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Abi Halls

Abi Halls, a 2020 graduate of Woodstock High School, is a quoting technician intern with Roytec Industries, a position she started as a senior in high school through the WorkBased Learning program. Abi completed the engineering pathway and continues to use the skills she learned through CTAE, such as reading and interpreting technical drawings, OSHA 10 guidelines, and how to be a professional. The Work-Based Learning program and internship opportunity in high school continues to benefit Abi, as she is still employed with Roytec Industries. Abi is also a current student at the University of Georgia.

“Going into the internship, I had no experience at all. A lot of skills that I learned in the engineering pathway were very useful at work. Practicing soft skills in the classroom was the most helpful skill I was able to take into the workplace because it prepared me for how to act and communicate professionally with others.”

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Nick Martin

Nick Martin graduated from East Hall High School in 1999 and has been with Georgia Power since his high school days. Nick is currently a distribution manager with Georgia Power. Through the Work-Based Learning program, Nick was one of four students selected from Hall County to participate in the apprenticeship program at Georgia Power. Through this program, he learned about various opportunities within the company. Nick believes his time as an apprentice with Georgia Power helped him prepare for entering the workforce in multiple ways, including interviewing skills, pre-employment testing, and how to build a strong resume

“Taking time to explore and research different career paths allowed me to choose a path of success. I did not know exactly what I wanted to do after high school, but this opportunity allowed me to gain experience that would help me decide.”

 

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Alexius Davis

Alexius Davis is a 2014 graduate of Worth County High School, where she now works as a mathematics teacher. Alexius was involved in CTAE in several ways. She completed the nursing pathway and received her Certified Nursing Assistant license, participated in the early childhood education pathway, and interned with the Worth County Chamber of Commerce through the Work-Based Learning program. Through her involvement, Alexius was able to discover that teaching was her passion and she wanted to return to her hometown after receiving her master’s degree (in secondary education) to make an impact on the future of the community.

“I worked at the Chamber of Commerce under the Work-Based Learning program. I enjoyed learning about my community and the people in it. It allowed me to see how great our community is and how much of an impact I can make in the future. This was one of the reasons why I made the choice to come back to my hometown to teach after receiving my degree.”

 

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Nathan Faircloth

Nathan Faircloth is a drafting and design pathway completer and has been interning with Studio 8 Design, LLC for nearly two years. Nathan plans to major in architecture at Georgia Tech. Thanks to the CTAE department at Lowndes High School, he has been able to work in this field as an intern and gain valuable real-world experience. While at Studio 8 Design, Nathan has picked up many employability skills such as meeting deadlines and collaborating with a team as well as learning specialized software used by architecture firms to maximize efficiency. Nathan graduated in May 2021.

“Because of the Work-Based Learning program, I will have two years’ experience before stepping foot onto a college campus. The CTAE pathway enabled me to acquire a certain set of skills I now use everyday on the job. Not only have I gained work experience, I’ve gained an insight into the field of architecture. I have grown professional connections as well as been able to fine-tune skills I learned in the CTAE courses.”