In January 2016 Berrien, Brooks & Echols County High Schools collaborated, participated & hosted a Career Fair that was facilitated by the Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, Jessica Carter and HSHT Coordinator Carmen Cates. This enabled the students participating in the Georgia High School High Tech Program as well as the Coordinators to learn more about the different jobs and opportunities available in their area as well as teaching the students what goes along with attending Job Fairs and applying for employment. This also assisted with forming relationships in order to develop job shadowing, internships & mentoring program opportunities for the students with the different vendors and community partners in order to assist with job experiences. The students also had the opportunity to hear directly from an employer’s perspective on employment. April Stokes, from Lowes Distribution Center, provided the students with information on expectations that employers have when interviewing, work ethics, behavior, attendance, probationary periods, getting terminated & re-applying for employment etc. The students were also able to communicate with the vendors and get information on learning what is needed for applying for successful competitive employment.
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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.