WBL/YAP In the News

April 10, 2019
Contributed By: Laura Boswell

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

    March 19, 2019
    Contributed By: Write Edge - WBL Coordinator, Floyd County Schools

    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)

    March 01, 2019

    Kathy and Kevin Lindberg, owners of Wilco Printing & Signs, Braselton, GA was Named Georgia’s ACT (American College Testing) Workforce Champion

    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.

      February 19, 2019

      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.

        January 17, 2019


        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