12 for Life is a work-based learning program supported by Southwire Company.  Students benefit from a combination of classroom instruction, on-the-job training, and real work and success skills that employers demand--and that students will need to be successful after graduation.   Students are encouraged and prepared to not only graduate from high school but to continue post-secondary education, enter the military, or enter the workforce upon graduation.

While in the program students receive high school credit for the manufacturing pathway and may choose to take core academic classes on-site at the 12 for Life facility or continue classes at their base high school.  To be eligible for 12 for Life, a student must be 16 years old, pass a drug screening, and recommended by their counselor or graduation coach. 

By the numbers:

313,939 hours worked
193 employers
$1,914,907 money earned by students
578 studends participated in Work-Based Learning
Madison Barrow

“I am so thankful I had the opportunity to complete the Healthcare pathway at the College and Career Academy. While still in high school, I was also very fortunate to be able to participate in the day-to-day tasks of real nurses through the Tanner Connections program. All of these experiences helped me to decide to pursue a career in nursing. This December I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Georgia Southern University. I am currently working for the Tanner Health System as a nurse technician, and I hope to continue my career there as an RN when I graduate.”

Students who wish to participate in this opportunity should contact their high school counselor or graduation coach for an application. More information can also be found at

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