To get your average high-schooler up and learning early on a Saturday morning, you’ve got to have a pretty special program. One Saturday in November, the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) program partnered with Georgia Power to do just that.
About 50 high school students from around the Atlanta region came out for an up-close, hands-on field trip to learn about something these young people may take for granted: how their homes, schools and communities get their power, and what that means for the entire region.
The morning’s task was to experience how the company facilitates power for the metro area and trains its employees to work with the tools and equipment that keep the region buzzing.
The morning was one of several sessions of the Model ARC program, bringing together diverse 10th and 11th grade students to learn about issues shaping metro Atlanta, such as infrastructure, transportation and mobility, community planning, sustainability of our natural resources, equity, and public art.
But just like the actual Atlanta Regional Commission, work by the Model ARC wouldn’t be possible without support from community partners like Georgia Power, which is one of the agency’s Strategic Partners.
In November, Georgia Power hosted a half-day session for the 2019 MARC class. Georgia Power and Model ARC leadership worked together to produce a day that aligned with the rest of the year’s MARC programming.
As part of the experience, students worked through a case study that involved researching the environmental, economic, and social impacts of energy sources like hydropower, coal, and nuclear energy.
The students were given a tour of the Georgia Power Underground facility, a major center that keeps power flowing through much of Fulton County. Staff provided insights into the types of careers that fall into the broad “engineering” umbrella, opening students’ eyes to career possibilities.