Among the many challenges the U.S. faces today, few are as important as finding, encouraging and training more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

First Gentleman Bob Eaves, working in conjunction with the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE), has scheduled the first statewide Students @ Work Week on Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.

The goal is to challenge North Carolina businesses to offer job shadowing opportunities to middle school students in their community.

Businesses in all 100 counties can join schools during the week in offering job shadowing opportunities for students in grades 6-9; showing them how the skills they are gaining in school relate to jobs that students have shown some interest.

“Continued success in business demands planning for the future and right now future employees and customers are sitting in the classroom,” said Eaves, husband of Gov. Bev Perdue. “Job shadowing is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the connection between education and the workplace.”

If your business is interested in participating, please contact the local coordinators in your county by visiting the program website and selecting the appropriate county. The coordinators will work with your business to arrange student visits, have a business representative visit a nearby school, arrange transportation, and provide other logistical assistance.

Check out the initiative’s fact sheet (PDF) or watch the video to learn more.

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