WorkSource Georgia is the state’s federal-funded employment and training system, working to connect talent with opportunity. At the local level, Douglas County works with the Atlanta Region Workforce Investment Board to utilize WIOA funds. WIOA funds are allotted to dislocated workers, low-income adults and youth and administered specifically through services geared toward helping disadvantaged citizens obtain meaningful employment.
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TradeFive is a partnership between the Douglas County School System, Douglas County Economic Development Authority, and West Georgia Technical College – www.georgiatradefive.com/
The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program is designed to provide experiences and activities that support a school to career transition. This simply means that students are allowed to work off campus in the business community in order to learn more about a chosen career. Once a student has met all requirements of WBL, the WBL Coordinator will determine the correct WBL placement for the student. The students will earn one unit of credit for each completed WBL course.
May Work-Based Learning Spotlight: The Farmer’s Table
Farmer’s Table opened in August 2011 with 1200 sq. ft. and lots of outdoor space. The concept was to not only sell produce but also a variety of products that were unique, local, or specific to the South. In 2016, the space changed but the concept stayed the same. Farmer’s Table began offering more products that are tailored to Douglas County residents, like home cooked meals. May 2018 will bring about one more change with the addition of a Sweet Shoppe.
Susan Henderson, owner, wanted a business that created a unique shopping experience for customers, but also a working environment that team members would enjoy. Partnering with the various high schools and the Work Based learning program brings willing and eager young people that have helped create a shopping experience that customers comment on all the time, specifically mentioning the young employees and how polite, helpful, and personable they are.
Abigail is a senior and Work-Based Learning student at Chapel Hill High School. Abigail stated, “since working at Farmer’s Table, I have learned skills needed for any workplace, such as teamwork, punctuality, responsibility, and time management. My work experience has taught me so much about customer service and the importance of communication in the workplace. Not only have I learned what it takes to be a good employee, I have also made wonderful friendships through my job, and have gained an enormous amount of wisdom from my boss and my coworkers.”
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