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School may be out for the summer but the experiences this year's High School High Tech (HSHT) students participated in will have a lasting impact. High School High Tech is designed to provide high school students with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or postsecondary education leading to in-demand careers. HSHT links youth to a broad range of academic, career development and experiential resources and experiences that will enable them to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. 

During the 2021-22 school year, HSHT students participated in a wide variety of activities, from college tours to career exploration, hands-on learning and volunteer activities, The HSHT students will now go into the summer with exciting new skills and new insight into the possibilities for the future.  

Below are a few of the activities students were involved in during the school year:

  • Pursuing a Safe-Staff Certification and working in the school café
  • Participating in mock interviews with Publix store managers
  • Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant and an Emergency Medical Responder
  • Using produce from the school garden in the school café
  • Preparing food and learning about culinary careers
  • Beginning coursework for working at a childcare center
  • Touring the local police department and learning about drone technology
  • Shadowing college interns to learn customer-service skills
  • Touring local colleges to learn about STEAM-related careers
  • Traveling to Argentina and participating in a beach clean-up

To view more photos and details of student activities this past year, click here.



Historically, students who participate in HSHT achieve a 99% graduation rate annually. Completing high school is a crucial step in any student's success. When HSHT students graduate, they also take with them valuable information on what their next steps might be as well as soft skills they learn as part of their participation.

In the next HSHT newsletter, we will highlight the plans for this year's graduating seniors. Pictured below are a couple of celebrations of the graduating seniors from the class of 2022.

Congratulations to all HSHT seniors on their accomplishment and we

look forward to hearing about their plans for the future!

Madison County High School High Tech Graduation Celebration

Flagler County High School High Tech Graduation Celebration


Another important moment this year was our first in-person Project Venture competition. This competition helps HSHT students gain real world experience and improve their soft skills, both crucial to success in the workforce. We are proud of the High School High Tech teams who participated and if you would like to see photos and information on the Project Venture business development plans submitted this year, visit The Able Trust website.




High School High Tech programs help open doors for the students with disabilities who participate. If you're interested in getting involved, there are several ways to become engaged:

  • Host your local HSHT site and let them see what happens in your industry.
  • Mentor a HSHT student to give them the real-world experience that is vital to entering the workforce.
  • Adopt a HSHT site to expand student experiences and resources

To learn more, contact Coleen Agner,

High School High Tech State Director 

at Coleen@abletrust.org

A Special Thank You to Supporters of The Able Trust

High School High Tech Program

AT&T Foundation

Batchelor Foundation

Florida Department of

Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Leon Cares

Magruder Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

About High School High Tech (HSHT)

High School High Tech is a program that provides high school students with disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs and post-secondary education leading to in-demand careers. Established in 1996, HSHT connects students to a broad range of academic and career development resources and experiences that will help prepare them to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. For information, visit www.abletrust.org.

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