Education Update – August 2016
The Fayette County School system is looking to grow the number of interns that they place with businesses. Last year, Fayette County placed 77 work-based learning interns in the first half of the year and grew to 90 workers by second semester. Students are able to explore their career interests firsthand while gaining valuable work experience and building important business relationships.
“The students in the program are talented young adults, and they are eager to see firsthand how the things they are learning in school are applied in the workplace. This program is a fabulous way to make an impact in our community.” says WBL Coordinator, Virginia Gibbs.
So do you have your intern yet? The school year starts next week. It’s not too late! The WBL Coordinator qualifies each business which is part of the program, and businesses must provide a mentor to help guide the student. Internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on the job description as it related to DOL requirements. Students work at least five hours a week for each period they are enrolled in Work-based Learning, but may work more if that is of interest to the employer or student. Students receive elective course credit for successful completion of the prorgam.
The next Education Committee meeting is Tuesday, August 16 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce