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Located in the Office of the Governor, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit comprised of North Carolina's corporate leaders.  NCBCE seeks to ensure that every student in North Carolina graduates from high school ready for life and work in a global society.

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NCBCE Supports Education in North Carolina



A Message from the Governors

Invest, Inspire, Innovate

NCBCE Members Serve

SBE: Essential Conversation: Public Education for the Common Good
Where we've been...Where we are...Where we want to be
Doug Warf, Carolina Hurricanes
Tom Williams, Strategic Educational Allliances
André Peek, IBM
Ken Eudy, Capstrat

Global Schools Network Advisory Board
Dale Whitworth, Golden Corral
André Peek, IBM

School Leadership Focus Group
Dale Whitworth, Golden Corral
Albert Eckel, Corning/Eckel&Vaughan
André Peek, IBM
Kyra Sinclair, Kelly Services
Steve Brechbiel, Quintiles
Kirsten Weeks, Cisco
Ros Guerrie, BB&T
Andy Fox, Kimley-Horn
Tom Williams, Strategic Educational Alliances
Shirley Prince, NC Principals & Asst. Principals Assn.
Neil Kimrey, Dept. of Public Instruction
Principals Included: Muriel Summers and Matt Wight, Wake County; Dawn Ramseur, Hoke County; Budd Dingwall and LaChawn Smith, New Hanover County

Envisioning A 21st Century System for Students Focus Group
Dale Whitworth, Golden Corral
Adam Garry, Dell
Curry Gaskins, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Liz Riley, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Tom Williams, Strategic Educational Alliances
Doug Warf, Carolina Hurricanes
Ann McColl, SBE Legislative Director

Graduation Achievement Awards
Kirsten Weeks, Cisco (Business Leader Speaker)

Global Education Task Force of the SBE Focus Group
*IBM- André Peek, Vice President, Communications Sector, Global Technology Services
*RED HAT- Gary Jordan, Senior Program Director Operations, Global Change Management
*NOVARTIS- Joe Lingle, Head, Global Program Integration

Conversation With State Board of Education Chair
Lisa Prather, Fifth Third Bank
David Young, VIF International Education
Andrew Crawford, Kelly Services
Mark Thompson, Xerox
Michele Miller, Xerox

NC School of Science and Math Focus Group
Helen Leupold, BD
André Peek, IBM
Pam Townsend, AECOM
Sam Morris, Lenovo
Jeanene Martin, WakeMed
Erik Legg, Syngenta
Kenneth Zeitler, Rex Healthcare
Andrew Krieman, Allscripts
Albert Eckel, Eckel & Vaughan

Governor's School Focus Group
Melanie Chernoff, Red Hat
Liz Riley, Womble Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Jayne Tipton, Wells Fargo
Harris Vaughan, Eckel & Vaughan

Governor's Education Transformation Commission
Pam Townsend, AECOM

Governor Job Tour Roundtable
Albert Eckel, Eckel and Vaughan
Tom Looney, Lenovo
Jim Pridgen, Firestone
Ed Paradise, Cisco
Brendan Moylan, Sports Endeavors
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten
Jonathan Fussell, Duplin Winery
Esther Alegria, Biogen Idec

Governors Office Focus Group
Woody Dicus, Progress Energy
Mary Linda Andrews, GlaxoSmithKline
André Peek, IBM
Kirsten Weeks, Cisco
Jeanene Martin, WakeMed

NC Virtual Public School Advisory Board
Melanie Chernoff, Red Hat

Compliance Commission
Steve Goldsmith, Syngenta

DPI New Accountability Model Business Focus Group
Adam Garry, Dell
Bo Sommers, Duke Energy
Johnny Jacobs, Nucor
Blount Williams, Alfred Williams
Albert Eckel, Eckel and Vaughan/Corning
Michael Doyle, Manpower
Steve Goldsmith, Syngenta
Scott McLean, The Biltmore Company
Linda Haskins, Dominion Power

IEI Business Committee for Creativity
Pamela Townsend, AECOM
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten, Inc.
Jennifer Kline, State Farm
Ben Kinney, Business North Carolina Magazine

Economic Development Board
Joel Butler, Vidant Health

IEI Education Advisory Issue Council
Tricia Willoughby, NCBCE

Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force
Laura Hamre, Fidelity Investments

Council For Women
Jane Martin, Qué Pasa

Teachers Matter Initiative
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten, Inc.
Diego Aisenberg, Qué Pasa Media Network

NC Principals Association Distinguished Leaders Program
RBC Bank
Progress Energy

Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children
Steve Brechbiel, Quintiles

Healthy Schools Cabinet
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Appointment to JOBS Commission
Pam Townsend, AECOM

2010 College Application Planning Committee
Joanne Burden, Sports Endeavors

Competitive Students Committee of the State Board of Education
Joel Butler, Vident Health

Blue Ribbon Accountability Commission
André Peek, IBM

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools State Council
Pam Townsend, AECOM

Arts Curriculum Feedback
Qué Pasa Media Network
Topics Education
Aten, Inc
Red Hat
RBC Bank
Eckel and Vaughan
Truliant Federal Credit Union
Samet Corporation

2010 North Carolina Summit on US/China Education
NCBCE corporations participated in this international event

Ad Hoc Committee on School Leadership
Joe Freddoso, MCNC
André Peek, IBM
Bill Shore, GlaxoSmithKline

NC Science, Math, Technology Center Board
Susan Jackson, WakeMed

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Anjana Bhuta Wills, Nandhini Viswonathan, Barbara Guidos, BD

NC Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service
Woody Dicus, Progress Energy

NC Financial Literacy Council
Verna Gessaman, RBC Bank
Leigh Brady, SECU

Confucius Classrooms in NC
Karen Ondrick, Lenovo

Teacher Working Conditions Survey Sponsors
Duke Energy-Carolinas
Golden Corral

Webinar Series
NCBCE Corporate Members
Local NC Chambers
Education Stakeholders

Jobs For The Future Conference
Various NCBCE Companies

Joint Boards Meeting to Unveil Governor's Education Agenda
All NCBCE Member Companies Invited to Attend

World View: An International Program for Educators
André Peek, IBM
Tricia Willoughby, NCBCE

Emerging Issues Forum
Various NCBCE Companies

North Carolina Science Festival at the Morehead Planetarium
Thomas Vaidhyan, Aten

Students@Work: A Success!

Success is the best word to describe North Carolina's Students@Work Week 2012

Measureable Outcomes

More than 300 businesses involved

More than 30,000 middle school students participated

All of North Carolina’s 100 counties involved All 115 local education agencies participated

Students@Work is a partnership with NCBCE and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to offer job shadowing opportunities to middle school students in North Carolina.

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) provided excellent opportunities to reach North Carolina students with financial education concepts, using fun and diverse approaches to real life. The Credit Union’s “Students@Work Real World” exercise was a big hit with the students!

SECU Students@Work 2012 

The activity guided students through the steps of budgeting and making lifestyle choices based on a real life scenario, including an occupation, education level, net monthly income, and an individual or family status. The goal of this activity was for students to have funds available at the end of the month – seeing firsthand the impact of their lifestyle choices, and to realize the importance of education in pursuing a career to sustain their lifestyle.


Students were provided firsthand knowledge of the healthcare industry and realized that there are many more opportunities in at Mission Health System than being a doctor,” said Lauren Pittman, Workforce Development Specialist at Mission Health. “Mission Hospital’s participation in Students@Work Week was an exciting opportunity for Mission to reach out and educate the younger demographic in Western North Carolina.”
Collaborating with education leaders and the First Gentleman, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) hopes to help students understand the relationship between a good education and good jobs. Students@Work will continue to be an important part of the work of NCBCE as we seek solutions to the challenges our schools face. Now more than ever, all of us must work together to ensure that North Carolina has a strong future by educating students for the new economy. NCBCE Chair Dale Whitworth, Senior Vice President, Golden Corral Corporation

This year is the first year the Henderson County public schools participated, although the school district has conducted its own job shadowing activities for several years. “It connects them to the real world of work — it opens them to all of the possibilities in terms of a career, in terms of educational opportunities and to me, there is no better way to learn about a career than to experience it first hand.” The program is beneficial to the students in a variety of ways, Becky Varnadore, Industry Education Coordinator for HCPS explained.

“As a corporate partner, you can do things to help stimulate children and get them excited about future possibilities. It all starts with staying in school, learning and pursuing what they want through college, and then the sky may be the limit,” said Scott Cooper, Vice President of Communications at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Students say Students@Work is a fun way to set new goals for themselves. "There are a lot of cool jobs out there that people don't know about, and the only way they can know about it is research it and stay in school,” said Keilen McNeil, a 7th grader at J.N. Fries Middle School in Concord.

Google Operations Manager Enoch Moeller said, “Google is providing this workshop to give students a glimpse of some of the career paths in the Google operation and to excite students about the vast possibility of career fields in science, technology, engineering and math.”


Monica Henson of Edison Learning hosted students as she worked with state leaders from the Office of the Governor and the NC Department of Public Instruction