Seventy eight (78) students from Whitfield, Walker, Fannin and Murray counties participated in a College and Career Fair sponsored by the Georgia High School High Tech Program and the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia, on March 12, 2020. This event was funded by the generous support of Operation Round Up administered by the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia.
There were 24 different businesses and post-secondary education institutions represented with over 50 employers and post-secondary staff in attendance. Employers brought “tools of the trade” so that students could have a “hands on” experience and learn about different jobs. For example, Dalton Utilities brought a mock utility pole so that students could gain a clear understanding of the tasks associated with working with a utility company. The Elite Lineman Training Institute also had a representative at the event and had a table near Dalton Utilities. Students were able to learn about the training program offered by Elite Lineman that would give them the qualifications needed to apply for a job with utility companies.
All employers and staff from post-secondary educational institutions were very engaging with students, and these students gained valuable information as they set career goals after graduating from high school.
Crisp County High School students attended a tour of the main campus at ABAC in Tifton. The students watched a video with information about the college. The information included the history of the college and degrees that can be obtained, including the prerequisites for medical school and various biology and agricultural degrees. Students learned about the cost of attendance and various scholarships and grants available to them. They were also told about tutoring that is available to them while they are students at ABAC. This tutoring is free to students and available throughout the year. The students were taken on a tour of the campus. They toured academic buildings, a chapel, medical clinic, theatre, and the college dormitories. The students had the opportunity to speak to current college students about academics and club organizations.
Taliaferro County High School HSHT students had the opportunity to tour Oconee Fall Line Technical College on March 4, 2020. They were welcomed to the college by Pamela Dunn, Director of Admissions. Mrs. Dunn gave a brief description of the tour before starting.
The students were able to visit several departments (programs) in the college: Computer, Cosmetology, Healthcare, Industrial, Mechanical, and Welding. A spokesperson was available to explain their program in each area. They were also able to visit the Test Center where someone spoke with them about all the tests the college is able to administer. The Disabilities Coordinator gave the students details on how they must access the Disabilities Office on their own when they start college. She also explained the difference in high school accommodations and college accommodations.
The Oconee Fall Line Technical College tour was exciting, detailed, and informative. The instructors were very welcoming and willing to answer every question. It is a great campus.
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.