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Students soar at Aviation Career Day
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Work-based learning students who participated in Aviation Career Day included, left to right, Jason Piche, Marcela Locatelli and Trevor Dyer. Not pictured are Zachary Saxon, Christopher Mitchell and Allison Pittman. - photo by Photo provided

Rising ninth-graders learned about the Effingham County School System’s work-based learning program as well as career opportunities at Gulfstream Aerospace at the recent Aviation Career Day hosted by Gulfstream.

Becky Truluck and Sherry Duff, work-based learning coordinators from South Effingham and Effingham County High Schools, respectively, showcased their work-based learning program to local middle school students.

About 200 students participated on each of the two days of the event, according to Truluck. The students toured several Gulfstream departments and even toured one of their planes, she added.

Effingham County High and South Effingham High both have 36 students who participate in the work-based learning program through Gulfstream in career areas such as business, agricultural mechanics, transportation, engineering, broadcast video production, construction and graphic design.

Several of the work-based learning students from ECHS and SEHS participated in Aviation Career Day. They spoke with students about the possibilities that will be available to them as high school juniors and seniors and told them about the experience they are receiving from the program.

Work-based learning is a program for juniors and seniors that gives students hands-on experience in their career pathway areas. WBL students receive school credit and are allowed to leave school early to go to work or come in late to school from work.

Students interested in work-based learning may contact Truluck at South Effingham High School or Duff at Effingham County High School for more information. Both schools are currently accepting applications for the program.