WBL at Work
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To assist in the creation of a strong support structure and partnerships between local employers, secondary schools, and technical schools, colleges and certified training programs.
To provide assistance in the articulation of programs of study between high schools and post-secondary institutions.
To create a system that is industry driven where employers and their representatives help set occupational skills standards, collaborate on curriculum, provide work experience and work place mentors for students, and certify mastery of skills leading to the award of a skill certificate.
To focus on student’s learning about “many aspects” of a broad industry cluster rather than mastering a narrow set of occupational skills.
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.
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WHAT IS IT?
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources workers produce and sell a variety of products ranging from food to raw materials, and also help manage our environment. Agribusiness produces livestock, field crops, and fruit and vegetable produce, along with processing these products and marketing them for consumers to purchase. People working in natural resource focus on preserving the soil, water and air as well as maintaining and improving our natural environments. Scientist working in these fields are always looking for ways to improve the products and techniques used in modern agriculture.
WHAT CAREERS CAN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES SCIENCE LEAD TO?
• Agribusiness Manager
• Environmental Scientist
• Greenhouse Worker
• Wildlife/Conservation Agent
• Soil and Plant Scientist
• Biotech Researcher
• Food Scientist
• Wind Turbine Tech
• Environmental Engineer
WHAT WILL I DO?
Careers can range from working in an innovative scientific laboratory to being outdoors raising plants and animals. Greenhouse workers grow plants, flowers, trees and shrubs for residential or commercial use.
Environmental scientists and technicians study and analyze our land and water to maintain a balance
between industry growth and sustainability.
Agricultural and environmental
educators help students apply concepts
from math and science to real life
problems like water quality, food safety,
management of public lands, and wildlife
IN DEMAND CAREERS NATIONWIDE
over the next 10 years
Farmer / Greenhouse worker
Food Processing & Batchmaker
Agricultural Equipment Operator
Pest Control Worker
Wind Turbine Service Technician
Agricultural and Food Science Tech
Environmental Science & Protection
Geological & Petroleum Tech
Soil & Plant Scientist
Geological & Petroleum Technician
Soil & Plant Scientist
Top Earning Agriculture, F&NR Careers through 2030
IS THIS FOR ME?
• Likes problem-solving
• Enjoys using technology
• Likes to help people
• Wants a high-impact job
• Likes to work with data
• Likes animals and/or plants
• Many hours on your feet
If you are interested in a career in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource sector, contact your school guidance counselor to see what CTAE course work you should take. Also speak to your Work-Based Learning Coordinator to find jobs in this field to help jump start your career path.
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What Our Employers are Saying
"WBL is a true win-win situation across the board. The experiences help students make informed career choices, the schools improve their ability to prepare students and the businesses get additional help while developing potential future employees."
Operations Director, PPG
"The enthusiasm and collaboration between businesses and Hall County Work-Based Learning is valued and a win for our community. WSI Rainmakers is 'All In' and supports WBL. From students to the community, we all learn."
"J. Geyer Advertising has enjoyed and benefited from our partnership wtih the Hall County WBL. We feel this is such an important program that teaches important work skills to our students and future workforce. Our company enjoys the fresh ideas that our interns provide."
J. Geyer Advertising
"I had the opportunity to participate in a career readiness expo day. The students were well-prepared, very professional and highly engaged."
-Sheila Caldwel, UNG
"At Kubota, we believe in contributing to society in all that we do and I can't think of a better way than to invest in the future of our young folks. I sincerely believe that our partnership in Work-Based Learning is the cornerstone of our workforce development efforts and the single most important human capital investment we can make for the future of our business."
VP Chief Administrative Officer
“Our department has worked with the Work-based Learning Program for many years and have found the program to be a valuable tool in recruiting students interested in public safety and an avenue for community engagement”.
Hall County Fire Services