Seventy eight (78) students from Whitfield, Walker, Fannin and Murray counties participated in a College and Career Fair sponsored by the Georgia High School High Tech Program and the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia, on March 12, 2020. This event was funded by the generous support of Operation Round Up administered by the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia.
There were 24 different businesses and post-secondary education institutions represented with over 50 employers and post-secondary staff in attendance. Employers brought “tools of the trade” so that students could have a “hands on” experience and learn about different jobs. For example, Dalton Utilities brought a mock utility pole so that students could gain a clear understanding of the tasks associated with working with a utility company. The Elite Lineman Training Institute also had a representative at the event and had a table near Dalton Utilities. Students were able to learn about the training program offered by Elite Lineman that would give them the qualifications needed to apply for a job with utility companies.
All employers and staff from post-secondary educational institutions were very engaging with students, and these students gained valuable information as they set career goals after graduating from high school.
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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.