Special to the citizen
Savannah E’Dalgo is the September Work Based Learning student of the month. Savannah is completing an internship with Georgia Outdoor News magazine under the mentorship of editors Daryl Kirby and Brad Gill. In her first few weeks at the office, Savannah researched and wrote two articles that were published in the September edition of the magazine.
“Savannah is already doing a great job for our company,” Mr. Kirby said. “We’re thrilled to have her on our team, and we hope her time with GON will help as she graduates this spring and prepares for her next steps.”
At Morgan County High School: A Georgia College & Career Academy, the Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Program is an education option that prepares high school students for the world of work and post-secondary training through a combination of academic and workplace learning.
During the eighth, ninth and 10th grades, students should begin exploring their career interests. In the ninth grade, a student will take courses in the academic and technical areas that help to lay the foundation for their future career.
By the 11th and 12th grades, students can pursue work experience during school, through the Work-Based Learning program.
Not only would a student continue to take course work related to his/her career interest at school, but also begin paid, on the-job training or a nonpaid internship through a structured workplace learning program off campus.
Work-Based Learning is learning that results from work experience designed to increase the knowledge and skills of the learner. The success of the Work-Based Learning program is primarily based on the quality of the placement of the student in a business and the instruction that the student receives as part of the work-based learning segment of the program through an assigned mentor. Employers and the assigned mentor aid the student’s education by assessing performance, creating relevant curriculum, and developing occupational skill standards specific to the employer and industry.
The work experience is supplemented with instruction and activities at school that apply, reinforce, refine, or extend the learning that occurs during work, so that learners develop knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits that might not develop from work experiences.
No matter a student’s plans for the future, the High School Work-Based Learning Program offers real-world experience that will benefit students. Thus, work-based learning programs serve as a vital link between education and careers.