HSHT students from Dublin City, East Laurens, and West Laurens High Schools participated in the summer GROW (Getting Ready for Opportunities in Work) program June 12th through June 16th, 2023, at the Dublin campus of Oconee Fall Line Technical College. This weeklong program provided training to students in five areas, Self-Advocacy, Career Exploration, Workplace Readiness, Counseling on Post-Secondary opportunities, and Work Based Learning experiences. The students toured two employers in the area: YKK AP America and the Carl Vinson Veterans Administration Hospital in Dublin The students learned about Money Management. The students received job readiness, team-building, leadership, self-advocacy, and social media etiquette trainings. The students completed resume writing workshops and received a completed electronic and hard copy of their resume. The students also toured the Dublin campus of Oconee Fall Line Technical College and received information on admissions, financial aid and disability services at this campus. Gift cards incentives were awarded daily for attendance and a chrome book was awarded the last day.
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.