Work-Based Learning | Dual Enrollment | General

Work Based Learning

  1. What is Work-Based Learning?

    Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an opportunity for you to link your class work and career interests with your job. You leave school during your assigned WBL block/s and receive class credit for your work and WBL assignments.
  1. What are the requirements for Work-Based Learning?
  • On-track for graduation
  • A junior or senior
  • Hold a valid driver’s license with your own transportation
  • Meet attendance requirements
  • Have a good behavior record
  • Have completed an application (found on the WBL page of this website or in your guidance office)
  1. Do I have to attend CEC for Work-Based Learning ?

You do not have to attend CEC. Work-Based learning serves all schools.

  1. Will Work-Based Learning provide a job for me?

WBL Directors are not employers, and they do not guarantee you a job. WBL Directors may help provide job leads, job search advice, or job shadow opportunities. You might be given the chance to interview for a job, but the employer has the decision of whom he wants to hire.

  1. Do I have to have a paid job to be in WBL?

WBL internships (jobs) may be paid or unpaid.

  1. I want to explore Teaching as a profession. What classes do I take?

Teaching classes are called Teacher Pipeline and are part of WBL. You must meet the WBL requirements as well as have an academic average of 85.

You will have to take a first block class in the fall at CEC for the beginning internship. The class becomes a work-based internship after the first nine weeks. You can continue to take other teaching internships that will count toward college credit.

Thirty-five percent of the Teacher Pipeline jobs are paid internships for experienced team members. The other 65% of the internships are unpaid, but those internships allow you the chance to understand teaching so that you can decide if the profession is for you.

  1. When can I apply for Work-Based Learning?

Answer:  You can participate in Work-Based Learning as a junior and/or senior. You must also be 16 years of age.

  1. Can I participate in Work-Based Learning and continue my after school job?

Answer:  Yes.  Work-Based Learning hours can be completed during the school day during the block in which you registered for the class.  This leaves your afternoons free for your after school job.

  1. I have after school activities. Can I still participate in Work-Based Learning?

Answer:  Yes.   However it may be best to register for your Work-Based Learning blocks in the morning so you will have the afternoon free to participate in your after school activities.

  1. Who is responsible for finding my internship site?

Answer:  You are responsible for securing either a paid or unpaid internship site that is within your career area.  Your Work-Based Learning director can provide you with some company leads, but it is ultimately up to you.

  1. Can I have my parents, a relative, or my friends drive me to my jobsite if I do not have transportation.

No.  You must have your own personal transportation for Work-Based Learning. 

  1. What happens if I lose my job?

Answer:  If you lose your jobsite due to poor performance, you will not be allowed to secure another one.  You will remain at CEC during your Work-Based Learning blocks throughout the remainder of the semester.

If you lose your job due to economic reasons, you will be allowed two weeks to secure another jobsite.

Dual Enrollment

How do I take dual enrollment classes?

  • Meet the requirements:
        • Be 16 years or older
        • Be a junior or senior
        • Be on track for graduation
  • Meet the minimum score requirements for the program on ACT, SAT or COMPASS (COMPASS testing available at CEC)
  • Complete WGTC Application (no fee) and Dual Credit Agreement/signature page
  • Complete HOPE application at www.GAcollege411.org

Who pays for dual enrollment?

  • HOPE Grant pays 100% tuition.

  • HOPE Grant pays up to $100 per quarter to cover the cost of books and supplies.

  • Dual-enrolled HOPE hours DO NOT count toward the maximum HOPE Scholarship or Grant hours, this is a recent change.

What are the requirements for the HOPE grant?

  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Georgia resident for the past 12 months
  • Establish eligibility under the Title IV Drug Conviction policy of the Higher Education Amendment Act of 1998

What are the requirements to maintain the HOPE grant?

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college courses
  • Complete at least 67% of college courses each quarter to maintain satisfactory academic progress

How do dual enrollment classes affect high school GPA?

  • Students receive numerical grades that count toward their college work but do not affect high school GPA.

  • The credit for the dual enrollment class may affect high school graduation.

  • Failed dual enrollment courses may impact high school graduation and will impact college GPA.

How do dual enrollment classes affect college GPA’s?

  • Students receive two grades from WGTC: a letter grade for academic achievement and a score for work ethic.

  • A grade of “C ” or better must be maintained to receive credit for Dual Enrollment classes.

  • Failed Dual Enrollment courses could prohibit students from continuing Dual Enrollment.

When are dual enrollment classes?

  • Classes follow the school calendar
      • Classes observe all school holidays

      • Classes follow the CEC bell schedule
  • 2010-11 two college quarters for each high school semester

  • 2011-12 one college semester for each high school semester

  • Classes meet for two blocks per day, four days per week for one or two semesters

  • Students may participate in high school extracurricular activities

What dual enrollment programs are available through CEC?

  • Automotive Electrical/Electronics Systems Technician

  • Auto Engine Repair Technician

  • Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning Technician

  • Office Accounting Specialist (online only)

  • Game Development Specialist

  • Shampoo Technician

  • Advanced Cosmetology

  • Food Production Worker

  • Prep Cook

  • Basic Dental Assisting

  • Advanced Dental Assisting

  • Healthcare Science Degree Certificate

  • Patient Care Assistant

  • Patient Care Technician

  • Law Enforcement Technician

  • Flat Shielded Metal Arc Welder

  • Gas Metal Arc Welder

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welder

  • Overhead Shielded Metal Arc Welder


  1. What is CEC?

    CEC is a unique partnership, a “joint venture” among business and industry, the Coweta County School System, and West Georgia Technical College. These partners formed a public steering committee in the late 1990’s that was in effect for three years. The result is a charter school designed to meet the needs of a 21st century economy by seamlessly blending secondary and post secondary education and training with business and industry. At CEC, business and education work together to develop the best educated and most productive workforce in U.S. history. CEC’s mission is to “ensure a viable 21st
    century workforce.”

  2. What is taught?

    At CEC, curriculum is designed around the needs and expectations of business. This design allows CEC to respond to a rapidly changing economy by seamlessly combining academics with career and technical education, and by combining that education with businesses and industry.
  3. What do people say about CEC?
    Students, parents, and employers have been surveyed for their reactions to CEC. Here’s what they say:
  1. Students
    “I’m treated like an adult at CEC, and I like the freedom I have.”

    “I’m doing better in college because I went to CEC.”

    “I’m preparing for a job in a field that interests me, and the teachers have a real positive attitude.

    “I’m getting hands-on experience with equipment and software I’ll be using in the workplace.

    More than 90% of CEC’s parents either agree or strongly agree with the following statements.

    “CEC is helping my son develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes he will need to be successful in life”

    “My daughter knows and understands what is expected of her at CEC.”

    “I’m a valued partner in my child’s education.”


    “CEC has its own version of No Child Left Behind. It’s called `All Graduates Employable.’ “
    Don Moore, Plant Manager
     Local Manufacturer

    I give CEC a 10 out of 10. Their team members produce outstanding results!”

    “CEC’s team members are more than mature than most high school students.”
    Source: Florida State University

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