Approximately 18,000 Students to Participate in Career Awareness Programs Across North Carolina
Raleigh, NC (STL.News) Governor Roy Cooper has declared March 2021 as Students@Work? Month in North Carolina to encourage students to explore the types of jobs that exist in their communities and across the state. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, employers remain committed to helping students learn about career options. To facilitate this year’s initiative in a safe and engaging way, businesses are opening their virtual doors to approximately 18,000 students throughout March and at other times during the school year.
“During the pandemic, Students@Work has adapted,” said Gov. Cooper. “I’m grateful that businesses have found creative ways to virtually promote career awareness and readiness at a time when our students need these experiences the most.”
The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are the primary partners for the Students@Work? program. NCBCE is a business-led, education non-profit (501-c3) that operates out of the Office of the Governor.
One advantage to having all Students@Work? programs be virtual this year is that the nearly 200 participating businesses will be able to accommodate more students than ever before because physical space and locations aren’t an issue.