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.
Deana Harper, a lifelong resident of North Georgia, currently serves as the CTAE Administrator and Career Specialist at North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from the American College of Education. Her original degree was Business Education, but she worked in industry for 10 years before beginning her teaching career. This year will complete 22 years of teaching, all at North Hall High School.
Deana is most passionate about providing experiences for students to help them identify/solidify their future career goals while coaching them on the value of a strong work ethic. She works tirelessly to assist young people in making Classroom to Real World “connections.” She is dedicated to making a difference not only in her community, but throughout the State of Georgia. She has served on the Work-Based Learning State Executive Board since 2012, where she served as State President (2015-2016).
As Career Specialist, she coordinates the Work-Based Learning program which includes career education for grades K-12, implementing employability skill training initiatives, arranging career awareness activities for individual students and entire classes, and implementing career guidance materials for advisement groups (9-12 grades) to include interest inventories, career education and career planning.
Deana and her husband Corbett reside in Clermont. They have three adult children and are expecting their first grandchild any day.
Because of her dedication in providing hands-on relevant learning for her students, Deana Harper is the 2019 Educator of the Year for Junior Achievement of Northeast Georgia.
Sponsored by Abit and Kayenne Massey
Justin Ridley and Steeda Manufacturing
Three of the most challenging jobs to be found in the Lowndes County area concerning Work-Based Learning are Healthcare, Automotive, and Welding placements. Steeda Manufacturing has stepped up in a HUGE way for the Lowndes High School (LHS) Work-based Learning (WBL) program by providing a great work environment that will serve the students in two of these three areas. Steeda Manufacturing has hired Justin Ridley as a fabrication specialist where he will weld and manufacture the custom, made-to-order, parts that are purchased by Steeda customers across the country.