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Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Work-Based Learning Programs (co-op, internship, and apprenticeship) allow juniors and seniors the opportunity to obtain experience and skills in a workplace setting. They offer students a unique opportunity to prepare for future educational and career goals while in high school. Any work-based learning program is an elective course, and students are issued 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 Carnegie units per semester based on the individual student’s registered course, assessed performance and work release time. This program was developed as a result of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act insuring a well-educated and highly-skilled workforce.

Work-Based Learning students receive support from four sources:
  • A work-site mentor/employer
  • The local school Faculty and/or Community-Based Advisory Committee
  • The local school Work-Based Learning Coordinator
  • The Gwinnett County Public Schools Work-Based Learning Coordinator


A Work-Based Learning Program:

  • Connects student learning more directly to the world of work through on-the-job training
  • Provides high-quality, work-based experiences for students
  • Assigns each student in the program to an employer whose job opportunity matches as closely as possible to the student’s academic and career goals
  • Enhances the educational foundation and career preparation students will need to succeed as adults
  • Cultivates the knowledge and skills of students to help them become business leaders for our economic future



Types of Work-Based Learning Placements Offered

Employability Skill Development ESD (Grades 11-12)
Students in a Work-Based Learning under the category of Employability Skill Development (ESD) if they have a job but the job does not have the correct relationship to their career goal and/or pathway courses taken. An ESD placement may last for up to one school year. Since the student’s job is not directly related to the student’s Career Pathway, the student’s training plan will only contain employability skills being learned on the job site.


Cooperative Education CO-OP (Grades 11-12)

Cooperative Education students participate in a structured program that connects school-based occupational instruction and related paid work-site experiences. These educational experiences provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum with an occupational specialty. Co-op students are guided by a formal, written training plan that defines specific academic and workplace skills to be mastered. Students must be concurrently enrolled in a course directly related to the job placement.


Internship (Grades 11-12)
Internship is an opportunity for student placement in an environment where skills and knowledge are developed and applied related to the coursework in the student’s pathway courses. The Internship should involve the equivalent number of hours that the student would have spent in class to earn the equivalent credit. The Internship may be either paid or unpaid and can occur only after the completion of coursework related to the placement. If the intern is functioning as an unpaid worker, he or she is NOT covered by Worker’s Compensation Insurance.


Youth Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12)
Students will practice key roles in a workplace setting in which a school-site mentor and a worksite mentor help a student explore a career of interest that has been supported by academic coursework. This program is designed for students who plan to continue their education at a postsecondary institution. The recommendation and expectation is that students will complete a total of 2,000 hours of work during their high school and postsecondary education in their chosen career field to complete the apprenticeship program.


Great Promise Partnership (GPP)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), along with key partners, launched a pilot program in January 2012 called Great Promise Partnership (GPP), Inc. As a 501(c)(3), GPP became affiliated with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Workforce Division (formerly the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development) on August 1, 2013. The program works with youth that are at risk of not graduating from high school, with the promise that if they will continue their education, we will support their efforts and help them prepare for further education, military service or the workforce after graduation.

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