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.
Work Based Learning Student of the Year
|East Central Region:||Ericka Grant, Paulding County, Coordinator-Monica Aydza|
|Northwest Region:||LaDasha Shinholster, Wilkinson County, Coordinator-Chiquita Jackson|
|West Central Region:||Nyla Graham, Northside High School, Coordinator-Courtney Freels|
|Northeast Region||Catherine Reisinger, Rockdale Career Academy, Coordinator-Tammy Maddox|
|Southwest Region||Aysianna Carter, Tift County High School, Coordinator-Cassandra Thomas|
|Southeast Region:||Lauren Callahan, Ware County High School, Coordinator-Kim Callahan|
|Northwest Region:||Marissa Bowyer, Gilmer High School, Coordinator-Janet Davis|
|West Central Region:||Kevin Yonker, Muscogee County School District, Coordinator-Tim Vinson|
|Northeast Region:||Anthony Johnson, Henry County High School and the Academy for Advanced Studies, Coordinator-Mickey Drew|
|Southeast Region:||Ashley Rentz, Brantley County High School, Coordinator-Dr. Andrea Tanner|
|East Central Region:||Textron Specialized Vehicles (E-Z-GO), Coordinator-Angel Little|
|Northwest Region:||Delta Community Credit Union, Coordinator-Angela Kovachi Sparks|
|West Central Region:||Delta Community Credit Union, Coordinator-Virginia Gibbs|
|Northeast Region:||Georgia United Credit Union, Coordinator-Christina Hinz|
|Southwest Region:||Senior Life Insurance, Coordinator-Michelle Ausley|
|Southeast Region:||Dot Foods, Coordinator-Donna Collins|
|East Central Region:||Chiquita Jackson, Wilkinson County|
|Northwest Region:||Monica Rydza, Paulding County|
|West Central Region:||Tim Vinson, Muscogee County School System|
|Northeast Region:||Debra Lary, Newton County Schools|
|Southwest Region:||Jenny Pitts, Cook County|
|Southeast Region:||Judy Beaver, Wayne County|
Nearly one dozen career-minded students from Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus and Henry W. Grady high schools traveled to the downtown Atlanta offices of Stevens & Wilkinson and Parrish Construction Group on Oct. 2 as part of a joint, work-based learning partnership designed to help students explore various careers in architecture, engineering and construction management.
Spearheaded by Richard Elder, CTE teacher and work-based learning coordinator at Crim, the daylong field trip was especially designed to promote the growth of the construction market in Georgia while also showcasing the renovation and construction of the former David T. Howard School, which will house nearly 1,400 middle school students in the Grady Cluster when it opens in the fall of 2020.
During their tours of Stevens & Wilkinson and Parrish Construction Group, the 11 students gained knowledge about topics ranging from architectural plans and drawings, to construction and renovation from conception to completion.
Elder said the trip was designed to not only expose students to the myriad of career opportunities available in construction management and architecture and engineering, but to also invite other APS high schools to participate in Crim's construction work-based learning program.
“There is so much construction happening in Atlanta and the surrounding area, that we wanted to open up the program, especially since the demand is high and there is a need for young people to enter the industry,” Elder said. “This program gives our students an opportunity to get experience and to not just participate in a program where they’ll be doing menial work. It gives them experience with all phases of construction, from working in the field and office to learning about plumbing, electrical and carpentry work.”
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