Georgia Department of Education Awards FastTrack Grant to Fund CTAE Lab at Harrison High School

The Georgia Department of Education recently awarded a FastTrack grant to the Cobb County School District to support an audio/video technology and film lab at Harrison High School.

Harrison High School is one of only four schools in Georgia to receive a FastTrack grant to equip a Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) lab. In total, Georgia awarded $501,000 in FastTrack grants this year to the selected schools. Harrison’s grant is valued at $120,000. 

Launched in spring 2018, FastTrack grants are Construction Related Equipment (CRE) grant funds awarded at the midpoint of the fiscal year to support school districts in equipping new CTAE labs.

“Schools across Georgia are working to connect their students with hands-on, career-ready, out-of-the-box learning,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “It’s not just about hearing a lecture or reading from a textbook – our students need instruction that will prepare them for their future careers. Our FastTrack grants are designed to help schools provide that high-quality career education for their students.”

Cobb’s industry-certified Audio Video Technology and Film (AVTF) program prepares students for college and careers as they learn to use professional, industry-grade equipment.

“The FastTrack CRE funds used at Harrison High allow Harrison’s AVTF program to provide industry-recognized skills for their students to be ready for industry trends five to 10 years from now,” said Cobb County Schools CTAE Supervisor Jacquelina Brown.

Harrison’s lab is even making Cobb’s industry partners take notice.

“The newly equipped studio and control room at Harrison High has the look and feel of a top-notch professional outfit,” said Gerald Smith, Sr. Manager for Multimedia Production at NBA.com. “Coupled with outstanding instruction, these tools will go a long way toward providing students with real hands-on experience as they prepare for college. It’s money well-spent.”