The Madison County High School High Tech held its annual kick-off at Shelby’s Restaurant on April 15. The High School High Tech theme was “Student Success through STEMS” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). There were 35 guests in attendance, from members, teachers, friends and parents. Director of Madison County HSHT (High School High Tech), Deborah Simmons, welcomed guests and discussed the achievements of students over the past year, depicted on poster board displays. The dinner invocation was given by High School High Tech student Aubrey Johnson. The guest speaker, Gladney Cherry, ESE Madison County School District, gave a PowerPoint presentation of famous people who had disabilities. Ms. Allison Chase, The Able Trust State Director, discussed High School High Techs within the state of Florida. The evening culminated with HSHT Awards Recognition Program to its HSHT members.
The Florida High School High Tech Program (HSHT) encourages students to explore the STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) — and there is no better time than now to do just that! The National Science Foundation has predicted that by 2021, 80 percent of jobs will require some level of math, science or technology skills. HSHT program coordinators hold high expectations of their students.
The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501(c)(3) public-private partnership foundation established by the Florida Legislature in 1990. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment. Since its establishment, The Able Trust has awarded more than $31 million throughout Florida, enabling approximately 2,000 Florida citizens with disabilities to enter the workforce each year. The Able Trust youth programs provide career development and transition to almost 2,000 students with disabilities annually, helping to reduce the dropout rate and prepare young adults for life beyond high school.