Sarah Wil­liams serves as ap­pren­tice at Cham­ber

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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.”

Agnes Hagn/SJ

Sarah Wil­liams, Rock­mart High School, is part of an ap­pren­tice pro­gram to de­velop a young ca­reer ori­ented work­force in Polk County and Ge­or­gia.

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