The philosophy at Putnam County High School is that every student can be successful! Success can be measured in different ways, whether it is a job right out of high school, commitment to the Armed Forces or attending a technical school or a traditional 4-year college. Every student can find success and PCHS has many different programs to help them do just that!
There are several exciting programs that are available to all students at PCHS. They are Work-Based Learning (WBL), Youth Empowerment for Success (YES) and College Credit NOW – Academic and Occupational Dual Enrollment.
Work-Based Learning (WBL) Programs are structured experiences that connect the student’s career goals and classroom learning with a productive work environment. WBL allows for student placement in their chosen career that typically lasts for one semester or the entire school year. These placements may be paid or unpaid depending on their place of work. WBL allows for the program students to earn high school credit and leave early from school each day for their job.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, PCHS students can participate in the Youth Empowerment for Success (YES) Program which is funded by the Youth CareerConnect grant from the US Department of Labor. YES Program courses include academic dual-enrollment as well as technical classes related to healthcare, information technology, and welding. Students in the YES program will be able to explore the world of work through career fairs and employer site visits, as well as obtain on-the-job training during internships and job shadowing. They also will have a chance to look into institutions of higher education by recruitment visits, college fairs, and campus tours. Additionally, each YES Program student will be able to hear guest speakers from high-demand industries, participate in mentorships, and work on service learning projects.
College Credit NOW offers students the opportunity to take over 30 academic college courses on campus. Students can receive high school and college credit at the same time. This enables the student to get a jumpstart on college! Students can also take occupational courses that will allow them to receive technical college certificates or diplomas in Auto Mechanics, Criminal Justice, HVAC, Information Technology, Healthcare and Welding.
Students at Putnam County High School will also learn the soft skills necessary for life after high school and have an assortment of ways to explore opportunities available to them post-graduation. All programs aim to fully prepare students for their life after their graduation day by exposing them to as many different opportunities as possible! Call the school at 706-485-9971 if you are interested in learning more about the exciting programs available for PCHS students.