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Georgia Work-Based Learning: http://gawbl.org/
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, and post-secondary institutions which will lead the participating student into meaningful careers.
- To assist in the creation of a strong support structure and partnerships between local employers, secondary schools, and technical schools, colleges and certified training programs.
- To provide assistance in the articulation of programs of study between high schools and post-secondary institutions.
- To create a system that is industry driven where employers and their representatives help set occupational skills standards, collaborate on curriculum, provide work experience and workplace mentors for students, and certify mastery of skills leading to the award of a skill certificate.
- To focus on student’s learning about “many aspects” of a broad industry cluster rather than mastering a narrow set of occupational skills.
BENEFITS OF SCHOOL-TO-CAREER PROGRAMS
Effective work-based learning programs provide a wide range of specific benefits to students, employers, educational institutions, and the community.
A work-based learning program can benefit participating students by:
- Providing opportunities to apply academic proficiencies.
- Establishing a clear connection between education and work.
- Increasing motivation and retention by showing the relevance of academic and occupational instruction.
- Providing opportunities to explore possible careers and enhancing skill development.
- Improving post-graduation job prospects and establishing future employment contacts.
- Developing workplace responsibility and positive work habits and attitudes.
- Providing opportunities for leadership development.
- Providing opportunities to develop relationships with adults outside of education.
- Encouraging completion of secondary education and enrollment in post-secondary education.
- Helping develop an understanding of the workplace.
A work-based learning program can benefit participating employers by:
- Providing an opportunity to prepare future employees.
- Offering a source of skilled and motivated future employees.
- Reducing the cost of recruitment and training.
- Improving employee retention.
- Offering opportunities to provide community services.
- Encouraging involvement in the curriculum development process.
- Increasing employer visibility in education.
- Communicating required job-specific proficiencies to educational personnel.
Work-based learning programs can benefit the local community by:
- Ensuring cooperation and understanding between education, business, and the community.
- Enhancing awareness of local employment opportunities.
- Building the foundation for a more productive local economy.
We look forward to working with the community as our partner in giving Wilkes County's students a head start in the working world by offering them a unique opportunity to gain some valuable experience in their chosen career field. This is a win-win for our students and for participating employers.
The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program consists of structured experiences that connect a student’s career goal and classroom learning with a productive work environment. Work-Based Learning includes student placement in positions that may be unpaid or paid.
The Work-Based Learning experience provides students with opportunities for instruction not only in academics but also in occupational skills. Students also get the opportunity to explore careers and receive guidance in identifying employment and educational goals. A major goal of the WBL program is to provide students the opportunity to connect what they learn in school with work-site application, enabling a smooth transition into the workforce and/or education beyond high school.
Work-Based Learning placements represent the pinnacle of the Career-Related Education experience. To qualify for a WBL placement at WWCHS, a student must:
- Be a Junior or Senior at least 16 years old
- Have a clearly defined career goal
- Have completed or be completing the final course of a Career Pathway
- Have a job that relates to that Career Pathway/be willing to help the WBL coordinator find an internship position related to that Career Pathway
- Be on track for graduation
- Have a good academic record (GPA 2.5 or higher)
- Have a good attendance and punctuality record
- Have a good high school discipline record
- Provide three (3) outstanding teacher recommendations (1 English, 1 Math, 1 of student's choice)
- Provide reliable transportation to and from work
- Complete and return Work-Based Learning Application: https://bit.ly/2YmaJXU
*Once you have completed the application, email Dr. Finnell (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know you have done so.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Work-Based Learning interns participate in professional skills lessons because they are learning to become the type of workers that employers are seeking. The information below shares feedback from Georgia's employers about their soft skills expectations. Our interns strive to learn, practice, and develop these skills.
- A&J Dairy
- Armour Brothers Farms
- Bee Southern
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA - Washington-Wilkes Club
- Bruce Holes, DMD - Family Dental Care
- Callaway Heating & Cooling
- Chic Events & Creative Design
- Creative Kidz Korner
- Colonial Builders Supplies
- Country Financial
- Denard Farms, LLC
- Denard Offroad
- Double D Maintenance
- Erick V. Pagan, DMD - Pagan Affinity Dentistry
- F&M Bank
- Family Connection-Wilkes County Community Partnership
- Fievet Pharmacy
- Garrett Farms
- Moore Farms
- Nationwide Builders
- Pizza Hut
- Pruitt Health
- Relyant Communications
- Ryll Equipment Company
- Shedd Farms
- Southern Manor
- The Connely Gallery
- Urgent MD
- Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce
- Washington-Wilkes Elementary School
- Washington-Wilkes Middle School
- Washington-Wilkes Middle School Nutrition Department
- Washington-Wilkes Primary School
- Washington-Wilkes Parks & Recreation-Pete Gartrell Community Center
- Wills Memorial Hospital
- Wilkes County EMS/EMA
- Wilkes County Head Start School
- Wilkes County Schools Plant Operations Department
- Wilkes County Schools Transportation Department
- Wilkes County Young Farmers
- Wright & Jones Funeral Home
For more information and/or to participate in the program as a student or employer, please contact:
DR. ALICIA M. FINNELL
Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Director