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Mrs.  Rebecca  Milford-Floyd
Work-Based Learning
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I am proud to be in my 16th year at Franklin County High School, as the FCHS Work Based Learning Coordinator.  In 1998, FCHS was awarded a start-up grant for the then newly-piloted initiative, GA Youth Apprenticeship program.  In 1998, I was working at Oxford College of Emory University in Admissions, Financial Aid and Special Programming.  I had a newborn baby and the commute to Oxford, GA of 2 hours one way, was no longer a viable option for me or my young family.  I received a timely call from FCHS administration, asking that I help get the YAP program on its feet, but warning that the job would be an unsecured, granted position that would require grant writing each year, in order to fund the position.  Fifteen years later, our Youth Apprenticeship program, now included in the larger organization of Work Based Learning, has been successfully funded each year and continues to provide FCHS juniors and seniors, a unique opportunity for apprenticeship and interniship in careers of interest to them.

I am a senior member among my WBL colleagues, with two other coordinators in the state, having more years of experience in YAP/WBL, since the inception.  I have served on both the regional and state advisory boards of Work Based Learning and held the position of Northeast GA Regional Vice President from 1999-2001 and President from 2001-2003.

Work Based Learning encourages mature and qualified juniors and seniors to consider the impact that educational and career choices will have on their lives and that of their future family's.  Work Based Learning students run the entire spectrum of work related experiences, from those apprenticing unpaid in medical settings, law offices and elementary classrooms to paid apprentices in areas such as welding, auto mechanics and sales, to the basic first-job experience as a grocery bagger, fry cook or retail employee.  WBL students may leave campus for 1/4 to 3/4 of their school day in order to gain more work experience &/or pay.  Every period of WBL, earns teh student one elective credit towards graduation.  Regardless of each student's unique journey to FCHS, or chosen path beyond, they all have one thing in common: they will all go to work.  It's my HOPE that they will have a career that they enjoy.  It's my JOB to encourage and support personal introspection and life planning, while still in the safe haven of high school.

After graduationg from FCHS in 1989, I attended Oxford College of Emory University, obtaining my AA in 1991.  I finished my BA degree in Cultural Anthropology at UGA in 1993.  In 2000, I graduted from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Global Career Development.  In 2003, I graduated from Piedmont College, having obtained teacher certification (k-5) and a Masters in Education.  I consider myself and lifelong learner who truly enjoys the challenge and rigor of research and study.  I hope to return to school in the years to come, in order to work on a doctoral degree focusing on the relationship between public education, personal career planning and a community's work force planning and development.   

I think that Work Based Learning is vitally important to all FCHS students, and appreciate the opportunity to impact the lives, and hopefully futures, of our students.  Franklin County is my home and the place where I've chosen to re-establish roots, raise and educate my children and serve my community.  It's extrememly gratifying to run into &/or hear from former WBL students, for whom WBL has made a difference in their educational and career path, ultimately bettering their lives. 

 

 

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