Students@Work℠ Week

State Superintendent June Atkinson joins Governor Pat McCrory in recognizing March 14-18 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 and exposing middle school students to job skills needed in the workplace through job shadowing and mentoring opportunities.

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SERMS 8th graders visit Asheboro Recycling Center during Students@Work

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 100 businesses throughout the state and is expected to impact more than 23,000 students.

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RMS 8th graders visit RCC’s Petty Center during Students@Work

“Education and workforce preparedness efforts must be coordinated in the 21st century,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “The schools cannot do it alone and our businesses cannot be solely responsible for helping to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s productive workers. The two must work together and are working together through initiatives such as Students@Work℠.”

Students@Work℠ centers its efforts around middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention and also when students prepare for success in high school. The program helps to demonstrate to these students the relevance of education to future success through direct experience with the workplace.

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ATMS 8th graders visit the City of Archdale during Students@Work

From the Randolph County School System, all six traditional middle schools recognized and celebrated Students@Work℠ week. UMS and NERMS exposed students to a wide-range of career choices through Career Fairs. ATMS students visited the Archdale Police Department, Timken, and RCC’s Archdale Campus. SERMS, RMS, and SWRMS enjoyed similar tours of local business and industry locations and specific areas of Randolph Community College.

SWRHS SkillsUSA Earns Regional Awards

Students from Southwestern Randolph High School competed in a regional SkillsUSA event Friday, March 11 at Fayetteville Technical Community College and came home with multiple awards! These students will compete at the state-level in April.

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SWRHS SkillsUSA – Fayetteville Technical CC

Regional Officers: Bailey McFadden and Savannah Richardson

Carpentry: Josh Martin (1st) and Daniel Deloya (2nd)

Core and Sustainable Construction: Landon Callicutt (3rd)

Teamworks: Adam Bryant, Will Crews, Hunter Hamby, and Oswaldo Mercado (1st)

Construction Tool ID: Valerie York and Savannah Richardson (tied for 1st), Molly Surratt (4th) and Sara Fox (5th)

 

Local DECA Chapters Successful at State Career Development Conference

Wheatmore High School and Trinity High School DECA Chapters competed last week at the State Career Development Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. Both chapters brought home awards and honors for student competitors and their chapters.

Wheatmore High School earned a Chapter of Distinction – Heroic Level honor for increased membership and the following students were recognized as proficient in their events:

Buying & Merchandising Team Event
Armaghan Khurshid-Alex Ruth
Ben Clements-Graham Tysinger

Apparel & Accessories
Kadie Miller

Principals of Marketing
Cameron Frazier

Retail Marketing
Corey Hudgins

Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Event
Julian Zimmerman-Tyler Lonnen
Josh Albright-Mitchel Shaffer

Additionally, the following were state finalists in their events:

Marketing Management
Scotty Spicer – Tied for 9th overall in the state
Michael Fields – Tied for 9th overall in the state

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From L to R: Scotty Spicer, State Finalist in Marketing Management; Josh Albright, WHS DECA President – Chapter of Distinction; Michael Fields, State Finalist Marketing Management

At Trinity High School, the following were recognized for proficient in their events:

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Jackson Barnes
Charity Cohen

Restaurant and Food Service Management
Michael Felder
Amanda Mulhern

Hotel and Lodging Management
Paxton Phillips
Hannah Poindexter

Professional Selling Event
Jordan Collins

Personal Financial Literacy
Olivia Cline

Additionally, two out of the ten THS attendees earned top ten honors:

Personal Financial Literacy
Austin Walters – Top three in the state
Mary English – Top ten in the state

Trinity’s chapter was awarded a plaque for NC DECA Chapter of Distinction.

Congratulations to these students and their faculty advisors – Ken Wilson (WHS), Renee Driggers (THS) and Jandra Dillon (THS).

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THS DECA students at the 2016 State CDC