Students visiting the Be Pro Be Proud mobile workshop has simulators to allow hands-on learning about in-demand skilled professions.

River Ridge High School is the kick off point Tuesday for a tour around the county for Be Pro Be Proud, a skilled professions education program of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.

COED leaders unveiled a mobile workshop trailer this summer that has interactive displays to help students learn about in-demand skilled technical careers that offer good pay and growth opportunities without having to earn a bachelor’s degree. The Be Pro Be Proud trailer will be at River Ridge Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will visit all six Cherokee County high schools by Nov. 20.

“We greatly appreciate the Cherokee County Office of Economic Development’s partnership to support our students’ future career success, especially in educating them about jobs in the skilled professions,” said Cherokee County School District Superintendent Dr. Brian V. Hightower. “I’ve been aboard the Be Pro Be Proud Georgia mobile workshop, and it’s an awesome interactive way for our students to learn about in-demand jobs.”

Since its launch, Be Pro Be Proud has hosted over 350 students, industry representatives, and local leaders, including Gov. Brian Kemp.

The website, beprobeproudga.org, connects students with 13 skilled professions with approximately 10% or more growth potential while linking to training and area industries who hire within these professions, COED officials said in an announcement about the local tour of high schools. Along with the website, the new hands-on mobile workshop features five highly-interactive simulators that place students directly into the skilled professions while using the latest in digital and virtual technology.

In partnership with the Cherokee County School District, Be Pro Be Proud Georgia will target high school juniors and seniors this fall.

Tour dates include:

♦ River Ridge High School | Oct. 13-16

♦ Etowah High School | Oct. 19-23

♦ Woodstock High School | Oct. 26-30

♦ Sequoyah High School | Nov. 2-6

♦ Cherokee High School | Nov. 9-13

♦ Creekview High School | Nov. 16-20

Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic measures have been implemented to ensure the mobile workshop is safe and sanitized for guests, officials said.

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