By: Edward Gresham, CAP Coordinator
In my role as Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP) coordinator, my job is to look for ways for participants to be exposed to resources and high wage earning career paths. When considering opportunities, I recalled attending school at Savannah Tech and learning about the many possibilities offered there. In fact, that experience led me to start my own company in the construction field. This was something that I believed would be of value to the CAP class.
CAP has always had a strong relationship with Savannah Technical College, partnering for forklift safety training and other hard skills training as well as ensuring that participants are able to enroll easily in educational opportunities. However, we noticed that many were still limited on exactly how many doors the college could open for them. So we scheduled a tour of Savannah Technical College to open our participant’s eyes to the resources and career paths available there.
The visit to Savannah Tech began with an orientation where participants received valuable information about admissions, readmissions, financial aid, transferring credits, and other administrative processes. They also provided a brief overview of the programs offered at the college.
Following the orientation, we toured the campus. Our participants had the opportunity to visit the paramedic facility – complete with an ambulance and everything you need to become a certified paramedic. We ventured into the dental hygienist facility where we learned about the history of the program and viewed the clinical space where students perform dental work at a reduced cost to the community.
We toured the industrial technology facility where participants gained knowledge about the various HVAC, electrical, carpentry, construction, drafting, and solar programs the college provides. Lastly, we made our way to the paint and auto body repair facility where class participants gained knowledge about the industry and the state of the art tools the program has to keep its students at the cutting edge of their field.
It was an amazing experience to watch the lightbulbs go off in the minds of our participants after being exposed to new possibilities for employment, lifelong careers, and business opportunities. At CAP, we recognize that these are the types of experiences that our greater community needs to better help our citizens realize their full potential using the resources available to them.