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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

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


    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 RegionCatherine Reisinger, Rockdale Career Academy, Coordinator-Tammy Maddox
    Southwest RegionAysianna Carter, Tift County High School, Coordinator-Cassandra Thomas 
    Southeast Region: Lauren Callahan, Ware County High School, Coordinator-Kim Callahan 

    Youth Apprenticeship Program Completer of the Year

    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 

    Business Partner of the Year 

    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 

    Work Based Learning Coordinator of the Year 

    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 

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      Student Success Stories: Work-Based Learning on the Job with Parrish Construction Group

      ATLANTA, Georgia - September 26, 2018 — As part of an ongoing effort to promote the growth of the construction market in Georgia, Parrish Construction Group was pleased to have Trevone Wilson, a construction work-based learning student at Atlanta Public Schools’ Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus, as an intern this summer.

      Trevone started working under Parrish Construction Group’s Director of Field Supervision, Art Cofelice, at Atlanta Public School’s Walden Athletic Complex. Walden was a $7.4 million project that consisted of the demolition of the existing Austin Thomas Walden Middle School building and the construction of a new athletic complex to serve Grady High School. The complex sits on a 6.27 acre site and included the construction of a fi eld house, a multipurpose turf athletic fi eld, and a softball/baseball fie ld.

      Trevone then had the opportunity to transition from the Walden jobsite to the Atlanta Public Schools Howard Middle School jobsite. As the former school of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many other Atlanta Icons, Howard is one of Parrish’s most high-profi le jobs todate. Not only has Trevone excelled working under Art Cofelice at Walden and Howard but he also has had the opportunity to work with Parrish’s Project Managers, our BIM Manager, and various trade subcontractors.

      Since Trevone’s summer internship, he has graduated from Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus and is currently attending Atlanta Technical College studying Construction Management. Over the next two years he will attend classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and will continue working on the Howard Middle School jobsite on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trevone was a valuable addition to the Parrish team throughout the summer and we look forward to continue to work alongside him over the next few years.


      Parrish Construction Group is “Georgia’s Premier Academic & Specialty Builder.” Founded in 1995, Parrish performs construction services throughout the state of Georgia, with a specialty in CM at-risk for education clients. www

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