Students from Quitman County High School participated in 2 tours. The first one was the Tyson plant located in Eufaula. The plant manager, Shawn Goodson met with the students. We went to the conference room where we saw a presentation about statistics for Tyson and their expectations for employees. One statistic he gave was that Tyson produces enough nuggets for 8 million kids’ meals per day.Mr. Goodson told the students how he started his career right out of High School working on the line and worked his way up. He stated that Tyson rewards someone who does their job well and is always trying to improve. We went into the plant where students observed how chicken nuggets are made. It was very clean and cold. The workers wore long white coats and all hair was covered.
Students then went to Wallace Community College. Students were greeted by Ms. Mary Wiggins, Recruiter. We toured the various administrative offices of the campus as well as academic and technical programs. We saw the Criminal Justice program, Welding, Cosmetology and HVAC. The students learned that they could receive a certificate in 6 months, certification in 1 year or an Associates degree in 2 years. We also learned that any associates degree would transfer to any 4 year college.
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.