Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed into law legislation creating work-based learning programs for Georgia high school students, which will increase their access to real-world education and further ensure that our state is shaping a qualified future workforce. These programs will replace Georgia’s current Youth Apprenticeship Program. “Work-based learning programs establish a mutually beneficial relationship between students, employers and the economic health of the state,” Deal said. “Yielding highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career-oriented students, these programs will aid in the development of a successful and competitive 21st century workforce and help keep us the No. 1 place for business.”
The new law allows students in any public high school to enroll in a work-based learning program that is offered at their school and has been approved for class. The student will be granted release time from school to work for a qualified employer and may be eligible to earn dual credit upon completion of the program.
A couple of things: Note that one of the mantras currently used by those who want to fault everything that is public education is a “one size fits all” approach. This, in addition to Georgia’s 17 different career tracks in high school, is further evidence that Georgia is not a “one size fits all” state when it comes to our public schools.
Note that Georgia continues to keep Common Core standards. Remember this program and the career academy tracks the next time you want to claim Common Core mandates a “one size fits all” problem under Common Core standards. Because the evidence just makes you look ignorant when you say things like that.