The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce promotes a variety of initiatives designed to meet the needs of both the workforce and the industry.
QuEST Youth Apprenticeship Program
Quality Education Strategy Team (QuEST) was designed to provide students with a firsthand look at the local workplace. The QuEST Youth Apprenticeship program allows students to participate in structured school and work-based learning that leads to a diploma, post-secondary credentials and a certificate of occupational skills.
Students get the training they need and local businesses reap the rewards of a qualified staff. An average of 800 high school students have been placed in apprentice positions annually in local industries since the program began in 1995.
QuEST student and teacher internships offer a chance to reinforce classroom instruction and build better understanding of workplace requirements.
Career speakers from the local business community speak in schools to help students explore career options.
Job shadowing allows a student or teacher to spend a day on the job gaining firsthand knowledge of career options and workplace requirements.
Partners in Education
Coordinated by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, the Partners in Education collaborative strives to develop a qualified workforce by partnering local schools with businesses in an effort to:
- Increase career awareness
- Increase students' understanding of the free enterprise system
- Provide firsthand experience with models of success
- Provide on-the-job opportunities.
- Increase graduation rates
- Improve grades
The program’s overall goal is to create students who are better qualified to enter the workplace. Every school in Hall County benefits from the 350 plus Gainesville-Hall County businesses who are Partners in Education. Partners in Education Handbook
Find out more by contacting:
Gainesville City School System
Hall County School System
For more information, contact Andi Harmon, Vice President of Edication, at (770) 532-6206 or Email Andi