PRESTONSBURG — Carl D. Perkins Job Corps students Joseph Gaines and Ryan McKinnon, each 20 years old, received outstanding Work-Based Learning evaluationd.
Both students have been doing Work-Based Learning as part of their training in carpentry. Carpentry instructor Brandon Conley, recommended the two students to begin WBL, due to their work ethic and skills they showed in class.
The young men began working March 1 at Stumbo Park, in Allen, and continue Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The students work on various projects around the park, learning valuable on the job training. The young men received their evaluations on March 21, from Rodney Ousley, their supervisor at the park, with the following comments:
“Joseph is one of the best that has worked at the park. Very pleased with his performance and positive attitude.”
“Ryan is another great student employee. Very satisfied with his work ethic and attitude. One of the best student employees we have had at the park as well.”
Work-Based Learning is vital to student training, allow students to gain workplace experiencem such as putting trade skills learned to use, teamwork, scheduling and more. All of these are taught on center as part of the Career Success Standards (CSS), but getting the opportunity to be in a workplace setting is another way for students to learn and grow. The center has specific criteria for WBL.
Students must be at least 40 percent complete in their trade, and be recommended by their instructor. Internships last six weeks, and can be longer at employer request.