Education Update – May 2017
Connecting Business and the Classroom
This week, students at high schools across Fayette County are receiving their GeorgiaBEST certification for demonstrating the critical soft skills required to be successful in the workplace. Utilized this year in the Work-Based Learning program at every Fayette County high school, and in healthcare classes at McIntosh High School, the GeorgiaBEST program focuses on teaching skills such as punctuality, communication skills, professional image, teamwork, attitude and respect, time management, and good work habits.
Certificates are earned after successful completion of work in ten soft skill areas with ongoing observation and teacher assessment. Students earning the highest level of GeorgiaBEST Elite have also completed at least a semester internship through Work-Based Learning and a portfolio. GeorgiaBEST certificates give students an advantage with employers who can be confident that they have strong work habits and are ready for the workforce.
Started in 2011 by the Georgia Department of Labor, the GeorgiaBEST (Business Ethics Student Training) program was developed to address the concerns of Georgia’s businesses who found that many new hires lacked the soft skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce. As reported by Forbes Magazine, 89 percent of all new hires who lose their jobs do so because of a lack of soft skills.
“These high school students will not only have academic credentials leaving high school, but also have employability skills that will help set them apart in today’s competitive job market,” said Virginia Gibbs, Coordinator of Innovative Business Partnerships, Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeships.