Over 40 local students to attend High School High Tech Awards today

| May 12, 2016

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VALDOSTA – The annual Awards Luncheon for the Georgia High School High Tech Program (HSHT) is scheduled for May 12 at the Valdosta Hilton Garden Inn, 1702 Gornto Drive, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Janet LaBreck, who is the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Commissioner LaBreck and the RSA provides leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation(VR) and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

The High School High Tech Program is a community based partnership between the Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Inc., the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and local school systems in Berrien, Brooks and Echols Counties. HSHT is a community-based initiative providing high school juniors and seniors who have disabilities a link to academic and career-development experiences enabling them to meet the workforce demands of the 21st century. The initiative provides many transition services for youth with disabilities who are interested in work or post-secondary education. It also sponsors a competition for students to be awarded laptop computers to assist them in post-secondary education or in their employment.

Approximately 42 HSHT students from Berrien, Brooks and Echols County High Schools are expected to attend the luncheon; several of them will give presentations about their experiences in the HSHT program. In addition, several of the students will be awarded laptops computers, which were obtained by joint partnerships with the Georgia Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Inc.

Many local businesses and post-secondary educational institutions, such as Chaparral Boats, Valdosta State University, Valdosta City/Fire/Police Department, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s Distribution Center, Abraham Baldwin Technical College, Easter Seals Southern Georgia, Hester & Morris Orthodontics, Paxen Learning Services, Georgia Department of Labor, Telamon Corporation, Southern Regional Technical College, Wild Adventures, The Home Depot, and many others have assisted in providing numerous activities for students throughout the school year, including career days, industry and post-secondary education tours, soft skills training, and community work adjustment training.

For additional information please contact Mrs. Jessica Carter at 404-809-1111.

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