Work-Based Learning Student of the Month

Special to The Times

Henry County high schools’ Work-Based Learning initiative is dedicated to providing high school students with valuable work experience and career guidance. Henry County Schools has a very active program in each of its ten high schools, and this is the second ‘Student of the Month’ recognition for the 2016-2017 school year.

Shyanne Lawrence, a senior at Stockbridge High School, is employed by the Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House in Stockbridge. She is the November Work-Based Learning Student of the Month.

Senior Shyanne Lawrence is the Work-Based Learning initiative Student of the Month for November Special photo

Lawrence has been a quality asset to the team at the popular local eatery according to Nathan King, her boss and supervisor. King is the manager of the restaurant and shared high praise for one of his younger employees.

“Shyanne exhibits great professionalism and responsibility,” said King. “Her leadership and influence is invaluable to our team. She helps to maintain standards, while also setting standards for others to follow.”

As can be the case for most Work-Based Learning students, Lawrence is gaining skills at her current job to help her reach her ultimate career goal in a different field. She has plans to become a pediatrician and possibly own her own daycare. She is aiming to reach her goals by first attending a two-year school or technical college locally before moving forward with further requirements.

It has been Lawrence’s healthcare science classes at Stock-bridge High School that have helped her realize what exactly it is that she wants to do.

Lawrence said, “The courses gave me a glimpse of what I was going to be committing to, and it also gave me the opportunity to come to the decision that I really wanted to continue in the healthcare field.”

By participating in Work-Based Learning, Lawrence has noticed a shift within herself. She said she went from being someone who did not have a clear focus on what she wanted to do and what it took to get there, but now she has a great understanding and the ambition to make the right choices for her future.

Her instructor in the Work-Based Learning program, Deborah Gilliam, has seen the transformation, too. Lawrence said Gilliam was one of the driving forces behind her recent success, and Gilliam is quick to point out that Lawrence has attributes necessary for success.

“Shyanne is a hard worker,” said Gilliam. “She often evaluates what she needs to do to stay focused and accomplish her goals. Her employability skills and soft skills make her a valuable asset to her employer.”

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