Work-Based Learning

Dr. Shannon Lawrence

Dr. Shannon Lawrence

Dr. Shannon Lawrence was named Jackson County School System Teacher of the Year in October 2018 and began work as coordinator of the JCSS work-based learning program in July 2019. Watch for more information on his background coming soon…

Work-based learning (WBL) represents the pinnacle of the career-related education experience for high school students in the Jackson County School System.

To qualify for a WBL placement, a student must be in grades 11 or 12, be at least 16 years old, and must have a defined career pathway. Each job placement is directly related to the curriculum of the career, technical, and agricultural education (CTAE) classes completed or in which the student is currently enrolled.

WBL is not simply work release; it is an extension of the high school classroom learning in a non-traditional laboratory setting. It is an opportunity to truly apply, in real-world settings, what the student has learned through a related program of study.

Students participate in WBL opportunities through internship, cooperative education, youth apprenticeship, and clinical experiences.

Learn more about the requirements and details of WBL in the Program of Study.

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CTAE Clusters

Pathways within each cluster are listed in the Program of Study 

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, AV/Technology & Communications
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

In addition, students who meet all admission requirements may earn the following technical college certificates through classes offered by Lanier Technical College on the EJCHS campus:

  • Child Development Specialist
  • Early Childhood Care & Education Basics
  • Criminal Justice Specialist
  • Nurse Aide
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder


Nontraditional Occupations

Nontraditional careers are those occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses that fit their career goals regardless of the gender make-up in the classroom. Some examples of nontraditional careers are nursing for males and drafting for females.