32 High School Students Graduate from the Student Training and Exploration Program

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2018 Student Training and Exploration Program (STEP) graduates. Thirty-two students graduated from the program Monday, April 23 at Daphne United Methodist Church.

STEP is a four-year leadership and career pathway exploration initiative of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The Chamber works in conjunction with the Baldwin County Board of Education, local colleges, technical training facilities and local industries to connect education with businesses on the Eastern Shore. "Our goal is for our students to graduate knowing more about the career options available here on the Eastern Shore,” said program director Christina Hellmich.

Over the past 3 years, students explored local high demand career opportunities in industries ranging from aviation to hospitality. They toured local businesses such as Daphne Utilities, Segers Aero Corporation, Chris Meyers Automotive, Daphne Police Department, AIDT Training Center/Austal, Ammons & Blackmon, the Grand Hotel & Coastal Alabama Community College. Students heard from local professionals about how they found their career path, were challenged on Camp Beckwith’s ropes course and participated in a soft skills workshop where they prepared for future interviews.

They will finish out the program by creating a career plan and timeline based on their goals after high school graduation.

"I hope each of our students have become more self-aware, confident and determined,” said Hellmich. "With these tools, we know these students will be well on their way to achieving success.”

This program could not be possible without the dedication and talent of those who help facilitate rewarding days for these students. The STEP program is proud to have the support of the Chamber Board of Directors, especially the Chamber Foundation Chairman Steve Carey. Our local high schools and counselors also give a great deal of support to make this program possible. We also greatly appreciate Workforce Development Sponsor Daphne Utilities, graduation sponsor Old Tyme Feed and the many in-kind sponsors who support this program.

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