This week, work-based learning professionals from Bulloch County Schools invited local leaders to learn more about the program and hear testimonials from current participants. The event was hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives from area businesses spoke to the benefits of having work-based learning students on staff. “They are a great asset to our company,” said Megan Yawn of BAK Builders. “This program provides a huge advantage for local businesses.”

Students share work-based learning experiences

Anna Clifton
Anna Clifton Credit: Bulloch Schools

Southeast Bulloch High School senior Anna Clifton is in her second year of work-based learning. Clifton works as a post-closer at Taulbee, Rushing, Snipes, Marsh, and Hodgin – a local law firm specializing in real estate. “I have learned so much about the industry,” she said, “and the program allows a good balance for students to succeed academically.” Prior to joining the program, Clifton was considering becoming a teacher. She is now focused on starting a career in law. “The mentor role is very important,” she said. “They serve as role models and introduce you to new ideas.” Clifton will attend the University of Georgia in the fall.

Aaliyah Lonon
Aaliyah Lonon Credit: Bulloch Schools

Aaliyah Lonon is a junior at Statesboro High School. Currently in her first year of work-based learning, Lonon said the program “holds you accountable and sets you up for success.” Before accepting her current position working at a local childcare center, Lonon was working part-time in the fast food industry. “Work-based learning helps you explore pathways you didn’t consider before,” she said, “and it also helps to eliminate what you don’t enjoy.” Lonon said her biggest takeaway from the program is learning from colleagues who have worked in the industry for several decades. Her advice to future participants: “Be teachable and learn from critiques.”

work-based learning
Registration is now open for student participation in the Bulloch County Schools work-based learning program. Credit: GA Department of Education

More than a part-time job

Bulloch County Schools CTAE Director Bethany Gilliam said that work-based learning is more than just an opportunity for students to earn extra cash. “They receive a grade and class credit based on their performance,” she said. “There is lots of accountability and there are consequences for their actions.” 

Gilliam said that now is the perfect time for students to express their interest in work-based learning. After completing a Google Form, students will be contacted by their school’s work-based learning coordinator to complete the next steps in the process.

Bulloch County School Superintendent Charles Wilson said he is proud of the students and their commitment to the program. “[The school system] strives to provide the fabric of character in our community and… connect students to resources. There is a wellbeing crisis in our community and we want to ensure that the things we do align with who we are.”

Learn more about Work-Based Learning in Bulloch County

For more information on WBL in Bulloch County, visit the district’s website or reach out to coordinators below:

Kristen Rogers
WBL Coordinator

Renee Rogers
WBL Coordinator

Marsha Arnett
WBL Coordinator

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