First Day of School, we are in masks, social distancing, and walking in one direction.  We are working to protect our staff and students.

Let’s learn!!

After five years of planning and dreaming, the PIE Center breaks ground.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a smaller crowd in person to witness the beginning of the next phase of workforce development, but the event was streamed for all to see/participate and the excitement was great!

Kyle Page, Project Director and Master of Ceremonies, led the event.  A welcome from Dr. Linda Cash, Director of Schools, and Board Chairman Troy Weathers engaged the crowd regarding the process and explained how this project will change the landscape of student workforce preparation.  Mr. Weathers commented that Bradley County would be an example across the state.

Distinguished speaker Governor Bill Lee discussed walking through the building before any of the work began when he was running for the position.    Since that time Governor Lee has supported the project, even contributing seed money.  He explained how high school as it currently is needs to change. Governor Lee also discussed act of funding the  GIVE Grant.  This grant will jumpstart the Electrical programming for Bradley County and the PIE Center through the partnership with TCAT-Athens.

After the Governor spoke, Johnny Mull, the Bradley County Commission Chairman, recognized the work of the school system esp. Dr. Linda Cash and Kyle Page.  He thanked the fellow County Commissioners for compromising and taking the steps to make this project happen.  Mayor Gary Davis followed explaining how this was another example of how Bradley County is doing great things.

Representative Mark Hall remarked on the importance of Career Technical Education explaining how he has been a licensed barber for years and how this has supported his family.  Representative Dan Howell and Senator Mike Bell, both who have supported the project through words and deeds since the beginning, both contributed to the positive attributes of having this facility in Bradley County and praised the community support for the project.  Senator Todd Gardenhire discussed the Mechatronics grant, a program which he has written and supported connecting high school and postsecondary, and how it will fit into the PIE Center model.  Sen. Gardenhire also discussed the persistence of Dr. Cash as she sought to make this building a reality.

This is an exciting day indeed for Career and Technical Education and the students of Bradley County and the Southeast, Tennessee region.   This is the next step in changing the landscape of high school.

The spring 2020 semester of Nursing Education and Health Science students tested for industry certifications recently. We are proud of our CTE Health Science Students!


Bradley Central High School students tested for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification on Saturday, June 27, 2020.    Congratulations to Carly Chastain, Marissa Graham, Alana Gregory, Lana Neeley, Brittany St. Clair, and Jaylin Viviano who were successful and are now TN certified nursing assistants.  Gunner Wright and Alexis Price sat for the CCMA tests and passed the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant certification also on Saturday, June 27, 2020.






Walker Valley High School held a CNA Boot Camp June 22-25, 2020 to prepare for the Sunday test.  Seven students tested on June 28, 2020.  Congratulations to Reagan Brown, Ryann Duggan,  Jenna Kraft, Alyssa Taylor, Carli Todd, Clarice Van Wyk, and Margaret Woodfin who are now Certified Nursing Assistants.


Training in Agriculture, working on Supervised Agricultural Experiences, and completing the FFA Program of Work doesn’t stop just because students and teachers are not able to meet in person.  Introducing Virtual Farm Day: Thursday, June 28, 2020, conducted a Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair!  Students submitted videos representing Agricultural projects educating the public about the science and technology behind the scenes in farm life. Check out the nine videos produced by students for the Virtual Farm day SAE.  The student with the most likes will win a $100 gift card from TSC to apply towards their SAE. 

Check out the videos by going to Bradley Central High School FFA Facebook or clicking on the links below:

Video #1

2020 Farm Day SAE Fair
Equine Science
Stephanie Bates

Video #2

2020 Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair
Vegetable Production
Maggie Fox
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Video #3

2020 Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair
Emma Cross & Jolee Neely
Sheep Production

Video #4

2020 Virtual Farm Day SAE Tour
Cole Ledford
Beef Production
Video #4

Video #5

2020 Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair
Xander Caywood
Poultry Production

Video #6

2020 Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair
Mason Hughes
Forage Production

Video #7

2020 Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair
HaLee Kazy
Forestry Management
Video #7

Video #8

2020 Virtual Farm Day SAE Fair
Alivia Weaks
Vegetable Production

Video #9

2020 Farm Day SAE Fair
Molly & Riley Parker
Goat Production

Video #10

2020 Farm Day SAE Fair
Video #10 Click Here
Blake Eberhart
Poultry Production

Emily Swafford named Bradley County Schools’ CTE Student of The Year

Bradley Central High School FFA has a long tradition of celebrating scholarship.  In the past, FFA has assisted with the award ceremony to honor CTE students from all career areas and their accomplishments.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, this celebration of success is taking on a different form, Bradley Central High School FFA and Bradley County Schools CTE Department are celebrating the completion of another successful year through the development of a CTE Student of the Year. 

The Bradley County Schools CTE Student of the Year Award is given to the student who exhibits traits of CTE excellence through Leadership, Community Service, Career Technical Student Organization participation, and Classroom/Academic Achievement.  Each Bradley County Schools Career Technical Education teacher was asked to nominate one student for CTE Student of the year.  Thirty-one students were nominated.  The ten finalists are Kylie Estrada, HaLee Kazy, Jacob Long, Kaylei Peak, and Emily Swafford from Bradley Central High School and Mariliis Bateman, Sydney Brady, Sydney Lawson, MaKaylah Shoemate and Maggie Thompson from Walker Valley High School.   A selection committee announces Emily Swafford as the 2019-2020 Bradley County Schools CTE Student of the Year.

Click Here for Emily Swafford’s CTE Student of the Year Video.


Thank you to Bradley Central FFA for producing this video recognizing the scholarship of the Bradley County Schools Programs of Study within Career and Technical Education.

Think Success-Think CTE.  Bradley County Schools Career and Technical Education


Congratulations to the Bradley Central High School CTE Student of the Year Finalists!!!

Kylie Estrada

CTE Student of the Year Finalist

Kylie Joelle Estrada, a Bear Scholar graduate at Bradley Central, has focused her CTE studies in Health Sciences, specifically, nursing.   She has enjoyed serving in many leadership roles. She is the student council Vice President, HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Co-President, an officer in National Honor Society, member of the Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy, and the founder of Court Cuties (a group that works the concession stand for the basketball games).  By being a part of these clubs, she has grown as a person and learned that in order to be a true leader she must first know how to serve others. 

She has been able to lead and participate in many service projects. She participated in “A Night to Shine,” “ACT Study Day,”  “Literacy Party,” “Teacher Appreciation,” “Notes Week,”  “Firefighter Chili,” and monthly National Honor Service projects. She helped to provide health screens and checks to the students at Bradley Central High School and worked as a CNA in the mornings before school, using her Nursing Assistant Certification she earned in her CTE classes.  She has served on the medical staff for Peerless Road Church, where as a worship team member, she has assisted in the church nursery, a Backpack Giveaway and served groceries to the homeless and needy.  Along with participating in any church activity/fundraiser she can, she attended a mission trip to Panaba, Mexico where she spent 10 days ministering and helping develop children’s ministries and programs there.

Kylie has been involved in HOSA each year of high school and is currently Co-President. She has led many service projects with that club such as donating to The Caring Place, offering her services in health screenings, and leading a Halloween trick or treat for special needs students at Bradley.  She has also participated in Night to Shine, a special needs prom led by Tim Tebow’s organization, for the past four years through HOSA. Competing each year in HOSA at regionals, state and twice at nationals, she was a first place regional HOSA winner in the Dental Science category, finishing in the top ten at State. Kylie has been on the Gold Honor Roll since the 6th grade and is a B’s and Bars recipient. She was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to Lee University, where she has also competed 12 dual credit hours toward pre nursing through Lee University and was selected as a Lee University Rymer Scholar.

HaLee Kazy

CTE Student of the Year Finalist

HaLee Kazy, a Cambridge scholar who will be receiving her AICE Diploma, has focused in Agricultural Sciences and is currently President of the FFA at Bradley Central High School.  She has attended various leadership training events, including FFA Leadership camp and 212/360 Leadership Conference.  She has utilized the experience gained in these leadership activities to build connections with her fellow students to improve their experiences in high school. She is currently one of 18 state FFA officer candidates and hopes to continue practicing these leadership skills by helping lead the TN FFA during the 2020-2021 school year. 

HaLee has assisted in River Rescue, Night to Shine and Rise Against Hunger.  As the 2019-2020 National Honor Society Vice President, HaLee played a leading role in activities such as the “Literacy Party,” “Adopt a grandparent,” “Parents Night Out,” and “Spring Fling.”  As a Beta Club Member, she has attended State Convention where she won first place in their state Ag-Science Bowl. She is a three year officer in the FFA where she has played a major role in the success of “Farm Day,” the Greenhouse Sale, and the National Chapter Award.  Each year, her participation in Poultry Evaluation, Meats Evaluation, Equine Evaluation, Livestock Evaluation and Floriculture Career Development Events has earned her “Freshman of the Year,”  “Sophomore of the Year,” “Junior of the Year,” and “Senior of the Year” recognition in the FFA Chapter.  She has been active in 4-H events such as Land Judging, the swine project, and she represented Bradley County 4-H at the 2020 Tennessee Cattleman’s Convention where her youth livestock team won 1st place in the Livestock Quiz Bowl earning the right to represent Tennessee at the 4-H National Livestock Quiz Bowl at the North American Livestock Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.

HaLee won a $500 scholarship for her team’s first place finish at Tennessee Tech’s Ag-Science Quiz Bowl in 2017.  She received six hours of college credit for being accepted and completing the 2019 Tennessee Governor’s School for Ag-Sciences.  She has served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Procedure Team for the last three years and has recently been recognized as the 2020 Boyd Trew Scholarship Recipient and the Dekalb Leadership Award.

Kaylei Peak

CTE Student of the Year Finalist

Kaylei Peak, a 2020 Bear Scholar graduate of Bradley Central High School, has focused in A/V Production and has served as both President of the National Honor Society and Vice President of Skills USA.  She has planned, led and attended community service projects such as “Fables and Fairytales,” the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree,” “Parents Night Out,” and has volunteered at several parent-involvement events at Oak Grove Elementary School.  

 In April 2019, Kaylei and a partner used technical skills they had acquired in Audio/Visual Production classes to create a PSA that showcased the importance of CTE courses to compete at the state-level in the National Skills USA competition.  In November 2019, she competed in the technology portion of the TN Beta Convention.  She and her partner developed a video expressing how Beta Club prepares today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. They won 3rd place and are now eligible to compete at the National Beta Convention in June.  

Her studies gave her the opportunity to work closely with Scott Webb, BCS Instructional Technology Coordinator, to edit and write for Bradley County Schools monthly newsletter “The Director’s View.”  This experience enhanced her writing ability and professional publication experience while inspiring her to pursue journalism as a career.

Jacob Long

CTE Student of the Year Finalist

Jacob Andrew Long has focused on Mechatronics and Principles of Machining during his time spent at Bradley Central High School. Jacob is a leader in his studies, often demonstrating his robots to multiple companies and to the school board.  Jacob has participated in “Stem on the “Greenway,” “Stem Nights,” and the annual “Ashley Lauren Clothing Drive.”

Jacob was the head programmer in the State Robotics team for Skills USA.  He served as the head programmer on the BETA Robotics Team, which placed 1st in the State and 5th in the Nation. He became the STEM Ambassador for BAYER during 2018 after winning an essay competition and scholarship to the Space Academy. Through CTE, Jacob has been mentored by an environmental engineer from WACKER which has allowed him to gain another perspective in the field of engineering. 

Jacob has developed various machining skills, as well as numerous trouble-shooting skills in the field of mechatronics. He has accumulated dual-enrollment credits in machining with TCAT as well as in mechatronics at Cleveland State. Jacob hopes to gain an engineering degree at UTC.  With a Siemens level I Certification and a NIMS Certification, Jacob has a great head start.

Emily Swafford

CTE Student of the Year Finalist

Emily Swafford will graduate as a Bear Scholar at Bradley Central High School as an Education and Training and Family Studies concentrator.  As Vice President of FCCLA her junior year and President her senior year, she has assisted, led and organized many community service projects for Bradley Central and the community.  She has played a major role in the success of such activities as STEM on the Greenway, Showtime Savvy, Bears vs. Harvey, Red Ribbon Week, Paws for a Cause, the Special Needs Prom, Hands for the Homeless, Community Outreach, and Prom Perfect. She was selected to be a part of the T4 Committee, which is a drug prevention group whose goal is to educate middle schoolers on the dangerous effects of using drugs. She has completed nine mission trips to El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Topsail Beach, NC, and Clarkston, GA.  She also assists her church’s children’s church and Vacation Bible School.

During Emily’s junior year, the TAP class created the Educators Rising Club at Bradley Central High School to be implemented the following year. She became a member of the Educators Rising Club her senior year, where the main project was a Kindness Campaign. She has maintained a 4.0 in her TAP classes and Family Studies classes. She won first place in the “Classroom in a Box” competition and competed in “My Teaching Portfolio.” She was an intern for a fourth-grade class at Oak Grove Elementary School with Mrs. Trish Sherlin. This internship will advance her future plans to become an elementary teacher. 

Emily has been a member of FCCLA her entire high school career. Her sophomore year, she competed in the Star Events, state competition, where she placed fourth.  She has had perfect attendance for two years.  She was a Silver medalist at FCCLA state competition two times and a 1st place medalist at FCCLA district competition.  She received the Superlative: “Most Likely To Return As A Teacher.”