Alumni Spotlight

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Wyatt Wallace is a 2021 graduate of Lanier College & Career Academy. Wyatt served his two-year internship at Kubota. He said his high school, which focuses on developing students in a work-based learning environment, was key to his endeavors to jump start his life, stating, “I mean, you learn a lot — a lot — from getting into jobs early,” he said. “And I’m at work until probably 6 or 7 o’clock every day.”

Wyatt is attending August Technical Collage pursing a degree as an aviation technician. 

LANIER COLLEGE & CAREER ACADEMY
Class of 2021
WYATT WALLACE
JACOB BRITT
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Will Williams is a 2021 graduate of Chestatee High School. During his Senior year, will completed an internship at Kubota Manufacturing. Will worked alongside a mentor who gave him specific training in the area of manufacturing and engineering.

 

Upon graduation, Will committed to work with Kubota while attending Lanier Technical School to further his education and career in manufacturing and engineering. We are proud of Will and his hard work and dedication to finding his career passion.

CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2021
WILL WILLIAMS
JACOB BRITT
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Jahayra is a 2020 graduate of North Hall High School.  During high school she completed the Allied Heath Pathway and served an internship at NGHS where she rotated through several departments at the hospital.

Jahayra found her passion for emergency medicine while serving in the ER and credits the Work-Based Learning program for providing the opportunity to affirm her aspirations of becoming a doctor.  She is currently majoring in biology at the University of North Georgia and plans to pursue medical school.  Jahayra uses the skills she learned through her internship to serve others as a volunteer at Good News Clinic. 

NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2020
JAHAYRA VALDOVINOS
JACOB BRITT
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Luke and Matthew worked for Gerald Palmer Fencing in Cleveland during Work-Based Learning. They took their skilled learned and decided to start a business of their own!

L&M Fencing is thriving and constantly growing. Their specialty is fiberglass fencing but they install all types of fencing as well. They have purchased tractors and skid steers to expand their business and they recently traveled to Texas to complete some contract work.

On top of being young business owners, the boys are working on their education at Lanier Tech. Luke is finishing up his Diesel Tech Diploma and Matthew is working on his Electrician Diploma.

NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2020
MATTHEW & LUKE GUNTER
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TANNER WILSON
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2019

Tanner was a pathway completer in Construction in high school. He completed his WBL internship with Carroll Daniel Construction. Tanner was awarded an apprenticeship with Carroll Daniel where he continued to work for the company while attending Lanier Tech to earn his degree in Field Engineering. 

Tanner earned his degree in 2021 and now works full-time with Carroll Daniel as a field engineer. 

Gracie Charlton
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GRACIE CHARLTON
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2018

Through the Work-Based Learning program at FBHS, Gracie interned at Chestnut Mountain Animal Hospital as a vet tech. She is currently studying Biology at the University of North Georgia, and wants to attend the University of Georgia’s veterinary school to become a Vet.

 

She still works at Chestnut Mountain Animal Hospital and has been promoted to vet assistant.  Gracie states: "Having started this job so early has benefited me in the hours of experience I need to attend vet school in the future. I have even started to pick up shifts at my local animal ER (after day practice hours). At the ER I  have learned that it is important to be fast but efficient with every patient that walks through the door. The ER environment is completely different than day practice and that is another reason I enjoy working at the ER, too.

 

I am so glad that WBL encouraged me to find a place to work at that would benefit me in the future."

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ALFREDO ORTIZ
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2018

Alfredo was a pathway completer in Healthcare Science in high school. He earned several certifications in high school including CPR and EMR.  He served his WBL internship at Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he currently works as a patient transport technician. 

 

Alfredo  is a student at the University of North Georgia and is in the nursing program. He plans to complete his degree and pursue a career in nursing. 

COURTNEY SMITH MILUM
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COURTNEY MILUM
CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

Courtney Smith Milum is a 2017 Graduate of Chestatee High School where she completed the Healthcare Science Pathway. During her time in the Work-Based Learning Program, Courtney was an intern with Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she rotated through eight different departments to discover her career likes and dislikes.

 

After graduating from Chestatee High School, Courtney went on to study nursing at Truett McConnell College. Courtney graduated with her BSN in 2021. Courtney is now an ICU Nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She credits her time in the WBL program for allowing her the opportunity to network and decide on the career path that was best for her.

Carson Negley
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CARSON NEGLEY
NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

In high school Carson studied Marketing and began working as an administrative assistant with Cory Clark Electric as her WBL placement. 

Carson states “I would say that my WBL experience did play a part in my decision when I was debating on what to study in college. I knew I wanted to go in the direction of business and I thought majoring in Marketing would be a great way to encompass business and my creativity. I really enjoyed having the experience from WBL to put me in a real world situation before I was in college. It gave me confidence as I was going into classes about business at the college level, because I had learned several things about business through Cory. I learned both electrical related things through my time doing WBL with Cory, but I also learned aspects of the accounting and management that went into his business.”

CODY MARTIN
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CODY MARTIN
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016

Cody was enrolled in the Construction Pathway courses (I, II). He completed his Internship at  B & E Machine 2015-2016. He is a 2019 UNG graduate with Associates of Engineering and went on to become a 2022 graduate of Kennesaw State University with

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology. 

Cody works at Mars Wrigley as a ‘Continuous Improvement Specialist’ where he works to improve current manufacturing processes and machines in order to make production more efficient. Cody says that this role aligns exactly with his degree practices. 

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ERIKA FREEMAN
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016

Erika Freeman is a 2016 graduate of Flowery Branch High School. She served her WBL internship at Chateau Animal Hospital.  After a few months, CAH offered her a part-time paying position.

Erika graduated in 2020 from Athens Technical College with Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and is still working with Chateau Animal Hospital. 

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HANNAH MCQUEEN
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016

Hannah McQueen is a 2016 graduate of Flowery Branch and served her

WBL Internship at Shane’s Rib Shack in 2015-2016. 

Hannah is a Honors Teaching Assistant at UGA, an Ambassador for the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, an undergrad lab assist and is  pursuing a B.S. in Biology. She is studying for the MCAT & applying for Medical school.

Yadira Hernandez Class of 2015
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YADIRA HERNANDEZ
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015

Yadira is an ECE pathway completer.  She served a WBL internship at Myers Elementary School in third grade.  She is currently enrolled at University of North Georgia where she participates in a co-op program where she works part-time as a bilingual (Spanish/English) para-professional and takes early childhood education classes at UNG.

Yadira’s  WBL mentor at Myers, recommended her for the para-professional position and she was hired!

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Savannah completed the Healthcare Science pathway in high school. She did her internship at the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. 

Savannah attended Gwinnett Tech where she earned her CCMA certification. She is now employed with North Atlanta Dermatology. 

SAVANNAH NICHOLSON
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015
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Jacob Mercer was an active member of the band while in high school. He served his WBL Internship at FBHS under our Band Director in 2014-2015. 

Jacob went on to earn a B.S in Music Education from Reinhardt University. He is currently the Band Director at North Cobb HS. 

JACOB MERCER
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015
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ANDREW TODD
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2014

Andrew served his WBL internship at Channel 18, the Government channel in Gainesville. He is now  a full-time Technical Support Specialist II at the University of North Georgia's Oconee campus.  His job duties consist of everything involving the Audio-Visual on this campus.  He provide classroom support, video conferencing support, and event support. Andrew also works in North Oconee’s new Convocation center/arena that can hold up to 4,000 people. He operates the cameras, audio, and video switcher for the list of events: commencements, basketball games, concerts, and special events. 

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FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL

Annalise was a student in the Healthcare Science pathways and served her WBL Internship at NGHS Rotation 2013-2014  & Longstreet Clinic  rotation in 2014-2015. 

Annalise attended Charleston Southern University and graduated in 2019 with a BSN degree as a registered nurse. She is now employed as a

Registered Nurse at East Cooper Medical Center in Charleston, SC

ANNALISE TAGGART
Class of 2014
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CASSIE KORNSTADT
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2013

Cassie is a Healthcare Science pathway completer who served her internship with Hall County Schools in Occupational Therapy. She graduated from Augusta State University. 

Cassie is currently employed at Floyd Medical Center as an occupational therapist who specializes in working with patients recovering from strokes. 

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Claire Crain JHS 2011 Success Story
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CLAIRE CRAIN
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2011

Claire participated in the Work-Based Learning Program during her junior and senior years as a nurse intern with Northeast Georgia Health Systems

She graduated from Shorter University Brady School of Nursing in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

She currently works as a registered nurse at WellStar North Fulton Hospital on the Surgical floor

Roxie Oliver Miller
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ROXY MILLER
NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2009

Roxie took classes in the Education pathway and also completed an Internship at a local preschool.

 

She is now a graduate of the University of North Georgia and is employed by Hall County Schools.  She is a 2nd grade teacher at Riverbend Elementary and serves as a Mentor to a current WBL student.

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Raul was enrolled in Work Based Learning his Junior and Senior year of high school.  His senior year, he attended Lanier Tech for HVAC.  While attending Lanier Tech his senior year of high school he also worked at Stuart Pro Air. 

 

After graduating high school, Stuart Pro Air hired Raul full time and is still currently employed at Stuart Pro Air. 

EAST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2021
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Alex Yanez is a 2021 graduate from Chestatee High School. Throughout his high school career Alex completed the HVAC Pathway. His senior year he was a Work-Based Learning Intern at GEE Heating and Air where he worked alongside a mentor who trained him more specifically for this industry.

 

Upon graduation, Alex committed to work with GEE Heating and Air full-time and be a part of their training and leadership program. We are so proud of Alex and his commitment and focus.

CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2021
ALEX YANEZ
JACOB BRITT
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During his time at North Hall, Noah completed courses in Welding and Agriculture where he discovered his passion for mechanics. As a senior, he was hired on as an apprentice with Kubota and quickly progressed through mastering multiple sub-assembly stations.  Noah was awarded the North Hall Work-Based Learning Student of the Year for 2020 for his positive attitude, performance on the job, and willingness to teach others.  

 

After graduation Noah stayed on at Kubota and has been promoted to a floater position in engine assembly.  The partnership between work-based learning and Kubota has provided him with opportunities to gain new skills and grow towards a leadership role.  Noah is currently working towards his goal of becoming a supervisor.  

NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2020
NOAH YOUNG
JACOB BRITT
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Beau Millwood completed his WBL Internship at Atlanta Rehabilitation and Performance Center

He attended Georgia Southwestern University 2019’ and was a part of the

Men’s Tennis Team and was the  President of Sigma Chi. He served as the treasurer GSW Nursing Association. He is now working in the

Critical Care Unit at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. CCRN, MSN, BSN

FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2019
BEAU MILLWOOD
JACOB BRITT
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Lauren completed the pharmacy  Pathway in high school where she earned certifications in CPR and BLS.  Lauren served her internship with the Longstreet Clinic in the pharmacy.

Upon high school graduation, Lauren was offered a paid position with the pharmacy at Longstreet. While working, she earned her Pharmacy Technician certificate from the University of North Georgia. Lauren is still attending UNG as she is currently pursuing a pre-pharmacy degree. Lauren plans to become a pharmacist.  

WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2019
LAUREN IVARIE
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Trey completed the Construction  Pathway in high school and served his internship at Northeast Georgia Rentals where he worked maintaining equipment.

Upon high school graduation, Trey was offered a full-time position with Northeast Georgia Rentals. 

His boss, Brian English, commented that Trey is an incredible asset to their business and they are grateful for their continued partnership with Work-Based Learning. 

TREY PLACEK
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2018
Baylon Mitchell
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BAYLON MITCHELL
NORTH HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

Baylon participated in Honor’s level courses and also completed the STEM pathway at NHHS.  At the end of his Junior year, he applied for an internship with IMS Gear in Gainesville, Georgia. 

 

The IMS Gear internship during his Senior year, provided valuable experience and direction for his future.  Baylon is now a part of the Apprenticeship program at IMS Gear.  He continues to work and learn on-the-job, while pursuing a post-secondary degree that is being paid for by his employer.

NATALIE RUIZ
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NATALIE RUIZ
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

Natalie is a Healthcare Science Pathway Completer. She completed her Internship at Atlanta Rehab and Performance center.  She is a 2021 graduate of University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics- Nutrition.

She now works as a Georgia Health Department WIC Nutritionist and counsels pregnant/post-partum women, infants, and children on their nutrition

JESSICA BERLINER
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JESSICA BERLINER
CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

Jessica Berliner had a career focus of Marketing and Management. During her time at CHS, she was the marketing manager work-based learning intern for the School Based Enterprise where she worked alongside her mentor to learn management styles, sales strategies and inventory. Jessica also competed at the region, state and national level in the CTSO DECA.

 

Upon graduating  she went on to pursue a degree from the University of North Georgia with a degree in Business Management, she graduated in 2021. During her time at UNG she was awarded 4th place overall out of 2,177 competitors from 39 other universities in a virtual sales competition through RNMKRS.Org. She was recently hired for a sales position with a local company where she will continue to use skills that she has learned to establish a career that she discovered she was interested in, while being an intern through the WBL Program.

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MELISSA SIERRA
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016

Melissa is a 2016 FBHS graduate. She completed her HC pathway and interned at Mundy Mill Dental as a YAP Completer. 

 

Melissa Graduated from Ga State University in May with a Degree in Dental Hygiene. She is now the New Patient Coordinator at Smile Doctors in Flowery Branch

Madison Phillips
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MADISON PHILLIPS
CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016

Madison completed the Healthcare Science pathway in high school. She served her internship at Riverside Pharmacy where she is currently still employed.

 

Madison is a student at the University of North Georgia where she has passed the exam to become a Pharmacy Technician. Upon graduation Madison plans to pursue a career as a pharmacist. 

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Beau completed the Healthcare Science pathway in high school. He did her internship at Atlanta Rehab and Performance. 

Beau attended Georgia Southwestern University and is a graduate of the Honors Nursing Program. He is currently employed at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in the  Critical Care Unit

BEAU MILLWOOD
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015
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BLAKE GRIFFIN
EAST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015

Brock served his placement at Champion Aviation where he is currently employed and he is attending UNG in Gainesville. Brock began working on obtaining his private pilot's license at the Gainesville Airport and already has charter companies offering him a position once he earns his ratings.  

 He recently shared this with me, " I would not have been able to do it without you and WBL.  Thanks for all of the help and patience you had with me."

KATELYN TURNER HOPKINS
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KATELYN HOPKINS
CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015

Katelyn Tuner Hopkins is a 2015 graduate of Chestatee High School. Katelyn’s career focus was on Healthcare. During her time in the Work-Based Learning Program Katelyn interns with Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she rotated through eight different departments to learn the daily tasks and pressures of an Registered Nurse.

 

Katelyn went on to complete her RN degree from Brenau University. Katelyn is currently employed with Northeast Georgia Medical Center and gives credit to her time in WBL for allowing her to decide on her specific career passion.

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This is my first year as a 5th grade teacher at Tadmore Elementary. I teach Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. I am a product of the Hall County School System and a graduate of East Hall High School. I graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2019 with my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I have a Reading endorsement and an upper grades English certification.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my fiance, family, and friends.

MADISON BROWN
EAST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015
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Cassidy Buffington participated in the Work-Based Learning program as a hospital intern with Northeast Georgia Health Systems.  In December of 2018 Cassidy graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

 

Cassidy has accepted an externship with Northside Cherokee Hospital where she will be working in Labor and Delivery. 

CASSIDY BUFFINGTON
EAST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2014
JACOB BRITT
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Kade White enrolled with Lanier College & Career Academy August of 2020, moving to Hall County from Carrolton, Georgia.  He immediately made a great impression with his exceptional work ethic in both his academic classes and his work in CTAE classes, specializing in Agriculture Mechanics. 

Kade was proactive in joining the Work Based Learning program at LCCA and was “hired” as an intern for our Agriculture Mechanics instructor, Brian Elrick.   This relationship not only gave Kade new skill sets in his CTAE pathway but he also gained employability skills that clearly set him apart from his peers. 

Working in the Agriculture Mechanics lab stirred Kade’s mechanical passion and led him to seek opportunities in this industry.  Kade enrolled in the Electro-Mechanical/Refrigeration Academy at Lanier Technical College August of 2021 and completed the program October 4th with Industry Certifications in OSHA 10, Assistant Refrigeration Operator, Ammonia Refrigeration, and Industrial Forklift. This program is sponsored by WorkSource Georgia, Lanier Technical College & The Poultry Federation.

Kade is now employed with John Soules Food.  We celebrate his dedication and hard work! 

LANIER COLLEGE & CAREER
Class of 2021
KADE WHITE
JACOB BRITT
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Jackson completed the engineering  Pathway in high school where he concentrated in mechanical engineering. He was awarded the Engineering Student of the Year award for WHHS. He combined his knowledge of engineering and  love of diesel mechanics to decide on the career of becoming a diesel mechanic. Jackson  served his internship his senior year with United Auto Care in Flowery Branch. 

 Jackson is still working with United Auto Care while he is pursuing a degree in Diesel Equipment Technologies from Lanier Technical College. 

WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2020
JACKSON SWAFFORD
JACOB BRITT
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 During his Senior year, Alex interned with Oakwood Tire to gain more mechanic skills. He worked 20+ hours a week in a non-paid role in order to get his foot in the door and make a good impression.

 

Alex’s boss and President of Oakwood Tire, Mike Robertson,  states the following, “Oakwood Tire is so thankful that Alex Ibarra was part of the Work-based Learning Program at Chestatee High school. When he was in school he came and worked very hard and was eager to learn. I told him to keep it up and we would let him work this summer. He did and now has become a very good employee for us at Oakwood Tire. Alex is continuing to learn more about the automotive industry . He has applied and been accepted to Lanier Tech in their auto mechanics program. His plans are to work here and go to school (which we are gladly providing a scholarship for). We at Oakwood Tire are very happy to have him as part of our team and are happy with the partnership we have with the high schools and with Work-based Learning. We are looking forward to hosting more interns in the future!”

-Mike Robertson

President, Oakwood Tire

CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2020
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Jacob completed the Emergency Medical Responders Pathway in high school where he earned certifications in CPR, BLS and Emergency Medical Response. Jacob served his internship with the Hall County Fire Department.

Upon high school graduation, Jacob  continued with the fire department and graduated from the Hall County Fire Fighter's Academy. He is now a full time fire fighter with HCFS. 

WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2019
JACOB BRITT
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SERGIO ALCALA
CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2019

Sergio Alcala is a 2019 graduate of Chestatee High School who completed the pathway in architecture and construction. During his Senior year Sergio went to work for Kubota KMA Manufacturing. Upon graduation Sergio signed to go straight to work with Kubota through their apprenticeship program while he was enrolled in Lanier Tech for the Architecture/ Drafting program. Sergio currently works at Kubota as a department manager where he oversees many employees, some of who are current high school WBL interns. We are proud of Sergio and all he has accomplished and look forward to seeing where else life takes him!

Tyler and Anthony
Tyler and Anthony
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Tyler and Anthony both participated in the Work-Based Learning program at FBHS with a concentration in Marketing. These two young men are enterprising entrepreneurs, who opened their own business in April, 2019.

 

Their business, Clean Canz, is a trash bin liner subscription service. Their main goal is to eliminate the smell and disease from large sanitation trash bins. They sell 95 gallon trash bags that fit into any sanitation trash bin, along with rubber bands to keep the bag in place. These two young men began shipping their product out of their houses, but business has grown to the point that they now have a warehouse in Buford. Check out their business at www.cleancanz.com

TYLER BLAYLOCK
Class of 2018
ANTHONY GRUTADAURIO
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
ALONDRA CHAGOYA
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ALONDRA CHAGOYA
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

Alondra is a Healthcare Science Pathway Completer and completed her

Internship at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She is a 2018 graduate of North Georgia Nursing Academy with a Certified Nursing Assistant. 

Alondra is a CNA in the Woody Stewart Heart Failure Unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.  Alondra has been working as a CNA for three years.  The unit she works on is actually one of the locations where she served an internship rotation during the 2016-2017 year.   Alondra was selected as November 2020 Employee of the Month. 

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Carpenter at Work
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ANDREW HOFFMAN
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

Andrew was a pathway completer in construction in high school.  He is a current employee at Carroll Daniel Construction.

 

He is a student at Gwinnett Technical College and is enrolled in the mentorship program through Carroll Daniel in which the company provides his tuition.  

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KIMBERLY AREVELO
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2017

Through the WBL program, Kimberly interned at Spout Springs Elementary School, where her duties included providing remediation for children as needed, working with small groups and providing assistance in the classroom.

 

Upon graduation from high school, Kimberly received a full scholarship to UNG through the RISE program, and she is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Additionally, Kimberly works  part-time as a parapro with Tadmore Elementary School. Congratulations Kimberly on your success!

Shelby Palmer
Shelby Palmer
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SHELBY PALMER
CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016

Shelby Palmer is a 2016 Chestatee High School graduate who completed her internship working alongside special education students at local schools. After high school, Shelby earned her degree in Interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in health and human studies and social sciences from the University of North Georgia. Shelby currently works as a special education teacher at Chestatee High School and as an assistant softball coach after passing the Special Education GACE assessment. Shelby has always had a heart for this population of students and we are thrilled she came back “home” to share her passion with the students at Chestatee!

Connor Westmoreland
Connor Westmoreland
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CONNOR WESTMORELAND
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016

Connor completed the Healthcare Science Pathway in high school and served his internship at The Longstreet Clinic.  

Connor was later offered a position in the pharmacy at The Longstreet Clinic where he is still employed. He is currently a student at the University of North Georgia and is studying pre-pharmacy. He plans to become a pharmacist upon graduation. 

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Asher served a 2014-2015 Kipper Tool, marketing internship and a 2013--2014 WLA 6th Gr. ELA for English Language Learners teaching internship. He is a

2020 graduate of University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education with concentration in Science and Social Studies. 

Asher teaches physical science at Dalton Middle School and is co-founder of a specialty coffee roasting company in Dalton. 

ASHER GRIFFITH
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015
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GRACIE BRASSELTON
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015

Savannah completed her internship at Spout Springs Elementary School. She graduated from Piedmont College with a Bachelor's of Science in  Early Childhood Education.  

Gracie is pursuing a teaching position in the Hall County School district. 

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While in High School, Chelsea was a part of the Work Based Learning program and worked at Georgia Smile Team.  She went on to attend Brenau University and played softball while pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree and graduated in 2019. 

 

She is now a Dental Assistant at an Endodontist office in Gainesville.  She is currently enrolled and working on her Master’s degree in Healthcare Management and will graduate in May 2022.  

CHELSEA BUFFINGTON
EAST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015
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Madison was a FBHS graduate of 2015. She was enrolled in the healthcare science courses and served her WBL Internship at NGHS Hospital Rotation in 2013-2015. She graduated from Piedmont College in 2019 with a BSN as a registered nurse. While working she is enrolled  in Grad School at Piedmont

Madison is a Critical Care Unit nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and a Charge Nurse at the Oaks at Limestone

MADISON SAXON HOAGUE
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2015
Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez
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LUIS MARTINEZ
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2014

Luiz completed the construction pathway in high school and was also a member of the Habitat High Program.  He served his internship at Metro Power where he is currently still employed as an apprentice. 

 

Katie Williams class of 2014
Katie Williams class of 2014
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KATE WILLIAMS
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2014

Kate is a 2014 graduate of Johnson High School. 

Lauren smith
Lauren smith
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JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL

Lauren is a Healthcare Science pathway completer who served her internship at  Kids Health Pediatrics, Gainesville, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Nursing (BSN), from Brenau University in  2018

Lauren works as an RN and is employed by Northeast Georgia Health Services.  Her first department to work in was at the Gainesville hospital on 5-East, which is a medical-surgical floor with pulmonary, oncology, and hospice patients.  She is currently working at the Braselton hospital location in the radiation oncology department. 

LAUREN SMITH 
Class of 2013
ALex Hall
ALex Hall
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CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL

Alex Hall is a 2013 graduate of Chestatee High School. During Alex’s time in the Work-Based Learning Program Alex completed the fine arts pathway in the area of Music. He then went on to be a Work-Based Learning intern at Chestatee Academy where he worked alongside the Chorus teacher, in addition to being mentored by a vocal coach out of Atlanta. Throughout high school Alex aspired to be a country music singer. Alex currently lives in Nashville, with his wife and new born baby where he is thriving in the Country Music Industry. He has recently played at the Grand Old Opry, written songs with well-known song writers and performs at various venues across the nation. We are so proud of this Chestatee and WBL Alumni for working hard and never giving up on his dreams. We are excited to see where his talent and drive takes him next!

ALEX HALL
Class of 2013
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HANNA WHITMIRE
JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2011

Hanna served her WBL Internship in 2010-2011 at Helm’s Dental Office. She is a 2019 graduate of Athens Technical College with an Associate Degree of Dental Hygiene. 

Hanna now works as a dental hygienist at BGW Dental Group.

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cHRISTIN SAMPLES
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CHRISTIN LEE
CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2009

Christin Samples Lee is a 2009 graduate of Chestatee High School. During her time at CHS Christin was a Work-Based Learning intern with Northeast Georgia Medical Center where her career goal was a neonatal nurse practitioner. However, after completing her internship with Northeast Georgia Medical, Christin decided that she wanted to focus on Oncology.

 

Christin went on to graduate from Kennesaw Nursing School with her BSN in 2013. She then graduated from Vanderbilt with her MSN in 2018. Since graduation Christin has held many jobs in the healthcare industry. She has been a tech at NGHS and Oncology RN at NGHS and WellStar Kennestone. Today, Christin works at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University Midtown, where she specializes in GI cancers and head and neck cancers. She is also the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner at Emory University. Christin credits the Work-Based Learning program with helping her to decide what specific career in healthcare she wanted to pursue.

Taylor Wilson
Taylor Wilson
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CHESTATEE HIGH SCHOOL

Taylor Wilson was a Fashion Marketing pathway completer and is now the proud owner of a Gainesville boutique, Gypsy Threads. While in high school Taylor helped manage the Chestatee School Based Enterprise where she learned basic entrepreneurial skills.  Taylor also competed at the region and state level in the Marketing Organization, DECA. Taylor went on to study at the University of North Georgia where she obtained her Business Marketing degree. In addition to owning and operating Gypsy Threads, located on the Gainesville Square, she is also the co-owner of a Georgia based creative group, specializing in social media, marketing, photography + graphic design, called RT creative group. Taylor continues to be a proud supporter of the Chestatee Work-Based Learning program and mentors interns who are interested in fashion, marketing and photography.

TAYLOR WILSON
Class of 2011
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Emergency Vehicles
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ZACH HALL
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2009

Zach is a Healthcare Science pathway completer who served his internship with the Hall County Fire Services department. He graduated from Lanier Technical College. 

Zach is currently employed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Hall County Fire Services where he is an ER paramedic.  

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Doctors Looking at X- Rays
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Jamie is a Healthcare Science pathway completer who served his internship at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in orthopedic surgery. He graduated from Mercer University. 

Jamie is currently employed at Piedmont Hospital where he is physician's assistant in Cardiothoracic Surgery. 

JAMIE KING
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2009