Students from Bulloch County (Bulloch Co HS and Portal HS) HSHT program attended tours at the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and Bulloch County Corrections Facility. At the Sheriff’s Office students learned about all the positions within the Sheriff’s Dept. Officers met the students in the court and spoke to them about their experiences from first joining the force as junior officers and how they each branched off into their chosen specialty areas. The officers shared entry level qualification, salaries, and potential for growth. The canine unit shared how they work and depend on their animals to assist them in apprehending suspects. The tour ended with an overview of the administrative and maintenance offices, with explanation of qualifications for several of the positions.
Following the Sheriff’s Office tours, students were led to the Corrections Facility. We were greeted by the Warden and several other senior staff members. Each shared their career paths, why they joined corrections, and qualifications needed as they continued to advance up the ranks in corrections. The Warden also shared what he’s looking for in new staff members. A current inmate encouraged the students to stay in school, and to make smart decisions about their futures so that they don’t find themselves in similar situations.
During both tours the students asked engaging questions that would help them determine if this would be the right career path for them to take.
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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.