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.
WBL & YAP Coordinators
2017 Students Served
2017 Wages Earned by WBL Students
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.
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 Region||Catherine Reisinger, Rockdale Career Academy, Coordinator-Tammy Maddox|
|Southwest Region||Aysianna Carter, Tift County High School, Coordinator-Cassandra Thomas|
|Southeast Region:||Lauren Callahan, Ware County High School, Coordinator-Kim Callahan|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.