work-based learning

MISSION:  The Work-Based Learning Program mission 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.

Colquitt County High School had 297 students enrolled in the WBL learning program for the 2023-2024 school year. Those students worked approximately 140,375 hours and earned $1,222,571 in wages. Of the 297 total students, 73 were in un-paid internships.

Work-Based Learning placements represent the pinnacle of the Career-Related Education experience. The work-based learning program is a cooperative program for high school students who are preparing for full-time employment in various occupations. It consists of three parts: (1) classroom instruction, (2) on-the-job training and (3) leadership training.

CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION: Students attend regular classes in the morning, including one related instruction period in the student’s field of study and are placed in selected work sites in the community for the on-the-job training during the afternoon hours. The teacher-coordinator correlates classroom instruction with on-the-job training by visiting students and planning work experiences cooperatively with the student’s employer.

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING: After securing employment, the student will follow a planned training program under the supervision of the employer and the coordinator and will receive a grade for the classroom instruction and a grade for the on-the-job training.

REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for a WBL placement at Colquitt County High School:

  • Good Attendance and Discipline
  • Track to Graduate
  • 16 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation


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