Principals Exposed to Local, In-Demand Careers during 'Field Trip'

Heraeus materials have been part of some of the most significant events in aerospace advancement.

The German manufacturing company developed glass sensors 50 years ago that were used on the Apollo 11 mission to gauge the distance of the moon from a laser sensor on Earth. Recently, materials from the company, which has a plant in Buford, were part of the satellite Gravity Probe B that helped proved Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

On Thursday, though, the company’s sights were set on the surrounding communities when it hosted groups of Gwinnett County Public Schools principals and members of its central office for a presentation and tour of its Buford quartz glass plant.

Roughly 60 GCPS school leaders, mostly high school and middle school principals, as well as a few district administrators, heard from Heraeus employees about their career paths that led them to the company, and how GCPS can better prepare students for careers in manufacturing or engineering.

Kyle Jones