High School High Tech

High School High Tech (HSHT) is designed to provide high school students with all types of disabilities between the ages for 14-22 the opportunity to explore jobs or post-secondary education leading to technology-related careers. HSHT links youth from Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties to a broad range of academic, career development and experiential resources and experiences that will enable them to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. Activities include career workshops, industry and campus tours, summer internships, and community service projects.

 “HSHT helps prevent students from falling through the cracks because they do not have access to additional services or support they may need to plan for life after high school,” says Holly Bernardo, Ability1st Assistant Director. “It serves as a bridge between high school and post-secondary education for students with disabilities.”

Students who participate in HSHT achieve a 99 percent graduation rate annually. This is twice the graduation rate of all other students with disabilities in the state of Florida.

To learn more about High School High Tech, visit our profile of Zachary Staubitz.

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Ability1st, the Center for Independent Living of North Florida, is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides services to persons with varying disabilities. Ability1st serves Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties.