Jones County High School High Tech students participated in “The Essentials of Responsible Social Media Use” training conducted by Professor Antre’ Drummer. Students were educated on how to properly present themselves on social media to avoid unfavorable responses during the college application and hiring process. Professor Drummer informed students of the negative consequences of posting inappropriate pictures and language. Participants obtained information on updating privacy setting to protect their privacy, responding to cyberbullying, and utilizing professional social media platforms for post-secondary education and employment networking.
Students from the Augusta area High School High Tech (HSHT) program participated in a training event at the Maxwell Theater on the Augusta University campus. Students in the HSHT program from Richmond, Columbia, Burke, Warren, and Green County High Schools participated in the training. The training event provided two trainings: Overview of Job Readiness by Professor Antre¢ Drummer, and Self-Advocacy My Voice by Eddie Slowikowski. Professor Drummer presented information to students on how to prepare and dress for an interview, answer interviews questions appropriately, how to develop a professional reputation once hires, and how to communicate correct while at work. Mr. Slowikowski spoke to students about identifying their needs and creating a model for success which included self-determination, motivation, goal setting, problem solving, and decision making. The students were provided steps on how to reach successful outcomes in their futures. There were approximately 100 students that attended the training event. They were all very engaged and enjoyed all aspects of the event.
HSHT Newton County Manufacturing Institute, October 20 - October 22, 2022
Newton County High School High Tech students participated in a Manufacturing Institute that was located at the Newton College and Career Academy. The Manufacturing Institute is a 3-day training where students earn 3 certifications in OSHA-10, Lean Six Sigma White Belt, and Hands-Only CPR training. This Manufacturing Institute was partnered with the Walton EMC. HSHT trainer Vernon Atkinson provided the training and certification for these students. The students were from Alcovy, Eastside, Newton County High Schools and Newton College and Career Academy. Twenty-six students participated in the training and 23 of them received all 3 certifications. The other 3 students were present to complete one of the certifications. An employer presentation was given by Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop. This is a 40-foot rig that showcases numerous technical professions through gamified simulators. This simulation allows students to see what it’s like to assemble a PVC pipe, bind metal through a virtual welding experience, and test hand-eye coordination. All students were very excited to complete and receive their certifications for finishing the Manufacturing Institute.
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.