High School High Tech students from Richmond Hill and Claxton High Schools participated in a tour at JCB North America. Students received a presentation of the company and spoke with the CEO and the human resources department. They also learned the benefits of JCB’s apprenticeship program. Students toured the plant and were provided information on their manufacturing processes. Students gained information about employment opportunities at the JCB North America location.
Dade County High School High Tech students toured the Lodge Cast Iron Manufacturing Plant in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Students observed first-hand various manufacturing jobs involved in producing a diverse line of cast iron cookware. They use an age-old process called sand molding during which a proprietary mix of molten pig iron, steel and other ingredients are poured into molds made of sand. The students observed an area of the plant where iron is melted at extremely high temperatures for reshaping. Career opportunities at this location were discussed with the students.
Students from Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, and Pickens counties participated in the HSHT Northwest College and Career Fair. The Northwest College and Career Fair took place at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, GA on March 8, 2022. There were approximately 156 students in attendance. There were 33 employers and post-secondary institutions present. Some of the employers and post-secondary institutions that attended were the Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Amazon, Kroger, Lodge Cast Iron, Chick-Fil-A, Chattanooga Airport, Department of Natural Resources, Dalton Fire and Police Departments, Dalton State College, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The Dalton Chamber of Commerce spoke on the importance of soft skills when seeking employment. Many employers brought tools of their trade so that students could have a “hands on” experience while learning about different jobs. Teachers, students, employers, and post-secondary educators were very positive, and all felt that this event was very beneficial to all attending.
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.