High School High Tech

High School High Tech (HSHT) provides students opportunities to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-related careers. Through HSHT, students are connected to a wide range of career development, resources and experiences to enable them to meet the demands of the current workforce.

Students explore the many exciting educational and career opportunities available after high school while learning leadership, communication and tech skills. Students also have the chance to attend a five-day Youth Leadership Forum in Tallahassee, where they meet other HSHT students from across the state.

HSHT is a year-round program for students, ages 14-22, with varying abilities. The program is funded by The Able Trust and has been shown to increase student’s self-esteem and decrease their dropout rate. Through HSHT, students and their families are connected to local businesses, educators and the Vocational Rehabilitation office to help further their goals after high school.

High School High Tech provides students with:

Career Exploration

  • Career workshops

  • Industry tours

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Paid summer internships

  • Community service projects

Post-secondary Opportunities

  • Campus Tours

  • College speakers

  • Application Assistance

  • Technical Schools

High School High Tech is currently offered at:

  • Creekside High School (St. Johns County)

  • Morning Star Catholic School (Duval County)

  • Orange Park High School – See you at the Top Program (Clay County)

Interested in starting a chapter?

Contact Susan Hamilton at [email protected] or 904.355.0155

Business Advisory Council

The High School High Tech program has an active Business Advisory Council (BAC) of local community volunteers who provide leadership, opportunities for industry tours, speakers and internships.

  • Alicia Somers – Regions Bank

  • Caroline Emery – The Emery Law Firm

  • David Gleeson – Jacksonville Sharks

  • Deborah Thompson – Deborah K. Thompson, Consultants

  • Jody Hanks – Mindoula

  • Katharyn Woods – Raymond James

  • Patricia Sams – JEA

  • Rose Gunter – Alive Credit Union

  • Victor Cora – Jevco Group, LLC

  • Ashley Folladori – JAX Chamber

  • Dr. Elana Schrader – Florida Blue

If you are interested in volunteering with the High School High Tech program, contact Susan Hamilton at 904.355.0155 or [email protected].