RALEIGH – State schools Superintendent June Atkinson joins Governor Pat McCrory in recognizing February 25 - March 1, 2013 as Students@Work Week. The Students@Work initiative involves schools and businesses across North Carolina. It is focused on raising North Carolina’s graduation rate by helping middle school students connect what they are learning 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 (NCBCE). 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 state schools Superintendent June 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.
For more information about Students@Work Week, visit www.ncbce.org.
Dr. Atkinson will participate in the following Students@Work job mentoring program during the week:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Who: State schools 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