Fourteen students enrolled in the High School High Tech Program from Jones County High School participated in a 3-day manufacturing institute in October. Instructor Ray James delivered the training in an interactive format and the students were very engaged. There was a hands-on simulation that the students participated in as teams. Trey Wagers from Vulcan Materials, the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, presented an overview of the manufacturer and discussed future employment opportunities with the students. All the students who attended this training (100%) received 3 manufacturing accepted certifications: OSHA 10, Lean Six Sigma White Belt and Hands-On CPR. These certifications will assist these students with obtaining employment in the manufacturing industry after their graduation from high school.
Students from Crisp, Greenville and Marion High School visited Fort Valley State University (FVSU). Students were amazed at the various programs of study that are available at FVSU and the size of the campus. Students thoroughly enjoyed touring the animal processing center and were astonished at the level of cleanliness and safety displayed. Students found out "where burgers really come from". They witnessed how soap is made and experienced eating ice cream made from goat milk. Students liked the various choices of food and the level of freedom they observed students having on 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.