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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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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

Floyd County Fire Department Interns

Today (Monday, March 11)  Our Rome/Floyd County Fire Department interns were able to observe and learn through a controlled burn experience. They were able to see the training and get explanation and instruction from the fire training staff. This was an invaluable learning experience for the interns that could help shape their future.  Students pictured are Zeh Philyaw (Coosa), Brody Pace (Model), Branson Smith, Ridge Carden, Ethan Sharpe, Jack Bennett (Pepperell). Student interns unable to attend the event are Brandon Coreya and Damon Davis (Armuchee)

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    Educators Making A Difference

    Educator of the Year Award: Deana Harper

    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

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      Student Success Stories: October 2019

      Tito Onitveros Garcia

      I am currently working at Azalea Health. My duties are to complete various tasks related to our Revenue Cycle Management service, including general data entry into web-based software/applications, medical claim generation and submission, payment processing and reconciliation, financial reporting, analytical decision making, and data visualization. This job will allow a doorway of opportunities to be opened. It will give me experience working with computers and valuable life skills.

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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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