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.

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200 Eighth Graders Experience Advanced Manufacturing Day 2015

Do you know how pizza arrives at your house and is still warm? Or how the plastic case for your highlighter matches the ink color? How about where the plastic drink cups used by Disney World and Disneyland are made? The answers to all the questions connect to Randolph County and manufacturing.

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Today is National Manufacturing Day across the US and 200 8th graders from the Randolph County School System and Asheboro City Schools experienced advanced manufacturing first-hand as they toured area industries, heard a panel discussion and toured several related program areas at Randolph Community College.

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A full house at the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center Auditorium for the Manufacturing Day Panel Discussion.

Hosting student tours to start the day off were Sapona Plastics, LLC, The Timken Company, Klaussner Furniture Industries, Energizer, PEMMCO, and Acme-McCrary Corporation. Students then traveled to RCC’s Asheboro campus for an expo highlighting CTE programs in the county, RCC’s industrial automation mobile classroom, and some awesome robotics simulators. A five-member panel spent time sharing their experiences in advanced manufacturing careers and exposing students to the exciting world of manufacturing before they enjoyed a lunch funded by a HAAS Industries’ grant.

RCC's Mobile Classroom ~ Instructor Tom Jones
RCC’s Mobile Classroom ~ Instructor Tom Jones

Tours of RCC’s computer integrated machining, welding, electrical systems technology and mechatronics areas wrapped up the exciting day that exposed students to a vast amount of knowledge about manufacturing, career opportunities, and educational paths available to them right here in Randolph County.

Panelists T. Franklin, M. Totten, S. Judd, D. Portillo, and J. Trogdon share their experiences in advanced manufacturing
Panelists T. Franklin, M. Totten, S. Judd, D. Portillo, and J. Trogdon share their experiences in advanced manufacturing.

This event was hosted jointly by Randolph County School System, Asheboro City Schools, and Randolph Community College in keeping with our Pathways to Prosperity plan for ensuring a pipeline of workers needed as the advanced manufacturing industry continues to grow in North Carolina.

Click here to review the Central NC Pathways to Prosperity Final Report.