The Georgia High School High Tech Program coordinated their annual NW College and Career Fair on February 28, 2023, at the Dalton Convention Center. There were 294 students and 37 teachers from Whitfield, Catoosa, Murray and Walker county school systems in NW Georgia that attended and met with 35 employers, post-secondary sites and community partners. Students meet with the partners one-on-one to discuss opportunities available after graduation from high school. A few of the vendors brought eye-catching props and conversation starters for the students. One of the biggest hits of the day was Pilgrim’s Pride and their baby chicks for the students to hold. Lodge Cast Iron brought materials necessary to demonstrate how cast iron pots are made.
The fair was designed to give students the opportunity to explore career opportunities, meet prospective employers, and practice engaging in professional behavior. It was also valuable to students with post-secondary decisions at the college level or technical school level. After the College and Career Fair, everyone enjoyed lunch at various restaurants across Whitfield County.
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.