Students from across Georgia recently attended the first annual Emmanuel College/Georgia High School High Tech Agriculture Camp. The camp was held the week of July 16-20 on the campus of Emmanuel College along with tour stops across Northeast Georgia. The purpose of the camp was to introduce 11th and 12 grade students to careers in Agriculture, college life and after school opportunities.
The Agriculture Camp was sponsored by the Georgia High School High Tech Program and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency along with support from Senators Frank Ginn and John Wilkinson. Campers stayed in the dorm and attended informational sessions each day along with leadership activities and games. Kaitlyn Marchant, Morgan County Agriculture Instructor; Karen Royston, Executive Director for Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities; Mallory Peek, High School High Tech Facilitator; and Owen Thomason, Agriculture Department Head at Emmanuel College, conducted the camp.
The students visited several agriculture related sites in the Northeast Georgia area including: Jaemor Farms, Franklin County Livestock Sales, Stone Creek Hydroponics, King Farms, Jan and Zen Farm, Royston Animal Hospital, Mountain Fresh Creamery and Glo-Crest Dairy. At each site the students learned more about the agricultural industry while getting hands on experience in careers. Dr. Jonathan Howell, Assistant Professor at Emmanuel College also led the students in an agriscience research project during the camp.
Students attending the camp this year were from: Valdosta High School, Elbert County Comprehensive High School, West Laurens High School and Westover High School in Dougherty County.
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.