Spotlight on Work-Based Learning

WBL: Earn money, get credits, gain experience
Work-Based Learning (WBL) provides valuable work experience for high school students. Those who qualify may work during school hours in a position related to their career pathway. Kaley Simmons and Madison McGee are among the students at Chapel Hill High School who are gaining valuable experience and earning high school credit and a salary.
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Kaley Simmons
Kaley, a junior at CHHS, is gaining on-the-job experience at Chick-fil-A in Arbor Place Mall. Kaley says that her job has taught her many useful skills, including being able to adapt to a variety of situations, becoming more sociable, and adapting to a fast-paced work environment.
 "I feel these skills will help me in the future because being able to adapt to change is important for future careers," said Kaley. "Learning social skills and knowing how to get things done efficiently are important for every career."
   
Madison McGee 
Madison says that she has developed multiple skills working at Sun City. "I am able to communicate with customers and learn how to properly convey the information valuable to them," she said.
In addition, she has learned to run the salon by herself, including opening and closing. "I am able to manage my time and handle multiple tasks at once while handling customers leaving and entering."
Madison also uses skills relevant to everyday household tasks, including doing laundry, cleaning, emptying trash, refilling and replacing products in the salon, and putting away products.
For more information about WBL, students should reach out to the WBL coordinator at their high school. For a current listing of local employment, internships and apprenticeship opportunities for high school students in Douglas County who are enrolled in Work Based Learning, please click the link below:

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