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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

May 7th, 2021
Students Get a Jump on Their Career at Signing Day

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


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

Covington Fire Department Internship Program

Covington Fire Chief Jeremy Holmes contacted the NCSS in April of 2019 about creating a partnership in order to start a fire cadet program. Chief Holmes sent employees to Texas during the summer of 2019 to be trained on the curriculum for the fire cadet program. Students from Alcovy, NCCA and Newton High School began interning as fire cadets in August, 2019. During the program, students will learn about emergency services, CPR, fire safety and much more. Students may be eligible to take the EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) certification upon completion of the internship.

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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: Grady Vardeman

      Grady Vardeman - The Abernathy Cochran Group
      Grady has taken classes in both the marketing and dual enrollment pathways. He is in his 2nd year as a WBL student and is interning with Abernathy Cochran Real Estate Group. His boss, Brad Abernathy, was quoted as saying “Grady has done an amazing job so far. He is one of our best interns yet.” Grady has been responsible for interviewing and writing many of the “Faces of Hall County” blogs posted via Abernathy Cochran. He plans to continue his education in college and major in business/marketing.   

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