Mission Statement

The mission of FUSION is to educate and train CCPS students for a lifelong career journey and create a sustainable workforce for Hopkinsville/Christian County.


Fusion WBL Program Application Process for the 24-25 School Year

The Google Form Link goes live at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 5th.  

It will close at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1st.

FUSION Work-Based Learning Program Guidelines 

Are you interested in taking your education to the next level? Would you like to experience working in the career that you are preparing for? If so, then FUSION is for YOU!! 

FUSION is Christian County Public Schools’ (CCPS) work-based learning program. It encompasses all forms of work-based learning (WBL)--cooperative education (co-op), internships, and youth apprenticeships. 

FUSION Work-Based Learning Opportunities

The three WBL opportunities that FUSION offers to high school students are as follows: 

Cooperative Education is a one-year course, designed to provide a senior student with the opportunity to obtain a minimum of 10 hours per week of supervised employment in addition to related classroom instruction. To accomplish this, the student will be responsible for meeting definite requirements. This is an individualized program designed by the instructor and the employer to ensure it reinforces and broadens the skills taught in the student’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway and it aligns to the student’s individual learning plan (ILP). Students who participate will receive a wage for these experiences, in accordance with local, state, and federal minimum wage requirements. 

Internships are for students who have completed extensive school-based preparation relating to an identified area of career and academic interest in the ILP. Internships are combined with in-school instruction and give students opportunities to explore careers via workplace experiences. Students earn high school credit for internship participation. Most internships are short-term unpaid placements. 

Youth Apprenticeship is a business- and industry-driven program to create a pipeline for students to enter postsecondary apprenticeship training. This program consists of in-school classroom training, as well as on-the-job training. Students will be notified of youth apprenticeship opportunities through their career pathway instructors as opportunities develop in the community. Students who participate will receive a salary, in accordance with local, state, and federal minimum wage requirements. 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federally funded program that serves CCPS seniors with educational and work placement assistance. Not only does the WIOA program collaborate with co-op, internships and youth apprenticeships, but it also assists students that have a desire to gain work experience after school and on weekends. If a student is WIOA eligible, the district workforce program specialist (Ms. Kelly Gates) will contact the student to assist them with their documentation, program requirements, and employment placement. 

FUSION Objectives

● Demonstrate and practice safe work habits at all times. 

● Gain career awareness and the opportunity to test career choice(s). 

● Receive work experience related to career interests. 

● Integrate classroom studies with work experience. 

● Receive exposure to facilities and equipment unavailable in a classroom setting. 

● Earn work experience and knowledge needed to successfully complete industry certification or end-of-program assessment (EOPA). 

● Increase employability potential:

FUSION Requirements:

Please stay attentive for district and school announcements and communication outlets regarding ALL Work Based Learning processes and requirements beginning in January of the junior year. Communicating via school email throughout the school year and in the summer is MANDATORY to participate in WBL.  

Students enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a WBL activity. The decision to accept a student for WBL is based on the following: 

CTE skill level, academic grades, attendance and behavior records. Candidates not meeting the requirements and denied for WBL will have the option to submit an appeal for the requirements through the Board of Education. 

FUSION Eligibility Criteria*


Students are encouraged to be actively involved in the program Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), such as DECA. Educators Rising, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, TSA, or SkillsUSA. 

*Youth Apprenticeships are business- and industry-driven; therefore, individual employers will develop their own criteria. Youth apprenticeship requirements may vary depending on employer needs and expectations. 

FUSION Application Procedures:


FUSION Student Responsibilities: 


Being involved in FUSION is a unique opportunity for prepared students to further their 21st Century Skills and Technical Skills. One component of FUSION is to require students seeking employment to conduct all of the required communications. At no time should a parent do the communicating with an employer or leaders of FUSION. Students are evaluated on their communication and follow-through skills. 

Please contact the district work-based learning program specialist with any questions:

Kelly L. Gates