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MACON, Ga. -- The YouScience program provides students the resources needed to think more practically about how their natural talents could best be used in the workforce.

The YouScience program was introduced into middle Georgia schools just last year and so far it's reached over 1,200 students at one school alone.

Jalisa Williams attends Jones county high school and she says the YouScience program has been more than helpful to her and her friends.

"It's really nice to have a program to allow you to figure out what career path would be best for you to go down or maybe a career that you hadn't even thought of," she said.

Williams says taking the YouScience assessment gave her the assurance she needed.

"Preferably I wanted to be a pediatrician and that was one of the things that was best aligned for me," she said.

Eleventh grader Carter Tranchan says at first he didn't quite know what career path would best fit him, but since taking the test, he's narrowed down his options: "Be a business executive, get a business administration degree, or maybe even entrepreneurship,"

Tranchan says he appreciates that its helping him make plans for life after college.

"It helps you map your future out, it gives you plans for when you go to college and beyond," he said.

WGXA sat down with YouScience CEO Philip Harden who says in three years, 100,000 Georgia students have enrolled in the program.

Harden says providing the necessary guidance tools to direct students makes all the difference in the world.

"While they may have a skills gap, Georgia does not have a talent gap," he said. "The students in the Georgia schools have the talent and the natural ability to do the work that we need them to do. We've just gotta uncover those abilities more effectively."

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