FORSYTH COUNTY -- Three positions were created in the Forsyth County Schools workforce development department to expand career-oriented opportunities offered to high school students going through career pathways.
The web-based learning coordinators will begin working with all five traditional high schools in the county this fall to help grow internship and job shadowing experiences for students.
“They will also assist my office with business development and local community investment in career and technical education programs,” said Valery Lowe, director of workforce development for the school system.
They will also work in classrooms with students on business ethics and employability skills, Lowe said.
“Forsyth County has never had standalone coordinators for these efforts,” she said. “Those duties have traditionally been managed by classroom teachers who also have coordinated student internships in addition to their daily teaching schedule.
“By having this team serve the entire county, they can focus on these efforts 100 percent of their time and also make solid foundations for classroom speakers and other involvement.”
Two of the new system-wide coordinators came from being DECA advisors at high schools in Forsyth.
Emily Henderson has served as the marketing teacher, work-based learning coordinator and DECA — an international marketing club — advisor at Forsyth Central High school for the past five years.
She also has experience in the insurance and textbook industries.
Henderson began her career in education as a marketing teacher in Paulding County before coming to Forsyth County Schools.
Debra Moore has served as an educator in Forsyth County for the past 23 years. During this time, she has been the marketing teacher and DECA advisor at Central and South Forsyth high schools.
She has also served as a work-based learning coordinator at the school level for 22 years.
Moore participated in the work-based learning program when she attended what used to be called Forsyth County High School, which she said led to her career choice.
The third coordinator, Ann Williams, began her career teaching English in Birmingham, Ala., before coming to Forsyth County to teach English and later serve as a work-based learning and youth apprenticeship coordinator.
She has experience in business and industry, participated in FBLA competition judging and worked with the National Technical Honor Society and Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.
“The purpose of career development in Forsyth County is to provide an ongoing partnership between education and business/industry to prepare the students of Forsyth County Schools with the skills necessary to meet world-class standards, successfully continue life-long learning and enter the marketplace as productive citizens,” Lowe said.
“By having these positions in place, classroom teachers are able to assist the coordinators in placing students into job shadowing or internship opportunities that complement their career pathway, like culinary arts, marketing, engineering, etc.”