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Georgia Work-Based Learning

Is a work-based learning program right for your business?

The Georgia Work-Based Learning Program assists businesses with building a highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented young work force. Our goal is to assist in the creation of a strong support structure between local employers, students and schools. Work-Based Learning supplies talent to address industry workforce shortage needs. We promote an industry-driven system where employers set occupational skills standards, collaborate on curriculum, provide work experience and certify mastery of skills. Focus on the future with Georgia Work-Based Learning.

Join the over two-thousand employers in Georgia investing in the Work-Based Learning Program today.

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WBL & YAP Coordinators


2017 Students Served


Participating Employers


2017 Wages Earned by WBL Students


Participating Schools

Employers benefit from Work-Based Learning Programs

Our local Work Based Learning program provides sharp, professional students who are talented and eager to learn. We use WBL participants as part of our intern program and enjoy how readily they integrate with our team. It is wonderful to have this resource in our community for creating career paths that benefit small businesses with a work-ready work force to recruit locally from.

Tamara Siragusa E-Marketing Director, Cogentes

GACTE Teacher of the Year, Dr. Larry Tripp - WBL Affiliate

Dr. Larry Tripp, Dalton Public Schools work-based learning coordinator, was among 35 career and technical, and agricultural education (CTAE) educators who were honored by the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education (GACTE) during its annual summer conference, which met July 15-17, 2018 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

Tripp is the district work-based learning coordinator and is based at Dalton High School. An educator for more than 24 years, and beginning his sixth year with Dalton Public Schools, he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Georgia, Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.

Dalton High School Principal Steve Bartoo said Tripp is a tremendous resource for students. "Not only has he established great relationships with our students, he has established great relationships with our local businesses, too," he said. "Larry also does a wonderful job coaching our WBL students to be great employees."

Dr. Tripp also serves as the treasure for the Georgia WBL Executive Board. Featured with Larry are Tim Vinson, GACTE President and Matthew Gambill, Executive Director, GACTE.


Work Based Learning Student of the Year

East Central Region:  Ericka Grant, Paulding County, Coordinator-Monica Aydza 
Northwest Region:  LaDasha Shinholster, Wilkinson County, Coordinator-Chiquita Jackson
West Central Region:Nyla Graham, Northside High School, Coordinator-Courtney Freels
Northeast RegionCatherine Reisinger, Rockdale Career Academy, Coordinator-Tammy Maddox
Southwest RegionAysianna Carter, Tift County High School, Coordinator-Cassandra Thomas 
Southeast Region: Lauren Callahan, Ware County High School, Coordinator-Kim Callahan 

Youth Apprenticeship Program Completer of the Year

Northwest Region: Marissa Bowyer, Gilmer High School, Coordinator-Janet Davis 
West Central Region: Kevin Yonker, Muscogee County School District, Coordinator-Tim Vinson
Northeast Region: Anthony Johnson, Henry County High School and the Academy for Advanced Studies, Coordinator-Mickey Drew 
Southeast Region: Ashley Rentz, Brantley County High School, Coordinator-Dr. Andrea Tanner 

Business Partner of the Year 

East Central Region: Textron Specialized Vehicles (E-Z-GO), Coordinator-Angel Little 
Northwest Region: Delta Community Credit Union, Coordinator-Angela Kovachi Sparks 
West Central Region:Delta Community Credit Union, Coordinator-Virginia Gibbs
Northeast Region: Georgia United Credit Union, Coordinator-Christina Hinz 
Southwest Region: Senior Life Insurance, Coordinator-Michelle Ausley 
Southeast Region: Dot Foods, Coordinator-Donna Collins 

Work Based Learning Coordinator of the Year 

East Central Region: Chiquita Jackson, Wilkinson County 
Northwest Region: Monica Rydza, Paulding County 
West Central Region: Tim Vinson, Muscogee County School System
Northeast Region: Debra Lary, Newton County Schools 
Southwest Region: Jenny Pitts, Cook County 
Southeast Region: Judy Beaver, Wayne County 

Student Success Stories: February 2019

Kaitlyn Deen - Bacon County High School

Kaitlyn Deen is a senior Youth Apprenticeship student at Bacon County High School. She successfully completed her CNA licensing credentials during her junior year of high school. When she turned 18 she was able to interview for a CNA position at Twin Oaks Convalescent Center in Alma, GA.

Reed Chaney - Bacon County High School

Reed Chaney is a senior Youth Apprenticeship student at Bacon County High School. His career goal is to become a small engine mechanic. He is employed with Elite Landscape Solutions in Douglas, GA.

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Mission and Vision

The mission of the Work-Based Learning Program is to assist in providing a highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented young work force. This is accomplished by developing partnerships between business, industry, students, parents, school systems, coordinators, post-secondary institutions, and registered apprenticeships which will lead the participating student into meaningful careers.

Georgia had 19,394 students enrolled in credit bearing Work-Based Learning courses in 2017, which includes 3,219 students in Youth Apprenticeship Placements. The vision of the Work-Based Learning Program includes:

Creating a seamless transition from career oriented courses in High School to post-secondary education, credentials, and a successful career.

Opportunity for students to develop strong employability skills (soft skills) that will make them desired employees.

Application of the technical skills learned in related coursework while working in real life employment situations

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