850 Youth Complete Inaugural DeKalb Virtual Career Academy

Dekalb County

DECATUR, Ga. — DeKalb County will celebrate the end of the DeKalb Virtual Career Academy’s, inaugural summer youth employment program, on Friday, July 31, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  The celebration will highlight innovative strategies and concepts learned by 850 interns during the 4-week program.

The celebration, honoring all participants, will be broadcast live on DCTV, Comcast Cable Channel 23 in DeKalb County.  Those without Comcast or outside of DeKalb County can watch the full event live on DCTV's UStream page https://video.ibm.com/channel/dctv-channel-23.

The academy, which ran from June 1 to July 31, provided career development, educational enrichment and summer income for 850 youth, ages 14 to 24, who were paid $9 per hour while learning online.

The county’s annual summer youth employment program was revamped into a virtual academy in response to the COVID-19 economic crisis.

The DeKalb Virtual Career Academy was a cooperative effort by DeKalb County Government, DeKalb County School District, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, WorkSource DeKalb, and various public and private partners. The virtual curriculum offered academic enrichment courses and life skills and job readiness training in a structured virtual learning environment. Additionally, motivational speakers engaged, educated and inspired participating youth.