WBL/YAP Student Success Stories

March 29, 2021
Contributed By: Angela Sparks

Kaylee & Eric

This is what building a workforce pipeline from local talent looks like! Brasfield & Gorrie have now started hosting two MHS high school interns through the Work-Based Learning - Youth Apprenticeship Program. Meet Kaylee an IB Career Pathway candidate in architecture. She is assigned to the Virtual Construction & Design department and Eric an engineering and computer science pathway student is assigned to a field project manager.

Both are in a paid hybrid position which will consist of in office/on-site and home.

Remeber catch the talent while in high school. Once our kids graduate they are out in the big wide world. At that point you have lost them. It's hard to connect and support their journey to a career when you can't connect.

    February 15, 2021
    Contributed By: Holli Howard



    Vanessa is a Honors Work-Based Learning student interning alongside of doctors and nurses at Specialty Orthopedics of Georgia. Vanessa is a Junior who is completing her Healthcare Career Pathway and has a genuine interest in this industry. During her time at the clinic she rotates between doctors, nurses and clinic managers who help her learn all aspects of the healthcare industry. Some of Vanessa’s tasks include; taking blood pressure, assisting patients to their exam room, sanitizing rooms prior to patients’ appointment, sorting medical records, observing doctors as they interact with patients, observing nurses as they chart and interact with patients and learning new medial terms as she interacts with medical professionals in the office. Her mentor states, “Vanessa is the epitome of what we hope for in an intern. She has exceeded all of our expectations since she has been with us.”  Vanessa plans to continue her post-secondary education pursuing her dreams of working in the healthcare industry.

      February 01, 2021
      Contributed By: Holli Howard

      Jorge Banda

      Jorge Banda

      Jorge Banda is a Senior and is a first year student in the Honors Work-Based Learning Program. Jorge has completed the Sports Medicine Career Pathway and has a career interest in Athletic Training/Physical Therapy. He currently interns at Atlanta Rehabilitation & Performance Center where he is learning hands-on skills, observing Physical Therapist in action and assisting patients with warm-up exercises. Jorge’s mentor states, “ Jorge is a polite and respectful young man who takes initiative to do whatever is needed in the clinic. Excellent job so far!” Jorge is also a soccer athlete and has contributed his passion for sports to his career choice. He looks forward to continuing his education after high school by pursuing an athletic training/physical therapy degree in college.

        January 20, 2021
        Contributed By: Mike Robertson

        Alex Ibarra

        Alex Ibarra

        During his Senior year (Class of 2020), Alex Ibarra interned with Oakwood Tire to gain more mechanic skills. He worked 20+ hours a week in a non-paid internship in order to get his foot in the door and make a good impression.

         Alex’s boss and President of Oakwood Tire, Mike Robertson,  states the following, “Oakwood Tire is so thankful that Alex Ibarra was part of the Work-based Learning Program at Chestatee High school. When he was in school he came and worked very hard and was eager to learn. I told him to keep it up and we would let him work this summer. He did and now has become a very good employee for us at Oakwood Tire. Alex is continuing to learn more about the automotive industry . He has applied and been accepted to Lanier Tech in their auto mechanics program. His plans are to work here and go to school (which we are gladly providing a scholarship for). We at Oakwood Tire are very happy to have him as part of our team and are happy with the partnership we have with the high schools and with Work-based Learning. We are looking forward to hosting more interns in the future!”

          November 23, 2020
          Contributed By: Steven Cornett

          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.   
            November 16, 2020
            Contributed By: Steven Cornett

            Daniela Vargas

            Daniela Vargas - Humane Society of Northeast Georgia
            Daniela has taken classes in both the Marketing and Management Pathway and the Healthcare Science Pathway and aspires to be a veterinarian and/or own a veterinarian clinic. She is in her first semester interning at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia with the Development Director Sam Threadgill. Sam was quoted as saying “Daniela is so efficient we have to find more things for her to do because she does them so fast. She is a joy to be around.” Daniela helps in a number of roles for HSNEG including working as an adoption assistant, clinical assistant, marketing assistant and volunteer program assistant. She was even “locked up” for a day with a shelter animal as part of the Humane Society Adoption Angel Lock In Fundraiser. She was a guest on the Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta television show as part of her internship with HSNEG. Daniela plans on continuing her education in college to pursue her dreams of being a veterinarian.  
              November 09, 2020
              Contributed By: Steven Cornett

              Lindsay Phillips-Turner

              Lindsay Phillips-Turner - BenchMark Physical Therapy
              Lindsey has completed the Healthcare Science Pathway. She is in her 1st semester interning with BenchMark Physical Therapy and has already made a great impression. Her boss, Clay Hammons, was quoted as saying “Lindsey is great. We love having her here. She takes an interest in physical therapy, asks questions, and is a huge help around the clinic.” Lindsey plans to continue her education in college and major in a healthcare field.
                November 01, 2020
                Contributed By: Helen Perry

                Bryan Lopez


                Bryan Lopez is a stellar WBL student in the Manufacturing pathway at Gainesville High School. Bryan is a junior in high school and works at Kubota. He starts his day at Kubota at 7:00 a.m. and returns to school at 11:30 a.m. After his school day he goes to soccer practice as an integral member of the GHS Varsity soccer team.Bryan also turns in all assignments and documentation always in a timely manner His employer at Kubota  says, "  Bryan has a great work ethic and is a team player. He follows directions well and is an asset to Kubota." Bryan enjoys working at Kubota and because of his job was able to purchase a car, which helped him tremendously.