Road Trip | GPB

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The Technical College System of Georgia, in association with the national Stay-in-School initiative and Georgia Public Broadcasting, presents a twelve-episode, 30-minute television series: Road Trip.

Each episode features a story line that follows two career counselors at the fictitious Callaway High School as they attempt to slow their county's alarming dropout rate and expose their students the rewards of education by taking them on visits to Georgia's technical colleges.

Thirty-four technical colleges and three Board of Regents colleges with technical divisions are featured in the series. Viewers join the counselors and students as they hit the road and learn about the technical colleges and their most popular, ground-breaking programs.

  • Episode 1: Plane Crazy | Road Trip

    We explore careers and technologies associated with the aviation and transportation industries in this episode of Road Trip. One of Callaway High School's brightest students withdraws from school in order to work full-time alongside his aviation mechanic father. Counselors Daniel Petrillo and Georgia Allen help all involved understand how technical college courses can benefit both father and son. Featured schools include: Georgia Aviation Technical College, Middle Georgia Technical College, and South Georgia Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 2: Reinventing the Wheel | Road Trip

    We highlight some of the career opportunities in machine tool technology, diesel equipment technology, digital manufacturing, and industrial electronics in this episode of Road Trip. A Young Inventors Competition turns up some clever and not-so-clever contraptions, so Daniel plans a series of Road Trips that will pique students' interest in real-world manufacturing. Featured schools include: West Central Technical College, Heart of Georgia Technical College, and Albany Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 3: Alternative Medicine | Road Trip

    We take a look at jobs and careers in animation and multimedia, orthopedic technology, sonography and echocardiography, and the duties of a medical assistant and a pharmacy technician in this episode of Road Trip. One of the high school's brightest female students receives a Nursing scholarship and opts to go to a two-year tech college instead of a traditional four-year, which upsets her parents. Featured schools include: Central Georgia Technical College, Coosa Valley Technical College, and Columbus Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 4: Call of the Wildlife | Road Trip

    We take a closer look at the duties of a veterinary technician and the fields of biotechnology, wildlife and plantation management, geographic information services, agribusiness, and fish and game management in this episode of Road Trip. When a bored student decides to drop out of school in order to work at a local wild animal park, Callaway High's principal orders up a Road Trip that proves how tending animals and truly caring for their welfare are two different things. Featured schools include: Athens Technical College, Ogeechee Technical College, and Swainsboro Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 5: Big Man on Campus | Road Trip

    We take a closer look at the fields and careers of golf course management, mechanical engineering, welding, motorcycle service technology, optical lab technician, air conditioning technology, environmental technology, and commercial photography in this episode of Road Trip. When an older middle school student threatens to drop out, Daniel takes him on a series of special Road Trips in order to pique his interest in future career opportunities. Featured schools include: Augusta Technical College, Dekalb Technical College, Coastal Georgia Community College, and North Georgia Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 6: I Know What You Did Last Friday | Road Trip

    We take you inside the fields and careers of culinary arts, power sports repair technology, court reporter, printing and graphics, visual communications and medical lab technology in this episode of Road Trip. Daniel and Georgia are at a conference, Principal Felicia Terrell must serve as advisor to the Callaway High Fine Arts Club: a group of 'artsy' young people who, instead of showing a video about their recent Road Trip, want to dramatize the experience in dance and song. Featured schools include: Chattahoochee Technical College, Flint River Technical College, and Southeastern Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 7: Sub Zero | Road Trip

    We investigate the fields and careers of criminal justice, forensic technology, radiologic technology, surgical technician, and paralegal in this episode of Road Trip. New counselor Georgia Allen, substitute teaching some bored students, recalls Road Trip experiences in order to capture and keep the class' attention. Featured schools include: Appalachian Technical College, Griffin Technical College, Savannah Technical College, and Clayton State University School of Technology. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 8: A Thing for NASCAR | Road Trip

    We get a closer look at the high-tech fields of motorsports technology, robotics, fire science, machine tool technology and automotive technology in this episode of Road Trip. A nerdish student takes a Road Trip to Lanier Technical College's popular Motorsports Technology Program in order to impress his Nascar-loving dream girl. Featured schools include: Lanier Technical College, Valdosta Technical College, and Altamaha Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 9: Grounds for Success | Road Trip

    We examine the fields and careers of forest technology, microcomputer specialist, agricultural technology, environmental horticulture, and diesel technology in this episode of Road Trip. A brainy student decides to give up on winning his dream girl and helps her boyfriend by persuading him to stay in school. Featured schools include Okefenokee Technical College, Southwest Georgia Technical College, and North Metro Technical College. 



    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 10: Give Me Patients | Road Trip

    We take an inside look at the fields and careers of electronics technology, occupational therapy, emergency medical technician, cosmetology, dental assistant, and construction in this installment of Road Trip. Two girls apply for an entry-level job at a hospital whose strict policy requires employees to have a high school diploma or GED. Featured schools include Northwestern Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, and Gwinnett Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 11: All That Matters | Road Trip

    We take a peek at some of the people and technologies that drive the fields of environmental horticulture, construction, commercial truck driving, welding, and industrial maintenance in this episode of Road Trip. Daniel encounters a female student’s bubbly, self-confident aunt, who insists that since she dropped out as a teen, her niece should consider it, too. Featured schools include: Moultrie Technical College, Sandersville Technical College, and Bainbridge College. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Episode 12: Home Again | Road Trip

    We take an inside peek at the fields of telecommunications technology, recreational vehicle technology, digital video production, and sports and fitness management in our final episode of Road Trip. A teen, overwhelmed by choices, is troubled by what to do after his fast approaching graduation from high school. Featured schools include East Central Technical College and West Georgia Technical College. 

    Grades: 9-12