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ELBERT COUNTY, GA, slw – The Great Promise Partnership, Elbert County Board of Education, Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton & Bowman, Elbert County government, City of Elberton,  and private leadership have all come together to give high school students a hand in their future, through employment.



The Original Issue

For some students, transitioning from high school to postsecondary education and employment can be particularly challenging.

For some businesses, although Elbert County is experiencing economic growth, there is a widening gap between what employers need to continue growth and what our labor pool currently offers.

Community Solution

Through the Great Promise Partnership program, varied strategies have been implemented through our high school to specifically reach-out, place, and monitor kids with career education placement.

Five students qualified for the Program and began their paid internships, today. Each went through a series of interviews with the school and their future employers, and were chosen based on skills, personality, recommendations, etc.

The Student

  • Will attain a High School diploma while spending part of the day at a paying job
  • Will learn “soft-skills”
  • Will develop new relationships with adult role models
  • At-risk students will be given extra support as they earn their diploma
  • Receives mentoring, tutoring and career coaching during their time in the Program
  • Will be shown additional interest and counseling to prepare them for college, the military or workforce while working on leadership skills
  • Receives on-the-job training, and career coaching
  • Will hold an entry-level position with “real deliverables and “expectations”
  • Will develop workplace skills (communication, performance, goal-setting, decision making)
  • Will need to stay in school in order to keep their job
  • Receives a paycheck
  • May be able to explore the Georgia Capitol, meet local and state leaders, and learn about citizenship and government
  • Graduating seniors are recognized at a yearly GPP Graduation Celebration

The County, Cities, Schools, & Residents

  • Will have an improved dropout rate and a stronger economy
  • Will receive newly engaged & educated citizenry
  • Will receive a new workforce
  • Will have been a part of new community and business partnerships

The Employer

  • Will have a hand in producing a stronger local and state economy
  • Will acquire a skilled workforce with potential after-graduation of many full-time employees
  • Will have a leadership role in the community
  • Will get the expertise of Great Promise staff who will be able to mentor them
  • Will have the ability to provide life skills to the student, as a partner in the community. Workplace supervisors play a key role in the success of the Program as students develop job skills and explore career pathways

The Future

Any business interested in sponsoring a qualified high school student during the fall semester, please contact the program director or the Development Authority.

Congratulations and thank you to all!

Sponsors for this semester:




The Great Promise Partnership is supported by the Governor’s office. Currently, 22 counties are involved in the Program; 10 are considered a developing site; Elbert County is the State’s newest member.