Muscogee County High School High Tech (HSHT) students from Northside, Shaw, Jordan, Kendrick and Early College attended a tour at Columbus State University on October 24, 2013. Approximately 80 students from the Muscogee County HSHT Program attended the Columbus State University Tour and were provided information on admissions, disability services and toured the campus. A former HSHT student that is attending Columbus State University spoke to the students on college life and navigating through it all while working with your disability. The students also toured the Freedom Riders Exhibit in the library and participated in Wheelchair Basketball. Paula Dukes with the Muscogee County School system and staff from Columbus State University organized the tour. Teachers from all the schools and Shannon Barnhill, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, attended the tour with the students. The students enjoyed the tour and received pertinent information on attending post-secondary education at Columbus State University.
The Augusta Area High School High Tech Program (HSHT) hosted a College Fair and Resource Day on October 29, 2013 for students in the Augusta HSHT program. Staff from post-secondary education sites, local employers, armed forces, and community partners were invited to set up informational booths to meet with the HSHT students to discuss opportunities for students after graduation from high school. Approximately 200 students from 17 high schools in Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Richmond and Wilkes counties attended the Augusta Area High School High Tech College Fair and Resource Day on October 29th, 2013. Four students were awarded computers funded by a partnership with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah Area.
Staff from the Augusta office of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency listed below coordinated this event: Charlotte Young, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Sandra Owens, Rehabilitation Assistant. Karen Royston, Executive Director for the Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Inc. assisted and attended the event.
Rabun County High School High Tech Workshop
The students participating in the HSHT Program at Rabun County High School met on October 29, 2013. VR Counselor Beth Williams, VR Job Readiness Specialist, Sherrie Couch, and Rabun County HSHT coordinator, Angela Luke, participated in a workshop on GCIS. The students were assisted through the Reality Check portion of the GCIS program and the scholarship search section of the program. At the end of the workshop, the students were comfortable using the GCIS program independently to proceed with further searches for scholarships and locating information about colleges in the state.
High School High Tech students from Alcovy, Eastside, Newton Career Academy, and Newton High School attended a tour at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta on October 30, 2013. Approximately 30 students from Newton County attended the CDC tour and were provided information about the CDC, a presentation on career opportunities, a tour of the CDC site, and a self-guided tour of the CDC museum. Staff from the CDC organized the visit and made the presentations to the students. The Executive Director of the Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Inc., Karen Royston, the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Alice Gardner, and Newton County HSHT Site liaisons, Alisa Echols, Chris Newsham, Tyshema Mitchell and Loineda Dean assisted with coordinating the tour and attended the tour with the students. The students enjoyed the tour and received pertinent information on career opportunities at the CDC.
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.