Grayson High School Technical Educational Program

Grayson High School Technical Educational Program

A vet technician gives a dog a thorough check-up. A production assistant reviews an instrumental piece in the post-production studio. A management trainee goes over plans for a conference with the hotel manager. These scenarios play out in the workplace daily. GCPS juniors and seniors get a taste of these science and fine arts careers through the new Grayson High School Technical Education Program.

Grayson High’s Technical Education Program offers hands-on, cutting-edge courses and equipment that go beyond what is available at other high schools. The Grayson facility includes a commercial training kitchen with a 25-seat presentation and dining area, a climate-controlled greenhouse, an industry-donated electron microscope, an animal husbandry building, a black-box performance area, a professional music-recording studio, and a TV production studio.

Students benefit from the program’s business, community, and postsecondary partnerships with organizations such as American Express, Marriott, the University of Georgia, and IBM. Program areas include: Biotechnology; Commercial Photography; Culinary Arts; Digital Media and Design; Environmental Horticulture; Environmental Science; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism; IT: Network Systems and Support; Law Enforcement/Public Safety; Music Recording; Music Technology; Technical Theater; Veterinarian Technology; and Video Broadcast Production.

The program is open to juniors and seniors in college prep, technology/career prep, and dual diploma options. Programs are offered in two technical blocks, on a half-day or evening schedule, with classes Monday through Thursday. Students may choose to attend their home school for core subjects, or transfer to Grayson for all their classes. Transportation is not provided.

“The Grayson program gives students the chance to learn about a career, and even get a head start, before committing to a postsecondary program. They have the opportunity to learn skills that will be necessary for them to be successful in some very specialized career fields,” says Grayson principal Keith Chaney. “Combine those things with access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and you have the potential for a very positive impact on student achievement.”