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R&B SINGER USHER'S MUSIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM DEBUTS IN WAKE COUNTY

A presentation punctuated by impromptu rap battles introduced Wendell Middle School eighth-graders on Wednesday to a new Wake County program — backed by R&B star Usher — that looks at careers in the music industry. The students got a taste of the Music Industry Leadership 101 curriculum developed by Usher’s youth organization, New Look Foundation, that will be the foundation for a new career pathway for high schoolers in the Wake County school system.

Wake is introducing the program this week to Wendell Middle and the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy. The program will also be piloted at eight other Wake schools: Holly Ridge Middle School; Cary, Enloe, East Wake, Heritage, Millbrook, Phillips and Southeast Raleigh high schools. If all goes as planned, said Marlo Gaddis, the school system’s director of instructional technology and library media services, Wake County will offer the full program by the 2015-16 school year.

Wake is one of six districts nationally, and the only one in North Carolina, that’s piloting Usher’s program.

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