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Employer Testimonials

The Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Program works with over 2000 Georgia Employers to build strong local communities with a highly trained workforce.

Satilla Hospice, Waycross, Georgia

A ray of sunshine to a most difficult situation” is how one of our patient’s families described the WCHS Work-Based Students working with Hospice Satilla Hospice House. Another visitor described the students as caring and professional and not afraid of work. Hiring the students has been a highlight for Hospice Satilla. They are Professional, Hardworking, Teachable, Team Players and remind us all of the energy and aspirations we had as young healthcare providers. The students believe they have a chance to change the world for the better, and their enthusiasm is contagious to all who are around them. In return the patients, family members, visitors and staff are helping to prepare the students for the workforce. It is the goal of Hospice Satilla to instill in our student employees excellence in healthcare, work ethic and attitude that truly will change the world to those they serve.

Debra GoldenRN Executive Director

Working with the Work Based Learning program in the Jackson County School System has helped Caterpillar build our pipeline of talent. Plus, we love working with the high school students! We are proud to be a part of the community, and honored to be part of this great program.

Karen L. JohnsonHuman Resources Communicator
Bridgestone Golf

Participating in the Work Based Learning program has benefitted Bridgestone Golf by bringing us emerging TIGER talent to add to our digital marketing team. These young professionals have added talent and fresh perspective to our bottom line.

Sheryl BoddieDigital Communications Manager
Wilco Printing & Signs

Wilco Printing & Signs in Braselton, GA has had the pleasure of utilizing WBL students for more than 4 years. It is a vital part of our ongoing success as a small business to train young people in graphic design, printing, sign & banner production, marketing, advertising and customer service. Without the WBL students we would not have experienced the growth that we have enjoyed in recent years.

Kathy LindbergOwner
Kubota Manufacturing of America

As a large manufacturer it can be a challenge to discover and develop a local work force that is willing to plant roots in a community. Work based learning has lended the opportunity for Kubota to highlight our career opportunities to the students, teachers, and local civic group within our community. We have seen numerous students who are in the shadow of graduation who do not have a career pathway. We as a company have had the opportunity to offer full-time employment to these students upon graduation and help them develop a career pathway that could potentially keep them within our county.

Once community leaders and teachers understand that in a manufacturing environment all types of careers exist I think we all benefit from this knowledge being dispersed. High school students have the opportunity to explore these careers while gaining real life experiences that have the potential to shape both the students and our ever evolving workforce. Our leaders at Kubota have been strengthened by the opportunities to mentor and develop these young lives, and often those who are conducting the training and mentoring are shaped as much if not even more than those students who come on our campus each day.

Greg WorleyKubota Manufacturing of America
BM&K Construction & Engineering

BM&K Construction & Engineering is proud of our 4 year partnership with our local schools to provide apprentice level opportunities in the engineering and construction fields. The Work Based Learning program has enabled us to work with aspiring engineers and provide young people from our community insight into our profession. Every student we have worked with has come to us very prepared and eager to learn more.

Don Clerici, PEPresident

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 SiragusaE-Marketing Director
Talley, Richardson & Cable

We have participated in the Work Based Learning Program for nearly two decades and are thrilled with the results. It has enabled us to teach business skills to our high school students as well as learn new ideas from them.

SUSAN SUTHERLANDOffice Administrator