bleckleyhigh.weebly.com . Please feel free to check out our many accomplishments throughout the year.

The culmination of the Industry Certification was held in a celebration format on Thursday April 12, 2018 where FBLA Officers gave a presentation of FBLA throughout the year and a group of Business Communication students gave a presentation of the business planning process and what they learned throughout the semester in building their Coffee House business. Business teachers and administrators presented the achievements of the Business Program to the advisory council as well. These presentations can be located on the previously mentioned website. Following presentations and interviews, the council and SHRM representatives toured the classrooms to see all that was available for student use in the classrooms as well as many items created by the students using classroom equipment for the RoyalPrint class business.

We are extremely proud to announce that Bleckley County High School achieved Industry Certification with Distinction. Awards will be presented in July in Athens at the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education Conference.