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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.

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


WBL & YAP Coordinators


2020 Students Served


Participating Employers


2020 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

Businesses In Action

BOA Success Story FY20 Program -- Oakwood

For the third year, the Bank of America Foundation generously provided funding to Goodwill to allow for youth to explore career options via internship programs. From July to December 2019, the teams at eight Goodwill career centers supervised the 68 youth who participated. A total of 10,364 hours were worked.

Goodwill’s Oakwood Career Center has had a long-standing relationship with the Lanier College Career Academy (LCCA). In 2019, the Oakwood Career Center placed eight interns, who worked a total of 1200 hours. Six of these interns were LCCA students.

C3 Navigator Sherry Burns, who was responsible for identifying youth who might be interested in the many opportunities that the grant offered, was excited to learn of the potential for students being able to participate in internships while in school. She shares, “When I read the grant, I immediately thought of students at LCCA, as they could really benefit from earning money while keeping their focus on their academics. The grant’s scope in enabling these young people to begin the realization of their dreams was phenomenal and I know that the students’ lives have been positively impacted because of this experience.”

Surveys of LCCA students have revealed that the ability to work on campus is very important due to transportation issues. As LCCA Executive Director Rhonda Samples shared, the internship opportunities provided by BOA’s generosity are a blessing for these students, many of who are from families that are struggling to get by.

LCCA’s student-based enterprises provide job skills, including critical soft skills, and career exploration. Students learn what types of jobs will be good fits for their interests and personalities.  The work experience can provide a career jump start, and the valuable ability to explore alternatives.

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    Educators Making A Difference

    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.

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      Student Success Stories: Hannah Stowe

      Hannah Stowe - Eastside High School - Covington, Georgia

      Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a program available to juniors and seniors to prepare them for their future educational and career goals through a mentorship in a work setting. The Newton County Schools WBL Programs (Alcovy, Eastside, Newton& Newton College & Career Academy) have been very successful in transitioning students into the world of work. The benefits of the WBL Program are apparent through the alumni. Hannah Stowe participated in WBL while she was a student at Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia. She worked for a daycare center in 2012 during her senior year of high school. Today, Hannah works for the Newton County School System (NCSS) in the Pre-K room at the Newton College and Career Academy. She credits her success and opportunity to pursue her passion to her WBL experience while in high school.

      While At Eastside, Hannah was an early childhood education intern at a daycare where she assisted with an afterschool program for elementary students. Since the daycare required the staff to be certified, this put Hannah ahead of her peers. The daycare provided classes to obtain the certification needed, giving her an “early start on experience.” This whole process taught her professionalism. Although this professionalism is mentioned in school, it is emphasized and required in the workplace. This experienced prepared Hannah for all of her future career endeavors. Reflecting upon her WBL days, she wishes she had participated in the program her junior year and recommends this to all students.

      Not only did WBL prepare her for the world of work, it also directed her in the path she is passionate about. The daycare provided her with exposure to children. She learned how to respond and deal with them in effective ways. It was through WBL that she realized that she wanted to work with children. Hannah advises students to, “Find out what you’re interested in now; know what you like to do so you that you can follow your passion.”

      While Pre-K may sometimes may seem like just arts and crafts, she is working hard to reform the idea about Pre-K. She strategically incorporates fundamental learning concepts into intriguing activities. Hannah states, “It’s important to realize that Pre-K is the start of your child’s learning career.” She works to build a better relationship with these students to prepare them for their future. Despite how short one year may seem, to children, it is a long time. Hannah shares, “Getting the opportunity to watch these kids grow and learn has been the most rewarding. Seeing the children light up about the little things in life has given me a greater appreciation for things.” Looking back to where it all started, Hannah says she, “can only be thankful for all WBL has brought me.”

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