Sarah Williams serves as apprentice at Chamber
Silence reigns in the Rockmart office of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce until a soft voice calls out a friendly greeting.
Sarah Williams, a senior at Rockmart High School (RHS), has arrived. She is part of Georgia’s focus on the future through an apprentice work based learning program.
The program – a partnership between Polk School District and the Chamber of Commerce – is designed to assist in providing a highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented young work force. This is accomplished by developing partnerships between business, industry, students, parents and school systems.
Work-Based Learning is described as one that results from work experience to increase the knowledge and skills of the student. It is supplement with instruction and activities that apply, reinforce, refine or extend the learning that occurs during work, so that learners develop attitudes, knowledge, skills and habits. Students continue with course work related to a selected career path.
“Sarah will be working on our social media and website as part of her learning experience,” said Tamaka Hudson, executive director of the Polk Chamber.
This will include updates and input of current or new information dealing with a variety of subjects such as tourism.
“I am surprised there is so much to learn about this organization,” Williams said. “Staff are more involved in community events and activities than I realized.”
She said she has been given a great opportunity to add to her knowledge about Rockmart and Polk County.
Williams is a member of the RHS band, drama club and Future Farmers of America.
“I am fond of animals,” she said. “I have two dogs, Lola and Katie and a cuddly bunny rabbit.”
Daughter of David and Deanna Williams, Sarah hopes to become an engineer and is currently considering the University of Georgia and Auburn. Although she has made no decision, Sarah admits she has visited several college campuses.
Meanwhile, she is busy learning skills that will help her achieve future career goals.
“Everyone has been so nice and helpful,” she said. “I am very happy here and I continue to learn new things each afternoon.”
Sarah Williams, Rockmart High School, is part of an apprentice program to develop a young career oriented workforce in Polk County and Georgia.