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Preparing Tomorrow’s Talent Pipeline

August 22, 2023

As the new school year begins, high school seniors across Florida are planning their next chapter, whether it’s deciding which university to attend, learning how to obtain a certification, or going directly into the workforce. High School High Tech students are making these same decisions as they determine the best path for their future.

The Able Trust High School High Tech (HSHT) program provides students with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs and postsecondary education options that lead to in-demand careers. With 43 sites across Florida, HSHT links youth to a broad range of academic and career development resources and experiences that will help position them for future success.

High School High Tech students are given the opportunity to:

  • Tour local businesses and industries to learn about in-demand careers.
  • Visit colleges and universities to learn about educational opportunities.
  • Develop soft skills important to the workplace including how to communicate effectively, work as a team and think critically to solve problems.

Our goals are to increase the high school graduation rate and postsecondary enrollment rate of students with disabilities and HSHT has successfully reached these goals and helped prepare students for the workforce for more than 25 years.

HSHT is a community-based partnership made up of students, parents and caregivers, businesses, educators and rehabilitation professionals. There are a variety of ways to get involved including:

  • Volunteer to speak to students about the skills that are important to your business.
  • Offer to give students a tour of your business to highlight career opportunities.

To learn more about opportunities in the High School High Tech program in the Tampa area, contact Coleen Agner, HSHT State Director, at [email protected].

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