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.
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
Friday, May 7th, students from 5 Hall County Schools got a jump start on their career as they signed with local companies. The skilled trades industry has partnered with Hall County Schools to train and employ career tech students in the architecture, construction and manufacturing pathways. While in high school, upon completion of their skilled pathway, students can intern with local business partners through the work-based learning program. Their performance in this program can lead to full-time employment which is the goal for many students in the skilled trades. Students receive opportunities for industry certifications, continued education and apprenticeship training while working as full-time employees.
The signing event highlighted Alexis Perez-Bacilio (EHHS) who signed with Carroll Daniel Construction, Alex Yanez (CHS), Kevin Osorio (JHS) & Armando Torres (CBHS) who committed to Gee HVAC, Jesse Suggs (LCCA) moving to full-time employment with Lawson A/C & Plumbing, William Williams (CHS), Nancy Tamayo (EHHS) & Alexis Vargas (EHHS) now full-time employees with Kubota Manufacturing, & Joshua Siderakis (LCCA) who signed to work with Precision Building & Mechanical.
The signing event showcased the skills and STRONG work ethic of these young professionals and shined a spotlight on their success! It’s awesome how signing ceremonies have moved from athletics to recognizing other high school programs that require the same rigor, work ethic, and involvement in regional and state competitions. Rodney Presley, HVACR instructor at Lanier College and Career Academy states, “this is what we work for day after day…this is our state championship game” just in a different arena. It’s great to be able to celebrate our students’ hard work and recognize industry partners. Their time and commitment to personally grow our students is invaluable; we are so thankful for these opportunities”.
WBL & YAP Coordinators
2020 Students Served
2020 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.
The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are high school seniors, K-12 professionals, postsecondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all. The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success.
ACT State Councils-comprised of education and workforce professionals from all 50 states-serve as the selection committee and select one Champion per category for each participating state.
Kathy and Kevin Lindberg of Wilco Printing & Signs, received the ACT Workforce Champion Award for their 5-year partnership with the Jackson County Schools Work Based Learning program. Their dedication to developing the youth of Jackson County with work ready skills has positively impacted their company and lead students to finding their own workplace success. The Lindbergs were nominated by Laura Boswell, Jackson County Schools Work Based Learning Coordinator.
Featured L to R: Laura Boswell, Kathy & Kevin Lindberg.
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
Israel Hernandez - Campbell High School Class of 2018
The WBL student spotlight of the month features Israel Hernandez from Campbell High School.
Israel completed the Audio Video Technology and Film Pathway and has risen to the top tier of students within the program. During his tenure he was heavily relied upon to complete tasks necessary for the program’s success. Israel’s passion to learn more about the industry has motivated him to seek out opportunities to learn more. One example is his commitment to the program was his contribution to the school-wide broadcast, CTV News. Israel’s innovative ideas contributed to the success and growth of the broadcast.
Israel was one of two students who interned in the CCSD Communications Office last spring. His role was quite versatile which allow him to expand his knowledge of video production, editing, visual storytelling, producing voice overs and his script writing.
Israel believes his AVTF internship placement has helped him prepare for life beyond high school. He now has a clear direction of his future. His hands-on experience has exposed him to the opportunities that the industry has to offer.