Local Employers See Great Promise in Kids

Eight local employers have signed up to employ students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the work-based learning program offered by Walton County Schools.  

Eleven students at Monroe Area High School interviewed with seven organizations for a chance to become part of the Great Promise Partnership, a program developed by the Governor's Office of Workforce Development to help students develop workplace skills through part-time employment.

"We select students whom we know will work hard and represent themselves, their school and our program well, but who need a little extra support in finding opportunities and transportation to enable them to participate in work-based learning," said Ivy Corder, Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at MAHS, who implements the program locally.  

Carmichael Drugs, Allstate Insurance - Ellerbee Agency, Williamson Properties, Keller Williams Atlanta Metro East, City of Monroe, Walton County Government, and FISH interviewed eleven students to fill seven positions for part-time work beginning next semester. 

The Great Promise students, like all students enrolled in work-based learning, will be released from school during the final class period each day, and will go to work.  They will receive elective credit for their work experience as long as they fulfill all of the requirements, which include excellent job performance and some academic assignments about their experience. 

Students enrolled in Great Promise receive additional supports, including the opportunity to interview with companies who specifically want to employ students who need extra help, transportation to work, and mentoring on workplace skills and problem solving. 

Read more about the Great Promise Partnership here.

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