High School Students Learn about College and Career Opportunities

High School Students Learn about College and Career Opportunities

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Fitzgerald, GA – Students from Fitzgerald High School, Irwin County High School, Atkinson County Middle School, Coffee Middle School, and Wiregrass’ Adult Education classes visited the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to learn about careers and programs. There were 30 fun, interactive activities for the students to engage in to learn about the programs, as well as possible careers in related fields.

The activities were designed to share about the programs and hopefully spark an interest for a future career. The activities ranged from Practical Nursing’s “Mannequin Sims” where the mannequins, with the lung and heart sounds, simulated pre-programed disorders for the students to hear, to watching Livearc welding demos from students and the instructor of the Welding program. “This is a fun day where students are able to interact with our instructors and students, ask questions, and learn something new about a possible future career as well as our programs,” shared Brooke Jaramillo, Executive Director of High School Services.

Local businesses also participated in the activities of the day. The businesses were: The Irwin County Sheriff’s Department, Fitzgerald Fire Department, Lasseter Implement John Deere, Irwin County EMS, Communities in Schools, Dorminy Medical Center, Fitzgerald Ford and Lincoln, Fitzgerald Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and MDI. They shared about the education path needed to obtain a job in their fields.

The students completed bingo cards as they moved through each activity, turning in their completed cards at the end of the day for a t-shirt. Sponsors of the event were: Wiregrass Foundation North, and Wiregrass Foundation South.

High School students may enroll for Dual Enrollment classes during Wiregrass’ Summer Express Semester. Classes begin May 29 and will end July 24. This allows students to get ahead and take core classes in a shortened semester during their summer break. All tuition, fees, and books are at no cost to the students. For more information, please contact Lisa Helms, High School Coordinator at 229-468-2049, or email her at lisa.helms@wiregrass.edu or visit wiregrass.edu.

Taylor Brantley, nursing studen helping one of the high school students

Taylor Brantley, a Wiregrass Practical Nursing student from Ocilla is helping one of the high school students figure out what is going on with the patient in the Mannequin Sim activity at Get Wired.