Creekview High School Career Pathways teacher Wyatt Wilke leads students, from left, Jake Turner, Emmy Sowers and Ryan Bearden in an Agriculture Mechanics Systems program class.
The Cherokee County School District offers 38 Career Pathway high school programs, which provide students with a wide selection of job exploration and preparation electives. Through CCSD Pathway Profiles, we’ll regularly share highlights with you from one of these programs. This week’s profile focuses on Agriculture Mechanics Systems offered at Creekview High School …
One of the Cherokee County School District’s newest Career Pathways already is sparking future success.
The Agriculture Mechanics Systems began in the 2019-20 school year at Creekview High School to expand upon its very popular agriculture science program.
Led by 18-year educator Wyatt Wilke, the program gives students another option to explore careers in the agriculture field. [Click here to see more photos from his classes.]
“Career classes allow students to get hands on learning, career ready skills and exposure to careers. I love the hands on learning aspect of the curriculum and learning and using equipment,” Mr. Wilkie said of his program, adding that his favorite lesson is electrical circuits. “I enjoy testing the students circuits and watching the students get excited when the light bulb turns on.”
Senior Jake Turner chose the program because he wants to pursue a career as an electrician.
“I want to be some type of electrician and with this class I have learned a lot about the electrical field,” he said. “I believe this class is going to put me on the right side of things whenever I do go to tech school or and electrical school to get my certification.”
Within the Pathway, classes offered include: basic agricultural science, agricultural mechanics technology I, agricultural mechanics II. Students can earn OSHA 10 industry certification. They can compete in FFA (Future Farmers of America) state and national career skills contests.
This Pathway prepares students for careers including, but not limited to: agricultural engineer, agricultural technician, precision agriculture technician, agricultural and engineering manager, mechanic specialist, industrial machinery mechanic, mechanical engineer, mechanical engineering technologist, electromechanical technician, welder, sheet metal worker, carpenter, electrician, electrical engineering technician, construction and building inspector, agriculture sciences professor.
The average income range for careers in this Pathway in Georgia is $41,000 to $98,000. Local and area employers for this Pathway include, but are not limited to: Yanmar, Ag-Pro Companies, Perdue Farms, Terry's Tool and Equipment Rental LLC, Kubota Research & Development North America, U.S. Farm Services Agency, Georgia-Pacific, Smithfield Foods, Bobcat of Atlanta, T3 Recruiters LLC, CTB Inc., DINA.
Want to learn more about CCSD’s Career Pathways? Check out https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/careers, which includes Pathway Profiles on many other programs and our newly published Focus on the Future course guide handbook to help students and their parents in selecting Career Pathways high school electives.