Pepperell High School’s Students Against Destructive Decision/Teens in Drivers Seat (SADD/TDS) are featured in the National Teens in the Driver Seat newsletter for September for all their work to make our community safer to drive. The article highlights their efforts to plan and conduct the annual Safe Driving Expo for the last nine years, as well as their efforts to have the Floyd County Commission proclaim April 2019 as Teen Safe Driving Month. Throughout the month of April, the Pepperell SADD team partnered with Floyd County Police for educational events throughout the community.
“Partnering with local, traffic-heavy businesses, such as Chick-Fil-A, Rome Braves Minor League Baseball, Kroger, and Walmart, the teens set up tables with information about safe driving. The outreach was a success. Eight teens put in 12 hours of work and spoke with 823 community members on the topics of seat belt use, driving distractions, speeding, nighttime/drowsy driving, and impaired driving. Part of their outreach included a 5-question survey about safe driving knowledge. The team collected 487 surveys, which showed that community members are well-educated about not texting and driving; however, efforts need to continue to focus on the hazards of nighttime/drowsy driving.”
Click here to read the entire article in the TDS Newsletter.
Approximately 800 regional high school students and members of the community had a chance to speak with representatives of Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) industrial programs, employers and former GNTC students about the benefits of learning a skilled trade during Industrial Career Day on Sept. 13. The day was held to expose students to the many possibilities for future employment in the skilled workforce.
Students from Trion High School, the Floyd County College and Career Academy, Rome High School, Chattooga High School, Dalton High School, Sonoraville High School, North Cobb High School, Cedartown High School, Rome Transitional Academy and Phoenix Learning Center, Unity High School, Rockmart High School, LaFayette High School, homeschooled students and more attended the event.
Industrial program directors were on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There were demonstrations, simulators, and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC. Local employers and former students also spoke with participants about the benefits of learning a skilled trade. Featured GNTC industrial programs included Air Conditioning Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Construction Management, Cosmetology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electrical Systems Technology, Horticulture, Industrial Systems Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, Precision Machining and Manufacturing and Welding and Joining Technology.