The High School High Tech Students at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School spent an interesting afternoon with community employers and business leaders from Gulf County at a Career Fair this past week

The High School High Tech Students at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School spent an interesting afternoon with community employers and business leaders from Gulf County at a Career Fair this past week. One of the aspects of the HSHT program is to expose students to different career opportunities that are available and what education or training it takes for each. Each student had the opportunity to sit down one on one with a variety of employers for this learning experience. Heather Gainous, HSHT Program Director, organized the event.

Superintendent Jim Norton opened the program.

Susan Machemer, Jimmy Alford and Leonard Bailey from FairPoint Communications talked to them about the over 50 jobs that FairPoint has right here in Port St. Joe.

Dylan Shoemaker from The Buffer Preserve exposed them to the variety of jobs there and what actually goes on in the environmentally related fields.

Stacey Price, and Kristi Dorman from Capital City Bank worked with them on the many levels of employment opportunities in banking.

Roni Coppock from the Chamber of Commerce let them know what was happening to increase career opportunities in Gulf County.

Dennis Barfield from Gulf County IT talked about careers in the computer industry and the growing opportunities there.

Kimberly Wagner and Shelly Cannon from Sacred Heart worked with them on volunteering opportunities to be exposed to the variety of health-related job options.

Debbie Hooper showed off the variety of her work and talked about opportunities in the field of photography.

Melody Townsend from the Gulf County Humane Society talked with them about the levels of jobs available, including volunteering, to work with animals. Each student had questions for the presenters and came away awed at the number of opportunities and the type of training that is needed for the many options they have for future careers.

We are so appreciative that these employers and business leaders took time from their busy schedules to spend the afternoon with our students.

The High School High Tech Program in Port St. Joe is run by Dyslexia Research Institute (Patricia Hardman) and is partially funded by The ABLE Trust and Florida Vocational Rehabilitation.

Joseph D'Souza from the ABLE Trust in Tallahassee also visited and spoke at the Career Fair. This and more will be going on throughout the year to help the students learn how to be good employees and be exposed to many career options. As they go through the year and gain “points” for their community volunteering and participation, they gain the skills and the opportunity to participate in paid summer internships.

If you would like to become involved in the HSHT program as a mentor or potential summer employer, please contact Dr. Pat or Heather Gainous at 229-7799.