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From the Georgia State Senate
Work Based Learning Act Signed Into Law
Senate Bill 329, sponsored by Sen. John Wilkinson (R- Toccoa), was signed into law today at the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton. SB 329, also known as the Work Based Learning Act, will change the provisions of and rename the Youth Apprenticeship Program to the work based learning program.
“As Georgia continues to equip businesses with a prepared work force, the work based learning program strives to ease hour requirements on students to encourage participation in the program,” said Sen. Wilkinson. “This measure will prepare our students for the workforce and allow employers to select from a wide pool of knowledgeable workers throughout the state.”
Recognizing that employers can play an active role in shaping the quality of their future work force, this bill renames the Youth Apprenticeship Program as the work based learning program and further encourages participation by students and expands opportunity for employer participation. The work based learning program may include employability skill development, cooperative education internships and youth apprenticeships.
Senate Bill 329 will go into effect July 1, 2014.