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NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: MARCH 11, 2016

NC DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JOINS WITH NC BUSINESS COMMUNITY FOR STUDENTS@WORKSM WEEK
MARCH 14-18, 2016 IS STUDENTS@WORKSM WEEK

State Superintendent June Atkinson joins Governor Pat McCrory in recognizing March 14-18, 2016, as Students@WorkSM Week. The Students@WorkSM initiative involves schools and businesses across North Carolina. It is focused on raising North Carolina’s graduation rate and exposing middle school students to job skills needed in the workplace through job shadowing and mentoring opportunities.

Students@WorkSM is a joint initiative between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This year’s program involves more than 100 businesses throughout the state and is expected to impact more than 23,000 students.

“Education and workforce preparedness efforts must be coordinated in the 21st century,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “The schools cannot do it alone and our businesses cannot be solely responsible for helping to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s productive workers. The two must work together and are working together through initiatives such as Students@WorkSM.”

Students@WorkSM centers its efforts around middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention and also when students prepare for success in high school. The program helps to demonstrate to these students the relevance of education to future success through direct experience with the workplace.

Students@WorkSM is made possible by grants from Biogen and GSK.

For more information about Students@Work℠ Week, visit www.ncbce.org.

Dr. Atkinson will participate in the following job shadowing program during Students@WorkSM week:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Who: State schools Superintendent June Atkinson, students from Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy in Wake County and Gravelly Hill Middle School, A.L. Stanback Middle School, C.W. Stanford Middle School in Orange County, and employees at Lenovo

When: 9:30 a.m.
Where: Lenovo Campus – 8001 Development Drive, Morrisville, NC

For more information, please contact NCDPI’s Communication division at 919-807-3450.


About the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE)
The North Carolina Business Committee for Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit comprised of business leaders from across the state.  NCBCE’s mission focuses on ensuring that every student in North Carolina graduates from high school ready for life and work in a global society.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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 Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.