Work Based Learning
The Georgia Work-Based Learning Program assists businesses with building a highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented young work force. Our goal is to assist in the creation of a strong support structure between local employers, students and schools. Work-Based Learning supplies talent to address industry workforce shortage needs. We promote an industry-driven system where employers set occupational skills standards, collaborate on curriculum, provide work experience and certify mastery of skills. Focus on the future with Georgia Work-Based Learning.
Mission and Vision:
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, post-secondary institutions, and registered apprenticeships which will lead the participating student into meaningful careers. Georgia had 19,394 students enrolled in credit bearing Work-Based Learning courses in 2017, which includes 3,219 students in Youth Apprenticeship Placements.
The vision of the Work-Based Learning Program includes:
- Creating a seamless transition from career oriented courses in High School to post-secondary education, credentials, and a successful career.
- Opportunity for students to develop strong employability skills (soft skills) that will make them desired employees.
- Application of the technical skills learned in related coursework while working in real life employment situations.
Student Benefits of WBL:
- Work Based Learning can help students improve academically.
- It helps them learn how the things they learn in the classroom are connected to the real world.
- It's also a great way to explore career options.
School Benefits of WBL:
- Work-based learning can improve student motivation, attendance, and graduation rates.
- It can also improve the school's relationship with the community.
Employer Benefits of WBL:
- Work-based learning helps employers reduce their recruitment and training costs.
- It also helps them hire better-prepared employees who understand workplace expectations.
Work Based Learning is a chance for students to discover things they can't learn in a classroom. At GCCA, all students who are on track to graduate will have the opportunity to apply their junior and senior year to take Work Based Learning. If accepted, these students stand to gain valauble on the job training and essential work skills they can use to help them find success in their future endeavors.
Each student will have their own individual training plan that will correlate with their specific job placement. This training plan will be developed through a cooperation with the WBL coordinator and your worksite supervisor. The training plan will contain all of the job skill competencies that have been identified that you will learn throughout the semester. Every nine weeks your supervisor will go over the training plan to and determine how you have progressed with your skills.
Students can access Mrs. Mize's Work Based Learning website HERE for more information.