Work-Based learning in Henry


From Staff Reports



Students finding success through Work-Based Learning

Three high-school students in Henry County are poised to be the first Work-Based Learning members to be employed at the newest branch of Georgia United Credit Union.



L. to r.: Paige Alexander, Logan Turner and Cheyenne Martin. Special photo



Cheyenne Martin of Stockbridge High School, Paige Alexander of Woodland High School, and Logan Turner of Ola High School have been training and working at GUCU’s Stockbridge branch. They will transition to the Academy for Advanced Studies branch in January, and comprise the student of the month honorees for August, September, and October.

The school system’s Work-Based Learning initiative is designed to give school students work experience and career guidance. The program is active in each of the county’s 10 high schools. The school system’s partnership with GUCU will enable the credit union to expand its footprint of financial services in the Southern Crescent and give students real-world experience and knowledge about the financial sector.

Martin, a senior, plans to attend Stanford University after graduation, and to obtain a master’s degree or higher in computer and or electrical engineering. She said her job at GUCU will help her understand more about technical equipment and give her exposure to basic skills needed in life.

“Thus far in my internship, I have learned how to operate a computer keypad with speed, solve math problems quickly and efficiently, and I have a better understanding of finances for my personal future needs,” said Martin.

Alexander, also a senior, said the Work-Based Learning program, and working at GUCU, have given her one of the greatest learning opportunities a student can have while in high school.

“I really enjoy the environment and the people with whom I work,” said Alexander. “I know the soft skills, work ethic, and financial literacy skills that I’m learning at GUCU will be invaluable to me in the future.”

One big advantage for students participating in Work-Based Learning is the advantage of showing an employer their capabilities on a routine basis and learning that organization’s operating system. This makes the likelihood of a full-time job that much higher for the student after high school.

Turner, a senior, sees the possibility of working for GUCU in the future.

“I have gained a great deal of practical knowledge, hands-on experience, and overall leadership skills through the varied experiences of Work-Based Learning,” said Turner. “After graduation, I will pursue a marketing degree while working full-time with GUCU.”

Meg Norrell, branch manager at GUCU Stockbridge, commended all three students for their work and their training at GUCU.

“Logan, Cheyenne, and Paige possess the mature and professional behavior I expect from our team members,” said Norrell. “Each of them has been an asset to our Georgia United team, and I look forward to continuing to work with them all at our new branch come January 2016.”

Three additional Work-Based Learning students will join Martin, Alexander and Turner in the spring.

For more on the credit union, visit www.gucu.org. For more on Work-Based Learning in Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.