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NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: FEBRUARY 22, 2013

NC DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JOINS WITH NC BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO OFFER JOB SHADOWING AND MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES TO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

State Superintendent to Participate in Students@Work Job Mentoring Program

State Superintendent June Atkinson joins North Carolina's business community in recognizing February 25 - March 1 as Students@Work week. The Students@Work initiative is focused on raising North Carolina's graduation rate by helping middle school students connect what they learn in class with the workplace.

Students@Work is a joint initiative between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. This year's program involves more than 192 businesses in all 100 North Carolina counties and will impact more than 22,000 students.

"Our state's businesses are essential partners in the education of our students," said Atkinson. "Through them, we can provide our young people the opportunity to see how what they are learning in class can be useful to them in the future."

The Students@Work initiative centers its efforts around middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention. The program helps to emphasize future career options, as well as the importance of staying in school, before students enter the ninth grade.

Visit Students@Work for more information.

Dr. Atkinson will participate in the following Students@Work event this week:

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Who: State Superintendent June Atkinson, students from Martin Gifted and Talented Middle School,
 employees at Brady Energy Services
When:  8:25 a.m.
Where: Martin Gifted and Talented Middle School, 1701 Ridge Road, Raleigh

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.