Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Hosts Career Development Opportunities for McEachern High School Students

High school students often try to find ways to blend in, not stand out among the crowd. The few that do emerge distinctive are usually the valedictorian, salutatorian or captain of the football team.

Leadership qualities, however, are what colleges, universities and employers look for in young adults, and McEachern High School students are getting a chance to put themselves at the head of the class through the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.

More than 130 parents, students and community members attended a Chick-fil-A Leader Academy event at McEachern High School January 12 to learn about the school’s career development program.

The academy, a national high school leadership program focused on impact through action, is preparing McEachern students for careers.

Throughout February, McEachern students will have the opportunity to learn and develop workplace skills. The workshops will cover resume building, interview training and business networking. School administrators are expecting 100 to 150 students to participate.

A career fair, scheduled for March 9 at McEachern, will allow students to implement their expertise.

“[The career fair] is when the students can put the skills learned in the workshops into action as they seek a potential job, internship, apprenticeship, and/or career guidance while learning how to network,” said Joshua Ford, McEachern assistant principal.

Ford is projecting 70 to 90 businesses will participate in the Career Fair.

McEachern students praised last year’s workshops and career fair. One student said it helped her overcome shyness. Other students said they learned how to respond to interview questions and what to do and not to do during interviews. They also got the opportunity to get their first interview out of the way with a mock interview.

Anyone interested in participating in this year’s career fair should contact Ford at

McEachern Career Development Program Upcoming Dates:

  • Business Networking Workshop —4:15-5:45 p.m. February 16— Jordan Adeboy, Georgia State University, Sales Chapter President; ENACTUS President/Events Coordinator
  • Career Fair —4:00-6:30 p.m. March 9

The following are some of the companies planning to attend: Shepherd Center Hospital; Delaware North Sportservice, SunTrust Park (Atlanta Braves); CH2M, Civil Engineer; Geosyntec Consultants, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Data Sciences; Northside Hospital; Wellstar Kennestone; Caraustar Industries; Phoenix Crane Service, Inc.; Young Adult Thought, consulting firm specializing in helping churches/organizations to reach and retain the young adult demographic; United Way of Greater Atlanta (Cobb County); Swofford Construction, Inc.; and Chick-fil-A Macland Crossing.