Work-Based Learning integrates high school courses, technical skills, and career goals through real-world work experiences. Through work-based learning experiences, students merge theory with practical work experience in jobs with local business partners.
Businesses benefit through access to an applicant pool who are interested, qualified, career-oriented, and have technical skills training.
Students benefit from real-world application of the academic, employability, and technical skills learned in school.
Communities benefit from strong relationships between businesses and schools. Through active exchanges, educators better understand employers’ needs and employers contribute to the technical skills development of the community’s workforce.
Instructional strategies provide career awareness, career exploration, career planning, employability skills training, and support as students integrate school with work.
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Apply for the Work-Based Learning Program
Juniors or seniors interested in the WBL program may complete an application by selecting the link below.
The Griffin-Spalding County Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Program is an education option that prepares high school students for the world of work through a combination of academic and workplace learning. It is based on the belief that our youth must be better prepared for the future if they are to be successful in a competitive, global economy.
Work-Based Learning is a structured experience that connects the student’s career goal and classroom learning with a productive work environment. Work-Based Learning is NOT a program to get out of school early. It is an extension of the high school curriculum.
Be a junior or senior at least 16 years old
A 2.5/75+ grade point average
Good attendance and discipline record
Good recommendation from 3 teachers
A defined career goal
On track for graduation
Completion of (or enrollment in) matching coursework in a career pathway
Reliable transportation to and from the workplace
Proof of health and automobile insurance
Good attitude, grooming habits, and work ethic.
Students, parents, employers, and the WBL Coordinator will sign a Training Agreement and a Training Plan reflecting work hours and tasks.
Student job schedules must reflect the majority of the work hours between 7:30 AM and 8:00 PM Monday through Friday.
WBL Coordinator must be able to make job-site visits during weekdays and regular working hours.
Students will meet with the WBL Coordinator on a regular basis. Meetings are announced several days in advance.
Students will create a portfolio with employability lessons to earn the Georgia Best Work Ready Certificate.
Students may not work for parent/guardian.
The Work-Based Learning program would not be possible without the support of our local business partners in the Griffin-Spalding County area. These businesses act as mentors, helping to train students with critical skills needed to be successful in the world of work. Thank you to our current business partners and we encourage all businesses to get involved. For information on how to become a Business Partner, please contact Dr. Lea Folds at email@example.com.
The Work Based Learning Mentor Handbook contains more specific information for potential partners with our program. Please contact Dr. Lea Folds, Work Based Learning Coordinator for more specific information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Rules (a site hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor) contains important job related information for students and their parents/guardians including work hours, minimum wage, and child labor information.