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City schools earn work-based learning grant

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Fayetteville City Schools will receive a grant to develop an implementation plan to serve students through work-based learning.

The $80,000 grant supports Tennessee’s specific pathways or programs for 2013-2014 school year in the realm of Career and Technical Education, said State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), who was advised by the Tennessee Department of Education that the local school system had earned the grant.

“I am very pleased our schools will receive this grant,” said Senator Tracy. “It should benefit many local students.”

According to Rujena Dotson, a supervisor for the Fayetteville City School System, the grant funds will be used to prepare for the work-based program’s full implementation the following school year.

“This year is prepping for implementation the next year,” Dotson said. “We hope to get a follow-up grant for the 2014-15 year. Our goal is to pair it with the senior capstone project.”

The work-based learning program will allow students to step outside the school setting and gain knowledge and experience in a work-place setting, Dotson said.

“The goal is to help our students make informed decisions about career choices and future goals and to get some work experience,” she explained.

Local employers will be contacted in the future about possible opportunities for students, Dotson noted.

“It will be closely monitored,” the supervisor said of the work-based program. “The student will be receiving mentorship, not just by the person for whom they’re working, but also by a supervisor mentoring for them.”