In January 2016 Berrien, Brooks & Echols County High Schools collaborated, participated & hosted a Career Fair that was facilitated by the Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, Jessica Carter and HSHT Coordinator Carmen Cates. This enabled the students participating in the Georgia High School High Tech Program as well as the Coordinators to learn more about the different jobs and opportunities available in their area as well as teaching the students what goes along with attending Job Fairs and applying for employment. This also assisted with forming relationships in order to develop job shadowing, internships & mentoring program opportunities for the students with the different vendors and community partners in order to assist with job experiences. The students also had the opportunity to hear directly from an employer’s perspective on employment. April Stokes, from Lowes Distribution Center, provided the students with information on expectations that employers have when interviewing, work ethics, behavior, attendance, probationary periods, getting terminated & re-applying for employment etc. The students were also able to communicate with the vendors and get information on learning what is needed for applying for successful competitive employment.
High School High Tech students from Franklin and Hart County schools toured McLane Trucking and Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia. The students were given a tour of McLane Trucking and shown all aspects of the business. The students were given a lot of information about careers at this site and qualifications for these careers. The students were very engaged and asked a lot of good questions about job opportunities at this location. The students then toured Athens Technical College where they were given a presentation on admissions and financial aid. They were then given a tour of the campus and all the areas of study that are available at this campus. The students have very positive comments about both of these tours.
Students with the Newton County High School High Tech Program toured the KIA plant in LaGrange, Georgia. The students were given a tour of the plant and given information on job opportunities available at this site. HSHT assists with providing industry tours so students can get information on career opportunities at these sites to assist them with making plans for after graduation.
The Georgia High School High Tech Program is a comprehensive community-based program providing youth with disabilities a link to academic and career-development experiences that enable them to successfully meet the workforce demands of the 21st century.