The 12 for Life 32,850 sq. ft. facility in Carrollton, GA and our new 30,000 sq. ft. facility in Florence, AL are real Southwire manufacturing plants. They were specially developed with young student workers in mind, with a safe, flexible environment customized for their needs and capabilities – setting them up for success, even down to the equipment.
For example, young people can’t operate forklifts, so Southwire created moving pallets so they can work safely – no pallets rise above four feet. The plant prioritizes safety, adding guards, safety lighting, and a safety-learning curriculum component to foster the best work environment for our students.
Once they arrive at the plant, 12 for Life students work in one of three, four-hour shifts:
Southwire is one of the nation’s leading wire and cable manufacturers. As with its other facilities, Southwire’s 12 for Life plant manufactures a variety of products, including building wire used in residential and commercial construction. Under the supervision of two Southwire shift supervisors and one Carroll County School System program administrator, 12 for Life students work on a variety of packing and shipping processes:
We are actively reversing the dropout trend in Georgia. We've graduated 275 students in our first four years, far exceeding our goal of 175 High School Graduates by 2012. Learn more +
12 For Life is not a Vocational/Technical program. We focus on students rather than specific skills to ensure individuals have the work and life skills they need to succeed.
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Schools and private businesses committed to education & community can build sustainable programs. Doing the right thing pays for itself.
Students can succeed at School and Work without the compromise. Our students stay in school, earn money, and learn the skills employers look for. Learn more +
Since the 1950's, Southwire has emphasized giving back to the community. 12 for Life is a natural extension of our outreach to improve our community.
12 for Life is a successful model for other businesses and schools. Find out how to improve graduation rates and impact long-term earning capacity for your entire community.