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Work Based Learning
What is Work Based Learning?

The Towns County Work-Based Learning Program is an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors who have an identified career objective to obtain experience and skills in a workplace setting and begin working in their career pathway while still in high school. Students have the opportunity to connect what they learn in school with work-site application, enabling a smooth transition into the work force and/or education beyond high school.

Mission Statement

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.

How do students benefit?

• Ability to explore various career opportunities
• Connection between educational and work experiences
• Promotion of self-confidence at school and work
• Growth and development of their technical skills
• Development and exercise of beneficial behaviors and attitudes related to the job such as accountability, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.
• Earn high school credit while learning and exploring a new potential career.

How do employers benefit?

• Ability to provide students with a better understanding of a career field
• Opportunity to influence student training in order to meet ever changing industry requirements
• Work-based learning decreases the cost of training and recruitment, matching interested, invested young individuals and in a broad spectrum of industries.
• Expanded pool of qualified applicants
• Opportunity to collaborate and build a meaningful partnership with local school/system

How does the community benefit?

• Development of a skilled work force
• Enhanced youth employability
• Economic growth through an expanded skilled workforce and taxpayer base

Who Can Take WBL?

• Junior or Senior (16 years old)
• On track to finish academic coursework
• Successful completed a pathway
• Good attendance and discipline record
• Have your own transportation

 WBL Business & Industry Partners
Adam's Sales and Service | Advanced Digital Cable | Always Christmas | Arrow Exterminating | Asiano's | Barrett Tree Service
Blazin Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe | Brasstown Valley Resort | Brothers Restaurant at Willow Ranch | C & W Construction | Towns County Chamber of Commerce
Chatuge Regional Hospital | Chatuge Regional Nursing Home | Chevelle's Restaurant | Chick-Fil-A - YHC and Blairsville | City of Hiawassee
Deer Lodge Restaurant | Enrico's Inc | F & N Landscaping | Fieldstone Cinemas Six | Firehouse 17 Subs and Pizza
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds | Gillis Heating and Air | Goin' Postal | Gracie's Cakes | Happy Hawg
Hawg Wild BBQ | Hayesville Brew | Hiawassee Animal Hospital | Hiawassee Brew | Hiawassee Hardware
Hiawassee Hometown Pharmacy | Hiawassee Park - Georgia Baptist Homes | Huddle House | Hughes Accounting | Ingles of Hayesville
Ingles of Hiawassee | J & T Cart Sales/Young Lawncare | Kimsey-Wright Dental Lab | Mary's Southern Grill | Mason Tractor
McConnell Baptist Church PreSchool | McDonalds of Hiawassee | Moss Tree Service |  Mountainside Parcel and Post | Murphy Rehabilitation and Nursing
Murr's Lawn Care | North & Main Clothing Co. | Papa's Pizza to Go | Rib Country | Ricky Rogers Trucking
Ridges Resort | Serendipity Clinic | Starbucks Hiawassee | Stephanie McConnell, PC Attorney's Office | Taco Bell
Towns County EMS | Towns County Fire & Rescue | Towns County Recreation Department | Trailful Outdoor Company | Wood Sawmill/Farm | Zaxbys 

Contact Information:

MMelissa McConnell
Melissa McConnell, Ed.S
CTAE Director
WBL/YAP Director
School-Based Enterprise Coordinator
Towns County High School
1400 Hwy 76E
Hiawassee, GA 30546