Cherokee County School District school counselors recently learned more about career options for students through a collaboration with local businesses and industries.
The Summer Externship program gave the counselors the opportunity earlier this month to visit employers including Arrow Exterminators, Astra Group Construction, Killian Automotive, Northside Hospital Cherokee (Batson Cook Construction), R&D Mechanical Services, Roytech Industries and Universal Alloy Corporation.
Dr. Rouel C. Belleza, Supervisor of CCSD’s Student Services department, coordinated the visits with the Cherokee County Office of Economic Development, which partnered with the School District on the program supported by the Georgia Department of Education.
“The intent of the externship was to further expose industry and skill labor opportunities as viable career fields for the present and future students of Cherokee County,” Dr. Belleza said, noting Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower encouraged Student Services to develop such an event.
Presentations and experiences during the site visits, Dr. Belleza said, were designed to assist school counselors in “drawing relevant connections” as they guide students through options such as internships, apprenticeships and career opportunities.