Twenty-six students from the Jackson County High School High Tech Program participated in a manufacturing institute at the Empower College & Career Center, Jefferson, Georgia. Students participated in a 3-day training by certified trainers and were awarded 3 industry recognized certificates that will assist them with getting employment in the field of manufacturing. The certificates that the students earned were OSHA10, Hands Only CPR/AED and Lean Six Sigma White Belt Training. Students participated in a lean hands-on simulator project and team building exercises. The manufacturing partner for this manufacturing institute was Tim Bennett, Senior Expert-Human Resources with Haering Precision in Lavonia, Georgia. He gave a presentation on employer expectations and employment opportunities at Haering Precision.
This training was sponsored jointly by United Way of NE Georgia and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. Courtney Etheredge with United Way of NE Georgia visited the training and observed the students participating in the hands-on simulator project and hands on CPR/AED training. Students at this training were very interactive.
Greenville High School High Tech students found themselves in "The World of Work "among lions, tigers, bears, and many other exotic animals'" at The Atlanta Zoo. The educational excursion was one that will not be easily forgotten.
Upon their arrival the students were greeted by two of the zoologists, Jess and Lucy who are employees at the zoo. They conduct research and promote educational advancement for the wellbeing or the animals in zoos. They explained that their jobs are rewarding because of their love for animals and very exciting because they get to be a part of something new and different every day.
As the students started the journey through the jungle, they were surprised to learn how many careers it takes to care for just one animal alone. Jess explained that each living species requires different needs to make their life and living habitat conducive and much like what living would be like in the wild. Engineers must study and design living quarters so that the animals will have a sense of home versus confinement. To keep the animals stimulated their surroundings must be altered very often from adding manipulatives to creating games for the animals.
The tour guide shared that the careers at the zoo are endless. Lucy named jobs like maintenance, dieticians, researchers, biologists, store clerks, ticket masters, and construction engineers and artist. She stressed that if a person enjoys being around animals that the lack of formal training or degrees should not hinder you from a career at a zoo. The job ranges start from entry level to executive positions.
She encouraged students to use The Atlanta Zoo Website to research the different careers and the job projections. This field trip was an adventure for All!
Students from Jenkins County High School High Tech program visited the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The facility is a commercial and military-use airport that covers an area of 3,650 acres, with two concrete runways located in Savannah, Georgia.
The tour began in the upper level of the terminal then proceeded to the lower level. The students were able to see the baggage sorting area on the secured side of the terminal, Savannah Square, the tarmac, and the Airport Ticketing Lobby. They also witnessed a demonstration by the Airport Police and explosion specialist canine. The tour provided a close-up look at how Savannah/Hilton Head International operates, as well as useful traveling tips. Tour participants were able to see an airport in action. An overview of employment opportunities with the airport, restaurants, and shops were discussed, including how to complete the employment application.
The Georgia High School High Tech Program coordinated their annual Augusta Area College and Career Fair on November 7th, 2023. Over 200 students from high school high tech programs in Richmond County, Columbia County, Greene County, McDuffie County, Burke County, Jefferson County, Warren County, Taliferro County, Lincoln County and Glascock County participated in the College and Career Fair. Over 35 community partners, post-secondary education sites, and employers participated at this career fair and students had the opportunity to meet with them one on one to discuss employment and post-secondary education options. Phillip Bowman from Textron did a great presentation on employer expectations to the students. The partners stated that the students were very engaged and asked a lot of good questions to assist them with planning their transition after high school.
The fair is designed to give students the opportunity to explore career opportunities, meet prospective employers, and practice engaging in a professional behavior. It is also a valuable experience to assist students with decisions about post-secondary education at the college level or technical school.
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.