Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia


What is Work-Based Learning (WBL)?

WBL is an opportunity to be released from school early to go to work and start gaining some real world work experience – and get school credit! You can have a paid part-time position, an unpaid internship or both. We try to relate your work experience to your long-term career goals, but you can also get WBL credit if you just have a general part time job. This is a great opportunity to begin building your resume while still in high school.

What are the requirements to take Work-Based Learning?

In order to apply for the Work-Based Learning program, here are the requirements that you must meet:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Maintain good attendance and discipline record
  • Provide your own dependable transportation to/from job site/internship and have an official school parking permit

What do I have to do for the class?

There are two main components of the WBL class:
  1. GO TO WORK. For each release period, you must work 5 hours per week. For example, if you have WBL during 7th period, then you have to work 5 hours each week. Those hours do not have to literally be from 2:00 to 3:00 pm every day. You might only go to work one afternoon during the week and then on a Saturday. This gives you flexibility with other after school activities, like athletic games and practices. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the program.
  2. COMPLETE WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS. Each week, you have to complete an assignment or two that are related to a specific topic. All assignments are posted online in advance. You can work ahead!

How do I get to work/my internship?

Students must provide reliable transportation daily. You must leave campus for your WBL period unless other special circumstances are in place.

How many WBL periods can I take?

Students may take 1-3 courses of WBL upon approval.

When do I take WBL?

Courses must be taken in either the morning, afternoon or a combination but not the middle of the day unless paired with dual enrollment. Ex. 1&7, 1-3, 6-8, 1,6 &7 but not 1,3,7.

How many hours do I need for full credit?

Students must work/intern an average of one hour per day for each release period to earn full credit for hours.

I have a paid job, can I use it for WBL?

Yes, if it is related to coursework. The purpose of WBL is to help students find their future career. Students can have a paid job and an internship related to his/her career goals.

Can I use my paid job to count for WBL hours even if I have an internship?

Yes, if students do not get enough hours through the internship, they can supplement with paid hours.

What if I can’t work for a few days or weeks?

If a student is temporarily out of work due to extenuating circumstances, alternatives may be provided to earn hours. Speak to your coordinator.

What if I don’t have a job or related internship?

Coordinators will help secure an unpaid placement. You must work to pass the course(s).

Can I get paid in healthcare?

Most healthcare positions are unpaid due to lack of credentials.

What schedule works best with WBL?

WBL works with all schedules; traditional, virtual, dual enrollment, athletic, IB, AP, etc.

If we transition to virtual school at any point, can I continue to work?

If you have a part-time job, that will be up to you, your parents/guardians and employers. WBL will not mandate that students do or do not continue to work paid positions if school goes virtual. If you do continue to work, your assignments will continue as normal including work reports and employer evaluations. If you do not continue to work, you will do the provided hours replacement assignments via Canvas in addition to normal monthly assignments.

What happens if I'm an unpaid intern and school goes virtual?

If you are not able to continue, alternate assignments may be given at coordinators option via Canvas to replace your hours. These will replace hours only and will be in addition to the normal assignments.

What if I feel uncomfortable at my paid job during the pandemic?

WBL does not dictate what you do on your paid job, that is between you and the employer. If you decide to discontinue your employment, you must handle that with your employer. In order to stay in good standing with WBL, you must contact your coordinator within 3 days. You will do hours replacement assignments via Canvas, in addition to normal assignments, until you return to work.

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