Work-Based Learning

Laura Boswell

Laura Boswell
706-367-5151 ext. 13026

Laura Boswell joined Jackson County Schools in 1989 as a business education teacher.  Currently, she serves both Jackson County and East Jackson comprehensive high schools as the work-based learning coordinator.  She earned her B.S. Ed. and M.S. Ed. degrees in business education from the University of Georgia and her Ed.S. degree from Piedmont College.  She has held the NE Georgia WBL region co-chair and chair positions and serves on the State WBL Executive Board as president-elect 2016-17 and president 2017-18. In 2015, she was named Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators Teacher of the Year and Work-Based Learning Teacher of the Year. She serves on the Piedmont College Alumni Association Board of Directors and received the 2016 Excellence in Education Award.  She is involved in Jackson County’s workforce development efforts and is a member of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Education Committee and was a finalist for the 2015 Jackson County Woman of the Year.  A Jackson County native, she and her husband, Steve, live in Maysville and have two children and one grandchild.

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.