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.

Work-Based Learning is more than just getting out of school early to go to a job. It is connecting the critical job skills you need to be successful with at-home assignments that complement the work experience that you are getting at your job.

Youth Apprenticeship offers employers in every industry the tools to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business. For workers, YAP offers opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers. Youth Apprenticeship exemplifies high standards, instructional rigor and quality training. Whether you are an employer looking to hire, train or retain a skilled workforce, or a worker looking for a new career in a well-paying occupation. YAP will help you achieve your goals.

Work-Based Learning in Barrow County

Is WBL/YAP right for me?

How can Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Assist a Student?
As the Work-Based Learning Coordinator for AHS, I can help you to explore a career or industry that interests you. There are a variety of opportunities available to you, including:        

Work-Based Learning: These experiences allow a student to gain real-world experience which connects to their class work; be provided with opportunities for leadership development; be provided with opportunities to develop relationships with adults outside of education; enhance skill development; establish a clear connection between education and work; develop workplace responsibility, positive work habits and attitudes; and earn credit high school credit. With all of these work-based learning opportunities, you have the opportunity to earn the GeorgiaBEST certification. 

Employability Skills Job Placement: Use your paid part-time job to also earn credit at school. If you already have a part time job (or would like help finding one), sign up for WBL to get the most out of your employment. You can deepen your understanding of the skills needed to be successful at work when you combine it with our Work-Based Learning program. While it is recommended that your job relate to your overall career goals, it is understandable that this is not always possible when you are looking to generate an income while in high school.

Internships: An internship provides a student with the opportunity to study an occupational program directly related to his or her career interest and to participate in a workplace setting by performing duties related to the occupational studies. You will be getting work experience now to start building your resume for your future career after high school. Internships are typically unpaid, but there might be an opportunity to be paid. Students r
eceive high school credit for their internship experiences.

Youth Apprenticeship: Youth Apprenticeship is a highly structured work-based learning program for students. Youth Apprenticeship experiences provide students with the opportunity to connect what they learn in the
school setting with work-site applications, thereby enabling them to make a smooth transition into employment and post-secondary education after graduation from high school. The experience is also directly related to a students’ career interest/pathway and allows them to perform duties and gain skills in a workplace setting related to their occupational area to enhance one’s future career goal. Students receive high school credit for the Youth Apprenticeship experience.

Field Trips: Any age group benefits from the opportunity to visit with business and industry in order to learn more about the workplace. This learning experience provides students with the knowledge that helps prepare them to select a program of study related to their career choice. Field trips are an exploratory strategy which provides career awareness for students. Field trips are scheduled periodically through Mrs. Summer, so visit her office to see posted upcoming visits.

Job Shadowing: Shadowing is a short-term educational experience lasting one to eight hours which introduces a student to a particular job or career by pairing the student with an employee of a business. The student shadows the employee for a specified time in order to better understand the requirement of a particular job or career. Students benefit from having the opportunity to spend a day or half day with a business representative.

Mock-Interviews: To prepare for job or college interviews, utilize a mock interview. Meet with a professional and practice your interviewing skills. Come dressed in professional dress (and get tips for what needs improved) with your resume. You will meet one-on-one to answer practice interview questions and get feedback on your responses and resume. This is an essential practice session to prepare you for your future interviews. 

Guest Speakers: Throughout the year, guest speakers will be invited to visit and share their knowledge, experience, and advice based on their past professional experiences. Come listen to these speakers to get insight into how to be successful in your career, learn more about a job field or industry, and to network with employers that someday you might want to work for. Visit Mrs. Summer's office for a listing of upcoming guest speakers, times and locations. 

CTSO Competition Preparation: If you are in a Career and Technical Student Organization, such as DECA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, or FBLA, you will need to present a professional image during competition. Whether you are presenting a business plan or demonstrating a skill, you will need to be dressed appropriately and be able to communicate clearly to your judges. I am happy to review your competitive event project or presentation to assist in preparing you for that all important competition.