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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
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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
ALEX IBARRA
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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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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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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. 

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!

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. 

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

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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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. 

 

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
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."

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
TYLER BLAYLOCK
Class of 2018
ANTHONY GRUTADAURIO
FLOWERY BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL

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

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.  

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.

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. 

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!

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."

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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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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. 

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
Class of 2009
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
JAMIE KING
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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
Class of 2009
WEST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
JAMIE KING
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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
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.  

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. 

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.

The Hall County Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, handicapping condition, or sex in its educational programs or employment. 

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