By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Department
Most people haven't explored a helicopter, melted glass, touched a pig's lung, or inspected a power line, but that's how over 850 middle schoolers from Buncombe County Schools spent their week, when 25 local businesses hosted them as part of the statewide Students@Work Week. The program gives young learners the important opportunity to personally experience a day at work in professional settings such as finance, hospitality, medicine, higher education, engineering, energy, manufacturing, culinary arts and fine arts.
“Students@Work Week provides the opportunity for middle school students to explore and engage with their community and see the variety of careers available in our area,” says Christy Cheek, BCS’ Director of Career and Technical Education. “With the focus on career awareness, our businesses and industries have opened their doors to our students to show them who they are and what they do.”
Students have this opportunity thanks to a partnership between the NC Dept. of Public Instruction and the NC Business Committee for Education, a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Raleigh.
According to the NCBCE website: “Middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention and also when high school curriculum planning takes place. Direct experience with the workplace demonstrates the relevance of education to future success.”
By helping students build a vision for the future, they will be able to make the most of their upcoming high school opportunities, and be better prepared to contribute to our nation’s workforce.
about Students@Work Week in North Carolina.