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
Super Lawn Technologies, a manufacturing company in middle Georgia, experiences huge success through the first ever Work Based Learning partnership with local schools. Learn how they have given energetic and smart students a chance to gain valuable work experience while getting paid.
“Without support from the WBL coordinators who really KNOW the kids...we may not have as much success.”
Tony Bass, Founder Super Lawn Technologies
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.
|Work Based Learning Student of the Year|
|East Central Region:||Anna Lorelei Culbreath, Evans High School. Coordinator: Tim Perry|
|Northeast Region:||Ashton Hill, Madison County High School. Coordinator: Sarah Waldrop|
|Northwest Region:||Jamez McPherson, Lithia Springs High School. Coordinator: Kimberly Isles-Towry|
|Southeast Region:||Olivia Thrift, Ware County High School. Coordinator: Kim Callahan|
|Southwest Region:||Madison Hardy, Cook High School. Coordinator: Jenny Pitts|
|West Central Region:||Bailee Tracy, Harris County High School. Coordinator: Gary Johannes|
Overall Work Based Learning Student of the Year:
Ashton Hill, Madison County High School, Coordinator: Sarah Waldrop
|Youth Apprenticeship Program Completer of the Year|
|Northeast Region:||Carlos Mendoza-Mojica, Gainesville High School. Coordinator: Helen Perry|
|Northwest Region:||Laura Kate Wright, Dalton High School. Coordinators: Dr. Larry Tripp, Doug Shults|
|Southeast Region:||Graci Thrift, Ware County High School. Coordinator: Kim Callahan|
|Southwest Region:||Andrew Malone Harrell, Cook High School. Coordinator: Jenny Pitts|
|West Central Region:||Tra’quan Jones, Northside High School. Coordinator: Sandi Couillard|
Overall Youth Apprenticeship Program Completer of the Year:
Graci Thrift, Ware County High School, Coordinator: Kim Callahan
|WBL Business Partner of the Year|
|Northeast Region:||Kubota Manufacturing of America, Coordinator: Deana Harper|
|Northwest Region:||Northside Hospital, Coordinator: Emily Henderson|
|Southeast Region:||Wellman Family Healthcare, Coordinator: Susan Faulk|
|Southwest Region:||Nichols Lures, Coordinator: Brandi Miranda|
|West Central Region:||Kimble’s, Coordinator: Gary Johannes|
Overall Work Based Learning Business Partner of the Year:
Kubota Manufacturing of America, Coordinator: Deana Harper
|Distinguished WBL Coordinators of the Year|
|Cathy Ferguson, Jones County High School/College and Career Academy|
|Edd Saxon, Haralson County College and Career Academy|
|Jennifer Turner, Loganville High School|
|Jason Van Nus, Lowndes High School|
Marissa Bowyer - Gilmer High School Class of 2013
Marissa Bowyer, a former Work-Based Learning student, a 2012-2013 graduate of Gilmer High School and a 2017 graduate of Kennesaw State University returned to her hometown of Ellijay, GA to begin her teaching career in the fall. She took charge of her education while in high school through the teaching internship in WBL. Marissa interned in K through 8th classrooms. A number of teachers served as mentors providing guidance and inspiration which encouraged her to continue her education. In the end she determined that elementary education is ‘where it’s at’. She is now teaching a 2nd grade class at Ellijay Elementary School.
Marissa became a Youth Apprenticeship completer and received a recommendation from her principal to serve as a mentor to anotherWBL student 2nd semester. It is unusual for beginning teachers to be recommended as mentors, however Marissa’s principal did not hesitate to make the recommendation. She is giving back by inspiring another to enter the teaching profession. Principal Lauree Pierce stated, “The WBL program has gone full circle at our school. A teacher that was able to benefit from this collaborative opportunity is providing mentorship to a current high school student. This individual is especially valuable to the strength of the program because she truly understands the advantage that she is passing on to the next generation.Other WBL students can learn a lot from Marissa. We are glad to welcome her back and thrilled to have WBL students in our building.”
The Gilmer County Charter School System has more than 10 certified teachers and an IT person employed who came through the WBL program. Truly ‘growing our own.’ We thank the many supporters; the BOE, Superintendent, FOO, CTAE Director, Principals and mentor teachers.