Caleb Elliott will graduate in May 2022 from Haralson County High School, where he was involved in the automotive technology pathway and the manufacturing pathway. Not only has Caleb gained valuable knowledge through CTAE courses, but he has successfully secured employment post-graduation at his work-based learning site, Southwire. Since 2007, the Carroll County School System and Southwire have partnered for the 12 to Life program, which combines classroom instruction with hand-on job training on-site. Caleb participated in 12 for Life until it was halted by COVID-19, when he was forced to turn to alternative training to continue building his manufacturing skills. He obtained a Certified Manufacturing Associate credential, completed OSHA 10 training, and enrolled in West Georgia Technical College to obtain a forklift certificate. Caleb plans to continue working for Southwire as part of their Safety Management Team while attending West Georgia Tech to obtain a maintenance degree.
“The program has helped me prepare for future career success by allowing me to be fully employed and understand what is expected of me as an employee, but also by providing me opportunities to obtain additional certifications that will set me apart from others. I have obtained soft skills, manufacturing skills, and leadership skills that I had never imagined I would be able to acquire as a part of this program.”