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It’s an Education Revolution

July 25, 2013
Karen Curtis, senior program manager for Go Build Georgia, speaks about technical education for high school students at the 2013 Summer Leadership Conference.

Revolution isn’t a word we usually associate with education. But, with a weekend full of passionate, bold ideas that trigger change, “revolutionary” is the perfect description of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education’s 66th Annual Summer Leadership Conference. From July 10-13, the Go Build Georgia team sat in on informational sessions and networking opportunities centered on bringing an “Education Revolution” to the state.

[Go Build Georgia was replaced by Trade Five in 2016. Learn more at]

GACTE, much like Go Build Georgia, is committed to developing a skilled and competitive workforce through training and awareness of career technical education opportunities. The organization connects students with the resources that they need to become professionals in the trade.  Equipped with the right skills, the next generation of students will have the necessary preparation to help close Georgia’s skilled labor gap.  

During the 4-day conference, industry and educational leaders presented sessions on a wide variety of topics, including how educators can provide job shadowing experiences, teach students to create online portfolios and incorporate social media and digital learning in the classroom. Lunch & learn sessions offered participants a few more chances to exchange ideas and suggestions.

Karen Curtis, senior program manager for Go Build Georgia, led a session Friday morning about our High School Teams. The program brings together educators, counselors and business leaders to teach students the value of careers in the skilled trades and provide information about opportunities in industries such as telecommunications, manufacturing, logistics, industrial construction and energy. With many participants, great questions, insightful responses and 12 new teams signed up for the program, the session moved us even closer to our goal of 100% high school participation in every county area.  

If you're interested in starting a Go Build Georgia High School team in your area, you can learn more at the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, and if you're interested in learning more about Go Build Georgia, follow our blogs.


Last updated May 2, 2017.

Blake Ashbee, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Workforce Development

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Blake Ashbee serves as the executive director for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

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