Juniors and seniors from the Polk County College & Career Academy at both Rockmart and Cedartown campuses recently participated in a local industry tour at Gildan Yarns, Inc in Cedartown, Georgia to show the importance of manufacturing in NW Georgia. Few students are aware of the many career opportunities available to them locally such as higher paying entry level jobs, jobs in maintenance and logistics, accounting and also administrative and management positions. Students were shown beginning to end processes for yarn used in Gildan shirts and other clothing products, Gold Toe socks, and Under Armour products.
Students also toured Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome Campus where they had the opportunity to see in person and inquire about the many technical programs offered only a short drive from Cedartown at low or no cost to those who qualify for the HOPE & HOPE Career Grant. Some classrooms and labs visited were Healthcare, Precision Machining, Electrical Technology, Automotive and Welding.
For the third year, the Bank of America Foundation generously provided funding to Goodwill to allow for youth to explore career options via internship programs. From July to December 2019, the teams at eight Goodwill career centers supervised the 68 youth who participated. A total of 10,364 hours were worked.
Goodwill’s Oakwood Career Center has had a long-standing relationship with the Lanier College Career Academy (LCCA). In 2019, the Oakwood Career Center placed eight interns, who worked a total of 1200 hours. Six of these interns were LCCA students.
C3 Navigator Sherry Burns, who was responsible for identifying youth who might be interested in the many opportunities that the grant offered, was excited to learn of the potential for students being able to participate in internships while in school. She shares, “When I read the grant, I immediately thought of students at LCCA, as they could really benefit from earning money while keeping their focus on their academics. The grant’s scope in enabling these young people to begin the realization of their dreams was phenomenal and I know that the students’ lives have been positively impacted because of this experience.”
Surveys of LCCA students have revealed that the ability to work on campus is very important due to transportation issues. As LCCA Executive Director Rhonda Samples shared, the internship opportunities provided by BOA’s generosity are a blessing for these students, many of who are from families that are struggling to get by.
LCCA’s student-based enterprises provide job skills, including critical soft skills, and career exploration. Students learn what types of jobs will be good fits for their interests and personalities. The work experience can provide a career jump start, and the valuable ability to explore alternatives.
Covington Fire Chief Jeremy Holmes contacted the NCSS in April of 2019 about creating a partnership in order to start a fire cadet program. Chief Holmes sent employees to Texas during the summer of 2019 to be trained on the curriculum for the fire cadet program. Students from Alcovy, NCCA and Newton High School began interning as fire cadets in August, 2019. During the program, students will learn about emergency services, CPR, fire safety and much more. Students may be eligible to take the EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) certification upon completion of the internship.
CHS hosts a business industry panel to inform students of job opportunities in Cairo
Wednesday, February 12th \"Work is Tough and Rewarding - Wear Flannel and Boots Day\" CHS hosted a business industry panel with representatives from five businesses, including JTEKT/Koyo, Wal-Mart, Grady EMC, A. West Enterprises and Performance Foodservices (PFG). Representatives from each business spoke to the 10th, 11th and 12th graders about their businesses, necessary skill sets for employees and job opportunities.
Today (Monday, March 11) Our Rome/Floyd County Fire Department interns were able to observe and learn through a controlled burn experience. They were able to see the training and get explanation and instruction from the fire training staff. This was an invaluable learning experience for the interns that could help shape their future. Students pictured are Zeh Philyaw (Coosa), Brody Pace (Model), Branson Smith, Ridge Carden, Ethan Sharpe, Jack Bennett (Pepperell). Student interns unable to attend the event are Brandon Coreya and Damon Davis (Armuchee)
The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are high school seniors, K-12 professionals, postsecondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all. The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success.
ACT State Councils-comprised of education and workforce professionals from all 50 states-serve as the selection committee and select one Champion per category for each participating state.
Kathy and Kevin Lindberg of Wilco Printing & Signs, received the ACT Workforce Champion Award for their 5-year partnership with the Jackson County Schools Work Based Learning program. Their dedication to developing the youth of Jackson County with work ready skills has positively impacted their company and lead students to finding their own workplace success. The Lindbergs were nominated by Laura Boswell, Jackson County Schools Work Based Learning Coordinator.
Featured L to R: Laura Boswell, Kathy & Kevin Lindberg.