Work-based Learning

On-the-Job Training

Training is a tremendously expensive proposition for most businesses, which are often reluctant to take on new workers during an economic downturn. On-the-Job Training (OJT) can reimburse employers for as much as 90 percent of the trainee’s paycheck, depending on skill gaps and the employer’s company size. In addition, OJT contracts can last for up to six months and trainee positions must be intended to lead to permanent jobs. Employers and the OJT available position must be approved for training before hiring or training begins.

Numerous area businesses have been assisted by OJT grants, as well as many workers from the High Country have been assisted and have new jobs because of the program. See the contact information below to find out how OJT can help your business.

  • For Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties contact Toni Deal (828) 265-5385
  • For Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties contact Michelle Fenlin (828) 682-6618

Work Experience

Youth can gain a better understanding of careers and work environments with paid and unpaid work experiences.  It’s a great way for employers to connect with the community and Youth to get workplace exposure and experience.

If you are interested in setting up a work experience for a eligible youth, see the contact information below to find the Career Coach in your county.

  • For Alleghany and Ashe counties, contact Veda Johnson at (336) 982-9675
  • For Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties, contact April Jones at (828) 682-6618
  • For Watauga County, contact Olivia Collipher at (828) 265-5385
  • For Wilkes County, contact Reggie Torrence at (336) 838-5164