Spotlight on Georgia-Pacific & HCCA's Pre-Engineering Program
Georgia-Pacific is a vital business partner to Houston County Schools and more specifically to Houston County Career Academy. Your contributions and support to our community are greatly appreciated. Our partnership with GP is a great example of how business and industry can collaborate with students and schools in a community to provide opportunities they might otherwise not have.
Below is an example of how funds from GP are being used in our Pre-Engineering program this year.
Funds provided by Georgia-Pacific are used to purchase materials such as VEX Robotics products for the pre-engineering program. VEX Robotics issues a challenge each school year for students to design, build, and program a robot to compete at robotics tournaments. Students use a controller to drive the robots around the field and manipulate game pieces to score points, but the bigger challenge is during the autonomous period where the robots operate without students interacting with the controller. Robots must meet certain criteria such as maximum length, width, and height but are otherwise built according to student designs – there are no kits with instructions. VEX parts include a variety of structural metal pieces, wheels, gears, chains and sprockets, motors, and sensors. Throughout several competition seasons, Houston County Career Academy students have built robots based on a variety of designs including flywheels, catapults, and scissor lifts. Depending on the design they choose to build, students gain a variety of hands-on experience during the build process, which generally includes gear ratios, sensors, programming, and operating within given constraints.
Thanks again for all you do to help our schools.
Career Signing Day Slideshow
This slideshow highlights the students who were honored at our Career Signing Day celebration on April 30th, 2019. We had 12 students sign with employers to begin their career after graduation. We also had 7 students receive career technical scholarships to Wallace Community College or Enterprise State Community College to further pursue their interests in a career tech related field.
Pre-Engineering Video ( click here to watch)
30 second clip of student-built robotic communications
Aviation Signing Day
4 HCCA Aviation seniors will be continuing their education after graduation with the Alabama Aviation College.
Our Education and Training students helped out at the Webb Elementary Bunny Hop last Thursday!
Fire Science and Dothan Explorer Program
Fire science students participated in the Dothan Explorer Program and met up with past students.
Pre-Engineering Tour of Wiregrass Public Safety
Special thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineering for touring our Pre-engineering students through the Wiregrass Public Safety Training Facility on April 2nd! This was a great opportunity for them to be exposed to careers in civil engineering!
3rd Annual Business and Industry Panel
Local businesses met with both morning and afternoon students to discuss expectations and requirements from a business viewpoint when applying for a job.
Students from the Information Technology and Automotive classes competed in the District Skills USA competition.
State HOSA Competition
Health Science teachers and students traveled to Montgomery to compete in the State HOSA events.
Webb Elementary Career Day
Our students had the opportunity to share information about HCCA with students at Webb Elementary during their Career Day.
State Superintendent Visits HCCA
HCCA welcomed State Superintendent of Education to tour the facilities today.
FBLA & FCCLA Community Service Project
FBLA & FCCLA students in action at Dothan Rescue Mission for a community service project.
1st Place at NPF
FCCLA students created a blue ribbon winning booth at this year's National Peanut Festival.
Dr. Seuss Week
Dr. Seuss' classic phrase "Oh, the places you'll go" resonates with Education & Training students as they live out the HCCA motto "you can go anywhere from here!"
Rehobeth NJROTC Orienteering Championship
Congratulations to the Rehobeth NJROTC Orienteering team for their 2nd place finish, top accolades, and National Championship bid!