Grant Brings High School High Tech Program to Flagler Schools

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 2:13pm

Thursday morning, Dr. Susanne Homant, President and CEO of The Able Trust presented the Flagler Education Foundation a check for $22,000. That money will go towards establishing a High School High Tech program at both Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School.

In making the presentation, Dr. Homant says “Our research shows that people with disabilities are at least twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population.” For the past 19 years, the High School High Tech program has provided high school students with disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to technology-related careers. Adds Dr. Homant, “We all want you to have the future of your dreams, to the very top of your ability.”

Dr. Tim King, Director of Exceptional Student Education for Flagler Schools says “We are proud and excited to bring this program to our students with disabilities. We are passionate about ensuring all our students have the same opportunities.”

Joe Rizzo, Executive Director of the Flagler County Education Foundation adds “Flagler Schools is big on developing programs such as our Classroom to Careers initiative that ties what we do in our schools to careers found right here in Flagler County. To be able to help students with disabilities achieve success in high-tech careers is important for all of us.”

Finally, Dr. Kimberli Halliday, who is Flagler Schools’ Transition Coordinator says “This is a great opportunity for our high school students with disabilities enhance their preparedness for a technical workforce.”

At least 15 students will take part in the program. For additional information on the High School High Tech program and The Able Trust, visit www.abletrust.org/youth-programs/florida-high-school-high-tech.