Southwire's 12 for Life - Motivating Students to Stay in School

The Problem

Work-based learning is an important part of a student's high school experience. Schools and employers work together to provide on-the-job experience that fits students’ career choices. This approach allows students to apply in an actual work setting the knowledge they gain in the classroom. It also provides for a smooth transition into the workforce or to college or technical school.

In a typical work-based learning program, employers provide paid, part-time jobs in the students' career fields. A coordinator arranges placements, develops a training plan and makes periodic visits to the employer’s business. Together, the coordinator and the employer evaluate students’ performance.

The foundation of 12 for Life’s educational component is Georgia’s work-based learning program of cooperative education; to develop the program curriculum, Carroll County school officials used the diversified cooperative training, which is the approved work-based learning program for students enrolled in trade and industrial education programs. Modeled after the youth apprenticeship program, students have the opportunity to earn 2 credits per semester while enrolled in the 12 for Life program.

The 12 for Life curriculum uses traditional textbooks for a work-based learning class, as well as a work ethics program designed by the Technical College System of Georgia. It also employs WorkKeys, a job skills assessment system that measures real-world skills employers believe are critical to job success.

Dropping the Dropout Rate

We are actively reversing the dropout trend in Georgia. With 93 students graduating in our first three years, we're on track to meet our goal of 175 High School Graduates by 2012. Learn more +

12 for Life Skills for Life

12 For Life is not a Vocational/Technical program. We focus on students rather than specific skills to ensure individuals have the work and life skills they need to succeed.
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12 for Life Skills for Life

Schools and private businesses committed to education & community can build sustainable programs. Doing the right thing pays for itself.
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A Paycheck and a Diploma

Students can succeed at School and Work without the compromise. Our students stay in school, earn money, and learn the skills employers look for.  Learn more +


Southwire Giving Back

Since the 1950's, Southwire has emphasized giving back to the community. 12 for Life is a natural extension of our outreach to improve our community.
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Getting Involved

12 for Life is a successful model for other businesses and schools. Find out how to improve graduation rates and impact long-term earning capacity for your entire community.
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