WBL at Work

OUR MISSION

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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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SPOTLIGHT

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WHAT IS IT?

Manufacturing is the process of designing, making, installing and maintaining various products, whether cars or medical devices, furniture or electronics, or even food. Manufacturing has become much  more automated today because of advancements in technology. Career paths no require more technology and computer skills, but are in very high-demand. 

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WHAT CAREERS CAN MANUFACTURING LEAD TO?

• CNC Programmer             • Machinist

• Fabricator                        • Mechatronics Tech

• Industrial Engineer           • Welder

• Machine Operator             • Plus Many More     

WHAT WILL I DO?

Manufacturing careers vary depending on the industry and skill level. Automotive and medical products are more automated, where automation technicians are leveraging computers to manage the assembly line. Installers are performing more manual work,                                                assembling products, directly with their hands as                                      they move through the assembly line. A                                                 fabricator might be using tools to join two                                             pieces of metal together to create a large                                              piece of machinery. A CNC Machinist                                                   works with CNC machinery to create tools                                              and parts from metal, plastic and other 

                                          materials. 

 

                                     Industrial Maintenance Technicians                                           perform basic maintenance and repairs on machines to keep the factory running efficiently while a welder fuses metal parts by applying heat. 

                                 

IN DEMAND CAREERS NATIONWIDE

Education
Occupation
Median Salary
Job Growth 
over the next 10 years
Packaging Machine Operator
$30,160
1%
Production Worker
$30,170
2%
Welder and Fabricator
High School
Diploma
$41,380
3%
Machinist
$43,630
3%
Industrial Machinery Mechanic
$52,340
5%
CNC Programmer
Certification
$53,190
20%
Electro-mechanical Technician
Associate's
Degree
$57,790
1%
Electrical and Electronics Drafter
$60,070
3%
Bachelor's
Degree
Industrial Engineer
$87,040
8%

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Electrical and Electronics Drafter

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Industrial Engineer
Electro-mechanical
Technicial

Top Earning H&T Careers through 2030

IS THIS FOR ME?

• Attention to detail            

• Critical thinker    

• Technology-minded          

• Good at math and science  

• Dependable               

WHAT'S NEXT?

If you are interested in a career in the Manufacturing 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. 

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."

                -Alex George

                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."

                               -Al Trembley, 

                                WSI Rainmakers

"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."

                            -Lisa Geyer,

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"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."

          -Phil Sutton

          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”.

                         -Jerry Smith

                         Hall County Fire Services