FLATE partners with the Able Trust High School High Tech for Student Summer Activities

During recent years, FLATE has partnered with the Able Trust High School High Tech (HSHT). This program is designed to provide high school students with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to technology- related careers. HSHT links youth 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.
HSHT is a community-based partnership made up of students, parents and caregivers, businesses, educators and rehabilitation professionals. It has been shown to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase the overall self-esteem of participating students.  

This summer, FLATE hosted two Hillsborough County HSHT students as interns working with our summer camp instructors as camp teaching aids. They were a great help for the camp instructors helping to set up the camp room and robots, working with the camper student teams, and helping to keep order during all camp sessions. You can read their comments and feedback from the experience in this month’s story about the FLATE summer camps.  Elizabeth Simpson, Summer Camp coordinator said “the HSHT interns were invaluable and added to this summer’s success.

FLATE also helped the HSHT group from the Arc in Jacksonville during their summer trip to the Tampa Bay area.  In a whirlwind 3 days, the group, under the program coordinator, Sara Clifton, visited MOSI, the Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, and USF St. Pete.  FLATE set up a visit and tour to the highly automated Valpak Manufacturing facility in Pinellas County.  Sara said that “facility really appealed to my students that are more mechanically inclined, which is most of my boys anyways. It was a really great tour! Thank you so much!”  We hope the HSHT student groups around Florida will participate in MFG DAY tours this year visiting manufacturing facilities around the state.
You can find information about the Able Trust’s HSHT program on their website. 

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