NEWS RELEASES 2016-17 :: March 20, 2017


March 22-31 is Students@Work Week

State Superintendent Mark Johnson joins North Carolina’s business community in recognizing March 22-31 as Students@Work Week. The Students@Work initiative’s goal is to expose students to possible job opportunities available to them in the workplace through job shadowing and mentoring opportunities.

Students@Work is a joint initiative between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This year’s program involves more than 150 businesses throughout the state and is expected to impact more than 24,000 students.

“Workforce development is key to the success of our state in the 21st century, and that has to begin with our students,” said State Superintendent Mark Johnson. “Initiatives like Students@Work help to expose them to the career possibilities that are available in their communities as well as to the skills and level of education that it takes to achieve their goals.”

While Students@Work involves some high school students, it centers its efforts around middle school because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention and also when students prepare for success in high school. The program helps to emphasize future career options, as well as the importance of staying in school, before students enter the ninth grade.

Students@Work is made possible by grants from GSK.

For more information about Students@Work Week, visit

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 160 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.