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DoD, Liberty schools honored for partnership
Program employs 30 students
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The Liberty County School System and the Department of Defense, Fort Stewart Garrison Command recently were recognized at the Georgia Career and Technical Education Association Conference in Atlanta. The duo received the award for “unique work-based learning/youth apprenticeship business partnership.”
The partnership between the DoD and the Liberty County School System began in January 2009. A memorandum of agreement was written up and signed by all stakeholders involved. The Student Temporary Employment Program employs an average of 30 students each school year. Students from Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School are eligible to participate.
Dr. Judy Scherer, Liberty County School System superintendent, said, “We are so pleased to have these work-based learning options for our students in so many different career paths. Fort Stewart is a major employer in our community and it gives our students the opportunity to learn about jobs on post as well as gain a greater understanding of the role of the military in our community. We appreciate our growing relationship with the military and the opportunities this program provides for our students. It is a great partnership.”
Selection for participation in the program is based on academic performance, character and teacher recommendations. In addition to earning well above minimum wage, students also have other benefits such as annual leave. Not only are the students earning a paycheck, they are also gaining valuable on-the-job training in their chosen careers.
“This apprenticeship program reaps tremendous benefits for the future. We are able to introduce a new generation to the honor and rewarding sacrifice of serving our soldiers and family members,” said William Jeffers, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield resource management officer.
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