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NEWS RELEASES 2013-14

NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: FEBRUARY 28, 2014

NCDPI PARTNERS WITH THE NC BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO OFFER
JOB SHADOWING AND MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES TO MIDDLE
SCHOOL STUDENTS

March 3-7, 2014 is Students@Work Week

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson is pleased to join North Carolina's business community in recognizing March 3 - 7, 2014 as Students@Work Week. The Students@Work initiative is focused on raising North Carolina's graduation rate by offering middle school students a glimpse of future career possibilities.

Students@Work is a joint initiative of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE). This year's program involves at least 156 businesses in all 100 North Carolina counties and will affect 24,000 students.

"Students@Work gives North Carolina's young people a chance to see a path for achievement through future career opportunities," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. "This valuable partnership between the state's schools and business community helps to offer a brighter future for our students and our state."

The Students@Work initiative centers its efforts around middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention. The program allows students to see firsthand why staying in school is vital to their future career options.

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


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 126 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.