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.
Abigail Halls is a Woodstock HS Work-Based Learning student who works as a paid engineering intern at Roytec Industries, LLC. Through the WBL program, Abigail has been afforded a fantastic opportunity to learn hands on engineering and manufacturing skills that are not able to be learned in the traditional classroom. Just to name a few, she has had the opportunity to learn engineering sales including quoting and setting up Bill-of-Materials for customers, completing cell production and assembly tasks, and performing hands on production and inspection of materials. She has also been able to communicate with customers from all across the globe – different time zones, tariffs, cultures, and countries – which is an amazing opportunity that not all grown adults are even afforded.
Abi’s supervisor and mentor, Dan Zendzian, stated “She is an extremely fast learner, very motivated, and has progressed to a level over the last few months where I am comfortable assigning her projects that would normally be given to seasoned engineering technicians here. While Abi has always exhibited a strong work ethic, that has become even more apparent in the recent weeks. When school was cancelled for the remainder of the school year Abi approached me and asked if she could work additional hours beyond the 10 hrs per week she was working while in school. Because of her aptitude and demonstrated ability to complete projects I was happy to accommodate her request. She is now working 30+ hours per week and she has helped my team keep up with the increased demand of expedited quotes we have seen from our customers in the last few weeks.”
Dylan Smith is a 2019 Work-Based Learning graduate. While in WBL his senior year Dylan worked at Thomasville Toyota as an Oil Technician. Since graduating Dylan has accomplished so much. Toyota paid for him to complete his mechanic certification and Dylan now a team leader of his own team.
Meet Josue Frayle
Josue Frayle is interested in construction, specifically carpentry. He gets satisfaction when building projects come to a conclusion – he likes seeing things built.
Josue has a reputation for being a bit of a jokester and enjoys a good laugh. During the internship, however, he learned that playing around in the shop or on the job site could cause injury, so it is important to take a safe approach. He also learned how to stay on task and be ready to adapt to changes. Josue shares, “Case Manager Alex Balla kept me in check with safety protocols – and he just cared.
Josue completed 233 hours during the internship and upon its conclusion, he began learning HVAC through a dual enrollment program.
Tyler and Anthony both participated in the Work-Based Learning program at FBHS with a concentration in Marketing. These two young men are enterprising entrepreneurs, who opened their own business in April, 2019. Their business, Clean Canz, is a trash bin liner subscription service. Their main goal is to eliminate the smell and disease from large sanitation trash bins. They sell 95 gallon trash bags that fit into any sanitation trash bin, along with rubber bands to keep the bag in place. These two young men began shipping their product out of their houses, but business has grown to the point that they now have a warehouse in Buford. Check out their business at www.cleancanz.com!
Flowery Branch High School
Class of 2018
Through the Work-Based Learning program at FBHS, Gracie interned at Chestnut Mountain Animal Hospital as a vet tech. She is currently studying Biology at the University of North Georgia, and wants to attend the University of Georgia\'s veterinary school to become a Vet. She still works at Chestnut Mountain Animal Hospital and has been promoted to vet assistant, where she assists the veterinarians in the treatment of animals, performs blood draws, takes x-rays, does dentals, and she even monitors surgeries. Gracie states: \"Having started this job so early has benefited me in the hours of experience I need to attend vet school in the future. I have even started to pick up shifts at my local animal ER (after day practice hours). At the ER I have learned that it is important to be fast but efficient with every patient that walks through the door. The ER environment is completely different than day practice and that is another reason I enjoy working at the ER, too. I am so glad that WBL encouraged me to find a place to work at that would benefit me in the future.\"
Tito Onitveros Garcia
I am currently working at Azalea Health. My duties are to complete various tasks related to our Revenue Cycle Management service, including general data entry into web-based software/applications, medical claim generation and submission, payment processing and reconciliation, financial reporting, analytical decision making, and data visualization. This job will allow a doorway of opportunities to be opened. It will give me experience working with computers and valuable life skills.
I currently shadow at Dr. Griner's. My current duties are to visit patient rooms and assess their condition with the doctor. I have been given the opportunity to learn about their diagnoses and prognoses. I see patients that range in age from four days old to 90 years old. In the future, I would like to become a pediatric surgeon. This current job is a way for me to learn about patient care, different illnesses, and learn how an office environment works.