High School/High Tech (HS/HT) is a national network of state and locally operated programs designed to provide young people with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs or further education leading to technology-related careers.
As one of the most promising comprehensive models for preparing youth with disabilities to explore careers in math science and technology, HS/HT effectively links youth to a broad range of academic, career development and experiential resources and experiences that will enable youth with disabilities to successfully meet the workforce demands of the 21st century.
HS/HT sites are supported by both public and private funding and the cooperation of businesses, federal and state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and local school districts. NCWD/Youth also provides support and information to the sites.
HS/HT programs depend on building coalitions for three reasons: supporting programs, promoting them, and providing financial and support staff for managing them.
Much of the work in launching and building a program must be done at the state and local levels. Various state government agencies set policy and allocate the essential resources, both human and fiscal, needed to establish and run a HS/HT program. But there is no lead organization designated to make HS/HT a priority. Many state agencies should have a vested interest in HS/HT’s success. The organization that takes the lead to establish a HS/HT program does not need to necessarily manage the effort. It is best to involve a wide range of agencies and organizations at the state and local levels in promoting the development of programs throughout the state. Different strategies work for different organizations but there are several suggested steps all start up programs should consider.